Framboise De Amorosa
The Lost Abbey

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Wild Ale
Ranked #68
Ranked #559
4.36 | pDev: 8.26%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
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Notes: Framboise de Amorosa is our first foray into the world of raspberry beers. It begins as Lost and Found ale and is sent into freshly emptied red wine barrels. The beer spends over a year in the wood during which time it is spiked with three additions of raspberries.

The first sip produces a sweet start with a long drawn out sour finish. Some of the sweetness from the raspberries comes out before acidic notes join the mix. On the back end of the beer is a smoothing oak character which keeps the beer from becoming dull.
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery. Incredible fresh raspberry character with added barrel qualities. Such a great sour. Been waiting 15 years to try this and it does not disappoint!

Oct 12, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.13/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12.7 ounces corked and caged bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.0%. Hazy reddish-brown colour, moderate off-white head. INTENSE aroma of ripe and over-ripe raspberries, some spicy notes too. Strong sour / acidic flavour with loads of raspberries, also notes of lemons. If this is what you like, that’s what you get.

May 10, 2021
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jasadewi from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

5oz pour at Raleigh Beer Garden.
A: Fluffy pink head, a lot of legs down the glass. It pours a syrupy, deep, cherry red. It's beautiful.
S: Overpowering scent of raspberries. This beer's scent over-powered the rest of my flight.
T: Raspberries, sugar, other berries perhaps too in here, slightly tart and candyish.
M: Light to medium bodied. Not to acidic or carbonated.
O: Fantastic. One of my favorite beers. I'd highly recommend this one.

May 10, 2021
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Age for several years.
The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. It has a slightly red purple tint to it as well. The beer itself is a clear brown amber color that looks very nice.

The smell is pretty good. It has a sweet and tart raspberry smell with a slight oak and red grape note alongside a wooden note and finishes with a slight vinegar note in the finish.

The taste is pretty good. It has the smell sweet and tart raspberry notes from the smell but it's more balanced out with a stronger red grape and wood note followed a soft vinegar in the finish.

The feel is good. It has a medium body with a slightly oily texture with a very light carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I suspect it's a bit stronger fresh but probably pretty good.

Nov 12, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish pour with loads of Raspberry taste. Actually had this one fresh on draft in Maine. Its amazing with a good soft bite and a great dank taste. Great beer.

Jun 28, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A corked and caged 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A cloudy reddish brown colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Tart, raspberry, sour, oak, lemon juice.

Taste: Sour, tart, sweet, raspberry, grape, lightly vinous, oak, light lemon juice and a splash of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable with a good balance between sour and sweet, and good raspberry aroma and flavours.

May 04, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I looked for a date and didn't see any anywhere, oh well.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark amber/red color in the glass while having a slight eggshell white foamy head quickly falling off to leave some wispy concave lace.
The aroma had an absolutely amazing blend of red raspberry puree with some sour lemon juicy character. Light grassy and raspberry seed tones underneath.
The flavor projected a subtle blend of sweet to sour but seemingly leaning mostly towards the sour side with enough of tart character to intertwine very nicely. Sly aftertaste composing of red raspberries, grassy character and some red wine.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and plenty of sour harshness, forgiving mostly. Some pucker but yes, I admit, it's quaint. Finishes with red stickiness, not cloying.
Overall, I'd say a very nicely done fruited AWA with no brett influencing any tones. I'd definitely have again.

Nov 03, 2019
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9-25-2019 - On tap at The Confession in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. 2019 vintage 5 oz pour into stemmed TEKU glass. Dark red rust color with little lacing. Welcoming raspberry aroma greets the first sip. Clean and crisp with just a bit of a pucker. Not overly sweet, which is nice. Get some.

Sep 26, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lush raspberry quality is complimented by funky and oak flavors throughout. tart underripe seedy raspberries, raspberry jam, musty, spicy peppery quality, dried straw, sharp almost vinegar acidity, mellow vinous quality.

Sep 08, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml. bottle.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch light pinkish/tan head over a plum skin body with some sticky lacing. Nose of predominately raspberry with a bit of oak. Taste mirrors nose very nicely with a very tart and dry finish. Nice feel and overall, bye-bye tooth enamel!
Seriously sour and delicious.

Aug 05, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A light reddish brown rather than the usual golden colors.
S: A strong but simple punch of raspberry to the nose.
T: Very simple raspberry notes. It starts light with fizz, builds up and then.
F: Fizzy, refreshing and light.
O: Simple light raspberry beer.

Apr 18, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear burgundy copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Clouded up at the end when I poured the dregs into my glass.

S: Tart raspberry and funk. Fruit, oak, and white wine.

T/F: Follows the nose. Funky and tart bordering on sour. Big raspberry flavor... acidic... oak and chardonnay. Green apple peel and vinegar. Sticky on the tongue... sour finish.

O: Complex and delicious... if you like raspberry and sours then this one will please.

Mar 03, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a bottle into a flute at Toronado Bar in San Francisco; 2017 production date.
A: Pour a clear, violet-brown color with a purple-ruby color on transillumination with a quarter inch, off white head, limited retention, but modest lacing.
S: Aromas of raspberry, vanilla, molasses, and pinot noir grapes.
T: Flavors largely follow the nose, but earthy and more leathery.
M: Medium bodied with exuberant carbonation.
O: An enormous treat. An extremely well mild, complex AWA

Oct 16, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Framboise De Amorosa is a very tasty Wild Ale. I liked it's champagne like qualities.

Look: reddish light brown with a thin white head.

Aroma: raspberry, green apple, some yeast, red wine

Taste: The flavor is tart raspberry, green apple, some toasted bread and slight yeast, a hint of red wine and white wine.

Feel: medium body with champagne like carbonation.

Oct 07, 2018
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has the perfect body for a sour, somewhere between champagne and moutnain dew in terms of carbonation and thickness. That medium iss perfect for the oaky, rasberry and mixed stone fruit, tart love-fest in your face.

Sep 03, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from last night’s share. A nice dark amber body, small ring of head. Big berry aroma, lots of sourness, barrel essences, and the yeast. All blends perfectly in the taste, sour without too much pucker, and sweet at the same time. Excellent example of the style.

Feb 26, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/light brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, green apple, cherry, plum, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrels, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, green apple, cherry, plum, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, green apple, cherry, plum, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, brown sugar, toasted bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrels, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness and yeast/oak spiciness balance. Lightly increasing pucker through the glass, but not overwhelming. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness, yeast/oak spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild warmth of 8.5% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrels, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink; with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Really great well rounded Brett/Lacto complexity with jammy raspberries; nice oak presence and bready malt backbone. A really enjoyable offering. Was expecting more from this, but it was still very impressive.

Feb 17, 2018
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Chcshammonde from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best sour I've had in a while! This one has an absolutely encapsulating nose. Smells like someone ground up pounds of fresh rasberries and mixed in a bit of brown sugar and lemons. The heft and mouthfeel of this sour separates it from others - it coats the mouth. The rasberry flavor is deep and rich. I liked it best when it was fairly cold, as I could also taste the sweetness of the malts, it was really nicely balanced. This one is also sour AF. Strong pucker, but I did enjoy that aspect. The wine barrel comes on nicely in the background. Will definitely get again, superb!

Oct 16, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep dark ruby color with tan head
aroma is vinegar, tart raspberries, a decent amount of funk as well
Taste is just wonderful, tart raspberries, funk, juicy and funky at the same time
feel - medium bodied soft carbonation very dry finish
overall an amazing beer perfect flavors aroma and feel would not change anything.

Sep 17, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish-prun colored pour with small pinkish head. Big aroma of tart raspberries. Taste follows the nose with a very tart raspberry and dark fruit (mainly cherry) flavor. Can also taste a bit of oak and vinegar.

Sep 01, 2017
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic sour with most of the flavor showing up on the back end. When it first hits the tongue, there's just some tartness and a bit of oak. The raspberry really kicks in right before swallowing.

Feb 22, 2017
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ravenswing_farm from New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 cellared bottle, enjoyed this weekend. Bought at the brewery back when we lived in Oceanside.
Complexity has grown as sweetness mellowed since we last tasted when we first bought the bottles. Forward tartness and raspberry flavors remain.
A wonderful, darker framboise that is worth aging!

Dec 01, 2016
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brianmandell from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the Cardiff tasting room.

Akin to a well made Flemish sour ale, this one packs a punch with bright acetic acid and active prickly carb. The raspberry is sweet on the nose and fresh, tart and even pungent in flavor. This beer is quite acidic. Oak tannins are light. Earthy undertones from the oak and yeast carry the sweet fruit and malt through a long finish. Interesting and strong in character, this is a great beer but in terms of raspberry wild ales, I prefer the subtlety of the FW Bretta Rose I recently had. If you like Flemish sours, this will be up your alley.

Sep 13, 2016
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professorchow from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown.
S: raspberries, cherry, oak.
T.: same, plus vinegar-- in the best way. Sour but with a sweet undercurrent.
M: Robust with sparkling wan spritz.
Overall, a fantastic sour.

Aug 14, 2016
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Reema from California

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cork and cage bottle split between the girlfriend and I into tulip glasses.

Pours a semi maroon brown with reddish white bubbles that persist. Smell is of intense raspberry vineagrette, balsamic vinegar, fruit leather, pleasant oak, and a subtle raspberry purée. Taste reflects the smell. Initial raspberry vineagrette sour tartness leads into a pleasant fruit leather like flavor that finishes slightly oaky with a short lingering sourness. Very nice. Feel is medium yet amply carbonated. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great raspberry and oak qualities. Highly recommend.

Jul 21, 2016
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