hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 750ml bottle, from MJ’s club. Prost! This is an intriguing beer. Ive had some of these "fusion" beers that mix yeasty Belgian ales with American hopping, and this one does the style some justice. Pours a hazy blond with and orange center and a whole lot of that lacing thing goin on. Citrusy aroma of pear and banana with Belgian yeast, backed up by a greenish pine scent with spice. Complex flavor that teases the palate between the bread-like yeasty and malty Belgian base, the bittering hops and a moderately sour finish from the brett. Very drinkable, and the Amarillo hops makes itself known, staining the palate between each sip. Nicely done.
TheBeerGod (5689) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pour is gold with splashes of rust and orange. Sort of an early fall sunset. Sticky white head leaves splotchy lacing on the glass. Aroma is hoppy and spicy with citrus notes, pepper, bit of funky Belgian yeast, hints of stale urine, and drying flowers. Nice! The first sip starts bitter but begins to mellow. More yeast notes, citrus fruits, spicy hops, flowers, tart fruits (some lemon juice), cobwebs, bit of earthiness, Belgian yeast, and dusty malts. Body is effervescent and tingly but chalky in spots. Lingering bitterness. Overall medium feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, citrus fruits, mellower yeast, flowers, tart fruit flavors and spotty earthiness. Very nice!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009
Name: Signature Ale - Lost Abbey
Date: July 18, 2007
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy orange, creamy off white head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet bready malt aroma with lots of spicy hops and a peppery bret character
Body: carbonated body
Flavor: lots of floral hop flavor on a yeasty malt base, spicy character from the bret, sweetness comes through to offer balance but then disappears again
Name: Signature Ale - Lost Abbey
Date: October 10, 2007
Source: falling rock
normal carbonation level, less of the yeasty bread character,
Name: Signature Ale - Lost Abbey
Date: April 27, 2008
Source: brick store
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma with a nice funk
Flavor: sweet and funky flavor with lots of spicy character, long bitter finish follows the spices
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Take an Orval-esque Belgian and a mild IPA and blend them together thoughtfully and I think this is what you would come up with. Golden-yellow pour with a white head. Aroma was heavy with yeast, especially leather, dough and brettanomyces’ lacquer. Average aroma of malts and hops, especially lemon and citrus and other fruits. Behind it all is the smell of clove. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter nad heavily acidic. Medium body with a watery texture. Enjoyable.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Fruity (appricot/tropical) aroma with floral and spice tones. Floral and fruity flavors with yeast, malt, and a bit of bubblegum and spice. Didn’t notice the Brett at first, but it’s there at the finish and when you look for it. Tropical fruit shines. Malts are a bit doughy. Medium body, Carbonation a bit high. Very drinkable.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Purchased at the Carlsbad location Bottle Shop. Healthy crack upon opening the bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, golden honey color with a thick layer of even, frothy white head. A fresh, lemony hop aroma immediately grabs my attention. Behind the fresh American hop layer erupts a nose of yeasty fruits that is uniquely Belgian. Notes of papaya, melon, honey, and rose petals promise richness. Earthy peppers and musky orange rinds add more depth. Medium bodied, richly carbonated mouthfeel. There’s plenty of doughy yeast to chew on up front, but the palate is lightened substantially by the richness of the carbonation. I’ve had this a couple of times before, but never an entire bottle to contemplate by myself. This beer is substantially more complex than I noted before. Along with the yeasty dough flavors come some creamy banana, cardamom spice, a hint of musky funk, and a gentle kiss of pepper. The palate dries up mid-palate as the American hops start to shine through, perhaps Amarillo. The yeasty characters outlast the hops in the end, however, leaving a brett-like dryness lingering on the palate. As it warms, I’m starting to notice the brett more and more in the aroma as well. A touch of warming alcohols are noticeable in the finish, but not really a negative point in the big picture. This is a wonderful example of a Belgian-American fusion beer.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sampled at Stephen Beaumont Class at Tria Fermentation School, 8/10/07. Poured orange-amber with a moderate sized off-white head. Big funky, musty, earthy nose, with strong floral hops. Sweet, honeyish flavor up front, gives way to tartness and earthiness, then finishes with crisp hop bitterness. Light carbonation; really smooth mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer; I’d love to be able to sample it again.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
MJ Rare Beer Club, 750ml bottle: Opens with a forceful poooft and pours beautifully into the tulip. Thick honey appearance with a short head that is thick and full. From first sniff, I can tell that this is indeed one unique collaboration. A wall of fresh American hops hit the nose first, followed some wonderful honeyed malt. The body leans in the same direction, although it seems heavily spiced to me. I get alot of chamomile/potpourri type notes below the citrusy hops. As the beer continues to warm, the sweet malt profile develops and balances the perfumey hops (additions?). I noticed some brett in the background of the finish, but it is really light. This should become real interesting in a year.
juiceisloose (1204) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Redlight. Thanks Brent for sharing this rare treat. Poured a golden blonde with a thin white head. The aroma was of citrus fruits, spices, and some hops. The taste is pretty similar with a mild blend of sweetness and spices together. It had some malts in there and some brett like characters, but not real sour. This was an interesting blend of a lot of things. It finished off clean with some spices in the background. Nice collaboration with this one, glad I got to try it.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy redlight. Thanks Brent!! Pours gold with a small white head. A little bit hoppy, some citrus in the aroma. Pretty mild all the way through. Some spices are present. The taste is somewhat hoppy and spicy mixed together. Not a real character to this beer. It seems to be a couple different things at once, which was interesting, and pleasant. Some mild sweetness comes through, but blends in well with the hops and mild malts. Pretty good brew.