auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 On tap at the brewery. Stale cracker and muddled malt aroma. A bit of light fruit and sweet wheat shine through. Cloudy middle brown pour. No head. No carb. Flavor works through a hazing field of flat, dry malts leaving behind intrigue and distinction. Sherry notes somewhat prominent amongst a bit of cream and old sugars. Not really a sense of oxidation, just a phenomenon of being subdued by the barrel. Again, not having tried Lost and Found first, Iím not sure what Iím starting with. But, I get a sense that this dubbel didnít gain a lot from the barrel. Thereís not much mature oak or alcohol warmth, nor a world of depth developed from it. A drain pour, according to Tomme, who told me to dump it for a much anticipated 2001 Cuvee, which was then followed by Le Woody Brune. This is a beer I would definitely revisit if presented with the opportunity in the future.
wetherel (1881) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Drew(?). This beer isnít that bad. It gains a lot from some bugs and oak, but I still feel confused about it. The Dubbel doesnít seem to harmonize with the barrel. As much as I want the vinous characters to develop the caramels in the beer fight this melding and just stand separate and the bugs donít dig that either. Confusing. Richly flavored, well developed wildness and some oaky-bourbon alcohols floating on top, but this beer doesnít tie together for me at this point. At least with carbonation and wildness the bottle version seems much more lively and interactive than the draft version I originally tried.
Barrel aged version of lost and foun. Tried at Lost Abbeyís 2007 Anniversary party. Great pure caramel color. Freshly tapped keg with no head (carbonation needed to be set better). Little smell (carbonation related?). Sweet undertone. Kind of average, mild flavor even though beer is stronger and sweeter. Like someone else mentioned, it is a subtle beer. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Pours a mostly hazy coppery caramel color with almost no head, leaving only a faint trace of smoky film on the surface with a bit of agitation. Lots of oak, light fruits, and caramels in the nose. A bit of grandmotherís lavender perfume as well. The fruits seem to have a lighter, almost greenish raisiny quality compared to the darker elements of Lost and Found, and the oaky dryness and perfumy bouquet are sharply different from the yeasty spice of the original. Medium bodied, still mouthfeel. Well balanced, with more oak, green raisin, and perfumy caramels on the palate. Almost a little bit funky with some light red grapey qualities going on as well, but subtle, and definitely secondary to the sweeter perfume dimensions. Pleasantly dry finish with some nutty coconut lingering in the final smack. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white ring of head. Toasty dry, oaky caramel malty aroma has some tart vinous barrel-aged notes. Body starts somewhat thin and lightly sweet with a fresh woody oaky flavor and some lightly cheesy, earthy, funky notes. Finishes drier, toasty and slightly warming. Needs a little more sweet malt to round out the palate and counteract the barrel flavor. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Plums, Dates, raisins, prunes, apricots and sofft tannins make for a well rounded nose. Mild overripe fruit palate. With a rich and inviting mouthfeel and a very mild wood induced astringency.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Tap at Boston EBF 2007. Partly cloudy light-brown body topped by a short-lived beige head. Unlike the other barrel aged Lost Abbey at EBF 07 (En Garde), barrel character didnít take over this one. There was some wood barrel notes on the nose but taste remained very typical dubbel. Generously malted body. Somewhat nutty with berry flavours and distant chocolate notes. Rather dry. Pleasant full body and nice belgian carbonation. Very good but nothing that really stands out. Good Grace. ClarkVV (6644) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Black cherry-colored body has some light crimson and violet highlights and is topped by a moderate-sized, dark beige head that fades slowly to cover, leaving moderate lacing behind. Clarity is medium to medium-high, though the liquid is quite dark.
At first, wine seems dominant in the nose. Wine tannin, that is. Very dry and grapeskin-like, giving off notes of deep plums, currants and light cherries, though very reserved and not juicy or overly fruity. Even though it seems dominant, as in it accounts for most of the aroma, it still is not overdone or in your face. Cautiously, some dry chocolate, light pale malts and a smooth vanilla note emerge, giving some depth to the lightly tart/acidic tannins. The figs, dates and raisins from the base beer only seem to provide softness in the nose which is underscored on the finish by peppery phenols, some scratchiness (not sure if it is from the dark malt or the barrel) and light fusels (only coming out with warming). Chocolate and caramel sweetness steadily grow with warming, but dry barrel character keeps it mostly in check. The added fruitiness, though not overdone, does lead away from the dubbel style, of course, but I really like how it has dried the beer out and the barrel notes work well with the dark notes of the base beer. Medium strength of aroma, itís certainly not bursting forth, but some patience and persistence really unlocks a beautiful beer.
Dry and woody at first, with acids and sharpness hitting the palate, but smoothing out this sharpness is some strong caramel sweetness, soft vanilla cream and a fluffy yeast. Moderate amounts of dark, fruity wine flavors and even a light citrus note add complexity. Chocolate is notable, lightly, with warming while a crunchy, lightly roasted note combines with black pepper-like phenols and some light alcohol to produce a dry finish. Really liked this one, the flavors were solid, if somewhat subtle. Mouthfeel was a bit scratchy or bare at times, but I thought the barrel improved the beer, actually, though itís tough to compare the bottle conditioned bottled version to this draught barrel-aged version. Wish they would bottle this....subtle beers are underappreciated on this site.
EBF 2007: Hazy brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma, oak and vanilla some yeast. Flavor, spice, some oak and caramel, and some fruits to it. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Draft. Sampled at Monkís Cafe Lost Abbey dinner 2/6/07. Sampled alongside the Lost and Found. Ruby brown color. Minimal head; much less carbonated than its non barrel aged counterpart. Sweet aroma, with vinous qualities. Big malty taste, wood is fairly prominent. Delicious. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: Poured a hazy copper color with a brown tint. Sweet and tart fruity aroma with some notes of cheeries. The flavor was a little dull. Light toasty malt and some bubble gum.