The Angel's Share Grand Cru - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by phattysbox:
4.63/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Alex (Beerworld) for bringing this to a tasting that I organized at my place.
Opened with not even a pop and no hiss - low carbonation. Quite opposite from the Framboise de Amorosa we tried next. AHEM... Onto this beer... ;)
Poured into a tasting glass and only a thin lace of bubbles appear. The beer is a dark brown and hazy, the high sugar content and alcohol is noticeable as sticky finger grasp onto the side of glass if it gets swirled.
The nose is... Amazing. Simply fantastic. Burnt brown sugar, heavy crystal malts, dark caramel, and toffee. Some oak notes, but the malty sweetness is pervasive in such a great way. The Bourbon AS has more of barrel nose than Grand Cru IMHO. Swirling reveals more complexities - crushed hazelnuts, roasted figs/raisins, dark chocolate.
The taste is better than the nose!! Toffee notes really stand out in this beer. The oak makes more of appearance now and sings with malts, lending vanilla, toasted oats. The sweetness is huge, but not in cloying manner. Alcohol is completely hidden, but quite the sipper I'm sure. Mouthfeel is medium and completely opposite from dry. Little to no carbonation, but that doesn't take away from the complexity of the beer, I think it enhances it.
Overall, one of best beers I've had and would say this almost like a desert beer. Never though I would have the chance to have it, glad I tried, and will probably have the opp. again. Thanks Alex!
Beautiful brew. Seek out.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2010 18:39:01 | More by phattysbox
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