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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

753 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 425
Gots: 218 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Blended Aged Brown Ale with wild yeasts and Fresh Raspberries.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 02-09-2010)
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Photo of claytong
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - ruby red with a fantastic head that last the whole time im drinking.

smell - raspberry...wow, basically just raspberries here. maybe could detect some funk, but it was hard to really say

taste - raspberry, wine soaked oak, a bit of raspberry tartness, very delicate and nice.

mouthfeel - good carbonation with a light to medium body, a wet finish possibly from all the raspberries.

overall - certainly something to keep around the kitchen for pairing. also certainly something non beer lovers could enjoy, or even a beer lover. terrific beer.

claytong, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the couple beers at GABF I had multiple tastes of, at least three, in this case I believe.

Nice reddish/cranberry color, with pretty good clarity.

Smelled really bold. Tart raspberry was fresh and mingled with very acidic yeast/buggers. Sweet but not so much that it was distracting like most American "framboise" beers.

The flavor was equally bold. The acidity was much bigger than I expected. Really nice sourness here, with ripe raspberry deliciousness.

Nice strong carbonation. Overall an excellent beer, one I believe I had the opportunity to buy once or twice but simply assumed it wasn't going to be worthwhile. This one isn't talked about like many of the other LA beers, but this is a prime example of why the brewery is at least capable of producing world class beer.

Spider889, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shizzle. I split this with the wife tonight.

Nice pop and a heady pour. A dark clear rustic brown. Nice head/lacing.

Smells like ripe raspberries getting shoved up your nose. A really deep sour, not a lot of funk. Nice and tart.

Taste like raspberries! Sour, tart. A nice smooth sour quality. All the sweetness it used to have has turned into a really nice sour.

M-Light to medium bodied and spritzy.

O-Damm good beer. Fresh this was sweet and delicious, aged it's tart and delicious. Nice job Lost Abbey.

ZX6Chris, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Onibubba
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown pour into a tulip with a quickly dissipating beige head. Lacing holds. Aroma is the most wonderful sweet tart raspberry smell I have encountered in a beer. Exceptional. Taste offers only a hint of sweetness on the aftertaste. Other than that, it is a sour bomb all the way. First sips are highly carbonated and overly prickly on the tongue, but this subsides. Much more character of the fruit than other wilds, making this more of a sour fruit beer in my opinion. It is really quite good. I wish I had another bottle.

Onibubba, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque reddish brown with a finger of slightly pink head. Good retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Sour and a bit acidic. A mild malt sweetness with some tart raspberries.

Taste: Not nearly acidic as the smell. If it were, I would be drinking Riserva. Packed full of raspberries. The sourness is intense, but very natural with the fruit. Not picking up a ton of oak. The finish tastes of sour raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good sour fruit beer. A lot smoother than Riserva. I would definitely have another.

oline73, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this a little over a week ago with some friends. Following review composed from notes.

~2oz. sample poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Deep red body with a long-lasting, loose, white cap. Great clarity and color. No lacing.

Smell: Pure, sweet raspberries... and that's pretty much it. No hints of sourness or funk, no cloying sweetness; just a very nice raspberry aroma. Delightful.

Taste: Heavy raspberry with notes of red wine vinegar and booze. Seedy. Sourness is kept at a moderate and pleasant level, allowing the more delicate raspberry flavors to enter the fray.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with medium carbonation and tartness. Very easy and refreshing.

Overall: A mellow and delicately-crafted lambic. While it may lack complexity, it provides plenty of raspberry with just the right amount of sourness. Happy I got to try this one!

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color in the glass with a with a light head.

Smell - raspberries both sweet and tart. Citric acid and cherries.

Taste- it starts out like a raspberry tootsie pop. Then the sour tartness kick in. Tons of raspberries throughout. Not overly sour but enough.

Overall- a very good sour. Not a big fan of sour but this one works

badboyrsl84, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml/12.7floz cork and caged bottle thanks to nogidrew86

No date on botte and not sure when it was released

A- Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin 1 finger off white head that quickly dissipates leaving nothing more than a small rim around the glass.

S- The fresh raspberries dominate the nose with subtle notes of musty oak, vanilla, barnyard, brett horseblanket, lactic sourness and green apple.

T- Really nicely balanced and so damn good! Tons of flavors come through in this one. Up front the sweetness from the raspberries creates a nice base that is quickly followed by tons of flavors from the brett yeast. All the regulars like funky apples, tart vinous flavors, acidity, and vinegar. Followed by oak and vanilla to top it off with no alcohol whatsoever. Really easy to drink and full of flavor!

M- Medium to lighter body with a good amount of carbonation and a nice funky dry tart finish.

Overall normally I'm not really into raspberry sours but this one is just so got damn delicious. So well balanced and full of flavor, I could drink this all day.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to callmemickey for sharing this bottle.

FdA is a ruddy reddish, amber with just a collar of pinkish white foam. The beer smeels very fruity like raspberry preserves with just a little damp hay funk. The beer has crisp acidity, bright fruit, and a nice funky finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and luscious. An excellent beer, that I could absolutely pound.

Soonami, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ditmier
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle - Lucky to score this from an awesome trader!! - Pours cloudy and murky ruddy red with a large beige head that appears pink in some light...aroma is gorgeous, massively lacticity that I now come to expect, tart wood, phenolic, fresh raspberry and acid...flavour does not disappoint, lemon acidity, raw oak, tons of sun ripened fruit...tannic and puckery on the finish, and yields to more fruitiness...this was so damn good...

ditmier, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle of indeterminate vintage into a stemless wine glass. Thanks mashmaster. Reviewed from notes.

It's carbonated. The most tenuous of pours yielded an enormous, red-brown head that lasted for a solid two to three minutes - the lacing was out of control. This isn't technically a gusher, as I didn't lose any beer, but it certainly isn't... normal. After the head settled, I noticed that the beer had a fairly murky, ruby body.

That persistent head was made all the more unbearable by the absolutely wonderful aroma coming from this beer. I could smell pure raspberries as soon as I popped the cork. It really is quite sweet, a pure expression of fruit. Some lactic funk, a touch of lemon, too.

Mouth-puckering sourness in the taste. The wild yeast has really taken over here - this drinks like an older fruit lambic. Some tart raspberries, but they take a back seat to the funk, barnyards, horse blankets and lemon rinds. There's a tannic quality that, oddly enough, reminds me of white wine.

The mouthfeel is lush, with ideal carbonation. For all it's borderline-abrasive sourness, this is a joy to drink.

An expensive gamble, but one that very fortunately paid off for me. A delicious AWA, one that I'm very pleased to have sampled - cheers Tomme.

amphion1065, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of unitmonster
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of bottle @ Lost Abbey on 8/13. Thanks to Sage for providing the bottle for my friends 30th bday!

A - Nice raspberry color, well rounded fizzy head.

S - Raspberries! Tartness, and of course, the base Lost & Found smells underneath.

T - Wow! One of the best Framboise's I've ever had. My whole group had the same conclusion after we finished our tasters.

M - Dry and carbonated.

O - Very good beer, and it seems like its under control. Carbonation was fine (no gushing!), and there was no infection. Glad this beer is back to a drinkable form.

unitmonster, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter, dark purple-ish body, fizzy beige head

smell: fresh raspberry, definitely more tart than sweet, woody notes

taste: very good - i love the high tartness:sweetness ratio as so many of the style are cloyingly sweet. potent fresh raspberries, oaky, puckering and tongue buckling. Great

mouthfeel: high tartness, fizzy carbonation

overall: quite good

dirtylou, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, a huge thanks to Chris (Cavery) for this great beer opened in celebration of my finishing the bar. Cheers friend!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a ruddy red color, mixed with honestly a slight purple hue. Two fingers of slight pink head is achieved with a careful pour, which dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – A wonderful raspberry aroma mixed with oak. The oak is actually stronger than expected and mixes extremely well with the pronounced tart raspberry aromas. Slight vanilla and funk round out the intoxicating scents.

Taste – Wow. Much more tart than the nose let on. My mouth immediately puckers from the initial sip. The tartness of the raspberries is fantastic. I mean, the raspberry flavor honestly is exactly like eating the fruit...which I put to the test by having a couple raspberries alongside this beer. While the raspberry flavor is quite prominent, this beer is far from one dimensional. The mild oaky flavors mix with the tart fruitiness to offset it just a bit and lends itself to a wonderful experience. As the beer warms the vanilla comes through along with the barnyard funk. I’m wasn’t sure what to expect with this beer – I knew it wouldn’t be like Blushing Monk, but still wasn’t entirely sure how it would be. Very happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation. I have heard this is a bottle bomb when you open it. Thankfully mine, while heavily carbonated, did not act up when I popped the cork.

Overall – Extremely impressed with this beer. So much in fact I will be seeking another one out. One of my favorite fruits is raspberry and this beer delivers in that category. Just a damn good beer. Thanks again to Chris for the beer!

SpdKilz, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours reddish hued brown color with a finger tan head. Retention is not very high. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring.

S- starts off with a soft assertive aroma of fresh raspberries and rich oak aromas which adds a touch of vanilla. Lots of tart lactic aroma and funky Brett horseblanket. Finish is earthy with some funky wet hay.

T- Begins with a fruity sweetness with a nice tart raspberry flavor. Earthy goaty funk blankets the fruit adding great demension and complexity. Big acidity and drying oak flavor makes it bone dry on the finish with some wine like tannins. Aftertaste is raspberry seeds and dry oak that seems to go on forever.

MF- acidic prickly mouthfeel which comes off a bit harsh but not overly so. Medium body with a soft fine carbonation.

D- huge acidity makes the drinkability lower than average however the flavor and aroma more than make up for it. Overall an amazing wild ale that everyone should try if they can get their hands on it!

Viciousknishs, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Brew33
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade with Bitterbill, thanks Bill!

2009 Vintage

I popped the cork not knowing what to expect. You never know with LA if it will be a gusher or flat. I was lucky.

The apperance is a muddy, rose color with a lot of sediment. The aroma is fantastic. Tons of Raspberry. Big sour twang, light funk.

The flavor follows the aroma. A ton of raspberry. Sour! Wow! A sour bomb. Tart as hell and pretty clean. Very little funk. Lactic acid creates a major pucker. As sour an AWA as I've ever had. Really good stuff.

The mouthfeel was good and the carb was fine. Overall, this is a very nice beer. The best LA beer I've ever had and maybe the best Raspberry beer I've ever had. A winner.

Brew33, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of roodie
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FdA 2011
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.

A: opens with a pop but no gushing.  Pours a dark tea colored hue with hints of red when held up to the light.  1 finger of latte colored head with moderate retention and beautiful lacing.

S: beautiful fruity scent with raspberry standing out.

T: very tart with no real recognizable raspberry taste.  Funky notes.  No sweetness to speak of. Some vinegar on the end.

M: well carbonated. Sparkling on the tongue. Greatly intensifying the tartness.

O: a decent brew but not my favorite frambois. Could have been a touch sweeter and would have been good to great.

roodie, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Murky red with orange edges. Tons of carbonation. Big, but quickly dissipating head.

Sweet, sour, tart, tangy, biting raspberry aroma. Pretty spectacular.

Taste follows the aroma nearly identically. A tart, bitingly sour, raspberry wild along with some warm, earthy oak. Tremendous. Minimal vinegar astringency.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Wonderful raspberry sour.

ehammond1, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle foams over upon opening. Pours chunky and thick. Highly carbonated. Foamy as all hell. The chunkiness is off-putting. Smells raspberry heavy. Tons of fruit on the nose. Tart on the nose and tongue. Acidic but not too strong. Vry sour and raspberry heavy. Geat tasty beer!

Urbancaver, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

Served in a wine glass. The cork popped easily and all was calm for a few seconds before the churning rush of carbonation began rising. Stirring up the sediment was inevitable, and the murky reddish orange beer was full of suspended yeast and bits of fruit. The foam was a traditional pinkish hue.

Seedy raspberry aroma, very fruit forward with some acidity present. Not as funky as I remember from other bottles.

Bright sourness, puckering and tannic, plenty of ripe raspberry acidity, very little sweetness. Dry oak tannin in the aftertaste. Salivary glands work overtime. Medium bodied, expressive carbonation, the chunks are perceptible, but not a real distraction.
Thanks Russ for the trade!

emerge077, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Framboise de Amarosa, American Wilde Ale 7.0% abv

A: There are deep ruby hues with some nice light carbonation and light red lacing.

S: The smell presents an intense cranberry and acidic dryness with raspberry on the nose. The oak is present in the smell and it is has a juicy wine profile to it.

T: The taste is incredibly drying with incredibly tart raspberry notes. This might be the driest and also the most tart american wild ale that I have ever had. The juiciness was present but largely the dryness wipes out the gumline and presents a huge intimidating bouquet of berries and crispness.

M: Again, there is an intense, huge crisp dryness. The mouthfeel seems like it's an intense merlot with oak to round it out.

D: This is an incredible experience with crazy highs and low to it. This is not a figure of balance, nor does it do anything in moderation. It is impossible not to recommend this exceptional beer to others. Clearly, it is not meant to be enjoyed as a sesssion beer and should be treated accordingly. The taste is so amazing that it is hard to knock it for adhering to a certain style so well. Overall it is incredibly bitter and juicy and I am left wanting more.

Narrative: The train of her ostentatious gown dragged upon the split staircase with wanton disregard for anyone walking near her. After all, there were plenty of tailors within her Parlor and weekly soirees that would readily repair any damage. Somehow Countess Brioche sought more than just the exploitation of the endearing faces of the working classes. She sought their unending love. Notwithstanding, her acerbic parents brought her up to speak her mind truthfully and freely at all times, no matter how scathing. “Oh-oh-oh!” The Duchess of Piedmont fell down two stairs to her knees upon the rich velvet of Countess Briochess’s train. “Your steps lack precision due to the mass pressed upon them.” Mme. Brioche commented and felt a slight pang at her ejaculation. It wasn’t fair to cut others so deeply with such a bitter acerbic purity. Somehow, in this acidic repartee, others saw themselves, and their own shortcomings, despite the caustic burns they received. Countess Brioche looked upon a bustling courtyard of servants who despised her, but respected her stinging candor.

SubpoenaDeuces, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would comment on how awesome the label artwork is, but I had this on-tap, so I didn't get to see a label. Another great tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Looks reddish violet in the glass. No head formed on the pour, so one could confuse this as fruit juice upon first look. Very pungent is the aroma; filled with all sorts of acidic qualities and vinegar, and also a drop of raspberries.

This is where Lost Abbey makes its name. Tart, sour, and fruity. Very pleasant raspberry notes make up one dimension while pleasant vinegary and tart notes make up the other portion. Not too tart, sour, or fruity in any aspect.

It's no Raspberry Tart, but that shouldn't be the standard. Tasty stuff. How this costs twice as much in the bottle at a store versus on-tap at a bar will remain one of life's greatest mysteries.

DoubleJ, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of BetterWatching
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a bruery tulip glass. It poured with a foamy head that quickly disipated to a thin layer still present half way through drinking. The bottle was very carborated and the cork somewhat difficult to get out. On first smell it was all raspberry sweetness, in subsequent smells the malt becomes present. I find the scent of this brew pretty fantastic and it seems to be evolving as I enjoy it. The beer drinks with a strong tartness that is rounded out by the sweetness of the raspberries. The mouthfeel is light with carbonation that reminds me of champagne. A really enjoyable beer. I'm anxious to see what a few years in the cellar will do to it.

This is my first review BTW. Feedback is appreciated!

BetterWatching, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with Emmasdad on Thursday night. A bit worried about whether this would be carbonated or not; had a distinct pop when the cork was removed. Poured a dark red with a small white head the quickly dissipated. Aroma of raspberries and malt. Taste was wonderful: very tart raspberries, malt, and a slight vinegar taste with no hop bitterness at all. Excellent brew; wish I had more.

Schmittymack, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schmittymack for sharing a bottle of this one with me last night. Opened with an audible pop, which we took as a good sign. Poured a brilliant red color with a light white head. Very tart aromas of fresh raspberries and slight vinegar. On the palate, this one is light bodied, sour and extremely tart. Very fresh raspberry flavors and some red wine vinegar.

emmasdad, Jun 17, 2011
Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
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