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Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil - The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The DevilBox Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil

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BA SCORE
80
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.33% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

From the Remixed Track, Track 4 is a deep, black blended beer comprised of two barrels of a base component of Veritas 009, and Hot Rocks aged in Red Wine Barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-19-2012)
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Photo of DovaliHops
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color with a very tiny off-white head. Scent is quite funky. Lots of brett with some cherry and wine-like aromas. Also has some stout aromas...subtle chocolate and roasted malt. More funk and barnyard characteristics. Taste is pretty weak at first. Not much going on with a bit of chocolate, watered down bourbon, and tart cherries. As the beer warmed up, it definitely got better...still not spectacular. More tartness shined through and became more vinous. The bourbon still isn't working too well with it. Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on. Drinkability is fair. Overall, this has been the only Track I have had the opportunity to try...kinda disappointed. I came for the DDG release, and this was the only special bottle left for purchase. Glad I got the bottle for my collection, but I would much rather have drank more tasters of Sister Mary Rita.

DovaliHops, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Mike, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Jslay013
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Jslay013, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of adrienne
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

adrienne, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Unchi
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Unchi, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of JDJTEXAS
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JDJTEXAS, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Johnny58
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Johnny58, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of AlexChillton
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

AlexChillton, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Anonymous1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Anonymous1, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of SoCalStout
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

SoCalStout, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

MasterSki, May 21, 2013
Photo of deniserat
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

deniserat, May 20, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

spycow, May 12, 2013
Photo of Todd
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Todd, May 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Jason, May 10, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

jbuddle, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of rand
3/5  rDev -14.8%

rand, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

largadeer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -29%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil from The Lost Abbey
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.