San Marcos, CA – Admittedly this website has always been about what’s in the Northwest. From time to time a mention is given to those breweries that stock the shelves side by side with breweries from around the region. Once again another brewery from outside of the region is making a noticeable return with two beers that are sure to grab your attention.
A few years ago a small brewery located in Southern California and using the previous space occupied by Stone Brewing Co., made its debut in Washington. First introduced at Elysian Brewing Co.’s '”Elysian Fields” Restaurant & Brewery the beers demonstrated were both complex and diverse. The brewery’s name was Lost Abbey and the brewer was owner Tomme Arthur.
Over the past couple of years the brewery has won numerous praise and medals for their barrel aged ales while gaining followers along the way. If the name doesn’t ring a bell then you have never been to Brouwer’s Café and the Sour Fest’, or seen the distinctive cork topped 750 milliliter bottles lining the shelves of Whole Foods, PCC, and other grocers. This February two seasonals make their return to store shelves and pint glasses.
Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
Aroma, The are so many aspects at work in this beer. We have an initial impression from the oak aging of fortified wine and Port. There is a pleasing vanilla backdrop supported by some great sweet malt notes.
Taste, An incredible smooth and sweet beer with a long lasting finish. The Brandy barrel aging of the beer results in a full bodied and lucious texture layed between fruit and malts.
Color, Deep Mahogany with reddish tints.
Body, Medium to Full Bodied without being too cloying. –source, Lost Abbey’s website
This is a massively thick and opaque beer that begs the saints to join the sinners in their path to a black existence.
Pours dark and thick, with a creamy mocha-colored head and aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and french roast coffee.
The mouthfeel is full, smooth and round on the tongue. The taste is rich with deep roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and a touch of vanilla balanced perfectly against the alcohol to create an excellent winter warmer. –source, Lost Abbey’s website
You can find both of these beers as well the rest of the Lost Abbey annual offerings at your local grocer, bottleshop, or favorite pub, starting in February. As always if you can’t it where you frequent talk to the beer / wine purchaser and get them to order you a bottle.
Lost Abbey’s website
What your colleagues had to say about Lost Abbey Serpent Stout & Angels Share
Ratebeer.com / Serpent Stout / Angel Share (Brandy)
Beeradvocate.com / Serpent Stout / Angel Share (Brandy)