50belair (1825) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. The clearest golden pour I have ever seen, with a small white head. You can definitely pick up the Yellow Bus and the DDG in the nose. Tart, but not overly so, refreshing, and super clean. What a fantastically put together blend. All kinds of wonderful funk and barnyard notes that are softened by delicious peach and sour cherry undercurrent. A complex, clean, masterful ale. Lives up to all the hype. Simply amazing.....
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Matt for sharing this rare and amazing beer with me. Pours a crystal clear goldenrod yellow. Nose is funky and acidic with some barnyard, but also some noticable stone fruit character. Flavor is sour but not overly so. full bodied with balanced sour and fruit character. Finishes with huge peach, apricot and apple notes. Damn what a beer. One of the best Lost Abbey sours I have had. Again, major thanks to 50belair for sharing this gem.
callmemickey (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Had this back to back with Yellow Bus. The Veritas 004 is the better beer.
A: Slightly hazy yellow-orange body. Thin whitish skim on top that stays throughout. Slightest bits of lacing.
S: Clean, popping citric notes with peach, lemons, orange, and dragon fruit taking center stage. Just the slightest hints of funk and must.
T: Like the nose, this is incredible vibrant with lots of fruit in initial sips. The peoch notes are not as assertive as in the nose as lemon-like notes move up a bit.
M: Medium carbonation. Clean, crisp, sour finish. Well-defined and refreshing.
O: Up there amongst the best american wild ales ever made.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A couple glasses on tap at Sean’s 30th Birthday. Booya! Almost missed out too. Rating 2400 to boot! Pours a murky glowing lively golden orange hue, a big frothy bright white head stays as a solid film, laces well. A good murky glow. Striking. Aromas are a very nice sour peach essence, yogurt, sour lactic acid, touches of funky bread, straw, dry brettanomyces, touches of funk, and more straw. Decent wet oak, a good healthy yogurt lacto essence. Initial is lively and carbonated, moderate sourness grows and coats the palate with sour peaches, lemons, yogurt. Touches of vinegar, potent growing in waves as the sour peach and lemons assert themselves. Wet oak, yogurty lactic acid. Peaches grow in waves. Into the finish it cleans up a touch, remaining sour and yogurty, some bready malts, spritzy carbonation provides synergy overall. Really nice. Could drink this by the barrel. A couple drafts here did the job though. An honor to try and truly worth the hype. Aroma is nice, but the beer itself gets really good on taste and plays really well on the palate. I bet this popped even more a year or two ago. Still, a winner.
mdfb79 (8) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From 03/19/11 notes. Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks Brad! Sampled side by side with Veritas 006, served in a tulip.
a - Pours a clear bright yellow-orange color with light carbonation evident and no real carbonation.
s - Smells of sour citrus fruits, lemon, light funk, oak, and some grapefruit. The smell is not overly funky, but a nice level of funk and tart lemon/citrus. Very nice.
t - Tastes of sour fruits, lemon zest, peach, wood/oak, grapfruit, citrus hops, white wine. Again, not too much funk but more sour/tartness than the smell. A step up, pretty amazing taste.
m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Tart up front with a crisp finish.
d - Overall this was an amazing sour; one of the best I’ve had. It was very different from the 006 but both were amazing. This had more citrus and peach to it, while I found the 006 to have more raspberry and grapes to it. I also found the 006 much for tart, which I really enjoyed. None the less an awesome beer I would love to have again.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle provided by Brad in a side by side with V006, wow, what an experience.
Served in a wine glass because I don’t have a Lost Abbey wine glass....yet.
Beer is yellow and completely hazy (I got the bottom so I don’t know if that is normal). Thin, nearly absent head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.
Beer kind of smells like lemons, grass, oak, mild funk, some acetic, mild lactic in the nose. I like it.
Beer has an odd initial flavor I think. It tastes a lot like lemon peels at first, this gives way to a mild tannic flavor and some vinous notes of grapes and mild acetic brightness. The lactic presence is lower than I expected. The finish is nice too, a very drinkable beer. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Serving type: bottle
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The beer pours a lightly carbonated murky gold with a hint of orange. The heads bubbles up from underneath but only comes up about a half a finger but then is gone way to quickly.
The aroma is pretty light for a wild especially considering its components which alone are a bit stronger. What you do get is plain sourness, not mold or horse blanket, just plain ol sourness.
The taste is much stronger than the aroma, it starts our pretty sweet but quickly provides a very sour punch, light horse blanket mixed in with a little leather and metal at the end. Its surprinsgly smooth and complex.
The feel is very nice leaving a very nice aftertaste and very dry feel.
For a wild this is incredibly drinkable.
Overall, this is a very good wild, nice blending in deed. I’ve never had yellow bus, but I’ve had duck duck and cuvee de tomme, and the parts of duck and I’m assuming yellow bus are better alone than the sum of this beer. Not saying it isn’t great, but not outstanding. I’d like the aroma to be stronger and a bit more funk to make this truly special
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small fast disappearing off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart funky citrus aroma. Sour tart funky citrus flavor. Has a sour tart funky woody citrus finish with hints of barnyard.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice sour with smells of barnyard aromas, Brett, lemon zest, and oak. Taste is amazing, sour citrus, sour apple, peach, and some hay. Very well balanced not overly acidic. This was a real treat and recommend it to anyone. Bring in the bus!
patrickfannon (1223) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Mr. Dallas. What an incredible gem of a beer to cap a wild, wonderful session with my best buddies. Another huge thank you to James for his generoisty in sharing this bottle with me. It was a hell of a send off. Anyway, the beer pours a nearly opaque lemon hay yellow with a flat, reflective surface. No head and no lacing. The nose is simply outstanding; so very complex and nuanced. Pure lemon juice mixes with soap suds, fresh, juicy peaches, orange rinds, grapefruits, slight buttery and oaky notes, sublte cherries and honeysuckle. Meidum bodied with an insanely full, tongue-coatingly sticky mouthfeel. Sharp, rich, biting sourness spreads out and warms the tongue, leaveing fresh floral and citrusy flavors in the finish, as well as lovely traces of the notorious peaches from Yellow Bus. This is a special beer, through and through, and I was priveleged to have had a share. Thanks Dad! Cheers.