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Amsterdam Framboise | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Using an old world recipe, we handcraft this wonderous beer with Belgian wheat malt and fresh raspberries. In fact, six pounds of fresh British Columbia raspberries go into making every case, resulting in a tart, crisp flavour. Our double fermentation process produces an intensely fresh raspberry aroma and palate, abundantly obvious from its ruby-red colour and pink head. During the aging process, the hop and fruit acids balance out the residual malt sugars to give this beer more taste bud bang. Amsterdam Framboise is best served chilled and shared with friends.

14 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
18.16%
 
 
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3
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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red, with light carbonation and light head that dissipates fairly rapidly. Aromas are very much raspberry, and very pleasantly so. Maybe a bit of light biscuit in the background. Mouthfeel is quite surprising in its creaminess. Tastes are of raspberry, red grapes, and maybe a hint of wine. This might be too sweet for most, and I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one, but splitting a 650ml bomber with my wife, is going down pretty easily. This is a nice seasonal from Amsterdam.

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Photo of korguy123
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First full review in a while.
750ml ceramic swing top into my go to glass.

Bright, vibrant ruby red pour with a creamy pink hued head. Lacing is decent.

Raspberries, digestive cookies, some grassy hops and a whipped cream like smell.

Fresh raspberries, slightly woody taste, peanuts? Really reminds me of a good brown ale with a ton of raspberries. Very fresh with some sweet notes. Not overly tart and not overly sweet.

Light body, high carbonation, sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow a lambic made in Canada, cool.

It pours a dark ruby port color. The head is a diminutive off pink whisp that leaves a few trails of lace. The aroma is of cranberry juice, raspberries and an acidity. The taste is much more dry than I expected. The tartness of the raspberries is the most prominent flavor. Theres also a natural tasting berry fruityness and a grainy maltiness. The crispness of wheat is detectable. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, with a more lager like feel than the syrupy feel of many fruit beers. The finish lacks a bit of complexity, being pure tartness.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent frambois/ze-en beer. This beer was presented to me with a wonderful bright pink/red colour and a nice off-white, pink tinged head. This beer had the wonderful aromas of fresh raspberries and cream. The taste was more of the same. Heavily dominated by raspberry flavors and oh-so-tasty. The mouthfeel was very silky but a bit thin and the drinkability was very good.
Cheers!
-F

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry red, clear beer with a pink head. Decent retention - the head settles to a thick collar after a little while - and some spotty lace was left behind. Malt aromas were just underneath the acidic fruitiness of fresh raspberries/seeds. Tart flavour with straight-ahead fruit throughout. Moderate sweetness. Raspberry lingers in the finish. Medium/light body and very dry. Clean fruit character and pretty tasty.

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Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ceramic swing top .75 liter bottle...no date code or freshness best before date. The pour reveals a brilliant berry red liquid with amber shades...leaves a rocky light pink head that reduces to a fine lace and ring that virtually disappear half way through the drink. Mildly carbonated...just right for this type of drink...carbonation does not detract from the falvor departures. Nose is of fresh crushed berrys which seem to dominate the aroma. Starts very fresh and tart filled with sour berry and mildlt sweet malts then the mouth feel becomes silky but very dry with just hints of malt and light hopping...the finish is crisp of medium duration where the berries slowly give way to a dry malty aftertaste mingling with the fruit acerbity...very nice summer drink for the patio with mixed company....or good for serving with desert. Once of the best fruit beers I’ve seen domestically.

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Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Volo. Ruby coloured pour with a foamy white head - reminded me somewhat of the nicely rhyming St. Ambroise Frambroise. Retention seems to be somewhat limited, but a few spots of lace are laid down, and it does look good in a flute. Smells of real raspberries, not syrup, and very little else. Tastes of real raspberries, and maybe a little bit of grain in the finish. Body is light with a medium-soft carbonation. Surprisingly nice and refreshing, but definitely one for the summer months.

There's really not much that can be said about Amsterdam Framboise. Its a very pleasant fruit beer, with a straightforward flavour, and seemingly natural contents. It lacks the tartness and intensity of something like a Lindeman's, but it also veers away from the saccharine nature of a Chapeau. Its just a good, honest Summer beer for those moments you feel like something that doesn't particularly taste like a beer.

Probably one of Amsterdam's finest offerings.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled it at Goldorak's, with Gordero, Beersignal.

First of all this is a weird beer, appearance reminds me of a rasperry carbonated juice. Little head that left right away, smell of rasperries of course, actually it smells like rasperry jam. Open a jar of jam and put your nose in and take a deep smell it is the same experience.

Taste is very fruity of course, rasberrish, carbonated, refeshing.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this had a fairly bright red colour, with a small amount of head. The smell was strongly raspberry, with a taste of a tart raspberry. Very much a natural taste, just quite strong. Good to drink, but not more than one or two at a time...

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wax-sealed bomber picked up at the LCBO; bottled on Apr 6 2015. While fruit beers are typically not my preferred tipple, I do tend to enjoy the raspberry-flavoured ones - which is why I've had my eye on this seasonal for a few years now. The lofty price tag was a serious deterrent, but after passing on it for a few years in a row, I've finally caved and paid for a bottle. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, clear crimson ruby-red colour; highly effervescent and capped off with one finger of creamy, off-white coloured froth. It seeps away steadily over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a thick collar and a soapy film at the surface. The aroma is a 50:50 mixture of wheaty malt sweetness and raspberry - not just the tart, juicy fruit, but also some mildly bitter, nutty raspberry seeds. Light hints of red grape and cherry also come through; the nose comes off as quite natural, with no artificial/syrupy notes to speak of.

The flavour profile is relatively simple and approachable, with wheaty, bready malt sweetness kicking things off initially. A nutty raspberry seed flavour surfaces by mid-sip, with tart raspberry and sweet cherry notes seizing your palate's attention soon afterwards. It finishes with a mild, seedy earthiness, combined with some light raspberry tartness and yeasty flavours. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that result in a somewhat prickly feel on the palate. Not syrupy in the least, which is usually my main concern with these sorts of beers - thankfully, this one is refreshing and quite easy to drink.

Final Grade: 3.85, a B+. Amsterdam Framboise is a pretty good fruit beer - certainly miles ahead of their KLB Raspberry Wheat - but still not the top-tier beer you'd expect for nearly 11 bucks a bottle. This is an authentic-tasting raspberry beer that avoids the big pitfalls of this style - namely, cloying sweetness and artificial flavours. It's a pleasure to drink, and certainly one of the better Ontario-made raspberry beers I've tried. Worth trying at least once if you're a fruit beer fanatic, but not something to be sought out.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz draught
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on August 1, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep semi-translucent red with a thick pink head. The aroma was raspberry with a malt hint. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and highly carbonated. The flavour was sour raspberry, and a little grainy malt.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of these in 341 mL bottles straight from the brewery.

Pours a nice brownish-red with a lightly pink head of pearls. Aroma has that raspberry beer tart with cough syrup and sour apple.

Body is nice and crisp, with a slight slick on the tongue. Good carbonation here.

Taste is just a bit sweet (not too much at all) and mostly citrus, some bitterness on the finish. A bit of an earthy tone in the aftertaste that lingers--the only really unpleasant note. Doesn't bash you over the head like Belle Vue (something more likely attributed to Amsterdam's more natural approach). Instead it has a pleasant and enjoyable taste that could allow you to drink more than one. Nice.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. 6.50% abv, 341mL clear twist bottle. Fridge temp into a wine tumbler.

Looked a lot more red in the bottle. Maroonish now, with a tan/pinkish head. Quickly to cloud and collar.

Raspberries are up front. A bit sour and seedy, not syrupy like other framboises I've had. You know which one. Yeasty, a hint of bread.

Big carbonation. Definitely rather sour, less sweet than the nose which is rather nice. Alcohol very well hidden. Finish is long and balanced.

Let's just say that this puts fruit wine to shame.

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Photo of Mit
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this pricey offering at an LCBO in Hamilton.

Pours a really nice looking ruby red colour with a pinkish lasting head.

Sourish raspberry reaches the nostrils first....very nice....Not overwhelming

Raspberry dominates the palate but there are hints of other dark fruits...slight burn of alcohol at the back end...very slight. Very refreshing....

Mouthfeel is perfect for the abv.

Overall I loved this beer....you probably couldn't drink too many of them before you got sick of em but I could def handle a couple bottles of this in a row. The price would be an obstacle for me at times I think.

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Photo of baiser
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a neat looking ceramic bottle. Body is deep ruby red, with a pinkish white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet, fresh raspberries and a slight sourness. Taste is moderately tart, with a tonne of raspberry flavour. Ends astringent, and slightly bitter from the alcohol. Carbonation is just right. Would've liked to seen a little more tartness. Interesting fruit beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml ceramic bottle bought at the LCBO. Cork open with a huge pop, poured a medium pink beer with a super huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation is just perfect and aroma is great with what I can tell are real raspberry. Taste is not too sweet but still very refreshing with just enough tart. Limited hops but then that is to be expected of a fruit beer. This is a truly great fruit beer but the alcohol is just a bit too strong too make it truly great. Very good beer to enjoy during summertime.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear light amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which renders not a speck of lace it its retreat. It smells of light green raspberry essence, and a bit of bready malt. The taste is sweet grainy malt, and strained cooked raspberry. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, but thinning somewhat towards the end, and it finishes off-dry, with a fruity malt push.

Kind of thin, but definitely redolent of raspberry, and easy enough to drink.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first have to say that I am not a big fan of raspberries.
Dark red in color with medium head, smells of fresh raspberries. Lollipop like mild sweetness is nicely blended with a hint of maltness. Tart and refrehshing. I like this blended with Guinness. 50-50

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy red with a big rocky head of foam. Drops quickly though.

S - Nose is very raspberry fruity, with a hint of earthiness.

T - A little tart up front but not lactic - more like some sour fruit. Lots of raspberries and maybe a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - A bit on the astringent side with a sharp carbonation and light body.

D - Easy drinking, refreshing brew, but seems somewhat lacking. Needs something to give it some extra oomph.

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Photo of hopdog
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle acquired in trade with radiomgb (thanks!).

Poured a darker reddish color with a brown tinge to it and a smaller sized pinkish head. Aromas of sweet and tart raspberries. I like the way the aroma is. Tastes of sweet raspberries and other berries. Light tart finish. Syrupy body. Not that bad for a fruit beer.

Notes from 8/9/07

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lambicy on the sourish side, which people who like it like it for this reason Dark pink, and some lighter pink foam, and lace. Definite aroma and some real raspberries in thereI had a year later and it was understated in carbonation at Victory Cafe, which I generally lkie, Soda pop sweetish., Raspberry syrup.
Much bolder raspberry taste put in Cask Days 2008

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Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer's appearance wouldn't necessarily suggest that anything artificial was used, or not much of anything anyhow. Its reddish hue isn't inherently plastic or pretended; it looks far more at place in an Irishman's beard than a bowl of bubbly, market-fresh raspberries. Its head - where any exists - is without any complementing colour.

The isn't much synthetic about the aroma either. Sadly, there also isn't too much grabbing about it. That's not to say it isn't pleasant, but it doesn't have the sweet and enticing (albeit sickly and simulated) fruitiness of most commercial fruit beers nor does it have the distinctive, good in its own right base beer that fruit lambics provide...

But something about it works for me. As well as raspberries I note black cherry and dark caramel, both flavours that also appear in the taste. Its flavour, however, unlike its aroma, does not work for me. Some of that synthetic sweetness might have been welcomed, some of that unmalted wheat too. This is good but painfully average and unexciting.

Most brewers lower the alcohol content on their fruit beers, Amsterdam has raised it. I like that. For one, it can't be detected and secondly, it seems to have added some body to a style that is often far too watery and light. There is also a smidgen of tartness that is most appreciated (and nearly disguises the element of diacetyl).

This isn't quite your typical commercial fruit beer - it has more body and less artificial fruit - but it's still one more likely to appeal to casual, summertime drinkers than anyone who has a strong appreciation for the art of malted beverages. Although aspects of it should appeal to both crowds, I doubt it's something that will please either category of drinkers.

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Photo of crwills
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory Cafe. Surprised to see this was 6.5%, as it seemed much lighter. Poured a deep red with a pinkish bubbly head into a thin glass. Aroma is fairly one-dimensional -- raspberries and champagne. Both the aroma and flavour carry real raspberry flavour and not just artificial flavouring; definite seedy, wild notes of real fruit in there. High on the carbonation level, but not bad for the style. One of the more enjoyable, drinkable fruit beers I've had. Worth trying, and I'd like to get my hands on one of the cool white swing-tops if they still exist.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright red with a brown tinge, slight haze, little carbonation, 2 fingers of beige pink raspberry cappuccino like head.

S: Raspberries, raspberry candy or lifesaver candy, sour acidic quality, fermented fruit, alcohol quality.

T: Garden fresh raspberries, light fermented fruit, an almost artificial sweetener like bitterness bordering on unpleasant, very little alcohol burn.

M: Medium light body, medium heated carbonation, dry artificial sweetener like finish.

O: Loving the garden fresh raspberry aspect, really takes me back to a farm garden. The other aspect of the artificial sweetness isn’t pleasant in my opinion. Expensive in my opinion.

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Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Volo. I somehow haven't ever tried this beer and I've seen it 1000 times. Pours a reddish-orange colour with very thin pink'ish head. Mild lacing on the glass. Smells of raspberry with some bready/grainy malt. Flavour is of sweet and tart raspberry mainly. Carbonation is a bit high. Overall a nice enough fruit beer.

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