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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
96
world-class

246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 182
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-15-2010

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
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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.]

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3.47/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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3.22/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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2.51/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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3.47/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.