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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Slightly hazy golden orange coloured body with a thin, half centimetre tall white head and some small bubbles on the sides of the glass. Aroma of sour lemons, light mash, grass, herbs, cherries and raspberries and a hit of pungent yeast notes. Medium-bodied; Assertive metallic and earthy malt with a pungent and very strong deep alcohol note followed by some light white grape and corn flavours - not too pleasant. Aftertaste shows some herbs and yeast, coriander seed and a hint of citrus - but this is strong and showing a lot of alcohol still. Overall, tastes like a slightly lemony malt liqour or european strong lager with some fruity smells but nothing that translates in the taste. Not really worth trying, and this would be the first from this series that I didnít care for at all. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$6.99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-June-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle share by Ryan, Golden pour, lots of residue. Aroma of Brett, grain and malt. Taste is very similar, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Appearance: Golden pour
Aroma: Funk, yeast, citrus
Taste: A bit of tartness
Palate: Good carbonation, light body. Dry finish
Overall: Not a sour, not really belgian, not much exciting or interesting here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber hue (like a very light honey), that shows a lightly hazed, bright version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of funky / earthy notes, then pineapple (with a touch of tartness wrapped up in this), and in the long finish with a touch of dried hay or weed like notes. The main character here in the nose seems to be a combination of things that make me think of some sort of rotting fruit; this isnít really at an offensive stage of ripeness, but is definitely a bit on the funky side.

The flavor has that same, rotting food-stuff like flavor; in the flavor it seems to be more a mix of both grain and fruit, really combining to make me think of vomit. The fruit flavors have a touch of pineapple to it, perhaps a touch of Durian, and papaya, as well as a honeydew and cantaloupe like note. Soft malt notes contribute a touch of cracker like grain, and perhaps a touch of hay-like character. The body is fairly light, with just a bit of palate-presence / viscosity to it; this would be drinkable, if you can ignore the flavors, but has some texture to it.

Wow, this is quite an interesting flavor profile for Brettanomyces Anomalous; the vomit and rotting fruit is quite a bit different than I would have expected. Really this is fairly bad, I was expecting this to be at least somewhat enjoyable. Not horrible, but definitely disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1319) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Deep straw gold. Nose of light Brett with some lemon citrus. Lemon and black pepper on round malt core. Thought this was quite enjoyable. Donít get all the haters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4876) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Tap at Clips. Hazy yellow-orange. Frothy white head. Not much of an aroma, mild pineapple maybe. A pretty boring Belgian Blonde, mellow carbonation, mild, faint brett. Yeast tones are a lot more in the Lost Abbey camp, peppery and funky. Overall this one isnít so impressive. Seems young and unrefined.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
On tap. Ugly, clear-yellow appearance; weaksauce head and lace. Green apples and sweet raisins dominate the nose. Applesauce. Meh.

Sweet, Bretty, buttery on the palate. Random Belgian spices dance around aimlessly. This doesn't know what it wants to be. Go back to the drawing board.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4284) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. The look is golden in color, whitish head, and a lot of floating sediment. The smell is pineapple, funk, fruit, leather, pith, melon and rind. The taste is fruit, melon, smoothie, mango, pineapple, dough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Goldenrod in color with an average sized white head. Aroma is peach, pineapple, light hay and funk, grain, and lemon. Taste is peach, tropical fruit, citrus, earthiness and light funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2401) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Hazy pale gold with a thin and patchy head. Mild carbonation. Syrupy. Cloying cobwebs. Doughy, yeasty and estery. Malt notes of bread and light nuts. Pleasant fruit notes from the esters and hops (lemon, pineapple, pear, and a mix of passion fruits)

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