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Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share Grand Cru

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Nearly four years ago, we hired some Angels to work their magic on all manners of oak barrels and beers in our barrel program. As Angels go, they’re alright. Sometimes they misplace barrels. Other times, they’re selfish and hide the best barrels. And at least one of these Angels is mischievous from time to time adding grapes to the barrels to see what might happen. Recently, we found some of these "Angels Barrels" which we’d lost over time. After tasting them, we decided to marry some of the barrels together creating a time in a bottle snapshot of some of our favorite Angel’s Share barrels. This Grand Cru bottling has been thoughtfully blended to bridge the first batches with our most recent releases. We hope that you, like us and our Angels, find it worthy of the designation Angels Share Grand Cru.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12.7 ounce bottle. Pours a solid darker brown with a small tan head. Aroma is just sinful. Just so much caramel, toffee, maple, brown sugar, jamoncillo. Great aroma. Nice: The flavor repeats this theme with the welcome addition of ripe dates and prunes, other sweet dark fruits, a pinch of chocolate, whiskey finish. Warm but not hot. Fuller mouthfeel, medium carbonation. I’d like to see this in a year, though awesome it stands now. Overall, excellent to world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
2oz tasting at NOTB
Appearance : Dark brown, nice creamy head. Nice lacing
Aroma : Brandy, bourbon, sweet, hops and liquorice.
Taste : Bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits. Finish dark chocolate, some bitterness.
Overall : This was so good. Much better than the Bourbon Angel Share I had the same night at the Sunset Grill.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5195) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Dark mahogany brown with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, roast, smoke, and grapes. Taste of sweeter cherry, grapes, tobacco, resin, dark chocolate, port, light oxidation, and faint alcohol in the finish. This was paired with a stilton that was out of this world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Bottle at Monk’s for the Lost Abbey dinner with Tomme Arthur. Pours black hole deep opaque with absolutely no head and a dead flat appearance. Aroma is outrageous: vanilla brandy, scotch, oak, chocolate, espresso beans, toasted malts, barley, caramel, toffee, fudge, creme brulee, and maple syrup. Body is full, but not overpowering. Palate is silky velvet smooth with a gentle spice on the front of the tongue. Finish is amazingly calm, mellow, and complex.. Hands down one of the best brews I have ever tasted in my life. Near perfect in my regard. Cheers. Initial Rating: 4.9 as of 2/23/2010 (Lost Abbey Dinner at Monk’s).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Sampled at monks during the lost abbey beer dinner. Pours a thick black body no head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, vanilla extract. Taste is thinner mouthfeel then predicted but awesome notes of brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup. Rerated...monks for Dallas’s engagement! One of the best beers I’ve ever had.THIRD RERATING::: pours dark, dark brown with absolutely no lacing. Aroma is purely absurd - notes of chocolate, molasses, Bourbon. Mouthfeel is silky with notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon, and a beautiful texture. Flawless. FOURTH rerating with Pat. Last bottle of the Angel Share Flight: Brandy 08, Brandy 09, Bourbon 2009-10, Grand Cru. The Grand Cru boasts sour notes that I’ve never experienced. Making the beer nearly perfect. Hands down, one of the greatest glasses of beer I have ever sampled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29686) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
37.5 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a fizzy and bubbly white head. Aroma is wooden and dark malty. Sweet, wooden, dark caramelish and chocolate flavoured. Smooth fruity, port, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Smooth caramelish and roasted malt finish, mixed with a bit of vanilla wooden notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
375 mL bottle purchased at the brewery on release day (February 13, 2010) for $20. I tried the 2009 brandy barrel Angels Share last night, so I was eager to see how good this might be. The bottle opens with a considerable pop, more than the one last night. Pours into tulip glass a dark brown with...wait for it...two full fingers of brown head with great retention. Yes, it appears to be generously carbonated! Same excellent aroma (caramel, wood, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, and booze), but it’s somewhat muted -- could be because of that thick layer of foam that was not there in the much flatter 2009 brandy barrel I had last night ;-) Flavor is richer and more complex than the normal Angels Share -- the wood and booze (both brandy and bourbon are there) stand out more while the caramel and chocolate are more subdued. And I almost didn’t expect to be able to taste the grapes, but there’s a hint in there. Though the brandy/bourbon flavors are more noticeable, this actually has less "booze" in the flavor and finish than the normal Angels Share -- very smooth. Really, the carbonation is not a big issue for this beer which is a sipper any way. Though the bottle I had last night was flat, I have to say that the much improved carbonation in this bottle does not really add to the flavor or the overall experience. $20 is too much for a 375 mL bottle but I do have to say that I was very impressed with this one. (15, 234)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle from the brewery. Pours a deep caramel brown with a creamy beige head, some light lacing left on the tulip. Lots of cookie dough with a ton of toffee, caramel, bourbon and booze heat. Starts very tingly on the palate with good carbonation. Sweet caramel, toffee, dates and candied apricots on the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
375mL bottle purchased from Lost Abbey. No carbonation. I showed this to hophead84, who said he has seen 4 bottles opened all with carbonation. The bottle was chilled, maybe 50F. Thick body. Sweet. Smells fantastic. Perfect barrel characteristics. Just needs carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
375ml bottle brought to my tasting by WeeHeavySD, thanks for the surprise Jon. Rating #12. Dark brown cola pour with a very light head. Vanilla and dark ripe fruits are huge in the aroma, alcohol from the barrel stands out as well. Not nearly as strong as the regular AS though, a little more muted. Flavor was a little lighter on the palate than the regular version as well, a little thin, but the bourbon is a lot more up front, almost like a straight shot, but without the huge alcohol kick. Good stuff, but I like my AS a little thicker and chewy. (1130)

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