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The Lost Abbey
Dead Man’s Game

Dead Man’s
Game

Described as an "Oak Aged Blended Ale", the 12.7oz corked & caged affair - I think from 2017, and found in a random Ohio bottle shop for $16.99 -  opens with an almost complete lack of carbonation and with a predictable if still disappointing pathetic pfftt rather than a pop on removing the cork. At this age, with this ABV and given the problems that Lost Abbey used to have with carbonation, I was expecting nothing else. Knew full well I was taking a chance, and was prepared to lose the...

Gnoel de Abbey Holiday Brown Ale

Gnoel de Abbey
Holiday Brown Ale

Dark brown pour. Decent thin film, some lace. Nice and malty with a real good dose of spice. The spice is difficult to decipher specifically, but it’s reminiscent of some mace and some cinnamon. With the spice comes some good sweetness, but there’s also a nice hop note in the backend that reminds you that this is not simply a fancy brown ale. The warmer it gets the sweeter it comes and the beer starts to open up a bit. The spice backs off a bit, and the beer seems less bitter. More sweetness...

Saison Blanc

Saison Blanc

$5.49 for the 12 oz corked and caged affair. Yellow dot-matrix date is obliterated on the neck. Brewed with 'Golden Raisins' (that I think is American for sultanas) and white pepper. Potentially a beer that I am VERY interested in. VERY. Always holding my breath with carbonation and Lost Abbey - medium to low pop on opening . No gun smoke. Lovely, hazed golden color. Light, musty citrus in the nose, Intensified in the mouth with a real satsuma peel and juice note. Tasty. Wow! A beer to...

Mo Betta Bretta Ale

Mo Betta
Bretta Ale

$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...

Anniversary Beer

Anniversary Beer

22 oz bottle, $7.99 form Smyrna World of Beverage, Smyrna, GA, USA. Bottled on 5/5/11 with an additional dot-matrixed '5212' on the neck in yellow ink. Shock, horror! This is a big, bold, hop-bomb without any excuses or any pretense. In many ways that is a plus, since the beer 'does what it says on the can' and that is an admirable trait and one which is too often neglected these days. Pour is a very attractive, bright, orange body with plenty of highly pitted, white head. The retention and...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

375 mL bottle, corked and caged bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. $14 for the privilege. 11.5% on the label. It's flat. 100% flat. Was pretty positive that it would be even before I bought it, but it still needs to be recorded. The beer pours with a dark brown, mid-viscosity and obviously zero head, lace or retention. The nose and tastes give what amounts to be a glass of sherry. Lots of rum & raisin ice-cream notes, other dark fruits, brown sugar and light, evaporating alcohol. A few woody...

Devotion Ale

Devotion Ale

750 mL corked & caged bottle courtesy of ClownShoesDreams - thanks Gregg. Small pop on opening, not huge, but nevertheless there is some carbonation - always a slight concern with Lost Abbey. Pour is as expected with a dense, slightly off-white head that has pillow-like character and a hazy, orange/golden body. Solid looking. Nose and tastes combine in a rather unusual way to bring the best of Belgium with that typical, slightly over-hopped American influence. Tangy orange, light yeasty...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

Witch’s Wit

Delighted to get to try this one, courtesy of DrDogBeer (Tom) - many thanks. 750 mL bottle, usual Lost Abbey, corked & caged presentation. The opening of the beer is disappointing. A worryingly, uninspired lack of pop - oh, oh, this is Lost Abbey after all - problems?? The beer pours with a bright orange, honey colored, murky body. Head is absent and as a result, as is lace and retention. Carbonation is the problem here. The beer is flat and this (I guess) is another Lost Abbey issue. Zero...

Carnevale

Carnevale

Notes added 12/12/21 Fresh bottles (Vintage 2021 printed on the back label) sourced from Craftshack. Image is from that batch. Golden pour with a white head. A LOT of apple and cider notes that create a delightful, dry effect. Almost has a touch of champagne in the overall experience. The nose catches a lot of that feel too. Drying finish. Original notes, 12/25/09 750 mL corked & caged bottle from DrDogBeer as part of my Secret Santa 2009 gift - thanks Tom. Beer opened with an encouraging...

Red Barn Ale

Red Barn Ale

Pictured 09/27/13 Original notes 06/28/09 750 mL, olive green, corked and caged bottle. Very healthy pop with plenty of gun smoke on opening - a "Lost Abbey based" sigh of relief. Beautiful, honey hazed, orange pour with a tight, white head. Lace is superb - dense with complex patterns. Some of the best I've seen in the Gouden Carolus chalice. Nose has creamy fruits and white pepper. Tastes are very mellow. Light touches of white pepper, some spices, gentle, ripe summer fruits like sweet...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

10 Commandments

Well, I'm always holding my breath when I crack open a Lost Abbey these days as I wait to see if the carbonation is going to be an issue. Luckily this open opens with a decent pop, not huge but enough to leave me confident that this beer is carbonated correctly. 750 mL corked & caged with the usual, elaborate LA presentation. Looks classy. Poured this one into the Gouden Carolus, small chalice. The beer looks near perfect. Beautiful, dark mahogany clarity with a super, rich, dense mocha...

Lost & Found The Lost Abbey

Lost & Found
The Lost Abbey

Additional notes 01/25/23 Bottled on 01/05/22 from Bine and Vine (I believe the old South Bay Drugs), San Diego, CA. Almost 14 years on and the pop on opening is still modest, BUT in this case the carbonation is OK - and it should be noted that this is a year old bottle. Great color here, a lovely, clear chestnut (that avoids a typical, murky Dubbel appearance). Delicious, deep raisins and figs as prior, with a great, yeasty, Belgian feel. Much more Strong Belgian than Dubbel here, with some...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

Gift Of The Magi

2008 vintage. 750 mL corked & caged. ===DISCLAIMER=== OK, right off the top this *could* be an infected bottle so this review is written in that context. Re-reviews to follow when more data is gathered but for now I want to record my thoughts at this stage. Take it or leave it, but it would be interesting to see if anyone has had a similar experience. === VERY disappointing lack of pop on opening. Clearly there is a carbonation issue here, but as we all know, LA has had its fair share of...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

Inferno Ale

750 mL corked & caged bottle. Not much pop on opening. Poured into the Duvel tulip (seemed like the most natural glass) it forms a lovely, whipped ice-cream head with nice lace on top of a golden body - very Duvel like! Nose is classical - Belgian yeasts, light sugars, alcohol, a touch of pepper and all the esters that you would expect. Tastes replicate the nose and the tastes, BUT it's drier, a tad warmer (in terms of alcohol), a touch more bitter and a touch less fruity than the nose...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

Cuvee De Tomme

So, I had an "opportunity" to purchase one of these at $53 for the 375 mL! I decided to pass on that which turned out to be a GREAT decision since; (a) the "groovy one" hooked me up in a trade for an equivalent of a fraction of that cost, and (b) $53 for this would have been absolute robbery! Anyway, back to the beer. 2008 vintage. Distinct lack of pop on opening and only a faint whiff of gunsmoke. The nose is increasingly acidic as you take more and more whiffs. Pour is a ruddy brown with a...

Saints’ Devotion Ale

Saints’ Devotion Ale

Additional notes 03/15/13 (pictured) Vintage 2013. A beer that I originally didn't like much, but for me has changed over time - or maybe I have. $4.99 for the 12.7 floz bottle with a cork & cage and a nice pop on opening. Head is rocky and white, and better retained than the last time I drank this beer in 2008. Significant funk in the nose and tastes compete with a Belgian sweetness that is suprisingly robust. Slight lemon tartness in the back end. There's a light, soapy aftetaste that...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

Avant Garde

Additional Notes  03/10 Thanks go out to Penney for the chance to try this one again. From The Foodery in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Perhaps a little less bock character than I remember but still not especially BdG-like. Still a unique beer and to be honest this seems a LOT different to my earlier experience. Obviously large batch differences at work here with the usual LA quality control issues. Original Review 10/08 750 mL corked & caged affair from a recent trade. Nice pop on opening and a...

Judgment Day

Judgment Day

Additional notes 02/21/23 Carbonation a little low as can be the case with Lost Abbey, but just about within style and ABV parameters. Drinkable, and still a light, fruity alcohol experience. It's quite subtle, not in your face at all, and drinks better than it (apparently) did 15 years ago. Not great, but not bad, I'd drink it again. Original notes 04/02/08 Corked & caged, 750 mL bottle with an impressive looking label featuring The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse - fantasy style. Nice...

The Angel’s Share – Brandy Barrel-Aged

The Angel’s Share – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

750 mL corked & caged affair, many thanks to Lance for the opportunity to share this one. Got together with a few beer lovers at the Brick Store on a Friday afternoon. Pour is essentially black with a nice mocha head. Has a RIS appearance, but the head is not well retained. Rich looking body. Aroma is certainly attractive, with a mild bourbon type smell that again offers a rich character. Taste is largely a smooth, light whisky from the oak but frankly not much else. I'm not a massive fan of...