Framboise De Amorosa
The Lost Abbey

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #71
Ranked #513
4.36 | pDev: 8.26%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Framboise De AmorosaFramboise De Amorosa
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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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.

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kitch from Hong Kong, May 04, 2020
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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.

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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.

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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania, Sep 26, 2019
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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.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Sep 08, 2019
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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.

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bobv from Vermont, Aug 05, 2019
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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.

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BerryKumquat from California, Apr 18, 2019
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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.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Mar 03, 2019
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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

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VoxRationis from New York, Oct 16, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 26, 2018
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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.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 17, 2018
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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!

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Chcshammonde from California, Oct 16, 2017
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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.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Sep 17, 2017
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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.

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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.

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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania, Feb 22, 2017
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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!

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ravenswing_farm from New Mexico, Dec 01, 2016
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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.

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brianmandell from California, Sep 13, 2016
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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.

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professorchow from Massachusetts, Aug 14, 2016
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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.

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Reema from California, Jul 21, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour. The pour had minimal head to start but I walked away and came back 2 minutes later and noticed the head had actually increased which was quite surprising. Great flavor, I will definitely remember this one and try it again.

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btravers13 from California, Jul 21, 2016
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4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this to cellar, and it lasted almost 24 hours there (figured I should try it fresh while it's still around, right?). 2016 vintage poured into a JK Zwanze 2015 glass. Wow, I have to say, this is better than anticipated. Strong nose of raspberry and oak. Mouthfeel is full if a bit fizzy. Palate is likewise full with raspberry, oak, and white vinegar nicely integrated, with a strong sour astringent streak throughout. Ponderous and delightful.

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floyd_pugman from California, Jul 01, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours a medium dark brown body with a maroon hue, one finger white head, good retention, no lacing, thin collar. Smells of raspberry, tart cherry, oak, pungent tannins, very tart vinegar without hint of lactic acid. Flavour is a stinging acetic acidity, moderate raspberry flavor, not so much the cherry, but more raspberry than in the nose, lots of oak and red grape tannins. Again this is a fairly acidic wild ale. Not so complex, but a nice raspberry and oak presence. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, very tart but still very drinkable. Overall, an oaky raspberry wild ale, reasonably clean as far as the flavour profile goes. Not bad, but maybe a bit expensive for what it is when compared to similar Russian River sours.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, May 19, 2016
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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I usually avoid the framboise section but I was in Encinitas so decided to swing by Lost Abbey bottle shop. Unfortunately they only had two sours they'd sell for carry-out and since this was one of them I went for it. Glad I did. This is a fine beerverage.

Looks better than expected. Kinda a reddish brown with a pinkish head (1/2 on mine - hard pour out of anticipation). Colors are very natural and not the "hey I'm a framboise!!!" color you may see with other lesser fares.

Pretty strong raspberry smell and a little underlying sour acidic smell.

I could drink this for awhile without tiring of it. It's SOUR while a bit sweet but sweet is not the main quality. You can taste the background ale well and the raspberry doesn't overpower anything. Would enjoy some more funk but wouldn't complain about what I have.

Almost has a sour stout feel ... less thick but still more to it than a typical sour. Maybe it's the fruit.

Any day of the week I'd have this. Since it's got fruit in it, I think I'll have this for breakfast when possible. Pretty pricey for a daily drinker so maybe I'll just save it for breakfast on the first Sunday of each month. (of course, I'd have to drive to Encinitas because the brewer had decided Las Vegas is too classless for their beer)

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Chieftog from Nevada, Apr 24, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet ass pink and purple appearance, mild pink 1/4" head. Aroma was much sweeter than expected, they dropped the sweet raspberry on this one.

Taste is sweet yet has a dry finish, plenty sour too, this tastes like what I imagine Lindeman's was going for when they made it sweet, but just couldn't get the sour on it. The fruit is pretty chunky in these (this and double framboise). Cool dubbel base for it, works well, gives good mouthfeel, thickness, consistency.

Expensive, but every now and then, why not. . .

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