Ghosts In The Forest | The Lost Abbey

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,840
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
48
pDev:
6.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by jaydoc:
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brolo75
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle poured into a teku

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy orange color with a bright white head, solid retention due to the lively carbonation that is streaming off the bottom, no lacing, it's bubbly and hazy.

A: Tart with stone fruit aromas, peaches, apricots, pear, green apples, white wine, white vinegar, light sourness, touch of oak and wood.

T: Tart, sour, and funky with stone fruit notes along with white wine, white vinegar, and green grapes, oak, like the nose, is subtle, and finish is very dry with a light lingering tart notes, subtle pepper and spice.

M: Light bodied with a fluffy, bubbly mouthfeel, very dry like white wine.

O: Another solid wild ale from The Lost Abbey, it's well brewed, balanced, and sublimely tart, could use a little more oak presence as I found it lacking but overall, it's another well brewed wild ale from Tomme, definitely going to pick up a few more for the cellar.

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3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of amesetz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one and finally went and picked it up. Didn't disappoint!! Don't get a whole lot of my beloved RR up here but glad Lost Abbey is all over Chico. Poured into a 12oz tulip, the smell to me wasn't too funky but when I actually tasted it, it was really funky, tart, and satisfying. Almost a little bit too easy to drink. Still tons of brett and acidity, but not puckering or lingering for too long, or too huge of an ABV. Another solid Lost Abbey offering!

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

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

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle a light yellowish under a 1/2" thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves spots of lace. Aroma is tannins, lemony citrus, musty funky barnyard grassiness. Flavor is tart and acidic with a nice oak tannin and lemony note. Semi-medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Finishes with a prickly tartness, bright acidity and crisp tannic bite. Could become a good base beer for a future Veritas, perhaps.

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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 DasBeerbaron
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter with a lot of head which quickly dissipated. Funky barnyard nose and bright lemony tartness on the tongue. Very thin watery mouthfeel but definitely makes your cheeks pucker. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Grackos
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jarin
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 AnitaBrewski
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, mango, melon, pineapple, papaya, guava, red/green apple, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of vanilla, pepper, leathery/musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, mango, melon, pineapple, papaya, guava, red/green apple, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of vanilla, pepper, leathery/musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, mango, melon, pineapple, papaya, guava, red/green apple, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat,cracker, vanilla, pepper, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an amazing wild blonde ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Definitely multiple strains of Brett, the complexity is just wonderful; and perfectly balanced. Great malt/oak presence and balance. Not overly lactic. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours golden and with a minimal head and at first appearance it could fool you to believe it's a pilsner. The aroma, right off the bat, is oaky and tart, with hints of lemon zest, unripe pear and some very faint funk. The taste is intensely tart but not in a unpleasant way. More pear and apple, with the funk coming through again in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light and with a very restrained carbonation level. This is a seriously good example of the American Wild Ale style, which more often than not is a hit or a miss.

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Photo of Curt3
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Ghosts In The Forest from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 48 ratings