I first had this beer at Port Brewing/the Lost Abbey’s 4th anniversary party back in May of this year. While there I picked up a bottle of their new barrel-aged raspberry framboise, Framboise de Amarosa. When I returned home a few days later, the bottle went into my “cellar” and was forgotten about until recently. I remembered loving this beer when I tried it fresh, but I had no idea what to expect from an aged version. So with expectations high I cracked open my bottle of Framboise de Amarosa.
Framboise de Amarosa is an American Wild Ale brewed for the first time in 2001. This barrel-aged raspberry framboise has a surprisingly high 7% ABV.
Framboise de Amorosa is our first foray into the world of raspberry beers. It begins as Lost and Found ale and is sent into freshly emptied red wine barrels. The beer spends over a year in the wood during which time it is spiked with three additions of raspberries.
The first sip produces a sweet start with a long drawn out sour finish. So of the sweetnewss from the raspberries comes out before acidic notes join the mix. On the back end of the beer is a smoothing oak character which keeps the beer from becoming dull.
Right out the bat this thing exploded with a shockingly POP and proceeded to dump my highly anticipated nectar down the drain. Thankfully I had a glass nearby and only a tiny bit was actually lost. Once in the glass, FdA poured a ruddy brown with maroon highlights. The head starts off as two inches of reddish-brown foam that fades to a film. Plenty of chunky sediment danced around the bottom of the glass as the beer settled. This was one of the first times I had ever seen sediment stuck to the side of the glass after each sip.
Whoa, this is a potent beer! The nose smells of vinegar, red wine, crab apples and raspberries. A hint of a Belgian-yeast like bubblegum was noticeable in the backend.
GODDAMNNNN THAT IS A SOUR BEER! I literally had to squint my eyes and pucker my lips after the first sip of this beer. It’s almost like drinking the liquid version of an Atomic Warhead candy. Once I got past the sourness I picked up sweet, acidic and fruity notes (green apples and raspberries). A mild alcoholic heat hangs at the back of your throat, just waiting to take over once the sourness subsides. In one word: delicious!
Mouthfeel is thin, but leaves a mildly drying stickiness. As it warms the dryness increases as the sourness mellows out. This combination kinda makes your mouth water.
Framboise de Amarosa definitely got stronger and more sour with age (about 5 months), but not more drinkable. It’s hands down the most sour beer I’ve ever had and I liked drinking it. If I ever buy another bottle it will not be aged.
Overall: 8.5 out of 10
As an AMERICAN WILD ALE: 9 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Russian River SUPPLICATION, New Belgium ERIC’S ALE, Allagash INTERLUDE