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RATINGS: 911   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Excellent, excellent BSA. Aroma is sesame, raisins, and Merlot wine. The nose is that chocolatey sesame malt. Flavor is black currants and raisns, with a slight note of bretts in there. Finish is a mellow, oily slick mouthfeel, but no aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Dark brown, smooth, Dark fruits, chocolate, malty, alcohol, slight coffee, slight yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Tap at the brewery. A really good beer. Poured a dark brown, with not much of a head. Smelled real fruity, but of dark dried fruit, real seductive. Slightly bitter taste to it, but that went away and it turned really smooth with some alcohol warmth to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
750ml bottle (first batch)....pours a lively dark chocolate brown with a medium foamy light tan head.....musty dark fruits (raisins and figs), chocolate, and a little booze.... flavors start off with dark fruits and sweet malt then quickly sours up which lingers on the palate for a bit. mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. in general though, i don’t think it all came together almost to the point of saying that the brett didn’t mesh well after aging for awhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Thanks to Cquiroga for giving me the chance to try this. I believe this bottle had at least a year on it, which I think would affect the overall brett character. Poured dark brown. Aroma was dark fruits and mustiness. Taste was prunes, raisins, other fruit, chocolate, and a very interesting musty finish. This was quite different and I really dug it. The brett added the slightest touch of musty funk. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle received in trade from last years batch. Pours a ruby brown color with a small head and spotty lacing. Smell is chocolate, raisin, rosemary, the slightest funk, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste is similar with lots of yeasty chocolate flavor, rosemary, raisins, and hardly any barnyard or funk flavors. The alcohol was actually really well hidden in the taste. A very interesting beer that I can only really describe as savory. I wish I has cooked something up with rosemary prior to cracking this one open.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7912) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 30, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
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.

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