Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The DevilBox Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil
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Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The DevilBox Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.33%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Remixed Track, Track 4 is a deep, black blended beer comprised of two barrels of a base component of Veritas 009, and Hot Rocks aged in Red Wine Barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 04-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Fux
4.64/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours very dark brown, not completely black. Absolutely no head to speak of. Carbonation is not showing off.
S: Smell is incredible, one of the most complex beers I have ever smelled with a perfect balance. With more length and strenght, it would have been granted a perfect 5. Smell is of roasted malt with cherries added upfront. Then come the barrel characters with a subtle tart woodiness and notes of vanilla. Behind hide tons of vinous aromas, dark grapes, fruit skin and tannins, then more fruits, plum and prune mixed with chocolate, fudge, leather and oak. A touch of alcohol and caramel sweetness linger.
T: Taste differs from the nose with the same flavors coming in the mix but with a different arrangement. Taste is tart upfront, with cherries and vinous flavors dominating at first, quickly replaced by the malt richness, chocolate, burnt flavors, dark fruits, leather and oak. Some light alcohol kick also. Some tartness and bitterness mixed together linger in the aftertaste. leaving a welcome dry mouth. Awesome.
M: Unfortunately, as foreseen from the appearance, the beer lacks carbonation, but the dryness on the finish and the small amount of alcohol perceived from the taste help give the beer a perfect balance and leave no trace of residual sweetness despite a perfectly decent body.
O: This beer is a gem, a masterpiece, I don't know why it's rating so low. I didn't expect this at all, I had had a good amount of the Tracks series before, and though some were definitely great, none is as inspiring as this one. Would have it be a little bit more carbonated, it could have reach a perfect 5. Lost Abbey, please make more!

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4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A: Black color with a red wine hue the beer's thin tan head quickly dissipates into the glass.

A: Moderately light cherries, coupled with roasted malts, light tartness, faint alcohol, and moderate wood and vanilla, coupled with vinous, plum and dark fruit aromas.

T: Moderately light cherries and vinous flavors, followed by roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, slight booze, faint oxidization, light oak and a dry finish.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation and hides it alcoholic strength well.

O: Fantastic; this beer has aged wonderfully. The beer has taken on a super complex aroma and flavors with an outstanding blend and balance, making this a very enjoyable beer to sip and savor.

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4.52/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a lost abbey stemmed glass on 4/21 at the lost abbey

A: very dark almost black with a film of brown tan head...that dissapates quickly... A bit of brown on the edges when held to the light....

S: deep red wine hits the nose right off along with oak blending beautifully with Brett funk. hints of chocolate and bourbon... An very intriguing and inviting nose.... Nice sourness, with a hint of dark sour cherry, a great nose!

T: wow... This is delicious. The way everything works together here is beautiful. I get sour cherry and red wine, along with some nice oak, then on the end it blends nicley into dark chocolate and a touch of burbon... Again everything is so well balanced and workin together here... I love it.

M: medium bodied with tight medium carbonation, a bit dry red wine finish, the tannins are deffinatly there, drinks like a red wine with a touch of carbonation....

O: this is a great beer! So lucky to have gotten to try this.... A great blend of flavors and complexities... Awesome... Don't know what else to say.

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4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Nearly black with a moderately sized dark brown head and significantly more visible carbonation than all the previous Track series beer. This leaves the glass messy with irregular stick. Very nice.

The aroma is a wonderful combination and very unique as well: red wine, dark fruits, chocolate, roast, oak, red wine vinegar, and just a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is superb, incredibly drinkable, and incredibly complex. First comes a rich combination of ripe cherries, moderate sourness, oak, and maple, then after the swallow, flavors of roast, black bread, chocolate, and more oak linger. Complex and delicious. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Rich though incredibly drinkable.

One of the most interesting and delicious beers I've had in a very long time.

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4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice mixture of things going on in the aroma, chocolate and wine barrel notes being that upfront in the nose with sweetness consisting of a little toffee, caramel, hints of maple syrup, roasty presence, signs of booze and various dark fruit esters coming through as well.

T: the taste had a good tart bite alongside chocolatey notes, bourbon booze accents, semi dark fruity consisting of plums and raisins, great wine barrel character, a touch of vinous flavor but with sweet caramel, toffee, and very slight molasses.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, mild vinous wine barrel, chocolatey and tart finish.

O: very interesting beer all around that had a wide range of flavor and aroma. I was digging it.

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4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark brown nearing black with a small tan head that slowly fades j to a gentle cap and collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of red cherries, wild yeast, Pinot noir wine, and dusty cocoa bars.
Taste is of the aromas with a burnt tar, raisins, charred wood, cherries, and perhaps some bourbon in the backdrop that is toned out by the red wine and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is chewy, full bodied, with tingling bubbles and tartness. Lots going on in this one. Delicious stuff that gets much better as it warms.

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4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured a hazy ruby brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy fruit sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

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4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle into stemware at Lost Abbey.

A: Black with an attractive light brown head.

S: A marriage of dark fruit and chocolate in the aroma. Plum accompanies grape, raisin, and prune. Quite vinous. There's a little oak with a good amount of leather and earth. As the beer warms up I detect a lot of cherry and vanilla with a little caramel and bourbon. The red wine characteristics are stronger than I expected. Very fruity.

T: Lightly tart and mildly lactic with a firm leather presence. Dark fruits are pronounced. I detect lots of plum, grape, and prune. Tannins blend with oak and a restrained chocolate presence. I get a little caramel as well as a touch of alcohol (in the finish).

M: Lower full body with upper medium to lower high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and tannic.

Overall: I was a little skeptical when I learned of the blend, but this turned out to be really nice. 

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Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 91 ratings