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Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus

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RATINGS: 474   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....

Illini08's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Sampled at the Carolina Crew gathering in Greenville. Poured a very pale, cloudy yellow. Plenty of sour tartness, sweet, and dry. Very bold sourness/funkiness to it. For a non-sour-head like myself, this was not as easy to drink as the RR Deviation IX that I sampled earlier in the night. Still, a well-made and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1329) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Huge thanks to Carl for generously sharing this mega whale shared with a bunch of RBians at a tasting. One of the many things I love about my RB drinking buddies and community -- that out of nowhere a beer like this appears, to be shared equally with a mix of old friends and dudes you just met. This was real cool. Anyway ... onto the beer, because this is still just a beer, right? Pours murky gold. No head. Aroma is out of this fucking world. Funk, oak, fruit, surprising amount of citrus (grapefruit, peach, apricot, funky tart). Goddamn... Hard to eliminate the knowledge of what this is and the hype surrounding it and the rarity and all that, but this ... is ... phenomenal. Taste is lightly sweet, some minimal cereal, followed by beautiful tartness. Palate: slick texture, medium body. Overall: fantastic. Can’t thank Carl enough for opening this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
[6677-20140816] Bottle. Soured yeasty grains aroma. Hazy, pale orange brown body with no lasting head. Cheesy sourdough bread flavour. Medium body is fairly sour. Interesting sour grains balance. (8/3/9/4/16) 4.0
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8995) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Sample at the Uber-Kurt (10,000) Celebration on 12/13/2014. The beer is a clear bright golden color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart fruit, yeast and oak. Medium-bodied with flavors of tart apricots, tangerine, oak and funky yeast. The finish is moderately tart with a vinous oak and subtle vinegar aftertaste. Really good Sour overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dicemanstl (21) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Shared at a Monthly Meeting in Seattle thanks to OldMrCrow. This was all that I’d hoped it would be, nice and tart, a perfect example of a Belgian style American sour. Had a great balance of strong tart/sour and balanced funk. This is a beer I would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8135) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Rating #7000. 750mL bottle, pours a cloudy golden with a very small white head. Aroma is extremely complex, with notes of brett, sweet mandarin oranges, and oak. Flavour is amazingly complex, with loads of brett, oak, and oranges. After all these years, the complexity is supreme and it shows no sign of going downhill. Highly complex, wild, and oaky. Wonderful stuff - a treat to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (6602) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle - Mandarin and citrus with lots of sour funk. Cloudy orange and almost head. Sour and tart citrus. Acidic and light, nice. Light finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6403) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Not sure when this was last out. 2008? 2010? It was aged well at any rate. A bottle I never thought I’d see. Golden orange pour. Aroma is immediately stinky cheese and peaches, with a good dose of brett and other barnyard funk in there as well. The flavor is assertively sour, but not puckeringly so - still fruity and cheesy. Wonderful beer that shows what Mr Arthur can do when he utilizes the great invention that is carbonation, and concentrates on beer instead of running his mouth."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (941) - 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 (8245) - 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 (565) - - 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)

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