Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by spicelab:
4.41/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2013 09:11:34 | More by spicelab
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4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2014 20:44:23 | More by Nugganooch
Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.