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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5735) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Bottle split with Pat. The bottle reads 10% abv. Pours a dark murky brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet fruit, raisins, and malt. The flavor starts as a belgian ale, and ends with a roasty flavor accompanied by notes of raisins, clove, and vanilla. An amazing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2009
I’ve always had a fondness for Lost Abbey, and this just shows why. Bottle pours murky brown with a healthy beige colored head. Huge nose! Aroma shows raisins, toffee, molasses, vanilla, rosemary, leather and tart raspberry. All this and more follows through into the flavor showing additonal notes of almonds, cigar ash, and a touch of alc. Body is full and well integrated. Bravo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MPA (845) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 25, 2009
Dark with a beige head. Aroma is vinous with ripe fruit, tartness, candy sugar and wood. Flavour of ripe fruit, apricot, some anise, candy sugar, some spices and some wood. A little acidic with a vinous touch again. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5761) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. Complex fruity rasperry and spicy aroma. Taste is complex, full of plums and raisins, also some sour notes from the brett makes this an outstanding beer. Nice lingering bitter end, world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2010
750 mL bottle, corked & caged...2008 version, sampled early March 2010: pours incredibly dark mahogany, opaque with just a touch of a red hue at the edges...off tan, tiny bubbled head, diminished into a gray film. Sweet, alcohol soaked raisin aroma, with wisps of currants, oak, and leather tannins. Soft palate, with a creaminess in the finish, flavours of dark, sour cherries, figs, green apples, and lightly bitter honey. The finish has some interesting sweet, bubble gum notes mixed with a musty basement essence. Wonderfully complex and a unique mix of a farmhouse ale and an abbey ale...well done, delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2251) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sweet and roasted, a bit of fruit (plum) on the aroma. Black in color. Sweet dark ale with a roasty/slight alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (13679) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2010
My favorite is number 6. 750 ml bottle shared with Darren. Good beer in good company. Dark murky brown, small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, plums. Taste is similar, complex and rich. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Big wood aroma with light smoke and a little brandy scent. Rich currant infused wood flavor on a hearty toffee malt backbone. Light spice and some leather character. Various other sweet fruit notes of plum, raisin, and fig. Slight hop resin with some orange citrus. Some brandy booze character that is gives the warm feeling to the velvety smooth body. The wood is very prominent and well integrated into a moderately complex arrangement that does everything well. One of the best drinks Ive had in quite some time.

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