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Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #1 (Runnin’ with the Devil)

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 230   ABV: 7.66%
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Starting with a malty brown ale base beer we fermented the brew in stainless steel tanks for two weeks with our house ale yeast. Once the beer had reached near terminal gravity it was racked into 3 French Oak Wine barrels that previously held red wine and were new to our brewery. We topped off the barrels and spiked them with some “Tiny Bubbles” cultures courtesy of our good friends Eric Rose and Hollister Brewing Company. We then cellared the barrels for 10 months before we added 30 lbs of Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes provided for us by Frangipani Winery just up the road from us in Temecula, Ca. The beer also received a healthy dose of fresh Brettanomyces raised in our lab. The brew then fermented for three months on the grapes before we bottled it in late December. Track 1′s flavor expresses both a huge Brettanomyces presence as well as a moderate level of grape character resulting in a winey oak laced brown ale with exceptional depth for such a low ABV beer.
C’mon, everyone knows you’re not supposed to run with the devil. But every sinner does. Why, because we can. We all need that feeling of fear wrapped in danger and the excitement of being shot from the adrenaline canon. Maybe you too love that feeling of living on the edge hanging precipitously close to never coming back. Because only the Devil can take you there, he’s your favorite wing-man capable of simultaneously killing and saving you without ever offering redemption. Good thing he can drive like moonshiner evading the law or you’d both be in trouble. Full throttle on the highway to hell is where you’re headed tonight. That is, if the Devil wants your soul. Hopefully he’s only flirting with your mind. After tempting your spirit and temporarily inhabiting your soul, he’ll just kick you to the curb. Then, you’ll be left to decide if you ever want to take a ride with the Prince of Darkness again. So ask yourself… Am I feeling lucky?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
375 mL bottle, thanks Charles!!!! Turbid mahogany pour, minimal head. Nose is awesome, with bright red vinous fruit of dark cherry, plum pit, raisin, and definitely tart funk. Flavor and palate are the same but a bit disappointing; fades quickly, and is a touch thin and chalky. Again, starts good, just doesn’t hold up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong funk, oak, and wine. Thin mouthfeel with a light funk, strong wine and fruit with light dryness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2014
38cl, at 7.5%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with grapes and Brettanomyces, thx to Brent and Dirk for sharing!, complex sour brew, sour/vinous and slightly woody/fruity, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. The pour’s light brown with a small head. Toasted nuts on the nose. Red berry skin. Light brett. Some dark grape meat. The taste has a huge wine barrel profile. Nice tart wood. Rich berries. Slightly astringent on the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Great start to the set.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Light haze on this amber beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and a little crisp. Wood. Flemish sourness. Pronounced red wine tang, lesser red wine berry fruits. Winey semi dry finish. Nicely winey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared at the BIG Friday tasting, massive thanks to our Ken for sharing the entire track set and also to Bruce for providing the accompanying music 03/01/14. Murky chestnut brown with a thin light beige pond atop the glass. Nose is tarte berry fruit, orange pith, dank wood, straw, light must, lemon rind. Taste comprises tangy dark berry fruit, cherry skins, straw, blood orange, funk, dank wood, musty hay, soured citric fruit, splash of vinegar. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte lightly puckering closure. Decent enough sour, easy drinking but lacks a little depth for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7386) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at the mega tasting. Big thanks to Kenny for this bad boy. It pours hazy deep amber-brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, vanilla, vinous, earthy, brett, orange peel, berry and toasty coconut. The taste is tart, cherry, some acidity, sherbet, light vinegar, red grape, vinous, wood, light earthy bitterness, touch of alcohol and orange peel with a crisp, tart finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Balanced and rather drinkable. Great start to the track set!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3257) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared during the Track Set portion of the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Huge thanks to Kenny for this. Pours clear brown with a bubbly beige head. Nose is very marmalade forward and the booze kicks out at you. Think dates, raisins, brown sugar, light vinegar, peach and very sticky toffee. Taste is juicy and citric, full of dates, vanilla, woody, mild funkiness. Slick mouth feel with light prickly carbonation. A nice vinous touch to this sour. Very solid

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared during the Track Set portion of the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Huge thanks to Kenny for this. Pours clear, honey-brown with a bubbly tan head. The nose holds dry grapes, mellow funk, wood. Medium sweet flavor with moderate sour fruits, raisins, motor oil, vinous quality. Medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Fairly quenching finish, wood, tannins, dried berries. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
Musiken spelar givetvis på repeat. Rödbrun, klar. Ättika och vindruva i doften. Sur. Tunn och sur. Obefintlig beska. Typisk us-suring. Läskande. Bra start på boxen

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