Posts Tagged With: Lost Abbey

Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Ale

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Beer: Gift of the Magi Ale
Brewery:
 Port Brewing Company
Style: Biere de Garde
ABV: 10.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Hazy auburn body with a medium-sized beige frothy head.

Smell: It has quite a complex nose: there’s an overall tanginess that is complemented with some sweet caramel malts, yeast, tangerine, and spice aromas.

Flavor: Despite the sweet nose, it is a hop bitterness that defines the character of this beer. There are notes of earthy hops, straw, grain, and basement mustiness.

Feel: Medium body with some carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The Gift of the Magi is a dry-hopped Biere de Garde that is bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces yeast–or “Brett”–known for its “barnyard,” “damp wool,” “sweaty saddle,” or “horse blanket” flavors and aromas. Brett is appropriately used, given that this beer was created to commemorate the three Magi and the camels that transported them on their historic journey.

Biere de Gardes are known for being well-balanced with some toasted malts and hops, and have the added bonus of being pretty musty. So how does Gift of the Magi live up to its style? Well, I would say that the hops dominate the flavor profile, so it’s NOT well-balanced. However, the use of Brett renders this beer a little tangy, funky, and tart, giving it an overall musty flavor that is typical of the style.

While it’s a fine alternative to whatever beer you were going to drink today, I will say that it’s prohibitively expense ($10). While interesting enough to finish, it’s not interesting enough to ever buy again. Though, I have to give it up to Port Brewing  for using Frankinscense bark and Myrrh, which add to the authenticity of the beer. If only authenticity translated into THIS IS THE BEST BEER EVER…

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Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale

Beer: Carnevale Ale
Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Style: Saison
ABV: 6.5%

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 Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight:  Bright honey-colored body filled with tiny carbonation bubbles. The head is like a sticky, iridescent, voluminous sculpture and leaves a thick lacing.

Smell:  Predominantly lemon and pineapple with a slight musky, coppery note.

Flavor: Although it doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells, it is nevertheless incredible. The pineapple aroma translates into a shockingly strong pineapple flavor, almost as though it was a pineapple-flavored ale. Once you get past the feeling of drinking a tropical cocktail, the quintessential Saison funk flavor sets in.

Feel: Like a fine Champagne, the exceptional mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  Its moniker derived from the wild Carnevale festival, Lost Abbey’s Saison is an alluring and bombastic Belgian-American hybrid. Lost Abbey dumps American hops (Amarillo and Simcoe) into the traditional Saison recipe, and the result is an unusually complex elixir. The pineapple presence evokes the feeling of sitting on a beach, so if you don’t have the vacation days to take a day trip to the beach, head to your local beer store instead and drink in the Carnevale on a roof, porch, or stoop. It’s not sweet and it’s not really bitter; instead, like any good Carnevale celebration, it’s a whole lot of sass and funk. And dare I say, nearly perfect.

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The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout

Beer:  Serpent’s Stout
Brewery: Lost Abbey
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Pours a near black body. (It actually look very similar to our rating pint glasses!) The head at first pour is high, frothy, and a sumptuous dark tan.

Scent: A trifecta of toffee, chocolate, and vanilla. (These smells will be a theme this month.) Slight earthy wood–maybe a mahogany, but not oak, which is commonly found in beers that have been oak-aged–at the end.

Flavor: Initially like…a dry forest. (Definitely not a wet forest, in case you were wondering.) Just like a well-structured play, this beer goes through the dramatic arc in five parts. There’s the upfront taste of wood (in a good way, I swear), then coffee, then chocolate, then really bitter chocolate, and lastly an underlying current of sweet toffee and alcohol that balances the beer. There’s also just a spritz of freshly squeezed lemon somewhere in there.

Feel: Creamy body. Carbonation is initially high, but fades as it sits.

Well, it’s the hardest-to-open bottle in history; but that is one of the only reasons this beer got a 4-and-a-half Pint Glass rating instead of a perfect 5. Lost Abbey, a California brewery that is not widely distributed in the Northeast, has put forward a truly exceptional Imperial Stout. This might sound unappealing, but it has a lichen moss taste. It’s quite earthy and has a unique balance of the bitter and sweet. It is ridiculously complex and rich, and feels a lot stronger than 11%, but tastes a lot less than 11%. Also, this guy was bottled just two months ago. I imagine the Serpent only gets better with age.

Concluding remarksIf you can find the tempting Serpent’s Stout, you must give it a try. However, share this 750ml with a friend. It has a lingering bite…

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