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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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world-class

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 183
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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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-16-2011 14:26:43 | More by sideshowe
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-16-2011 05:42:48 | More by codynevels
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-15-2011 04:25:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 03:50:14 | More by jh1982
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 18:10:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-14-2011 17:37:34 | More by writerLJBerg
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 17:09:11 | More by mikecharley
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SourNotes

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 16:32:50 | More by SourNotes
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afksports

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 16:16:45 | More by afksports
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SummitVA

Maryland

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 15:29:12 | More by SummitVA
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

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.]

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

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

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

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

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

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

California

2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

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.

09-01-2011 05:59:27 | More by womencantsail
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

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

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bourbon and dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bourbon sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

07-11-2011 23:36:46 | More by tmoneyba
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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!

07-11-2011 17:00:37 | More by thagr81us
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youradhere

Arkansas

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2011
It's Wednesday night, woo! Thought I'd open this up and see if this was one of the infected bunch. Pours deep mahogany with murky ruddy edges, looks thick and decadent. Not much head to speak of, just a thin tan lacing that quickly dissipates. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, raisins, alcohol, cola and thick molases. Tastes very complex, bourbon vanilla, rum raisins, oak, red grapes, maple, smooth alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, prickly carbonation, pretty good and drinkable for the ABV but this is still pretty hot and heavy on the bourbon. Looks like I got a good bottle, that's too bad I wanted to see what a bad one tasted like.

05-31-2010
Opened one of my own for a south sound tasting. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, funk, fruit, tobacco, malt. Really complex. Plenty of carbonation, looks like a very appealing ale with a beige head. Taste is funky bourbon malt with a light and pleasing sour funk. Stone fruits and dark breads, this is a very deep beer with many levels of flavor. Very drinkable and tasty, too bad I only have 2 more bottles for myself!

06-02-2011 03:33:25 | More by youradhere
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Lunch

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -19%

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.

05-23-2011 07:48:01 | More by Lunch
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. Served in a Sinners tulip. Pours a murky shade of brown that is just a hint lighter than cola - no head, just a thin band of bubbles around the edges. Nose smells exactly like bourbon Angel's Share - dark malts, brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla notes. That being said, the character changes slightly as it warms, revealing a wine-like quality interspersed with the various aromas. Taste follows nose. The only distinctive difference between this and bourbon Angel's Share is there's a little acidity in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with slightly more carbonation than the standard offering, a slightly silky consistency and some acidity. This is a really excellent brew and I have to say that I'm disappointed it's been retired. The slightly acidic character in the mouthfeel and flavor profile really adds nicely to the complexity of this beer.

05-10-2011 00:24:53 | More by Jwale73
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

04-26-2011 23:20:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Drank from a 12.7 ounces bottle
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with stawn

The beer looked nearly flat on the pour. Dark molasses in appearance with no head whatsoever. A few tiny brown bubbles sat atop the liquid, but they quickly dissipated.

The aroma was unlike anything I have smelled from a beer. Sweet and tart with some red wine-like qualities. Cocoa drizzled red grapes instantly came to mind. Dried fruits were noticeable. Brown sugar notes and a caramel-like sweetness came out as the beer warmed. Unlike the bourbon and brandy versions, the booziness was surprisingly subdued. Already, this beer seemed like an entirely different beast.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was very unique. Malty up front. Lots of sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar notes. Oaky. Nutty in the center. The finish was the only somewhat disappointing aspect of this beer. It was noticeably metallic. Sour, oaky and dry with hints of brett. Some woody tannins lingered in the aftertaste. Strangely, this reminded me a lot of a cross between a Flanders Red Ale and an Oud Bruin. As in the aroma, this beer masked its alcohol incredibly well.

The liquid was medium bodied. Creamy and frothy on the palate with a fine and surprisingly lively effervescence.

While the flavor of this beer did not blow me away, it deserves a tremendous amount of respect based on its uniqueness alone. The addition of grapes transformed this Angel's Share into a completely different beer from the bourbon and brandy versions. I really hope it will be made again someday.

03-27-2011 15:11:01 | More by Damian
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domtronzero

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Slightly murky reddish brown colored with a shory lived tiny fizzy head of mocha colored bubbles. The tiny head quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the glass.

S - Pleasant sweet malty overload with tons of complex vanilla and bourbon and caramel. Nice perfumy bourbony booze flavors round it out.

F/M - Sweet caramelly malts and a luscious chocolatey vanilla mocha bourbin flavor. Rich maltiness lingers as a sweet candy bourbon flavor long after the finish. Thick, rich, sweet and full bodied with moderately low but sufficient carbonation. Pleasant bourbony sweet booziness helps the beer finish quite nicely.

D - Absolutely fantastic. So much more complex and delicious than any other version of Angels Share that is available on the shelves.

03-11-2011 03:55:03 | More by domtronzero
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billab914

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured a darker, cola like brown color with a very thin, bubbly, tan head circling the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of brown sugar, molasses and vanilla coming through. A woody oak and some moderate bourbon add some barrel aging depth to it. Some dark fruit with some notes of cherry, raisin and fig come through as well. It's very smooth and complex. A bit on the sweet side, but it fits the beer very well. An excellent aroma overall.

The taste shows the woody, oak and vanilla right up front. Midway it starts to get a lot sweeter with some of the brown sugar and molasses coming through. In the finish the bourbon really comes out, but is also very smooth. The vanilla lasts through the finish and some of the dark fruits come out as well. I get some bitterness to the finish, which really helps bring all the sweetness back in check. A moderate alcohol heat is there in the finish as well. Excellent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability was very good, It was very complex and flavorful but also smooth. The barrel flavors really enhanced the flavors and depth, but also allowed the beer to shine through. Definitely the best version of AS that I've had, and just a great beer overall.

02-25-2011 02:13:53 | More by billab914
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 300 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is molasses brown, with a small cocoa colored head. With the ABV what it is, I am not surprised at the quick disappearance of the head or lack of lace.

Smell: The aroma has some tart cherry notes. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar all provide a sweet aspect to the aroma, and some roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and dark fruits add some serious depth.

Taste: Even knowing how sweet this is going to be, I am still turned off by the overwhelming sweetness. Brown sugar and molasses really overpower the medium roasted malt. Some plums, brandy, vanilla and oak add complexity, but unfortunately add to the sweetness as well. A bit of oak later on helps a bit toward the end. This is clearly a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: This full bodied strong ale starts off sweet and chewy and finishes a little bit dry from the oak. Light to medium carbonation. A bit of heat is apparent in a warming sensation that hits my stomach.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the small glass I had and thought it was very well-crafted, but I would not really be able to handle much more of this outside of a dessert setting.

02-23-2011 17:21:36 | More by KickInTheChalice
The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.