ClarkVV (4219) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07
Black cherry-colored body has some light crimson and violet highlights and is topped by a moderate-sized, dark beige head that fades slowly to cover, leaving moderate lacing behind. Clarity is medium to medium-high, though the liquid is quite dark.
At first, wine seems dominant in the nose. Wine tannin, that is. Very dry and grapeskin-like, giving off notes of deep plums, currants and light cherries, though very reserved and not juicy or overly fruity. Even though it seems dominant, as in it accounts for most of the aroma, it still is not overdone or in your face. Cautiously, some dry chocolate, light pale malts and a smooth vanilla note emerge, giving some depth to the lightly tart/acidic tannins. The figs, dates and raisins from the base beer only seem to provide softness in the nose which is underscored on the finish by peppery phenols, some scratchiness (not sure if it is from the dark malt or the barrel) and light fusels (only coming out with warming). Chocolate and caramel sweetness steadily grow with warming, but dry barrel character keeps it mostly in check. The added fruitiness, though not overdone, does lead away from the dubbel style, of course, but I really like how it has dried the beer out and the barrel notes work well with the dark notes of the base beer. Medium strength of aroma, itís certainly not bursting forth, but some patience and persistence really unlocks a beautiful beer.
Dry and woody at first, with acids and sharpness hitting the palate, but smoothing out this sharpness is some strong caramel sweetness, soft vanilla cream and a fluffy yeast. Moderate amounts of dark, fruity wine flavors and even a light citrus note add complexity. Chocolate is notable, lightly, with warming while a crunchy, lightly roasted note combines with black pepper-like phenols and some light alcohol to produce a dry finish. Really liked this one, the flavors were solid, if somewhat subtle. Mouthfeel was a bit scratchy or bare at times, but I thought the barrel improved the beer, actually, though itís tough to compare the bottle conditioned bottled version to this draught barrel-aged version. Wish they would bottle this....subtle beers are underappreciated on this site.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Tap at Boston EBF 2007. Partly cloudy light-brown body topped by a short-lived beige head. Unlike the other barrel aged Lost Abbey at EBF 07 (En Garde), barrel character didnít take over this one. There was some wood barrel notes on the nose but taste remained very typical dubbel. Generously malted body. Somewhat nutty with berry flavours and distant chocolate notes. Rather dry. Pleasant full body and nice belgian carbonation. Very good but nothing that really stands out. Good Grace.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF 2007: Hazy brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma, oak and vanilla some yeast. Flavor, spice, some oak and caramel, and some fruits to it.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Sampled at Monkís Cafe Lost Abbey dinner 2/6/07. Sampled alongside the Lost and Found. Ruby brown color. Minimal head; much less carbonated than its non barrel aged counterpart. Sweet aroma, with vinous qualities. Big malty taste, wood is fairly prominent. Delicious.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: Poured a hazy copper color with a brown tint. Sweet and tart fruity aroma with some notes of cheeries. The flavor was a little dull. Light toasty malt and some bubble gum.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
belgian with some nuts and spice. banana and clove with some chocolate and carmel notes.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2011 Tasted on tap at the 1st Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival. This abbey double poured a medium brown color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity with a smoke. Medium bodied abbey double. Malts are fruity and sweet but a touch estery. Itís a little more banana and clove than the lost and found. Some oak and yeast. Think it could use some more aging. It really didnít have a lot of oak flavor yet. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some spices.
Lost Abbey Amazing Grace (2010 Bottle)
Sampled on 2/5/2011. This sour ale pours a very cloudy amber brown color from a 375ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, tart, oak and yeasty. A medium bodied sour/wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, tart and funky. The hops are herbal. Nice carbonation. This is a totally different beer than I had in 2005 on tap. Nice mix of fruit, tartness, oak and tannins. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap@OíBrienís: Root beer amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit. Flavor starts sweet with dark fruit and apricot and finishes with some peppery spicyness and a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied and smooth with lively carbonation.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft@ Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Murky amber color with an ivory head. Sweet, nutty aroma with a Belgian yeast note and some woodiness. Rich, sweet flavor with notes of chocolate and some cinnamon.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Plums, Dates, raisins, prunes, apricots and sofft tannins make for a well rounded nose. Mild overripe fruit palate. With a rich and inviting mouthfeel and a very mild wood induced astringency.