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Churchill's Finest Sour (2012) - The Lost Abbey

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Churchill's Finest Sour (2012)
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sour Avant Garde aged in Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay barrels for 2 years with Veritas 010 cultures, Brettanomyces, and guava added.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 9
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Was lucky enough to stumble upon this on draft at Churchill's after snagging my DDG bottles from Lost Abbey. Pours a pale orangish-yellow color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is packed with guava and other tropical fruits. Very fruity aroma with a mellow funk. A hint of sulfur, with some more sweet tropical fruits and oak. Vinous with subtle chardonnay aromas. Taste is just as it smells. Not super sour, but definitely sour and fruity. The guava shines in this beer, as well as the wine-like flavors. Lovely oak and tropical fruit flavors. Crisp, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, and highly carbonated. Refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer was A TREAT! I was so lucky to get the opportunity of trying this beer without planning on it (same went for my CFH purchase). What a great trip down south!

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A: poured a hazy golden orange in color with pale yellowish accents and a thin bubbly head that left good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice vinous oaky wood notes upfront with acidic funk character, slight citrus with very inviting guava fruits and wine barrel presence

T: the guava fruit character was more potent on the palate alongside acidic notes, slight vinous flavor, nice oaky wood barrel accents, citrusy notes and mild funk coming through.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, oaky woody, acidic, mild funky and sour finish.

O: I honestly though this beer was better than CFH @ the release.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Churchill's pub during the Churchill's Finest Hour 2013 release. Reviewed from notes taken standing up in the crowded pub; I couldn't review in as much depth as I wanted to.

A: Pours only a floater ring; no head whatsoever. Colour of the ring is beige. Nice thicknesss and decent (~2-3 minute) retention.

Body colour is a hazy orange-copper. Vibrant. Glowing. Attractive. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Translucent.

Sm: Fucking brilliant. Juicy citrus, pale malts, light floral hops, and heavy clean sourness from wild yeast/bacteria. Great. Fresh and appealing. The sourness is deep and evocative. Nearly perfect. Delightful stuff. Moderate in strength. More sour than funky; I suspect lacto is the dominant yeast. Insanely inviting.

T: Clean, juicy, and nicely sour. Sourness starts nicely on the open and burgeons, growing steadily in intensity, peaking on the climax, and remaining through the finish. Flavour duration is excellent. Flavour intensity is great. Fresh and alive. Light orange and lemon citrus notes. Pale malts in the body. The sourness isn't abrasive or overbearing; it's delicate and perfect. No alcohol comes through. I could use a bit more tartness, but then it's not an extremely fruity sour. Good subtlety and complexity, but to be nitpicky, it could be improved.

Mf: Delicate and fragile. Soft. Chewy. Angelic. Smooth and wet. Perfect carbonation. Suits the flavour profile perfectly, coming off custom-tailored just for this specific beer. Juicy and refreshing. Fantastic. Coaxes out the full depth of flavour from the taste. Perfect execution.

Dr: I'd down this all night. A great sour. Fantastic stuff. Another knockout sour from Lost Abbey. Refreshing and delightful. Definitely one of the best I've ever had in the style. World-class stuff.

This ended up being my favourite beer of the entire Churchill's Finest Hour release. And the taplist was nothing to shrug at.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy pale yellow body with a white lacy head.

S: Estery sour aroma. Very mild aromas.

T: One of the best tasting sours out there. Sweet guava flavors with a sharp sour bite. There is a subtle toffee malt in the background.

M: Nice thick body with a sharp CO2 bite.

O: Great sour. If you can get this beer before it's gone, jump on that opportunity.

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Churchill's Finest Sour (2012) from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.