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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry. Lost Abbey Collaboration is available on draft and in 22-ounce bombers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Son of Mo’ Bretta? 22 oz bomber with a hazy yellow colored pour and a nice head. Tough to judge the nose on this one, though it has some light hints of citrus and fruit present. The flavor isn’t as crappy IMHO as Aaron suggests (sorry my friend - my opinion) - just disappointing in that it lacks both much of the brett or sour characteristics we were expecting. It is a decent session brew with a refreshing tropical fruit and mineral note, decent carbonation and a dry, bready finish. It ends well balanced with a moderate lingering sweetness. So what to say here? Overall...very pleasant - just misclassified. Like others have noted, if blind tasting and told it was a bretted saison, I would have given it a much better score.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (7533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy golden orange pour with nice white head, aroma brought notes of sour grain, vegetables, grainy vanilla, dms, some slight funk and biscuit notes, touch of biscuit. Taste is sweet vanilla, biscuit, some bready, hints of vanilla slight fruit, hints of tart berry, finishing fairly sweet and a touch of dry. Wait...this is supposed to be funky, or sour? Nothing of the sort, but its not terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (9662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up in Fort Collins. First off, what a stupid fucking name. Seriously, Brett Beer is the best you fuckers could come up with? Hazy, yellow-orange appearance with an off white head. Straw, bready, lemon citrusy, light stomach acid, grapefruit, grassy aroma. Tangy, hay/straw, coconut, rotten lemon/citrus fruity, vanilla flavor. Rotten old citrus fruit- ewww. Really tastes like this hasn’t developed yet with a lot of less than pleasant flavors and the only BAD beer I’ve ever had from New Belgium (ehhh, I take that back- I had a shitty beet beer by NB). Perfect beer for Slim Ernie to rate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
The pour is a hazy, pale gold color with an average, white, frothy head which settles to a thin, lasting layer and leaves dense lace. The nose is odd with metallic, resinous, lemony, slightly funky, maybe faint tropical fruit in there. The flavor is much better with a prominent pineapple note, slight pepper, some resins, a cinnamon note, light grains, mineral notes, and a more than moderate acidity. The palate is drying, warming, lightly quenching, creamy, moderate, and very lively. The finish is dry, warming still, cinnamon, pineapple, and slight mineral. Despite the underwhelming nose, the beer was pleasant to drink. Kind of an American hopped trippel/saison with light brett fermentation. Interesting beer but not my favorite from either brewer.

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