Libri Divini
The Lost Abbey

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,154
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Ranked #14,178
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
61
From:
The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
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.
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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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ovaltine from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear copper color with no head at all. Really nice lemon and vanilla aromas and a smidge of oak.

The lemon is forward on the taste, and there’s a nice vanilla flavor, but the oak is not present on my palate. There’s also a nice funky note, per the style.

Feb 06, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +3%
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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cryptichead from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 29, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Lukass from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 02, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2021-02-06
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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Gkruszewski from New York

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2021
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kzem from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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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BidYouABrew from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 21, 2021
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 09, 2021
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redfox405 from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2021
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 15, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -1%
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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Mikexw from New York

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Feb 06, 2021
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 11, 2021
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mmalley from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 08, 2021
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Jcarriglio from Florida

2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dirty-dishwater brown/yellow with virtually no head. Strong apple cider vinegar smell with a hint of lemon. Taste is vinegary with the barest hint of oak/lemon. Mouthfeel is light and almost flat. This beer is severely undercarbonated. Frankly a total dud. Not happy this was included in the Extreme Beer Fest box.

Feb 04, 2021
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 06, 2021
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NEBeerGoddess from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 08, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 06, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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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socon67 from New York

4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Viaduck from California

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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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