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Isabelle Proximus - The Lost Abbey

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 832
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-22-2008)
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Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%

Huge thanks to Greer for busting this one open at Campground Brewdown and making sure I got a pour.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving very small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of light lactic sourness, lemon zest, some musty basement and barnyard funk, dash of fruit, woody oak and some lightly toasted grain backing. Softer than I was expecting it to be but still pretty solid.

T - Starts off fairly similar to the nose. The lemony lactic sourness leads things off followed closely by the pale malt, must, nice amount of funk, nice hit of fruit zest and finally some oaky dryness. Finish is a touch tart but surprisingly smooth, leaving the palate quite dry.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice feel, not as overly sour as I was expecting it to be. Maybe a touch of oxidation but it was minuscule compared to the rest.

O - I honestly think this one is holding up surprisingly well for its age. It may very well be a shadow of its former self, I can't comment having never had it fresh, but I can tell you that this bottle was drinking quite well. I would love to have it again in the future.

orangesol, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

gueuzedreg, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

greg4579, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of getkrunkhoe
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Fresh and up until 2-3 years ago it was an amazing offering from DFH, LA, Allagash, RussiAn River, and Avery. Just well made.

Had my last bottle 2 weeks ago and it didn't hold up as I had hoped. It was good but very "woody" not oak, woody. nonetheless a great beer overall.

getkrunkhoe, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
5/5  rDev +8.7%

tommyguz, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of JayCheG
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JayCheG, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Alpar
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Alpar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of KAF
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

chippo33, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

MattyRobots, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Herky21, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

vonnegut21, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

scotv, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

IndyDad, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.8%

omegagogetass4, Jun 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Port_Seat, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Boski
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Boski, May 27, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color; even after all these years, the carbonation is intact and the beer pours with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Lemon, melon and funk notes

Taste: The lemon elements dominate from the outset, but there is much more underneath, including melon, funk and oak; the acidity is just right, adding a nice sour dimension that never overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of a pucker

Overall: Waited a long time to open this one and it is amazing how well it is drinking after six years in my cellar; one of the best sours I have ever tasted

brentk56, May 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Mike, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

PretzelCity, May 04, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of nrs207
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Hazy, golden yellow, not really any head to speak of. It's hard to describe, but it just looked delicious.

S - Awesome, even after all these years. Super fruity, surprisingly so. Smells quite tart and a bit funky.

T - Follows the smell really nicely. Really makes your mouth water with a great level of tartness, and the fruitiness and slight funk.

M - Still perfectly carbed, super smooth on the way down.

O - With beers like this, it's always hard to justify the cost. I'm just glad this lived up to the hype for me. I think this is possibly the best non-fruited sour I've had, and a toss up for the best overall sour I've had. Definitely beats Cable Car, DDG, Beat, and rivals Crianza, which are my other favorites to date. Overall, it's a really impressive wild ale.

nrs207, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of nkeckhar
4/5  rDev -13%

nkeckhar, Apr 11, 2014
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Isabelle Proximus from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.