Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #6
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #540
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.03%
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
834
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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
Notes: We’ve never released a Bourbon Barrel version of our Judgment Day. So we thought it might be interesting to take the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme age in first fill Bourbon Barrels and let mother nature take over. Of course, because this is a Rock and Roll inspired Box Set beer, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone.

Upon sampling the base beer, it became apparent that the raisins used to brew the base beer were going to drive the flavor bus of this beer. The conversations turned to Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the essence of a freshly baked treat. So we added some cinnamon sticks to the barrels and threw in some dried chiles as well.
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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter
2013 vintage

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- dark fruit-driven nose, with a big raisin and fig note, followed by Belgian candied sugar, molasses, brown sugar & fruit cake. Undertones of spicy cinnamon, chocolate, oatmeal cookie, oaky bourbon & just a hint of chili

T- sweet and malty with a big raisin note up front, along with black strap molasses, chocolate, port, black licorice & peppery yeast. Mid-palate brings out the bourbon barrel, adding sharp oak and vanilla. The finish brings out cinnamon, raisin cookies and a hint of chili heat on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- One of the best aged beers I've had in a while, the adjuncts are all still popping through, outstanding

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I believe the 375 mL bottle is 2017 vintage. Poured into Kane glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very dark brown but not quite black, you still can see a color. No head, no lacing, no cap, no ring. No bananas in Scranton, PA.

S: Bourbon barrel, some cinnamon, general molasses type sweetness of a quad.

T: Again the molasses/honey sweetness of a quad, backed with the oaky barrel and definite cinnamon and dark fruit notes. I don't exactly get oatmeal raisin cookie, and I love those, but it's pretty good. A little chili heat at the end (or is it clever masking of alcohol heat?).

F: Full bodied, quite flat. Construction and balance are pretty good and flavors are nicely rounded and melded. A definite sipping beer, as it packs a punch.

O: Very good quad with a twist. Excellent effort.

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Photo of zielijo1
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark pour from a 375ml bottle. Head dissipates quickly. Dark fruit smell, raisin like. Barrel aging masks the cinnamon n chillies. Stickiness on lips afterwards so a bit sweet but not oatmeal cookie sweet. This is a strong beer not a cookie. A nice sipping beer. Does remind me of westvlentern 12 but without the bourbon kick.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a small fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart raisins, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, peppercorn, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, spices, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lightly tart raisins, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, peppercorn, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast, cinnamon, chili pepper, bourbon/oak tannin spiciness; and light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart raisins, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, peppercorn, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, brown bread, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, spices, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky/tannic, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 14%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged fruited/spiced quad! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, spices, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the modestly spicy/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced fruity/spicy yeast, spices, raisins, rich malts, and bourbon barrel integration. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example for the big gravity.

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes of coconut raisins and Chile’s. Phenomenal stout at a 14 ABV. Very drinkable. Initial malty sweetness, then cinnamon kicks in as well as cocounut. Pours dark with limited head. Smooth!!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from 375 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark cola brown with 1 inch dark tan fizzy head with decent retention.
S: Soft caramel malt and bready yeast. Figs, raisin, brown sugar, and soft molasses.
T: Soft caramel malt, brown sugar, raisin, fig, molasses, cinnamon, bready yeast, and a touch of oatmeal. I completely understand why this is called the oatmeal raisin cookie beer. With warming and in the finish is just the slightest hint of chili heat.
M: Medium body. Soft and sweet. Mildly oily and viscous. Just a faint touch of heat in the finish. Coats the palate well and lingers and matures nicely there.
D: A very nice brew that has aged superbly.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in Temecula March 2017 at Baron's Marketplace - a bit pricey at ~$15 US for 375 ml - bit of age when consumed Aug 2018.
Pours out like a cola - dark brown with fizzy minimal tan head - thinner on pour than I expected. Smells of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, a bit of coffee, and sense some booziness on the caramel malt base.
Taste follows with molasses, bourbon, raisins - caramel malt - dates and bourbon booziness. Did not get much of child heat but my taste for heat may well be burnt out. Medium full body - bit more boozy as warmed but would not have guessed the 13.7% ABV. Great beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle.

It pours a dark brown with an initial impressive head of foam but it's short lasting. Typical of beers with that high an abv. 13.7% in this case.

The smell is a delightful mix of cocoa and cinnamon, Bourbon, dark fruit, smells kinda sweet and sweet.

Taste is of Bourbon, raisins, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, sweet but not overly so. I dig the complexity. Wee bit of oxidation going on but in a good way. I get the rather subtle taste of chiles. That's the way they should be done, imho.

At times it feels full bodied but in general, I would call it medium. It had a nice pop when I pulled the cork out so I expected decent carbonation and I got it.

The flavours are so pleasing to me; gots to give it a score deserving.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

June 11th, 2015 - Lost Abbey's dark brews are the creme de la creme for me in San Diego, and the Track #08 fits well within the pantheon. Though the shade at the back of this beer establishment makes it hard to see the true color, it's predictably dark with a centimeter of light brown head. From there I catch smells of oatmeal raisin cookies, and then port. It's deep and burly and luxurious. So is the flavor, bold and mellow, like a big brew that's been well aged. The sweetness is like frosting on a high quality cake, which cools in the aftertaste to deep, macerated cherries. It's rich and complex, and shows off Arthur's diligence to strong and dark beers.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Number of the Beast pours a black color, with a long lasting, fizzy, and lacing head. Big sweet aromas, with hints of candy and raisins. The flavor is smooth, and very warm. Noticeable cinnamon flavors, dry fruit, and hints of Belgian candies round it out, with just the slightest hint of smoke from the chilies. Good body and feel. Overall, top notch beer, great flavors, perfectly constructed. Warm beer, sweet (but not too sweet), creamy and hints of cinnamon.

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Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Next time you crave an oatmeal raisin cookie for desert, sip one of these instead. Lost Abbey nails it again. Desert wine’s got nothing on this stuff......YUM!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to an essentially black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head which fades fairly quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bourbon barrels with notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon, raisins and a hint of chili heat
T: Taste is raisins up front before cinnamon and chilies come into play, delicious bourbon barrel notes of oak, caramel and vanilla come in next followed by some dark fruits. Cinnamon and chilies come back around again with some raisin notes and a little toffee. Swallow is raisins, cinnamon, chilies, vanilla, caramel and oak with some lingering molasses like sweetness,
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate and just below being prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the style and ABV.
O: Impressive. This is an odd mix of flavors but the beer pulls it off very well. Great flavors and complexity while being very well integrated. Nothing drowns out the other flavors and they are in near perfect harmony. This one is definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of emyers
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Cloudy dark brown with thin tan head.

Nose: bourbon, vanilla, and raisin dominate. Toasted cinnamon.

Taste: molasses, raisins, bourbon. Cinnamon and chiles come in on the finish to give a lingering warmth.

Full-bodied, rich, smooth.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Bottle

A: Dark caramel malts, moderate vanilla, bourbon, raisins, and light spices. Vanilla, spices and bourbon.

A: Brown color, super murky, with almost no head at all.

T: Raisins, figs, rich bourbon vanilla, with moderately light cinnamon redolent of an oatmeal cookie, followed by light oak and faint chili pepper heat on the finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. The beer hides its alcoholic strength well and is lightly boozy, but not hot.

O: Awesome; while ugly in appearance the beer balances a lot of components to create an oatmeal cookie like character with a flavor that really lingers.

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Photo of Avitra
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Yet another super beer, by what might be the best brewery in the world - Lost Abbey. This one lingers on for ages. It almost has stouty tastes, with being everything but a stout. You feel the chocolate and vanilla but in a very different way. There's also some malt, some black currant, some blessed booziness, but mostly - it's just long, which is beautiful.

Quick notes from second tasting:
Amazing. Milk chocolate, licorice, vanilla, some spice and a lot of depth. Even the smell has spice and fruit and vanilla. And the taste has a beautiful fruit finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and limited lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with some residual sugar notes and some dry fruits with hints of cinnamon and chili. Taste is a mix of caramelized malt with some well-balanced residual sugar notes with hints of cinnamon and chili with dry raisins notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Interesting and good sipper without being necessarily true to the style.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Such a cool beer; not sure how else to sum it up. It’s complex, smooth, delicious, ugly as sin, boozy and totally unique. Hard to find peers to compare it to because of all the different component parts but it stands tall regardless.

Ugly out of the bottle. Drink this in low light if possible - brown like a muddy puddle. Murky. Thin white head disappears quickly. Floaties. Like someone showing up to a wedding in pajamas. Pull yourself together, for gods sake! From here on out, however, it’s fantastic.

Aroma is fig, rich malt, vanilla, toffee, oak, spice, baked goods. Boozy, sweet and robust.

Taste is dark fruit, like raisins and figs and dates, followed by a rich creamy bourbon and oak stew - toffee, light vanilla and charred oak. The oatmeal raisin cookie is strong, and I get more cinnamon-spice than chili peppers. Perhaps it’s there more in essence than taste.

Creamy and soft on the palate. ABV is so well hidden. Sweet but not cloying, boozy but not hot. Wonderful, delicious and ugly sipper.

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Photo of Benish
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It poured murkey brown with a white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma is heavy on raisins and plums! Smells almost like prune juice. As it warmed up, the bourbon became noticeable, it's alcohol and floral notes. The flavors were the same, tasted a lot of raisins and plums with its tart skin. It's also very sweet, with candied dry fruit. The warmth of the bourbon carried over at the finish. Can't really taste the cinnamon and chilies. Can't even tell if the heat is from the alcohol itself or the added chilies. Mouthfeel is full bodied with some warmth. Overall I liked it, but it is not worth the price tag. So many great quads out there at the fraction of the cost.

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Photo of anon
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste at the brewery. Opaque mahogany body, tan coloured head with some good retention. Smell is sweet vanilla, spices and bourbon. Dark malts, caramel and raisin.

Taste is dark malts and bourbon, with some nice touches of vanilla, cinnamon, clove. Raisin, fig, oats. Like others say, reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie. Chile is definitely there and mingles perfectly with the other flavours.

Full-bodied finish, very smooth and drinkable considering the high ABV. Great brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of brown around most of the rim and in tiny patches on the top. The head entirely dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma is of cinnamon, sweet bourbon, raisins, and chiles. I'm tasting very aggressive sweet bourbon, raisins, and cinnamon. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and lightly warm from the chiles and alcohol.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cinnamon nose and flavor is cinnamon and bourbon, any chilies are buried, high ABV, 13.7%, is hidden. Beyond expensive at $18.95 for a 375ml caged & corked bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Todd
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine #123 (April 2017):

I was damn lucky to try Track #8 from the box set years ago, and here and there over the years at fests. It was one of my favorites from the brewery, and I’m a sucker for chiles, so I was stoked when a new sample made it to my doorstep.

The dark, opaque brown body with a creamy tan head sets the mood, while the aroma smells exactly like a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie, complete with cinnamon, spice, baked oats, and childhood memories. There’s a good dose of oak, too. The texture is very smooth with a slight syrupy feel and a bit of chew, but it's not thick. It definitely has that boozy and dark grape-like Quad base that's sweet, not cloying. Then delicious layers of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coconut fold into charred raisin notes and a spicy, peppery hit from the chiles. The finish has a dry doughiness to it, which reinforces the perception of a cookie. And despite its high alcohol, Track #8 is an insanely drinkable beast of a beer that's been tamed for your enjoyment.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle.
pour is a murky dark brown. bubbly head is brown hued and big to start. decent retention, limited lacing. huge cinnamon aromas. you can smell the chili peppers as well. raisins, brown sugar, molasses. warming. sweetness in the finish for sure, but very pleasant. really does remind you of a cookie. cinnamon and spice dominate the tail end of the drink, but not in an overbearing way.
well done combining these flavors to form a well balanced beer. usually when I see a label that is this busy, I get concerned it will be too busy and muddy in the beer. this is a well made balanced beer with a lot of flavor. also, very happy to see how well this has held on being a couple years old. not sure if it lessened the blow of the booze, but it drinks pretty smooth for almost 14%!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lots of booze fume coming off this one with some spice and unique barrel character. Definitely getting the raisin too and, overall, the aroma is quite sweet.

T- Very interesting synthesis of spice, sweetness and booze. The barrel is more of that raw, oaky, dry variety rather than smooth vanilla. What results is a kind of rum raisin aspect which is actually pretty nice. The chiles eventually make their way into the profile providing an extra dimension by way of a slight capsaicin burn. The ABV is hidden pretty well all things considered.

M- Soft at first but with a sharp bite from the chiles and drying sensation from the cinnamon. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Certainly unlike any beer I've previously had. Lots of barrel and an intriguing interplay of the special ingredients therein. I've mentioned sweetness a couple of times in this review but the barrel and booze do a good job of off-setting it making for a balanced drink overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bourbon barrel aged brew from one of North America's best breweries? I had to buy it!

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz format. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Brown glass. Classy label art (in more ways than one).

13.70% ABV. "Ale brewed with raisins, [sic] aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon and chiles." My label calls it just "Track #8."

Served chilled into a Lost Abbey teku and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale khaki colour head which is somewhat creamy and soft, but fails to dazzle in either regard. Robust enough in spite of being a bit fluffy. The ~10 minute retention is impressive considering the high ABV, but aside from that there's little here to impress.

The body is better, albeit predictable - an opaque solid ink-black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

It's a decent appearance for its style, but nothing about it stands out and it isn't unique or special to any extent.

AROMA: Dry Belgian yeast pairs surprisingly well with a subdued American bourbon barrel presence in this Belgo-American ale, with subtle notes of dried raisin and stonefruit/dark fruit dueling with vanilla and white oak tones from the bourbon to good effect. The Belgian and American influences coalesce rather than clash, forming an interesting if somewhat uneven build that successfully marries the odd pairing.

One might think the introduction of Mexican chocolate elements like ancho chile and dried cinnamon (well, cassia) would further muddy this already eclectic brew, but they're subtle enough that they play well, and their dry powdery aromatics seem to fit the dry Belgian yeast well.

There's no chile (or alcohol) heat by any stretch, but that seems to work well for it.

It's quite the aroma, and suggests a shockingly well balanced beer that juggles multiple influences without really fitting neatly into any convenient style categorization. I guess it's closest to a Belgian strong ale by my estimation, but the American & Mexican influences make that a hard point to defend.

Aromatic intensity is moderate, with no off-flavours or overt hoppy aromatics.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The spices and yeast may be dry, but the beer is actually silky smooth and soft, helping coax out the vanilla/vanillin from the bourbon barrel and let it shine via a velvety luscious creamy texture.

Many cinnamon/cassia spiced beers suffer from that "stuck to the roof of your mouth" nastiness, but there's none of that here...just a tugging dryness that adds textural complexity to this surprisingly well balanced ale. A blip of welcome bourbon warmth sets off the dark malt backbone, but the apt attenuation of the Belgian ale yeast prevents this from ever feeling too sweet like many bourbon barrel beers.

Dark fruit is in there, but has a more moderate presence than you'd find in a quadrupel, landing in Belgian strong ale terrain. Raisin is chief among them, but there's some faint caramelized plum and date in there...many hints of fig or prune, but they aren't overt.

Ancho chile flavour adds some central American flair while keeping the heat minimal...there's just a scintilla thereof, and it plays well with the equally subtle bourbon warmth.

Turning more to a discussion of the bourbon barrel...boy does it work here. It doesn't eclipse the base but it's definitely present, lending rich white oak undertones, barrel sugars, and lovely vanilla. I might mistake the barrel vanillin for actual vanilla bean in a blind tasting; it's really evocative.

Given the ecletic intricacy of this brew, one might expect a chaotic imbalance of flavour, but true to form Lost Abbey manages to achieve an impressive harmony and balance of flavour without compromising in terms of subtlety or depth of flavour. Complex as this is, it is not a loud or big bold brew, and each part contributes to the whole to form a gestalt treat of a brew that's perplexingly well-executed.

OVERALL: Despite its dangerous ABV, this ale drinks a bit too easily, but remains a sipper if only because each sip is meant to be savored. Lost Abbey again defends its reputation as one of the U.S.A.'s finest breweries with this home run effort, and I'd happily recommend it to friends. One can nitpick; I guess the dryness on the finish does get a bit off-putting after a while and there's room for still more expressiveness of flavour and intricacy, but it's a successful execution of an incredibly tricky premise for an ale. How many breweries can pull off a balanced American bourbon barrel aged chile pepper Belgian strong dark ale brewed with cinnamon?

Pair with fig newtons, sharp cheese, and/or chocolate covered pomegranate.

B (3.68) / GOOD

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 834 ratings