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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 976
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 4%
Wants: 478
Gots: 269 | FT: 20
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 02-09-2010

Framboise de Amorosa is our first foray into the world of raspberry beers. It begins as Lost and Found ale and is sent into freshly emptied red wine barrels. The beer spends over a year in the wood during which time it is spiked with three additions of raspberries.

The first sip produces a sweet start with a long drawn out sour finish. Some of the sweetness from the raspberries comes out before acidic notes join the mix. On the back end of the beer is a smoothing oak character which keeps the beer from becoming dull.
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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft!!
Very nice rasberry presence, this is puree not whole rasberry in barrel. No seeds in this beauty. Nice slight puckering finish to balance rasberry sweetness, not a sweet beer by any means. Good amount of carbonation to really get ur tastebuds going.
A pleasure to sip or chug. (292 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap.

L - pours murky red with thin lacing
S - tart up front, no funk, lots of fruit
T - very tart up front. Raspberry is lurking underneath
F - fuller bodied, champagne spritz

Overall a really solid beer. Fruit doesn't dominate but it offsets the sour perfectly. (268 characters)

Photo of Eziel
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A different kind of beer for me. Has an awesome now, reminds me of a Flanders with a ton of raspberry smell. Poured into a snifter and enjoyed best as it warmed up. Similar to other Lost Abbey beers I've tried but this one had a nice berry balance to it. Overall, very tasty. (279 characters)

Photo of makeyourself
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage from the bottle along with tap. Both tasted in snifters. This year Lost Abbey did yet a fantastic job with the FdA. Right out of the bottle you can see the nice reddish golden color that I'm sure when drinking this beer. You can smell the load of raspberries along with some of the funk characteristics. In terms of feel, the medium body and soft carbonation is apparent. Nice tan head to accompany the body. The taste is where its at where the smell of raspberries and funk come to life through your taste buds with the tartness coming at you at the end. Hits of oak, acid, and vinegar are felt through sipping on the beer. Overall, this is another fantastic beer from Lost Abbey and I wish I had more than 1 extra on me. (735 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red murky color with a pinkish white head. Smells of vinegar, raspberries, oak and cherries. Taste follows suit. The sourness opens up the palate followed by a sweetness towards the middle and dryness on the backend with the oak..champagne like mouthfeel. Another home run for lost abbey. (301 characters)

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage out of a bottle. I've had this beer several times before and I must say this years vintage is blowing me away. On draft it was almost a perfect "5". Out of the bottle, it's a just a tad lower but not by much. The fruit is explosive this time around on both versions and it makes for a perfect example of the style. I'm a little bummed that they didn't keep more of this for sale at Lost Abbey as its marked up by $2.50 or more when found out in the wild. Next year I'll try to make the official release. (516 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite raspberry aged beers I have ever had. Tons of berries and lots of barrel character on the finish. It has a very complex flavor profile and was very enjoyable. (185 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.2.15

A: 4.25 Pours a fairly murky reddish-brown. The light tan head is rather pretty with a touch of pink. Good retention.

S: 4.5 Fresh raspberry, vinegar, and a touch of funk come through first. Some oaky vanilla shows up as the beer warms. Everything on the nose is really well done if lacking a bit of complexity.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, everything is done right and tastes very good, but not too layered or complex. First, you get a bit of oak and vanilla sweetness, which develops into a pleasantly tart raspberry flavor. The finish is nice and has a long with more hints of oak and vinegar, but a bit watery.

M: 4.5 Great body and carbonation. Satisfying while staying refreshing and drinkable.

O: 4.25 One of my favorite Lost Abbey offerings today. The fruit and oak are delivered perfectly with just the right amount of funk and tartness. I only have one real complaint: everything is executed well, but it’s a bit one-note and not too memorable. Still a great beer and I’d love to drink this all the time if it wasn’t for the hefty price. (1,091 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherry color with a tan head. Smell is loaded with raspberries, acid, and very funky. Taste is very sour up front but makes way for insanely delicious raspberries. A little vinegary as well. No alcohol detected. Barrel character is very mild, which I prefer. Just a bit of oak. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but still easy to drink. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Overall a fantastic sour. Would I pay $20 for this bottle again? Probably not, but I did get ripped off seeing as how some places carry this for $15. (532 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2015. Good solid pop off the cork, great sign, and a whisp of white gas out of the neck.

Deep plum red body color, with a nice simple opaque appearance and some great chestnut brown highlights, definitely a unique color spectrum somewhere between deep crimson and chestnut to rust brown. Head is tan light two fingers, lots of snapping carbonation cola sound out of the pour but not too much. Head settles to the simplest creamy light tan puck and collar of just about three millimeters, always being repopulated. Solid looker with a real unique body color.

Excellent bouquet on the nose. First whiff is of classic raspberries with fresh picked from the bush fruitness. Wild esters come afterwards with hints of mild acid and light funk, moderate sweetness and hints of balsamic vinegar get mixed in quite a bit. Raspberry angle even move to cherry and peach tones, almost fuzzy smelling. Earthy bent of funk like a classic gueuze aroma kicks in as well after some time, soild, fresh tilled dirt, a real nice mix of sweet and acidic, can't wait to taste this.

Palate is a bit more unexpected. A big tart whomp is hit right in the kisser, and comes off very unexpected from the nose. Puckering tart fruit with a lighter body that doesn't seem to give the impression of big oak aging as suggested. Quite fizzy a bit as well, but luckily not too distracting from the large flavors present. Big raspberry bursting with a light touches of red wine vinegar in the mid palate. Palate definitely bounces to the sour and tart side, where-as the aroma seems to hint mostly at sweetness for a wild ride. Finishes extremely clean, mostly cause it comes off so light, with good amounts of cherry and raspberry juiced flavors. Teeth and lip coating, light and somewhat effervescent, earth with a touch of acidic sweetness.

Listed as equal part lover of sweet and sour, it's very well achieved that, but where is the big round body taken from oak and lift? I think if this wasn't even barrel aged I'd score it even higher, but I was hoping perhaps for a bigger rounder mouthfeel that the oak could give. Either way it's only taking the score and enjoyment down barely a hair, from perhaps world class to just simply excellent. Rough times I know instead of ending up with the BMW instead of the Ferrari but hard to be disappointed. (2,382 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spoke as Public House

A: Pours hazy reddish brown with a tan head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: A little tart, sweet fresh raspberry, a bit of oak, and and a little almost toffee like sweetness.

T: Pleasantly tart, lemon juice, plenty of raspberry, nice touch of oak, and a little almost toffee like sweetness on the finish, but not enough to overpower the sour.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm a sucertain for raspberry and this really hit the spot. Great sour! (516 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours deep cherry red under a persistent and clingy 2” light cherry tinted cream colored foam cap.
S: Raspberry and tartness.
T: Starts like a sweet tart candy with big raspberry flavors supported by orange and lemon notes. Finishes tart and dry.
F: Medium body and very creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: A very interesting, refreshing and complex beer. (361 characters)

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Massive raspberry notes with some lactic sourness and a bit of oak on the finish.

A: Deep ruby, almost garnet color; off-head with plenty of retention.

T: Upfront tart and slightly sweet taste from huge raspberry notes, some oak presence on the finish provides astringency.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; clean sour presence.

O: Wow, extremely tasty. Framboise de Amorosa manages to be super consistent batch to batch and still drinking just as tasty when I first had it back in 2008. (505 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a deep reddish brown with fizzy tan head. Good distribution with tiny to small bubbles, pretty good retention.

Smell - Lots of sweet raspberry mixed with funky yogurt sourness. A bit of oak, but raspberries are definitely the star of the show, unsurprisingly.

Taste - Lots of tart raspberry, subtle oak astringently. Very sour and maybe a bit too sweet.

Feel - Medium bodied, little tingle.

Overall - Very tasty, and if you like raspberry sours you'll like this one, but it's a bit one dimensional. (518 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tought Cuvee de Tomme was the non-plus-ultra of Lost Abbey sour/wild beers until I meet Framboise de Amorosa at Khyber Pass during a Philly Beer Week.

Imagine the freshest berries splashed with 25-year-old balsamic vinegar and served in beer form. Welcome to Framboise.

So outrageously good it is ridiculous. Barely an off-key throughout the whole performance. Incredibly drinkable, great flavor. Not too tart. (416 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into The Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Dark red brown color with a tan colored head, looks cloudy, not much light penetrating, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, no lacing.

A: Sour, tart, vinegar, sour apple, not picking up any alcohol. I've tried a few sours and this one has a very distinct aroma, I wonder if it's the raspberries, very nice aroma.

T: Big sour, tart, sour apple flavors up front, very dry, definitely picking up the raspberry tartness, some slight wood flavors at the end, gets a little bitter as it warms but still sour, very nice flavors.

M: Very carbonated, almost like a soda, very dry, dryness bleeds into the gums, very strange.

O: This is a really good beer, very nice sour, lots of flavors going , definitely worth the $15 I paid too bad there was only one bottle, I will be on the lookout for this beer now, you like sours, you gotta try this, cheers! (916 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Strong on the tartness up front and full of raspberry for sure. Tames a bit later on but keeps a pinch of sour throughout. Medium to high carbonation.

My first sour and I guess these take some getting used to. Different than anything I've had for sure but interesting (271 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i have missed the opportunity to try on many occasions, so a real treat to finally encounter it again. i was taken aback by its dark color, so may framboise beers are just pale wheat bases with the fruit. this appears to be a rich brown ale, deep and rich looking, with a red accent from the fruit. not what i expected but very cool. the nose on this one is a great mix of chocolate malt from the base beer and tart freshness from the berries, i am surprised how tart they really are, rising above the sweet richness of the brown ale base, which is quite robust on the grain front, toasted and desserty. the bacterial aspect of this is cool too, it seems to exacerbate the intensity of the fruit, and brings a series pucker to the finish of this. the malt chocolate thing comes back a touch, and it feels like a nice valentines day dessert before the acidity washes it out. the lost abbey is famous for a reason, this is the only beer of its kind i have ever tasted, and think it is more than worthy of its high praise. as flavorful a beer as any. (1,054 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass with a one finger off white head that doesn't last long.

S-Oak and raspberries. Lots of sweet raspberries. Nice funky notes as well.

T-Oak and raspberries, lots of raspberries, but the flavor is spot on. Nice funk, mild tartness in the finish.

M-Lighter, semi dry finish, nice carbonation.

O-A good sour that has the raspberry flavor down. (364 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad – 06/28/2014
Full pour – Belgium Tulip glass

A: Dark nut brown amber body with some maroon like tones. Murky look however with a bubbly carbonation visible and feeding into a nice thick off white head. Great retention displayed here along with some light streamers of stick that run the glass in a broken track manner.

S: Smells of sour cherry with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. Cidery and acetic. I would say it is more vinegar than fruit here. There is some malt sweetness there and a subtle damp woodsy musk to it. Very nice but I would have liked some more pronounced raspberry in the nose. Perhaps the bottled version will reveal more here.

T: Heavy on the sour cherry and balsamic vinegar with layers of browned malts mixed in providing some savory balance to all the sourness. More so than most wild ales I have sampled so far but it works really well here. I only get some muted raspberry puree in the background which is a little disappointing. Although it does taste ripely fresh it just seems the Flanders Red character wins over. Has a healthy sourness however it’s not bracingly so with just a touch of lactic acidity there. Not incredibly funky at all really. I get some oaky tannins and a touch of green earthy hop bitterness mid way. Has a great balance to it and the alcohol is kept well disguised throughout. Finishes with a tinny metallic note and a flourish of fruity sourness.

M: Moderate fill with plenty of frothy carbonation from the tap. Good sour pucker on the palate with a nice drying at the finish. Light tannin astringency. Fairly clean and balanced in body.

D: Still just starting to explore Wilds but this was a real nice find on tap. A little heavy on the vinegar but with some great sour cherry and raspberry notes and just the right amount of acidity. Probably won’t be my most favorite sour ale but has some great balance and depth of character. One of Lost Abby better concoctions I would say. Makes me a little less gun shy to go grab some bottles now. (2,040 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Terrific american sour. raspberries are huge and apparent. extremely unique and awesome. sourness is perfect. oak is there and balances it well. would drink this everyday. (172 characters)

Photo of slackattack
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an odd muddy river brownish red. Champagne head. Nose is raspberries, muscadine grapes, and a little funk. Taste is raspberry, sour cherry, and lots of delicious. Dry, carbonated body, again not unlike a champagne. This is one of my favorite sours that actually tastes like the fruit it claims. Wife picked this one out and she gets 2 thumbs up. (351 characters)

Photo of kdb150
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a white wine glass from a sixtel at Nodding Head.

A - this is one ugly beer. A murky, cloudy dark reddish-brown, poured with a finger or so of brown-ish head that from the top looked like algae on a pond. Very uninviting.

S - Take a whiff, though, and it significantly brightens the experience. Lots of raspberries, along with the sour, funky brown ale base that Lost Abbey does so many fantastic things with.

T - Wow. When asked how he got so much raspberry flavor into this beer, Tomme deadpanned "I added a lot of raspberries." Intense raspberry flavor throughout every sip, along with moderate sourness, oak, and caramel maltiness. The raspberry overload was neither cloying, nor too sweet, nor too tart. All of the flavors work in harmony, and nothing overpowers despite the intense fruit presence. Amazing.

M - Not too thick, not too thin, this stays on your palate long enough to deliver, but doesn't stick around forever, inviting another sip. The sourness does not overwhelm.

O - this is just about the best fruit beer I've ever had, and certainly the best American-made fruited sour I've tried. Simply a masterpiece. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's during Philly beer week. Served in a 5.5 oz nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red with some hints of brown and about a finger of a light pinkish head.

Smell: Big fruit character. Raspberry, hugely jammy, strawberry, fruit leather, slight breadiness, and lacto.

Taste: Raspberry, sour cherry, fruit leather and lacto. Underlying maltiness is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Medium levels of gentle carbonation. No alcohol presence. Really nice.

Overall: Another excellent one from Lost Abbey. I had this side by side with Duck Duck Gooze and Cuvée de Tomme and this may have been my favorite of the bunch. Definitely worth seeking out if you can get your hands on it. (735 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Deep hazy red with lots of visible carbonation and a two-finger foamy off-white head.

S: Tart, acetic, and fruity - sour cherries and raspberries - with moderate funk undertones.

T: Significant tartness up front. I get both acetic and lactic in near-equal balance. Sour raspberries, some funk, and a bit of barnyard. Finishes fairly dry with the lingering sourness.

M: Medium to a bit light-bodied. Good carbonation sensation. It seems a little hot for the style, but the ABV is higher than many similar beers - and it doesn't affect drinkability.

O: This was very good. I felt like it wasn't quite as complex as the best fruited sours, and the increased alcohol heat seemed a little out of place. But still quite enjoyable. (857 characters)

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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.