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

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Box Set Track #3 - Hell's BellsBox Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 25
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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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smithj2154, Nov 24, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

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

jlindros, Sunday at 05:44 PM
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4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

From the VIP box set. Split with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with no head or lacing, poured still. 3.75 (x .05 = .188)

S - Aromas of incredible wild. Beautiful yellow bus and duck duck. Great funk, subtle, absurdly aromatic. stone fruit, lemons, sweet citrus, light barnyard, flashes of honey, smells incredibly sour and tart. 4.75 (x .2 = .95)

T - Taste is layers upon layers of greatness. Awesome sour tart. A sweeter almost grilled citrus lemon note, incredible musty earthy thing going on. Not oppressively sour or tart, super balanced. The flavours are incredible, great funk and earthy musty awesomeness with delicious stone fruit pit thing going on. The great ones are always hard to describe. 4.75 (x .45 = 2.138)

M - Mouthfeel is really lowly carbonated, however, I don't mind it too too much with the level of sourness. It wasn't detrimental to the beer. 4 (x .1 = .4)

O - Overall this beer was incredible. Phenomenal nose and taste this may be the favourite beer of the year. Really really delicious funk and lambic fruit. Wow. Shocked at how good this was. 4.75 (x .2 = .95)

Total Rating Score: 4.63
Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Sunday at 01:27 AM
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jlindsey, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

3/17/2012 and again on 3/18/2012

Bottle at Lost Abbey in stemware.

A: Transparent bright orangish yellow with a big white head. Great color.

S: Lemon, oak, hay, and a restrained cheese note. Earth meets lactic and brackish notes. Barnyard accompanies goaty, salty, and horsey character. There's a decided mushroom influence.

T: Oak and tannins up front with a mouth watering citric acidity. Leather blends with earth and light fruit notes: lemon, peach, and apricot. There's a moderate lactic sourness and an upper moderate tartness. Brackish notes accompany hay. There's a bright tropical flair to the fruit profile.

M: Light body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and tannic.

Overall: I rated this a 4.93 off the first bottle, but after having two more bottles the next day I'm dropping the score a bit. The beer shows a lot of depth and acidity for one so young, but I think it will likely grow into the higher score over the next 6 months to a year. Reminds me a lot of Veritas 004 when it was first released, and that beer became amazing. This is very good, and I hope I get the chance to try it later in the year.

HopHead84, Mar 17, 2012
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cbanker, Jul 23, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

A: poured a pale golden yellow in color with a ring of orange sitting right under a thin cap of head that left very little lacing sticking to the head.

S: lots of funkiness coming out of the aroma with lots of citrusy lemon, a bit of acidic character, good oakiness and slight grainy nots as well.

5. Nice sour lemony twang upfront on the palate with plenty of bretty funk, a little barnyard musty character, great oaky accents, some acidity, slight earhty flavor and a touch of underlying grain flavor.

M. The brew was medium to light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a citrusy lemony, funky, oaky, slightly acidic sour and mild dry finish.

O: very delicous wild ale that reminded me of DDG, very glad I got to have tried it for sure.

Gobzilla, Nov 29, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer appears straw yellow with a few random white bubbles of head that immediately fade to nothing, giving a still lambic appearance. The aroma offers lemons, oranges, assorted citrus, yeast, oak, funk. Smells great. The flavor follows suit, offering a surprising amount of prickly carbonation, especially given the appearance. Acetic finish with a bold, tangy character. An outstanding beer, and easily the best of the track series so far.

Huhzubendah, Dec 09, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Beer pours a hazy golden-yellow with hardly any head at all. Beer looks to be a little on the flat side. Smell has got a nice lactic sour mixed with a bit of lambic-esque oaky funk. Flavor is really nice - this one comes off halfway between an American wild ale and a lambic, which makes for some of my favorite combination of flavors in a sour. It's got a nice oaky funkiness up front, but has a great acidic sour finish - well done! Mouthfeel is light-bodied and actually has nice carbonation despite the appearance. It's got that great mouth-coating feel that some lambics have. Overall, this is the best of the Box Set tasting so far, a great beer.

starrdogg, Dec 09, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series.

This might have been one of the stronger tracks when all was said and done. It had a great color of straw and nice orange and gold highlights, as you'd expect from a sort of gueuze or lambic-esque wild ale. The smell is classic and text book dry tart and light tannic fruit.

The taste highlights apricot, peach, barnyard yeast and rustic straw malt, very nice taste that hits the right notes on the palate you want from a sour ale. The feel was the only knock here ,it was sort of juicy when you would expect it to be dry and crisp like the classic belgian beers we all know and love.

A nice beer, very drinkable and well done.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 25, 2013
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Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells from The Lost Abbey
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