hapjydeuce (910) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Bottle acquired back in May 07 at the Lost Abbey Anniversary. Aged 1 year, re-rate sample just 3 days after the Lost Abbey Anniversary party. Dense, dark mahogany color with reddish-brown edges. Appearance has boosted with age, smooth beige head and lots of lacing around the edges of my Trappist. Roasty aroma of smoky dark malts, a light acidic funk, plums and of course, the raisins. Dark flavor that ranges from sweet at first sip, with plenty of banana and raisin, transitioning into peppery spices and bitter hops. Finishes nicely; the additional age has rounded out the palate, very smooth. Acidic finish is subtle, but noticeable. Not bad. It seems that the brettanomyces character has mellowed a lot, resulting in a much more complex and subtle tang.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos. Cloudy dark amber-mahogany witha a very thick, sustaining, fine, dense golden-tan head. Some candied sweetness in the aroma with subdued spicy hops, toast, herbs, and dried fruit. Fairly dry but does have a bit of dark, fruity sweetness with toasted malt, reserved fermentation characteristics, and some alcohol flavors. Big yet nimble in the mouth with smooth bitterness and alcohol warmth.
jrob21 (2167) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle smuggled back from San Diego. Nice aroma of smoked and roasted malt. Cloudy brownish color with a decent tan head. The raisins come out a bit in the flavor with a slight sweetness. The bret is subtle and I wouldn’t have noticed it if you hadn’t told me. Nice smooth big beer. Really enjoyed this one.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
blackish brown body, aroma is rasiny chocolate malt, a little rummy. flavor is dryish and rummy malt, a bit hot, and roasted dark chocolate malt too. dryish finish.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL corked bottle - hazy deep brown color with smallish off white head. Cork popped open with surprisingly little force - not nearly the carbonation I’ve come to expect from belgain ales. Aroma has fair amount of darkly roasted caramel, burnt raisens and figs, hint of light coffee and chocolate, along with subtle notes of red grapes, pear, and a touch of brett-like tartness. Flavor is malty, faintly roasty, fair amount of chewy malts, light caramel, raisens and chocolate, bit of vinegar tartness, with a slightly sweet finish. A very nice and interesting brew. Not quite sure how to catergorize this one, a touch of brett tartness that is subtle, and probably would increase with age, but adds a nice lightness to the brew, but also does not necessarily go with the belgain strong dark category. Almost a style onto itself.
HopHeadinAZ (179) - Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a dark almost opaque brown. The head is thin and ivory. Raisins, toffee and caramel dominate the nose and my pour is still cold. The taste is largely raisin, chocolate with some alcohol. I have a lingering finish on this beer with a pleasant mouth feel. This is a much bigger beer than the Lost and Found on a number of levels.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear dark amber-brown color with a thin beige head. Yeasty aroma with darm fruits and some sweetness. Estery malt flavor with a dry finish and mild-moderate bitterness. Decent warming sensation.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks KingpinIPA for sharing this one! Pours a dark brown/black color with small head. Nice raisin,caramel and licorice aroma. Flavor is of raisins,malt,some alcohol and licorice(The taste reminded me of a jager-bomb!) Nice smooth finish.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thick, raisiny aroma with accents of creamy caramel and a hint of alcohol. The Brett yeast not that noticeable,taste was creamy dark fruit ,raisin, date,caramel and molassas, a smooth rich taste,but lacking the complexity to make it a real winner. Aroma promises more than taste delivers.Thanks Kingpin
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown colour with a tan head that was pretty big and the fine bubbles stuck around. Slight fruit and banana aroma. There is a lot of yeast in the flavor and some alcohol at the end. Some more fruit and a bit of banana.