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Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 27
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.55% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The second of our Remixed Tracks, Track 3 is a pale sour made of equal parts Mellow Yellow and Phunky Duck.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012)
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Todd! Served next to Cable Car for shits and giggles.

A - Pretty much still. A very faint smattering of bubbles dissipate to nothing. Transparent golden strawy body.

S - Lactic acidity, stone fruits, tropical funky, oaky vanilla, and mild white wine vinegar in the periphery.

T - The taste is similarly sour, with hefty doses of lemon, under-ripe stone fruits, tart grapes, and oaky vanilla. Less sweet than the aroma suggests, but manages to stay on right side of the acidity scale.

M - Largely still, but that doesn't offend me as this has an Selection Lambic kind of vibe going on. Super dry, medium body, and quite oaky and tannin heavy.

D - This is quite good, and a few bubbles would probably elevate it to world-class. The acidity might be too much for some constitutions, but I'd happily drink an entire 375ml bottle. Seems like Tomme could whip this one again if he so chose, so hopefully he does.

Photo of Todd
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Track #3. 12.7oz bottle. No date.

Look: Hazy yellow, thin white lacing

Smell: Bready, horsey, barnyard, apples, citric, spice, herbal

Taste: Lactic, sharp, acidic, oaky, medicinal, herbal, mint, tart crab apples, nectarines, grassy, lemons, pithy, earth, dry hay finish

While drinking this blend of Mellow Yellow (sour base beer) and Phunky Duck (one component of Duck Duck Gose) I don't hear Hell's Bells, but I'll gladly ring them after I'm done with this fine brew.

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 brown corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.

Mild haze, pale golden color with a thin lacing. Lively nose of fresh cut grass, lemon oil, big tartness, herbal phenols, faintly chalky, horse blanket, wood, browned apples, earthy, and spicy. Lactic smack down on the palate, mint, smooth, lighter bodied with a light creaminess as well. Grapenuts, ripe lemons, apple must, white grape skin, mildly peppery, kiss of alcohol, very dry woody finish.

A tart beauty here, first few sips really woke my palate up ... after that it really started to grow on me. Brew this again please.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

This looks like a gorgeous gueuze. This pours a clear, bright golden with a big, pillowy, big-bubbled white head that leaves spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Very pretty.

Bright, tart aroma with lots of lemon and nectarine notes, mild earth and brick, some sulfur, and a bit of grass/mildew.

The flavor is incredibly nice, with bright lemon notes, strong sourness throughout, mild earth, grass, and hay, along with tropical fruits. Very nice, complete flavors.

The one downfall of this beer would be its mouthfeel. Though clearly highly carbonated, it doesn't feel particularly light in body or highly carbonated. The beer seems a touch heavy, dense, and a tad lifeless.

Very nice, though I wish it was a bit more airy, delicate, and lighter in body.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No pop, no head, no carbonation at all. Yellow and slightly hazy.

Smell - Lemon and stone fruits. Acidic and a like funky. Smells a bit lambicky.

Taste - More acetic than I expected. Lemony with lots of wheat graininess. Very citrusy.

Mouthfeel - Flat, but otherwise easy drinking and a pleasant sourness.

Overall - Reminds me of Isabelle Proximus without quite as clean of a sourness. This one is more Belgian in its sour character.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Brilliantly clear golden body with no head or visible carbonation. Big pineapple brett character on the nose. Very acidic, with lacto and faint acetone. Has a bit of a Chardonnay quality to it and the fruitiness is pretty nice. It's completely flat on the palate, but has some great flavors. Pineapple and white wine, strong lactic acidity, slightly yogurt-y. Finishes with a nice buttery oak note. This is quite good despite the lack of carbonation.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Another thanks to rudzud for allowing me to split these.

No head at all, clear honey pilsner golden color. 3.75

Nose incredible, amazing sour, tart funk, golden sour fruit, lemons, grilled lemon, mild golden sweet malts, great lambic funk, just amazing lambic and American sour notes blended perfectly. even faint honey malt, with the amazing stone fruit soured notes.4.75

Taste is also amazing! Great sour malts, golden malts with sour fruit, great lemon again, with that sweet sugar grilled lemon. Tart soured stone fruit, apricot like, little funk bit more lambic funk, great lambic flavours, delicious. Little flemmy acidic bite. Mild flowery note too. Finish is sticky flemmy, little tart, little funk, lemon, tart fruit, etc. 4.75

Mouth is lighter bod, flemmy and mild acidic, very little carb. 4

Overall just friggen awesome! Exactly what I'd expect for yellow bus blended with duck duck with stone fruit added. Maybe slightly less than than but still phenomenal. 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head. Nice lactic sourness with a hint of peach along with lots of lemon and lactic sourness. Decently woody with a nice grassy funk and a slight mustiness. The flavor is quite tart and lactic. A bit of grass to go along with lemon, green apple skin, and straw. Tannic oak provides some dryness and just a bit of funk. Quite nice.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells from The Lost Abbey
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