Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast - The Lost Abbey
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4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
A 12.7oz bottle picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy. This one went quickly..
A - Dark purple/black with no clarity. 1 finger of head and no lacing.
A - Raisons and Bourbon, like chocolate notes. Heaven!
T - Cinnamon and spices up front gets walloped like a wave with the Belgian quad and bourbon splash to your senses. HUGE flavor! Wow!
M - Medium bodied, smooth, oily, perfect
O - An incredible bourbon barrel aged Quad. Just perfect. Drink it if you can find it!
08-22-2014 02:21:54 | More by BeerDawgs
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
12.7oz caged and corked bottle, courtesy of the good doktorzee. How retarded is this, having to 'submit' a rating, before I even crack this open? Whatever - back to the matter at hand - I like the inferred satanic nature here - and I don't see 'Number of the Beast' written anywhere on the label.
This beer pours a dark, murky russet brown colour, with a teeming tower of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.
It smells of musty, boozy Bourbon, dried black fruit - so, prunes, raisins, and figs, mostly - gritty, bready caramel malt, an indistinct warming spiciness, and a further earthy, dusty essence. The taste is more sugary Bourbon up front - caramel, vanilla, alcohol heat, and a mild grainy spiciness - followed closely by a muddled and equally sweet dark fruitiness, dead yeast, ethereal chili notes, and a sort of metallic edginess, which I'm going to attribute to the cinnamon, whose attendant savouriness probably just got lost in the morass.
The carbonation is quite active and anywhere from fizzy to frothy on my upper palate at the given moment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the sugary nature not really facing any sort of non-alcoholic (ha!) interference as such. It finishes on the sweet side, still, the barrel hooch, caramel malt, and fruity adjunct ruling the roost.
A pleasant enough rendering of a besotted wood-kissed Quad - the sweetness is somehow tempered, the booze even more so, such that any initial trepidation is gone by sip three or four. Neat trick, that. I'm not sure that the raisins, cinnamon, or chiles really have much overt effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity.
08-15-2014 04:24:59 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Bottle from Whole Paycheck, Devon, PA.
The cork came out with an unexpected bang. Poured into a snifter, a dark brown color, with a full three fingers of frothy tan head. This is a Lost Abbey beer? I feared infection at first, but fortunately that was not the case. Just uncharacteristically overcarbonated. Once the head dwindled down to a manageable level, there was an aroma of fruitcake and brown sugar, very mild bourbon notes. In the taste, roasty malts and dry toasted bread, raisin, mid-palate bringing in more dark fruits, yeast, hints of vanilla and fairly tamed bourbon. As the beer warmed, I got more of the "oatmeal raisin cookie" sensation on the finish, but it wasn't like drinking a liquid cookie, as some other people have noted. Cinnamon was also very subtle, and there was only a slight chili burn in there and again only when the beer had warmed. There was a lot going on in this brew, and with a recipe like this, the potential for a huge mess is high, but everything here was in pretty good balance, with no one characteristic really fully taking dominance. Medium-full body, a little overcarbonated, but a few swirls took care of that. Overall a good beer. I wouldn't buy a case of it, but I'd definitely like to have it again.
08-15-2014 01:17:23 | More by Rifugium
Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
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