kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Courtesy of a fellow BA that wanted to share the bottle with some friends. Pours a really nice reddish mahagony with a great fluffy head that dissapates rather quickly. Sour and tart! Sweet raspberry flavor. Slight funk. Bites the tongue with its tartness. A really special treat.
JBPortland (1370) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 3, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
375ml bottle thanks to bytemesis, it was on my wants list. Pours muddy murky red brown with a finger of pink head. Nose is acidic sour vinegar, acetic, musty rotten fruit. Taste is overly sour acidic musty fruit, red vinegar. Finish is acid burn, nail polish, rotten berries. This bottle was terrible, unfortunately a drain pour.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brown pour with a slight salmonish pink tint. Intense clean raspberry aroma. Tart funky flavor dominated by raspberry. Sour and dry. Tartness lingers a bit.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddled brown, pour that becomes glowing garnet when held to the light. light fluffy, fizzy head. aroma is raspberry fruit, raspberry seeds, some light funk, but mostly sweet fruitiness. Flavor is super sour with extremely juicy raspberry fruit at the beginning but the bruin comes in at the end with some funky sourness
pete4999 (1347) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a brownish-mahogany red. Very tart up front and throughout, with a little bit of raspberry in it. Not really sure what else there is to say but it’s awesome.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sample Date: 1/19/2011 Source:Other) Cherry with earthy and sour notes with some woodiness in aroma. Aroma is fantastic. Almost clear dark amber with small white head. Very sour cherry with some woody notes. Extremely well attenuated and very dry and sour. Medium to light body with light fizzy mouth feel. Finish is very dry and sour with peppery bitterness lingering. Awesome.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Sour Fest. Murky redish brown with thin redish head. Aroma of raspberries and funk sweetness. Taste is wild sour raspberry that makes mouth salivate. Palate is very carbonated and light bodied. I like how the raspberries do not make it too sweet.
GarrettB (1312) - 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."
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 375mL Bottle. Pours a mostly cloudy, ruddy brown colored body with a tall head of fizzy, pink-hued foam. Relatively clean pour after chilling the bottle down to 33F, with most of the fruit pectin visibly left in the bottom 20% of the bottle. Moderate raspberry fruit aroma, with some earthy/seedy/leafy qualities. A bold acidity is also present in the nose, both tart lactic and sour acetic qualities. Some cherry-skin like brett funkiness and dark, raisiny caramel malt sweetness as well. Light bodied, heavily carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, acidic finish. The fruit character comes across boldy enough at first, although I found the combination of a seedy plant-like fruit flavor and bold acidity overwhelmed the "brightness" of the fruit in the end. After the first few sips, my initial impression was that the acidity was balanced more toward a complex lactic, almost lambic-like sourness, sharpened by a restrained acetic quality. However, the deeper I got into my glass, the more overwhelming the acetic qualities became, shifting the focus from big, bright, dry fruit onto a lingering, acetone driven impression of sweetness. The light raisin malt flavors contributed a pleasant almost vinous like complexity in the background of the fruit and acid. Dry finish, although the lingering acetic character imparts the sensation of a lingering sweetness. Overall, a pretty good first attempt at this concept - I’d eagerly look forward to trying subsequent batches. Ultimately, the only disappointment was this beer left me desiring a brighter, more intense fruit flavor. After tasting the pectin left in the bottom of the bottle, my impression is that the seedy, plant-like fruit flavor could be related to the sheer amount of fruit matter that made it into the bottle, and less of the acetic qualities would also help keep my focus on the fruit.
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head: almost none
Smell: bit of almunds , very tart , bit of paintstriper, something red fruits, but more like cherrys, bit sweetness
taste: start is allot of raspberrys with a little bit of a fruity red wine flavour, pretty fruity , lots of acidity as well , tart , vinegar, very sour to say the least, a bit of the paintstriper is in there as well but not as much as the aroma had , end is dry , sour and aftertaste is cherrys , very good beer altough i think a bit younger would’ve been better.