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Amsterdam Framboise - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

Using an old world recipe, we handcraft this wonderous beer with Belgian wheat malt and fresh raspberries. In fact, six pounds of fresh British Columbia raspberries go into making every case, resulting in a tart, crisp flavour. Our double fermentation process produces an intensely fresh raspberry aroma and palate, abundantly obvious from its ruby-red colour and pink head. During the aging process, the hop and fruit acids balance out the residual malt sugars to give this beer more taste bud bang. Amsterdam Framboise is best served chilled and shared with friends.

14 IBU
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 59
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ceramic swing top .75 liter bottle...no date code or freshness best before date. The pour reveals a brilliant berry red liquid with amber shades...leaves a rocky light pink head that reduces to a fine lace and ring that virtually disappear half way through the drink. Mildly carbonated...just right for this type of drink...carbonation does not detract from the falvor departures. Nose is of fresh crushed berrys which seem to dominate the aroma. Starts very fresh and tart filled with sour berry and mildlt sweet malts then the mouth feel becomes silky but very dry with just hints of malt and light hopping...the finish is crisp of medium duration where the berries slowly give way to a dry malty aftertaste mingling with the fruit acerbity...very nice summer drink for the patio with mixed company....or good for serving with desert. Once of the best fruit beers I’ve seen domestically. (890 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750ml bottle. Poured a ruby red with lots of carbonation. The head was light pink.

Smell: The nose was sweet but not overpowering. A touch of raspberry jam in there somewhere. Overall the fruity smell was mild if not hidden.

Taste: Very little of anything up front. Then, and very quickly, the beer turns slightly fuity and very tangy. Not tangy as in tart, but tangy as in almost sour. The finish disappears before i even get the chance to savour any raspberry hints that may be present.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and then smooth. It leaves a dry finish at the back of my mouth.

Drinkablilty: Today is a very hot day (35 degrees C) and this beer isn't cutting it. I just can't get inot this beer. Given the choice there are other fruit beers i would much rather drink. (785 characters)

Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of MJ63
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear light amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which renders not a speck of lace it its retreat. It smells of light green raspberry essence, and a bit of bready malt. The taste is sweet grainy malt, and strained cooked raspberry. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, but thinning somewhat towards the end, and it finishes off-dry, with a fruity malt push.

Kind of thin, but definitely redolent of raspberry, and easy enough to drink. (506 characters)

Photo of Rempeba
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lambicy on the sourish side, which people who like it like it for this reason Dark pink, and some lighter pink foam, and lace. Definite aroma and some real raspberries in thereI had a year later and it was understated in carbonation at Victory Cafe, which I generally lkie, Soda pop sweetish., Raspberry syrup.
Much bolder raspberry taste put in Cask Days 2008 (360 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Northyorksammy for trading this off with me.

Appearance: Brownish amber with a little bit of reddish hues, the head was soapy and didn't last long.

Smell: Raspberry jam with tons of pectin, like the brand I usually prefer, it just smells fruity and sweet, and thankfully not a fake raspberry flavored extract odor, this smells like the real McCoy. Maybe I spotted a little hops in there but it was faint at best.

Taste: Very lively carbonation, which helps tame a lot of the cloying fruit flavors, it tastes like those fruity zinfandels they sell for a dollar a gallon in the states. Refreshing, and my girlfriend liked it a lot. I wouldn't drink tons of the stuff but on a hot summer day by the pool, why not. (729 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml ceramic bottle bought at the LCBO. Cork open with a huge pop, poured a medium pink beer with a super huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation is just perfect and aroma is great with what I can tell are real raspberry. Taste is not too sweet but still very refreshing with just enough tart. Limited hops but then that is to be expected of a fruit beer. This is a truly great fruit beer but the alcohol is just a bit too strong too make it truly great. Very good beer to enjoy during summertime. (506 characters)

Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled it at Goldorak's, with Gordero, Beersignal.

First of all this is a weird beer, appearance reminds me of a rasperry carbonated juice. Little head that left right away, smell of rasperries of course, actually it smells like rasperry jam. Open a jar of jam and put your nose in and take a deep smell it is the same experience.

Taste is very fruity of course, rasberrish, carbonated, refeshing. (404 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this had a fairly bright red colour, with a small amount of head. The smell was strongly raspberry, with a taste of a tart raspberry. Very much a natural taste, just quite strong. Good to drink, but not more than one or two at a time... (239 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. 6.50% abv, 341mL clear twist bottle. Fridge temp into a wine tumbler.

Looked a lot more red in the bottle. Maroonish now, with a tan/pinkish head. Quickly to cloud and collar.

Raspberries are up front. A bit sour and seedy, not syrupy like other framboises I've had. You know which one. Yeasty, a hint of bread.

Big carbonation. Definitely rather sour, less sweet than the nose which is rather nice. Alcohol very well hidden. Finish is long and balanced.

Let's just say that this puts fruit wine to shame. (531 characters)

Photo of Beer-Fetish
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of baiser
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a neat looking ceramic bottle. Body is deep ruby red, with a pinkish white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet, fresh raspberries and a slight sourness. Taste is moderately tart, with a tonne of raspberry flavour. Ends astringent, and slightly bitter from the alcohol. Carbonation is just right. Would've liked to seen a little more tartness. Interesting fruit beer nonetheless. (387 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright red with a brown tinge, slight haze, little carbonation, 2 fingers of beige pink raspberry cappuccino like head.

S: Raspberries, raspberry candy or lifesaver candy, sour acidic quality, fermented fruit, alcohol quality.

T: Garden fresh raspberries, light fermented fruit, an almost artificial sweetener like bitterness bordering on unpleasant, very little alcohol burn.

M: Medium light body, medium heated carbonation, dry artificial sweetener like finish.

O: Loving the garden fresh raspberry aspect, really takes me back to a farm garden. The other aspect of the artificial sweetness isn’t pleasant in my opinion. Expensive in my opinion. (656 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is beautifully packaged in a white ceramic 750ml resealable bottle. Upon opening, the wonderful aroma of raspberries hits you. In the glass, the color is dark red, with some brown notes in the background. It is not transparent but a bit hazy.
The flavor is decidedly sour, which is no surprise for a lambic. However, the raspberry is missing, in my opinion from the flavor. I was expecting more raspberry taste. (423 characters)

Photo of RedAleMan
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DWG17
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of gloryhole
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wax-sealed bomber picked up at the LCBO; bottled on Apr 6 2015. While fruit beers are typically not my preferred tipple, I do tend to enjoy the raspberry-flavoured ones - which is why I've had my eye on this seasonal for a few years now. The lofty price tag was a serious deterrent, but after passing on it for a few years in a row, I've finally caved and paid for a bottle. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, clear crimson ruby-red colour; highly effervescent and capped off with one finger of creamy, off-white coloured froth. It seeps away steadily over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a thick collar and a soapy film at the surface. The aroma is a 50:50 mixture of wheaty malt sweetness and raspberry - not just the tart, juicy fruit, but also some mildly bitter, nutty raspberry seeds. Light hints of red grape and cherry also come through; the nose comes off as quite natural, with no artificial/syrupy notes to speak of.

The flavour profile is relatively simple and approachable, with wheaty, bready malt sweetness kicking things off initially. A nutty raspberry seed flavour surfaces by mid-sip, with tart raspberry and sweet cherry notes seizing your palate's attention soon afterwards. It finishes with a mild, seedy earthiness, combined with some light raspberry tartness and yeasty flavours. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that result in a somewhat prickly feel on the palate. Not syrupy in the least, which is usually my main concern with these sorts of beers - thankfully, this one is refreshing and quite easy to drink.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+. Amsterdam Framboise is a pretty good fruit beer - certainly miles ahead of their KLB Raspberry Wheat - but still not the top-tier beer you'd expect for nearly 11 bucks a bottle. This is an authentic-tasting raspberry beer that avoids the big pitfalls of this style - namely, cloying sweetness and artificial flavours. It's a pleasure to drink, and certainly one of the better Ontario-made raspberry beers I've tried. Worth trying at least once if you're a fruit beer fanatic, but not something to be sought out. (2,108 characters)

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle acquired in trade with radiomgb (thanks!).

Poured a darker reddish color with a brown tinge to it and a smaller sized pinkish head. Aromas of sweet and tart raspberries. I like the way the aroma is. Tastes of sweet raspberries and other berries. Light tart finish. Syrupy body. Not that bad for a fruit beer.

Notes from 8/9/07 (342 characters)

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

650 ml bottle purchased for almost $10 CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware.

Appearance - Clear dark red, with pink infused highlights make this brew approximate the color of cranberry juice. Many fingers of off-white head are poured with a pinkish tinge. Tons of sticky lacing and a lot of bubbles. A great looking beer.

Smell - Raspberries and more raspberries. A little more sourness here almost gives the aroma of being crossed with a lambic.

Taste - And that's where the similarities to a lambic end. The taste is a bit medicinal, the raspberries are present but not nearly as much as one would expect and even a bit thin tasting. There's a on tasting sweetness that perks up for a couple of moments and finishes too clean. the booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, well carbonated with a try finish. I was expecting a bolder feel here.

Overall - A passable raspberry beer that I'm in no hurry to pick up again given the substantial cost and the overall quality of beer to my tastebuds. (1,009 characters)

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Amsterdam Framboise from Amsterdam Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.