JakobHoumoller (23) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown colour. The aroma has notes of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, sour raspberries and oak. The taste is sour raspberries and oak with a very acidic almost burning sensation. Low carbonation and smooth mouth feel. Very nice!
Slipstream (2193) - USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone’s Lost Abbey event. This has lots of strawberry aroma and flavor, so framboises indeed! It is pretty sour, but there is still some sweetness - a little sugar is an excellent companion to our friend the framboise, imho. Vinous, without much hop or grain in the flavor. An excellent fruit/sour brew.
dfroms (462) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013. Pours opaque red-brown with no head and lively carbonation. Aroma is excellent: ripe raspberries, oak, lemon zest, blackberry, cherry, some raspberry-seed bitterness. Taste is ripe sour cherry and raspberry with lean Flemish red sourness and big lemony and woody barrel notes. Slightly harsh finish. Excellent.
GarrettB (1181) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 May 4th, 2013 - Breweries have taken to holding special festivals where they get to release small batches to the public on a small scale. It’s a controlled frenzy, but the atmosphere is always light and festive. But Lost Abbey’s Anniversary party was on a totally different level. All the beers on tap were rare, delicious and exquisite. This was an afternoon to remember, partly for the sheer volume of alcohol consumed, but more because of the serial miracles each glass offered. I began the day with the Frambose de Amarosa, assured that it was an awesome and sweet place to begin. In the glass it is a beautiful apple red skin color with a slight head, and a heavy carbonation that gives it a polished texture in the tungsten lighting of the tasting room. Raspberry comes off on the nose, with a nice tart, raspberry pie filling scent, and a light and vapory aroma that’s impossible to ignore for the conversation around me. The flavor has gobs of strawberry jam, as if dotting my tongue with the thick, goopy sugar, but it’s still dry and sophisticated. So, perhaps a farmer’s market jam? The light bitterness of strawberry seeds can be tasted as well, adding on the fresh sweetness of ripe strawberry, the clean, slightly sweet botanical touch of apple skins, and shakes of cinnamon, all space and a quenching carbonation. This is just the start for the day, but it’s an epic beginning, and sets a high bar for succeeding beers to meet.
September 10th, 2012 - Most of the beers I enjoyed for my birthday came off a line of samplers from the nearby Rock Bottom - La Jolla. But I wanted to end my birthday on a more exceptional note, and that meant turning to the pricier, but always delicious (and adventurous) beers from Lost Abbey. Today’s treat (indeed, a desert and a drink wrapped in one) is the exotically named Framboise de Amorosa, proudly proclaimed from a label decorated with images mimicking classic art. It pours with a huge, pillowy meringue textured head, which on closer inspection (and a few more lit light bulbs) blushes with a healthy pink rose hue. The smell reveals berries - baskets and bushels and branches bent by the sheer weight of berries. There’s the mellowness of ripe raspberries, the tanginess of fresh strawberries, a touch of water, the light mineral flavor of mineral water, a shade of light cocoa (blending with the berries to produce the flavor of chocolate dipped fruit) and some white wine qualities too, likely the acidity from some of Lost Abbey’s signature oak aging. The flavor, like some of the high notes in the aroma, is at its core, tart and acidic. There was clearly an effort to guard against letting this brew get too sweet, instead relying on more translucent fruit flavors and sour notes to build a beautiful flavor profile. Each sip begins with a fresh bout of watermelon flavors, with an undertone of oak shrieking that outlasts all the other tastes well into the aftertaste. And as it warms, the Framboise de Amorosa takes on a light, lovely wood scent that reminds me of the grounds around Japan’s famous Ise Shrine, where structures are regularly rebuilt and refinished. Here and there amongst the sips and burps are some sweeter strokes, like raspberry flavors, and some light cream richness and sweetness, but this is definitely a sour and tart beer foremost, or as I write at the end of my notes here, "An American Cantillon."
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is vinegar, sour cherry, light barnyard action, big raspberry. Medium bodied, high acidity with raspberry and light barrel in the finish. Really nice stuff, big flavors that work well but doesn’t have endless complexity.
Mep3222 (796) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is tart raspberries, good amount of lactic sour in the aroma. Great authentic raspberry aroma. Taste is raspberry with lots of lactic sour, maybe 8 of 10 lactic. Very pucker sour. Not nearly as sweet as you would think with how raspberry the aroma is. Much of the sugars seems to have been fermented away. This is a really great sour. Don't get as many wood complexities as other sours in this range as the raspberry dominates, but still a very good sour.
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GenDV138 (2870) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber brown with a finger of off-white to light brown head. Aromas of vinegar, raspberries. Tastes of vinegar, oak, raspberries and berry jam towards the backend. Medium body with a very dry finish. Low carbonation, light mouthfeel.
pilgrimoutlaw (841) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours dark ruby with pinkish head. Raspberry, barnyard. Quite sour and sweet. Lively, sticky, medium body.
gtb1973 (22) - - JUN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Seven San Diego sours in seven days...#1... Pours murk brown garnet. Pink head, rasberry aroma. Somewhat thick mouthfeel. Otherwise good sour background with rasberry after tones
beechner224 (865) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in trade. Pours a cloudy ruby red. Aroma is full out raspberry and fruity. Some tartness in there too. Taste is tart, fruity, strong berry, yummy sour action going on. Tasty beer.