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Amsterdam Framboise - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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
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 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)

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red, with light carbonation and light head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Aromas are very much raspberry, and very pleasantly so. Maybe a bit of light biscuit in the background. Mouthfeel is quite surprising in its creaminess. Tastes are of raspberry, red grapes, and maybe a hint of wine. This might be too sweet for most, and I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one, but splitting a 650ml bomber with my wife, is going down pretty easily. This is a nice seasonal from Amsterdam. (499 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 scott451
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 brewing. Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass. A massive pink head on a clear dark ruby. Good head retention and lots of lacing.

Smells of raspberries. Sweet and tart. Taste is again raspberries. Sweet up front with a very slight tart finis. There is a bit of an off flavour from somewhere. Raspberry flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall nice to look at. Nice to have a fruit beer that uses real fruit. A bit thin. Alcohol is high for a fruit beer and very well hidden. (501 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First full review in a while.
750ml ceramic swing top into my go to glass.

Bright, vibrant ruby red pour with a creamy pink hued head. Lacing is decent.

Raspberries, digestive cookies, some grassy hops and a whipped cream like smell.

Fresh raspberries, slightly woody taste, peanuts? Really reminds me of a good brown ale with a ton of raspberries. Very fresh with some sweet notes. Not overly tart and not overly sweet.

Light body, high carbonation, sweet aftertaste. (472 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this pricey offering at an LCBO in Hamilton.

Pours a really nice looking ruby red colour with a pinkish lasting head.

Sourish raspberry reaches the nostrils first....very nice....Not overwhelming

Raspberry dominates the palate but there are hints of other dark fruits...slight burn of alcohol at the back end...very slight. Very refreshing....

Mouthfeel is perfect for the abv.

Overall I loved this beer....you probably couldn't drink too many of them before you got sick of em but I could def handle a couple bottles of this in a row. The price would be an obstacle for me at times I think. (604 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright red, one finger of white head, dissipates quickly, no lace to speak of. Smell is of raspberry, malty, hoppy notes, slight grassy presence, sour notes are there from time to time. Taste is tart raspberry, slightly sour, mild hop bitterness, malty finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, high carbonation, good weight and syrupy at points. Good overall, not my favorite but it is pleasant and refreshing and I would have it again down the road. (455 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Volo. I somehow haven't ever tried this beer and I've seen it 1000 times. Pours a reddish-orange colour with very thin pink'ish head. Mild lacing on the glass. Smells of raspberry with some bready/grainy malt. Flavour is of sweet and tart raspberry mainly. Carbonation is a bit high. Overall a nice enough fruit beer. (336 characters)

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 Seanstoppable
1.74/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Some family members in Ontario are big fans of the Raspberry wheat beers that are available locally. Given that they only visit once a year, I have been trying to find them something in their area that would act as a reasonable substitute. This is the latest attempt.

Pouring into a glass results in a dark, opaque red color with a finger of fizzy head.

Scent was raspberry, but a very sour raspberry. Given that the bottle was clear, that might be part of the cause.

Taste was a very sour, tart raspberry taste, almost syrupy in nature. Sourness continues through into the aftertaste, lingering. There was also a weird carbonation taste that I can't quite define.

This is like the complete opposite end of the spectrum for a raspberry wheat beer in comparison to their KLB brand (which I thought was a very weak tasting Raspberry Wheat). Perhaps if they managed to find some happy median between the two flavors they would have something better, but currently I found it very unappetizing and have no plans to try this again. (1,030 characters)

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

12oz draught
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on August 1, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep semi-translucent red with a thick pink head. The aroma was raspberry with a malt hint. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and highly carbonated. The flavour was sour raspberry, and a little grainy malt. (331 characters)

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 allergictomacros
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy red with a big rocky head of foam. Drops quickly though.

S - Nose is very raspberry fruity, with a hint of earthiness.

T - A little tart up front but not lactic - more like some sour fruit. Lots of raspberries and maybe a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - A bit on the astringent side with a sharp carbonation and light body.

D - Easy drinking, refreshing brew, but seems somewhat lacking. Needs something to give it some extra oomph. (453 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 bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Volo. Ruby coloured pour with a foamy white head - reminded me somewhat of the nicely rhyming St. Ambroise Frambroise. Retention seems to be somewhat limited, but a few spots of lace are laid down, and it does look good in a flute. Smells of real raspberries, not syrup, and very little else. Tastes of real raspberries, and maybe a little bit of grain in the finish. Body is light with a medium-soft carbonation. Surprisingly nice and refreshing, but definitely one for the summer months.

There's really not much that can be said about Amsterdam Framboise. Its a very pleasant fruit beer, with a straightforward flavour, and seemingly natural contents. It lacks the tartness and intensity of something like a Lindeman's, but it also veers away from the saccharine nature of a Chapeau. Its just a good, honest Summer beer for those moments you feel like something that doesn't particularly taste like a beer.

Probably one of Amsterdam's finest offerings. (966 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory Cafe. Surprised to see this was 6.5%, as it seemed much lighter. Poured a deep red with a pinkish bubbly head into a thin glass. Aroma is fairly one-dimensional -- raspberries and champagne. Both the aroma and flavour carry real raspberry flavour and not just artificial flavouring; definite seedy, wild notes of real fruit in there. High on the carbonation level, but not bad for the style. One of the more enjoyable, drinkable fruit beers I've had. Worth trying, and I'd like to get my hands on one of the cool white swing-tops if they still exist. (568 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer's appearance wouldn't necessarily suggest that anything artificial was used, or not much of anything anyhow. Its reddish hue isn't inherently plastic or pretended; it looks far more at place in an Irishman's beard than a bowl of bubbly, market-fresh raspberries. Its head - where any exists - is without any complementing colour.

The isn't much synthetic about the aroma either. Sadly, there also isn't too much grabbing about it. That's not to say it isn't pleasant, but it doesn't have the sweet and enticing (albeit sickly and simulated) fruitiness of most commercial fruit beers nor does it have the distinctive, good in its own right base beer that fruit lambics provide...

But something about it works for me. As well as raspberries I note black cherry and dark caramel, both flavours that also appear in the taste. Its flavour, however, unlike its aroma, does not work for me. Some of that synthetic sweetness might have been welcomed, some of that unmalted wheat too. This is good but painfully average and unexciting.

Most brewers lower the alcohol content on their fruit beers, Amsterdam has raised it. I like that. For one, it can't be detected and secondly, it seems to have added some body to a style that is often far too watery and light. There is also a smidgen of tartness that is most appreciated (and nearly disguises the element of diacetyl).

This isn't quite your typical commercial fruit beer - it has more body and less artificial fruit - but it's still one more likely to appeal to casual, summertime drinkers than anyone who has a strong appreciation for the art of malted beverages. Although aspects of it should appeal to both crowds, I doubt it's something that will please either category of drinkers. (1,746 characters)

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 DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry red, clear beer with a pink head. Decent retention - the head settles to a thick collar after a little while - and some spotty lace was left behind. Malt aromas were just underneath the acidic fruitiness of fresh raspberries/seeds. Tart flavour with straight-ahead fruit throughout. Moderate sweetness. Raspberry lingers in the finish. Medium/light body and very dry. Clean fruit character and pretty tasty. (414 characters)

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 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 Viggo
1.94/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy ruby red, very small off white head forms and leaves, some spotted lace on the glass. Smell is raspberry juice and I couldn't pick up anything else. Taste is the same, not much more than fermented raspberry juice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation and pretty watery. Not recommended. (308 characters)

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 CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow a lambic made in Canada, cool.

It pours a dark ruby port color. The head is a diminutive off pink whisp that leaves a few trails of lace. The aroma is of cranberry juice, raspberries and an acidity. The taste is much more dry than I expected. The tartness of the raspberries is the most prominent flavor. Theres also a natural tasting berry fruityness and a grainy maltiness. The crispness of wheat is detectable. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, with a more lager like feel than the syrupy feel of many fruit beers. The finish lacks a bit of complexity, being pure tartness. (591 characters)

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