Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by starrdogg:
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
Beer pours a dark brown/nearly black with hints of red and a thin white head. Smell is, um, interesting I guess? It's got some oak and vinegar, but the most pronounced flavor is that of over-ripe fruit, almost like a banana that has sat for too long. Flavor is interesting - it's got a bit of oak and hints of red wine up front, but finishes chocolatey. Unfortunately what comes in between is a weird dark fruit flavor that doesn't quite come together with either the start or finish of the flavor. Mouthfeel is actually quite nice, medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is a bit of a weird experiment that doesn't quite work as well as I'd hoped.
12-09-2012 23:22:06 | More by starrdogg
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2.49/5 rDev -29.3%
Track #4. 12.7oz bottle. No date.
Look: Opaque, pitch black, no lacing
Smell: Funky cheese rinds, old pennies, bourbon, wet cardboard
Taste: Firm, flat, dark malts, treacle, blue cheese funk, metallic, spicy, peppery, red wine, boozy, bourbon, wood and a papery linger
You really need to let this one breathe and warm up a bit before judging it, but even then this is one outlandishly funky beer. The bourbon and red win barrels clash, oxidation has taken root and there's definitely some other undesirable characters that have come to show their sympathy.
05-10-2013 03:20:47 | More by Todd
2.94/5 rDev -16.5%
12.7 brown caged and corked bottle, no freshness date.
Black hued brew, virtually no head. Dank aroma, blue veined cheese, wood, burnt grass, diaper, booze soaked cherries, pungent funk. Overly ripened fruit, white peppercorn spicy alcohol, funky, faint molasses, wood tannin, bourbon, vinous,
Serve this one at cellar temp please ... you regret it otherwise. ;-) Even then, this brew is a bit of a chore to even sip. The intentions were true but something is amiss here. Perhaps the bourbon & wine character just does not work here with the funk that it has. Let it breathe a bit and jump in ... different.
05-10-2013 03:15:50 | More by Jason
4.4/5 rDev +25%
The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA
Nearly black with a moderately sized dark brown head and significantly more visible carbonation than all the previous Track series beer. This leaves the glass messy with irregular stick. Very nice.
The aroma is a wonderful combination and very unique as well: red wine, dark fruits, chocolate, roast, oak, red wine vinegar, and just a hint of alcohol.
The flavor is superb, incredibly drinkable, and incredibly complex. First comes a rich combination of ripe cherries, moderate sourness, oak, and maple, then after the swallow, flavors of roast, black bread, chocolate, and more oak linger. Complex and delicious. Alcohol is hidden very well.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Rich though incredibly drinkable.
One of the most interesting and delicious beers I've had in a very long time.
04-25-2012 01:05:09 | More by ehammond1
2.88/5 rDev -18.2%
Bottle poured into a snifter. Had as part of a NWI tasting group Bourbon County tasting night.
A - Dark brown with a red tint to it. Small reddish white head fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S - Tart cherries, lemon, Brett, and light oak make a nice complex nose. It actually reminded a lot of Red Poppy in the nose
T - Tart lemon up front before a strong blue cheese taste comes up. Lemongrass and oak are in the finish but they can't cut the funky blue cheese that lingers on. There is just too much going on with this and, while it could be good, it just doesn't come together well. It is nowhere near as good as it smelled
MF - Lots of carbonation with a light softness that comes in the middle with the funky, brett and blue cheese flavors. Rather dry finish
O - While I'm happy to have this shared with me, it was a bit of a disappointment overall. I thought this one had create potential as I smelled it but once I went in for a taste, that's where the disappointment started to creep in. I don't mind funk or blue cheese flavors in beers but something in this blend just does not work as the flavors don't meld making this one taste off.
12-30-2012 04:00:21 | More by jeonseh
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Very dark, nearly black. Biggest head of the Box Set so far. Looks genuinely nice.
Smell - Smells like a schwartzbier. Slight bretty aroma with lots of chocolate.
Taste - Brett character is strongest. Chocolate comes through behind it, mostly bitter dark chocolate. Lots of brett acidity coming through. Kinda bland.
Mouthfeel - Buckets of brett. Dry and medium light bodied. No head. Overly carbonated.
Overall - The least exciting so far. Boring beer with some brett.
12-23-2013 18:55:46 | More by Alieniloquium
2.75/5 rDev -21.9%
Dark brown almost black body with a wispy head. Manure-like brett aroma that's pretty unappealing. Lot of currant and red wine, a little acetone. Palate is odd - heavy on the red wine and currants up front. Full bodied. Becomes more roasty and chocolatey toward the finish. Lot of red wine in the finish, drying oak and more of that harsh medicinal brett flavor. Not a terrible beer, but not a winner.
04-08-2013 03:03:22 | More by largadeer
4.23/5 rDev +20.2%
Appears a dark brown nearing black with a small tan head that slowly fades j to a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of red cherries, wild yeast, Pinot noir wine, and dusty cocoa bars.
Taste is of the aromas with a burnt tar, raisins, charred wood, cherries, and perhaps some bourbon in the backdrop that is toned out by the red wine and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is chewy, full bodied, with tingling bubbles and tartness. Lots going on in this one. Delicious stuff that gets much better as it warms.
05-06-2012 23:58:25 | More by weeare138
Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil from The Lost Abbey
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