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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
92
outstanding

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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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Photo of Grant35
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MasterSki
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 deniserat
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rand
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of corby112
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Phadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with lots of oak and barnyard character along with some citrus acidity and lactic funk.  Burnt wood, lactic cheese, sourdough bread and lemon juice along with funky bugs and acetic vinegar.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a strong lactic funk character along with some dry oak, citrus acidity, lemon juice and sourdough bread.   Wheat/berliner like notes come through but there's a stronger acetic presence than expected.  Wasn't any in the nose but the flavor has some vinegar/acetone.  This becomes more bearable as my palate adjusts, but I just wasn't expecting it.  Other than that, this is a really good beer with a nice balance of tart sourness and lactic funk.

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Good for a homebrew", "Will be horrible in a year", "Tastes like vomit juice". All things said by someone other than me at our tasting.

Pours a still, cloudy bright golden color with a slight orange tint. No head or lace. Nose is sharply funky, mushroom and earth and mild acidity. Flavor tastes like most other LA golden sours with more mineral and earth notes. Some acidity and light malt sweetness in finish. Medium thick, light carbonation, heavy on palate. Watery finish.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of DotBier
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of starrdogg
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.