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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Thanks to Dragonstout. Pours a light brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is mostly cotton candy. Tastes of dark sweet fruits, Belgian yeast, vanilla, a little brown sugar. Finishes with a sticky palate, yet the sweetness is not overwhelming. Rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Tasting, courtesy of Fordest’s event. Beer #12. Rerate on 4-30 immediately after root canal. Translucent brown pour with a small tan head. Nose with dark fruits and cola. The flavor is rich with vanilla and murky dark fruits that suggest something sinister is going on here. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is long with lingering raisins and sugar cane. Overall: Another winner from the folks at Lost Abbey. Re-rate note: Drank a bottle that had a year of age on it and I absolutely loved it. Upping my rating by a point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Brown in color this poured a thin white/tan head that left little lacing. There were aromas of chocolate, fresh figs, orange zest, cinnamon sticks and a touch of bretty funk. The palate showed these darker flavors but had plenty of balancing acid. In fact, there was great balance in this beer from start to end. The flavors are fresh and finish with bitter chocolate. A very nice bottle to sit back enjoy over the night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008
750, corked and baled. Murky dark brown with bright caramel highlights. Very light gray rim. Dusty cola and raisins on the nose. Light, almost watery body. Good fizz. Cola, raisins, caramel, wood, and nuts on the mid-palate. Mild sweet fruity finish. This one’s a pleasure to drink but can’t quite stand up to the level of quality elsewhere in the LA line.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2944) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
A delicious Belgian strong courtesy of cbkschubert.Thanks man! I’ve been looking to get a hold of a Lost Abbey beer for quite some time and finally did. This was a very good American Belgian. Aroma was so so. Could pick up some dark fruit and a little roasted malt. Pour was a nice hazy brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was outstanding. Dark fruit and yeast stand out in the front but make way for a hint of roasted malt in the aftertaste. Very little carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gallac30 (29) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Aroma of malt, spice and fruit. Pours a dark brown and ruby with light, head is subtle and white. Flavor begins with a dark fruit, possibly raisins or figs moving into a malted flavor. It finishes smoothly with a second fruity taste that lingers for an impressive amount of time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sawyej26 (18) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
22oz. Wonderful malt and spice aroma. Pours lead colored body with light off white head. Begins a soft malt flavor and eases into raisins, cinnamon, fig and plum, molasses and vanilla hints. Finishes inexplicably smooth. Thou shalt like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Dark brown ale with aroma of fig, date, and spice - clove and cinnamon, and a touch of funk. Tastes of cola, caramel, raisins, and slight tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Sweet aroma of dried dates that carries through to the flavor. Flavor has quite a bit of cola and a little mocha too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Darker brown color with a light whitish head. Aroma is dominated by oranges, cinnamon, and assorted spices. Flavor has quite a bit of raw cinnamon, some coriander and assorted spices, raisins, plums, dates, and lighter red wine. Brett barely noticeable, but in there. Nice mouthfeel - good brew from Tomme, but not as "knock your socks of as I had hoped". I guess when your as good as PP/LA a good beer like this seems plain - still highly drinkable and a good food pairing brew. Re-rate of a 2008 bottle: This one really perked up and got alot funkier, more sour, and gained complexity. Good to see when a great brewer can still improve on a product from year to year!

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