Framboise De Amorosa
The Lost Abbey

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Wild Ale
Ranked #71
Ranked #515
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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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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Absolut from California

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a snifter while watching an online CLE.

color is a brown/red, bubbly but no head.

smells is sour, raspberries, and oak.

taste is the same. mouthfeel is sparkly, like a ginger ale.

refreshing and yummy-- the beer. this CLE blows.

Oct 31, 2015
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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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Tele from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 8.2.15

A: 4.25 Pours a fairly murky reddish-brown. The light tan head is rather pretty with a touch of pink. Good retention.

S: 4.5 Fresh raspberry, vinegar, and a touch of funk come through first. Some oaky vanilla shows up as the beer warms. Everything on the nose is really well done if lacking a bit of complexity.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, everything is done right and tastes very good, but not too layered or complex. First, you get a bit of oak and vanilla sweetness, which develops into a pleasantly tart raspberry flavor. The finish is nice and has a long with more hints of oak and vinegar, but a bit watery.

M: 4.5 Great body and carbonation. Satisfying while staying refreshing and drinkable.

O: 4.25 One of my favorite Lost Abbey offerings today. The fruit and oak are delivered perfectly with just the right amount of funk and tartness. I only have one real complaint: everything is executed well, but it’s a bit one-note and not too memorable. Still a great beer and I’d love to drink this all the time if it wasn’t for the hefty price.

Aug 03, 2015
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floyd_pugman from California

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.

Jul 01, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 2015. Good solid pop off the cork, great sign, and a whisp of white gas out of the neck.

Deep plum red body color, with a nice simple opaque appearance and some great chestnut brown highlights, definitely a unique color spectrum somewhere between deep crimson and chestnut to rust brown. Head is tan light two fingers, lots of snapping carbonation cola sound out of the pour but not too much. Head settles to the simplest creamy light tan puck and collar of just about three millimeters, always being repopulated. Solid looker with a real unique body color.

Excellent bouquet on the nose. First whiff is of classic raspberries with fresh picked from the bush fruitness. Wild esters come afterwards with hints of mild acid and light funk, moderate sweetness and hints of balsamic vinegar get mixed in quite a bit. Raspberry angle even move to cherry and peach tones, almost fuzzy smelling. Earthy bent of funk like a classic gueuze aroma kicks in as well after some time, soild, fresh tilled dirt, a real nice mix of sweet and acidic, can't wait to taste this.

Palate is a bit more unexpected. A big tart whomp is hit right in the kisser, and comes off very unexpected from the nose. Puckering tart fruit with a lighter body that doesn't seem to give the impression of big oak aging as suggested. Quite fizzy a bit as well, but luckily not too distracting from the large flavors present. Big raspberry bursting with a light touches of red wine vinegar in the mid palate. Palate definitely bounces to the sour and tart side, where-as the aroma seems to hint mostly at sweetness for a wild ride. Finishes extremely clean, mostly cause it comes off so light, with good amounts of cherry and raspberry juiced flavors. Teeth and lip coating, light and somewhat effervescent, earth with a touch of acidic sweetness.

Listed as equal part lover of sweet and sour, it's very well achieved that, but where is the big round body taken from oak and lift? I think if this wasn't even barrel aged I'd score it even higher, but I was hoping perhaps for a bigger rounder mouthfeel that the oak could give. Either way it's only taking the score and enjoyment down barely a hair, from perhaps world class to just simply excellent. Rough times I know instead of ending up with the BMW instead of the Ferrari but hard to be disappointed.

Jul 26, 2015
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obiwan_k3n00bi from California

2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Mediocrity at it's finest.

Nov 06, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tought Cuvee de Tomme was the non-plus-ultra of Lost Abbey sour/wild beers until I meet Framboise de Amorosa at Khyber Pass during a Philly Beer Week.

Imagine the freshest berries splashed with 25-year-old balsamic vinegar and served in beer form. Welcome to Framboise.

So outrageously good it is ridiculous. Barely an off-key throughout the whole performance. Incredibly drinkable, great flavor. Not too tart.

Jun 01, 2015
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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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btravers13 from California

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.

Jul 21, 2016
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Dan (mdfb79) for bringing this to a fantastic tasting!

Man, the tension really mounted as we were popping this thing. I guess this has a reputation for being a cork launcher.

A: Pours a bright Christmas red with a fizzy white head that settled shortly after popping the top. Gusto carbonation!

S: Whoa! Fresh pureed raspberries with yummy organic sourness!

T: Lock-jaw sourness, fresh raspberries, with a tinge of vanilla. The acidity is there, but it's perfect for this type of brew.

M: Fizzy, champagne-like, and no ABV detected. How could anyone taste any alcohol through all that sour fruit?

D: If you don't like raspberries, you're going to hate this brew. I had a 2-3oz. serving and that was plenty, but I savored every last drop!

Nov 07, 2010
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ZX6Chris from California

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

Holy shizzle. I split this with the wife tonight.

Nice pop and a heady pour. A dark clear rustic brown. Nice head/lacing.

Smells like ripe raspberries getting shoved up your nose. A really deep sour, not a lot of funk. Nice and tart.

Taste like raspberries! Sour, tart. A nice smooth sour quality. All the sweetness it used to have has turned into a really nice sour.

M-Light to medium bodied and spritzy.

O-Damm good beer. Fresh this was sweet and delicious, aged it's tart and delicious. Nice job Lost Abbey.

Oct 10, 2011
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FalconA from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Nov 16, 2012
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Hopheadhiker from New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Aug 19, 2013
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Snowshoes from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Oct 04, 2014
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bstyle from Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%

Nov 14, 2011
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Kshock from California

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

A- Great head on the beer, subsides and leaves nice off white/pink lacing with a decent amount of head always on the beer. Great color, a deep brown/Ruby red. Not super bright, but not that hazy either.

S- Tart, sourness, Raspberries, bready yeast undertone. Love this smell.

T- Lots of fruit and acid. Great sourness with hints of the yeast in the back end. Finishes insanely clean for a beer this pungent in flavor. Tomme always impresses me with how big his beers and flavors are, and how he manages to teach it a disappearing act in your mouth.

M- Awesome carbonation, mouth puckering sourness. Drys very quickly on the palate and leaves not trace.

O- Amazing beer, loved it last year and im loving it more this time around.

May 29, 2011
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raynmoon from Colorado

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

a: it poured a clear ruby red, then the yeast clouded it up. So it's murky, some floaties and a light pink head. Pretty.

s: wow, you get that acidic, tart characteristic that you'd expect from a sour, but it is backed up by an amazing raspberry presence.

t: very sour, almost TOO sour. The sourness starts off very well, then starts to turn into a strange sort of bitterness that follows down your throat. Has a nice flavor though.

mf: high carbonation, could be a little smoother with the balance of tartness and fruit.

Re review for the 2015 vintage on tap:

Tons and tons of raspberry, and I love raspberry. I may be biased, but this sour is one of the best I've ever had. Very hazy red in color. Smells and tasted of rich, sugary, tart raspberries. Some oak in there as well. A must to try.

Aug 10, 2013
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Ben7773 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jul 20, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Oct 04, 2014
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beermeX2 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Jan 17, 2012
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brycevolk from Ohio

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

Dec 31, 2015
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jaeone from California

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

Aug 29, 2015
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CDCNAM from Louisiana

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

Jul 02, 2015
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SeeingMeansMore from Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 19, 2015
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