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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

559 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 559
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coles rare beer fest. Lighter carbonation and spiciness. Yeasty. Some apple pie, candi sugar but not sweet as Some hoppiness kicks in at end. Not bad but not too drinkable, better with food I would think.Brett? perhaps. Below average mouthfeel. A worthwhile experiment, more mellow from this brewery and not their best hoped-for result.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:44:47 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and a caramel aroma. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:21:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant by necessity; the beasts, by nature."

--Marcus Tullius Cicero

2008 release. Glazed terra cotta with a significant infusion of coral red. A barely audible pop on cork removal was followed by the creation of a slim slice of golden beige colored foam (after a fairly vigorous pour). It looks like the brewery's bubble problems were an issue at the time of this bottling as well. Incredible crown persistence and an attractive color scheme are the only things keeping the appearance score from sinking lower.

According to the website, Gift Of The Magi is a biere de garde. Tomme used Frankincense bark and Myrrh in this Gold(en) ale, then added Brettanomyces for some farmyard funk. Maybe it's the lack of carbonation, but the nose is nothing special. Some caramel malt in the background, with Brett and a herbal spiciness in the foreground.

As the ingredients suggested it would be, this is an odd sort of ale. Strangly enough, it's also pretty good beer... if you go in with an open mind and an open palate. There's no doubt that biere de garde is the correct style. Either that or spiced Belgian golden ale.

A smooth wild yeast funkiness hits first, then melts into a caramel-toffee and well-toasted bread middle, with woodlands herbs, black tea leaves and spices wrapping things up on a surprisingly bitter back end. Both Frankincense and Myrrh are bitter, so it isn't necessarily hops that are responsible for the tight, focused finish.

Amazingly enough, the mouthfeel manages to be impressively creamilicious. I'm not sure how, because there's isn't much noticeable carbonation. The bubbles that are present must be going above and beyond the call of duty.

If this bottle had been properly carbonated, the first two scores might have been higher. Maybe a few of the final three scores would have been as well. Gift Of The Magi is not for everyone. However, if you like Belgians, Brett and spiced beer, and are open to new and different exbeeriences (hey, I just invented a new word), then give this interesting domestic biere de garde a whirl. Two out of three wise men give it a thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:48:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful 750ml corked and caged bottle Served initially right out of the fridge, but the second and third pours were done at cellar temperature. All servings were done in a Triple Karmeliet Goblet.

A - This one poured beautifully into my goblet, via a semi hard pour, giving off an enormous head of white frothy foam. Really gorgeous pillow like formation here that you just do not get to see often enough. Loads of white just sitting for what seemed to be forever, virtually holding their own and not fading what so ever. Once it finally did settle down, all that was left of it was ohh...still like two inches of froth on the top. Seriously insanely good retention here. Lots of sticky foam like lace coating the insides of the glass here as well, virtually obscuring all light from coming in, even when the glass was empty. Now, as for the color what a wonderful shade this one exhibited. A wonderful golden copper or amber color was clearly evident from the first pour. I actually found this to be much brighter then others, with only the slightest bit of an orange tint to it; this was definitely a Belgian pale. Very cloudy and hazy, but minimal sedimentation, this was truly a fantastic. I was thoroughly pleased with the overall look to this one, as I am with virtually anything I see from Lost Abbey, I was really looking forward to getting more into this one.

S - So, what do we have hear. I lean in for the first whiff of this one and I would be lying if I did not say I was completely blown away by this one. It was remarkable how good this smelled. The first thing I noticed was a tremendous amount of fresh citrus hop aroma. Loads of grapefruit, grass like smells, even a touch of lemon going throughout this. Really bright aroma here, and soo much of it, this was a really different kind of experience here. Wonderful yeast aromas coming out now, really adding to the overall fruitiness of it. Some apple and pears, and even some peach aromas coming though. Some light grain and yeast now also starting to percolate through it now as well. Really well done here. Lots of hoppiness, which was surprising, and lots of light fruits. The best word to be able to describe this one would be bright, very very bright smells. Some sour strains becoming apparent as it warmed, giving it that little bit extra sourness and bite that was the last possible thing it could have used to make it any better. The smell was so inviting I could not wait to get into this.

T - Ok, well now comes the real test. This has held up so well through the start, can the actual taste really live up to the whole package. The answer is a most assuredly yes. This was just fantastic and lived up to every bit of what I thought it was going to be. Started out very crisp and fresh, with a wonderful fruity and tart hoppiness that rolled over the tongue the moment you took that first sip. What a wonderful full flavor profile, so complex with it constantly evolving with each and every taste. These first sips were simply filled with loads of hops. Very fresh orange and grapefruit flavors were dominant here, even hints of pineapple and lemon rolling through here as well. Very complex, and yet very light and the same time. Lots of fresh earthy grass like flavors now rolling through and mingling with the grainy cereal like underbelly here, virtually assuring even more complexity then I had before. Now the yeast was starting to kick in, very nice bitter, sour, and tart flavors, nothing too strong at all, more along the lines of just a slight hint, giving it a little more bitterness. The finish was very long and drawn out, with big hop flavors and a huge dry finish, almost puckering, leaving behind only a small touch of light fruit and hops to beg you to come back and get another round of it. Very complex and a wonderful flavor explosion on the palate.

M - This was an interesting one. Being such a rich profile, it was remarkably light, which shocked me a little as to how god it really was. A very nice light profile in a light to medium-bodied ale. Excellent carbonation held up throughout the entire session really making this a sparkling gem of a beer. The finish was simply awesome, no hint of alcohol here at least not for me. Therefore, smooth and rich I would have loved to just keep drinking this.

D - Now, keep in mind this is well over 9% so it is no slouch, but I could barely tell that by drinking it. I found no hint of the alcohol in it, just a lovely light hoppiness that simply would not let up, and a great yeast profile that was really outstanding. A great sipper I could have kept going on this one all night long, it was just that good.

Overall I thought this was fantastic, really one of the best I have had and another rare gem from Lost Abbey. I just do not know what it is with them, its like they cannot lose, every beer they make seems to be better then the one before that. This was one of the finest drinks I have ever had and I look forward to having another.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 13:01:17 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

A: The pour is amber in color with a slight haze to it and a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is sweet with lots of caramel, sugar, and dark fruits. There is a hint of spice to it, perhaps clove, along with a nice yeasty and floral aroma.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose. There is a nice sweet fruitiness along with some sugar. A touch of the usual Belgian spiciness and as with the nose, just a hint of a floral quality. Unfortunately as the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes quite noticeable.

M: The body is pleasantly medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a nice warmth.

D: I did not recall liking this beer so much in my previous tastings of it, but this was quite good. A real nice fruity beer that hides the alcohol to enough of an extent to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 06:57:38 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2007 bottling - tasted Dec 2008)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a reasonably fluffy head (foam burst forth from the bottle after the initial pour); it wasn't as impressive as I thought it was going to be, but there was decent retention and plenty of lace

Smell: This is one unusual aroma and I am limited in my ability to capture the elements as I haven't smelled frankincense and myrrh in a while (if ever); in any event, there is stone fruit (nectarines and apricots), bitter orange peel, peppery spices and a developing sour funk; boozy, as well

Taste: Opens with a blend of the fruits and the spices and moves in a funky direction by mid-palate, with plenty of pithy bitterness, as well; after the swallow, there is a depth of flavor that is part fruit, part funk, part balsa wood, and ultimately quite dry; the herbaciousness in the aftertaste is slightly medicinal but again, defies my vocabulary

Mouthfeel: Moderate to full body, slightly creamy, with medium to high carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet from the alcohol

Drinkability: Looking over the reviews of others, I wonder whether this is not a beer that needs a year, or more of age; I recall Tomme Arthur posting that the Brett takes a while to ferment in the bottle and the lack of carbonation others are experiencing was not an issue in my aged bottle; in any event, to my palate, this was one of the top offerings from Lost Abbey

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 22:10:11 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium sweet Belgian style malt with light funky yeast notes. Taste is also one-dimensional with some medium sweet Belgian style malt with some light funky notes. I thought this was missing some spices or some kind of ester. Good carbonation with average body and no apparent alcohol. I thought this was OK but definitely not as good as expected. Not that it impacts my ratings but I am starting to think this brewer more hype then what he actually deserve - good to great beer but the exceptional ones are fare and few between.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 16:51:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in December 2009.

A: Pours a pale apricot with a nice, creamy white head.

S: Nice spice profile to this one with some coriander and citrus. Very nice, but a little too light.

T: A bit of sourness, but more toward the sweet end of things with apricot, lemon, and spice coming through.

M: Medium bodied and quite crisp.

D: Fairly high in alcohol with the typical accompanying flavors, so not my favorite Lost Abbey brew, but still very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 18:35:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish orange in color and poured with a few bubbles on the surface that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns on the surface.
S: The sourness of the Brett really stand out in the smell, which also has aromas of brown sugar, caramel, plums and spices.
T: Quite complex, the taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of malty sweetness, clove and oranges. Sourness and spicy flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The addition of the Brett and all of the spices definitely make this an interesting take on the biere de garde style. It's a slow sipper and there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

Note: 2008 vintage

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 20:59:35 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lightly hazy, orangey-amber body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted caramel malts with a mild fruit character, spicy-scented hops, and, yes, yes, there's that underlying funky Brett component smelling of wild, voracious molds eating away the dry wall and alcohol-soaked cotton.

Taste: Sweet, toasty, creamy caramel maltiness followed by a light apricot fruitiness. Tiniest bit of lemony citrus. Spicy hops with a medium bitterness compounded by a bitter oil taste and ginger 'heat'. Funky, earthy Brett with it's barnyard, molded paper flourishes. Grassy kick on the back end. Drying, lightly spicy finish with a bit of alcohol warmth and lingering herbaceousness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness.

Drinkability: Though not my favorite of the Lost Abbey line-up, it's still well-rounded and reasonably drinkable as it definitely hides its ABV rather well.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 05:27:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a chalice at Plainfield's Tap House.

Apparently the Tap House has a 12 Beers of Christmas thing going on. I wonder if the bartender realized we weren't gonna be back any time soon when she gave us the punch card... Either way, this stuff pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises orange zest, caramel, brown sugar, nutmeg, and light fig. The taste holds notes of pine resin, caramel, sharp Swiss cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and rye bread. This combination does not sit well on the tongue at all, and a touch of booziness makes the experience all the more unpleasant. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, I did not enjoy this beer. I think my note of "kinda boo", though a bit weird, is more than appropriate.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 19:23:14 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Thin, quick-dissolving head with a tiny bit of lace. Dark amber/red color and relatively opaque. Not much carbonation visible.

S - Sweet - strong fruit character (plum, apricot), Belgian yeast, and a nice amount of hops. There's also a tiny bit of spice.

T - Sweet, with a tang from the spices at the top of the palate. Surprising amount of hops - glad I had a 2008 bottle, as the 2007s are probably devoid of any of the hop taste at this point.

M - Thin and watery - kind of disappointing. There's some tingle from carbonation at the top of the palate.

D - Does not taste like 10% at all. Not overly sweet either, and fairly easy to drink. Me and a few friends easily downed a 750ml as a starter for our New Beer Sunday gathering.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 03:32:05 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared 2008 bottle, hoping for more Brett expression.

Floral aromas waft from the bottle, some spice and pineapple from the Brett yeast. Dry, Belgian yeast character. Full body, rich and dry, awash with subtle spice and hay-like hops. Some mild sweetness and alcohol present as it warms. Brett is here in full form, but not in a funky way, more hay/floral/spice. The dryness keeps you sipping on it for awhile. Nice pairing with a washed rind cheese, I had Winnimere.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 20:33:25 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to my friend Eric for hauling this from Cali! Pours caramel with 2 fingers of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Apples, candi sugar & apricot

T: Apples, candi sugar, & leafy hops. Dryness, leafy hops, & candi sugar, jammyness, dirt, plus lemon hops are all there as this warms. Finishes fruitty & dry, plus some grapefruitty hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty slow, due to the dryness, the brett didn't really help or hurt this one

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 01:34:23 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and rich caramel malt sweetness with some nutty notes and a touch of fruitiness. There is a faint roasted character as well. I'm not smelling a ton of Brett here, just a subtle offering at best. The taste is decent. It has primarily a caramel malt flavor that's sweet with a light roasted character and a touch of fruitiness in the finish. Again, the funk is limited and mostly a background effect. It does have a mild alcohol ridden feel. It's nothing you would have to sip at, but it's ever present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid offering, but probably the weakest beer from this great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 10:29:18 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this beer.

2008 vintage. The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is brett funk, citrus, caramel and pepper. The flavor is more of the same with some nice orange notes mixing with the brett. The brett gives it a little leather flavor and there is also some spicy pepper as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:01:09 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/amber color with a three-finger, long lasting, khaki colored head of foam. It left some patchy lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of currants, spices and dried fruits. It had frunky and malty notes, too.

T - It had a spicy bite up front with a malty sweet backbone. Good dried fruit flavors with some phenolic notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a very good biere de garde. Sampled on the 4th of July but it still worked well.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 15:53:04 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Prezo

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, semi hazy orange red color.

Nose sweet malts, little creamy, reddish candy malts with a hint of booze light esters, light fruity aromas from Belgian yeast and esters, hint of candi, a dry light farmhouse like spices and maybe hint of tea.

Taste sweet, biscuity reddish toasty malts, then earthy herbal flavors with esters and herbal hops, light farmhouse dry saison yeast flavors, Belgian yeast, light fruit and caramel, and light booze. Decent bitterness and juicy. Hints of light spices that remind me more of saison, as well as a light floral taste like those potpourri setups that are in many bathrooms transposed into taste. Finishes dry and bit bitter, earthy gritty esters and hops, little oily, dry rustic earthy bready saison like yeast finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, bit of booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty interesting, the malts and yeast really play out in this one almost as if they are battling for the most dominant characteristic. A bit boozy but that's what it presents so no surprises, and good for a Xmas like beer. Decent esters, fruits, malts, sugar additions, spices, etc etc. I think I remember the bottle version of this being better, which would make sense with a beer this big, and bottle conditioned, but it could also be my memory playing with me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 04:10:35 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 release; Sampled January 2008
Well carbonated as a careful pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, dingy tan colored head; the head leaves some lacing and actually forms a textured, rocky surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a reddish copper amber color, but shows an almost clear, re-hued, copper color when held up to the light. The nose is quite aromatic, interesting notes of fruit mix with unfamiliar spice notes and familiar ones. The aroma reminds me of candied pears, blood oranges, tropical fruit on the fruit side and notes of pepper, fenugreek, mace, . The spice notes in the nose are really quite interesting, I really need to smell Frankincense and Myrrh again to figure out what they are contributing here. While the spice notes are evident, the fruity, even tropical fruitiness is perhaps the most noticeable part of this aroma.

Much drier than I was expecting from this brew that projects such a big aromatic fruitiness. This beer is lightly sweet though, but this perceived dryness seems to accentuate the spice notes of this brew. Flavors of potpourri, perfume like flowers, some turpene like notes (astringent almost hard nutmeg) and something that is a touch like lavender. Fruit flavors of pear, green grapes, and some sort of tropical fruit are all quite noticeable, despite playing a lesser role in the flavor. The beer finishes with a bit of warming alcohol that is noticeable along with some of the astringent, turpene-like spice notes.

The spicing here definitely contribute a sharp, perfume like character to this brew (especially in the flavor); this is not surprising as I think both Frankincense and Myrrh are/were used in that sort of application. It is hard to get a sense if the Brett has kicked in yet, with the ample carbonation I might have guessed so, but the spice notes are still to fresh to really tell yet. This really needs quite a bit of age on it before it comes any where close to peaking; I'll be trying this in a year or so, but it may actually need a couple to really take off.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 01:02:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a muddy looking amber colored beer. The head on top was a light tan color. The smell of this beer gave off some soft dark fruit aromas as well as some Belgian yeast. Some bread-like aromas were on the nose also. The taste of the beer was a little on the sweeter side which wasn't too bad, there were more spicy fruit flavors in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good. I would probably drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 00:43:34 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from California and sharing!

750 ml cork-caged bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours cloudy tea-like amber with a thick, rocky, off-white head that leaves some trailing lace in its descent to a thin, lasting cover.

The smell is of orange, plum, lemon with caramel. Mild peppery spicing in the back.

The taste is yeasty with caramelish sweetened citric fruity zest. Sweetness balanced by sour and tart with some spicing. Some sharp booziness is present, but warming more than interfering.

Mild carbonation with a medium body. There's a certain thickness to it that is almost syrupy, but somehow gets washed away.

The label puts this in the Biere de Garde style. Here it is a BSPA... Either works, as neither works...An interesting American spin on a Belgian/French style that turns out to be unique, though not one that thrilled me.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:09:43 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange-amber in color with a one inch head that flass apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: yeast spiciness, alcohol, and some frui sweetness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, green apples, plums, brown sugar, yeast, and a moderate bitterness are most detectable. Alcohol is definitely warming and adds to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some mild dryness late. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is a true slow sipping beer where one glass is all you need in a session. Very flavorful and worth seeking this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 13:42:36 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

25.4 oz., 750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a burnt, hazy yellow, with a nice full, off-white head, great retention, good Belgian-style lacing.

S: Very yeasty, musty smell, with some spice, esters, a little bit of banana, and alcohol.

T: An interesting flavour in this beer, it's got a lot of stuff going on. Pear and apple esters are there for sure, with an earthy hit coming from the hops, along with ginger notes and black pepper. Also had a big slug of alcohol in the end. A nice flavour, though it wasn't exactly my style.

M: Nice mouthfeel - Silky smooth, full carboantion, very warming, good on a December night.

D: It's a good beer, but in the end, I wasn't as in to it as I thought I would be after the hype. Definitely worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 18:59:50 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich and sweet brew with a spicy and salty twang. Golden brown in the snifter with attractive foam.

Taste is malty with a bitter edge. Darkly fruity with something like dates and butterscotch. The Belgian flavor is a little subdued, but the dry finish is quite distinct. A hint of cherries and burnt sugar in the nose. After some sipping the mouthfeel is hot with alcohol. Just a little sticky. Long bitterish, tangy finish with an orange marmalade twist. Average carbonation.

An interesting sipping beer that defies categorization. Maybe it's an Imperial Belgian Pale Ale, but I wouldn't call it a Bière de Garde. On tap at Leroy's Kitchen in Coronado.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 06:03:29 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

kind of a strange one here, sort of a holiday saison if you will. pours a nice deep copper to red color, with a dull glow and a bright white head with fine retention. excellent lacing is left at each sip, and there is just a bit of sediment settling out. the nose is spiced a little like a holiday beer, but to me yeast was the star here. its funky and farmy, but this isnt a sour beer despite the brett. its like a lesser version of their red barn ale in this respect. flavor has some sugar to it up front, and a dried fruity character with some tartness, maybe cranberry in complexion, with a lighter grain bill and that wet animal yeasty finish. the alcohol was a little much for me in this one. usually i like the huge ones from the lost abbey, but i thought this would have been a better beer around 8% abv. its just got real boozy as it warmed, which went oddly with the yeast and the residual sugar. made the mouthfeel a bit strange as well. carbonation was decent, but i think would be better if it was even more ramped up. body was a nice full medium. a must share bottle, i would have been wasted if i didnt have a few people around to help. good stuff for the holidays, outside of that context its less impressive.

Serving type: bottle

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