Isabelle Proximus - The Lost Abbey

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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 839
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 brentk56
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of Mike
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of nrs207
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of nkeckhar
4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of jkane101
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought over by rvdoorn last weekend. Never thought I'd see this one, so a big cheers for the gesture man.

From a 75cl bottle into a small wine glass
November 2006

APPEARANCE: Pours a small white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Lighter gamboge in color, hazy, with no carbonation evident. This one looks rather flat by the end though, as no head sticks around at all.

SMELL: Acidity, lemon tartness and light melon notes up front. Citrus aromas with fruity and acidic sourness for the most part. Really well balanced and forthcoming. Great.

TASTE: Lemon sourness up front with hay, some acidity and melon sweetness at the swallow. Fruity sweetness, lemon citrus sourness, notes of lime and a light acidity comes and goes rather quickly on the finish. Really nice, with a dry but flavorful finish. Great stuff, though a touch too dry at the finish perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. A touch puckering perhaps, but relatively crisp.

OVERALL: This was really nice. The nose is a bit more impressive than the flavors as the aftertaste is a touch too dry for my liking, but nevertheless, this is an excellent wild that was very much enjoyed by the whole group. Some really nice flavors with a good feel on this one as well. Thanks again rvdoorn. This was a surprisingly good one.

Photo of July2Nov
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thegoon55
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of james582
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of box_social
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Piddmeista
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of akang
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CoolEthan
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a delight to try. It poured a ghostly white-gold, with a slight haze from the chill. There was a delicate yet definitely sour-tart aroma on it, funky and fruity. The flavor is smoothly rounded, and approachable. Like a nuanced sour, with just a touch of funk and a cornucopia of summer fruit.

Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Isabelle Proximus from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.