Isabelle Proximus - The Lost Abbey
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4.45/5 rDev -3.3%
It's about time I review this one!
750ml corked & caged into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.
A - Isabelle Proximus pours clear with a dark golden color with almost an orangish hue. There's a half a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a little bit but then vanishes leaving on a few bubbles here and there around the top of the liquid. No lacing to speak of being that there's no head retention.
S - Semi-sweet tart/sour notes, oranges, mangos, horse blanket. Not super-funky like some other Wild Ales, but has enough to satisfy the funk I'm looking for while also delivering a nice sweetness that pairs up to create a wonderful beer.
T - Oh baby, this is good stuff! The nose is deceiving because it's a lot more funky then I was expecting when compared to the nose. Orange peels, brett, barnyard fuck, horse blanket, mangos. It's sweet up front but the finish turns my mouth inside-out with awesome sour notes.
M - Light body, fizzy carbonation that tingles my lips, dry finish.
D - Such an awesome creation, this one was as-good as all the hype surrounding it. I've had some top-rated sours, and this one is right up at the top along with Yellow Bus, Veritas 004, and Blabaer.
11-03-2009 01:36:57 | More by Sean9689
4.88/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a hazy light golden orange with thin white head - a beautiful geuze.
Complex aromas of peach, apple, orange, strawberry, tart cherries, citrus, tropical fruits, barnyard funk, and slight spiciness.
I can't think of how to put into words how amazingly awesome this beer tastes. It's simply a perfectly balanced, blended Geuze - better than any of the Belgian Geuzes I've ever had. Is so incredibly complex with just the right amount of tartness and funk mixed in with just the right amount of oak from the barrels. So, so delicious! All the flavors just dance around in my mouth and the tartness prickles my tongue - perfect mouthfeel. To this date, this is my all time favorite beer and I'm so glad I have 2 left for strictly special occasions.
11-01-2009 20:21:01 | More by bmanning
4.47/5 rDev -2.8%
Split with a fellow BA. Cellar stored and served at cellar temp.
A: Hazy yellow-orange body. Thin offwhite head that crashed immediately after pouring. No lacing to speak of. Its got a nice murky look to it that suggests things to come.
S: Lemons, sour citric notes, funkyness. Almost like this is evil brother to a bretty-saison.
T: Profound sour and tart notes. I've never had a beer with this level of sourness while still not making me pucker up. Acidic lemons. Tart oranges. Funky yeast. Possibly some lime in there as well as an ever so slight woody-oak to it (almost like a chardonnay). Well worth the wait and effort of getting this bad girl.
M: Dry, light bodied. Tongue tingling sourness. Somewhat tart finish. Good control throughout as this beer never tips so far as to go out of whack.
D: Huge. This was easy to consume, savor and enjoy. Sad that this will never be made again and I've probably had the only serving I ever will have.
10-29-2009 15:49:53 | More by callmemickey
4.8/5 rDev +4.3%
Tasted at Falling Rock Taphouse. It's a good thing we tasted it when we did, they weren't selling anymore two days later.
A- Gushed on us but no worries. Pours hazy yellow with thin dirty white head.
S- Sweet fruit on the nose, light brett funk, candy orange.
T- Perfect sweet-tart balance, peachy, muscat grapes, a touch of band aid. A little less earthy than similar beers i've tasted.
M- Finishes medium bodied with a lasting sourness. Perfection. Balance.
09-28-2009 18:23:00 | More by brownbeer
4.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Got the privilege to try this at t0rin0's tasting on 9/5/09.
A: Pale gold/yellow in color without any real head; a thin layer of white foam.
S: Grapes, apples, lemon, and pineapple. A nice level of tartness along with some hints of oak and sweetness.
T: First sensation is a hit of tartness, but it is quite well balanced as a sweetness soon comes through. Lots of tart fruit flavors, with the most notable being pineapple, grapes, lemon.
M: Fairly effervescent, medium body, a nice acidity.
D: Just about perfect on all levels. A beer that certainly deserves all the hype.
09-08-2009 02:16:17 | More by womencantsail
4.75/5 rDev +3.3%
I first enjoyed this beer with fellow BA PatronWizard awhile back and wondered why people loved this beer so much. Now that I have been able to try multiple sours since then, I now know the significance of this beer after purchasing two 10 oz. pours at Beachwood during Gabe's 09' Sourfest.
A: Literally looks like apple juice or urine...but in a good way...and I know that sounds weird. LOL. After a heavy pour, Isabelle didn't seem to exhibit any apparent head or significant lacing.
S: A lot of pineapple, green grapes, and green apple upfront followed by a more robust and complex oak, perhaps French oak, and sugar cane finish.
T: The first thing I noticed was the extremely balanced tart and sour quality throughout the whole sip; no over-the-top or lacking sour/tart characteristics. Along with this great balance, I was able to pick up a multitude of flavors including: orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and an oak backing that helped subdue some of the acidity from these fruit flavors. A also detected a spicy finish that was hard to describe and/or figure out.
M: Light carbonation and medium body.
D: A very complex tasting beer that takes a few times to really figure out and appreciate. One of the best sours I've experienced.
Overall: An epic sour on all levels; get your hands on this stuff as soon as possible. Cheers!
08-28-2009 04:17:36 | More by OlieIPA
4.93/5 rDev +7.2%
From the last available bottle at Toronado SD... Thanks go to Chad, once again.
A: Luminescent yellow-gold, with more yeast clouding the beer toward the bottom. Thin, but persistent white head and traces of lacing.
S: Again, evolves as we got deeper into the bottle, and as the beer warmed. Notes of green apple, caramel, lemon peel, coriander, bubble gum, white pepper, and grain. Lovely, complex, and projected nose. Very expressive. Could smell this all day.
T: Lovely combination of full flavor but without excessive weight on the palate. Acidity is puckery, and clings to your teeth. Lemon, apple, vanilla, and some toasted gain. The aftertaste goes on loooonnng. Later, there are some hints of clove and banana.
M: Wonderful texture, combining acidity, concentration of flavor, and body.
D: Easy to drink, and not too heavy at 7%. Smooth.
One of the best beers I've ever had. Unique, idiosyncratic, and rare. All of those, even though I'm being redundant and repeating myself. Try one if you can get it.
08-25-2009 14:55:01 | More by nectar14
4.8/5 rDev +4.3%
A huge thanks to mbrasi who hooked me up in a trade.
Appearance is a pale gold, almost no head at all. Not too surprising for a wild ale. Aroma is so damn complex: lemon, oak, apples. Really spectacular. Not super funky really. Taste is even better. At first there is a faint fruitiness which comes across as a sweetish taste, which is followed by a fairly tart finish. On the finish I got an explosion of ripe fruit flavors - peach, apricot. Some dry oak on the finish also. Extremely complex and the tartness is impressively restrained, especially for the style. Mouthfeel can't be criticized - no different than any gueuze you might find. Drinkability is also excellent (well, except for the rarity).
This is an amazing beer and much more tame and subtle than I was expecting. Right up there with the best of the Belgian lambics.
08-03-2009 23:53:34 | More by evantwomey
4.58/5 rDev -0.4%
A: Bright, vibrant yellow color with surprising clarity. Nice effervescent head.
S: Plenty of horse blanket and oak.
T: Citrus zest, ripe tropical fruits (pineapple) and vinegar tartness. A great interplay of flavors with a puckering and dry finish.
M: Perfect for the style.
D: The story behind this beer makes it one of the most interesting beers that I will ever drink. I doubt I will ever be able to try this again, but it's something that I will always remember.
08-03-2009 00:35:31 | More by gameface23
4.6/5 rDev 0%
Split this at the San Diego Toronado with 3 friends.
A: Brilliantly clear orange with a thin white head. Good retention, and the lacework makes for one very attractive beer
S: Intensely salty, funky, sour and cheesy, all in an appealing way. Plenty of bright citrus with orange and some pineapple. I hear the citrus character has come out more recently. Cheesy with that classic filthy gym sock aroma, appealing much in the same way that a munster cheese is. Musty and lactic, this still is the funkiest beer I've had. Exceptional
T: Opens up very sour and acidic with a lot of lactic sourness and lime rind. The mid palate is cheesy and funky as hell with flavors of musty attics, gym socks, jock strap. Finishes long, dry, sour and funky
M:Light in body, moderate to high carbonation and a fantastic, long, sour and dry finish. Excellent
D: Superb. If not for the price, I'd drink this a lot more.
** 28 March 2010 at the Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of. Thanks, Josh!
The nose is less citrus, slightly less assaulting on the nose from a funk perspective.Lemony and sour, this is mostly sour right now, dominated by the acidity and is actually moderately gueuze-like. Excellent stuff, quite different since the last time I had it, but still equally impressive. Cheers!
**Edit 01 July 2012**
Been a couple of years since I've had this. Thanks, Tomme, Gwen and Ryan.
The nose is funky, salty, oxidized and a little cheesey. It's lost so much of its complexity, vibrancy and intensity that its not even funny. The palate is a blend of lemony and lactic sourness with no acetic flavors, mildly funky instead of the salty, funky, footy glory this beer once had. Dull, mildly sweaty. Stale honey and even a touch of smoke are present. Muddled and disappointing.
07-30-2009 18:10:44 | More by DefenCorps
4.88/5 rDev +6.1%
Review 350, 1000 points, bottle supplied by a very special lady, funny how these things work out.
A- Isabelle looks great for a barrel aged sour/gueze/wild, whatever you want to call it. The liquid has a bright golden look with some yellow within. A nice sized white foamy head rised up before simmering down, leaving sparse lace. Some yeast clouding things towards the end.
S- I could smell this forever, it's that inviting, if your into the style. I get the expected brett with some lacto giving off some acidity to it. This is for sure funky. Lemon zest is up front with some sour apples and grape. Some leather and wood from the barrel. Moldy cheese and feet.
T- Proxy tastes great and nails whatever style the 5 brewers were going for, im going to say a form of gueze. The brett/lacto shines and gives off the funk with some tartness. Sour as well, but not a lou pepe amount of it. Behind that some barnyard creeps in with old cheese. The main taste I come up with is fresh lemon slices. Some green apple and leather rounding things up.
M- Sour, but not overbearing, enough to keep me ammused. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation felt on the tounge that makes it crisp and oh so refreshing. The citrus qualities stay for a bit afterwards and im not complaining. Not the most balanced sour out there but that's expected with 5 different blends within.
D- I love Isabelle and would marry her. The drinkability on this is up there although I took my sweet old time getting to know her. Small sips are the only way to achieve this and any more would of hindered our relationship. I probably wont get another shot at this one but at least I can stare at the empty bottle and reminise on our past fling. Worthy of all the hype and accolades, Top notch!
07-16-2009 01:48:30 | More by BARFLYB
4.5/5 rDev -2.2%
Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip.
Opens with little to no pop, which got me worried considering the known LA carbonation problems.
It pours a light golden beer, amazingly clear until you pour the second half of the beer, when it gets hazy. White colored head, thin, some retention.
Aroma is quite nice, funky and sour, and very fruity. It smells like a fruit salad that sat for a few hours, with lots of oranges among others, lemon, strawberries. Minimal oakiness, along with the horse blanket and grassy notes.
Flavor is quite sour, not puckering but close; tart, quite dry, with a lot of fruity notes that tend to a very acid lemon and orange combination.
Body is around medium, carbonation is soft but sifficient, oak is noticeable but no alcohol. Funkiness is all around, but hard to describe.
A very nice beer, well above the average LA, and a pleasant surprise. But I still don't know which color I prefer.
07-14-2009 13:28:44 | More by brdc
4.58/5 rDev -0.4%
Acquired through trade.
Very hazy golden beer. Not much in the foam department.
Great smell and flavor, invoking gueuze like notes throughout. Straw, medicine, and millions of wild yeast notes. Tangy tartness and citrus rind-like bitterness balance each other. Mild ripe mango and papaya. Tangy yogurt too.
Smooth gentle mouthfeel. Perfect dryness. Carbonation is low (although it did foam out the bottle when I let it sit for a few minutes).
Extremely delicious and refreshing!
$9 will buy you a Boon Oude Gueuze which is slightly better, but this is an outstanding accomplishment. Cheers to all the work that went into this!
07-12-2009 05:16:43 | More by rayjay
3.6/5 rDev -21.7%
Bottle thanks to JB175 (thanks Jason!). I've been waiting to try this beer for some time now...anyway, it pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweettart candies and a lot of funk (definite yogurty notes, sweaty socks, and horseblanket). Flavor is tart and super sour upfront with citrus, sour grapefruit, and bubblegum. A bit too sour/acidic for my liking. Definitely very similar in taste to a lambic-gueuze. I would have like a little more dryness and less acidity.
07-09-2009 17:47:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.9/5 rDev +6.5%
06/07/09- Aquired in a trade with Younger35. Poured into my Orval tulip.
Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with a nice hologram type label. No freshness date, but an 2008 release.
Appearance- Deeper vibrant golden color pour. Creamy and lghtly frothy while the head sticks around longer than expected. Leaves some light lace spotting behind.
Smell- Awesome funk from the massive amount of brett. Barnyard for sure with a bit of urine, wet rotting hay and some tart lemon rind.
Taste- Think of Sacntification from RR, but with a bit more of a kick and also more intense flavor. Quite sour, but in a very refreshing way. A wee bit of confectioniers sugar to slightly balance it out. Tons of tart lemon rind with the sour juice included. Brett out the wazoo.
Mouthfeel- Slight bit too much carbonation, while it does reamin a bit creamy with a lovely sour aftertaste.
Drinkability- This was one damn incredible beer. A top 5 beer for me all time. Hands down the best wile ale I have had. I've had some that come very close (Beatification, Supplication and the Cuvee de Tomme which I also had at the same tasting), but this one takes the case for overall flavor and drinkability. Easilly worth the $30 it was going for when it first came out. One of the few beers I would have do problem dropping the money on.
06-15-2009 15:29:29 | More by GClarkage
3.9/5 rDev -15.2%
Pour bright golden yellow with a quickly fading pur white head. The aroma is of tangy sour cream with a pleasant oak character. The flavor is very lactic and cheesy, with a great oak tannin character. The beer clinches the back of my throat when a swallow. Very sour. Medium/light body with a nice amount of carbonation. I was expecting this to be very over carbonated. Overall this is really good and among some of the best sours I've tried.
05-29-2009 11:05:24 | More by tjthresh
4.7/5 rDev +2.2%
It's great to try this on tap again nearly 11 months since its release. On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's Bitter and Sour night.
I opted for the 12oz pour into the tulip. The color is dark orange with a thick one inch head.
The aroma is very tart and funky with some citrus and vinegar. There's a lot of Brett, imparting horse blanket and barnyard aromas. Some oak is noticeable as well. There's cheese in the aroma and it's distinctly paremsan.
The taste is much more tart and sour than when I last had it. The Brett comes in full force with barnyard mustiness. Some lactic character is present, as well as a low level of acetic acid and a lot of acidity. The citrus flavor leans towards lemon and maybe a bit of orange. No alcohol or hops are noticeable, and the malt profile is bready and soft in the background. The finish is very tart and sour. Isabelle Proximus is light bodied with prickly carbonation.
This was by far the most sour, tart, and funky beer of the night. This is one of my favorite Wild Ales and it's great to witness its improvement with time. The beer became better and better as it warmed.
05-29-2009 05:59:01 | More by HopHead84
4.38/5 rDev -4.8%
Shared last nite with Warriorsoul and FitzIPAtrick. Good times. Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Smells grassy, a bit of citrus, and some mild brett funkyness. Taste is a smooth combination of brett, lite hop bitterness, some oak and a nice finish of citrus. Definitely not over-the-top funk from the brett. It just holds it all together very nicely and helps all the flavors blend. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a bit of crispness from the carbonation. Could drink this baby all night!
05-22-2009 12:54:57 | More by DrDogbeer
4.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Big thanks to Danscott for hooking this one up at Boonville.
A - Poured yellow with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left a little lacing.
S/T - Toffee, brett, some grass in there and possibly some oak chips or aged in oak barrels.
M - Full-bodied and well-balanced. No alc smell and refined, but not overpowering sourness from the brett.
D - Outstanding. Much better than Ommegeddon or Sanctification. Surprised how the brett did not dominate with sourness, but lended a good balance.
05-10-2009 16:39:25 | More by MisterClean
4.2/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours a very cloudy golden color with a thin off white head. Huge funk aroma. Lemon, grapefruit, citrus in there. Quite sour flavor, big pucker developed after the first taste. Great beer compared to other sours. Very good, but not sure if it is worth the price tag. Big thanks to Alex.
05-08-2009 23:08:59 | More by grimreeser
4.15/5 rDev -9.8%
rhinos00 was nice enough to share this one at DLD'09. thanks alex!
750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled april 25/09.
pours deep golden yellow with a small fluffy white head. the head drops fast with very little lace. the beer remains very clear until nearing the end of the bottle, at which point it becomes milky and super chunky and hazy.
aroma is funk-tastic. lemon. cider and malt vinegars. cracker. grain. light alcohol. bit of orange peel. grapefruit. white grape. a bit of raw oak and vanilla. horse blanket.
taste is good. cider and malt vinegar again. horse blanket. cracker and white bread. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. bit of grain. raw oak. bright fresh squeezed lemon.
mouthfeel is good. very dry. just over medium carbonation level. light body.
drinkability is pretty good. the funk and acidity feels a bit high, but that could be mostly my unhappy stomach on this particular day. nice interesting depth to the funk that keeps you going back for more.
05-05-2009 19:18:16 | More by grub
4.68/5 rDev +1.7%
Huge thanks to Jgap, you the man!!! This was one of the best trades I have completed, in and that both parties received some pretty tasty packages and a good friendship was formed through the trade process.
It has been a few months since I have had this beer, but it seems that this one is stirring up a lot of debate in the trade forums..
Pours a very thick and hazy light orange with yellow streaks when held up to the light. Foamy white head that doesn't last long but a stunning look that resembling that of a belgian trippel.
Smells of sour apples, sour lemons, heaps of brett, sour white grapes, tons of dry characteristics, very slight small bits of oak. You want to talk about getting down? This beer is straight James Brown, tons of funk.
Holy wow, I was really confused on my first sip. At first I thought that I didn't like sours but then I started digging deeper into the taste. Huge amounts of white grape, sour lemons, oak and a little bit of sour apples. Brett adds a beautifully complex sour taste. This beer has a lot of white wine characteristics. Now I understand why people rave about sours...my only complaint is the yeast texture, which I'm sure either a) is something I'm just not used to and can't fully appreciate or, b) will smooth out with time.
05-05-2009 03:42:53 | More by CoolJosh
4.4/5 rDev -4.3%
Split the 750 mL bottle four ways with grub, Viggo and pecorasc @ DLD 2009.
A- Pours a vibrant golden yellow. Imagine wheat on steroids that produces an illuminating shade of yellow. Reveals a solid two fingers width of white head that lasts pretty much throughout consumption.
S- Now I know why I love sours so much. Upfront a lot of citric, lemon aromas that shock the senses. Very tart and acidic. As the aroma progresses a farmhouse funk comes out and gives a nice oak finish. Very complex and well layered.
T- Lots and lots of citrus that gives off a sour explosion. Lemon, oranges, grapefruits are the first thing that come to mind. The wonderful part about this is that as sour as was it seemed to be balanced by a nice oak flavor that ran through out and eventually ended up finishing the beer. Also enjoyed the funkiness from the brett that developed midway through the taste.
M- Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth well, yet leaves an almost refreshing taste on the palate.
D- Despite being very citric, the acidity was not overbearing in any way. There was a nice balance that definitely played a huge role in this one.
Overall, what better way to kickoff DLD than with a bottle of Isabelle and awesome BA's? This one will definitely be memorable.
04-27-2009 03:16:16 | More by rhinos00
4.3/5 rDev -6.5%
Isabelle is another gem sent my way courtesy of the extremely generous errantnight, thanks Derek! This collaboration fills my small tulip glass with a hazy apricot liquid that looks dull on its own but glows when backlit. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface up the sides of the glass to the minimal swirling of white head. The pour managed to conjure up a respectable head but it quickly fizzled to a skim coat and thin collar.
The nose on this puppy manages to nail that of an authentic gueuze. Cider vinegar and vibrant lemon juice cannot be stopped. Some funkiness brings up the rear with mustiness, leather, celery, and damp soil & wood. There are some nice compliments of fruit that are all on the tart side with peaches and pears being the main culprits. Green apple passes through here and there but remains mellow. A swirl of the glass brings across a Sweet Tart like sweet character to the entire body, very interesting and enjoyable. Isabelle makes my mouth water.
The flavor didn't stand up to the aroma at first but as this sits in the glass it continues to grow into a mighty fine brew. Vinegar and lemon juice acidity lead the way throughout each drink all the way to the swallow. The funk isn't huge but shows the same qualities noticed in the aroma, earthy and sour citric notes being at the top of the list. The swallow leaves a dry, brittle woodiness behind along with an acidic sourness. A mild sweetness manages to bring about some balance in the form of pears and green apples. As this one nears room temp a definite mineral quality stands out. This is an interesting brew and a nice shot at an authentic gueuze.
Isabelle's body has a silky smooth feel with moderate carbonation and weight. The sourness is enough to bring a small pucker after each sip and the body leaves a touch of stick after each drink. The body thins out as it works its way through my mouth until the swallow has a light, airy texture. The finish is mildly dry.
This one goes down far too easy. The lemony tartness and mild dryness make for a refreshing beer that's tough to set down. If you can get past the instant heartburn all the acid in this beer causes it's too easy to put away.
Isabelle Proximus turned out to be a very well done collaboration between some of the biggest names in the biz. While I'm not a big fan of a couple of them on their own, they all did a great job mimicking some of the best of Belgium.
04-12-2009 22:12:09 | More by joe1510
4.08/5 rDev -11.3%
Bottle at Beachwood, split with a friend. This was one expensive ass bottle of beer, and I probably would never have tried if I hadn't split it. Did I mention we drank this after we had also split a bottle of Beatification? Yeah...
Appearance: Half finger head, fairly lively, appropriately, for the style. The body I described as a Coors Light sort of color - not particularly appealing, straw, with slight rust-ish accents. Eh. The lacing was pretty minimal to nothing. Not particularly the beer's highlight, but I don't really expect, generally, sours to wow me with their look.
Smell: Sawdust, brett, champagne grapes, caramel, white pepper, thyme, tumeric, chicken grease. A ton of funky, herb-y, even downright unexpected (chicken grease, yes, I swear to you) aromas. So, in other words - complex. That's about what I would expect out of a collaboration between so many quality breweries, though. Not too overpowering, either, so well-balanced. Exceptional.
Taste: A bit of a let-down from the aroma, admittedly. Puckeringly sour - the second most sour beer I've had behind 100% Kriek Lambic by Cantillon, and that beer is basically on some Warheads candy #(@*. Grapes. As my notes say, "wood wood wood." So, a lot of barrel wood, drying it out a bit and providing a nice earthiness. Just not quite as complex as the nose, but pretty damn good nonetheless.
Mouthfeel: Super sour and super dry, but I think that's appropriate. Also, very fizzy, also appropriate.
Drinkability: This is one of the most sour beers I've ever drank, so it's a sipper.
03-27-2009 03:06:41 | More by RidiculedDisplay
Isabelle Proximus from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.