GarrettB (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 May 4th, 2013 - Breweries have taken to holding special festivals where they get to release small batches to the public on a small scale. It’s a controlled frenzy, but the atmosphere is always light and festive. But Lost Abbey’s Anniversary party was on a totally different level. All the beers on tap were rare, delicious and exquisite. This was an afternoon to remember, partly for the sheer volume of alcohol consumed, but more because of the serial miracles each glass offered. I began the day with the Frambose de Amarosa, assured that it was an awesome and sweet place to begin. In the glass it is a beautiful apple red skin color with a slight head, and a heavy carbonation that gives it a polished texture in the tungsten lighting of the tasting room. Raspberry comes off on the nose, with a nice tart, raspberry pie filling scent, and a light and vapory aroma that’s impossible to ignore for the conversation around me. The flavor has gobs of strawberry jam, as if dotting my tongue with the thick, goopy sugar, but it’s still dry and sophisticated. So, perhaps a farmer’s market jam? The light bitterness of strawberry seeds can be tasted as well, adding on the fresh sweetness of ripe strawberry, the clean, slightly sweet botanical touch of apple skins, and shakes of cinnamon, all space and a quenching carbonation. This is just the start for the day, but it’s an epic beginning, and sets a high bar for succeeding beers to meet.
September 10th, 2012 - Most of the beers I enjoyed for my birthday came off a line of samplers from the nearby Rock Bottom - La Jolla. But I wanted to end my birthday on a more exceptional note, and that meant turning to the pricier, but always delicious (and adventurous) beers from Lost Abbey. Today’s treat (indeed, a desert and a drink wrapped in one) is the exotically named Framboise de Amorosa, proudly proclaimed from a label decorated with images mimicking classic art. It pours with a huge, pillowy meringue textured head, which on closer inspection (and a few more lit light bulbs) blushes with a healthy pink rose hue. The smell reveals berries - baskets and bushels and branches bent by the sheer weight of berries. There’s the mellowness of ripe raspberries, the tanginess of fresh strawberries, a touch of water, the light mineral flavor of mineral water, a shade of light cocoa (blending with the berries to produce the flavor of chocolate dipped fruit) and some white wine qualities too, likely the acidity from some of Lost Abbey’s signature oak aging. The flavor, like some of the high notes in the aroma, is at its core, tart and acidic. There was clearly an effort to guard against letting this brew get too sweet, instead relying on more translucent fruit flavors and sour notes to build a beautiful flavor profile. Each sip begins with a fresh bout of watermelon flavors, with an undertone of oak shrieking that outlasts all the other tastes well into the aftertaste. And as it warms, the Framboise de Amorosa takes on a light, lovely wood scent that reminds me of the grounds around Japan’s famous Ise Shrine, where structures are regularly rebuilt and refinished. Here and there amongst the sips and burps are some sweeter strokes, like raspberry flavors, and some light cream richness and sweetness, but this is definitely a sour and tart beer foremost, or as I write at the end of my notes here, "An American Cantillon."
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ SlackerMads. Pour unclear red with a lasting and good lacing beige frothy head. Aroma is dominated by raspberries, almond, lactic, oak, vinegar and hints of brett. Taste is rather intense and moderate sweet and tart. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Finish is short with raspberries and a late acidic burn in the throat.
Salmoniform (1255) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF. Hazy reddish brown hue with tan head. Aroma is lactic, raspberries, caramel. Taste is dry sweet with a tart following. Medium light body and zesty carbonation. Overall this was a great brew.
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2012. Pours a deep brown/maroon with huge frothy pink head. Definitely not a flat abbey beer here. Nose is full of raspberry with some wet tin and a medium brett funk. Taste is very fruit forward with the raspberries coming out in the front and then fading at the end to a mild sour finish. The oude bruin elements make for a nice base beer to compliment the fruit. Overall, great fruit forward American sour.
John25 (1246) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber with a thick white head. Aroma is raspberry with slight yeasty funk. The taste adds more rich raspberry flavor and lactic yeast notes. Rich with medium carb. Overall incredible.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 Draft at Monk’s for the Lost Abbey dinner with Tomme Arthur. This batch was double fruited with raspberries, thus producing a thicker, tarter brew. Pours straight opaque maroon with insane sedimentation throughout. Aroma of raspberries, yeast, malt, soft grapes and vanilla, lavender, and a trace of hops. Body is full, thick, and smoothie-like. Very chunky, tart palate. Outstanding sour ale. I’ll probably never be able to try this again, so it was great to try it.
Second Rating. Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James. Pours a deep, mahogany chestnut hazed amber with a thin, lacy, tightly-bubbled tan head. Aroma of pureed raspberries, fresh strawberries, sour lemon, dark grapes, tart black cherries, slight vanilla, lavender, and subtle funky tones. Medium bodied with a hugely carbonated, chunky, lip-puckeringly sour palate. Finishes with a crazy fizz burn from the carbonation and a tight sting from the pure raspberry. This beer is an outstanding celebration of sour and sweet and the wonder of freshly grown fruit. Outstanding.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle from the brewery, served in a snifter at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours reddish brown with a moderate tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin remnant, leaving a small amount of lace. The nose is intensely sour, with notes of raspberry and oak, and touches of caramel and earth. The flavour is intensely sour throughout with plenty of raspberries and oak. The finish is average in length, sour and crisp. On the palate, it is medium in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice sour ale but the raspberries are a bit too dominant for my taste. 2011-07-09
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at library alehouse. pours ligth hazy pink with medium head. Aroma is light tart and sweet fruits and berries. Taste is more crisp and berry tart than i expected, very nice
juiceisloose (1204) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle from the 1st batch, so with over a year of age on it. This one pours a beautiful cloudy, deep ruby red to plum color with some pinkish tint and topped by a thick, rocky head of light dusty tan colored foam showing great retention. Some pink colored floaties of yeast speckle the foam nicely. The foam slowly settles down to a thin film and leaves thick sheets of lace that cling hard to the glass. The aroma is really nice and bright showing a great balance between funk and fruit with fresh, juicy raspberry tartness and dry, yeasty, oak barrel notes. There are hints of cherries and blackberries to go with the fresh raspberries and dry yeast. There is ample amount of citric acidity that ties everything together nicely. The flavor follows suit with ample amounts of citric acidity from the berries with plenty of sweetness from the juicy raspberries. The barrel imparts plnety of sharp, woody funk with the right amount of vanilla to smooth out the acidity. Medium bodied with lively carbonation that enhances the dryness and the crisp, refreshing tartness. The finish is lengthy with the tart, juicy raspberries as the star of the show. This is like a hybrid between a great fruit and a belgian lambic, and great tasting to boot. This is another winner from Lost Abbey, and one I need to get a lot more of. Awesome stuff.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of sour fruits, raspberries, toasted malts, sweet red fruits. Dark and murky reddish brown hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium/heavy sour. Palate is medium to full bodied with average carbonation and an astringent finish. Overall a nice sour with a great raspberry overlay. Good balance and nose. Too bad it looks like shit but it does taste lovely.