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Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #12 (Heaven and Hell)

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.69%
Track 12 is a non fruited sour ale. It is a blend of three base beers (Avant Garde, a previously unreleased sour brown base and Gift of the Magi). There were two barrels of Avant Garde, one oak barrel of the sour brown and a splash of the Magi in the final blend. The final blend has flavors of sweet and sour with a pronounced musty nose. Unlike any other sour beer we have produced here at The Lost Abbey, this one has some very long term possibilities. It’s hard to believe just how much faith there is in Heaven and Hell considering nobody we know has ever sent pictures from the Pearly Gates or the Crossroads of Hell. Your jet-setting boss can’t claim to have a timeshare in Heaven. The food snob at work can’t peruse Yelp reviews to determine if the gluttonous all you can eat lobster buffet is mediocre or divine. And last we checked you can’t book a room at either place on Internet travel sites. Pretty much not a single person any of us knows can tell what Heaven and Hell are like. Yet they persist, with their fantastic imaginative descriptions and visions of banished heathens and the faithful being given their eternal rest. But not us. We here at The Lost Abbey figure our days are better spent on things other than worrying about our ever after. So each morning we get up and make beers for “Sinners and Saints Alike.” And when we fail to respire, we’ll let Heaven or Hell take us wherever the cosmos point us. Of course it doesn’t mean we’re not silently hoping they need great brewers in Heaven—especially ones with Hellish imaginations…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3538) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
October 15, 2016. Bottle.
Hazy orange, smal off-white head. Aroma is tart, funky and fruit with peach skins, apricot, lemon, brett Taste is slight sour, fruity and juicy. Finish is slight dry, tart and fruity with some juicy peach notes, some lemon juice, minerals, grape skins, oak. Medium bodied, small bubble carbonation.
Nice tartness and fruitiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4553) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle bought through Drikkeriget. Pours hazy reddish golden with a very small offwhite head that doesn’t leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and fruity with crackers, dark bread, lemon juice, grapes, hay, dry soil, barnyard, vinegar and lemon zest. Taste is sour, slightly malty and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is dry, tart and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour with balanced malts, fruit and acidity. Very nicely balanced. I love how the malts are there without overwhelming and that the acidity is balanced and not huge in that charming American way. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
A: Hazy peach/red coloured N: Peach, apricot, oak T: Oak, tart murky forest, peach O: Nice tartness and funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle at Linus tasting 161015. Hazy orange beer with a small head. Sourish citrus aroma, woody, grapes, yeast notes. Sourish fruity flavor, raisins, woody, cedar notes. Quite ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours a hazy deep amber orange with a white head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has sour cherry and red fruits with light acid and oak. Flavor has a nice sour fruit note with earthy funk, some oak and a bit of acid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2016
375ml bottle acquired via trade on BA. Shared with deyholla. Pours a nice copper rose hue, a gentle haziness but largely transparent with a very pretty color, rich glow. Frothy whitish head stays as a decent ringer, laces nicely. Aromas are funky and a bit fruity, dried and dark fruit, subtle plum and date meet subtle raisin, earth, some lactic appeal. Firmer bretty funk, some mellow oak, cobwebs and some vinous and black cherry character. Initial is lighter bodied, some expressive middling acidity compliments gentle estery fruit character, earth, and cobwebs. Some mellow oak, wine barrel and a bit of cranberry. Earthy, funky, a more sustained wild offering that restrains the acidity, let’s the brett express itself a bit better. Some tannic barrel appeal, some dryness and lingering funk, subtle yogurt, melon, and crab apple. A bit of earthy and grainy sweetness, on point wild yeast with a pretty masterful blend. Complex, dry, funky, oak. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2015
bottle at home. Pours cloudy orangy with a small head. Sour peach nose. Sweet sour body, taste is lacto and some grape juice. Interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
Fonefan 201214. Deep golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is sourness, fruit, berries. Flavour is dry, sourness, yeast, fruit, berries, white wine, caramel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8206) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2015
Thanks to Kraddel. 375 ml. bottle split by 2. Pours a dark amber, little white head on the side. Nose is fascinating, puckering oak with a touch of glue but lots of mandarin, fruity mixed with some candy sugar malts, wonderful mix of malts & great sour character. Taste is puckering big fruity mandarin, just the right touch of candy malts, great mix with light honey, oak, brett, very light lactic, lemon, fascinating complimentary touch of caramel, fruity wine, caramel & puckering sour,… Fittingly malty body but only lightly so with quite a bit of oak, touch wine, caramel,… Really good. Lost Abbey sours are amazing. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6362) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2015
Pours clear amber, small white head. Smell is nice and sour, typical US sour beer. Taste is sharp, full, buttery sour & much malts. Nice intensity. Lovely beer !

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