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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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks JMBSH. Pours purple, after the great gush. Raspberry and sugar aroma. Lacey. Medium mouthfeel. Sour,balamatic vinegar,good raspberries, very good not unbelievable. appropriate though still above average carbonation that caused the gushing, and a very good drinker.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty sour and tart with lots of fresh raspberry and raspberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is pretty refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i have missed the opportunity to try on many occasions, so a real treat to finally encounter it again. i was taken aback by its dark color, so may framboise beers are just pale wheat bases with the fruit. this appears to be a rich brown ale, deep and rich looking, with a red accent from the fruit. not what i expected but very cool. the nose on this one is a great mix of chocolate malt from the base beer and tart freshness from the berries, i am surprised how tart they really are, rising above the sweet richness of the brown ale base, which is quite robust on the grain front, toasted and desserty. the bacterial aspect of this is cool too, it seems to exacerbate the intensity of the fruit, and brings a series pucker to the finish of this. the malt chocolate thing comes back a touch, and it feels like a nice valentines day dessert before the acidity washes it out. the lost abbey is famous for a reason, this is the only beer of its kind i have ever tasted, and think it is more than worthy of its high praise. as flavorful a beer as any.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking red color with an off white pinkish foamy head on top. The retention here is a good and so is the lacing on the glass. Very pretty looking beer all around. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of raspberry aromas some nice fresh oak and some subtle funk in there too. The taste is excellent in my opinion. There is an explosion of raspberry with the tartness of the fruit itself mixing with the oak from the barrels and the wild yeast. The sourness of the beer is very tolerable in my opinion and still remains very easy to drink. The after taste brings out some of the malt in the base of the beer as the fruit subsides, there is also some hints of cocoa in there as well in the late finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is good, it's a little thin but had a moderate carbonation to it. Overall it was highly enjoyable, I would order this beer again in a heartbeat. Very glad i got to try this, If I ever have it again I want to have it with a rich chocolate dessert of some kind.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seducuctive and luscious: these words come to mind at first sip, even if I hadn't read the lable beforehand.

The pour brings a bright and glowing appearance of lavender or pink-ish color. A billowing head is quite a pleasant surprise. The foam retains well as it reduces to a creme, evenly coating the surface of the beer while leaving light lacing as the beer fades.

Fruity aromas take an obvious berry scent, although not completely distinguished as raspberries. Tart and mouthwatering, the beer evokes astringent qualities simply by scent. Light cider and must accompany the fermented raspberry nose going into taste.

Under-rippened berries, green apple skins, and a lemony taste overwhelms the taste at first. But as the carbonation settles and the beer warms, the beer takes a decidedly raspberry turn at mid palate and strengthens going into the finish. Keeping the beer from a one-dimensional raspberry taste, a snappy malty/grainy backbone adds roundness and buffers the sourness. A delicate almond-like pithy flavor adds a creamy flavor and texture that begins to separate this version from its competitors.

Very crisp, clean, and refreshing from sip to finish, this Framboise buffers an effervescent bubbly feel with a creamy (nearly fat body for such sourness), but the leads into the finish with assertive palate stripping acetic flavor and pleasantly astringent bite.

This is likely the best framboise made outside of the Sienne Valley of Belgium. Where the beer remains largely normal throughout, the intangible almondy flavor and feel separates the men from the boys.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries." 7.00% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage. 12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with fantastic label art (Lost Abbey does art best) and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at a local beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery and style. Reviewed as a framboise because it identifies as such in the name.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I ended up using pliers to remove the cork; it's wedged in there pretty good. Cork yields a satisfying pop upon removal, and liquid slowly surges upwards - necessitating a pour.

A: Pours a 1.5-2 finger wide head of light pink-white colour. Disappointingly thin, but still frothy. Little creaminess. "Legs" as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a dark ruby-red with brownish hues. Nontransparent. Nontranslucent. Some yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's not much to look at, but it's to style.

Sm: Definite tart raspberries with a pleasant acetic edge. Marvelous oaky undertones. A bit of plum and unsoured fruit on the back end. Wonderful yeast and bacteria lend it a damn appealing sourness; that's really inviting. Certainly a lively aroma. It's not an inferior framboise with only lactobacillus for sourness; I also get lambicus yeast and spontaneous - if controlled - bacterial notes. A nice sweetness keeps it from coming off too sour. Raspberries dominate, and I love the way the oak complements them. Also getting some light pie crust notes; I can see the Lost & Found base surfacing a bit. A wonderful aroma of fairly high strength. Can't wait to try it.

No hop character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Really tasty and flavorful. Raspberries are prominent with a near perfect presence of tartness and sourness. Has a wonderful acetic body with notes of pie crust and biscuit malt. Also a bit of withdrawn plum in the third act. Sourness/sweetness balance is close to perfect, with a sweet berry quality complementing the sour edge. Nice acidity. Some cherry. I get bacteria, lambicus, and a bit of lacto yeast - all of which work well here. Great integration of the oak barrel as well, with subtle oak guiding the beer and keeping it gestalt. Excellent balance and build for a framboise. Also has superb complexity and subtlety. The rich fruitiness is lovely. A nice blend of ripe fruit with more refined mature berries. Depth of flavour is huge. Flavour duration is high, as is flavour intensity. Really a treat of a beer.

I can't put this one down it's so damn good. My glass is quickly emptying.

No hop character or alcohol comes through. Maltiness is hard to find beneath the sourness - to its benefit.

Mf: Wonderful acidity and bite, with a smooth and wet texture that keeps it refreshing. Very approachable and somehow soft while also puckering. Acetic. Great body and perfect thickness for the style. Carbonation is near perfect - just a biteen overdone, but this will correct with age. Complements the flavour profile wonderfully; the mouthfeel feels custom-tailored to the taste.

Dr: Once again, Lost Abbey demonstrates their mastery over sours. Beers like this explain why Lost Abbey may well be the best brewery in this country. I'd definitely get it again; I just wish the pricetag was more manageable. I'd snap this up on-draught. Obscenely drinkable, and the ABV never comes through. I could drink this all night. Ridiculously good. Lost Abbey's done it again. Aside from the appearance, this is an almost flawless framboise.


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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

Served in a wine glass. The cork popped easily and all was calm for a few seconds before the churning rush of carbonation began rising. Stirring up the sediment was inevitable, and the murky reddish orange beer was full of suspended yeast and bits of fruit. The foam was a traditional pinkish hue.

Seedy raspberry aroma, very fruit forward with some acidity present. Not as funky as I remember from other bottles.

Bright sourness, puckering and tannic, plenty of ripe raspberry acidity, very little sweetness. Dry oak tannin in the aftertaste. Salivary glands work overtime. Medium bodied, expressive carbonation, the chunks are perceptible, but not a real distraction.
Thanks Russ for the trade!

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: While the cork disengaged with a huge pop, I was fortunate not to have opened a gusher; while the foam rose in the bottle, I was able to pour all of the beer into my snifter, where a lovely mauve head sat atop the raspberry colored liquid and left strips of lacing behind

Smell: Raspberry puree and an oaky tartness

Taste: At the outset, the raspberry puree sits on the tongue with a fruity vibrancy; tartness ensues after a few seconds and grows, by mid-palate, until the tongue tingles with acidity and bit of funk; sending the beer down the gullet brings more fruity intensity, though ultimately the finish is very dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: After having lived through a number of clunky (though tasty) beers from this brewery, it is nice to see Tomme get the carbonation level right on this one (at least on my bottle, as others have suffered through gushers); this is among the very best beers that Lost Abbey has produced

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, opaque reddish brown with a finger of slightly pink head. Good retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Sour and a bit acidic. A mild malt sweetness with some tart raspberries.

Taste: Not nearly acidic as the smell. If it were, I would be drinking Riserva. Packed full of raspberries. The sourness is intense, but very natural with the fruit. Not picking up a ton of oak. The finish tastes of sour raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good sour fruit beer. A lot smoother than Riserva. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a light link foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh raspberry with tart notes is quite sublime. Taste is a very interesting mix between some fresh raspberry juice with notes and no sweetener with some light oak notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great level of complexity while retaining a good level of drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from hophead84. Thanks, Shane.

Murky reddish-purple in the glass with a small white head that settles to little more than a film. Huge tart raspberry aroma backed by very clean lactic sourness. I could accuse this of being one-dimensional, but the fruit character is amazing. Tart raspberries are equally dominant on the palate, with the perfect level of lactic sourness backing it. Finishes with a trace of woody astringency, but very clean on the whole. Simple, straight-forward and beautifully crafted, this is what Lindemans Framboise would taste like if it were dry and sour (and good).

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Framboise De Amorosa from The Lost Abbey
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