Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 4.01%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of actone2001
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (1,035 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (599 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 375 bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Burnt orange-amber. Off-white head.

S: Lots of funk, oak, sourness. Just a light fruitiness.

T: Like a raspberry version of Red Poppy, not surprisingly. Gingerbread, oak, funk, raspberries. Quite good.

M: Medium body and decent carbonation. High - but not painfully so - acidity.

O: A great American framboise. (363 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the brewery in July. Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Cloudy raspberry red colour with only the slightest glow around the edges from light passing through. One finger of bubbly cream coloured head formed with good retention.

S - Sour raspberries, balsamic vinegar and light oak aromas. Very tart.

T - A huge puckering tartness up front that gives way to pureed raspberries, red wine vinegar and some light oak and cherry flavours.

M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Would like less carbonation in this one (can't believe I am complaining about too much carbonation in a Lost Abbey beer). (629 characters)

Photo of oregone
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into hotel gLass,
Cloudy/murky orange pink. Explosive carbonation sprayed the counter and kept gushing. One finger liquid, six finger head. Careful pour yielded a hazy chunky liquid. Slowly settled to a very fine ring of fringe bubbles.
S: tart oaky fruit. Some lactic sour notes and raspberry candy. Oak is there, but the funk prevails. Nice.
T: solid. Sour, but a good balance of tart raspberry, oak character, funkiness and acetic/vinegar. Well done.
M: solid again. Bigger side of light. Carbonation settled in and kept this fresh. I'd expect that it actually has a bit of body hiding behind th bubbles. Clean, crisp as is though.
O: understand the demand. Very nice and I'd love to try again. With some goggles on. Quite good. (743 characters)

Photo of SoCalStout
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lost Abbey for their first Throw Back Thursday. Poured into a Lost Abbey stemware. 2010 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a dark red/purple with two fingers worth of light pink.rose colored head that fades fairly quickly and leaves very light lacing.

Smell: The aroma is amazingly complex. Lots of tart fruits such as raspberries and sour cherries which were most present. Very crisp with brett. Oaky with a mild, sweet malt backdrop as well to balance it.

Taste: Huge sour raspberry tartness up front with a huge acidic sour level. A large creamy vanilla oaky wood dry bite in the middle. The sourness lingers with you throughout. Has a dry, sour, and acidic bite near the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Full body with lots of carbonation and a prickly feel towards the finish.

Overall: This is a solid wild ale. It is very drinkable and I can't wait to see what some age does to this beer as I have some 09, 10, and 11 ageing. I think it is going to be amazing! (968 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Framboise de amorosa from notes

A- slight muddy red pour. hazzy from the bottom poured out. Booming three finger off white head with a slight pink hue.

S- Bright tart raspberries, vanilla. Slightly funky with a sweet pairing. the oak is really shining through.

T- Tart funkiness right off the bat. Raspberries and oak.

M- Medium feeling, mouth watering. Puckering with a prickly carbonation.

O- This is really what a fruit wild ale is all about. Over the top fruit and sour yet not overdone. (496 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey on Lost Abbey night. Poured as a 4oz pour.

A - Pours a hazy red raspberry juice/light blood colour with a thin white head that leaves a nice halo.

S - Aromas of fresh raspberry and vinegar. Super sweet raspberry preserves. Oh my goodness this is inviting.

T - Wow this is something to marvel at. Delicious raspberry notes and jam with light sweetness. Some little vinegar notes as well. So, so much better than the bottle I tried. Tart, sour, sweet so good.

M - Goddamn this is a great mouthfeel. So nicely carbonated here this stuff is tart and crisp. Each sip makes me want more.

O - Overall I love this beer. So freaking good with delicious raspberries. So glad I got to try this on tap. (730 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy dark amber, light brown with some red highlights. Off-white soapy head that dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite pungent and full of raspberry, as you would expect. There is a solid combination 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 with only slight vinegar notes.

The tastes follow the nose initially with the raspberries still the star of the beer and work very nicely with a strong acidity and a minimal vinegar flavor. The oak and vinous fruit skins provide a very nice dry and tannic quality. The finish is really quite mouth-puckering and tart, more so than any other beer I have had in recent memory. I expected it to be sour but this is crazy sour for being only 1 year old.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a puckering, semi-sweet tartness, plenty of ample carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall, this was a very nice tasting beer and quite packed with real raspberry flavor and a boat ton of tartness. I was not expecting it to be this sour but I am quite pleased with the outcome. You definitely need to be a fan of sour beers and raspberries to enjoy this; sour more so than raspberry. Definitely recommended but not totally sure it is worth the outlay to aquire given the rarity and/or price. (1,403 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Darkness snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

A- Poured a 3 finger off white head that dissipates to a nice bubbly ring around the glass, burnt orange color, red hues off the bottom, cloudy cannot see through it, decent lacing.
S- Really nice aroma, fresh raspberries, nice oak comes out, some vinegar, nice funkiness, exited to try this.
T- Really nice, big tartness, raspberries upfront, oak, vinegar, nice acidity, really puckering, really impressive
M- Medium mouth feel, dry at this finish, puckering, well carbonated.
O- Impressive, love the sour puckering notes, was not disappointed, love the fruitiness, raspberries, nice oak, nice complexity, really enjoyable. (715 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at one of the many Santa Cruz tastings; review from notes. Pours a dark orangey red with a small khaki head. Aroma is tart and fruity with a massive emphasis on fresh raspberries and lesser accents of green apple skin. Sour raspberry flavor washes over the palate before leaving some sweeter candied berry notes. Touches of wood and a helping of funk with lactic tartness. High carbonation, maybe a little coarse and fizzy. A very good sour. (455 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle, into my Lost Abbey stemmed tulip.

A: Pours about a 1 and a half finger, foamy, white head. Reddish, amber hue, with medium carbonation rising throughout. Settles pretty quickly, but a blanket of foam remains. Nothing much in terms of lacing.

S: A little woody, with a touch of baked bread; but fresh raspberry rules the day.

T: A little baked bread malt, bitterly combined with a very acidic and alkaline, but fresh raspberry flavor.

M: Dry and bitter, but light bodied and very full.

D: Bitter quality probably makes this more enjoyable as a sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Solid appearance with some nice continuing carbonation and a foamy head. Nose is full on fermented raspberry. Flavor is a vinegary, malty, acidic raspberry. Very full flavored, and nicely balanced. Overall, this is a good quaff. (847 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thin super carbonated light reddish brown that if not for the huge frothy head this brew would look more like wine cooler than a beer. Tart smells of raspberries dominate the nose with a hint of grapes and cherries adding to a unique aroma. First sip is almost puckering tart with plenty of sweetness left to make even the most controlled diabetics reaching for their insulin. The raspberries make up the majority of the flavor. Not much of anything else there. Body is super thin but the over carbonation compensates to the point that mouthfeel is quite pleasant. I do believe more time will help this puppy. Time will tell. (638 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a 200ml Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours a translucent yet deep red with a thick, airy head that goes down nicely into a thick lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Raspberries galore. Sweet with a slight amount of tartness in the aroma. It really just smells like a raspberry smoothie.

T - Tartness upfront and throughout. At first the tartness seems like a wild ale, then the tartness seems like I bit into some raspberries as it mellows with some sweetness. It takes a few sips for the raspberries to coat the tongue and begin to surpass the tartness in the flavor.

M - Light to medium carbonation, prickly. Refreshing and right for the style.

O - Great beer. Maybe Lost Abbey should give up on everything else for now and just focus on their Wilds. (775 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a pink soapy head atop a body of deep ruby red and tinges of purple. The head reemerges quick upon agitation, with thick legs sliding down the side.

Tingly, prickly aromas of raspberries and brett funk blending for a fine balance. Intense just enough for a light *whiff* to derive the whole bouquet.

Rich, raspberry flavors with tons of tartness washing across the palate, with both the aforementioned brett funk and oak manifesting primarily on the finish. Also exhibits some wine characteristics, mostly Zinfandel. Everything just dovetails mouth-puckeringly right.

Mouthfeel Is light to medium-bodied. Sticky 'icky residual on the gums after swishing.

Overall, FDA is comparable to drinking a super tasty Framboise tinged with the cheesy funk of a typical Jolly Pumpkin, though the oak characteristics complement the overall flavor perfectly. Also complements well with the brie I’m pairing it with. This is a repeat-funk cheddar-offender and I’ll be returning as much as humanly possible. (1,024 characters)

Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
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