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 BrittEBurke on 07-31-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,302
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
29
pDev:
5.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
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Photo of ptykozoon
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy mustard with little floaties. Head dissipates quickly.

Funk. Definitely barnyard, horse blanket, oak, lemon peel, sour notes. Lost Abbey always been good at capturing that signature Belgian funk.

Mellow. Needs time or more barrels or bacteria to give it a kick. Sourness is medium to medium low. The flavor isn't bad, good as a base beer to add fruit. No off flavors but again just a good base. Finish is clean.

Light bodied. The strong carbonation works with the sourness to keep the mouthfeel interesting. When on the tongue it's a very lively beer, however any needed interplay of sweetness, more complexity or finish is lacking.

I would say this is the perfect benchmark for a good sour. It's not going to knock your socks off.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork'n'cage 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

L: Cloudy light golden pour. 1 finger of white head... solid ring of lacing.

S: Oak and over-ripened fruit... grape must, green apple, and white wine.

T/F: Complex, tart, and fruity. Over-ripened stone fruits.... green apple and pear, minimal funk, and strong oak character. The barrel aging really works here. Medium to light in body... decent carbonation. Finish is tart and sticky with late summer fruit.

O: Fantastic wild ale. Tart and fruity without being an all-out face pucker. Drinkable and delicious. A worthy release from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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 jaydoc
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amesetz
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 brianmandell
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoptimusPrime81
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, funky, bubbly. First day of fall is a week away to the day. This was the perfect autumn pre-game wild ale, and the name is spookily fitting! Delightful all around!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Jsalz21
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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