The Angel's Share Grand Cru | The Lost Abbey

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The Angel's Share Grand CruThe Angel's Share Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of both bourbon and brandy barrel aged Angel's Share aged in oak barrels from 1-5 years

Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
265
Reviews:
110
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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183
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mig100
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA. Snifter glass.

A- Dark brown-purple body, minimal head, no retention. It's quite placid and flat, although it did come with a small white film at first. Looks slick, has a small bit of legs on it.

S- Tons and tons of barrel vanilla, brandy and bourbon. Astounding aromas. Dark fruits, bourbon, oak, raisins, vanilla. At the same time, there isn't much heat or fusel alcohol. That's quite impressive for a beer of this magnitude. The brandy meshes in well with the bourbon on the nose; both spirits remain distinct however.

F- Quite different than the nose. There is quite a bit less of the vanilla and brandy, more of the bourbon. Which is fine, the bourbon brings a nice smoky sweetness to the dark fruit, caramel and raisins. Plenty of oak as well. Very nice complexity, although unlike the nose, there is a fair amount of heat and booziness from the get-go. Which is not surprising, of course. Lots of intensity, complexity and depth of flavour.

M- Medium bodied, on the thicker end of the spectrum. Low in carbonation, but not completely flat. Drinks slick and quite strongly, if that makes sense. Lots of depth to the flavour despite it being almost flat. Finish is a warming bourbon sweetness mixed in with some milk chocolate and raisins.

O- This is ridiculously complex, and the nose expresses a perfect blend of brandy and bourbon barrels. The Angel's Share base beer does a great job of expressing the barrels it's aged in (individually), and the double barrel blend here does a great job of expressing both barrels' best characteristics in the right places. I'm generally not a huge fan of Lost Abbey beers, but this is one of the exceptions.

Final score: 4.30

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4.27/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.1/5  rDev -6%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -26.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.64/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Generously taken from the cellar and poured by my main man at Beachwood in Seal Beach, CA.

Aged well like the one and only Claudia Cardinale. Had all those rum/raisin barrel textures along with a slight musk from the grape. Kind of like Chopin sitting at the piano, Raul was digging this.

Yep!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

On draft, Malt and Vine, 10 oz pour

A: Beer is a deep brown, slightly cloudy
S: Warm alcohol smells, followed by a sweetness, and the barrel
MF: A small amount of carbonation dances on the tongue. Beer is thick and chewy. Slight alcohol burn present while experiencing
T: Sweetness, caramel, deep burnt flavors, bourbon, and the barrel. Amazingly complex as it warms, not quite like any beer I've had.
O: A delight.

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Photo of pkalix
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%

absolutely beautiful.... nectar.....

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The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
4.36 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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