Amsterdam Framboise - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam FramboiseAmsterdam Framboise

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82
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 35
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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 pootz
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.61/5  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 JustinBathurst
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of these in 341 mL bottles straight from the brewery.

Pours a nice brownish-red with a lightly pink head of pearls. Aroma has that raspberry beer tart with cough syrup and sour apple.

Body is nice and crisp, with a slight slick on the tongue. Good carbonation here.

Taste is just a bit sweet (not too much at all) and mostly citrus, some bitterness on the finish. A bit of an earthy tone in the aftertaste that lingers--the only really unpleasant note. Doesn't bash you over the head like Belle Vue (something more likely attributed to Amsterdam's more natural approach). Instead it has a pleasant and enjoyable taste that could allow you to drink more than one. Nice.

Photo of TerryW
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
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 jcalabre
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 the42ndtourist
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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...

Photo of psugrad98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first have to say that I am not a big fan of raspberries.
Dark red in color with medium head, smells of fresh raspberries. Lollipop like mild sweetness is nicely blended with a hint of maltness. Tart and refrehshing. I like this blended with Guinness. 50-50

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Amsterdam Framboise from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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