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The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey

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611 Ratings
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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 172
Gots: 165 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barrel aged burgundy colored ale infused with copious amounts of dark caramel malt aged in the oak.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2008)
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Photo of Dope


2.6/5  rDev -31.9%

2010 bottle.

A: Cork comes out with just the slightest hiss. Pours dark brown with zero head. Appears to be completely flat. No lacing of course.

S: Boozy brandy and caramel. Not much else. Berries perhaps? Tons of caramel.

T: Brandy up front that turns oddly tart. Lots of caramel but spoiled fruit covers it up. Nothing else to it really other than some leather. Is this infected? Hard to tell versus just a generally crappy beer.

M: Heavy, syrupy and completely flat. Needs some carbonation to cut it.

O: After sipping on this for a bit I have to assume it's infected. It's just pure tart/sour fruit and a little caramel. Boy was this a waste of money. Let's try the bourbon version, maybe it can redeem itself. As for this one, I drain poured it.

12-04-2012 03:58:23 | More by Dope
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-29-2012 17:43:16 | More by Grant35
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-29-2012 04:04:16 | More by dwoolley1
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-24-2012 01:35:47 | More by M27
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

2008 vintage 750ml
A vigorous pour produces a viscous black liquid with a handful of bubbles that dissipate almost instantly. Smells of oaky vanilla with a boozy edge. Hints of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and tobacco round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is sweet like an aged barleywine. Sweet sugar and caramel mixed with some vinous notes. A touch of ethanol and a nice flavor of dark fruits, grapes, chocolate, and tobacco. Medium to thick body with a sweet syrupy mouthfeel and not a lick of carbonation. I've sat on this bottle for quite some time fearing the disappointment that would ensue with the inevitable flat bottle. The lack of carbonation ruins the mouthfeel on this beer and makes a sweet beer even stickier. This smells wonderful! It's too bad I couldn't get a proper sample of this beer because I'll bet its really great!

11-23-2012 22:39:35 | More by johnnnniee
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-21-2012 20:41:19 | More by heddar33
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-15-2012 22:10:05 | More by VernonKell
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-06-2012 01:21:08 | More by tbone1384
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-21-2012 21:11:26 | More by lenderpants
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-16-2012 19:10:02 | More by bobotron
Photo of Graviz


4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-08-2012 21:14:53 | More by Graviz
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-28-2012 09:35:59 | More by Beeradelphia
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-24-2012 12:52:06 | More by jriggins6
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-25-2012 13:57:35 | More by oldp0rt
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-19-2012 16:09:14 | More by lalakers24
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Wow first lost abbey beer!

A- dark, opaque, and intimidating with no head of foam whatever. However, as we all know it's what lies beneath

S- tart Oaked, darkened fruit and alcohol. Very unique as fruit flavors mingle with the oak aged attribute.

T- wow!!! Pears and sweet caramel sugar combat a boozy California raisin without the cartoon characters dancing in unison! The best way to describe this is darkened prunes that are steeped in barrels. Very delicious!

M- watery yet coating with flavor

O- This was one of the most unique beers I have ever had. The fruit is predominant and you don't get any smokiness until the end. Ummmm can I have more lost abbey???

How about if I host a tasting of lost abbey (tomme will you come?)

08-17-2012 00:09:38 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Gobzilla


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots od dark fruits especially raisins in the aroma with plenty of brandy woody barrel character, hints of vanilla, slight vinous notes, pear esters, maple syrup tones and plenty of booze.

T: the pear and maple syrup was more apparent on the taste alongside woody brandy barrel character, dark fruits, vanilla accents, and quite a bit of heat.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, woody, dark fruity, boozy, and sticky finish.

O: it was an 09 vintage and it was still pretty hot, I honestly thought it would have mellowed out somewhat; still tasty though.

08-16-2012 18:39:48 | More by Gobzilla
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-11-2012 22:42:59 | More by redfacedshooter
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-01-2012 01:22:05 | More by beav19
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

2010 poured into a stemmed Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance. Pours a murky cola brown with no head, very still.

Smell. Boozy brandy, some old wood and vanilla, cherries and dark berries. This actually smells quite nice.

Taste. Old wood and raisins with a bit of sour grape juice, just a little bitter cocoa powder. Not very boozy, especially considering the abv.

Mouthfeel. The body is a nice medium-full but the near complete lack (and I say near because there actually is a very small amount) of carbonation is just not very pleasant.

Overall. This beer is just a great tragedy for me. A fine brew that's ruined by having no carbonation. Maybe this was the brewer's intention but it wouldn't be my choice as a consumer. Bummed that this cost me $17. More fuel for the devil side of my love/hate for this brewery ;-)

Edit: I drank the whole thing! Not sure if it was a train wreck that I just couldn't turn away from, or if I couldn't bear to pour so much $$$ down the drain ;-)

07-27-2012 02:12:48 | More by Rutager
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

2.2/5  rDev -42.4%

Poured very aggressive into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottled in 2010. Pours a very dark brown, with no head at all and subsequently no lace. Smell is dark fruits, molasses, whiskey, and vanilla. Taste is not correct, thinking this is tainted. No pop at all with the cork and a very flat and stale tasting beer. Very sour and boozy and this was my daughter's celebration beer. Going to contact brewery. Body thin, terrible carbonation, not sure if it is dry, and going down the sink, what does that say about drinkability? Trying to figure out what to drink now.

07-14-2012 01:29:10 | More by SawDog505
Photo of rodlavers


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

2010 vintage, split and poured into a snifter. Such a weird beer.

Murky brown in color, absolutely zero head. Serious legs.

Boozey, I guess brandy aromas. It almost smells like a wine; nearly sour, but also sweet.

Taste is really sour and tart, but does improve as it warms. Brandy, and some subtle notes of oak and perhaps light, light caramel.

Mouthfeel is like a wine, really smooth up front and bitter on the end. No carbonation.

Overall not nearly as good as the bourbon, but worth a try. Such an interesting beer.

06-29-2012 21:27:24 | More by rodlavers
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque brown-black with no head and no lace. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, raisins, dark fruits, vanilla, brandy, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish and a woody aftertaste that lingers after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is good beer that smells better than it tastes. I just wish the carbonation level was better.

06-26-2012 01:04:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of TK5150


3/5  rDev -21.5%

Not sure of the Vinatge, the year was printed pporly on the bottle.

A- Pours dark brown with pretty much no carbonation or head.

S- Smells of molasses, caramelized malts, oak, and brandy/grapes. The best part of this beer.

T- Tart chardonnay (tart/sour white grapes) and oaky tannins. A bit buttery as well. Hints of sharp cheddar cheese. Not hot at all, but a warming sensation is felt down the esophagus. A very tart beer, actually. Just a weird flavor combination that doesn't really work.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied. Fairly smooth. Flat.

O- A major disappointment from The Lost Abbey, especially at the massive price point. The bourbon version is much better, but either way, these angel's share versions are really expensive for what you get.

06-23-2012 22:21:32 | More by TK5150
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

05-18-2012 02:09:48 | More by RyanGoodman
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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