arondee (501) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz tap from the "Tap Room" in San Diego. Poured jet black with zero head and very little carbonation or lacing. Aromas are dark cherries, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is almost perfect, like a drinkable dessert, cherries, malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and of coarse some alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden. I was blown away by this beer on tap, I’d love to get my hands on a bottle to share with some friends.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not quite black, but a deep enough brown to border on black stares at me from his lofty perch. A generous dark khaki head lazes around while tracing soft trails of lacey foam. I’ve had a few Lost Abbey beers, but this is my first draft Lost Abbey so my excitement level is extra high. Plums, raisins, prunes, licorice root, vanilla root, and root beer esters seduce my senses and gently assail my nose. How delightful she is. Furthering her luxurious prowess are over-ripe black cherries about to burst, releasing their sweet and dark juices while in the back lurks a forest of ancient dark woods. Mm! Mm! Mm! Right away I know her to be a long sipper because her nose is heavy indeed and as I take my first quaff, so too is her body. Heavy, rich, and her body fills my mouth with the weight of her bounty. My first flavor experience is a surprise considering I detected no cranberries whatsoever in her nose, but there they are in her palate. Bright and ready, whole cranberries wake up my tastebuds with a magical interplay of tart and sweet. Coming in fast and heavy is black bark, brewer’s licorice, black strap molasses, and more licorice. Each quaff is full, heavy, and rich without overpowering. The brewer’s licorice and black strap molasses melt together in exquisite harmony while figs, dates, and raisins drift along their constant current. Warmth is already working her way through my throat and into my chest while cinnamon sticks and more black bark linger in my breath. I’m not sure what goes into root beer to give it that particular flavor, but fleeting in and out of her palate is a heavy, almost concentrated essence of root beer without the sugary sweetness. Burnt sugars coat my lips already heavy with black strap and brewer’s licorice while dark pitted fruits and black cherries fill the middle of each sup. Slowly but surely as my 10 Commandments achieve optimum tasting temperature, time creeps slowly on by. Without even realizing it, an easy hour of my lazy afternoon has passed, but I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it.
Lost Abbey brews good beer. I’m not going to bother with the over-carbonated/under-carbonated debate that taints their online forum presence, and sometimes for good reason. Instead, what I do know is the 10 Commandments I savored at The Publican in Chicago, IL was truly momentous. Whenever I look at the Lost Abbey chalice in my cabinet, I will always remember the very first beer with which she was filled and cherished.
THORtheVIKING (5) - Longyearbyen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing taste and strong raisin and graham flavors. Dark pour with swirls of light brown nature. Das über! Enjoyed at lost abbey brew pub with pwn3d.
falha (58) - - JUL 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
nose: liquorize, belgian ale, sour raisin, dark christmas bread, sweet melon,
taste: sweet , warm, raisin, strong wine, plum.
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iggynelix (62) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap sampler. Love this brew. Barely opaque but still deep amber on color. Thin head that laces the glass. Rich aromas of citrus, caramel, and spices but a finish like a Christmas ale. Yum. Love my BSDAs.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RFD Pizza Port/Port/Lost Abbey tastin 6/20 - I forgot to take notes on this beer beacuse it was so good.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of BBB63
The aroma consists of caramel, chocolate, plum, raisin, and moderate alcohol. It pours a muddy orangish-brown with a small tightly bubbled beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, plum, and raisin with some faint smokiness in the background. It finishes somewhat sweet with notes of candi sugar, light spice, and faint alcohol. Looks like I dig this more than most.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah, man. This sauce is boss. A great balance of swimming raisins, dark cherry, molasses and smoke. As strong as it is, a very great everyday beer.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with good, foamy beige head / Sweet, dark fruit nose / Full bodied, moderately sweet and chewy, very malty with good hop balance, and long finish / Complex, mellow, flavors of raisins, dates, brown sugar, roast barley, and grass / Outstanding. Not picking up the brettanomyces but maybe just adding to the complexity.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Pour is a hazy, very dark garnet color with a head which is tan, full, pillowy, and a bit rocky and does leave a thin, lasting, foamy layer and tight, sporadic lace. Nose is interesting with so many complexities; the brett is apparent with noticeable tart notes (overripe cherries) and some earthy funkiness, the raisin is also apparent, wisps of alcohol, yeast is all over the place (dust, cobwebs, bready), notes of fresh herbs (sage [apparently rosemary?]), hints of leather, and light notes of toasted caramel and toasted oak. Flavor is similar but better than expected with a rich malt base for all the complexity; toasted caramel, light anise, dark honey (is that possible?), raisin bread, leather, similar yeast notes, coriander, potent herb notes (rosemary), very light wet earth notes, hints of almonds, toffee, and the brett creating an almost vinous aspect to the already complex beer. I had originally given the flavor a 9 but after I listed 13 different flavors I could taste, I had to give it a 10 based on complexity. Palate is nice with a moderately full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a velvety and round mouthfeel; dryness in the finish and very light warmth long after the finish is complete. The finish is long and drying out slightly but, even with all the other complexities, is still sweet; notes of spicy rosemary, toffee and caramel, light oak notes, almond, dry honey, and cinnamon? Truly a remarkable beer in the fact that it is dark and sweet but also takes the brett character to create a beer which is completely unique and very complex. Usually these dark farmhouse-type beers tend to be dry and not complex but this one was neither. Another note... honey in most beers I am opposed to because it brings unnecessary residual sweetness and intense dryness, however, in this one, it added some necessary sweetness to balance the other complexities and the dryness was only minimal. Bitterness was almost negligible but the rosemary provided some and the overall sweetness was not overwhelming. It is hard for me to say a bad thing about this one, certainly my favorite brett beer. This brewery never disappoints.