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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Once upon a time it was the most award winning Pizza Port beer of all time. Now it has found a new home at The Lost Abbey. A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with. One of the most complex and unique beers we make each year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
Étiquette Noire. Une bonne partie du contenu gicle hors de la bouteille lors de son ouverture. Couleur acajou tendant vers le brun, mousse beige pale d’allure belge. Arômes complexes et évolutifs suggérant fortement la chaire de cerises rouges, l’anis, les barils de bois humide, la mélasse, la crème à l’érable, les grains de caroubes sous de fortes notes de beurre. Texture ample et liquoreuse composé d’une multitude de fines bulles piquantes. En bouche, acidité sous quelques traits tartriques, quelques aspects en commun avec Temptation de Russian River à cause de la vive présence de beurre et de cerises. L’alcool se fait de plus en plus présent et nous réchauffe sur son passage donnant ainsi un aspect liquoreux…anis étoilé, caramel, mélasse, cuir pour ne nommer que ceux-ci. Quelques années supplémentaires de vieillissement pourraient sans doute apporter une complexité et un mélange des composantes encore plus intégrées. Très alccolique pour l’instant mais tout de même un chef-d’œuvre! Merci Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Black Label.. Poured a dark brown with ruby hues and a medium cream colored head. Aroma was cherries, sweet malt and vanilla or oak. Flavor was heavy on the cherries and vanilla with a bit of sweet malt and alcohol.. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Poured dark brown color with a cream colored head. Aroma of bourbon, cherries, light tartnesss, and sugar/caramel. The flavor continues with the bourbon and cheeries. Sweet and tart with a semi-dry woody finish. So tasty if only it was half the price and sold in GA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle. Black Label. Very dark mahogony with a nice cocoa head. Opening the bottle brings lots of cherry aroma. Gives way to a whiskey aroma, chocolate, and sweet malt. First sip starts with lots of tart cherry - but it’s fruitier and lighter than expected. There’s oak and a bit of malt. Lighter bodied than expected. It turns into a nice refreshing beer with some sweetness and a good tart cherry flavor with some background chocolate. It’s good, but I wish it had a little more body and more at the end instead of finishing very dry. It just gets tiring and there’s a little too much whiskey barrel and not enough bret to add complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Pour is nice ruby amber red with a thin khaki head...smell is sour cherry and oak...taste is sweet and somewhat tart at first with building tartness (brett) and cherry sour building into an incredibly dry wine like flavor...oak surely comes out in the finish too...I would not want to drink this everyday, but it sure was delicious...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
legion242 (2187) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
deep garnet colored. wispy head that faded QUICKLY. Oaky, sour, cherry nose. I immedialtely said that I would not like this after smelling it- I really expected a bunch of sour, but the first sip is really rich and velvety and the cherry is there, but the sourness is really restrained. Very dry like a cabernet. No alcohol evident at all. Cherries at a really nice element. Walt says bready, but he’s a fag.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
07.30.05 Black label (2004?) 750ml. Deep, slightly murky brown with thin but lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries with syrup, cracked open and oozing out of a candy dish. Sour cherries, acid, Easter citrus and spice. Flavor bursts with more black cherry, wine cask, light cork, sherry hints. Alcohol burn and great acid astringency, at times somewhat chalky. Not at all what I expected and even better than I hoped, like a strong ale/flemmish sour blend (which seems to be exactly what they’re shooting for). This stuff could only improve with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Bottle purchased at the Solana Beach location. Pours a muddy looking brown with a short head that lingers as a thin film. Initial aromas are heavy on bourbon but as I drink I start to pick up other aromas. Cherries,vanilla,oak and brown sugar. Body is viscous, clinging lightly to my mouth. Flavor is quite sour and not much like a Strong Belgian style. Sour cherries, bourbon, oak and vanilla dominate the flavor. Dry finish and tart. Overall an interesting brew especially if your a fan on bourbon barrel aged ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Many Thanks to BeanDip and her husband for sharing their lovely stash of brew with me last Friday night! As always, I had a terrific time!

Rating #775
Michael opens the Cuvee and we find that it has gone into secondary fermentation… spewing foam from the bottle. “Get a plate to rest this beer on…” and we did save and then savor every drop of this prized liquid….
The liquids body is a rusty hue of amber and the head is middling shade of tan. The aroma consists of beautiful submissions of toasted oak and raw sour cherries…. How I love the earthy acidic off put from the brettanomyces yeasts. The flavor is immensely oaked…. Soured wood… vanilla bean… Bourbon…the cherries are huge… raw compote… red wine vinegar… I see this as a Sour Red Ale rather than a Belgian Strong. The boldness of Gueuze is present. The tart dryness of spiced cider…. and more oak…. AMAZING! One of the best beers I have had to this date! Absolutely Incredible!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
This is one of my favorite bottles. bitter and sweet with heavy fruit aromas and tastes. opens more as it warms and only gets better through-out the bottle!!

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