Ding Points: 68.50
Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00
$13.99 for the 12.7 fl oz in the corked & caged bottle. Yes, I said $13.99!
As always with The Lost Abbey, I open with a degree of trepidation. The carbonation is always a worry, particularly with anything in this sized bottle, however in this case the pop is OK, and certainly good enough for me to push the worry of non-carbonation to the back of my mind.
Light golden color with slight haze. Decent head, but retention and lace are both quite poor.
Nose offers a very light funk against the backdrop of a vinous note. Some white wine character in there, which I like very much.
The Duvel tulip obviously helps the stream of carbonation, but overall the beer is smooth with a very nice rounded mouthfeel. That catches me a little off-guard, since I was anticipating a more prickly affair given the style.
The tastes reflect the nose, but for me any funk that was in the nose disappears pretty quickly to give a much stronger emphasis on the white wine character. For me, that’s fine since I really enjoy that kind of taste profile. The beer has a lot of promise, but as others have noted it seems to fall away much too quickly.
There’s a touch of banana hefe in there as well, but it too drops off quickly. This really doesn’t feel very ‘Wild’ at all.
The finish is dry (good), but it disappears into plain evaporation far too fast. Slightly disappointing.
This beer is tasty, but ultimately fails to satisfy. The lack of satisfaction is profoundly impacted by the price, which makes it nothing short of terrible value. I find it odd, since the lack of serious acidic funk takes this beer more into saison character. Why is that odd? Well, for a Saison with tremendous body, amazing drinkability and fantastic value, one doesn’t have to look further than The Lost Abbey’s Red Barn. That beer is one of my favorite American beers of all time, and represents tremendous value – the juxtaposition of these two beers in terms of value is both interesting and stark.
It’s perhaps unfair to compare the two, but in terms of what each beer ultimately delivers, the experiences are not that different; in terms of the value and the relative success of the two beers, the Red Barn is MILES ahead.
Other: American Wild Ale, 6.3% ABV.