Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven - The Lost Abbey
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3.58/5 rDev -13.1%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, wood, and slight funk. Taste is much the same with clashing fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors clash with one another.
03-11-2013 19:23:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
The pour is a rather dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Lots of tart fruit aromas to this. I get quite a bit of raisin, prune, and cherry. The peaches are strong as well. Quite a bit of barrel (vanilla and bourbon). Decently sugary/sweet. The cherries, prunes, raisins, and peaches are quite strong. The flavor is sweeter than expected. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla with a heavy dose of bourbon. The Cuvee de Tomme really comes through strongly. Quite rich and full bodied with low to medium carbonation.
02-20-2012 22:00:50 | More by womencantsail
3.86/5 rDev -6.3%
Hazy, ruddy body with little head formation. Unripe peach and black cherries on the nose with lesser notes of caramel and tobacco. The palate is sharply acidic and full bodied. Big lacto notes with a little harsh acetic acid behind it. Lot of peach and cherry flavor, with the robust toffee notes and booziness of Angels Share coming out in the finish. I'm liking the peach and cherry flavors here, but the acidity is a bit harsh and the blend seems a bit disharmonious.
04-08-2013 02:33:56 | More by largadeer
3.86/5 rDev -6.3%
12.7 brown corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.
Cloudy brown, decent off-white lacing. Complex aroma of ripe beets, bread crust, quince paste, musty cellar, lemon pith, melon rind, wood, peach pits, and booze. Semi-crisp, creamy body, halo of bourbon, tart cherries, peach skins, nutty grain, woody dryness, faintly vinous, very warming with a woody finish.
Overly complex but I sort of love it ... all of the flavors may not mesh immediately though all comes together in the finish. A lovely sipper.
05-10-2013 01:42:18 | More by Jason
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a snifter at his place.
A - Light tan carbonation settles to nothing. Semi-opaque dark orange-brown body. This is actually the 'low' carbonation that Tomme promises.
S - Interesting mix of sweet caramel malts, peripheral brown sugar, peaches, lactic acidity, bourbon, rough oak, mild dirty funk, and very little of the cherry I generally associate with Cuvee de Tomme. Very odd, but strangely compelling, albeit a touch boozy.
T - I like the taste a bit more, as it dials down some of the musty and earthy funk and amps up the peach, lactic sourness, and dark, sugary, malt backdrop. Bourbon and oak are present, but significantly less harsh than in the aroma.
M - Dry, medium body, that's a tad watery in conjunction with the low carbonation. Alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden.
D - Odd beer, with some surprising flavor juxtapositions. Not entirely successful in blending, but compelling nonetheless. The peaches brighten up some of the typical 'dark sour' flavors, and other than an unpleasant strain of brett in the aroma I quite liked this. Looking forward to trying this one again.
03-21-2013 20:59:20 | More by MasterSki
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -11.9%
Lost Abbey track beer tasting.
The beer is reminiscent of cream soda with a thin, rapidly fading head. The aroma offers booze, oak, toffee, fruit, cherries, leather. The flavor is both sour and tart. Cherries up front, with oak and booze lingering in the finish. I like the aroma a bit better than the flavor. Alcohol presence is bold, asserting itself immediately and forcing itself upon my palate. Medium to full bodied with prickly carbonation. Tannic finish. Hard to pick out peaches. Overall, this was ok.
12-09-2012 22:48:27 | More by Huhzubendah
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
Snifter. Bottle opens with a pop.
A: Reddish brown with some transparency. A beige head rises an inch above the liquid.
S: Vibrant cherry skins with a decided sugary sweetness. Vinegar is well integrated and vanilla blends with oak. Light caramel notes waft from the glass. Peach is restrained but evident.
T: Sweet cherry flesh and skin with light vinegar notes. Peach is subtle but interplays nicely with the cherry. Lactic notes are evident and there's a light acetic acidity. I detect plum and raisin. The beer is lightly tannic with a drying oak prune finish. Cuvée de Tomme is strong, overwhelming the Angel's Share. I get a little bourbon throughout.
M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.
Overall: The blend sounded strange but the beers work well together. I'm really enjoying this.
02-19-2012 04:37:10 | More by HopHead84
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Deep murky reddish brown. Small head. Thin collar.
Smell - Peach is strongest. Lots of charred oak aromas, too. Acidic smelling with some caramel sweetness behind.
Taste - Less acidic than the nose implied. Brettier, too. Peach still comes out. The caramel is completely bereft of accompanying sweetness, which is suprising. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel - Pretty sour and very dry. Medium body with plenty of carbonation.
Overall - The bright tartness is good, but I'm not convinced on how it plays out with all of the residual caramel flavors.
12-23-2013 18:49:25 | More by Alieniloquium
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
A: poured a dark amber brown in color with burgundy highlights and a nice half finger of head that left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.
S: I definitely was able to detect cuvee de tomme character such as cherries, a little brown sugar slight vineagr and acidic character but with nice peachy notes, bourbon, mild booze, vanilla and toffee; great aroma.
T: the peaches were more noticeable on the palate alongside, cherries, slight vinegar, acidity, brown sugar notes, good bourbon barrel accents, vanilla accents, mild booze, a touch of toffee and underlying dark fruits.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, barrel boozy, peachy, sweet and tart finish.
O: this one was definitely well blended really well and was really tasty; good job LA
11-29-2012 01:51:58 | More by Gobzilla
3.13/5 rDev -24%
The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, Ca
The beer pours a flat, dark brown with dark ruby edges. There is no visibility through the beer. It's dark and looks heavy and substantial--even a bit oily.
A sweet and earthy aroma, with tons of caramel and rich cherry skin character. There's a red grape aroma as well, with notes of wood and red wine. There's a bit of vanilla. While everything listed sounds marvelous, and while certainly good, it doesn't blend together nearly as nicely as hoped.
The flavor is less successful and the combination of flavors is more muddled than in the aroma. There is a good cherry skin flavor alongside caramel and a touch of acidity. Nothing blends particularly well. Perhaps there is too much going on here: cherry, peach, oak, vanilla, caramel, acid, earth, prunes, and figs. It's just too much without being pleasantly complex or very enjoyable. The flavors don't come together; everything seems to battle for dominance. Inharmonious, though drinkable. There aren't any off flavors.
Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.
As far as barrel aged blends/sours go, this one was not particularly enjoyable. The aroma saves it from an even worse score.
02-24-2012 17:40:41 | More by ehammond1
3.91/5 rDev -5.1%
Track #2. 12.7oz bottle. No date.
Look: Iron, muddy color, thin beige lace
Smell: Aged, wood, fermented peaches, boozy cherries, funky background, daunting
Taste: Smooth, a bit creamy, matured tartness, spicy phenols, stone fruit center flesh, peach skins, sour cherries, granny smith apple bite, citrus, oaky, light bourbon, toffee and vanilla, dry, tannic finish
Insanely complex. Sneaky alcohol. Drinks dangerously. Stair way to heaven indeed. Or hell? Who cares as long as they serve good beer.
05-10-2013 01:44:22 | More by Todd
Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.