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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus

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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
AKA Belle Proximus, a collaborative effort between Tomme Arthur, Vinnie Cilurzo, Lorenzo Dabove, Rob Tod, Adam Avery and Sam Calagione.

In March of 2006 five guys-Adam Avery, Vinnie Cilurzo, Rob Todd, Tomme Arthur accompanied Sam Calagione and Lorenzo Dabove The Prince of Pajottenland through a tour a tour of Belgium’s finiest Gueze producers. Many of the mysteries of Lambic production were answered along the way. They vowed to return to the states to brew a sour beer celebrating their experiences. In November of 2006 the reunited at Port Brewing to brew Isabelle Proximus.

In this bottle, you’ll find the answers to many of the questions that were first posed along their journey near the river Senne. However, like the mysteries of lambic beers, there remains one lingering question that was left unresolved. we hope like us, the next time you’re on a pilgrimage to Brussels you’ll drop by the Empire Club and let us know whether you prefer Green or Orange....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Huge thanks to Greer for busting this one open at Campground Brewdown and making sure I got a pour.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving very small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of light lactic sourness, lemon zest, some musty basement and barnyard funk, dash of fruit, woody oak and some lightly toasted grain backing. Softer than I was expecting it to be but still pretty solid.

T - Starts off fairly similar to the nose. The lemony lactic sourness leads things off followed closely by the pale malt, must, nice amount of funk, nice hit of fruit zest and finally some oaky dryness. Finish is a touch tart but surprisingly smooth, leaving the palate quite dry.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice feel, not as overly sour as I was expecting it to be. Maybe a touch of oxidation but it was minuscule compared to the rest.

O - I honestly think this one is holding up surprisingly well for its age. It may very well be a shadow of its former self, I can’t comment having never had it fresh, but I can tell you that this bottle was drinking quite well. I would love to have it again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
2014-08-16. Hazy yellow body is near headless, likely reflecting the fact that I got a small pour from the end of the bottle rather more than the beer itself. Please aroma of lemon is lightly funk, mild pale malt behind. 7+ Flavour is fairly sour throughout, with a good amount of lemon and grapefruit seed astringency. 7++ Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ It doesn’t quite live up to the hype for me, but that says more about the height of the expectations than anything. Very nice stuff, very enjoyable. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JUN 27, 2014
750 ml bottle. My humble contribution to the epic event at Huhzubendah’s. Pours a hazy translucent yellow with lasting ring of bubbles on rim of glass. Aroma is barnyard, lemon citrus and many other vague complexities. Flavor is sour from start to finish, with notes of apricot, lemon, brettanomyces, and oak. Tart finish, world class. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Light golden color frothy white foam. Tangy very acidic. Lemony. Not salty. Delicious but probably more interesting with balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Hazed creamy orange pour with cramy white head and lace. Tart funk and bready. Super tart with brett and breadiness. Medium body with good carbonation. RBWG2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (8045) - Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2013
750 ml bottle to half-pint glass (HUGE thanks to The BeerSommelier). Looks good; a slightly cloudy orange. Smells and tastes good too; tart , and oaky with a nice, dry mouthfeel. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (3248) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Quite glad to have been able to sample this huge whale! Thanks to all those involved! Pours a clear golden with no head and thus no lacing. Aroma is fruity (the yellow kind), acetic and feeling overall vinous. Tasting confirms the nose: apricots, light vinegar, good acidity. No residual sugar. Lightly carbonated and light, really fun to drink. I think this one held up pretty well overall and would have liked to be able to compare with a fresher sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (4745) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Merci à mathieuc pour la bouteille et tom10101 pour l’occasion. Elle s’assoit sur une belle colonne acétique, des notes herbales, des fruits mures (principalement poires et pommes) et une sauvagerie terreuse. Le liquide est franchement élégant avec une effervescence plus qu’adéquate. Elle semble avoir merveilleusement vieillie, superbe bouteille pour lancer une dégustation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
bottle from cparles and shared by mathieuc, many thanks dudes. pours unclear very light golden, no head nor lacing. pears, white wine, bit of acteic but also a complex array of acidic components, cheese, dust, celery, pepper. light and appreciable acidity. average to moderate carbonation - surprisingly ok, light body, grassy finish. a very nice geuze-like product, not so much akin with other american counterparts aiming for the same goal, more or less. much enjoyed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5195) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). From cparles and shared by mathieuc, thanks to both of you guys! Clear bright golden with light white head and little to no lacing. Aroma is pretty much lambic-like with a lot of funk and fruits (pineapples, lemon, citrus, pear), acetic notes and light earthy notes. Taste is moderately acetic (not over the top like some other american sours), lot of lambic funk, fruits, light sweetness and light earthy notes. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Even with 5+ years on it, it’s still as good if not better than Cable Car. It’s probably the American Lambic that reminds me the most of a Belgian Lambic, which is very interesting. It’s most certainly past is prime, but it’s still a world class sour. Very complex. Nice funkiness. Very good!

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