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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 1,861
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 380
Gots: 563 | FT: 54
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010

A blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share, Deliverance is the epic battle being waged between heaven and hell for the souls of mortal men… and your enjoyment in a glass.
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $14.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Gurgles out an inky, blank body with a smallish, but dense, dark tan head.

Smell: Blended malts leaning towards roasted with noticed inclusions of the sublime bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Bittersweet chocolate, nutty sweet syrups. Heavy on the dark fruits.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, dark chocolate fudge, a spoonful of maple syrup. A few flecks of char. Blend of the robust brandy and bourbon notes. Deep dark fruitiness, prunes and dates. Splash of tawny port. Low hint of anise. A little perceived saltiness precedes the soft, roasty, chocolaty finish followed by lingering warmth and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Let us all enjoy the wonder of Deliverance Ale!

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Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temp. Deep ruddy brown colored with a low head of sizzly foam that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of cocoa and cherries, port wine and boozey brandy. Sharp flavor of tangy cherry, bitter cocoa, espresso, notes of drambuie, vanilla and oakey wood. Very malty and rich, lots of caramel and toffee with assertive bitterness and an understated floral hop that rides beneath. The brandy seems to tame the bourbon that can sometimes seem cloying. Alcohol lends a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly, some alcohol warming, lingers powdery and slightly tannic. The considerable strength makes its presence known but does not overpower. Fairly drinkable for such a monster. Thanks to Barleywinefiend for sending this one coast to coast.

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Photo of vic21234
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage bottle. Poured and drank at cellar temperature.

A- Pours a dark cola-type color. About a half-fingers worth of off-white head quickly fades to just a thin film along the top. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The awesome bourbon aromas really stand out in the smell. This one smells real hot. I also get some oak and dark fruit notes.

T- Up front the brandy and bourbon overpower all. The barrel aging seems to come out as well with some nice wood notes. This one drinks rather hot and the alcohol is apparent in each sip.

M- Heavy, definitely a sipper. Each sip leaves with a warming alcohol feeling.

An enjoyable sipping beer, but I almost feel I should have sat on this one a bit longer in the cellar.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 12/21/2010. Reviewed from notes...
Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated 2010 into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip glass...

A - Poured a dark brown almost blackish color. Seems carbonated, so good start there! A nice dark head forms about .5 fingers thick and quickly recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Very sweet. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. not getting much of the brandy, but a nice sherry-esque aroma is present. Some molasses and wood notes are there as well.

T - Very nice roasted malts, bourbon, leathery, vanilla and caramel. Dark, sticky fruits and molasses also come out nicely. The brandy presence really comes out here and adds nicely to the profile. Quite a nice melding of flavors.

M - Very nice carbonation level. Medium bodied beer with a nice smooth feel on the palate

D - Definitely a sipper and one worth sharing with a friend. A bit of alcohol heat here but I really like it mixed with everything else going on. Nicely done, but I'm wondering what some age might do to this one.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little over 12 oz bottle, for what you'd usually pay for at least a .500, but let's get on with it.

A - Nearly black with reddish notes. Quarter inch tan head that actually stays for some time. Persistent lace.

S - Sweet dark malt and booze hit you right up front. I smell the bourbon and the brandy. There is a whiskey and a fruitier booze melded here.

T - It is what is labeled - I can taste the Serpent Stout and the Angel Share here. It's a nice blend. Fun. American Strong Ale, with Stout attributes, all aged in boozy barrels. Nice.

M - OK, if nothing else, IT IS CARBONATED. Way to go, Tomme! The malt is pretty sweet, but the booze cuts it a little. Over all, stays on the sweet side.

D - It's a small bottle as I said, but it is enough for me. I still wish it had been a .500 for the price and I could have shared it with a friend. Nice stuff.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into small glasses at the Hulmeville Inn.

Deliverance had a slight pop with the cork out, the liquid was a dark brown bordering on black color. Some dark tan bubbles even came up about a few centimeters and stayed, Bravo! Small notches that eventually let go. Smell is a tamer version of the bourbon barrel AS IMO, I still get alot of bourbon notes, less brandy and some roast from the serpent's. Oak and molasses. Very smelly. Taste is nice and the carb really adds a punch to this as well, Im use to flat bottles that go nowhere. Bourbon blended with roast and a sweet Belgian yeast strain, some vanilla clashing with faint brandy and some oak to round it all out. A dark tasty beer that is big. Feel is above medium with some faint but needed carb, LA keep it up. While I could not drink a ton of this, I enjoyed the 6oz's or so.

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Photo of jale
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Eric(turdfurgeson) for this treat.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with almost no head.

S: Bourbon,chocolate vanilla and slight brandy. Small amount of roasted malt and fruit.

T: Bourbon then booze. I get a lot of alcohol burn with this. Chocolate, vanilla then slight roasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate.

M: Medium-thick and oily body.

D: This is a sipper, like a brandy but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown, almost black with a short tan head that disappeared quickly.

S - Very nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, licorice, toasted almond from the barrel, bourbon and brandy. The aroma evolved nicely as I sipped it.

T - The flavor is like the aroma. It's quite boozy, but very smooth at 12.5%. Hops don't play much of a role here. This is a big malty beer.

M - Oily and full bodied with low carbonation. I like bubbles, but didn't really miss them here.

O - A very pleasant, malty boozy, barrel aged sipping beer with a premium price tag of $16 / 12oz. and it's *almost* worth the price of admission. Much better than Angel's Share and similarly priced. If I drank two of these, I'd increase my rating.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of alcohol along with notes of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging process, which also contributes notes of oak and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of warmth from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: This is definitely a sipping beer due to its strength and the strong presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This could make for a good after dinner drink.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BrewerDan23 gave me this bottle late last year, just because he's a nice guy. Thanks Dan.

A dark brown body has a tan head that is only one finger thick, but fairly solid looking. Retention is pretty good, and some scrappy lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Chocolate and cake mix with toffee and caramel. The barrel notes are great, with wood, vanilla, and bourbon.

Big notes of malt come through first, with equal amount of chocolate and toffee. Caramel and cake follow, and then some dark fruit. The dark fruit has a little bit of a brandy characteristic to it. Next comes a plethora of barrel flavors that are balanced very nice with the malt profile. Bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering or hot, and lots of wood, vanilla, and even some coconut are in there also. The faintest taste of hops lingers toward the finish. Only a little bit of warmth hints at the ABV that Deliverance packs, and that little bit is actually pleasant.

Fairly high carbonation, but smooth and still full-bodied.

These Lost Abbey Barrel Aged strong ales are so expensive, but damn are they good. I can't resist trying every one I come across, and when I lived in Boston I swear there was one on-tap at the Sunset all the time, which made it even easier. Regardless of price, Deliverance is a very good beer that manages to balance a big malty body with nice barrel characteristics. Pretty good at hiding the big ABV, although you do know going into this one that it's going to pack a punch.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2011 Vintage Deliverance Ale.

A: Pours black with a brown head, quickly disappears to a slight tan rim-foam...

S/T: Stong with alcohol right up front, almost to the point of overpowering but, smooths out quickly with a sweet flavor of bourbon and brandy notes, sweet heat, some candied sugars, vanilla and molasses notes in the background. A long finish lingers leaving a nice vanilla taste behind....

M: Somewhat thick, oily and a bit slick. Not really digging the mouthfeel here...seems it is missing something, but can't really pin down exactly what...needs to be smoother....

O: Good, not great. A nice sipping beer, but really lacks in the mouthfeel dept. Try if you have not had it before, but not drinkable quantities above one bottle...

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a snifter glass. This is over a year old.

A: A dark brown/black color that does let a little bit of light in. A one finger light brown head sits atop. No lacing.

S: Deep dark malts coupled with heavy bourbon and some fruit. A bit oaky and earthy too.

T: I got roasted malts up front with lots of bourbon. These get mixed with dark fruit flavors, raisin, some chocolate, vanilla, oak and some coffee notes. Sweetness holds the beer together with caramel and some toffee notes. The roastiness stays on the finish as it stays sweet. Alcohol is huge and lingers.

M: Full, coating, a bit syrupy and a heavy alcohol presence (bourbon, of course). Carbonation was light but sufficient.

O: A very good beer, but not spectacular IMO. Give me the Angels Share any day of the week over Deliverance. I think the blending works, but I just don't think is as good than AS.

I'm glad I finally got to try and review this beer. I felt a little disappointed just because I din't think it was "spectacular", but no doubt it was a very good beer. Honestly though, for the price I doubt I'll ever pick up another.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A really tightly corked bottle, there was a decent pop when I removed it.

It pours a near pitch black with a gorgeous 2 finger head of tan foam with lots of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malts, vanilla, and plenty of barrel notes. Plus some of the ample alcohol...

The taste has the smells here only amplified. Plenty of sweetness and vanilla and bourbon with a ton of hot alcohol. Some toffee and chocolate check in and they complete the tasty goodness. Man, I reckon this could use some cellaring to calm down that pesky heat from the 12.5%abv or I'd score it higher than I did.

I'd call it full bodied with the carbonation near medium territory. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I'm glad this isn't in the 750ml format. The 375 will do the job nicely. ;^) Sip sippin away...

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Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very dark color with a thin, almost non-existent head, probably due to the barrel aging. Aroma is strong, molasses, bourbon. Taste has a bit of smoke to it, sweet brandy with next to no carbonation. Quite the beast and a sipper for sure.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium body and zero head. Pitch black in the glass. This beer has a very menacing and intimidating look, the high ABV would lend toward this look.

Smell: A heavy bourbon front hits right away. Maple syrup and molasses can be detected. Some unique sweetness from the brandy barrels but overall the bourbon is the biggest player in the aroma.

Taste: The lack of carbonation really makes this one drink like a glass of bourbon or cognac. The front hits with a thickness and taste of maple syrup. Molasses and bourbon hit during the body. While many of the flavors make you thing of a stout. the body reminds you that this is a strong ale, does not have the thickness of a stout. Sweetness from the brandy kicks in during the back end of this beer. The high ABV leaves the palette dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, the lack of carbonation makes this a unique one.

Overall: I've always wanted to try some of the harder to obtain Lost Abbey products and I'm glad paid the high price tag for this one. A unique strong ale that has some very good barrel accents. The body is a little thin and some of the flavor get a little lost.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this with tenderbranson69 & me -poured cellar temp into a goblet.

A deep ruddy brown shade, murky appearance w/ a basic tan cap. The smell is of toffee, burnt caramel and wood w/ a vanilla sweet aroma and subtle spice/coffee. The feel is pretty smooth for the strength with lots of caramel sweetness on the tongue, a bit high in alcohol presence which is expected semi-dry w/ light char in the finish.

The flavor is a dark chocolate and caramel concentrated blend of malt and sweet woody notes. The vanilla of the bourbon and fruit of the brandy seem to add depth w/ a big shot of alcohol in the flavor too which honestly I am not that fond of. The malt is tenacious though with molasses toffee nuttiness and dark brown sugar sweetness and for that I give it kudos, the juxtopostion of barrel blending seems slightly disjointed, perhaps it is too young for my taste, I am not sure. The drinkability is good -all in all it balances out -very high quality brew that I don't think I could enjoy too many of.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with no head at all.
Smells sweet and a touch fruity. Great aroma. You can get the bourbon as well as brandy. Sweet, rich, chocolatey. Love it!
Tastes similar but not that great. I'm enjoying it but it's not a combinatio of flavours that thrills me. Carbonation level is good. Overall interspersing and enjoyable but not thrilling

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to mikesgroove for this brew. Poured at fridge temp

12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black as black can be with a nice khaki 1 finger head that dissipates immediately other than a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing left on the glass but some serious legs.

S- Strong booze and bourbon up front with a nice sweet vanilla and wood in the background. Definitely some dark fruits like raisins and dark chocolate in there as well.

T- Sweet dark roasted malts create a nice creamy thicker body with a blend of dark fruits and chocolate. Beyond that is a serious bourbon profile that creates quite an alcohol fullness and sting on the back of the palate. Plenty of wood present, Oak and vanilla.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a strong alcohol finish that warms you up.

Overall this is a really great and complex brew but even being a serious bourbon aged fan the alcohol in this one is pretty serious and hard to get used to. Sticks out more than I would like.


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Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer that foamed up a small brown head that quickly dissipated and only left some spots on the side during the drink.

S - This is a little bit on the boozy side with some oak and dark fruit. Smells a little too bourbony for my liking, but okay.

T - Taste is surprisingly really good, somehow the combination of two pretty good beers makes one really great beer. Great vanilla with mild oak, nice bourbon sweetened by brandy, some dark fruit, really great mixture of beers that goes down easy and hides the alcohol.

M - Full bodied and smooth, low carbonation, but not flat.

D - Highly drinkable for 12.5%, great stuff, would love to drink again.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this; my second bottle. Poured into the ol' trusy shaker glass a dark brown/black with very little head. Decent carbonation with aroma of booze/alcohol and malt. Taste was chocolate and bourbon with a little bit of sourness (maybe it's the booziness?). Definitely glad I have a couple more bottle of this one.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with decent amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch and lighter hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the booze comes out a bit more. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip large amounts of vanilla flavors work their way into things along with milder amounts of butterscotch flavors. Moderate amounts of boozy heat temper the barrel flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was one of the thinnest BA beers I've had in a while. The flavors were all there but just weren't substantial enough to stand up to the barrel influences. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown-black with a reddish tinge. Big fizzy chocolate head.

S: Nice barrel-forward aroma. Vanilla, bourbon, big caramel, raisin, chocolate. Sweet alcohol heat and a bit of sugary grape (the brandy?).

T: Burnt caramel, dark roast and a bit of tannic bitterness. Vanilla, big booze, heavy bourbon and oak. Dark fruits come out as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied, slight fizzy carbonation, bit of an alcoholic bite.

O: I can definitely taste both the Angel's Share and Serpent's Stout, so the blend is pretty competent. The barrel character is quite good but the heavy wood has thinned the beer out a bit. Overall a very good blend, but not the tastiest BA strong ale out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Small amounts of lacing, but certainly respectable for a beer of this heft. Smell brings a lot, with brandy, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, and candied sugars all playing a role. Taste is quite similar, although everything isn't quite as integrated in that respect, and the alcohol heat plays a bigger role, which degrades a bit from the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice, as this is quite complex. I think age will absolutely do wonders to this one.

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Photo of BradC
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Smells boozy, bourbon,vanilla. Taste is over the top boozy,brandy and bourbon. Don't taste much of the beer. Overall, good if you like bourbon and or brandy, I wish more of the beer came through.

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Photo of soze47
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Tomme Arthur Tap Take-over at the Armsbey Abbey in Worcester, MA on 11/03/10.

Brownish-black in color with a deeply tan, thick head. Looks luscious.

Booziness wafts out of this one. Dark fruits and raisins come to mind. Rich nose here.

Rich flavor here that plays in the roasted malt, dark fruit, and rum-soaked raisin sandboxes. Great taste and melding.

Heat keeps the linger going on this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty slick and not cloying. I think this is a great night cap or dessert beer. Not one to drink a lot of by any means.

I liked this beer a lot, but may only come back to it when looking for a good dessert pairing. I imagine this would be awesome with bread pudding. With the hefty price tag I saw on this one, I'm glad I was able to sample it at an event.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3.5
Dark Fruit: 5
Citrus Fruit: 1
Hoppy (pine): 1.5
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 2
Herbal: 2
Malty: 4.5
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 3
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1.5
Bitter: 2
Astringent: 1
Body: 4
Linger: 3

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.