Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil - The Lost Abbey
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3.84/5 rDev +9.1%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.
03-11-2013 19:27:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
Black in color with a finger of off-white head. Smells interesting. Strong licorice, burnt sugar, and molasses with a fair amount of vanilla. A bit of bourbon and definitely some red wine. The Hot Rocks gives sort of a metallic aroma. It’s also got an herbal component that reminds me of 10 Commandments. The flavor is intensely sweet for a "sour beer". Red wine, bourbon, vanilla, and oak are primary flavors here. Lots of licorice, sugar, and molasses, too. Moderate herbal notes with a touch of iron. Really not the best in the series thus far.
07-30-2012 18:51:56 | More by womencantsail
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
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
3.29/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottle shared by Todd! Thanks bro!
A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind wisps and tiny specks of lace. Dark brown body that's largely opaque.
S - Heavy brett presence here. An odd mix of chocolate, bourbon, sweaty horse, and musty basement. Oddly medicinal and lightly vinous.
T - The taste is evocative of a brett-fermented stout, with a mix of chocolate and dusty attic, along with a slight hint of caramel. Not as wild as the aroma was, but still vaguely medicinal and mineral. Only mild vinous sourness in the periphery.
M - Smooth, medium body, that seems smaller and too thin than the listed ABV. Pleasant carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish. Probably my favorite thing about this beer.
D - Flavors clash and the brett overwhelms the things I liked about the component beers. I preferred the Veritas 009 and Hot Rocks we had next to this by a significant margin. Probably the worst beer in the set.
05-21-2013 14:36:50 | More by MasterSki
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
District of Columbia
3.33/5 rDev -5.4%
12 oz bottle.
Pours a still, tepid and stagnant bog like brown with a quickly fading light tan head. Aroma of soy, red wine, peanuts, licorice, and grape. Roasty flavor, interesting blend of peanut and earthiness with red grape, wine and light acidity. Medium thick and strong carbonation and slight tangy finish. I like this better than most others seemed to.
02-23-2013 18:18:19 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
Lost Abbey track beer tasting.
The beer is dark chestnut with a quarter inch of beige head that quickly fades to nil. The aroma offers alcohol, overly ripened fruit, cherries. While the aroma is suspect, the flavor is what you might call a hot mess. Lots of boozy fruity booze soaked fruit with booze. A touch of steak sauce perhaps. Light to medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. I wasn't too keen on this one.
12-09-2012 23:24:12 | More by Huhzubendah
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
Bottle into stemware at Lost Abbey.
A: Black with an attractive light brown head.
S: A marriage of dark fruit and chocolate in the aroma. Plum accompanies grape, raisin, and prune. Quite vinous. There's a little oak with a good amount of leather and earth. As the beer warms up I detect a lot of cherry and vanilla with a little caramel and bourbon. The red wine characteristics are stronger than I expected. Very fruity.
T: Lightly tart and mildly lactic with a firm leather presence. Dark fruits are pronounced. I detect lots of plum, grape, and prune. Tannins blend with oak and a restrained chocolate presence. I get a little caramel as well as a touch of alcohol (in the finish).
M: Lower full body with upper medium to lower high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and tannic.
Overall: I was a little skeptical when I learned of the blend, but this turned out to be really nice.
04-22-2012 06:37:33 | More by HopHead84
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
4.38/5 rDev +24.4%
A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: nice mixture of things going on in the aroma, chocolate and wine barrel notes being that upfront in the nose with sweetness consisting of a little toffee, caramel, hints of maple syrup, roasty presence, signs of booze and various dark fruit esters coming through as well.
T: the taste had a good tart bite alongside chocolatey notes, bourbon booze accents, semi dark fruity consisting of plums and raisins, great wine barrel character, a touch of vinous flavor but with sweet caramel, toffee, and very slight molasses.
M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, mild vinous wine barrel, chocolatey and tart finish.
O: very interesting beer all around that had a wide range of flavor and aroma. I was digging it.
12-01-2012 05:28:58 | More by Gobzilla
Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil from The Lost Abbey
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.