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Amsterdam Framboise - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Viggo
1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent frambois/ze-en beer. This beer was presented to me with a wonderful bright pink/red colour and a nice off-white, pink tinged head. This beer had the wonderful aromas of fresh raspberries and cream. The taste was more of the same. Heavily dominated by raspberry flavors and oh-so-tasty. The mouthfeel was very silky but a bit thin and the drinkability was very good.
Cheers!
-F

Photo of hopdog
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of patre_tim
3.51/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TerryW
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great presentation in a sharp looking ceramic flip top bottle. Also comes out of the bottle looking pretty darn good. Attractive red colour, pinkish tan head.

Good whiff of raspberries on pouring, much more subtle after that. Smells quite promising.

Past that, however, I'm afraid it didn't work for me. Came across as quite harsh and chemical in nature with a metallic bitterness. Not enough raspberry in there for my liking. None of the subtleties I would expect from a decent fruit lambic.

It's a big bottle and I had a hard time working my way through it. Couldn't even give it away. Stopped trying after a few too many negative reactions.

This is the second raspberry wheat I've tried and I was equally disappointed in the other. Maybe I just can't appreciate the style or the particular recipe.

Sorry, but not recommended.

Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of korguy123
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Amsterdam Framboise from Amsterdam Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.