Santo Ron Diego | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A brand new offering from our barrel project. A spiced Rum barrel aged strong ale with Ginger, Orange Peel and Vanilla

Added by Jason on 02-02-2015

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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by gspeer711:
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of sourdog
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This tasted like a flat, day-old rum and coke. Not for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure what more people are looking for with this, maybe its the price people hate, not the beer, because the liquid is sensational. lost abbey just doesnt miss for me, and this certainly is no exception. i love the rum barrels and what they add, and i love the fact that the spices added are second to the grain, subtle in a huge beer, not easy to do or seen real commonly. it doesnt look as incredible as it is, murky red brown, not much head on it, fairly thick, about what you would expect for something like this honestly. the nose is most righteous though, the rum spice right up front with a real hearty grain bill and a ton of charred wood. sweet like brown sugar, unrefined in that way, but not sugary, its balanced enough by the warming booze to not be a problem for me. i dont get much ginger or orange in the smell, but the vanilla sure is there. the same is true with the flavor, there just isnt a ton of the additives in this, and im fine with that. rich toasted cereals, caramelized wort, and rum, it takes me to the caribbean and i like it. better and better as it warms, but the strength sneaks up on you, a good bottle to share. i think i will probably always buy new beers from these guys, they all just taste so incredible and not like anything else. one of the best uses of a rum barrel i have seen in a beer. worth the price, although a little more carbonation would be appreciated. hard to knock this as low as others have though, i loved it.

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Photo of goldspire
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like your standard murky old ale. Smells of raisin and rum... Nice boosy sweetness. Tastes harshly alcoholic. Rough first sip, even rougher finish. Difficult to drink more than a few ounces. Of the varnish remover flavor was backed down a bit this would be great but as it is it is not particularly enjoyable sadly

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle to a snifter.

A-The beer is a dark brown color that suggests strong black tea. It is murky, but an active carbonation is visible on the glass. The head is tan and fades quickly except for a a thick collar that hangs around for almost the entire snifter.

S-The aroma is quite sweet and packs a warm alcoholic punch. I sniff prunes, figs, brown sugar, and syrup. There is some rum aroma, but it mostly comes across as brown sugar sweetness, not barrel. I don't pick up much in the way of spices until the beer nears room temperature, at which point I start to sniff ginger. Intriguing.

T-The taste is less enticing than the smell. I still pick up a lot of alcohol and sweetness, e.g., brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a gentle whiff of spices. There is less fruit though, and the beer lacks the complexity of the best examples of the style.

M-The beer is a little thin for the style, but I chalk that up to the alcohol and the odd, prickly carbonation that doesn't really mellow out until an hour into my glass.

O-This is a good winter warmer-type beer. Lots of boozy heat and a strong, not-for-the-faint-of-heart flavor make this a good option on a cold winter's evening. It is a bit of a one-trick pony, though, and many will find the massive sweetness too much.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color and massively cloudy due to bourbon barrel aging. No light will seep through this monster. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering about half of the middle. I smell sweet bourbon and ginger. The taste is a blend of sweet bourbon and vibrant spices including ginger and lemon. The mouth is thick, chewy, and warming with alcohol.

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Photo of Beer21
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mbmiche
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jjski
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It takes a BIG beer to make me sip. This [email protected]@rd is abrasive , boozy, brash and absolutely not humble. Is it smooth- no, sweet- no, rummy- yes, bold-very. Age worthy and enough to stop you in your tracks with its obtuse and weighty, challenging palate. Well done!! I'm sipping for a change.

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Photo of SomethingJive
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

could not even finish a taster of 4 ounces, horrible

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TWStandley
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of seanh99
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: Pours a dark sugar brown color with tan head, head is full, creamy, some lacing, good amount of carbonation, looks pretty thick.

A: Rum, spices, oak, not getting any orange peel, or vanilla, but a very strong rum aroma, alcohol is not noticeable on the nose.

T: Rum, oak, burnt coconut, slight vanilla, lots of booze, very hot, aftertaste of rum and coconut, spice comes through as it warms, slight bitterness as it warms, but rum, oak, and burnt coconut flavor remain throughout.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, has a Belgian like creaminess mouthfeel, hot finish.

O: This is a good, quality, well made beer, lots of flavors, depth, complexity, on the sweet side, a definite sipper to warm the belly, I've got one for the cellar to see how this mellows out.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a lightly hazy, dark mahogany brown with a fine two finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, dark dried fruit, brown sugar, light vegetal component and a hint of rum. Flavor is caramel and lightly toasted malt, brwon sugar, dates and figs, rum, oak. Ginger adds a mildly astringent element to the finish which seems oddly mildy rum sweet and somewhat dry. The rum barreling is more noticeable in the finish than the early taste. Medium bodied with an odd spritzy carbonation with each sip. An interesting take on a strong ale with some interesting flavors, but does not seem completely cohesive. I liked the rum barrel flavors, but the base beer had only moderate character despite the diversity of flavor components. Good barrel character.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: murky dark orange-brown. Very full tan head.
smell: Distinctive vanilla-rum nose. Subtle spices.
taste: Up front it's much like the nose without matching it's quality, but there's a nice bloom in the finish, a warm spicy finish.
overall: very nice brew. Maybe a little pricey for the quality of the finished product.

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Santo Ron Diego from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 175 ratings