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Framboise De Amorosa | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by largadeer on 02-09-2010

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours a medium dark brown body with a maroon hue, one finger white head, good retention, no lacing, thin collar. Smells of raspberry, tart cherry, oak, pungent tannins, very tart vinegar without hint of lactic acid. Flavour is a stinging acetic acidity, moderate raspberry flavor, not so much the cherry, but more raspberry than in the nose, lots of oak and red grape tannins. Again this is a fairly acidic wild ale. Not so complex, but a nice raspberry and oak presence. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, very tart but still very drinkable. Overall, an oaky raspberry wild ale, reasonably clean as far as the flavour profile goes. Not bad, but maybe a bit expensive for what it is when compared to similar Russian River sours.

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Photo of Chieftog
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I usually avoid the framboise section but I was in Encinitas so decided to swing by Lost Abbey bottle shop. Unfortunately they only had two sours they'd sell for carry-out and since this was one of them I went for it. Glad I did. This is a fine beerverage.

Looks better than expected. Kinda a reddish brown with a pinkish head (1/2 on mine - hard pour out of anticipation). Colors are very natural and not the "hey I'm a framboise!!!" color you may see with other lesser fares.

Pretty strong raspberry smell and a little underlying sour acidic smell.

I could drink this for awhile without tiring of it. It's SOUR while a bit sweet but sweet is not the main quality. You can taste the background ale well and the raspberry doesn't overpower anything. Would enjoy some more funk but wouldn't complain about what I have.

Almost has a sour stout feel ... less thick but still more to it than a typical sour. Maybe it's the fruit.

Any day of the week I'd have this. Since it's got fruit in it, I think I'll have this for breakfast when possible. Pretty pricey for a daily drinker so maybe I'll just save it for breakfast on the first Sunday of each month. (of course, I'd have to drive to Encinitas because the brewer had decided Las Vegas is too classless for their beer)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet ass pink and purple appearance, mild pink 1/4" head. Aroma was much sweeter than expected, they dropped the sweet raspberry on this one.

Taste is sweet yet has a dry finish, plenty sour too, this tastes like what I imagine Lindeman's was going for when they made it sweet, but just couldn't get the sour on it. The fruit is pretty chunky in these (this and double framboise). Cool dubbel base for it, works well, gives good mouthfeel, thickness, consistency.

Expensive, but every now and then, why not. . .

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Photo of Furlinator
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the SD Taproom 9th anniversary on 02/27/16.

Pours cloudy rust brown. Much thicker texture than I expected while still remaining carbonated. Like a cross between raspberry soda and fruit juice. Equally sweet and sour. Very good.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with a very slight crismson hue. Aromas of spur acidity, fresh raspberries and toffee malt. Flavors of fresh semi sweet and sour raspberries, toffee malt, caramel, hints of vanilla and oak. Light bodied with moderate carbonation plenty of sour vinegar and acidity

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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
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | 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
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cherry color with an off white head. Smell is loaded with juicy, sour raspberries, and a little bit of funky. Taste is very sour up front but makes way for a wave of intense raspberry flavor. A little vinegary/nail polishy as well. No alcohol detected. Barrel character is very mild, which I prefer. Just a bit of oak and slight wine flavor. 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 (sure again I did buy another bottle for $17), 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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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.