Framboise De Amorosa - Double Raspberry | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by alexd3891 on 02-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by vacax:
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something fitting for review #1700 I guess.

Wow, that is a liquid packed with raspberries. I mean, this thing isn't "pretty" or with good clarity, this is a purple and pink slushee/smoothee almost, so much fruit material in the glass, this looks like your recommended daily allowance in the fruit pyramid of days gone by. This is the thickest fruit beer I've ever seen. To some, its a flaw, to me, its a great sign of things to come. Aroma is plenty tart and delivers the raspberry.

Everything the regular version does, this one does better. More fruit, more sour it seems, without the increase in sweetness/sugary flavor. Its not exactly complex, but it delivers for what it is, an immense raspberry experience with a decent although not complex clean sour character.

Enjoyed at Beachwood BBQ for sourfest.

In the grand scheme of things, there are a lot of attempts at making framboise and raspberry beers that don't measure up. But there's also 3 examples that are must haves if raspberry is your cup of tea:

2. Double Framboise de amorosa
3. NG Raspberry Tart

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - served in a 10oz nonic.

Quite dark body (falu red?), opaque and capped by a soft soapy curl of dark pink foam which receded fairly quickly. The lacing is interspersed with sizable flecks of fruit...

Slightly rubbery aromatics, but not in a bad way - followed up by raspberry pie.

Tomme (who kindly introduced himself as I was ordering this) mentioned that this batch came out a bit sweeter than intended, and that is evident on the palate. Sugary berry notes and a surprising alcohol heat come through first and foremost. The raspberry is pure though, despite the somewhat excessive levels of sugar that join it. Very light wild notes and a vaguely toasty barrel complexity redeem the flavor profile by the finish though.

Not as "chunky" as expected, but full bodied none the less. This was basically decanted into pitchers first before being poured into nonics, which might have cut down on the sediment somewhat.

While not cloying, this is a bit sweet, but for me, I think the alcohol was the limiting factor (surprisingly). Almost a beer smoothie...

Mark (from the Firkins) had me sample a blend of this and Serpent's Stout (which was tasting particularly chocolate-y tonight) and the combination was straight-up dessert...a good way to end the evening.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2010 red poppy / angel share grand cru release at lost abbey.

A - very very murky. slightly dark pinkish red raspberry color with a light tan head with a pinkness to it.

S - Lots of tart raspberries up front

T - Extremely Tart, lots of raspberries, slightly lactic, which I usually don't like, but this was light enough, and it was tart enough that I didn't mind it. The lactic acid was very clean and smooth. One of the tartest things I've ever had. Can be kind of pallet wrecking (like duck duck or 08 sinners blend), but it's not a bad thing, just be warned.

M - thick and just the right amount of moderate to moderately high carbonation

D - Very tasty one. Super tart. Tons of raspberries. I liked it better then red poppy. Kind of ruined red poppy for me it was so good. Although the 2010 red poppy wasn't as good as 09 as I remembered. Plus I had the Framboise first. Big mistake

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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at City Beer Store, enjoyed a couple of these side-by-side with Double Cherry Red Poppy. I was told that the draft version of this beer contains more fruit than the soon-to-be-bottled version.

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.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Beachwood Sour Fest day #1.

A: Pours into a 5.5oz flute glass a dark crimson with a decent light pinkish head and trace lace.

N: Rasberries and more rasberries, followed by some faint oak and sour notes.

T: This is like a freaking smoothie it is so fruity. Somewhat tart on the finish.

M: Full and rounded, but not overly sweet. Well balanced sour and sweet.

O: Very enjoyable - simply terrific.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Night of the Barrels 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright reddish color. Light white head with some good lacing. The nose is flush with bright and fresh raspberries. Really beautiful bouquet on this one. Knocks my socks off. Oak and raspberry mingle for awhile with the raspberries' tartness eventually fading into a bit of a lactic character. Flavor is flush with more and more raspberries plus some oak. Lactic acid and a touch of acetic character in the finish. Sweet and dry, though I think the sweetness is really just excessive raspberry character. Really a big hit.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at the LA/Port takeover night.

Light creamy head fades semi quickly with lacing over murky hazy purple maroon color.

Nose like black raspbery ice cream, loaded with fresh raspberry puree. A bit of lambic lactic acid aromas, and hint of booze.

Taste brings light booze and some sweet malts, light lambic spicy yeasty bready malts, some tartness and sour berry fruit, raspberry puree. Light farmhouse dry funk. Somewhat tart and sour but not very strong. It finishes slightly dry with a bit of the dry funk and long lingering tart sour juicy fruit. Hint of smooth vanilla and oak.

Medium body with a pretty tart overall feel, and decent carbonation.

It drinks smoothly, and despite the sour tart flavors, it still drinks well, not overpowering. A touch of booze but not overwhelming either. And a delicious long finish that i'll be tasting for long time.

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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid ass pink n purple drank, this one looks more like a fruit smoothie than it does any standard idea of what the public thinks of as a beer appearance (BMC -AAL yellow beers). So thick, like when Milhouse and Bart go crazy broadway style drinking uncut squishees.

Aroma is raspberry in the biggest quotient I may have ever smelled in a beer. Manages to double up the amount of fruit without changing the sweetness or sourness levels.

Quite the treat, hopefully they'll make it again someday, haven't seen it in several years.

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4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Poured into a 4oz sampler glass.

A - The room is as dark as night with no real source of direct light to be found, so I resorted to using the flashlight on my phone. In this less than ideal light, the beer is extremely murky, with a brown, red and purple tint to it and full of suspended yeast and presumably fruit particles. This beer is practically opaque and has a brownish foam collar. Not especially attractive...

S - Raspberry is tremendous in the nose...smell is really of puree'ed fruit. Mixture of lactic sourness, sweet and tart fruit, sugar and a hint of alcohol. This smells outstanding.

T - As expected (and it would be a disappointment otherwise), there is a huge raspberry flavor, reminds me of a fresh, homemade raspberry sorbet...In addition to the intense fruit character, there is a lactic sourness, overall tart character, a pick puckering and drying. Not intensely sour, really more fruity. This is excellent.

M - Drying, puckering tartness. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Really fruity and wild tasting. Alcoholic raspberry puree.

D - This is an amazingly easy to drink beer. This is truly an all day sour. I think I could drink this practically forever. Seems like it would be equally good on a hot or cold day. Despite the less than supermodel quality appearance of this beer, it truly was the highlight of the 22 tap Lost Abbey event. Outstanding beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Lost Abbey, this was labeled "Special Double Raspberry Barrel." Pours a hazy, turbid, murky, opaque, nebulous, obfuscated brownish red with a big frothy light pink head.

The nose is bursting with ripe and lightly tart raspberries. The fruit character is awesome. There's a distinct oak presence accompanying a light lactic quality and tannins. Vanilla is subtle.

The flavor is even better than the aroma. The fruit is explosive. It's lightly tannic with a ridiculous amount of raspberries accompanying notes of wood and a light tartness. Lactic and acetic character are both at a moderate level. The finish is dry and piquant with notes of oak and lingering fruit. This exhibits the strongest raspberry presence of any beer I've had. I hope they bottle this version.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Draft at City Beer Store. I was in Hayward when largadeer texted me -- "these two beers are great and they're not flat!" I drove over there as fast as I could.

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque dark magenta body. By the time I got it, there was no head, but some agitation stirred up a nice cap of fine white bubbles that lingered briefly.

S: Beautiful. It's like sniffing a basket of raspberries. Very nice lactic sourness in the nose, too.

T: Tart raspberries up front, with strong lactic sourness defining the mid-taste. Tannic astringency in the finish and a dry tartness in the aftertaste. While it's incredibly tasty and delicious, my only complaint is that it's a one-note sour. It's like sour fruit juice, basically.

M: Light-bodied; medium-high carbonation. Great for the style, but it could stand to be a little higher to clean up at the end. The raspberry gets syrupy.

D: Really tasty. I've been a vocal critic of Lost Abbey in the past year, but I've repeatedly acknowledged that their sours and wilds are good.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Night of the Barrels @EBF. Dark purple samples with pink, minimal head. Loads of raspberries in the nose and more on the palate. Funk and tartness is subdued by the massive raspberry character. Wow.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Framboise De Amorosa - Double Raspberry from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 46 ratings