Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven - The Lost Abbey
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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
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
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -18%
Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. Overall I was confused by this one.
The brew has a muddy brown color, with a ring of bubbly head. The aroma is subtle, way more than I thought after the description of all the additions and barrel aging. The aromas are muddled, some bourbon and cherry but honestly it's hard to nail down many of the other notes I'm getting.
The taste is a little better, but still isn't what I'd call "good" in the style: A hefty malt bill is the base here with the cherries shining through and just a hint of the peach with a slight edge of tartness. Some bourbon, but it's quite subtle. The feel has a certain sharpness I wouldn't describe as carbonation, heat or sour it's more of an acidic sharpness.
01-25-2013 14:19:45 | More by Dreadnaught33
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Beer pours a hazy leathery reddish-brown - it looks like cream soda. Smell has a whole hell of a lot going on: oak, leather, and a bit of something that reminds me of pickle brine (but not in a bad way). Flavor is a bit all over the place - it has some of the tart vinous flavors of Cuvee de Tomme, but also has the bourbon-brown sugar-oak flavor from the Angel's Share. I'm not getting a ton of peach here. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is an interesting blend of beers that gives it a unique flavor profile - pretty unlike anything I've had before. It's not a total slam dunk, but it's good and different.
12-09-2012 22:53:14 | More by starrdogg
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%
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
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
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
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
Had @ Lost Abbey poured into a tulip.
A: A dark mahogany color, a nice pop of the cork left a little bit of head and some very nice lacing.
S: Smelled absolutely delicious. Some brett, cherry, and bourbon were prevalent.
T: Wow, not bad at all. Similar to the smell, there were hints of bourbon, but mostly sour cherry and some hint of citrus. Different from expectations considering the dark color.
MF/D: Incredibly smooth despite a moderate amount of carbonation. Wish I could've brought a few bottles home with me...
02-18-2012 21:26:46 | More by newk340
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Served in a tulip at the brewery.
Pours a reddish murky muddy color. One finger of off white head. Retention and lacing are damn fine.
Smells of caramel and fig. Bright fruity notes abound as well as oak, vanilla, and bourbon.
Tastes of peaches soaked in bourbon and drizzled in chocolate. Vanilla and caramel followed by fruity tartness evoking plumbs and strawberries.
Full bodied, carbonation is spot on.
Really awesome. New and interesting yet still totally delicious. I'm seriously blown away.
02-18-2012 20:31:27 | More by billshmeinke
Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven from The Lost Abbey
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