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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 1,027
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 498
Gots: 269 | FT: 22
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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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 jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy orangish red color with finger width foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Very funky, tart aroma with raspberry at the end. Nice, nice, nice tart taste with good raspberry flavor at the end. Awesome, awesome beer.

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Photo of kbenson
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12/12/15. Really great framboise. Super tart. Raspberries strong on the nose and shone through in the taste. Really crisp mouthfeel. Group consensus was this was excellent.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, beautiful cranberry mahogany body. Light khaki head pours a finger high with nice retention and low lace.

S - Sharpy sour with bright steel. Loaded with tart raspberry and oak.

T - Brightly sour and boldly sweet. Cranberries, raspberries, touch of dark chocolate, lemon juice, and bitter melon rinds.

M - Medium-light body with a smooth, drying finish.

O - An absolutely delicious american raspberry sour ale. Tons of bold fruit paired with a sharp assertive sourness.

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Photo of Absolut
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a snifter while watching an online CLE.

color is a brown/red, bubbly but no head.

smells is sour, raspberries, and oak.

taste is the same. mouthfeel is sparkly, like a ginger ale.

refreshing and yummy-- the beer. this CLE blows.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Cork and Craft. Deep murky brown red that seemed to suggest a decent stretch in the barrel. Nose was leather and oak as well as raspberry and vinegarette. More of an aged complex brew. Far from an average raspberry flavored lambic. Dark tart raspberry flavors switched over to oak and a subtle bit of balsamic. Also, drank like a soft effervescent French champagne. Gentle not sparkly. Very pleasant. Never really thought of Framboise as a contemplative beer. But LA's is thoughtful sipper. Really surprised and enjoyed.

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Photo of kristinc
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

despite having been spoiled with many very good raspberry sours, this one really stands out as possibly the best that I've had for a spot-on representation of both the fruit and the underlying wild. great aroma. ridiculously tart, juicy, tannic, and earthy.

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Photo of LouAleHead
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this one in a trade. Great Raspberry flavor, all natural, carbonation is just right, very little head but it laces. The acidity at the end is awesome. Somewhat reminds me of jester King's Atrial.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of pagriley
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Eziel
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of makeyourself
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Tele
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | 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!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.