FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is a slight gusher after I pop the cork from the top of the bottle, and when I pour it into my Lost Abbey Teku glass I end up with 5 fingers of amber tinged, dark tan foam that quickly flows over the tops of my glass and makes quite a mess. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber color that shows hazed, dark plum hue when held up to the light. As the head slowly subsides it leaves some nicely layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma as I pour this beer smells of dark plums, some savory maltt character and more tart fruit. An actual inspection of the nose yields aromas that are definitely quite tart and seems to be a mix of lactic and acetic acid notes. The acidity really boosts aromas of tart cherries, sour dried figs, fermented prunes and even something a bit like teriyaki sauce. This is backed by a spicy (pepper, raw oak and a touch of Bourbon spice), earthy, toasted woody, oak character a definite sawdust character and even some buttery oak notes that start to come out after a while.
Tart tasting with a fruit focus as it first hits my palate, it then picks up a bit more bracing sourness that gets a bit savory in character and then the beer finishes with a spicy, woody, tannic, slightly astringent oak character. The beer doesnít have a whole lot of sweetness to it, though having just ate dinner the dryness could be from the state of my palate. The savory character in this beer seems to be added by an almost smokiness in the finish that seems to be contributed by a roasted malt character in the finish. The roast is actually fairly restrained in some ways, but contributes profoundly to the finish of this beer without intruding and becoming overly burnt. The body of this beer is actually fairly light, it has some heft to it, much of which seems to be oak / tannin derived.
I went back for a second pour and the bottle had blown the wine stopper I put in out and formed a bit of a mess on the counter (luckily only a little beer was lost); I only have to eat a little foam to keep the beer from overflowing the glass this time around. The beer is definitely pretty spritzy with an ample carbonation, though it doesnít seem excessively foamy as it flows across the tongue. The tartness and the fruit remind me a lot of tamarind up front, and sour plums throughout. Most of the sourness here seems to be lactic in character, though there is a touch of it here that adds a spiciness and piquancy to the finish. A fair amount of the tartness actually comes from how dry this beer is and the fact that there is a mellow, roasted malt character to this beer. Lots of cherry flavors come out as the beer warms up and the roast character seems to mask some funky, earthy, wild yeast character (all of which could be derived from Brettanomcyes).
This is really quite a palatable beer; it has a nice mix of tart, savory and fruit character that just makes it seem like a meal in a glass without being chewy and heavy (which is how beers usually get described as such). Despite the description there is really not much in the way of Bourbon character to this beer, there are suggestions of it, but it doesnít seem more than what one gets from non-Bourbon barrels (Bourbon is highly influenced by oak). This is quite enjoyable.
alexsdad06 (3857) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours a dark copper/brown color with a large, but rapidly disappearing beige head. The aroma and flavor have big dark fruit character, tart, acidic, some spicy notes, wood, cherry, good carbonation (especially for LA), solid sour brown that is drinking nicely with the age.
Prufrockstar (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle opened to celebrate the completion of my PhD. Gusher, but we didnít lose much of it thanks to some quick thinking. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is prunes, figs, dark fruit, mixed with honey and wine. Taste follows, with a hint of some kind of spiciness in there as well. Nice mix of rich, dark sweet fruits with a pleasant sourness. Full body with lively carbonation. One heck of a fine beer.
burg326 (2770) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle corked and caged poured a dark brown color with redish highlights. Aromas of sour dark fruit, prunes, and some wet wood. Flavors are the same sourness peels off the enamel on yoir teeth and sour dark fruits. Solid beer, thanks to Cleg! Cory knows how to throw it down!
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Final beer of an amazing long weekend in Seattle and Portland, with ajax25g at the Schmidt castle south. Gusher. Brown color, massive tan head. Aroma of sweet and sour prunes, candied dates. Taste is softly sour dark fruit, early beginnings of port wine. Delicious.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (dregs)... This beer rocks!Ö Murky brown pour with a fizzy, khaki, short-lived head. Fragrance-wise, sour cherries and vanilla really stand out. Medium-body with airy carbonation. The flavor offers heaps of fruitiness, breadiness and tartness accompanied by an undercurrent of yeasty, tannic bitterness. Astringent, dry finish. Big-time thanks to 50belair for sharing this world class beer! To me, this is miles better than the 2008 Imagination saison.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Sour stone fruit aromas. The taste pretty much follows suit with pleasant tart and sour stone fruit highlights and woody vinous lowlights. A little over carbonated. Great mouthfeel, good body, and good balance. Outstanding. Thanks Ryan....
Tmoney99 (9640) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Poured a hazy ruby color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, sour and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So I opened this 750 ml bottle by twisting off the cage, and BANG - the cork shot up and hit the celing, prompting some shouts from bystanders at Fifty West Brewing in Cincinnati. Could this be a Lost Abbey beer? Is it just a mislabeled Saint Somewhere beer? Is it possible that thebaldwizard spent 2+ years shaking it before sending it to me, and it still hasnít settled? Whatever the case, this was live. After some gushing, our pours were a deep, semi-hazed plum-amber color with a huge beige head that settled fairly quickly. Aroma of plum, vanilla, berries, oak, raisins, dates, and some fruity, musty funk. The flavor shows more sourness than the nose did, with berries, plums, funk, oak, vanilla, and light balsamic vinegar. Medium-bodied, with a tart, fruity, dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation on the palate. Nice sour. Vinous, but not overly so. Drinking well now.
b3shine (3573) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks phaleslu). Looks good...AND ITíS CARBONATED!!! Smells good too; cherry, wood, and funk. Tastes like it smells with a nice, silky brandy finish. Great stuff.
kbutler1 (1332) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks Ben for opening. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a lively tan head, nice appearance. Sour notes abound in the flavor along with nice dark fruits; cherry and plum. The wine barrel aging is evident and adds some nice notes. Very similiar to Consecration but maybe a bit dryer.