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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   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 Belgiumís 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, youíll 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 youíre on a pilgrimage to Brussels youíll drop by the Empire Club and let us know whether you prefer Green or Orange....


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks for sharing Andrew! The beer pours to a yellow hazy/murky body with a thin white head. The aroma is sick! Sour complex leathery pineapple and starfruit. Tartness everywhere. The flavor is tart and leathery sour fruits like pineapple and starfruit. Kind of like a gueuze but not blended. The palate is tart, medium bodied, refreshing, and not overly sour. Nice acid component throughout. Near perfect! Keep it up Tomme, Vinnie, Lorenzo, Rob, Adam, and Sam! Wowzers!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Many thanks to Andrew for bringing this! Poured pale sunset golden with a little white head sticking around. The aroma had heavy, lovely funk all over.. lemon zest, tart peach skins, pineapple, and a touch of hay.. further exploration found a dose of wet blanket.. wow! The flavor had tart lighter fruits and pineapple again (heavier pineapple influence with later sips).. just a touch of light fruit sugar.. dusty and barny funk moreso on the back.. long, lingering funky fruit-inspired finish.. excellent! Tart and gripping on the palate with perfect balance.. one of the stars from the tasting, which is saying a whole lot!!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Pours a hazy golden yellow. Aroma is full on Belgian sour goodness. dank earth, horse blankets, fresh cut hay, some floral notes. Flavor is very refined, with an almost delicate sour note. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
750 ml. bottle Pours a hazy golden yellow with a medium frothy head. Some beers you can pick out the different componets, well with this one I seem to be able to pick out the differnt brewers, ahh funky. Flavors of citrus, brett, and all things funky.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
750ml bottle. big thanks to ironchefscott for this! pours hazed bright golden with white head. citrus, cheesy funk, tropical fruit, and pinneapple. flavor of tropical fruit, pinnapple, cheesy, citrusy, yeasty, really sour too. tastes very much like gueze. wonderful full mouth feel and lively carbonation. awesome beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Pours slightly hazy light golden color. Musty, sour lemon aroma. Intense tartness, sour apple and citrus with a lingering acidity. Moderate carbonation with good lacing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Sampled at Bocky Bash on 7-5-08 Lady Isabelle was put before us at the table and all I could think of is where is footy. Musty sweet and sour aroma. Hazy gold body with good head and carbination bubble action. Sour and tartjust like the style indicates. Thanks Pauls for sharing this one with us.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Sampled at Bockyhorse’s Bocky Bash on 7-5-08. Pours a golden apple cider color with a small head that fades into a ring around the edge. Aroma of lemons and sour apple, with yeast and straw also detectable. Great sour fruity lemon and wood flavor. Lots of yeast and funk on the finish. Nicely carbonated. Very refreshing. A seriously amazing brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle tasted at the 7/5/08 Bock Bash locals tasting. Pours a golden yellow with minimal white head. Nose is lemons, crab apple, yeast, barnyard funk and aspirin. Taste is lemon juice, vinegar, sour wine grapes with a slight aspiriny finish. Light, refreshing mouth feel. Soury goodness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
From a 750mL Bottle. Mostly hazy, straw gold colored pour with a thin finger of large bubbled, fizzy white head. A steady stream of large fizzy bubbles stream up the sides of my glass, building up a layer of bubbles along the edges and collapsing in the middle before they have time to accumulate a thick head. The nose is a pleasant interplay of barrel and wild yeast characters. Thereís tart lemon rind, musty brett, ripened brie, and leather layered on top of a subtle vanilla backdrop. Iím also picking up a subtle nutty-woody character reminiscent of water chestnuts that I also detected in Cable Car - a distinctly memorable aromatic characteristic. Medium-light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a bold acidity. Itís certainly dry and carbonated, but the extreme dryness and champagne-like carbonation level found in the best gueuzes is missing here. The flavors are intensely sour, with a slight acetic note coming through on the backend. The vanilla notes found in the nose donít really translate through to the flavors, but there is certainly an underlying spicy oak flavor here. Tart peaches and other light fruits. Where the aroma seems incredibly funky, the flavors come through as bright and fruity. White pepper and a nutty goat cheddar flavor comes out toward the finish. Excellent beer overall that combines an impressive level of acidity with a delightful flavor complexity.


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