Libri Divini
The Lost Abbey

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,156
Ranked #13,896
3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: "Devine Reading" is a barrel-blended sour with lemon and vanilla; an ode to a lemon meringue pie.
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: February 6, 2021... OCCASION: picking the EBF back up at home on Day Two... GLASSWARE: Lindemans stem... pours a muddy, lazily bubbled, iced tea-colored body--light brown, with a slur of white surf at one end... a creamy sweetness with a tart lemon that promises to be a citrusy treat... a harsh, textured body, effervescent at the start with a ping of that lasts and lasts--mouth-watering juiciness, its finish is woody, mega-dry, and lingering.... cracker, toasted oat, big lemon, vanilla--not lactose, though--with secondary citrus and pineapple...tart, yes! heat at the end, but not from the ABV%... I'm not a pie eater, but Tomme doesn't like it either, so I feel vindicated that we both appreciate the flavors of this beer... the woody finish gives it an aged feel--another dimension for a flavorful dessertif..

Mar 22, 2021
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Viaduck from California

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach colored body with virtually no head. Very nice aroma: lemon, honey & vanilla. Sweet & tart. Flavors: lemon, vanilla & wood char that tastes like a graham cracker crust- just a bit woody. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Overall, a delicious lemon meringue pie.

Mar 19, 2021
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vectornut from California

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little sour, but quite refreshing. My first experience with The Lost Abbey, but hopefully not my last. Looks pleasant, has a nice aroma, feels good in my mouth.

Mar 12, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really does have a lemon meringue vibe to it. Nice tart lemon, crackers malt, and creamy vanilla. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a flavorful sour with a robust lemon flavor.

Mar 07, 2021
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socon67 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours like ginger ale, in color and with a vibrant carbonation. White foam head settles fast. Smell is alot like lemon Pledge cleaner. Very citrusy aroma. Tastes like a lemon pie; specifically a lemon Hostess pie. Some bready notes of the wild yeast actually make it taste cake-like, before giving a tartness. Slight vanilla flavor as well, and I do get a feel for the oak aging in both the initial sip as well as the finish.

This is s a very well made ale that showcases the merits of barrel aging, using wild yeast to make a beer more complex without tasting like vinegar, and complimenting with flavors. Would certainly recommed.

Feb 20, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark gold pour, no head. Super fresh and sweet lemon curd with oak, vanilla, and graham cracker fills the nose. Super simple yet super pleasant. Taste is more lemonade like than anything with the acidity and lemon leading, oak and vanilla linger in the background. Feel is thin and ending is void of character besides acidity and light oak, light sourness, missing definition to really sell the vision.

Feb 15, 2021
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kzem from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great if you like sours. It was too tart and lemony for my palette, but I liked it in small doses and sips. It was smooth and had a clean feel. If you like tart wild ales, this is a good choice

Feb 14, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - looks like a cider
Smell - tart sour lemon and vanilla
Taste - really nice lemon vanilla slight grain
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - really nice!

Feb 13, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First beer of the second day of the Extreme Beer Fest.

Pours an orangish brown with little head and lacing. Very fragrant lemon smell and strong tart lemon taste. The vanilla takes the edge off the tartness, mellows it nicely.

Feb 08, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent yellow with nearly no head. Aroma is lemon-lime almost like a Sprite. Taste is also lemon lime, think sweet tart. Feel is a bit thin but it's nice and clean. Overall, it's not bad as a wild ale if you like lemon lime.

Feb 07, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extreme Beer Fest Day 2 beer 1. 375ml bottle served in a sample glass.

Pours a dingy gray-amber with no head and little carbonation. Not a pretty beer. Smell is fruity, lots of lemon, moderate tartness.

Taste is lemon, a little buttery like chardonnay, tart and sweet with a little oakiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, still. Overall, it's pretty good.

Feb 07, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not even particularly huge on lemon meringue pie, but this is quite a fun wild ale. The lemon is well integrated into the base beer, and the barrel and vanilla does a great job promoting the take on a graham cracker crust. For me, one of the highlights of EBF so far.

Feb 07, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown tinged orange color. Rather opaque and kind of matte. No head whatsoever on this one - other than some bubbles on it, it almost appears still. Aroma has lovely notes of lemon which comes across as very bright and slightly tart, lemon zest, graham cracker, and vanilla. Yes, it does come across like a lemon meringue pie. Taste follows the nose with some bright, tart lemonade lime notes hitting the palate right up front. Gives the palate a nice little sour twang right off the bat, that as it settles down moves into the graham cracker notes with a light malty backbone. There is a light sweetness that takes on vanilla characteristics. Everything together does really masterfully mimic a lemon meringue pie. Feel is light, crisp, but very lightly carbonated. Mild tartness produces a palpable pucker on the tongue. Overall this is a remarkably delicious beer, expertly crafted by Lost Abbey.

Feb 07, 2021
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BiologyBob from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The brew is golden amber and cloudy with a thin white head. Smells sour and notes of lemons and woody. Tastes tart with lemon sour finish. Light-bodied and very drinkable. I wish they made more.

Feb 07, 2021
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ChipChaight from New York

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Half-time/BA for EBF 2021. Pours a semi-murky tan/amber gold with a flash of white head, decent lacing, smell is lots of vanilla, lemon cake, lime zest, and oak, taste is lemon cake, tart lemon squares, vanilla, lemon/lime soda, hint of graham cracker and oak, feel is light, limited carbonation, finishes dry. A lemony vanilla cake treat, another delicious sour from Lost Abbey

Feb 07, 2021
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RbrtGroves from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell alone tells you this is going to be sour. A heavy pucker gives way to a soft lemon pie. The sour is a little too much but it allows it to stay with you for a while.

Feb 07, 2021
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2beerdogs from California

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cyber EBF Beer #1 for Day #2
Pours a slightly opaque copper in color. Initial white foam rises just north of a finger in height but quickly recedes to a thin ring. No retention.
A mild lemon zest and graham cracker crust nose starts things off. A mild lactose creaminess pokes in.
Flavor definitely pops with lemon going toward key lime. An ever so subtle hint at vanilla appears and disappears almost immediately. Gentle acidity. Near the end I pick up a dry wood note.
Light in body, minimal carbonation.
Overall, a tad more carbonation would have carried this along better.

Feb 07, 2021
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fostwal from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really interesting beer. Light golden color. Head fades quickly. Lemon-lime on the nose. The sweet and tart scent follows through in the flavor. Kind of like passion fruit. Tart bite with each sip that lingers. Kind of like a lemonade shandy.

Feb 07, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of EBF Cyberspace 2021

Time to start off night 2 of EBF! The only Lost Abbey beer I had before this is Red Poppy which I thought was great. This one is very intriguing, lemon and vanilla in a barrel aged sour sounds like it would be right up my alley. Let’s jump in

Pours a murky yellow brown with hardly any head, no lacing

Hooooo boy, this smells delicious. I’m picking up on aromas of meyer lemon, funky leather, smooth oak, a hint of allspice, and graham cracker malt

The taste is pretty much just as good. Up front, I’m picking up on notes of tart lemon, a bit of vanilla, lime, and a touch of dry malt. The swallow sweetens out, really bringing the pie vibe with notes of sweet graham cracker, lemon sorbet, bready malt, creamy vanilla, and some smooth oak

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation resulting in a crazy smooth and refreshing. Finishes mostly dry with a perfect balance of sweetness

Holy shit. I knew I’d like this, but this exceeded my expectations. I hope that they make this again!

Feb 07, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, syrupy-looking gold with a thin, short-lived, off-white head that quickly settles into a crown. Decent lacing.

Lightly sour aroma with clear wood and lemon. There’s a little over-baked, dark-toasted shortbread biscuit, too.

The taste has some sharply acidic sourness to it. The lemon is present from start to finish. There’s a little coconut and a little vanilla merrangue-type impression. And every once in a while, some of that shortbread.

Light to medium bodied with just a little creaminess and a pffft of carbonation.

For an “extreme” beer, there’s great balance and craft here. Very nice stuff.

Feb 07, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of the 2021 BeerAdvocate Virtual Extreme Beer Fest. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Smells of lemon with a hint of banana. Tastes of sour lemon and nice sweet grain, and a hit of lime. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 07, 2021
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle

Pours cloudy hazy yellow orange gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like zippy lemon concentrate, whiff of oak, graham cracker, sweet spice, creamy vanilla, lemon meringue pie, with mild hints of balanced earthy floral hop. Tastes like a nice tart sour juicy lemon meringue pie, fresh lemon juice, graham cracker pie crust, cinnamon-esque sweet spice, creamy unsweetened vanilla marshmallow, oak, lightly toasted hay, with mild earthy floral hops. Feels medium lighter bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great lemon meringue pie inspired oak-aged wild ale with lemon and vanilla.

Feb 07, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Libri Divini from The Lost Abbey. Received on 20/1/21 for the Extreme Beer Fest – Cyberspace (2021) from Half-Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. $ 109.99 (Including tax and shipping). This is a 12.7 oz capped bottle ($ 0.702/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 6/2/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Undated bottle. Served at 45.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter – bottle says to serve at 40 – 45 degrees. Final temperature 51.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour more pale than Pale Straw (SRM 1), clear.
Body – Between pale amber and medium amber (SRM 9 - 11), opaque. When rear-lite, close to pale amber, looks like dirty dishwater.
Head – Small (Maximum 0.5 cm, aggressive center pour). A few watery bubbles that are quickly gone – no crown, cap, or lacing.
Lacing – None
Aroma – 4.5 – Distinctly lemon. No yeast, no malt.
Flavor – 4.5 – Follows the nose, lemony, acidic, and graham cracker, no vanilla, no wood. No malt, no yeast. No alcohol (7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends acidic and slightly bitter.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 after deducting 0.25 point for undated bottle. Definitely tastes like lemon meringue pie but a bit acidy

Feb 07, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle pour is a pale yellow-tan color , clear with no visible carbonation.
There is lime and vanilla in the nose.
The flavor has a vinous base and includes lime, lemon, and some vanilla. The tartness is low to moderate.
I would pick this up if Lost Abbey brews were available here.

Feb 07, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a style I would usually seek out, but this is very nice ... Both sweet and sour to my novice taste buds ... I'm getting the lemon and vanilla hints and it's interesting ... Glad I tried!

Feb 07, 2021
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 62 ratings