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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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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 185
Gots: 30 | 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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Verecund

Texas

1.93/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle with Bucketboy on 10.26.2010.

Pours a dark, nearly night black with a thin tan head. Spoiler: This is my favorite part of the beer. It's all downhill from here.

Sweet booziness, caramel, and buttery popcorn. Grape brandy.
I don't want to dwell too much on this, so I'll make it quick: tastes of sour white grapes, plums, molasses, booze, and a brandy-like sweetness runs through it (to little effect). As it warms, I can't get through the permeating, unbalanced soured grape / vinous flavor. This is not good.

Surprisingly light and not as rich or thick as I expected. Tannic finish. Somewhat hot.

I came here to commiserate, but it looks like I may be alone here in finding this rather unbalanced, overly grapey, and not as rich as I expected, given a recent tasting of Deliverance (which was far superior, IMHO).

EDIT (Jan 2011): Based on others' recent experiences, this may have been an infected bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 15:46:35 | More by Verecund
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womencantsail

California

2.5/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Very sour. Lemon, raspberry, and cherry with plenty of vinegar. Light bourbon and brandy notes with some mild vanilla and red grapes.

T: The flavor is just as off. Tons of lemon and vinegar notes. Lots of red fruits, especially raspberries, almost like a framboise in a sense. Light bourbon and brandy, a little bit of vanilla, too.

M: Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O: Obviously this one has gone off the deep end.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 05:59:27 | More by womencantsail
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the DC bottle share. From notes.

Really looks like brandy, with a great clear caramel color and amber body. No head presented.

Nose seems intriguing. Mild funk. Closed but a little subtle. Some hiding sweet caramel with a noticeable vinegar and acid. Not sure where this is going.

Palate hits with a giant mix of acid and caramel sweetness. Medium mouthfeel to let some of the malts carry around, but the tartness on this is just huge, with a big blast of acetic quality, which really doesn't mix with this thick caramel at all.

I don't think this is by design, this went somewhere else, it feels like there's a good brew hiding in here somewhere, but I don't even know what to think after drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:04:29 | More by smakawhat
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle opened with a big pop. Drank side-by-side next to a flat '09 bourbon Angel's Share. Dark brown body and a big mocha colored head.

Acidic super vinous/red wine aroma. Bourbon upfront with a fortified wine scent in the background. Robust dark chocolate rounds out the smell.

More of that acidity comes out in the flavor but not like other infected bottles I've had. This one was more drinkable. This tastes more like a sour red wine. Very vinous. Toffee, chocolate coats your tongue. Vanilla on the finish. Very decadent. This actually reminds me of a much less tannic and carbonated V009.

I did actually enjoy this but not nearly as much as what it was originally. It reminded me of a sour cab mixed with chocolate. Previous infected bottles I've had were drain pours. The sample I had off a keg when fresh was incredible. So sad to see this beer become infected.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 17:06:33 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

03-22-2014 00:01:22 | More by Sspeer1
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charlzm

California

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on November 6th, 2010 in a Triple Petrus snifter. Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo Burbank a few days prior. Label reads "Angel's Share Grand Cru", 12% ABV. Bottle has some illegible yellowish numbers around the bottom rim; impossible to tell if these are batch/dates.

Bottle opened with a muted little pop. Beer is the color of prune juice (and about as cloudy and opaque). Absolutely zero carbonation.

Aroma is strong, redolent of cherries and dark pitted fruits (raisins, prunes, dates). Slight woody character. Boozy.

Flavor follows nose for the most part, with the addition of a peaty, salty character and a touch of rich chocolate and some muted vanilla. Low bitterness: what there is seems to come from the oak barrel aging. Quite sweet: perhaps a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and coating (like rich chocolate milk). No carbonation = cloying. Alcohol warms on the tongue and significantly in the belly.

Not a value for the price. This beer would be far more drinkable with SOME carbonation, especially a low amount, to help cut the alcohol and thick sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-07-2010 03:45:46

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:55:16 | More by charlzm
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with Brez07, pretty much copying his review since we were both in agreement. I'll put my notes in brackets.

A: Small pop when opening the bottle. Dark brown with lots of amber (almost purple) highlights. Minimal amount of head present, none of which is retained. [Carbonated, but barely.]

S: I got bourbon and brandy; a 1, 2 combination. Found this to be somewhat red wine-ish. Dark fruit. Initially lots of tannins, but these die off a little and more red wine fruit and barrel aspects come out. Occassionally you get just bourbon, which made me happy. [Reminded me a of a big full-bodied red wine, but bourbon and brandy kept letting me know it was a barrel-aged beer.]

T: Probably the beer equivilant of red wine. Some bourbon manages to come through (with caramel and light chocolate), but this is mostly dark fruit and tannins. Sourness from infection, but not crazy tart

M: Full bodied. Smooth with a red wine bite and [very drying finish].

O: I'm thinking this is one of the good infection bottles. Obviously I'm not sure how this is supposed to taste, but I enjoyed the ~4 oz that I drank. [Would have liked to have it the way it was meant to be, but definitely one of the more drinkable infections.]

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:27:18 | More by Drazzamatazz
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Brez07

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split this last week with Drazzamatazz. 375ml bottle poured into a mini snifter

A: Small pop when opening the bottle. Dark brown with lots of amber (almost purple) highlights. Minimal amount of head present, none of which is retained

S: I got bourbon and brandy; a 1, 2 combination. Found this to be somewhat red wine-ish. Dark fruit. Initially lots of tannins, but these die off a little and more red wine fruit and barrel aspects come out. Occassionally you get just bourbon, which made me happy

T: Probably the beer equivilant of red wine. Some bourbon manages to come through (with caramel and light chocolate), but this is mostly dark fruit and tannins. Sourness from infection, but not crazy tart

M: Full bodied. Smooth with a red wine bite and dryness

D: I'm thinking this is one of the good infection bottles. Obviously I'm not sure how this is supposed to taste, but I enjoyed the ~4 oz that I drank

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 15:28:50 | More by Brez07
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this one, but it seemed off, maybe infected, I'm not really sure. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at the tasting 6/25/11.

A: Has a VERY carbonated look with brown and crimson hues, seriously like a volcano of carbonation in the middle like a brut champagne, no joke.

S: Smells like a burnt cherry and port character in the nose, like an old red wine. Some oak barrel, prunes, seems a little off.

T/M: Burnt cherry and leather strap dominate with some prunes, raisins, and toffee. A little astringent and buttery in the feel and taste as well, though with tons of carbonation as the look had foreshadowed. Apple juice and bitters.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:11:06 | More by Dreadnaught33
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dctriman

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

03-11-2013 15:59:54 | More by dctriman
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dominic4beer

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

07-23-2014 18:34:03 | More by dominic4beer
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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

07-18-2012 02:31:36 | More by birchstick
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Lunch

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey Rastal tulip glass.

I've been saving this for a while and decided to crack on a relaxing Friday evening. Pours a dark and murky chestnut brown with a bit of light tan head. Smells of cheap grape juice with hints of bourbon and sweet malt. This is disappointing and I am hoping that I did not wait to long to enjoy this bottle. Taste is very forward with artificial white grapes and bits of malt malt that I have loved in both the bourbon and brandy version. Full and mildly carbonated, but I am disappointed with this.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 07:48:01 | More by Lunch
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This bottle cost me $16.99. I'm really looking forward to it being worth it's weight. Let's find out.

A - At first glance this brew in not one that I would pick out of a lineup. Poured into the heart of a large brandy snifter this beer offers zero head. There's a light hurricane shaped wisp of gray at the surface that continues to rotate slightly as if it's still fermenting even after the pour. The body is a deep, deep purple and has a thicker than normal consistency.

S - Definitely a raisin aroma along with a sweet black licorice. There are hints of oak, which makes sense since the beer was aged in oak barrels.

T - Wow, this is a really pungent beer. The alcohol flavor is evident and the flavors are bordering on too much. The flavors of raisin and anise amidst the oak do not work well with one another. For that reason this brew must be sipped, slowly. Don't judge right away.

M - The feel is dry in the middle and in the finish. It actually has a coarse acidy feel throughout. It does not go down with any level of smooth.

~ I jumped to conclusions far to soon with this brew. Give it a chance. It will take nearly 3/4 of the bottle before you realize what you've got. Once you're done, you'll find the 'head' on this brew is more than any angel could offer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:11:44 | More by cdkrenz
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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-20-2014 18:59:53 | More by Eighty
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

01-01-2014 19:03:16 | More by BARFLYB
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Jordy777

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14%

07-26-2013 12:33:51 | More by Jordy777
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-24-2013 03:29:26 | More by alysmith4
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

12-12-2012 04:22:40 | More by t0rin0
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Lukafer

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdefont for the pour!

Pours dark brown, little to no head, almost no carb visible.  Smells are bourbon, and oak, really boozy smell.  Tastes are oak, slight chocolate and licorice, oaky and boozy, slight burnt sugar as well. Extremely high alcohol flavor.  Mouthfeel is slightly disappointing, with little carb. Despite the lack of carb,  drinkability is still pretty good for a high ABV. Not as good as I was hoping it'd be, but still a good beer. 

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:47:39 | More by Lukafer
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treyrab

California

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes to Matt for sending this from the release a while ago. It's been sitting in my 55F cellar since I received it. I wanted to keep this cooler as the rumors have been circulating of infection. I decided to test it out tonight. Split with the girlfriend into two separate snifters.

A: Open the bottle with a nice pop of the cork. Some of the ghostly smoke streams out, which is a good sign for the lack of carbonation lately for Lost Abbey. Pours a muddy brown with a small tan head. Very murky brown, with perhaps some mahogany brown. The head does not last long, and goes to a still liquor look.

S: Upon initial whiff the cork smells of sour cherry, Brett, Pedio, and funk. Ironically, the beer itself does not have the same characteristics. Given the smell of the cork, I would have guessed a wild was inside this bottle. The beer smells kind of funky, but not sour. Nice bourbon soaked raisins, cherry, and caramel. This is blended with some Belgian yeast and spices with chocolate and toffee. Very interesting.

T: Same as the above, really. Chocolate and bourbon, with rum and bourbon soaked raisins. An interesting Belgian funk comes through as well. Not a lot, but just enough to let you know its there.

M:D: A little thin, but I expected that for the high alcohol and bourbon.

Overall, this will be infected to high heaven in a few months. It was starting to get funky now, and any longer it would be to the extreme I feel. Not bad now though, but wish I drank it sooner.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:58:25 | More by treyrab
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GRG1313

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 04:27:52 | More by GRG1313
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 02:47:07 | More by Sammy
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blabaer

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-13-2014 03:06:15 | More by blabaer
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-18-2011 00:56:40 | More by rbrefbeerman
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The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.