Box Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
The Lost Abbey

Box Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorBox Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
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American Wild Ale
4.19 | pDev: 9.07%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Box Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorBox Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Notes: Brewed with raisins and aged in bourbon barrels with sour cherries and currants added.

Track 9 began as a few barrels of Cuvee de Tomme that hadn’t matured enough to make it to bottling last year. To those we added currants and additional dose of Brett and let Nature do what she would. The result is a jammy brew with just the right amount of tartness and funk.
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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Original track set bottling. Little pop to the cork but pours fairly flat.

Fairly sour and tart at this point with some Brett funk showing. Cherries and currants show with raisins and molasses. Acidic. Light vinegar. Flat. Maybe a bit past it’s prime but still solid and fun to try.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Deep malt roast, followed by ample sour cherries and raisins, light black currents, boozy, earthy, funky, with a tart lingering sourness.

A:Deep brown color with ruby highlight. The beer has a light thin head that quickly dissipates.

T: Dark roasted malts quickly give way to sour cherries, light currants, raisins and dried fruits. Slightly boozy, light oak, with a funky tart sourness.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation, and somewhat viscous.

O: Very solid; the beer has a interesting interplay of sour cherries, raisins and light currants. The beer is a bit boozy, but still well executed.

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

Split with rudzud

Pours a decent fizzy head that fades quickly, no real lacing, nice legs, dark mahogany brown color.

Nose is nice tart sour, wild funky sour cherry like, big lactic acid and sour funk, mild sweet brown malt and brown sugar candy, etc. Little buttery vanilla oak like, brown sour malt.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, brown malt, sugar, syrupy, but sour funk, little Brett funk, lacto sour funk, tart cherry like fruit, funk, lactic acid, toasted brown malts and brown sugar, flemmy, candied raisin and candied cherry. Touch of toasted buttery vanilla oak. Finish sticky flemmy sour, tart cherry, lactic acid and sour funk, more toffee and brown sugar syrup.

Mouth is thicker syrupy sour flemmy funk, acidic, decent but lighter carb.

Overall meh, just lots if weird sweet brown malt characters with sour bacteria and mild Brett... Pretty good but not great.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros. From the VIP track box set.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip clearish ruby brown with a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Aromas of raisins, brett, funk, lacto, sour cherry.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of raisins, nice sour cherry, good lacto notes, brett funk, pleasant sweetness and tart. Tasty, alcohol hidden well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, lightly crisp, slightly flemmy. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty. Lots of raisins and sour cherries.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Brownish red. Khaki head becomes a medium collar and some wisps.

Smell - Cherries and other dark fruits. Musty and caramelly. Vinous with raisins and a lot of acidity.

Taste - Fruit is more muddled. Caramel is more prevalent. I guess it's the currants that push through the most, but I'm not an expert on currants.

Mouthfeel - Muddy kind of sour. Well carbonated, maybe too much. Dry.

Overall - Not my favorite. It's got a lot of fruit flavors going on that get muddled together.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Todd!

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind minimal lace. Lightly hazed ruby body. One of the more carbonated Tracks for sure.

S - Aroma is evocative of Cuvee de Tomme, but with more sweetness and tropical funk to it. Some dusty medicinal brett and more dark fruits than I'm accustomed to from that beer. Seems very much like a CdT barrel that went off in a different direction.

T - Taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of sugar cookie and dark fruit malt sweetness, ripe currants, sour cherries, and perhaps a faint hint of tobacco and chocolate. Alcohol is well-hidden here, and the funky brett is dialed down a notch.

M - Dry, medium-full body, with pleasant carbonation, and nary a trace of the listed 9.7%.

D - A dark wild ale with only a touch of sourness to it. Brett is more complementary here than some of the earlier Tracks. Sweetness that I found a tad heavy-handed 7 months ago at FoBAB has dissipated a bit, with a better balance of funk, sourness, fruit, and malt. Interesting and complex, but I kind of prefer regular Cuvee de Tomme.

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

Clear ruddy brown with no head. Nose is vinous with big currant notes and funky barnyard brett. Palate is better than expected, heavy on earthy tart currants with red wine, tobacco and drying oak. Full bodied, mildly tart. More brett funk than actual sourness. Quite good.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by nasty31 at NWI drinking night

A - Dark brown with a small mocha head

S - Lactic avid, white vinegar, currants, light cherries. Good fruity yet sour noses

T - Currants and raisins up front to give it a fruity sweetness. Light sour lemon and lactic acid in the middle. Tart cherry near the finish with light oak near the front. Light booziness and slight funk / blue cheese near the end. Good complexity and balance between tart, funk and sweetness

M - Lightly carbonated overall with a slight creaminess. Leaves a tingle on the tongue and a dry finish

O - Solid sour brown ale with an aded layer of complexity with the raisin sweetness to it. There was light funk to it as well from the Brett

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. Not a huge fan of this, Cuvee de tomee is much better.

Dark brown to crimson body with no lacing or head, pretty standard for the style. The smell is dark fruit-cherry, slight funk, some oak and decent malt bill. The taste follows about halfway the notes in the aroma but then has what I can only describe as a vodka like alcohol flavor in it that I've never tasted in a beer before. Some metallic cherry too. Not a huge fan, but it's not terrible.

The feel is nothing to write home about, sort of thin. This beer is just OK.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured dark brown in color with dark reddish highlights and a little head that left some wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely some cherries upfront in the aroma with some type of vinous notes I'm assuming are from the currants with a bit of acidic tart qualities, good earthy woody presence and sweet bourbon notes.

T: plenty of fruitiness consisting of what the description mentions such as currants and cherries but with nice warm bourbon barrel character alongside wood oakiness, a touch of vanilla and acidic sour notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet, fruity, woody bourbony, acidic and sour finish.

O: interesting variation of the cuvee de tomme with good fruit flavor and complexity.

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

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer appears ruby to copper in color with a thick beige head that rapidly fades to a thin ringlet around the perimeter of the glass. The aroma offers cherries, booze, malt, yeast. Cherries and tangy berries with a medium to full bodied feel. Low carbonation with a slight pucker in the finish. Tasty, but not great. Cuvée de Tomme is a better beer.

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

Served alongside Cuvee de Tomme.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a thin white head - looks pretty much identical to CdT but with a little more carbonation. Smell is red wine, oak and lactic sour. Flavor is very vinous/tannic with some sour notes and oak. Unfortunately it's a bit one-dimensional and isn't as complex as I had hoped it would be. The flavors also aren't as bright as I'd hoped. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This one is a good beer, but isn't as great as I hoped it would be as a lover of CdT.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhat murky and dark red. Nose is faint cherries, raisin, vinegar, and faint oak. Taste is somewhat sweet and syrupy with a slight sour kick. Taste is very tame in terms of sours, it borders on being a little too sweet. Finish is relatively bland. Mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation. Overall a bit disappointing, the body is off and the taste isn't pronounced.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle courtesy of Tim, thanks! Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Deep reddish brown with a small beige head.

S: Strong cherry and currant presence in the nose. Bourbon blends with vanilla and oak. Vinous with a bit of raisin. Lightly tart and leathery. Smells great.

T: Cuvée de Tomme with currants, essentially. Light vanilla and ample bourbon. Some astringency and heat. Lots of oak. Lower moderate acetic presence. Piquant tartness. Tannic throughout with a drying fruit skin lightly acetic finish.

M: Upper medium body. Medium prickly carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel with some warming.

Overall: I prefer regular Cuvee de Tomme, but this is still a nice twist on a classic and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewery last week. 17.99 for 375 ml. This is from notes.

Pours deep glowing burgundy with a fizzy, off white head that lasts a good while. Sweet current notes mingle with a subtle sourness and a good dose of earthy, funky brett. The taste follows suit with the same sourness mixed flawlessly with fruity and funky flavors. Chewy malt flavors lie in the back. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, its basically not there. The mouthfeel is creamy with soft carbonation bubbles and fullbodied. The finish is tart and dry with a lingering soft sourness.

This beer is incredible. Very, very complex and easy to drink. Hits all the bases for a good sour ale. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split bottle after another event nearby.

A: Pours into a LA goblet a hazy crimson brown with a thin off-white head which leaves some spots.

N: Vinous and wood barrel, plums, raisons and figs like the base beer with some cherry and mild funk.

T: Dark fruits - cherries, plums, figs and raisons. Woody tannins and wine-like with red currants added. Brett is present but not overwhelming.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Tannic and fruity finish. Mildly sour.

O: Interesting blending and addition of extra fruit and brett. Should develop into something given some time.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Dark ruby and crimson with dark purple highlights and a moderately sized khaki colored head. This is most certainly carbonated. This leaves messy bubbles and irregular lacing down the glass.

The base beer shines through, with good amounts cherry and oak character leading the way, along with strong, defined fruit character. I wouldn't have guessed currants without prompting, but this does smell like currants. The Brett yeast is only minimally present, at least in the aroma; perhaps this will develop more with age.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with good amounts of cherry, currant, and oak flavors combining nicely, along with a light acidic sour character. This isn't nearly as sour as some vintage batches of Cuvee de Tomme.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Perhaps of all the Track beers so far, I'd like to see what age does to this one the most. I'd like to see the Brett develop along with more sour character. This is a very good, unique beer as it is, but it may turn into something incredibly special.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and consumed at The Lost Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy orange-red head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with cherry, dark fruit, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

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Box Set Track #9 - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 90 ratings