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RATINGS: 1061   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
375 ml acquired via trade from goldtwins. My only 2008 bottle. Pours a murky dark brown, obvious rusty red notes with very small offwhite head that dies to a near nonexistant head, minimal lacing. Aromas are sour cherries, a bit of tartness of the bat, some sweet raisiny dark malts, but sour takes the front seat. Dark fruits, faint brown sugar. Initial is sour cherries, oaky dryness with faint vanilla, light dark fruits that preach tartness over sweetness. Very nice darker sour, flanders style that is subtle yet superbly tart. Alcohol well hidden as a touch of light funk, tart, oaky underlying meld almost perfectly. Decent carbonation, perfect body allow flavor and palate stickability to meld. Dark fruit sweetness and slight darker mellow malt sweetness incorporate into the back of the body. This is a very nice brew, finish leaves a tart and oaky lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (847) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2015
(375ml 2012 bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Sept 4 2015) Very dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma quite fruity, sour cherry, raisin, prune, oxidized, port, wood, caramel, vanilla hints, light balsamic vinegar, lovely depth and sweetness/acidity balance. Flavour is concentrated and lightly to moderately sour and oxidized. There is caramel, lots of sour cherries, wood, Madiera, prune and raisin building from the middle on. Finish and aftertaste is long and intense with balsamico, sour cherry, raisin and prune touches, wood, vaguest alcoholic bourbon hint. Medium bodied and basically flat by this age, and hides the ABV very well. Very good flavour intensity overall, well-balanced, a bare hint of carb might have been nice. Tasted a Liefmans Goudenband alongside and it was like water in comparison. Will need to have a younger one sometime to compare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dodskenta (113) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
2013 bottle. Murky brown red color with a few bubbles on top. Awesome aroma of raisins, vanilla, plums, dried dates, lactic sourness, tart cherries, oak, bourbon. Taste is very tart and vinous, red berries, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, bit of lemon. Very dry finish with a long aftertaste of dried fruit and vanilla. Beautiful beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (5920) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2015
Honestly said a bit disappointing. Not bad at all but I had way higher expecetations which that beer could not match . Really sour but in a acid way with only some berries in the back. No hint of ceomplexity or any barrels. Nice and refreshing but only acidity in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (5934) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle, 2008 vintage, from fonefan, many thanks, Jan. The beer has got a hazy brownish colour with a small head and medium body. Aroma of acid, unripe fruits and oak. Taste is little bit on the thin side, expected more. Sour cherries, cherry kernels, seeds, mild barley, mild malt, bread, oak, dust. Sourness is mild, texture quite thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2015
201? bottle opened tonight (neck is marked JINTP). Clear, mahogany pour with no head or even bubbles. Even with a hard pour, the beer is still. Modest sediment in the bottom and side, fairly compacted - bottle was stored on its side for a while, then upright for at least two years. Nose is raisins and cherries, with hints of bourbon. Medium body, no carbonation. Tart cherries, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, plums and almonds. No acetic character, though it is quite tart. Finish is long and followed by stomach warming and cherry stones. While quite good still, a small amount of carbonation would vastly increase my enjoyment of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2430) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours a dark brown without any head. Pretty still. Aromas of cherry dark fruits, light bourbon. Taste is sour with a light sweetness in the middle and tart at the end. The mouth feel is quite thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1739) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Botlle shared thanks to Art. Poured very dark brown no head. Aroma sweet funky tart cherry barrel. Light carb med bod. Tastes sour mega fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
23Skidoo (40) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
2013 vintage. Shy head that vanishes quickly. Nose: cherries, vanilla, sweet melon, wine, oak, banana, lacquered dark wood, cigarette smoke, almonds. Aroma alone makes this beer exceptional, really enjoying it. Taste: surprisingly sour, cherries, raisins, coffee notes, a bit disappointing compared with the aroma. Full, creamy body; almost zero carbonation. Long, dry, slightly astringent finish that gives way to some fruity sweetness after a while. Watermelon notes. I expected this beer to be sweeter and similar to Rochefort 10, but in fact it reminds me more of Cuvée des Jacobins. A stronger, sweeter, even a bit cloying at times, version of Cuvée des Jacobins, actually. This beer feels a bit "overengineered"; has a bit too much of everything in it; in particular it feels like it can’t decide whether it wants to be a quadruple or a sour. Still quite pleasant, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (1039) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 24, 2015
(Thanks Stefan, "StefanSD") Bottle. A- Cherries, tart, vanilla, grapes, red wine, subtle oak, subtle bourbon. A- Dark mahogany color, dark liquid, no head. T- Dark cherries, tart, sour, subtle vanilla, bourbon. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, tart finish. O- I expected great things here. Not that I was let down or anything, but kind of. Lots of tart sour cherry and then bourbon on the finish. I loved the deScription but the taste to me just didn’t live up. With all due respect, I’m sure this is a hot beer for some but it just left me in meh mode.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (739) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Muddy red brown color without foam. The smell is light sourish and very round. Sour, thick bread taste (reminds me of the rodenbach grand cru) with fruity apple. The aftertaste is dry and (brown) sour.

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