Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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Framboise De AmorosaFramboise De Amorosa

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 476
Gots: 226 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Ratings: 921 | Reviews: 227
Reviews by spicelab:
Photo of spicelab
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle. 2011 vintage. Previously tried at a tasting where 2/3 of the bottle was lost to gushing. Do remember it was a pretty yummy 20mL..

After resorting to a bottle opener to salvage the sheared cork, pours a glowing mahogany amber with a large but airy ochre head that falls with audible speed to a collar. Decent bead. Looks lovely.

Nose has a gorgeous leathery tartness which contains the abundant raspberry presence nicely. The raspberry character is juicy, almost sweaty, but far less pungent than it would be without the oak treatment. Acetic, lemony notes give a hint of the base wild ale.

Flavours are even juicier than the nose augured. Big, leathery, musky sour raspberry notes, and plenty of cherry and tart green apple.

Body has decent heft thanks to the barrel treatment and ABV. Oily at first before the modest carbonation cleans it up and rams home the tartness.

Intelligent balance of wild yeast and fruity excess with the tempering influence of the oak treatment. Loved it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

Mediocrity at it's finest.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of boatshoes
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing this bottle.

FdA is a ruddy reddish, amber with just a collar of pinkish white foam. The beer smeels very fruity like raspberry preserves with just a little damp hay funk. The beer has crisp acidity, bright fruit, and a nice funky finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious. An excellent beer, that I could absolutely pound.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pink and purple appearance, minimal head, quite interesting to start with. Aroma was sweet and funky, dark sweet colored berries.

Taste, nice and dry, equal parts sweet and sour. Strike that, more on the sour side. Tangy. A little gritty even, probably the difference from using fruit as opposed to filtered fruit juice as a shortcut (much less the added sugar).

Not a beer for everyone, not even close. Relatively rarely used fruit, paired with a dubbel, high price tag, fruit acidic sourness.

Not recommended for novices. Highly recommended for those off the beaten path.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a hazy ruby-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of very tart raspberries with indistinct malt and wheat aromas lurking in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors with very subtle hints of wheat kick things off and are overtaken almost immediately by solidly tart raspberry flavors. Midway through the sip the tartness lightens up a bit to allow hints of earthy sweetness to come out before reasserting itself to carry through to the very tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was one of the most tart beers I've had in quite a while. Not quite smooth enough to be great but a solid beer for which you need to prepare your tastebuds. Well worth a shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesM63 for this one!

A: Pours a deep mahogany color, almost purple/brown with a massive tan head on top, about 2.5 fingers in height that had very slow dissipation leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

S: Tons of raspberry right away, very sweet, fresh and juicy. Slightly tart, sort of reminds me of a fruity/acidic flanders.

T: Fantastic, very fruity with some ripe raspberries. There is a bit of oak and a touch of vanilla at the end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. No flatness issues with this one at all.

O: A very nice wild ale, very balanced in terms of flavor and sour/tartness.

Photo of nkersten
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Chris and reviewed from notes. Poured into a lost abbey tumbler, murky red liquid with a dirty off white head, decent retention. Smell is strong sour raspberries, lemon and lime soda, sugary with a slight bit of maltiness. Taste is pretty intense - big sour raspberry flavor up front, sour lemons, a bit of that trademark Lost Abbey funk, some blueberries, slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation, very acidic, makes it feel like it is coating. Not a bad beer, but the over the top sourness without any kind of balancing could definitley be improved with a bit of oak or more wild yeast flavors and aromas.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks JMBSH. Pours purple, after the great gush. Raspberry and sugar aroma. Lacey. Medium mouthfeel. Sour,balamatic vinegar,good raspberries, very good not unbelievable. appropriate though still above average carbonation that caused the gushing, and a very good drinker.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for the great trade. Poured from a 375ml. corked and caged bottle into a snifter and shared with schen9303.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger coarse, off-white head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy, muddled reddish-brown mud water. Lacing is pathy and has good cling.

S: Smells like it tastes. Raspberries and other red fruit, peat, earth, wood, and strong overtones of ethanol and acidity. This one smells sweeter as it warms with the fruit flavors dominating over the alcohol and acidity instead of vice-versa when its cold.

T: Flavors are muddled when its cold. Raspberry sweetness apparent in the beginning but tartness builds and builds at the middle to end. Acidity jumps out at the palate and is very aggressive. As it warms, flavors deepen and fruit is much more apparent. Tartness lingers but acidity dissipates. Finish was messy with a fruity and vinegary aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively when its cold but a bit grainy and rough around the edges as it warms. Bit sticky. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A solid beer but probably not the same as when I experienced this one at EBF. Much better as it warms, this one takes on a whole new flavor profile and character, as well as body. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter, dark purple-ish body, fizzy beige head

smell: fresh raspberry, definitely more tart than sweet, woody notes

taste: very good - i love the high tartness:sweetness ratio as so many of the style are cloyingly sweet. potent fresh raspberries, oaky, puckering and tongue buckling. Great

mouthfeel: high tartness, fizzy carbonation

overall: quite good

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened one of my bottles.

Pours a deep raspberry color. Almost a little brown.

Aroma is very Raspberry. Little bit of funk and sour.

Tastes more sour than you would think from the aroma. But a nice hint of raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and high carb. Very good.

Overall a tasty beer. Glad I have some more

Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at 33 degrees to pour, warmed to mid 40's to drink

served in De Ranke Tulip

pours a deep brown with a nice deep maroon glow. like cream and maroon head. amazing retention. chunks of yeast are suspended through out.

huge raspberry with light sour lemon and grape. oak really comes through with a nice light scent.

lip puckering up front. loads of raspberry through out with a touch of sweetness. nice light oak through out. light hints of vinegar and lemon. light funk, very much hidden however creeps through.

a bit dry. lots of carbonation. light body, but full (from the carbonation).

this is amazing, i love it. the raspberry flavor is heavy but never too much.

Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle generously shared by chswimmer. I was happy to tick this one off because it looks like it's probably headed for the top 100.

Gusher alert! Pours a clear reddish color with a one-finger off-white head that lasts.

Aroma is great intense raspberry and wild yeast.

Flavor is really good as well. Deep, hardcore (wait, I should keep it PG-rated here) raspberries, with just a little bit of nail polish detracting ever so slightly.

This is actually a little overcarbonated (typical Lost Abbey) with medium body, nice acidity, and a long tingly finish.

Hell of a beer overall. Another good sour from a brewery that can at least be counted on to get those right.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Reddish brown with a big tan head. No lacing, but a nice pattern on top of the beer.

Smell - Raspberries everywhere. Very bright fruit aroma with some sour notes. Slight funk to it, but it's all about the fruit.

Taste - Sour immediately. Lactic and overpowering the fruit. The raspberries have faded into the background. Slightly funky in the finish. The sourness turns the raspberry flavor into cranberry by the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Dry and well carbonated. Crisp, but medium bodied.

Overall - Well-made sour, but lacking in complexity. The fruit doesn't do enough to overcome the simplicity of the yeast strain.

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Pours a fucking gusher, huge POP & explosion, then about 4 ozs out of a 375 ml bottle makes it my goblet, SOB! This is turbid caramel with a pinkish brown sliver of head. Never clears, has great lacing & average head retention

S: Sourness & raspberries

T: Follows the nose with much tartness up front. Vinaigrette & dryness once warm, with more raspberries. Finishes with a touch of booze, plenty of tartness, oaky dryness, plus a kiss of sourness & cherries

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation in my glass, the rest is on the floor, ugh...

Has/had great drinkabilty, not sure what went wrong here, kept this stored in my min-fridge for a week+ & let it warm up to about 52 degrees. Would happily try again, been a while since a beer took me by suprise & made such a huge mess ( Capt Lawrence smoke from the Oak was the last evil doer ).

Approach this with caution!

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

I had this one sufficiently chilled down, so no problems with over foaming except for a little bit that slowly crept up the neck of the bottle a little bit. This pour s a deep mucky rose color, complete with little shreds of raspberries which eventually coat the bottom of the glass, and is topped with a finger or so of foamy light pink colored head. Just fantastic retention on this, with that cap staying at about the ½ finger mark the whole way through and throws a cascade of thick creamy foam all up on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of barrel flavor going on it, soaking the nose with woody tannins and some light vanilla. The raspberries still have a pretty full smelling presence here with a combo of sweet fruit and tartness. There is some funky sourness that hangs on the edges with some sharpness and seems a bit ramped up by the barrel character as well. Some light sugary malt softens things up some and works nicely with the touch of vanilla that is present.

The taste is much sweeter up front, between the fruitiness of the raspberries and sugars from the malts. This is tarter overall though on the palate, spreading out into the mouth, and mixing in with barrel notes that seem much more integrated in with the other flavors than it was in the nose. A deep tannic dryness hangs on the edges of the profile, pulling together in the backend and then finishing with some strength. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big feeling chewy slickness that perfectly compliments all of that tannic and sour character. Some very light warmth is present but seems like more of an afterthought compared to all of the boldness of the flavors in this.

I enjoyed this. No shortage of raspberry flavor was present and I was pleased to find that this avoided coming off as overly souring or acidic although it did have quite a nice bite and some well down subdued funkiness to it. I had no problem getting through the glass. This is a good one from the Lost Abbey.

Photo of IKR
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium purplish-brown. Decent light brown head that has a tinge of purple. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Tart raspberry aroma. some barnyard funk is also in the mix but the raspberry is prominent.

Taste: Sour tart raspberry delivered with a puckering sour. The sourness made my wife cringe. I guess she was expecting a Lindemann level of sourness, which she likes. I prefer my sours sour. Tangy raspberry aftertaste. The Belgian funk in the aroma doesn't really come through in the taste.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Well done.

Drink-ability: Again, I like my sours sour, and with the good taste and good carbonation I like it.

It's a tasty sour tart beer. I had 3 pints of it on tap at the release and I could drink this all day. Well done.

Photo of thagr81us
3.2/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a murky dark brown with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, maple syrup, oak, and slight mothballs (oxidation?). The flavor was of sweet malt, maple syrup, raspberries, oak, and oxidation (sigh...). It had a medium feel on the palate with very low carbonation (almost flat). Overall I believe this brew was treated badly in its past. There was no visible leaking from the cork to hint that oxidation should be present. So I was quite surprised when I found it to be. So I will say, there wasn't anything awe-inspiring in this one to say the least. Hate that this one was oxidized. Still had a decent flavor I could tell from the background notes in this one, but the oxidation was just overpowering. Aroma was okay on this one. Would love to try one that had been treated nicely in its past.

Photo of claaark13
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a 200ml Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours a translucent yet deep red with a thick, airy head that goes down nicely into a thick lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Raspberries galore. Sweet with a slight amount of tartness in the aroma. It really just smells like a raspberry smoothie.

T - Tartness upfront and throughout. At first the tartness seems like a wild ale, then the tartness seems like I bit into some raspberries as it mellows with some sweetness. It takes a few sips for the raspberries to coat the tongue and begin to surpass the tartness in the flavor.

M - Light to medium carbonation, prickly. Refreshing and right for the style.

O - Great beer. Maybe Lost Abbey should give up on everything else for now and just focus on their Wilds.

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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
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