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

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1615) - 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 (13591) - 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 (6539) - 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 (5201) - 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 !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (4765) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle shared with Pat. Only fitting to share this with Annie since he introduced me to the Abbey 8 years ago, pours clearish Orange, with small head and not much lacing Aroma is insanely vintage musty oak, lemon barn, vanilla and popcorn kernel like complexity. Flavor had dark cherries, lemons, red vino and rich, oaky tannins. Lighter bodied. Smell was almost lambic like. One of the better american sours I have had in awhile. Glad to put the box set to rest......rip

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle shared with me generously by Vinny. Pours glowing copper with a fine, silky white head. Nose is undulating waves of wood and dry red wine. Mouth is substantial without heaviness; lemon, oak, cedar, cherry, and must. Finishes cleanly without the sharpness of most sours. Elegant beer that’d definitely taste gnarly with a few years of age under her.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2015

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ As Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #12 (Heaven and Hell) ].
Clear medium orange color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy grapes, oak, fruity - tart - sour. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a average duration, grapes, sour, fruity, yeasty fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat. [20141220]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle 375ml @ fonefan
Pours clear deep golden with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, tart, some fruitiness and hint of white wine. Taste is medium sweet and medium sour with a long fruity, slightly sour and dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. An almost clear one, dark golden to light amber in color and with a minimal sized light beige head. Just some bubbles actually, but it looks good anyway. The aroma is on the fruity side, although a bit weak. Berries, some mustard seeds, vinous notes and a lemony touch. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a soft carbonation level. Very soft. Tart, with flavors of sour red/orange berries, white wine and a nutty touch. Lasting fruity and berry sour finish. Needs more punch in the aroma this one, but overall it’s a really fine blend. 141220

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (15199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and light tart. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 201214

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