Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2012
This brew is delicious. It kinda reminds me of a mixture of brews. If you could imagine a mixture of say a dark Belgian strong ale like a Rochefort 10 and then mix it with a raisin based brew like Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre. Simply awesome. A Match made in heaven, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, maple sugar, a loaf of yeasty toasted bread, plum jam, and raisin jelly. tomekk1978 (1500) - Z±bki, POLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Barwa: ciemna, pod światło rubinowa, klarowna niemal do końca. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i długo utrzymująca się. [5/5]
Aromat: zdecydowanie alkoholowy, jednak wsparty przez całą gamę innych akcentów - rodzynki, kwiaty, drożdże, ciemne owoce, cukierki karmelizowane, czekolada, melanoidyny. Niezwykle interesujący.
Smak: pełny, słodowy, słodki. Czekolada, miód, ciemne owoce, cukierki. Zaznaczona goryczka oraz alkoholowa i nieco kwaskowa końcówka.
Fantastyczne piwo, do nabycia którego skłoniła mnie jego obecność w książce "1001 piw, które warto spróbować" . Po degustacji trudno dziwić się, że zostało w niej umieszczone. Jest pełne i konkretne, a zarazem delikatne. Pełne owoców i czekolady, doskonale zbalansowane według najlepszych belgijskich wzorców. Być może zawdzięcza to zastosowanym dodatkom (karmelizowane rodzynki, miód, rozmaryn), a być może dodanym do refermentacji drożdżom Brettanomyces. Zdecydowanie polecam, bo choć cena nie niska to warto odżałować taki wydatek. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Ok.........I’m in love with another beer from Lost Abbey. Pours a completely NON translucent dark brown with a faint ruby hue. head was small, wispy, and beige in color. Nose was bursting with flavors of cinnamon, raisins and other dark fruits. Flavor was potent with cocoa dust, dark fruits, and.....once again.....cinnamon. I’m so glad I live in San Diego, a beer dorks heaven on Earth. Thank You Tomme (brewer). Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - APR 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 Courtesy of badlizard. 750ml bottle. Appearance: It pours a murky brown beer with no head. Aroma: Burnt caramel, jarred pickles, oak, honey, vanilla, licorie, pumpkin, balsamic vinegar and nutmeg showing up. Extremely interesting, pleasant, complex and inviting. Flavor and palate: Nicely balanced. Surprisingly sour. Some sweetness. The rosemary really adds a lot to this beer. Low carbonation. Full bodied and unbelievably smooth. A lot of candy, molasses and burnt caramel appearing. Hints of ginger, vanilla, oak, lavender, cough syrup, nutmeg and rose appearing. The finish is rather dry and reminiscent of Christmas cake, dried apricot and sage. Overall impression: A true nectar. My kind of beer. Thanks a lot badlizard! aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2010
I’ll have to try this next to Rochefort 8 but I think this is my new favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
poisoneddwarf (2688) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2011
750 ml corked and caged botle poured into tumbler. My bottle says 10% ABV. Pours a murky orangeish-brown with a giant rocky beige head that lasts forever; leaves some crazy lacework. Aroma is Brett-funk forward, alcohol, cheese. Taste is sweet and sour with a bit of bitterness coming up in the finish. Taste is dusty old books, cheese, raisins, amazing. Carbonation is medium-high, body is full, mouthfeel is creamy. Delicious and awesome. Cybercat (6333) - Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Strong aroma is malty and earthy with a firm overtone of rosemary and fruity hints. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy tan head. Be careful - this can fizz like all-get-out! Flavor is quite distinctive, earthy and fruity, equal parts grape and apple, with a firm but not overpowering rosemary note and hints of caramel and nuts. Full-bodied lively texture leaves an earthy, fizzy finish. Thou Shalt Drink Only Craft Brewed Beer! merochelero (3) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - APR 6, 2013 does not count
dark brown with a small white head, aroma is sweet and malty with spices, raisins and some dark fruits, the flavour is also sweet and spicy with caramel and raisins, very long finish. a very nice beer!! GoufCustom (2251) - HONG KONG - MAR 8, 2014
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2007
750 ml cork bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Looks: Cloudy hazy dark brown colour with some dirt- like yeast sediments; One finger head with beige foam which last for 90 seconds; Excellent, very sticky lacing and notable small carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet bready malt which can be smelt a feet away, with honey, raisins, strong barnyard, sugar, caramel, strong Bel yeast, spices, and very herbal hops.
Taste: Pleasant sweet full roast malt, with intensely rich honey, rum raisins, and smokiness, followed by rich coffee, chocolate, warm alcohol, sugar, Brett, Bel yeast, strong herbs, and moderate bitter grassy hops.
Body: Mid to full body, thick and slick palate.
Mouth Feel: A blitz of senses! Full body Belgian Dark with incredibly rich but very nice attack of honey, Rum-raisin and smoke, as if I was eating a freshly-smoked oyster and it tastes soooooo good! The follow-up creamed coffee and chocolate are equally rich and nice. Not to mention the Bretts and herbal roasemary, which are strongly featured for such naughty barnyard and nice herbal. All point towards winning material already!
Booze: at 10%, it is very comfy and extremely well hidden. Lovely!
Hoppiness: More herbal then faint grass in nose, light bitter grassy taste. Sweetness, believe it or not, is just right so balancing is not a concern. Abrupt sweet-low bitter finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Nicely sweet and comfy to mouth.
Coments: This one is massive and very tasty. The addition of honey, raisin, herbs, and Bretts, at the hands of mastery brewers such as this one, turn various parts into a nice sum and much more - nicely rich, dark, lively and savory - and the best of all is a very comfy, invisible 10% booze. A winner by all counts!
Clear brilliance with a mahogany amber hue and a fuzzy tan cleft in the center of the head. Aroma is resoundingly beautiful. Broiled beets and caramelized raisins drum up the aromatic dark fruited nature. Prunes, dates and figs portray the very aromatic essence of ale. A touch of rye and burnt chocolate are aided by concord grapes in the distance. Flavor fulfills to the utmost degree. Campfire cackled chestnuts merge into fig filling, chocolate prunes and rustic cocoa batter capping toasted walnuts. Sweet beets meet brandy fig pudding. The sweetness is there, but it’s amazingly balanced by a dry and signature finish, lest not sweep away the astounding full-bodied, whole mouth affair. Chocolate rye treaties meld with slightly burnt pumpernickel, with a blackberry-concord jam to perfectly cover the rough spots of the loaf. A touch of blackened, French roasted blueberry coffee grinds hint in the finish, as the charred caramel crème brulee cap puts the finishing touch on a beer sent straight from heaven. Many thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!!