Isabelle Proximus
The Lost Abbey

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From:
The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.6 | pDev: 7.17%
Ratings:
447
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 23, 2021
Added:
May 22, 2008
Wants:
  875
Gots:
  47
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Notes: In March of 2006 five guys, Adam Avery, Vinnie Cilurzo, Rob Todd, Tomme Arthur and Sam Calagione accompanied Lorenzo Dabove, The Prince of Pajottenland, through a tour of Belgium's finest geuze producers. Many of the mysteries of lambic production were answered along the way. They vowed to return to the states to brew a sour beer celebrating their experiences. In November of 2006 they reunited at Port Brewing to brew Isabelle Proximus.

In this bottle, you'll find the answers to many of the questions that were posed along their journey near the river Senne. However, like the mysteries of lambic beers, there remains one lingering question that was left unresolved. We hope like us, the next time you're on a pilgrimage to Brussels you'll drop by the Empire Club and let us know whether you prefer Green or Orange...
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

This is an incredible beer, even after all these years! Lemon tartness, light funk, soft mouthfeel, and a dry finish. As good as it gets in the American wild ale category.

Nov 23, 2021
 
4.62 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jul 06, 2019
 
4.41 by swanfungus from California on Apr 29, 2019
 
4.43 by StoutSnob40 from California on Apr 06, 2019
 
4.49 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Nov 21, 2017
 
4.49 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jun 30, 2017
Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by OneBeertoRTA from California

Big props to me ;) for bringing this to DLD for the bottle share...

Good Ole Izzy is still hanging on. A bit of the sour has been lost but the light faded golden glow still shines in the 75 degree heat of Munster Indiana in middle May. Plenty of carbonation and as sour as any LA offerings to date. I've hunted Sasquatch in Juno Alaska and ridden Unicorns in Tokoriki but this was up there in amazing experiences.

Props to @bjhorvat for ensuring this was drank early in the tasting, #37 to be exact. Good job A hole.

May 16, 2017
 
5 by Dirtyhands from Maryland on Apr 29, 2017
 
4.53 by Lare453 from Florida on Mar 12, 2017
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

I guess you could save reviews for big round numbers, but shit man, when you get the chance you gotta get out there and dance. Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this, not too many in the wild or captivity these days.

You get that golden sour base color coming out, thin 1/4" white head that can't stick around for long. Not here for a long time, here for a good time. Aroma was well, sour, lemon and oak, really no one component dominates here, vague non descript stuff.

Taste is a good blend of stuff, I dunno if it is the American gueuze counterpart, but I would say this stuff is pretty good, blend of DDG & RR -tions I believe? Nice light mineral dry sour, white oak like notes. Tiny bit of leather and funk throughout the mouth feel. Carbonation still on point. Awesome to get a glimpse into where it all started for this style of beers that is seeing exponential growth. Overrated perhaps to give up the newmoney trade ammo for such a thing, sure, but still a neat starting point.

Feb 09, 2017
 
4.83 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2016
 
4.6 by YvesB from Belgium on Oct 12, 2016
 
5 by SDRedDevil from California on Oct 11, 2016
 
5 by SimcoeKid from California on Oct 09, 2016
 
4.75 by t2grogan from Arizona on Oct 02, 2016
 
4.83 by Dicers from Colorado on Sep 28, 2016
 
4.66 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Sep 25, 2016
 
4.73 by dddddddd from Washington on Jun 06, 2016
 
4.56 by Deltoro from Florida on May 25, 2016
 
4.98 by AussieActor from California on May 20, 2016
 
5 by mythaeus from Pennsylvania on May 02, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

2008 bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a moderate head and short retention. A few spots of lacing and a ring of foam for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with tart apples, crushed chewable aspirins, peach pits, and gypsum. Fruity and tart. Light bodied and crisp. Soured apples and pithy fruit on the palate. Grapefruit and spent fruit pits with a minerally undercurrent.
Finishes sharp, dry, fruity, and acidic.

Probably the best American version of a good Geuze I've tried. All the classic profiles are there with the added fruit and aspirin character which seems to be the Lost Abbey trademark. Just not as lively and bursting with life as I was hoping for. Probably past prime.

Apr 22, 2016
 
5 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2016
 
4.77 by bcp5296d from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2016
 
4.67 by halo3one from Georgia on Jan 03, 2016
 
4.55 by socalbrewlvr from California on Nov 05, 2015
 
4.4 by Thishops4u from Kansas on Nov 03, 2015
 
5 by stephensinner from Missouri on Oct 10, 2015
 
4.5 by atrocity from Virginia on Sep 02, 2015
 
4.65 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Sep 02, 2015
 
4.9 by Abbbp from Texas on Aug 30, 2015
 
4.75 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Aug 20, 2015
 
4.89 by cdJensen from California on Aug 01, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by UCLABrewN84 from California

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, funk, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic sour characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Jul 28, 2015
 
4.61 by williamjbauer from Colorado on Jun 28, 2015
 
4.64 by xJMFCx from West Virginia on Jun 28, 2015
 
4.5 by Zack_B from Florida on Apr 18, 2015
 
4.96 by mgr78704 from Texas on Mar 19, 2015
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4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by IrishColonial from Texas

Pour an unfiltered golden apricot color with white head that subsides quickly. Smell is apricots, lemon with lots of barnyard hay, grass, and funky dankness. Some slight barrel comes through. Very crisp without a high blue cheese factor. Taste is highly complex: Very tart and lemony with a high funk factor that meshes with a large barrel presence. Tart peaches and apricots with funky undertones throughout. Mouthfeel is slightly dry but full bodied. Overall one of the best and most complex beers I have had. Never had it fresh but it is still delicious. Seek it out if you can.

Mar 19, 2015
 
4.25 by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts on Mar 01, 2015
Isabelle Proximus from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 447 ratings