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Framboise De Amorosa - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 422
Gots: 217 | FT: 18
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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 ditmier


4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

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...

08-19-2011 23:44:34 | More by ditmier
Photo of amphion1065


4.45/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-19-2011 01:04:29 | More by amphion1065
Photo of unitmonster


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

08-16-2011 00:56:48 | More by unitmonster
Photo of dirtylou


4.47/5  rDev +3.5%

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

08-11-2011 17:46:00 | More by dirtylou
Photo of SpdKilz


4.45/5  rDev +3%

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!

07-29-2011 01:31:47 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

07-26-2011 02:51:56 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of Brew33


4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

07-19-2011 12:46:04 | More by Brew33
Photo of roodie


3.68/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

07-17-2011 23:56:55 | More by roodie
Photo of ehammond1

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%


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.

07-15-2011 22:49:08 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Urbancaver


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

07-13-2011 22:51:22 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of emerge077


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

07-10-2011 19:11:11 | More by emerge077
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces


4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

07-06-2011 08:09:08 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Photo of DoubleJ


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

07-03-2011 16:58:22 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BetterWatching


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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!

07-03-2011 03:45:36 | More by BetterWatching
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4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

06-20-2011 04:44:14 | More by Schmittymack
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

06-17-2011 22:16:58 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Sideswipe


4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

On tap at the brewery.

Was pleasantly surprised to find this on when I stopped in today. Poured into 4oz LA glass.

FdA arrives with little to no head. A ring of fizz is present around the outside of the glass and a steady stream of bubbles rises in the center. The color is red hued mahogany, like a finished piece of fine hardwood. The aroma is of sour red fruit. Not surprisingly, raspberries predominate. The beer smells tart and fruity. Taste follows wih huge raspberry notes. The initial fruity sweetness is followed by a blast of acetic sourness. Vinegar and light funk present themselves as my mouth puckers wonderfully. The finish is dry with a lingering tartness. Raspberries abound in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium and very refreshingly carbonated. Overall this is a wonderful beer! The over the top raspberries coupled with mouth puckering sour qualities make this a joy to imbibe! I can never get enough of this one. Well done Lost Abbey!

06-16-2011 23:36:34 | More by Sideswipe
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at Monk's Cafe served in a 12+ ounce octagon shaped glass. This brew appears a hazed ruby color that is a mix of brown with purple hints. There is no head but a few bubbles rise from solution and collect around the edge of the glass. A swirl creates no assistance in head formation.

The smell of this brew is fantastic. It emits a bold character if fresh raspberry purée that is pitty and earthy like real fruit not extract. Some light oak and barrel presence creates some vanilla quality which creates a smooth, sweet underlying to the fruit. More sniffs of this brew start to take a turn into a medicinal quality once the alcohol comes out. A light trance about the nose let's you know this is going to be tart before you even take a sip.

The taste is puckeringly sour with fresh raspberry flavor that is lightly medicinal. Deep earthy and herbal flavors mix with the raspberry creating a bit of a twang. This is quite an acidic brew from the mixture of raspberry and bacteria but makes for quite a salivating brew. The alcohol creeps up the throat with increased presence as the brew warms. Once warm, some deep wooden flavors emergenwith tannins that are not harsh, oak and light vinegar round this brew out.

This is a medium to full bodied brew, leaning more towards medium and quite creamy and smooth in texture. The light amount of carbonation exaggerates the thick fullness of this brew. Much more fruited and sour than I was expecting but that is welcomed. Very well hidden abv except for it's warming factor.

06-09-2011 16:26:40 | More by stakem
Photo of schmoopsbeer


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

poured into bruery tulip
big thanks to MilohoP for this brew

Color: A reddish purple color...looks like a dark raspberry. It forms a nice off white finger and half head and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.

Nose: What else...raspberries. Ripe fresh sweet raspberries. Also evident are hints of oak and yeast funk. Other red fruits appear faintly.

Palate: Well carbonated and tart/sour. Good drinkability. The mouth gets coated with raspberry flavors and then washed away by a gentle oak textures. The sourness of this beer is pleasant and enjoyable.

Finish: Long,sour, and a bit dry. Sour and then sweet, Not overly complex for a sour beer, but well crafted and executed.

Rating: 93 out of 100

06-09-2011 06:54:10 | More by schmoopsbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

poured into a tulip


Beer is dark purplish ruby color with a huge amount of fizzy light rose colored head. Very effervescent! A great beer to look at in the light. As I finish this beer, the head is just killer! I'm about at the bottom of the glass and its still sticking 3/4 the way up.


A great raspberry nose along with a very pronounced funkiness. Perhaps a touch of oak but definitely fruit and funk dominant. If you like sours with a strong fruit presence, this is your beer.


Very sour with a little tartness..You get raspberries, a little acidic notes like vinegar, (can we say raspberry vinaigrette?) with a touch of sweetness in there as well.


About medium bodied with tons of carbonation. Goes from mouth prickling, to mouth puckering, to a little dry finish.


One of the best raspberry sours I've had. Lots of fruit, funk and definitely last awhile being so darn funky and flavorful. Everyone into sours (especially fruity sours) should seek this one out. This was my only bottle (thanks hurfer) but I will more than likely be trading for more!

06-09-2011 00:26:07 | More by cetherid
Photo of xnicknj


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a clouded purple color with some pinkish and red hues, light head with barely any retention or lacing on the glass.

Avalanche of raspberries and fruit juice with some barrel and plenty of tartness. Biting, but pleasantly, with sour notes and acid.

Delivers the raspberries in spades from top to bottom. Juicy, sour, and lively on the tongue with jam and berries. Fruit skin with acid and continuing sourness. Some sweeter fruit tones towards the finish, which has (you guessed it) even more raspberries.

Medium bodied, a bit lighter on the carbonation (but better than Duck Duck Guava was), lingering and biting on the tongue. I really was into this one, more so than some other LA beers I've had, and this was the only beer that had me going back for more that day.

06-08-2011 04:26:07 | More by xnicknj
Photo of jlindros


4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to wiebull for this one in a great trade.

Pours with a very little head (no surprise there), darker maple brown hazy colored.

Nose is light tart sour raspberries, light sweet malts, darker fruits, semi sweet.

Taste starts sweet, darker crystal malt flavors, plenty of raspberries both fresh and aged/soured, bit of a maple like syrup, semi tart, bit of bitterness from the tart fruit, little acidic, light oak and vanilla round it off with a slight bready toasty finish.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Overall delicious as expected, nice tart raspberry flavors, great fruit, light funk, but just missing the carbonation.

06-08-2011 02:41:44 | More by jlindros
Photo of BARFLYB


4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

I had a few tulips of this at Monk's Cafe and I am very glad I did.

A- Off the spout, Framboise De Amorosa does not contain a whole lot of bubbles. There is just a bit of off white semi red blotches on top but after a bit it's just liquid on top. No stick.

S- This smells like raspberies and a nice oaky hit with vanilla backing. I could say more, but I wont, when you smell this you get raspberry, nuff said.

T- Oh my fucking lord, raspberry here, raspberries there, raspberries everywhere. I knew they really packed it in, but I was just blown away by how tasty they were. Under that the oak influence comes out with the vanilla as well. Tannins, and a nice sour vibe. Im thinking the tartness comes from the skins of the berries rather than a innoculation, the taste is just to clean and I dont get any brett/lacto vibes here. Raspberries.

M- Like I said, this was just not very carbed, it looked dead and the feel is kinda lackluster but the taste makes that an after thought. I hear the bottles rxplode and now there are no bubbles from the tap, is there any middle ground with this beer. Body is a step down from medium with a tart vibe.

O- this was a treat for beer week and Im going to seek it out again before the week is over. Thank you Tom and tomme for making this happen. Very amazing beer here and I want the double version.

06-07-2011 05:31:18 | More by BARFLYB
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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%

A tulip on draft at monks. Nice small cap of pinkish white head that holds for just a bit then settles to a thin ring. Deep hazy pink purple in color with good bubbles stuck to the glass.

S- Strikingly bold fresh tart raspberries with a wonderful sour fruity punch from the bugs. Light sweetness rounding things out.

T- huge fresh ripe raspberries with a great tartness that rolls expertly into a great woody funky hit. The fruit just owns the show and never let's up. Mild yeasty sweetness keeping things in check.

M- silky medium body with a perfect refreshing carb hitting all the right spots. Great big pucker and all the juices are pumping.

O- this is a spectacular beer. Holds its own against some of the best from Belgium, and the best american copy I've ever had. Just blown away. Love it.

06-06-2011 07:21:25 | More by oglmcdgl
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore CA

A - Poured a brown color with ruby highlights with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of tart raspberries with an Oud Bruin base

T - Follows the nose but the raspberries aren't strong as they smell the tartness and Oud Bruin base flavors are still present and great tasting

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

O - This is a very good sour the taste is wonderful which makes this one easy to drink if you like sours this one to try and hunt down

06-01-2011 22:02:43 | More by armock
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