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Lost Abbey The Angelís 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, theyíre alright. Sometimes they misplace barrels. Other times, theyíre 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 weíd 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 Angelís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4198) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2011
375ml bottle pours a deep brown with a cloudy beige head. Nose has a ton of cherry, vanilla, brown sugar, a little oak. Flavor has soured, cherries, burnt sugar, malty, sweet, a little vanilla, some wood. Full bodied, sour, dry finish. Uh oh, its infected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
375mL from Sinners Club. The pour is a tawny, muddy, reddish brune with tan, yellow bubbles. No head. The nose is excellent: meaty, rich, hazelnut, marzipan, dark fruits, dates, plums, butter, rich oak. Very nice dark barleywine nose. Taste is tart and spicy ending lemony tart. Small cardboard. Not a hell of a lot of barleywine "body." Rather, it seems the sour grape barrel has taken over and given this a thinner, fruity, sour quality. Cigarette and ash come through in the finish. Overall, I like the Sinners 10 better than this, but this has the correct nose I think Tomme was going for. Taste wise...well its an experiment. Probably was great when it was bottled. But now much too sour to be taken seriously as barleywine. Maybe the spicy sourness will mellow out with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Sweet toffee and acidic nose, lots of cherry, some prune and chocolate. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately tart, lots of sour cherry, some vinegar, lots of fig and prune juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Murky, syrupy brown, scant head with no retention. Aroma of chocolate syrup and balsamic vinegar. Taste has a sticky sweet start, then changes to tawny port and vinegar finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours dark cola color with beige head. On the nose I get dark fruits like fig and prunes as well as bourbon and molasses. Something seemed a bit off aroma wise, like maybe there was some oxidation. The taste wasnít at all what I was expecting (when thinking of the bourbon and brandy versions) but I did get vanilla, oak, caramel, raisins, figs, and bourbon as well as a slight sweetness like maple syrup. The mouthfeel was was perfect. I really thought this beer was going to be amazing but I was pretty let down. I think of all the Angelís Share, the Brandy version is the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle shared by a really nice guy who we all made a shitty effort to get to know at the last gathering of the Carolina Crew. Thanks, man. Pours dark ruby/brown and with beige/yellowish head, defying the reputation of this beer. My notes say "tawny port" and I just stopped there, because this beer couldnít taste much more it. Raisins, prunes, grapes, dark grain... deliciousness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2011
Generously shared by BA Ian at the last CC gathering - thanks! Big thick dark chocolate pour, with an unexpected (for a beer with this name) carbonation. Body is velvety, a bit of grit perhaps. Huge port nose, super boozy, with tons of raisins too. Roasted grains and candy in the taste, a bit of leather like an old ale. Big fucking beer, and one of the better Iíve had from LA in some time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (13176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2011
deep brown black ... thin lacing ... sweet woody chocolate ... hint of sour nose ... tart sour woodiness ... again hint of chocolate ... raisins ... some balsamic vinegar ... oddd ... not really me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2416) - California, USA - APR 22, 2011
22 April 2011, bottle w/ cgarvieuk. really dark, deep red. really interesting nose. mouldy raisins, some vinagrette, ovaltine. really unique. thin body, slightly fizzy. wow. just wow. some tart, dry nutty sherry, and vinagrette tastes. i couldnít drink a lot of this but it is super interesting. in body and complexity this is a lot like a big dry red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3402) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
bottle at the RBSG 2010 - This brew smells of malt, bourbon, and some fruity notes. The flavor is of sweet malt, bourbon, wood, and a touch of dark fruit. Itís full bodied yet lively on the palate. Excellent beer. Iím glad to have had a chance to try it.

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