Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color with an average sized, light brown head with minimal-no lacing. The aroma is of yeast and rasins with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is of dark fruits and brandy with notes of coffee grounds and chocolate. Starts somewhat sweet and finishes bitter. The texture is syrupy. The second half of the bottle was much yeastier than the first; watch out for the dregs. Overall i’d say its a very enjoyable, well balanced beer with a very complex and aggressive flavor. Good, but not quite my style.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 Wow, haven’t rated this beauty. Pour is a very dark brown with a perfectly forming head of a very light tan. The head is airy, frothy, well developed and very pure and authentic...very Belgian. Perfect appearance because it looks Belgian. Nose is very expressive and lively and mainly shows the spicing (ginger, pumpkin, allspice), but it also hints of raisins, dark fruits, wildness and Belgian yeast. Flavor is very well balanced with all the elements working well together. Spicing is still the dominant factor, but the flavor still gives hints of raisins, dark fruits, herbs and yeast. Like it quite a bit, but it has aged slow. RERATE!!!!!!! 2008 Batch. Incredible improvement on an already great beer. This new batch is really, really terrific.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 Pours with a small, off-white head covering an extremely dark brown body. Aroma of raisins, mint (menthol), molasses, alcohol, and pitted fruit. Taste is very yeasty and malty with alcohol and raisins. Mouthfeel is syrupy with light bubbles.
Had this at Lost Abbey recently (early January 09), the brett has really come along and it is getting funky and sour...very cool beer.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Bockyhorsey for this bottle. Darkening brown with small tan head. Caramel, raisins, dark fruits and syrup on the nose. Layered flavors of the same, with some fruitness and that nice Brett character mixed in as well. Very enjoyable beer than got better as it warmed in the Houston night. Thanks Bill, great beer.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2: 750 ml bottle on the train to Flossmoor Station. Pours a creamy beige head on a brown raisin body. Rich malty caramel toffee aromas with cherries, Belgian yeast, citrus, candied sugars, coriander, spices and surprisingly sour. Lively carbonation. Belgian funked flavors with a strong sourness. Cherries, brown sugar, rich malts, lots of dark fruits, figs, and earthy flavors that work together so well. Sour cherries and bakers chocolate in the finish. No noticeable alcohol. So tasty and fun to drink.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle. Poured a deep brown with a thin beige head. The nose had a strong raisin and sweet scent. A big thick mouthfull followed. If Judgement Day was dessert, this was dinner.Carbonation was light. The raisins come through, but not too much of the sweetness. Almost had some hints of stout in it. Also tasted some caramel and burnt sugar, but the 10% was very well hidden, with just a light bite at the finish.
jcwattsrugger (11590) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle @Joe’s NYC Gathering–pours a rich thin tan head that laces with color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-almost molasses/caramel, dark fruit. Taste is sweet medium malt-almost molasses/caramel, dark fruit-some tart. Mild/minimal carbonation, smooth understated and enjoyable.
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
comes on strong with raisins, fig and sugared dates. simple spice and some more exotic fruits on the palate. a bit sweet. maybe sazz hops? it was great but the brett was a little less present that i would have liked given all the strong fruit sugars.
BuckeyeSammy (559) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at JoeMcphee’s. Loved to see that someone had brought this beer to the tasting, tough to find Lost Abbey on the east coast. Brown color, darker and and murky. Dark fruit, raisons, dates, spice, chocolate notes.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate and nuts. Flavor is really spicy with peanuts, ginger and cocoa. I get some ripe fruits, like tangerine and papaya. Super complex with a prickly mouthfeel.