Isabelle Proximus | The Lost Abbey

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Isabelle ProximusIsabelle Proximus

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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...

Added by John_M on 05-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color; even after all these years, the carbonation is intact and the beer pours with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Lemon, melon and funk notes

Taste: The lemon elements dominate from the outset, but there is much more underneath, including melon, funk and oak; the acidity is just right, adding a nice sour dimension that never overwhelms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a bit of a pucker

Overall: Waited a long time to open this one and it is amazing how well it is drinking after six years in my cellar; one of the best sours I have ever tasted

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Photo of largadeer
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straw-colored and rather hazy, almost opaque in my snifter. An inch of head rises and then quickly dissipates, leaving no lace as it falls. Pretty standard gueuze-like appearance.

Smell: Funky as hell in an absolutely bizarre way. Sweat, dirty socks and a generous amount of salt and musty barrel. I've never smelled anything quite like this. I don't know if it's pleasant, but it's certainly compelling.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very sour and fruity, but in a decidedly American way - this has a clean and concentrated sourness without a ton of vinegar-like flavors, and the oak is plainly noticeable. Flavors of apple cider, lemon peel and tannic oak dominate the palate. No sweetness here; this one is bone-dry. The finish ends on a slightly bitter and tannic note, much like an amped up gueuze. Carbonation is pretty much ideal; it's lively but not excessive, reminding me a whole lot of the Cantillon gueuze that I drank a few hours before this one.

Notes: Great stuff and I'm glad to see more American brewers attempting styles like this. The closest thing I can compare it to is Russian River's Beatification, and while I don't think it's quite up to par with that brew, it's still highly enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Jason for sending this bottle, it's been patiently cellaring for awhile now. Recently shared it with a dozen fellow beer nerds... review from written notes.

Served in a mini Chouffe tulip (RIP Feb 2010- May 2011).
Bright gold with sharp clarity and a dollop of white foam, it looks like a traditional gueuze. Spotty sea foam lace dots the inside of the glass. Lazy ascending trails of rising carbonation.

Aromas of white wine minerality, stone fruits, sour grapes, slight dusty sweetness. Mellower than the bottle we had last summer, which was pretty funky and gushed a bit, but not this particular bottle.

Tannic oak, white grapefruit, sour grape, lemony, vinous and fruity, with some lingering traces of sweetness. Dominating citrus and grape fruitiness, dry and tannic, yet also very refreshing and quenching. Effervescent and ethereal. One example of American Wild Ales approaching the ballpark of traditional Belgian Gueuze, trailing closely behind Beatification.


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Photo of oline73
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet another beer at Sour and Bitter that I never thought I would get to try. Poured into my stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an amber hue. There is hardly any head at all.

Smell: Sweet and quite tart, some mild funk and citrus peel notes. I'm getting some warm alcohol in the finish.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell would indicate. Some gueuze like fink with a citrus peel tartness. The finish is funky and sour. The sweet and sour notes play together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but not heavy at all. Mild carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is fantastic. Perfect level of tartness with enough sweet malt to back it up. I would love to have some more in the future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bmanning for sharing this with myself, Amyliz4, and hhanson at a recent tasting.

A: Poured a somewhat cloudy apricot color with a tight white head and a good amount of lacing as it went down. Carbonation bubbles apparent in the tulip.

S: Right off the nose, excellent sour and fruit combination. Ripe peaches, green apple skin, and touches of oak. Moderate horse blanket character. Brisk lactic character without any acetic qualities.

T: Again, beautiful balance here. The sourness is in your face, but not all too overpowering. Beautiful notes of peaches, apricots, pear, green apple, and oak.

M: Quite dry with good carbonation. Great fruit/sour balance. Very complex.

D: Excellent. More intense and complex than Veritas 004, in my opinion. An excellent beer; the hype is well-deserved.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip/Chalice glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of pure white head. Fades down quickly to a thin ring. Color is a gorgeous hazed orange cream, bright sunset.

Aroma: Tons of sour fun, making my mouth water quickly. A lot of horse blanket, yeast, tart cherries, grapefruit, and sour lemon flavors.

Taste: Wow, this is nice and sour. Starts out with a sour and barnyard funk taste to it. Then sour cherries hit with a big amount of apricot and peach flavors. Some leather notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Very sour and tart, mouth puckering goodness. Medium bodied with a low/medium amount of carbonation. Ends tart but great.

Overall, this is a very nice sour and I am glad I got to try this one. I wish I had more, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. Very drinkable and very great. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Shared at my Birthday whale tasting. Big thanks to Duffy and Kyle for sharing this baby. This has been at the top of my list of wants for a very long time.

Pours with pretty much no head as expected, hazy blonde orange peach color.

Nose has great sour fruit, sour peach and nectarine like, hint of funk and tartness, light malt coming through, light bready yeasty and acidic bite, light vinous grape skin, musty even.

Taste brings plenty of sour fruit, tart as hell!, golden malts, a sour peach nectarine kinda fruit with even a hint of citrus, as well as more vinous grape skin, musty as well, a bit wild funky bready malt, and just a bit of grassy funk. Sour vinegary flavor, acetic acid, but juicy and drinkable.

Mouth is lighter bodied, but decent carb, little flemmy, acidic.

Overall very good, awesome sour, almost as good as it can get for a straight up American sour.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into several glasses. HUGE thanks go to Stakem for finally helping me right a wrong with this beer from a few years ago.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color in the glass, topped with thin foamy layer of bright-white head. This mostly retains with some frothy edging, leaving back a moderately robust cascade of lace that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a mélange of tart lemon, tropical fruit, earth, oak and funk. The lemon is very strong in this and you kind of have to dig deep to get the rest.

The taste is similar, with lemon, oak, earth and funk all standing out. Like the nose, that lemon tartness is fairly strong. Slight acidity hangs on the edges. The finish is dry and oaky with more lingering acidic notes. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a chewy creaminess to the carbonation that sits with some heft in the mouth. That 7% is well hid overall though.

This was good for me but not great. I liked the complexity but all of that tartness and eventually acidity just go to be a bit too intrusive on the other flavors at times. I think this one has maybe already crested the hill? I’m not sure but I am very grateful to Adam for finally helping me try this. Thanks again man!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark straw-colored body crowned with a small, whiteish head.

Smell: Tart, sour aroma smelling of vinegar, cheese, oaky white wine, citrus fruit -- it's an entire meal!

Taste: An amazing mixture -- a sip of a fine French chardonnay paired with a noticeably briny-tasting cheese and one lone drop of pineapple juice. A plop of French mustard atop a sour lemon wedge. Musty earthiness and a bit lactic throughout. Man, there's just a great, funky yeast flavor going on here. Finishes with a light, lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. All the while there's a softness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite nice. Kudos to Lost Abbey and all of the other brewers involved in creating this lovely beverage.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished 24-karat gold with a small splash of orange juice and several steady streams of fine bubbles. The combination of wild yeast and oak aging was bound to play havoc with head and lace. The dirty ivory crown is compact, nearly featureless and is laying down almost no lace. Keeping style in mind, it's still a good look.

Brettanomyces was appreciated as soon as the cork was extracted and the gun smoke faded. The barnyard funk smells especially clean and bright and lemony, not down and dirty and grungy as it can sometimes smell. If the nose is any indication, IP will be one fantastic wild ale.

Isabelle Proximus is incredibly complex beer that is almost indescribably delicious. There's so much going on with each mouthful that it will take time (and most of the bottle) to sort out. I'm not sure how age affects beer of this sort, but it's drinking beautifully right now. As a point of reference, the release date was June 28, 2008.

The beer has an mild underlying sweetness that gradually eases into a mildly evaporative dryness on the finish. Primarily, however, it's as tart-tangy-sour and acidic as a gueuze. The entire tongue gets a workout as each and every taste bud is instantly engaged on contact. In it's own way, this American wild ale is an intense as a highly hopped IPA.

There's a ton of tart lemon peel, complemented by Sauvignon Blanc, white wine vinegar, new mown hay and a moderate amount of high-class horse blanket funk. That might not sound very good to the uninitiated, but trust me, it is. The oak barrels didn't add a great deal. In fact, I wouldn't have been able to tell that they had been used if unaware of the specifics of the beer's creation.

Although the mouthfeel is not voluminous and creamy (these things never are), it has a surprising amount of viscosity and coats the mouth in fine fashion. It also squeezes the salivary glands like nobody's business. Pucker up.

Tomme Arthur (The Lost Abbey), Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River), Lorenzo Dabove, Rob Tod (Allagash), Adam Avery (Avery) and Sam Caglione (Dogfish Head) have every reason to be proud of Isabelle Proximus. This expertly and lovingly crafted ale is right up there with Vinnie's Temptation and Supplication, as well as Rob's Interlude, as the best American wild ales to have ever entered my glass. Kudos to Sam for painting the label.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to be present at a tasting where this was opened up.

A: Cork came out with a loud pop. Poured into a snifter glass, the beer was a golden yellow with very little head and no lacing. A few small carbonation bubbles here and there.

S: Very tart, lots of apples and a little vinegar, quite sour and bretty. Lots going on, with some grass, vanilla/oak, and other light fruits - peaches and apricots. Extremely inviting.

T: A really nice tartness, slightly mouth puckering, but not overdone at all. Lots of green apple and some lemon, some berries and apricots. There is a very faint barnyard funk going on, but it is in the background to the tart fruit flavors. Light oak and vanilla are also in the background.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smooth, and as mentioned above not overly sour.

O: An amazing beer, I am grateful to have been able to have a snifter of it and hope that one day I will be able to have some more. One of the best beers I have had thus far.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one from the Sinner;s relase when it came out and have not had the chance to try it yet. I decided to pop the top off it tonight and give it a go and I am glad that I did. Served at cellar temp and consumed via a snifter on 08/28/2008.

The pour was very nice, extremely hazy golden amber color greated me as I opened the bottle. A nice head, maybe an inch and a half in height the came up over the top and settled down to a broken layer across the top and some light side glass lace. Lots of sediment on the bottom and floating around in the glass.

The aroma, shit I do not even know how to put this in words. Super Brett Overload would be good, others might say perfect. This was just tremendously good. Super sour and funky in every sense of the word. Just compeltly blowing apart the senses. The flavor was more of the same. Just rediculous amounts of super funky and sour notes that were just layered on top of each other. Lots of funky Brett an light fruit notes. Hints of pear and peac, but just retarded bitter. This is the most bitter ale I have ever encountered. Awesome body on this one as well, medium with delicate carbonation and a rich sultry feel that was just friggin unreal. A sipper not due to the ABV but the huge sourness of it. Nearly impossible to take a large sip, but why would you want to.

This was just awesome. Super bitter, nice hints of pears and some light cherry almost. Rich, complex, just wonderful. Lost Abbey pulls off anothero ne with this gem. I dont care about 30 bucks a bottle, I would get more in a heartbeat. One of the best beers i have had period.

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Photo of billab914
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle shared by me at a recent tasting. It poured a slightly murky, light orange color with a thin white head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass. Very nice looking color to it.

The aroma has a sharper sourness to it with some funky, musty and slight acidic notes to it. I seem to get some sour lemon flavor to it as well. It was very vibrant, complex and basically just an awesome aroma overall for the style.

The taste is very sharp and funky right off the bat. I get more sourness to it towards the finish with some of that sour lemon flavor coming out in it. Pretty low on acidicness with some modest funky, musty notes. The sourness is great though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with high carbonation. Overall it was an awesome beer. All the sour, funky, fruity flavors came together wonderfully to create some very deep and complex flavors. Definitely one of the best American Wilds I've had so far, if not the best.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got the privilege to try this at t0rin0's tasting on 9/5/09.

A: Pale gold/yellow in color without any real head; a thin layer of white foam.

S: Grapes, apples, lemon, and pineapple. A nice level of tartness along with some hints of oak and sweetness.

T: First sensation is a hit of tartness, but it is quite well balanced as a sweetness soon comes through. Lots of tart fruit flavors, with the most notable being pineapple, grapes, lemon.

M: Fairly effervescent, medium body, a nice acidity.

D: Just about perfect on all levels. A beer that certainly deserves all the hype.

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Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%

Huge thanks to Greer for busting this one open at Campground Brewdown and making sure I got a pour.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving very small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of light lactic sourness, lemon zest, some musty basement and barnyard funk, dash of fruit, woody oak and some lightly toasted grain backing. Softer than I was expecting it to be but still pretty solid.

T - Starts off fairly similar to the nose. The lemony lactic sourness leads things off followed closely by the pale malt, must, nice amount of funk, nice hit of fruit zest and finally some oaky dryness. Finish is a touch tart but surprisingly smooth, leaving the palate quite dry.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice feel, not as overly sour as I was expecting it to be. Maybe a touch of oxidation but it was minuscule compared to the rest.

O - I honestly think this one is holding up surprisingly well for its age. It may very well be a shadow of its former self, I can't comment having never had it fresh, but I can tell you that this bottle was drinking quite well. I would love to have it again in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to Darrel for sharing this one at our DC Sour Tasting. Tried side by side with Synergy, Yellow Bus, and DDG.

a - Pours a bright murky yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, funk, cheese, oak, sour grapes, lemon, citrus, and apples. Super sour and funky, just a perfect nose.

t - Tastes of funk, cheese, barnyard and earthy notes, oak, sour fruits, lightly sweet fruits, citrus, lemon, sour apples and grapes, floral notes. Even funkier then the nose, and even better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall this was one of the top 2 or 3 sours at the tasting and one of the best I've ever had; it slightly edged out DDG and was much better then Yellow Bus and Synergy. I thought it was much funkier then DDG, which was more fruit forward. Awesome funky wild ale; just an amazing beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to Damian and Lona for sharing this incredible rarity. Served side by side with Duck Duck Gooze.

The beer is a slightly hazy yellow hue. The head is minimal and leaves random traces of lacing about the glass. Ooo...nice and kind of beer. Carbonation is fairly low. Mouthfeel is nice, despite the low carbonation level. Beer is very sour but not massively puckering, as I have been told. Isabelle Proximus has a healthy level of complexity about it. Although it's tart, there is no harshness or vinegar notes to be found. An awesome experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity to sample it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Golden orange. Small white head and a collar of white bubbles.

Smell - Acidic. A touch of vinegar, but otherwise more of a light fruit acidity. Like an apricot.

Taste - Much fruitier. Very nice acidity. Apricot fruits. White wine. A touch of vinegar sourness coming in the back, but that's to be expected at this bottle's age. Clean sour.

Mouthfeel - Light with a nice white wine finish. Excellent and easy to drink.

Overall - Really good, especially for what I can ascertain is an unfruited sour. Retains a great deal of flavor without adjuncts, which is impressive for an American sour. Good wine flavors, but the vinegar is a minor detractor.

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4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A recent gathering of friends prompted me to open this. 750ml bottle poured into a matching Lost Abbey teku and some snifters. The brew appears a clear golden color that gets increasingly hazed as you approach the bottom of the bottle. A thin whisp of head sits atop. A swirl revives less than a finger of white film.

The aroma opens up with lemon and oak. Quite a bit of barnyard brett quality is present giving a layering of earth to the nose. Some citrus fruits minorly tropical evolve along with a hint of cork and wet leather. There is a bit of cheesy quality present that adds a nice depth without distracting. As it warms up, it gets progressively more tropical and lemony.

The taste is tart with fruity quality like lemon that turns earthy and leathery with a hint of cork and mildly musty oak. More sips reveal hints of earth along with more lemony pulp, pith and rindy bitterness. As the glass is emptied, and a second pour is taken that includes some yeast, it gets more yogurt-like with tartness and less acidic.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I found it to be excessively drinkable to the point where I didnt want to take notes and review this but instead just relax and enjoy it. Leading up to this experience ive seen/heard all sorts of crazed messages regarding the story behind this beer being better than the brew itself. And ive heard that it is dropping off and over the hill. By all accounts, I found this brew to be exceptional with a wide array of complexity and ease of drinkability. I would not hesitate to partake in this again if the oportunity presented itself. However, at this stage of the game it might be a real hassel to acquire this brew.

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4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped one of these open today after a tough week of work.
Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with an ample head. Very carbonated, I had to be careful not to pour to vigorously. Aroma hits you with a fruity sourness, funky Belgian yeast, sour apples, plums, some oak in there too. Taste is sour, no kidding huh? Lots of lactic acidity, tastes of sour fruits starts apple like then finishes more towards a tangy cirtusy sour. Some oak and a maybe some horsey in there as well. Body is medium but finishes quite dry. The sour lingers long after each sip, almost like the mouth coating one would get sucking on a lemon. Exceptional brew that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

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4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Opened at our TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing this.

Pours a translucent golden orange, touch of a head.

Smells of sweet fruit--peaches maybe--and lots of acidity and funk.

Taste is very funky and very sweet at the same time, complex bouquet of fruit--berries and peaches and apples, sweet but also very tart, a touch of cheese, this is acidic but not very dry. Absolutely delicious and very complex.

Best beer of the night in a lineup that also included Duck Duck, Blauw, SHBRL, Deviation, SNR 10, etc etc. Probably the best American sour I've had.


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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely fogged gold with a very thin white head. Nose is eslactic, slightly spiced, and a bit fruity sweet. Flavor is sour, yes. Biting almost acidic apples. Lactic tones are in there as well. Feel is that slicker almost slimy thing with a minor carbonation, as you'd figure. I have to say this is a let down. Sure it carries the intensity of a gueuze, but it's too tight and acidic IMO. I find that Brute is a much more drinkable gueuze-like sour in comparison to this. This just doesn't do it for me. Too much acid.

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4.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Sixth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer.

A - Rich apricot yellow color, with foam that dissolved by the time the server returned my class. Bubbly - almost like a dark champagne.

S - Chardonnay, sour apples and cherries, lemon, gueuze-y funk and musty barn. Really tart.

T - The sour apple really comes out here, although it still retains the other flavors I detected with my nose. Complex - I think I'd have sensed more with a larger sample

M - Tingly, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Acidic as well - leaves me with the same sensation that I get after eating a very tart granny smith.

D - Could drink a few, but it's so tart that I'd have to mix in other brews between.

I'm not all that into Wild Ales, so bump up the drinkability if you love 'em.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

06/07/09- Aquired in a trade with Younger35. Poured into my Orval tulip.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked with a nice hologram type label. No freshness date, but an 2008 release.

Appearance- Deeper vibrant golden color pour. Creamy and lghtly frothy while the head sticks around longer than expected. Leaves some light lace spotting behind.

Smell- Awesome funk from the massive amount of brett. Barnyard for sure with a bit of urine, wet rotting hay and some tart lemon rind.

Taste- Think of Sacntification from RR, but with a bit more of a kick and also more intense flavor. Quite sour, but in a very refreshing way. A wee bit of confectioniers sugar to slightly balance it out. Tons of tart lemon rind with the sour juice included. Brett out the wazoo.

Mouthfeel- Slight bit too much carbonation, while it does reamin a bit creamy with a lovely sour aftertaste.

Drinkability- This was one damn incredible beer. A top 5 beer for me all time. Hands down the best wile ale I have had. I've had some that come very close (Beatification, Supplication and the Cuvee de Tomme which I also had at the same tasting), but this one takes the case for overall flavor and drinkability. Easilly worth the $30 it was going for when it first came out. One of the few beers I would have do problem dropping the money on.

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