Ghosts In The Forest | The Lost Abbey

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4.23/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The very first new release from our 110 bbl Oak Foeders.
Non Fruited blond sour displaying great depth and expression from our
house cultures. Tons of stone fruit and white wine grape skins.

Added by Britt on 07-31-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
54
pDev:
5.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of grapeshops
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ckeegan04
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StanleysCup
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a DDG teku glass. Pours a hazy and relatively opaque medium golden body, one finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is rich oak, bright lemon and citrus, moderate acetic acidity, mild lactic acid, a little sweet biscuit as well. This is a wild ale through and through. Flavour is white grape skin, oak, lemon, citrus zest, moderate acetic acidity, a little bit of peach skin, mild candied sweetness that adds a little substance to the backend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry and touch prickly, refreshing with a substantial sour and sweet finish. One of the best beers TLA has put out in some time.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely underated. This beer is as good as DDG and Cable car! Seek and enjoy. I look forward to more of this gem!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a pale yellow with a minimal head. The aroma is intense and sour, with notes of gooseberry, underripe peach, barnyard, spicy mustard, white plum, rubber, petrol, and vinegar. The flavor is definitely tart, but not puckering, with notes of crab apple, mustard, verjus, sour green grapes, pineapple, mint, honeycomb, and golden raisin. The motuhfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a spectacular and complex sour, presenting such an array of flavors, but all in hints, so that the overall impression is of power but no flavor truly dominates.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaphog
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brilliant clarity on this new wild ale from lost abbey, i usually expect a little cloudiness from beer that has been rested in wood, but here were have an immaculately clear golden and radiant specimen, rising pure white head on it too, looks like a well refined belgian blonde to me. the aroma is very sour, but fruity too, lemons and mandarins and white grapes and nectarines, even blueberries for some reason, but it definitely appears to me that the bacteria has gotten way out in front of the brett in this foeder, and this is far more acidic and sour than it is wild or funky in that sense, and i was half expecting and half hoping for the opposite. the flavor confirms that, very acidic, but fully flavorful with some white vinegar, white wine, and lemon acidity, citric and lactic more than anything else, but with a lot of oak on it to smooth the edges, it tastes both young and bright but also earthy and mature at the same time, a neat back and forth, but far less complex overall than i thought it might be. there is some bretty funk to this, but it says sour belgian to me far more than ambient saison. great fruitiness though, peach and plum and green grapes, refreshing in that sense, and very well carbonated too. in the end though, i wanted a little more from this one, my expectations always soar with these guys, and this ends up a bit more sour than it needs to be, still very good, but id like it better more relaxed on that front...

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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Personally, this is my favorite sour. Lost Abbey does it again. This beer hits every mark- i sit here in the tasting room as i type. It looks gold in the glass but it as clear as it gets (no haze whatsoever). The nose is a lovely green apple/sour grape flavor that shocks the nose, probably one of the stronger noses of all the sours I have tried. It is enticing, not overwhelming. When it hits your tongue the Brett sour comes first, with the fruit and oaks notes coming next, finishing again with the brett funk (finish is more funk than sour). Overall, this beer is incredible. It is my go-to sour.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Lemon, followed by stone fruit, light funk, lots of white wine character.

A: Golden color, totally clear, with a thin white uniform head with adequate retention.

T: Stone fruit, particularly pear followed by moderate funkiness, vinous flavors, followed by a clean moderate lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation, faint but pleasing acidity.

O: Solid; the beer shows a lot of depth and complexity, very clean and easy to drink. The beer would work well as a base for future Veritas.

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Ghosts In The Forest from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 54 ratings