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

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...

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

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

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 peaches, pineapples and a floral backdrop....

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 Abbey Ale

750 mL corked & caged. Oh, Oh! Distinct lack of "pop" on opening! This IS Lost Abbey - am I gonna be disappointed re: carbonation!?!? Answer comes quickly, and it is "yes". The beer totally "dies" in the Terrapin 22 oz snifter. I was expecting the drab color in terms of the pour (that's Dubbel's for ya), but the body, head and lace are DEAD! It's a HUGE shame since the nose and taste of this brew are really quintessential. Plenty of raisins and figs, set against a slightly dry finish and...

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...

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...

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 ot 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

Thanks go out to Lance for sharing this one at The Brick Store on a Friday afternoon. 750 mL corked & caged. Nice orange pour with a minimal head. Has the look of a classic Belgian Pale but without the high rocky head that I would like. I'm a bit confused with this. It reminds me a bit of the Jolly Pumpkin nonense where Brett ends up in beers where it simply shouldn't be. Here the Brett in the nose and the taste compete with the Belgian sweetness and yeast and as a result we end up wih a bit...

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

Corked & caged, 750 mL bottle with an impressive looking label featuring The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse - fantasy style. Nice looking artwork and coloring, and the two part label make this look like an impressive beer. I like the text that is written on the rear label - much simplier that a lot of Stone nonsense (for example), but still an interesting message. 5/5 for presentation. Poured into the Ommegang chalice. Not a great color, again that murky brown Dubbel like appearance that I...

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...