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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 1,010
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 493
Gots: 265 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 1, that I received from Carlos. Thanks, man!

I expected the beer to gush like mad, but strangely, I needed a corkscrew to pop this bad boy. The beer itself is a hilariously ugly murky swamp water brown,capped with a short-lived beige head. The nose is bright, frothy, jammy, fruity raspberries, very bright and stunningly expressed. Not particularly seedy/tannic, the fruit character is excellent here. The sour base beer is actually tempered by the fruit. It does, however, have a mild acetone character, along with some lemon and key lime. Mildly yeasty as well.

The palate opens bright, fruity and sharp. Jammy raspberries, minimally seedy, with a little bit of strawberry character as well, the fruity expression is excellent. This is followed by the sour base, where the lactic acidity pairs quite well with the fruit. There's also a hint of lemon as well as some acetic character. A little frothy/yogurty as well, the mid-palate is a little chunky/yeasty. Some oak tannins are present, rather well-integrated with the profile. The finish is strongly lactic, scrubbing the palate, almost a little too much, leaving a clean, yogurt sourness and flavor along a clean raspberry sourness. It does, however, feel a little watery. Medium-medium light in body with moderate carbonation, the softness/fullness that the yeast/proteins lend does clash with the brightness of the fruit, but ultimately, I'd say this is one of the better American brewed raspberry sours I've had. Well done, Tomme!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy red-brown colour with a long lasting creamy tan head. Great lacing.

Lots of fruit with the raspberry being noticeable. Tart and funky and just a little sweet.

Tart. Fruity as well with some lactic notes. Nice raspberry character. Touches of mint. Great.

Medium light body with high carbonation. Appropriate.

A solid sour. Good funk and nice fruit. Works really well.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle of the 2012 vintage, into a duvel glass

A: pours brown with some deep redish tits and a slightly redish, tanned head. Two fingers worth of frothy head dissapate nicley to a film leaving some nice spots of lacing.

S: loads and loads of raspberry tartness, tartness has an acidic quality to it... Also a little bit of funk in there with some nice earthy wooden oak notes, this smells phenomenally delicious. Like a sour raspberry slush puppy.

T: equally impressive, wonderful notes of raspberry and acidic citrus tartness, hint of lemon, and tart dark cherry and green apple skins... A touch of funk mixed in with some earthy oak bringing a nice kiss of bitterness, this is wonderfully balanced.

M: medium bodied with very active creamy and aggressive carbonation to give this a lush and slightly spritzy mouthfeel, dry and a touch puckering in this finish, leaves an aftertaste that reminds me of sweet trarts.

O: this is a phenomenal sour... I'm not even usually a fan of framboise, bit the tartness and balance on this one are superb, one of my favorite sours hands down.

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Photo of haazer
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last beer I had at Capones black friday event.

A- A very pretty looking brew. Poured a deep purple color, with mohagony and red highlights. There was decent lacing left down the sides of the glass.

S- Tart and acetic aroma. Somewhat funky but not a lot. Sour raspberries of course, and even a bit of vinegar.

T- Fairly tart brew here. Slightly sour but not so much as the nose would lead you to believe. The raspberries give a nice flavor throughout and linger somewhat. The acidity of this beer is digesting my enormous Thanksgiving meal from the day before quite nicely.

M- Light to medium bodied brew, and highly carbonated. Way to go Tomme.

O- Overall this makes a great sour. The sourness and raspberry flavors are balanced very well. It's not overly sour or funky. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012. Picked it up at the brewery. Signed by Dominguez!

Pours a rather murky chocolate cherry with a brown pink fuzz on top. Lots of tart raspberries, some must, barn, lemon and oak. Nice hint of vanilla as well. Flavor is oaky with plenty of fruit flavor and slight bitterness. Also has the aftertaste of a really rich raspberry truffle. Some bits of wood and vine. I like the flavor on this one quite a bit. Medium bodied with sharp, tight fleeting carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, probably one of the better I've had from the Abbey.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.11.12.
Thanks Kelton.

A - Pours a very murky and dirty dark brown with a thin light tan head with good retention.

S - Tart and sweet raspberries and some wood.

T - Tart cherry, sweet raspberry and an oaky finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. A nice lingering tart finish.

O - Tart and sweet, nice balance, oaky tart lasts a long time.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz serving in a tulip glass during Tomme Arthur night at Lord Hobo last night. Reviewed from the notes that I wrote down.

A- Hazy mostly opaque dark brownish red with a very thin layer of reddish off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing. About average carbonation.

S- Mainly raspberries with maybe a tiny bit of cherries in there too. Lightly sweet smelling with some light tartness. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Lots of raspberries, fairly sweet with some light tartness on the finish. Not too sour, slightly more sour then Cuvee de Tomme and Red Poppy.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, tingles the tongue a little bit with larger mouthfulls, very easy to drink.

O- I haven't had too many framboises, but I definitely enjoyed drinking this one. Not my favorite sour I've had and definitely not the sourest, but definitely a nice enjoyable beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again, but I would certainly drink it again. It was one of my favorites of the night. It had a nice raspberry flavor with a decent tartness that could have maybe been toned up a little bit. I would definitely recommend this beer if you like raspberries.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark red with a pink 2 finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is heavily laden with funky raspberry. A little bit of sourness with some oak.

A little acidic up front in the taste. Tons of raspberry similar to the aroma. A little bit of the musty funk as well, but raspberry dominates the other flavors. Nice although I'd prefer a bit more complexity.

Soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Probably the best aspect of the beer. Brings everything together well.

Solid beer although falls a bit shy of hype for me. Still worth a shot if you can get it, but not worth trading any rarities for.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddled reddish/brown color, off-white head, spotty lace. Tons of funk, berries, and acidic noes mixed with vinegar and vinous notes. Flavor is tart berries, oak, nice acidic sour bite. Body is light, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

A really nice wild that has a lot of sour & fruit going on, which is exactly what I was looking for. A good one from Tomme and company at Lost Abbey. Recommend.

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Photo of birchstick
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark, ruby red with a soft white head with reddish hues in it

S - nose is an eruption of raspberries with nice sour notes and funk

T - starts off with some citric flavors that move to a lot of raspberry, emphasis on a lot. A little bit of musty dirt is present on the back of the palate, but raspberry takes center stage and doesn't get off. Really nice framboise here.

M - soft mouthfeel with a little bit of wateriness

D - overall, very solid framboise. Ties in some nice citric tones and the mustiness adds a layer of complexity. Damn good framboise...wish I could try this next to FfaC.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Tulip.

A: Pours an impenetrable strawberry brown with two fingers of fluffy head that deflates within a few minutes, leaving some nice walls of lacing. Very good retention.

S: Raspberry on spicy oak, red fruit, a little funk. Nicely balanced.

T: Pleasing raspberry with moderate-high, mouth-puckering sourness which hits you pretty quickly and has good persistence on the finish. Some oak.

M: Medium-high carbonation on a medium body. A bit more carbonated than ideal, like a soda.

O: Tasty and well constructed.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours an opaque rusty brown color with a fluffy, creamy beige head, excellent retention, the head settles to just over a finger, leaves tons of lacing. Looks awesome.

S- Massive blast of raspberries, very juicy and sweet, has a nice tart character as well, a bit of oak.

T- Delicious, vivid raspberries, a nice blend of tart and sweet fruit flavors, also by an acidic tartness. Nice malt character lends some balance, great honey flavor, also getting a bit of oak and funk.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, has a smooth, slightly sticky feel, finish is slightly dry.

O- An excellent beer, the raspberry flavor really shines and the tartness and malt flavor does a great job of highlighting it and balancing it out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz cork n cage bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dirty, dark amber with a big 2" tan head. Edge of glass nearly coated in lacing.

S- lots of raspberries, oak, some sour and funk as well.

T- slightly tart raspberries followed by some light toasted flavors, and sour and vinegar at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Heavier mouth feel for a sour with a creamy frothy feel.

O- really enjoyed this beer. Not real sour or tart but it definitely has the characteristics of a sour with a nice raspberry flavor.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml purchased from the brewery last month, poured into two stemmed Lost Abbey tulips.

Appearance. Pours a deep hazy burgandy with a finger of light orangey-amber head.

Smell. Sweet and fresh raspberries, wet wood and some musty funk.

Taste. Sour raspberries, lots of wood and leather with some dry earthy funk.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A nice sour with lots of barrel goodness.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutger.

A: 1" pink head over red liquid.

S: Raspberry, wood and yeast.

T: Raspberry, sour funk, oak and yeast. Somewhat bitter, leathery and yeasty.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Smooth and bitter, leathery and almost buttery.

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Photo of brystmar
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared 3 ways. Very efflorescent pour, tons of head quickly roars to life leaving behind mildly pink lace.

Pungent raspberry aroma with funky undertones. Fruit is fresh and a little sweet. Really enjoyed the nose on this one.

Fruit doesn't come through as nicely in the taste, however. There's an odd, dirt-y, bitter presence in the middle that muddies the experience. Not sure I like this yeast strain.

Denise thinks the body is too thick, but I enjoy it. A decent sour overall, but not worth bending over backwards to find it.

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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012, 375 ml bottle
Served into a snifter

A: Dark ruby colored body, hazy with a huge foamy brownish/pink colored head. Nice amounts of lacing are on the walls due to this, as well as a thick retention cap. Towards the bottom some raspberry puree looking sediment are floating about.

S: Fresh pressed raspberries, strawberry, plenty of sourness and funk. Hints of oak come out as it opens up a bit. Really great, fruity smelling beer.

T: Big raspberry notes, tart and sour dark red fruits, cherry and nice amounts of oak again. Some red wine and almost like a fruit-soaked cake flavor towards the back of the palate. Really complex and layered, and absolutely delicious.

M: Highly carbonated, okay let's be honest it's over-carbonated. Lost Abbey is compensating for former beers? Anyway, tone it back and it would be really nice, even though the style is well carbonated this is too much. Quite dry on the finish/linger.

Extremely nice raspberry Wild Ale. Aside from too much carbonation, the flavor profile was spot on. I really liked the acidic and lactic tartness in this beer, perhaps I'd prefer it a bit less dry. Nicely done.

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Photo of actone2001
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, a little over a year from brewery release. 375ml bottle straight from the fridge

A - Murky brownish-red. Influence of the raspberries gives it a great pinkish hue when the light strikes it right.

S - A lot of Funk (brett?), lactic, raspberry, tiny bit of oak. Great smell!

T - Lactic acid at the tip of the tongue which fades into a balanced acetic acid as it glides over the palate. Tart raspberry dominates, lemony, tart berry. There is a slight oak finish, a little more funk, vinegar, and a lingering sour berry taste at the end. Good enough depth.

M - Medium bodied, great prickly carbonation (especially for a LA beer!). Dry finish. Perfect for the style

O - I'm pleasantly surprised with this beer! Mouth puckering tartness, with the added bonus of raspberry funk! Great mouthfeel, and enough complexity for me to keep drinking it. This definitely holds up as one of the better American Wilds out there, and seems to age well (for the year I've had it sitting). I'll definitely be seeking this in the future!

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown color. Opaque. Mousse-like head. 4.5
S: Faint raspberries. 4
T: Sharp acidity up front. Red berry flavors: raspberries, cherries. Toffee. Gingerbread. Delicous. 4.5
M: Same creamy texture that Red Poppy has. I think this is the best part of this beer. It's like eating the cream of a Tiramisou cake. 4.5
O: I really like it. Extremely drinkable. I can drink this like the British can drink pints of Bitters. I love how the fruit flavors play with the caramel malt flavors. I can't say for sure whether it's better or worse than the Red Poppy, but it shares many of its characteristics. 4.5

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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.