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The Angel's Share Grand Cru - The Lost Abbey

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The Angel's Share Grand CruThe Angel's Share Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A blend of both bourbon and brandy barrel aged Angel's Share aged in oak barrels from 1-5 years

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-15-2010)
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Reviews by jakea:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jakea, Mar 23, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

I had side by side with the 09 Brandy with a huge thanks to Tony for providing it at a March tasting.

It pours a very lively dark brown, almost black, with a nice ring of bubbles surrounding the glass.

The first thing that hits he nose is the huge tannic red wine. Its got lots of dark fruits like figs and plums. Hints of vanilla thrown in there as well. I'm just loving the red wine character thats dominant in the nose. If the taste is anything as complex as the nose I'm in for a treat.

The taste has a nice sweetness throughout it. Barrel aging is very evident with oak and vanilla, and just a little bourbon. Once again the sweet red wine character is there and it adds a facet of complexity I've never had in a beer. As it warmed just a little alcohol made itself present. I know this beer has many different types of barrels in the blend and I would have thought that they would turn into a muddled mess by looking at the blend on paper. I can seriously pick out so many different flavors I would have never thought possible in a beer.

The body is medium/light, much more so than the 09 Brandy I had right next to it which may be attributed to the evident carbonation. i drank this one slowly but only for the simple fact that it was so complex I wanted to appreciate everything this beer had to give.

I had this beer side by side with the 09 Brandy and this one just blew it out of the water. It was so good it was the highlight of our whole tasting. I think Tomme should keep this type of blend going, since even though it is more expensive than just the regular Angel's Share, it is actually worth the high price tag. This beer was a real treat and up there as one of the best beers that have ever graced my lips.

weatherdog, Apr 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Callmecoon, Feb 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

mctizzz, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

fo1ksguitar, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Served in a small snifter.

Essentiially black; excellent lacing.

Feel: excellent except for some high ABV harshness; near full body; very good, if relatively high (for style), carbonation.

Taste: Sweet up front; Rich and complex; dark roasted malts dominate the bitter/sweet aftertaste.

O: Outstanding. Improved with warming and more warming.

chinchill, Oct 12, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a hazy Werther's butterscotch color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing but solid legs.

Smells of large amounts of everything - butterscotch, smooth caramel malts, vanilla, brandy, booze-soaked plums, and milk chocolate. The nose has a lot going on.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as complex. Caramel malt and butterscotch flavors with hints of darker toffee kick things off. Midway through the sip dark fruit flavors briefly come into play before being overtaken by good amounts of milk chocolate and well-integrated booze flavors - vanilla and mild butter. These flavors carry through to a crisp and sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with the complexity with this beer and there's not much else to say that hasn't been said. Well worth a shot and I'll be interested to see how this compares with the normal Angel's Shares.

glid02, Mar 16, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +10.8%

Big thanks to Stoad for the bottle!

375ml split with Kels, poured into snifters.

A: Pours a murky brown, opaque. Moderate head on the pours with only a ring of retention. Decent lacing. Lots of barrel, obviously. A good swirl brings the head back but there's too much abv and barrel to hold it long. The beer takes on a bit of a raspberry color once it get further down in the glass and the light tries to get through it.

S: Holy fuck, this is how a beer should smell. A good amount of bourbon and brandy with a slight nod to the bourbon. Lots of alcohol from both but fitting for the beer. Lots of barrel, deep and dank, that compliments the big alcohol and malt profile. Big deep chocolate and molasses notes. Brownie and spicy brown bread. Unbelievably complex.

T/M: Very very good. Lots of alcohol right when it hits your tongue but instantly mellow out in to a nicely oxidized, supremely complex sipper. Some definition between the bourbon and brandy but plenty of melding and smoothing out of the alcohol. More of the big barrel profile but mellowed and blended in nicely with the alcohol and complex malt bill. More of the chocolate and molasses with some spicy brown bread. As it warms even further, the alcohol starts to come out in the swallow and warms the belly even more. The body is medium full to full with more carbonation than I expected but still low and smooth enough to not take anything away from the beer.

D: ABV is high but it's so smooth and complex that I want another sip as soon as I swallow. Definitely a home run with this one.

pwoods, Sep 19, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

I'm so glad I got to try this one; I didn't realize it was a limited release, so even more thanks to a74gent for offering to get me this one and bringing it home for me. Notes are a couple months old.

The color is a thick, somewhat viscous dark brown that's just a bit too dark to see through and has some reddish hues in the light. A light brown head about a finger high forms that leaves some good lacing.
There's just so much going on in here, beginning right off with an aroma that comes pouring out powerfully. All kinds of sweetness, including toffee, vanilla and caramel complimenting dark fruits, a boozy bourbon or brandy-like smell, and a light note of wood. Brown sugar and fig sweetness comes out as well.
This is certainly a sipper, and quite boozy without having an overly alcoholic presence. This beer is somehow very much like a bourbon or a brandy without being too much. Othwerise, all the complex sweetness comes out that's in the nose, primarily vanilla and plum/raisin with the others underneath. Lest is get too sweet, the dryness of the oak flavor really adds a nice element of balance, and malts aren't lost in translation. Hops are also light but present.
This would seem to be a beer that would lend itself to a certain heaviness, but, while it is certainly fuller in body, it isn't too heavy. Carbonation is light and works well.
This one was just fantastic, and, while expensive, I'm certainly glad I got to try it.

Brenden, Feb 18, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into a NB globe. Very dark brown slightly translucent at the edges, thin foamy tan head settles to a ring at the edge of the glass. Smell is lots of dark fruit, raisins, oak, bourbon, a bit of apple and grapes, alcohol. Taste is boozey barrel up front followed by a silky, buttery vanilla, bourbon, oak, grape skins, slightly tannic, raisins, and a bit of heat in the finish. A very heavy body with low carbonation. The heat takes away from the drinkability a little, but overall this is a very tastey beer.

nkersten, Dec 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

300 ml of a bold blend. Black with little head. Mostly bourbon in the aroma and taste. Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable, but it is to be sipped and not gulped. Grape is a distant flavour.Enjoyed as a barleywine, complex, and would like to have again further along aged.
Big thanks to JMBSH.

Sammy, May 30, 2010
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a corked and caged 12oz. bottle into an oversized Southampton snifter.

A: Cork ejects with a moderate pop! This beer is carbonated! Goodie!!! Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine light brown head that dissipates quickly. A thick layer of foam clings to the side of the brew. Beer is a cloudy, near opaque dark brown. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Nice legs though. Pretty standard for the style and needs a little help in terms of clarity.

S: Nose is aromatic and complex. Booze, vanilla, oak, chocolate, prunes, raisins, molasses, and brown sugar. Heat is apparent but the flavors are really well integrated in this one.

T: Opens caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Very sweet. Hints of vanilla are apparent at the start. Booziness becomes heightens in the middle, complementing prunes, raisins, and other dark fruit sweetness. Chocolate and sweet figs towards the end along with a pleasant sweet roasted malt flavor. Finish is brown sugar and more caramel and molasses with a sticky, sweet molasses finish. This is heads and shoulders above the Brandy and Bourbon Angel's Share. A phenomenal brew.

M: Medium to full bodied and moderately carbonated. Hot and slightly lively in the mouth but smooth and warming going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. The ABV could be hidden a bit better but overall very solid.

O: I personally see Lost Abbey and Tomme Arthur as very hit or miss. In this case, Angel's Share Grand Cru is a definite hit. Good carbonation, great complexity, and very solid feel. This one's worth seeking out and trying and will only get better with time.

SpeedwayJim, Apr 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

blabaer, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

huskermike12, Sep 02, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +11.2%

This is the beer that got me into limited releases. Went to the first release when they put it in bottles. I lost some respect for it during the carbonation fiasco but this Grand Cru version has restored my faith.

Review #300

Pours a super dark brown. Thin tan head dissapated fast. No lacing.

Aroma is crazyest of any beer I can think of. Soo much dark figs and raisins. Little bit of chocolate. Lots of oak compared to the other versions. Very pot wine-ish.

Mouthfeel is malty and sweet but not too much. Perfect carb on the lighter side.

Overall I love angels share and it was my first rare beer I ever drank. Which makes it appropriate for me to make it my 300th review.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 02, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap (?) at Toronado barleywine fest 2010. The question mark there is due to the fact that I heard this beer didn't exist on tap, but it was definitely Angels Share Grand Cru on the list for this fest. Maybe they poured it out of bottles behind the scenes - who knows?

Pours very dark brown and more opaque than pretty much anything else there. A nice one-finger tan head sits on top and lasts a long time.

Amazing aroma: caramel, chocolate, brandy, bourbon, red grapes, and oak.

Flavor is also really excellent, as all Angels Share incarnations are when they're carbonated. Brandy and bourbon along with cabernet grapes, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and mild roast. So much going on there. Also a little alcohol.

Fairly full body with a great carbonation level (medium-low) and a little booziness, but not enough to make it a chore to drink. Nice one, Tomme.

nickd717, Feb 17, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +5%

375 ml corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass. Thanks go to Sean9689 for hooking me up with this in a trade.

Pours black at first but holding this up to the light reveals more of an actual deep dark brown body on this, topped with about a ½ finger of fizzy burnt mocha head. This dissipates pretty quickly, finishing with a thin foamy ring around the edges that maintains itself nicely and ringing the sides of the glass with light spotty lace and oils that slowly ooze down the sides. Bourbon and brandy play tug-of-war in the nose with notes of fruit, vanilla, and burnt spicy molasses all mingling together into a powerful mélange of woody, sticky, and charred barrel character. Cocoa powder, sugars, and toast sit way underneath but are present if you dig pretty deep on this. Warm alcohol fusels sting the nose a tad.

The taste is once again a tale of two barrels, with the fruitiness, vanilla, and caramel flavors of the brandy mixing with the tannins to give this a green tangy tartness that spreads out through the profile and fluctuates in intensity as I work the bottle. Burnt molasses and brown sugars from the bourbon sit underneath and latches on to the base notes of chocolate and roast. Overall this comes off as a warm burnt stickiness that the drenches the palate and finishes with a smack of vanilla character and a mouth-enveloping charred dryness that seems to stretch for miles. The mouthfeel is full bodied; with a thick creaminess that gets chewier feeling the longer you hold it in your mouth. There is a ton of slickness from the barrel, giving this a slippery feel that counteracts the heaviness of the body. Speaking of which, the 12% ABV is just marvelously hid and despite the obvious beefy alcohol presence, I can't believe just how smooth this is, with no stinging heat and the alcohol mostly being confined to the brandy and bourbon notes.

Uh, this was pretty freaking good. The tartness threw me for a loop at times (I'm pretty sure that this was just a combination of flavors and not anything infection related) but it seemed to fluctuate in its assertiveness and never really become distracting. What does stand out here is the perfect balance of barrel flavors and the absolutely ridiculous drinkibility for such a huge beer. This is fantastic stuff. The Lost Abbey did right by this release.

Kegatron, Dec 03, 2010
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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%

Picked up at whole foods in SF CA. This beer is dark as night. Pours almost no head to speak of. This beer reeks of boozy dark fruits. With vanilla and toffee under tones. Taste is a bit sour at first followed by a big time whiskey/ bourbon flavor. This beer is really good, though its a bit expensive. I would recommend this beer to any one who likes barrel aged beers.

trygger87, Jun 11, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger off-white very fizzy head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, and raspberries. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, raspberries, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not at all what I was expecting based on having Bourbon and Brandy right before this one. This was a completely different beer in my opinion. With that said, I loved it! Really reminded me of a Lambic if I'm honest. Infection? Perhaps... But who cares, this was tasty. Great flavor and aroma going on in this one. The wild character in this one really shocked me in a good way. A definite must try, infected or not, you won't regret it!

thagr81us, Jul 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mc4z, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

richj1970, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Kmlund, Mar 24, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours dark brown/black with a light tan fast fading head.

Nose is all sweet black dark chocolate. Pure, dark, sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla and an undertone aroma of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and rich. There is elegant "chamgagne type" of carbonation. Viscous and a bit syrupy but generally pleasing; a "big" beer.

Flavors are rich and thick, layered and complex. Black chocolate, sweet black coffee, rum, cooked raisins, prunes and molasses. There is a big licorice character and a big black licorice finish. Sweet cherry/chocolate mid palate but gives way to a licorice syrup and then more black chocolate that would do well with desserts.

This brew is rich and thick and complex enough that I would try it with ice cream! There is an initial bitter burnt molasses character that improves with air and as this one warms.

This one is really not "drinkable" in the general sense of the word. I suspect one would usually consume this much like a brandy or cordial where one would simply sip a small amount. Simply too thick, sweet and rich to really "drink."

More pleasing than the regular Angel's Share.

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2010
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The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.