iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 ounces, corked & caged...2010 version, sampled June 2010: very challenging cork removal...explosive....delayed carbonation rising, though it would have gone clear out of the bottle after 15 seconds. A very slow pour yields a beautiful, cloudy red orange brown body, underneath a creamy and voluptuous off-tan pillow-top head. Strong, effervescent aroma, with only hints of raspberries, while being loaded with sour grapes, brett and horseblanket funk. Sour, lip-puckering flavour on the tip of the tongue, mellows out quite a bit after rolling around in the mouth. Lingering sweetness...with an interesting creamy dryness. The flavour profile increases in quality and complexity as the beer warms: yeasty gooeyness, red (slightly fermented) grapes, lemon zest, tart blueberries. What fun!
JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, 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.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home. Raspberry aroma, tart and woody. Murky red, debris floating around, beige head, fair lace. Raspberry, marzipan, very tart, sweetish, hint of vinegar. Medium body, dryish. Aggressive, bit unbalanced, yet still one of the better raspberry beers out there.
peteinSD (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2nd bottle. Ruby blood red and much darker than the 1st. High carbonation. Thin raspberry and sour aroma. First bottle seemed a bit too thin on the tart flavor; the sour flavors on this one taste more integrated to the beer (different barrels?). I’m completely won over by the layers of tart, sour, sugar, fruit, and slight vinegar funk. Deep sour that actually burns the back of your throat and it is quite enjoyable. I better pick up a few more of these if they’re available.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - pours a cloudy muddled maroon that looks like berry juice with 1 finger fluffy head that lasts for days. S - nice rich tart fresh raspberries, raspberry seeds and skin, and apple/cran/ras juice. Some vinegar and light funk. Overall very sweet aromas. M - acetic up front. Very sour right away. Vinegar, oak, lemon, first. Palate is tart fresh raspberries, with bitter skins and seeds. The palate rolls to sweet berry cobbler, simple sugar and lemon. O - a really nice framboise. Balanced and not über aggressive. 4.1
Alusmamuts (1459) - LATVIA - NOV 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy red-brown with medium dirty pink creamy head. Sweetsour raspberry aroma. Strong fruity sourness of raspberry, some touch of sweet. Sour aftertaste.
Vells (1429) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raspberry sour, bit acid.. oaky. Uhh.. usually these kind of beers is more plastic and chemical.. this one is pure beauty. Wasted with my girlfriend.. liked every sip. btw.. nice appearance as well. Maybe price/performance is not the best, but really.. must have
pete4999 (1414) - 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.
GarrettB (1413) - 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."
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at brouwer’s for sour fest ’10. very red colored with a cherry and sour apple aroma.