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:
15
Ratings:
56
pDev:
5.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | 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

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 smithj4
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of REVZEB
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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 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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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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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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 tommy5
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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

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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 56 ratings