Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To HeavenBox Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first of our Remixed Tracks, Track 2 is Cuvee de Tomme blended with Bourbon Angel’s Share spiked with peaches and then topped with Project X from our wild beer project.

Added by MasterSki on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, wood, and slight funk. Taste is much the same with clashing fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors clash with one another.

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Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, ruddy body with little head formation. Unripe peach and black cherries on the nose with lesser notes of caramel and tobacco. The palate is sharply acidic and full bodied. Big lacto notes with a little harsh acetic acid behind it. Lot of peach and cherry flavor, with the robust toffee notes and booziness of Angels Share coming out in the finish. I'm liking the peach and cherry flavors here, but the acidity is a bit harsh and the blend seems a bit disharmonious.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks to rudzud for allowing me to split these with him.

No head, dark slight clear mahogany dark brown molasses color. 3.75

Nose sour brown malts, strong ale malts, little candy brown malts and nutty notes, lots of sour cherries, some vanilla barrel notes, faint peach thing, light Madeira like barrel, no real alcohol, some wild notes, funk like but not a ton.4

Taste is great, super sour to start, gland exploding sour, tart fruit. Pours if big sweet candy malts, syrupy with plenty of Ángel share base with faint bourbon, light vanilla barrels, etc. Lots of tart cherries, little malt vinegar, and nice peach, generic fruit syrup, little molasses even. Finish is syrupy sticky, little booze note, more sour fruits lingering, syrupy malts. 4.25

Mouth fuller bod, syrupy as Hell, sticky flemmy, no carb, mild booze. 3.25

Overall pretty nice but there are difficulties in drinking this. 4

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 brown corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.

Cloudy brown, decent off-white lacing. Complex aroma of ripe beets, bread crust, quince paste, musty cellar, lemon pith, melon rind, wood, peach pits, and booze. Semi-crisp, creamy body, halo of bourbon, tart cherries, peach skins, nutty grain, woody dryness, faintly vinous, very warming with a woody finish.

Overly complex but I sort of love it ... all of the flavors may not mesh immediately though all comes together in the finish. A lovely sipper.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a rather dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Lots of tart fruit aromas to this. I get quite a bit of raisin, prune, and cherry. The peaches are strong as well. Quite a bit of barrel (vanilla and bourbon). Decently sugary/sweet. The cherries, prunes, raisins, and peaches are quite strong. The flavor is sweeter than expected. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla with a heavy dose of bourbon. The Cuvee de Tomme really comes through strongly. Quite rich and full bodied with low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer is reminiscent of cream soda with a thin, rapidly fading head. The aroma offers booze, oak, toffee, fruit, cherries, leather. The flavor is both sour and tart. Cherries up front, with oak and booze lingering in the finish. I like the aroma a bit better than the flavor. Alcohol presence is bold, asserting itself immediately and forcing itself upon my palate. Medium to full bodied with prickly carbonation. Tannic finish. Hard to pick out peaches. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep murky reddish brown. Small head. Thin collar.

Smell - Peach is strongest. Lots of charred oak aromas, too. Acidic smelling with some caramel sweetness behind.

Taste - Less acidic than the nose implied. Brettier, too. Peach still comes out. The caramel is completely bereft of accompanying sweetness, which is suprising. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty sour and very dry. Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall - The bright tartness is good, but I'm not convinced on how it plays out with all of the residual caramel flavors.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a snifter at his place.

A - Light tan carbonation settles to nothing. Semi-opaque dark orange-brown body. This is actually the 'low' carbonation that Tomme promises.

S - Interesting mix of sweet caramel malts, peripheral brown sugar, peaches, lactic acidity, bourbon, rough oak, mild dirty funk, and very little of the cherry I generally associate with Cuvee de Tomme. Very odd, but strangely compelling, albeit a touch boozy.

T - I like the taste a bit more, as it dials down some of the musty and earthy funk and amps up the peach, lactic sourness, and dark, sugary, malt backdrop. Bourbon and oak are present, but significantly less harsh than in the aroma.

M - Dry, medium body, that's a tad watery in conjunction with the low carbonation. Alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden.

D - Odd beer, with some surprising flavor juxtapositions. Not entirely successful in blending, but compelling nonetheless. The peaches brighten up some of the typical 'dark sour' flavors, and other than an unpleasant strain of brett in the aroma I quite liked this. Looking forward to trying this one again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark amber brown in color with burgundy highlights and a nice half finger of head that left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely was able to detect cuvee de tomme character such as cherries, a little brown sugar slight vineagr and acidic character but with nice peachy notes, bourbon, mild booze, vanilla and toffee; great aroma.

T: the peaches were more noticeable on the palate alongside, cherries, slight vinegar, acidity, brown sugar notes, good bourbon barrel accents, vanilla accents, mild booze, a touch of toffee and underlying dark fruits.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, barrel boozy, peachy, sweet and tart finish.

O: this one was definitely well blended really well and was really tasty; good job LA

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Snifter. Bottle opens with a pop.

A: Reddish brown with some transparency. A beige head rises an inch above the liquid.

S: Vibrant cherry skins with a decided sugary sweetness. Vinegar is well integrated and vanilla blends with oak. Light caramel notes waft from the glass. Peach is restrained but evident.

T: Sweet cherry flesh and skin with light vinegar notes. Peach is subtle but interplays nicely with the cherry. Lactic notes are evident and there's a light acetic acidity. I detect plum and raisin. The beer is lightly tannic with a drying oak prune finish. Cuvée de Tomme is strong, overwhelming the Angel's Share. I get a little bourbon throughout.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: The blend sounded strange but the beers work well together. I'm really enjoying this.

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Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the VIP box set. Split with JLindros

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear mahogany chestnut hue with no head, quite still. 3.75 (x .05 = .188)

S - Aromas of Angel share, cherries, light peaches. No booze on the nose, little vanilla barrel notes. 4 (x .2 = .8)

T - Taste is nice and tart. There's the stone fruit! Really tasty, the Angel share is not nearly as dominant as it was in the nose. Incredibly sour and tart. Nice barrel notes, faint bourbon. Lightly sweet, alcohol is hidden incredibly well. This is delicious. 4.25 (x .45 = 1.913)

M - Mouthfeel is basically still, but the alcohol is hidden absurdly well. 3.5 (x .1 = .35)

O - Overall this beer had it's flaws. The nose and mouthfeel really hurt this beer. The taste is nice but it's hindered by the flat carbonation. A shame. 3.75 (x .2 = .75)

Total Rating Score: 4
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Todd
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Track #2. 12.7oz bottle. No date.

Look: Iron, muddy color, thin beige lace

Smell: Aged, wood, fermented peaches, boozy cherries, funky background, daunting

Taste: Smooth, a bit creamy, matured tartness, spicy phenols, stone fruit center flesh, peach skins, sour cherries, granny smith apple bite, citrus, oaky, light bourbon, toffee and vanilla, dry, tannic finish

Insanely complex. Sneaky alcohol. Drinks dangerously. Stair way to heaven indeed. Or hell? Who cares as long as they serve good beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, Ca

The beer pours a flat, dark brown with dark ruby edges. There is no visibility through the beer. It's dark and looks heavy and substantial--even a bit oily.

A sweet and earthy aroma, with tons of caramel and rich cherry skin character. There's a red grape aroma as well, with notes of wood and red wine. There's a bit of vanilla. While everything listed sounds marvelous, and while certainly good, it doesn't blend together nearly as nicely as hoped.

The flavor is less successful and the combination of flavors is more muddled than in the aroma. There is a good cherry skin flavor alongside caramel and a touch of acidity. Nothing blends particularly well. Perhaps there is too much going on here: cherry, peach, oak, vanilla, caramel, acid, earth, prunes, and figs. It's just too much without being pleasantly complex or very enjoyable. The flavors don't come together; everything seems to battle for dominance. Inharmonious, though drinkable. There aren't any off flavors.

Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

As far as barrel aged blends/sours go, this one was not particularly enjoyable. The aroma saves it from an even worse score.

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Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy leathery reddish-brown - it looks like cream soda. Smell has a whole hell of a lot going on: oak, leather, and a bit of something that reminds me of pickle brine (but not in a bad way). Flavor is a bit all over the place - it has some of the tart vinous flavors of Cuvee de Tomme, but also has the bourbon-brown sugar-oak flavor from the Angel's Share. I'm not getting a ton of peach here. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is an interesting blend of beers that gives it a unique flavor profile - pretty unlike anything I've had before. It's not a total slam dunk, but it's good and different.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. Overall I was confused by this one.

The brew has a muddy brown color, with a ring of bubbly head. The aroma is subtle, way more than I thought after the description of all the additions and barrel aging. The aromas are muddled, some bourbon and cherry but honestly it's hard to nail down many of the other notes I'm getting.

The taste is a little better, but still isn't what I'd call "good" in the style: A hefty malt bill is the base here with the cherries shining through and just a hint of the peach with a slight edge of tartness. Some bourbon, but it's quite subtle. The feel has a certain sharpness I wouldn't describe as carbonation, heat or sour it's more of an acidic sharpness.

Decent overall.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at the brewery.

Pours a reddish murky muddy color. One finger of off white head. Retention and lacing are damn fine.

Smells of caramel and fig. Bright fruity notes abound as well as oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

Tastes of peaches soaked in bourbon and drizzled in chocolate. Vanilla and caramel followed by fruity tartness evoking plumbs and strawberries.

Full bodied, carbonation is spot on.

Really awesome. New and interesting yet still totally delicious. I'm seriously blown away.

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Photo of newk340
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had @ Lost Abbey poured into a tulip.

A: A dark mahogany color, a nice pop of the cork left a little bit of head and some very nice lacing.

S: Smelled absolutely delicious. Some brett, cherry, and bourbon were prevalent.

T: Wow, not bad at all. Similar to the smell, there were hints of bourbon, but mostly sour cherry and some hint of citrus. Different from expectations considering the dark color.

MF/D: Incredibly smooth despite a moderate amount of carbonation. Wish I could've brought a few bottles home with me...

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