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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus

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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours out a hazy, yellow orange. Nose is tart and funky. Smells like a lost abbey sour - slight acetone, lemon. Taste is tart, crisp, refreshing. It’s balanced and lovely. Lives up to its billing of one of the best American sours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Bottle...It was nice to have this gem and it didn’t disappoint. Pours yellow/orange with a white head, not a lot of retention. Smells great, lots of fruit and tart. Tastes just as good as it smell. Truly a great beer!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1736) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle @ Sour & Bitter. Hazy yellow body with no head. Aroma is tart, oak, fruity, marzipan. Flavor is sourish, fruity, oak, almond.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
So much fruit and acid complexity while still being an accessible beer. Much brighter than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4126) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Shared at a Lost Abbey sour tasting. Poured a light orange color with no head on this particular brew. Aroma is pretty tart, but the flavor is not nearly as tart. Some earthy notes are in there. This was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sarro (120) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Enjoyed a few times now, but original tick record thanks to bottle shared by Awesome Steve! Pours a cloudy tangerine, orangish yellow with a small one finger head. Smell is apricots, stone fruit skins, & sour vinegar. Taste reminds me a bit of Fou’foune with a bit of kiwi juice. Prickly, fruity sour notes that finishes tart, dry, and acidic but not harshly so. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2258) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
A huge thank you to Damian and Lona for sharing this incredible rarity. Served side by side with Duck Duck Gooze. The beer is a slightly hazy yellow hue. The head is minimal and leaves random traces of lacing about the glass. Ooo...nice and sour...my kind of beer. Carbonation is fairly low. Mouthfeel is nice, despite the low carbonation level. Beer is very sour but not massively puckering, as I have been told. Isabelle Proximus has a healthy level of complexity about it. Although it’s tart, there is no harshness or vinegar notes to be found. An awesome experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity to sample it. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kazin (173) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
Tasted at Sour & Bitter. Amazingly complex, so many different fruits, and a dry sourness giving it an amazing palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
Taster @ Sour & Bitter Dinner, Copenhagen. Another whale from the sour beer vaults in my glass; this one has a light hazy orange body with a moderate white head and does not look like it’s made of awesomeness. The aroma, however, blows me away: lime, coconut, lemon, white currants, herbs and hints of stable. Wow. What a unique and utterly delicious mix! Taste follows suit with lemon, tart acidic vinegar notes, green apples, hints of harsh hazelnut (but in a good way!). Very balanced; the flavors are discernible but still woven together in a masterful way, which should probably be credited to brewer and aging alike. A bit flat on the palate, but somehow it suits this beer very well. Isabelle Proximus was the one true surprise on S & B for me, and a beer I am glad to have tasted, despite the high price tag. A great sour in the American tradition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle @ S&B - pours bright and clear dark yellow, no head. The nose is just incredible as it is a perfect mix of the fruitiness of peach with a nutty impression of almond (marzipan) and a full buttery character. Light, fresh body with low carbonation. Taste of lemon peel. The complex nose makes it an incredible beer. ---- Re-rated after a tasting at Jeffo’s place. Intense peach notes in the nose remain, but the body is less wonderful. Lowered with 0.3.

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