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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 458
Gots: 232 | FT: 16
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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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Ratings: 902 | Reviews: 227
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty sour and tart with lots of fresh raspberry and raspberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is pretty refreshing and very easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

A: Pours a moderate amber with some definitely red highlights. A bit disappointing compared with the nose and flavor; given these, I would expect a big, bright pink-red body a la the Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek and Framboise.

S: More than makes up for the "lacking" appearance with incredible notes of fresh, ripe raspberry and a nearly-bracing sourness level. Mostly straight sourness, with a bit of vinegar, funk, and sweetness thrown in.

T: Absolutely incredible. This is perhaps the best fruit-containing sour beer that I've ever had, certainly above Blabaer and up with my all-time favorite, Lou Pepe Kriek. Nice tart notes of raspberry, hints of oak, funk, and a good amount of residual sweetness come up alongside the puckering sour characteristics.

M: Sublime. Incredibly sour, but the dichotomy created by the tart and sweet aspects of the raspberries really works well to bring a complex, cohesive whole.

D: I never wanted it to end. Simple as that. Thank you, Lost Abbey.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: While the cork disengaged with a huge pop, I was fortunate not to have opened a gusher; while the foam rose in the bottle, I was able to pour all of the beer into my snifter, where a lovely mauve head sat atop the raspberry colored liquid and left strips of lacing behind

Smell: Raspberry puree and an oaky tartness

Taste: At the outset, the raspberry puree sits on the tongue with a fruity vibrancy; tartness ensues after a few seconds and grows, by mid-palate, until the tongue tingles with acidity and bit of funk; sending the beer down the gullet brings more fruity intensity, though ultimately the finish is very dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: After having lived through a number of clunky (though tasty) beers from this brewery, it is nice to see Tomme get the carbonation level right on this one (at least on my bottle, as others have suffered through gushers); this is among the very best beers that Lost Abbey has produced

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seducuctive and luscious: these words come to mind at first sip, even if I hadn't read the lable beforehand.

The pour brings a bright and glowing appearance of lavender or pink-ish color. A billowing head is quite a pleasant surprise. The foam retains well as it reduces to a creme, evenly coating the surface of the beer while leaving light lacing as the beer fades.

Fruity aromas take an obvious berry scent, although not completely distinguished as raspberries. Tart and mouthwatering, the beer evokes astringent qualities simply by scent. Light cider and must accompany the fermented raspberry nose going into taste.

Under-rippened berries, green apple skins, and a lemony taste overwhelms the taste at first. But as the carbonation settles and the beer warms, the beer takes a decidedly raspberry turn at mid palate and strengthens going into the finish. Keeping the beer from a one-dimensional raspberry taste, a snappy malty/grainy backbone adds roundness and buffers the sourness. A delicate almond-like pithy flavor adds a creamy flavor and texture that begins to separate this version from its competitors.

Very crisp, clean, and refreshing from sip to finish, this Framboise buffers an effervescent bubbly feel with a creamy (nearly fat body for such sourness), but the leads into the finish with assertive palate stripping acetic flavor and pleasantly astringent bite.

This is likely the best framboise made outside of the Sienne Valley of Belgium. Where the beer remains largely normal throughout, the intangible almondy flavor and feel separates the men from the boys.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a light link foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh raspberry with tart notes is quite sublime. Taste is a very interesting mix between some fresh raspberry juice with notes and no sweetener with some light oak notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

Photo of Knapp85
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking red color with an off white pinkish foamy head on top. The retention here is a good and so is the lacing on the glass. Very pretty looking beer all around. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of raspberry aromas some nice fresh oak and some subtle funk in there too. The taste is excellent in my opinion. There is an explosion of raspberry with the tartness of the fruit itself mixing with the oak from the barrels and the wild yeast. The sourness of the beer is very tolerable in my opinion and still remains very easy to drink. The after taste brings out some of the malt in the base of the beer as the fruit subsides, there is also some hints of cocoa in there as well in the late finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is good, it's a little thin but had a moderate carbonation to it. Overall it was highly enjoyable, I would order this beer again in a heartbeat. Very glad i got to try this, If I ever have it again I want to have it with a rich chocolate dessert of some kind.

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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoked salmon reddish orange with a fizzilicious crown of beige colored foam that goes from large to small in the blink of an eye. Well, a couple dozen blinks, anyway. A thin slice hangs around for a while, though the glass is almost untouched.

As expected, ripe raspberries and farmhouse funk vie for supremacy in the aroma. Two notes are enough when they smell this good. Wait just a minute... there's a little oak in there as well.

According to The Lost Abbey, Framboise de Amorosa's base beer is Lost & Found Abbey Ale. It's odd that this beer neither looks, smells, nor tastes like a dubbel. No mid-range malts are appreciated. It could be that the twin tommyguns of raspberries and funky Brett are mowing down every other (potential) member of the flavor profile.

There is a fair amount of background sweetness, but it's easily overwhelmed by a tart- acidic raspberry fruit vinegar vibe and a drying, oak-accented finish. FDA is damn good stuff if you like beer of this general sort.

The final pour turns things darker brown and marvelously murky (more dubbel-like). In addition, it seems as if warming is bringing a hint... of a trace... of a suggestion... of dubbel character to the flavor profile too. Complexity has been achieved.

Barrel-aged, fruit-spiked, American wild ales rarely have rich and creamy mouthfeels. This one doesn't break the trend, but it does have a lightly syrupy quality that keeps beer and taste buds in contact for quite some time. The bubbles are on the harsh side rather than being well-incorporated. Then again, this is a victory of sorts for a brewery that has had major carbonaton issues in the past.

Framboise de Amorosa (Raspberry Lover) is a lovely little raspberry wild ale that does just about everything right. Even though it was overpriced at $15 for just 12.7 ounces, it was probably pretty expensive to produce. Thank you to whoever sent me the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely phenomenal beer. I was thrilled to death to be able to get ahold of this one and wasted no time at all with trying it. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/30/2010.

The pour could not have been better as the rich red liquid poured out into the glass. Full of haze and cloudiness the cherry color really just popped about as big as I could have imagined. Amazing head of nearly three fingers in height just rises up over the top of the glass, coating everything it touches and not faded for anyone. Stunning.

The aroma was to die for. Deep, tart raspberries were so strong and prevelent it was almost unlike anything I have come across before. Huge aroma, lightly tart, but yet sweet with hints of like woody notes in the back that are all but buried by the huge fruit flavor. Simply amazing as it rolls across the tongue, smooth, even carbonation just a wonderfully rich fruit flavor that would not quit. Raspberry and cherry dominate here with a light tartness and sweetness that seem to be offset but a touch of spice. This was just dripping with ripe fruit flavors to the point That you had all you could do to not drink the entire thing in five minutes, Simply outstanding.

This may be the best I have had from Lost Abbey in terms of fruite beers ever. Maybe it was just me but I have never had something that worked for me so well with this rich flavor. Cannot say enough good things here.

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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: The pour is a very muddled brown color with plenty of red highlights and a short lived off-white head on top. Not particularly attractive in any sense.

S: A very pungent raspberry aroma, as you would expect, which provides a nice mix of tartness and acidity with a mild sweetness. There is a nice contribution from the oak as well, along with a very light funkiness, and plenty of lactic acidity and only slight vinegar notes.

T: The flavors mimic the nose quite well. The raspberries are certainly the star of the beer and work very nicely with a strong acidity and a minimal vinegar flavor. The oak and fruit skins provide a very nice dry and tannic quality.

M: A medium bodied beer with a puckering tartness, full carbonation, and a dry finish.

D: I'm usually not the hugest fan of the framboise variety of lambic/sour beers, but this was a really pleasant and refreshing take on it.

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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
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