Framboise De Amorosa | The Lost Abbey

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Framboise De AmorosaFramboise De Amorosa

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by largadeer on 02-09-2010

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of ravenswing_farm
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of professorchow
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of btravers13
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of Chieftog
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Furlinator
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the SD Taproom 9th anniversary on 02/27/16.

Pours cloudy rust brown. Much thicker texture than I expected while still remaining carbonated. Like a cross between raspberry soda and fruit juice. Equally sweet and sour. Very good.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with a very slight crismson hue. Aromas of spur acidity, fresh raspberries and toffee malt. Flavors of fresh semi sweet and sour raspberries, toffee malt, caramel, hints of vanilla and oak. Light bodied with moderate carbonation plenty of sour vinegar and acidity

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy orangish red color with finger width foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Very funky, tart aroma with raspberry at the end. Nice, nice, nice tart taste with good raspberry flavor at the end. Awesome, awesome beer.

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Photo of kbenson
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12/12/15. Really great framboise. Super tart. Raspberries strong on the nose and shone through in the taste. Really crisp mouthfeel. Group consensus was this was excellent.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, beautiful cranberry mahogany body. Light khaki head pours a finger high with nice retention and low lace.

S - Sharpy sour with bright steel. Loaded with tart raspberry and oak.

T - Brightly sour and boldly sweet. Cranberries, raspberries, touch of dark chocolate, lemon juice, and bitter melon rinds.

M - Medium-light body with a smooth, drying finish.

O - An absolutely delicious american raspberry sour ale. Tons of bold fruit paired with a sharp assertive sourness.

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Photo of Absolut
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Cork and Craft. Deep murky brown red that seemed to suggest a decent stretch in the barrel. Nose was leather and oak as well as raspberry and vinegarette. More of an aged complex brew. Far from an average raspberry flavored lambic. Dark tart raspberry flavors switched over to oak and a subtle bit of balsamic. Also, drank like a soft effervescent French champagne. Gentle not sparkly. Very pleasant. Never really thought of Framboise as a contemplative beer. But LA's is thoughtful sipper. Really surprised and enjoyed.

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Photo of kristinc
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

despite having been spoiled with many very good raspberry sours, this one really stands out as possibly the best that I've had for a spot-on representation of both the fruit and the underlying wild. great aroma. ridiculously tart, juicy, tannic, and earthy.

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Photo of LouAleHead
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this one in a trade. Great Raspberry flavor, all natural, carbonation is just right, very little head but it laces. The acidity at the end is awesome. Somewhat reminds me of jester King's Atrial.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft!!
Very nice rasberry presence, this is puree not whole rasberry in barrel. No seeds in this beauty. Nice slight puckering finish to balance rasberry sweetness, not a sweet beer by any means. Good amount of carbonation to really get ur tastebuds going.
A pleasure to sip or chug.

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Photo of pagriley
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap.

L - pours murky red with thin lacing
S - tart up front, no funk, lots of fruit
T - very tart up front. Raspberry is lurking underneath
F - fuller bodied, champagne spritz

Overall a really solid beer. Fruit doesn't dominate but it offsets the sour perfectly.

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Photo of Eziel
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A different kind of beer for me. Has an awesome now, reminds me of a Flanders with a ton of raspberry smell. Poured into a snifter and enjoyed best as it warmed up. Similar to other Lost Abbey beers I've tried but this one had a nice berry balance to it. Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of makeyourself
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage from the bottle along with tap. Both tasted in snifters. This year Lost Abbey did yet a fantastic job with the FdA. Right out of the bottle you can see the nice reddish golden color that I'm sure when drinking this beer. You can smell the load of raspberries along with some of the funk characteristics. In terms of feel, the medium body and soft carbonation is apparent. Nice tan head to accompany the body. The taste is where its at where the smell of raspberries and funk come to life through your taste buds with the tartness coming at you at the end. Hits of oak, acid, and vinegar are felt through sipping on the beer. Overall, this is another fantastic beer from Lost Abbey and I wish I had more than 1 extra on me.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red murky color with a pinkish white head. Smells of vinegar, raspberries, oak and cherries. Taste follows suit. The sourness opens up the palate followed by a sweetness towards the middle and dryness on the backend with the oak..champagne like mouthfeel. Another home run for lost abbey.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage out of a bottle. I've had this beer several times before and I must say this years vintage is blowing me away. On draft it was almost a perfect "5". Out of the bottle, it's a just a tad lower but not by much. The fruit is explosive this time around on both versions and it makes for a perfect example of the style. I'm a little bummed that they didn't keep more of this for sale at Lost Abbey as its marked up by $2.50 or more when found out in the wild. Next year I'll try to make the official release.

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