Amsterdam currently has two different raspberry based products. The most well known is the KLB Raspberry Wheat, a very sweet summer sipper that is available year round at the LCBO. The second though is the Framboise, a raspberry based seasonal which is more of a ‘premium’ offering at least when considering the price tag.
One of the things I’ve noticed a lot of brewers doing recently is covering the tops of their bottles with wax. This is most definitely to make the beer appear more ‘valuable’ but is annoying as hell to get open.
This beer has won numerous awards each year from all three levels of competition (Canadian, Ontario and World) so it must have SOMETHING going for it.
Shawna and I split a bottle on a nice spring day and poured it into balloon glasses to find out.
Framboise can be purchased at the LCBO for $10.95 a bottle and it sits at 6.5% ABV.
Appearance: Rich ruby colour. Light head fades fast. Filtered.
Aroma: Lots of tart raspberries.
Taste: Yummy raspberries. Not too sweet. Tartness is offset by bread like malt that evens things out.
Aftertaste: Very little.
Overall: Not bad. Refreshing.