1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Box Set Track #3 - Hell's BellsBox Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

70 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 26
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012

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: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  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
4.47/5  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
4.47/5  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.

Photo of ACY73
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of sil1
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of cbanker at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same but it is not as sour as I was expecting based on the aromas. There is a slight acidic quality to this one with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer flavor wise but I was expecting it to be much more sour flavor wise.

Photo of cbanker
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mroberts1204
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Rckmo10
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1259th Review on BA
Draft to 5oz taster

@Beachwoods- Long Beach's Ode To Lambic

App- A very very light yellow with a once finger head. A nice amount of residual cling and lace on this one. A bit of a clear beer as well. Not much density.

Smell- It was okay, some notes of lemony, earthy, grass. A bit tart with some clean wheat notes. Nice, but just okay.

Taste- A nice tasting sour. A bit thick for me. A little syrupy. Very upfront lemon flavors with a touch of thicker malts as noted and a medium amount of sour to it.

Mouth- A thick medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual notes of the lemon, tart and some earthiness.

Drink- Nice, well carbed but not wowing. Just way too thick as well.

Photo of emaciated
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of MrFootstones
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured, dregs and all, by the bartender. Peachy golden color, slight haze and chunks of sediment settle to the bottom. 4

Classic Lost Abbey pale sour nose. Tons of nectarine, peach, citrus zest, and tropical fruit. A touch of sulfur and funk. 4.5

Taste follows the nose. Tons of tangy ripe fruit. A bit heavy on the acetic acid. Just about as much as you could get without it being gross. Close one, interested to see if it stays in check with age. Vanilla and oak are present, though low on tannins. 4

Mouthfeel is fine. Dense and soft tiny bubbles work well, nice bottle conditioning here. 4.5

This is a tasty beer. Would take Isabelle, Cable Car, V004/10 over it, as there is a touch more vinegar tang than I would like, but it's great nonetheless. 4

Photo of ineva
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at the brewery the day after its release.

Nice pour, hazy & cloudy golden yellow. Funky sour aroma, plenty of yeast, tart fruits, and honestly pretty strong sulfur aroma. Get rid of that last item and we're good.

Excellent taste, great balance of sourness & fruit. Pretty acidic and tart, works well though. Perfectly carbonated (Lost Abbey?? What?!) Would love to see how this brew develops after a few years.

Photo of yokken
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mantissa
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Box Set Track #3 - Hell's Bells from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.