Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smoked salmon reddish orange with a fizzilicious crown of beige colored foam that goes from large to small in the blink of an eye. Well, a couple dozen blinks, anyway. A thin slice hangs around for a while, though the glass is almost untouched.
As expected, ripe raspberries and farmhouse funk vie for supremacy in the aroma. Two notes are enough when they smell this good. Wait just a minute... there's a little oak in there as well.
According to The Lost Abbey, Framboise de Amorosa's base beer is Lost & Found Abbey Ale. It's odd that this beer neither looks, smells, nor tastes like a dubbel. No mid-range malts are appreciated. It could be that the twin tommyguns of raspberries and funky Brett are mowing down every other (potential) member of the flavor profile.
There is a fair amount of background sweetness, but it's easily overwhelmed by a tart- acidic raspberry fruit vinegar vibe and a drying, oak-accented finish. FDA is damn good stuff if you like beer of this general sort.
The final pour turns things darker brown and marvelously murky (more dubbel-like). In addition, it seems as if warming is bringing a hint... of a trace... of a suggestion... of dubbel character to the flavor profile too. Complexity has been achieved.
Barrel-aged, fruit-spiked, American wild ales rarely have rich and creamy mouthfeels. This one doesn't break the trend, but it does have a lightly syrupy quality that keeps beer and taste buds in contact for quite some time. The bubbles are on the harsh side rather than being well-incorporated. Then again, this is a victory of sorts for a brewery that has had major carbonaton issues in the past.
Framboise de Amorosa (Raspberry Lover) is a lovely little raspberry wild ale that does just about everything right. Even though it was overpriced at $15 for just 12.7 ounces, it was probably pretty expensive to produce. Thank you to whoever sent me the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2011 12:30:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.31/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 18:36:01 | More by macrosmatic
Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
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