HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy gold with a thin fine white head. The aroma is spicy with coriander and orange. The taste is all about yeast, clove, banana, grass/hay? This reminds me of a saison and a wit combined. The mouth feel is medium and well suited for this beer. While it isnít the best Lost Abbey offering in my opinion, it is solid and well worth trying.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. After uncorking the bottle I could already begin to smell wild and heavily spiced yeast greet my nasal passage ways. The beer sat densely in my glass as a dirty and hazed with sediment blonde topped by a fluffy pillow of foam. Upon taking the first sip I was immediately gratified with a bold spicy yeast decked with unknown seasoning, ginger and pepper. Aftertaste leaves behind a minor reminder of soapy water and a bit of a lingering metallic taste.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ogglethorp: Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Aroma, yeasty notes, spices, fruits, sweet notes. Flavor, spices, caramel, yeasty and bready, some fruits, slightly smoky, dry finish.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold with a nice head. Aroma is very yeasty with some nice citrus notes of orange and lemon. Banana, clove etc as well. Nice flavors too. Notes of banana, clove, orange, lemon, soft grapefruit. Easy to drink. Smooth. Nice carbonation. Very well done. I liked the meshing of the traditional BSA flavors balanced out by a touch of west coast hoppiness. One of the better ones from these guys recently IMO.
StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. This one pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a medium head that soon dissipates. The aroma is ripe with sweet esters, there is banana and bubblegum. The flavor is characteristic of a hefe (or of a wit) when combined with that of a saison. This is a very complex ale with spices, bananas, sweet cashew nuts, biter almonds, and a touch of sour grape. The mouthfeel is full, malty and smooth. The finish is long and dry with lingering tropical fruits. Overall: This is a complex concoction, and among LAís more inspired offerings. This is not a big beer, so its not likely to get the recognition it deserves. But, I loved it.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A soft pour produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a hazy honey color and shows a fully hazed (the haze is substantially, though not completely contributed by chill-haze), yellow-gold color when held up to the light showing a fair amount of carbonation winding its way up through the haze. The head leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The aroma has a light floral character to it that is evocative of light honey notes, soft pear, a touch of sour plum and apple aromatics and a touch of an herbal edge. Sweet grain aromatics combine with a touch of a cracker-like, lightly toasty grain character. A touch of spicy phenolics and esters seem to contribute more to the floral character than being particularly noticeable in and of themselves, though there is a soft vanilla note here.
Pretty dry tasting, but there is a touch of malt & alcohol sweetness towards the finish. The flavor is led in by a dry, cracker like grain character, then some honey like malt, some warming & spicy higher alcohols, including a bit of sharpness (not quite harshness) of alcohol in the finish. While pretty light bodied, it does have a touch of weight to it that clings just a bit to the palate, the carbonation adds a nice persistent tickle of texture. Some fruitiness comes in towards the finish where a mix of green apple, aromatic pear, a touch of almost-ripe honeydew melon and perhaps a hint of star-fruit. The finish definitely has a pepper character to it, it is also slightly phenolic with a light turpene-leaning clove character and a touch of dried ginger.
As the beer warms up the aroma opens up quite a bit; I really like the mix of substantial pale malt aromatics and how they mix with the aromatic floral notes, honey aromas and substantial pear-like fruitiness. The general fruitiness seems to pick up in the flavor over time as well. This definitely is a good Duvel-inspired interpretation, it captures quite a bit of the best characteristics of the style, though it can be a touch hot at times. I still prefer Vinnieís interpretation (Damnation), but this could probably use 6 months to a year of bottle age before it peaks.
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Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked 750ML bottle. The cork in this bottle just didnít want to come out, and appears to be longer than the one Iím used to in most other lost abbey beers. Once I got it opened it poured a hazy yellowish brown with a nice foamy 2 fingers of head. Aroma is belgian yeast, bread, banana, spices. Flavor is yeast, fruits, nuts, banana and bread. Nice easy drinking belgian style beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A honey-colored brew with a 1/4 inch dense eggshell head and minimal lacing. Aroma is all belgian...freshly-baked bread loaf, bright citrus, and a hint of banana sweetness. Chewy body comprised of nectarine, spice, and malt sweetness. Incredible exploding carbonation. Not an unforgettable brew but definitely well-crafted.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Poured as cold as an exwife and she didnít give up much either but a shallow, shortlived head that slowly reduced to a silky canopy and a fluffy lace. The color is a bit cloudy and green like a chestnut. Strong banana cream aromas. Full nectar with superb carbonation creating a slightly creamy texture. Big gobby maltiness balanced by a strict peachpit component that hits hard like...an......INFERNO!?! Fruity tropicals, citrus, stonefruit, mild bread, a hint of nut and spice push forward with a moderate sweetness factor. The finish is bittered well while the palate remembers the fruity banana nectar like a passing memory. Very Blegian in nature and as warming as a wood burning stove on a hot AZ summer afternoon.
mjg74 (2458) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bev4Less. Golden/orange in color. Slightly sweet aroma. Smell of piney hops. Scent reminds me of a Belgian IPA. Lightly sweet with a strong hop presence. A little bit of grain and yeast. The hops seem to be dominant, with the Belgians qualities as the backbone. Pretty tasty.