Isabelle Proximus | 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): 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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
442
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.54
pDev:
7.49%
 
 
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879
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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.

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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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Isabelle Proximus from The Lost Abbey
4.54 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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