Yellow Bus
The Lost Abbey

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From:
The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #11
ABV:
7%
Score:
99
Ranked #211
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 7.71%
Ratings:
112
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 18, 2022
Added:
Aug 03, 2008
Wants:
  438
Gots:
  8
SCORE
99
World-Class
Notes: Aged in French Oak and spiked with peaches and blended, very carefully. First brewed in 2007, and again in 2020 as "Yellow Bus Stop" (same beer though).
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4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 18, 2022
 
4.4 by billab914 from Virginia on Jun 16, 2022
 
4.75 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Jun 15, 2022
 
4.88 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California on Jun 12, 2022
 
4.73 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Jun 11, 2022
 
4.38 by Dicers from Colorado on Jun 11, 2022
 
4.65 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jun 09, 2022
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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

On-tap at The Church at Lost Abbey, their new location in downtown San Diego. What an incredible beer! Bright, vibrant, super tart, yeast character is on point. Great peach flavor. Fizzy, fresh finish. Wow!

Jun 05, 2022
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mfrogs from New York

On tap at The Church at Lost Abbey. Bright, sharp, clean, acid, sour, incredibly drinkable. Pours a gorgeous golden yellow, minimal head, peaches more in the nose than on the tongue. Piquant, delicious,could drink it for hours.

Apr 25, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Typical peach wild ale appearance with a amber body and a white head that settles into a collar. Aromas of peach, bright oak, and funk in a delicate nose. Taste is much the same, but would has the elevated tannin delivery. Feel is delicate and bright with light sourness and a kiss of minerality, but the is oh so light. Good and artful, but doesn't stand out in a huge way

Feb 23, 2022
 
4.25 by Gobzilla from California on Jan 07, 2022
 
4.5 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 03, 2022
 
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jan 03, 2022
 
4.75 by Juggerr from New York on Jan 02, 2022
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PlinyBeMiney from California

Very nice sour beer overall. Reminds me a bit of DDG w/out the complexity. The peach flavor was somewhat muted and did not pop out as much as I had hoped, but still very enjoyable.

Jan 02, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. 2020 bottle. Clear golden with a few bubbles. Smells of oak, basement funk, light peach. Tastes of stone fruit sourness, lots of oak, earthy and winey notes in the finish. Simple, delicious, and a blast from the past when it comes to fruited sours.

Dec 04, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

The beautifully foggy bright yellow body darkens to maize as it gets closer to the top near the short lumpy white blanket.

Quite tart, herbal and bright of stone fruity wonderment, this is very refreshing, lightly oaky, and faintly funky.

I'm so glad FOBAB could help me check a box I never in a million years thought I would.

Nov 23, 2021
 
4 by xdtfx from Illinois on Nov 20, 2021
 
4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 15, 2021
 
4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas on Sep 28, 2021
 
4.25 by EMH73 from New York on Sep 19, 2021
 
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Jul 18, 2021
 
4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Apr 21, 2021
 
4.22 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Apr 11, 2021
 
3.95 by StoutSnob40 from California on Mar 24, 2021
 
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Mar 07, 2021
 
4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Mar 07, 2021
 
4.74 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2021
 
4.37 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jan 30, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

Unlabeled bottles at EBF. Cloudy yellow, small head. Peaches and funk in the nose, acid and peaches on the palate. Juicy and fruity with light aspirin in the back. Great beer but the peaches were not as pronounced as I had expected.

Mar 27, 2016
 
4.81 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Aug 20, 2015
 
4.52 by jaken0ss from New Jersey on Feb 25, 2015
 
4.57 by Mbrown44 from Delaware on Feb 18, 2015
 
4.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 13, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
by jegross2 from Illinois

Reviewing the infamous Yellow Bus , a "yellow sour" (American wild ale) with white peaches from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California. Although unsigned, the bottle has been verified as authentic.

Score: 98

2008 vintage bottle served in a Lost Abbey teku and enjoyed on 07/27/14 alongside Veritas 010.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange peach color that is a darker hue than the Veritas 010, with a thin later of head that settles to a ring around the glass. Has a lovely fade with an orange-ish center (this is sadly not particularly apparent in my photo). No lacing or retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Peach/peach syrup, oak, tannins and vanilla. So lovely. A hint of must and stone fruit. Has a little zesty, mildly jammy character. Quite remarkable, though not quite the best sour peach nose I have encountered to date. Lovely mix of aromatics here. 5/5

Taste: Peach, peach, peach, mineral water, a hint of stone fruit and a kiss of oak. So lovely. It's 90% peach, with a little jellied sweetness, wine, oak and other faint underlying complexities that make you doubt this is Lost Abbey. Do not get me wrong, Tomme makes some delicious sours, but subtly has never been his calling card. Finishes with lasting peach flavor. Just a hint of vinegar. More acidity/sourness if you let it sit on the tongue more. 4.75

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, spot on carbonation. More "pop" from the cork than there was with Veritas 010. Soft tartness with a little sweetness. Virtually no acidity and has the delicateness of the best Belgian lambic, which is quite unlike Veritas 010. Excellent balance. 5/5

Overall: A remarkable ghost whale; one of the better white whales out there that I have sampled to date. It is not a unique beer so much as it is a masterfully brewed and balanced one. I would put this a half step above Fuzzy in quality, noting that it is six or so years old and thus likely faded from its peak. I personally would take a bottle like Black & Wild over this if given a choice, but this bottle did not disappoint.

Cost: Unknown (was never a bottle sold to the public).

Aug 15, 2014
 
4.25 by zestar from California on Jul 19, 2014
 
4.25 by errantnight from District of Columbia on Jun 18, 2014
 
5 by Port_Seat from Washington on Jun 05, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by joe1510 from Illinois

750ml

Yellow Bus had a hazy peach body that glows when backlit but has enough haziness to add some murk, almost like unfiltered cider. A small fizzy white head was all I could manage on a strong pour and crackles down in seconds to absolutely nothing, no collar, no lacing. The body looks extremely appetizing but the lack of any visible head is detrimental to the overall look.

Yellow Bus's aroma is out of this world good! Super acidic, bursting fresh peaches permeates every olfactory gland and nearly gets me high. The funky notes in this brew are right along the lines of Cantillon, having a ton of the same characteristics. Minerally damp rock, cobweb infested musty attic, and tart acid citric notes all bring the raucous with hints at lactic tartness as well, giving of a low level of peaches and cream. Soft oak cradles all the funk and vivid peachy qualities. I could keep my beak in the glass all night long and fall asleep a satisfied man.

This is delicious beer! As good as this tastes I think the aroma was so outstanding it simply can't be touched on the flavor. The peach works it's magic from front to back, and side to side, with puckering tart tendencies. The funk is a little subdued when taking the smell into consideration but still shows all the same aspects. The peaches add some acidic tartness while also adding a touch of sweet, juicy notes overall. This really is an amazing beer!

The body has a medium feel and the carbonation isn't quite as lively as I'd like but I'm also nitpicking here as you can see from my score. A little stickiness hits on the backend while the peach tartness runs along the sides of my tongue. Each sip leaves me parched and immediately reaching for my glass.

The drinkability is simply off the charts. Yellow Bus is sweet, sour, refreshing and complex. I could without a doubt sit around and drink this beer all day long, well, until the heartburn got too bad to take. I had a hard time setting the glass down; it really does just beckon me to drink.

As much as Lost Abbey irritates me I have to say, they can brew some incredible beers and Yellow Bus is one of them, incredible. The white peaches are a tremendous touch to a great base. It's unfortunate the looks took the hit they did as I think the score could easily be higher.

Aug 18, 2013
 
4.25 by toretto from Connecticut on Aug 16, 2013
Yellow Bus from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 112 ratings