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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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237 Reviews
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Reviews: 237
Hads: 977
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 4%
Wants: 478
Gots: 270 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Mediocrity at it's finest. (26 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)

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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 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)

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a hazy deep reddish purple pour with a ring of off white bubbles. Aromas burst out with a conglomeration of fresh bright raspberry and woody tannins. Sour funk swirls about with a bretty barnyard kick to it. Aroma is really bright and inviting.

First sip brings bright, tart raspberry rushing upfront. Sweetness is there to balance it along with plenty of funkiness and wood tannins. Puckers the mouth on the way down. Flows down with raspberry all over the place and lingering tartness. Dry on the finish. Wow, really a tasty brew here!

Mouthfeel is smooth with punchy carbonation. Good body and overall quite the tasty brew. Of all the new Lost Abbey beers I've had this ranks up there with the best of them. Worth seeking this one out, especially if you're a fan of framboise. No gusher on this bottle, although the cork was a bit of a pain to get out. (877 characters)

Photo of lateralundertow
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage; nice pop as the cork comes out.

A - Pours a hazy red/brown with more than three fingers of light brown head. Head has good retention and leaves lacing.

S - Funky, oaky and tart, with raspberry taking somewhat of a secondary role in the aroma, though there is still a nice raspberry presence.

T - Nice earthy funk, almost bitter, with a great tartness on top of it all. Taking small sips really seems to higlight the raspberry presence. This seems much more tart than the sample I had at the brewery, in a very nice way. Good oak presence that becomes more pronounced on the finish. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation that gets a bit creamier throughout he glass. Very dry, tart, almost bitter finish.

O - I was expecting a bit more fruity raspberry, considering the freshness of the bottle, but i am very happy with the funkiness and intensity of the tartness. (902 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.

375 ml caged and corked bottle with a very suggestive label. The beer pours a hazy red-brown-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very strong raspberries. The flavor is strong raspberry with low to medium tartness. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (345 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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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)

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz. corked bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a muddy, cloudy dark red almost brown, off white head,, about a 1/4 inch or so. Decent spotty lace. Good head retention.

Sugary, funky fruit, raspberry a bit in the background, sweet tart, a bit of barnyard funk.

Very nice, sweet sugary raspberry, sweet almost caramel oaky like malt in there, just enough funk, more barnyard, finishes sour.

Medium to light in body. A touch of sweetness that's cut by a fair amount of sourness. Not intensely sour like some can be.

Very nice, raspberry a bit hidden, more of a Flanders style beer with abit of sweet malt in there. (645 characters)

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Murky red with orange edges. Tons of carbonation. Big, but quickly dissipating head.

Sweet, sour, tart, tangy, biting raspberry aroma. Pretty spectacular.

Taste follows the aroma nearly identically. A tart, bitingly sour, raspberry wild along with some warm, earthy oak. Tremendous. Minimal vinegar astringency.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Wonderful raspberry sour. (412 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in an awesome BIF box from Hophead101. Thanks Greg!

Appearance- Pours a murky, pinked tinged red into my glass with a respectable half finger to a finger of head. I had heard some of these were gushers, but I was lucky and didn't have one (though the cork was pretty hard to remove). The head dies back relatively quickly to a ring.

Smell- Wow, very heavy on a nice fresh raspberry scent. A lot of big raspberry notes followed by a very strong whiff of lactic acid. Smells sour and fruity, yum.

Taste- Again, very raspberry forward with lots of big raspberry notes but also a lot of woody, raspberry seed notes mixed in a well. Moves quickly into a strong lactic acidity and finishes quite tart.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is good for the style, not overly thin. Drinkability was good, though the strong lactic acidity got to me towards the end of the glass.

Overall, a very decent framboise. I enjoyed it and would recommend it, though it is quite heavy on the acidity. (996 characters)

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