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RATINGS: 938   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Lost Abbey’s once a year Anniversary beer. A new generation of Dark Farmhouse Belgian-Style Beer that had Brettanomyces (a special Belgian brewer’s yeast) added at bottling. (from newsletter) (from bottle: Ale Brewed with Raisins) 10 commandments: 1. The most imaginative beers are our crusade. 2. We believe we are all in this together. 3. We strive for honesty and integrity in our lives like you. 4. Fresh beer is great, aged beer is better. 5.Now that you have found us, help us spread the message. 6. There is good and evil in the world, our beers are good. 7. Passion isn’t something you can buy at the corner store. 8. We believe an inspired life is worth living. 9. Life is about choices. The Lost Abbey is a great choice. 10. We are not perfect but no one is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (333) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle shared with fellow ba kplynch, thanks pal! Apperance: Deep black/red with almost no head. Aroma: Port wine, Molasses, Caramel, Spices. Flavor: Spices (cardemom, rosemary), Dark Caramel, Hint of yeast, Brown Sugar. Palate: Pleasantly carbonated with plenty of spices. Long aftertaste. This beer is quite similar in taste to "underlig jul" by Nögne. A perfect beer for christmas! I like!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2008
750ml. Cloudy, dark brown body with a small, o0ff-white head, mostly diminishing. Strong aroma of overripe fruit — plums, raisins, orange. Notes of licorice, caramel, candy. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is moderately sweet and lightly bitter and moderately acidic. Flavors of licorice, juicy plum, orange. Medium body with a syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. If you like sweet flavors, you’ll like this. The aroma is the best thing about the ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
Half skim head. Very dark beer. Interesting slightly sour fruit scent (and perfume?) raisins and raspberry. Perhaps Dogfish Head inspired. Raisin base with a huge perfume quality. Dark malt flavour. A little licorice in the finish. Brown raisin wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
<i>750 ml bottle</i>

This has been sitting in the cellar for a few months. I finally cracked it open while the site was down. Having tried this I know that Lost Abbey is still on top of their game. I have yet to find anything they have released which is less than stellar. Some things might not be as good as others but that is true of any brewer. This is worth tracking down and shouldn’t be too hard to find if you look around.

<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - The deep ruby red body swirled around the glass offering up hints of chocolate, raisins and aspects that reminded me of a mid-range red wine. It is hard to tell what they were going for with this but whatever it is I like it.

<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - Rich chewy dark chocolate coats the tongue and front of the throat. Next comes raisins, charcoal, and a smooth coffeelike finish. Warm all the way from start to finish this was nice on a cool fall day. Almost as thick as a good barleywine or imperial stout this is one of the better Belgian ales that I have had in the past year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of raisins, rosemary, dark fruit, caramel, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a spicy yeasty finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9078) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2008
courtesy of gillard Pours hazy brown, beige head. Aroma, yeasty and dark fruits., almost a barrel aroma. Taste, nice herbal taste with good use of rosemary. Also worth noting the addition of sweet honey and nice dark fruits. Though light in taste, the dark fruits (raisin) give the beer an excellent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle of the 2008. Poured a dark ruby color with a frothy off white head. Strong raisin smells with a light honey, and a leathery/smoke smell. Taste hits very alcoholic at first then spiced raisins and prunes like a port almost. Also some brown sugar and sweet hard candies. Perhaps a bit of the rosemary dancing in there as well. Has a warm mouthfeel with a slight bitterness and a slight chew. Yeast flavors come in late. Very complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Honkeybra kicks ass. Nose is like a red wine. Incredibly interesting profile in aroma and flavor. Imagine Scarlett Johanssen naked and really pregnant: not sure whether to be turned on or scared. Flavor is very complex, but always seems to settle on a robust red wine flavor. One crush of this brew is enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4034) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
2008 bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin film of a head that rings around the glass. Aroma has plumbs, rosemary, a little citrus and leather. Flavor is brown sugar and port wine, a bit of funky leathery brett, and spicy. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and carbonation is a bit low. The beers pretty good, though I wonder how it would be with a bit of age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2384) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Year-old bottle.

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. Pours quite nice, deep rich brown, cola-like, modestly carbonated. Lovely aroma, brown sugary, plums and spices. Flavor is drier than expected and heavier on the yeast, pretty nice but marred by alcohol flavors, quite spicy, but also cardboard. I never would have called the Brett, but now that I see that it is in there, it’s easy to place as the source of that tart-bitter finish.

Lost Abbey is pushing toward something really good with this one -- I could see it evolving into a gem of an American (Christmas) abbey-style ale with a few minor tweaks.

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