11 December 2009

Lost Abbey Pizza Port and stories of San Diego Beer..

Brian and I recently gave Lost Abbey a try. The brewmaster is the same guy for Port Brewing company who you may or may not recognize as that awesome pizza joint in San Diego.

Lost Abbey has a really interesting approach to business. I think it's probably best delineated by their "Ten Commandments":
Our Ten Commandments

1. The most imaginative beers are our crusade
2. We believe we are all in this together
3. We strive for honesty and integrity in our lives like you
4. Fresh beer is great, aged beer is better
5. Now that you have found us help us spread the message
6. There is good and evil in the world – our beers are good
7. Passion isn’t something you can buy at the corner store
8. We believe an inspired life is worth living
9. Life is about choices, The Lost Abbey is a great choice
10. We are not perfect, but no one is

Lost and Found is the beer we tried which is Lost Abbey's attempt to homage the great monastic ales of Belgium. And even though such attempts often include interesting adjuncts which clearly violate the law of Reinheitsgebot... yes, we approve..

From the brewery website:
Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%

Malts: Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate Malt.
Hops: German Magnum and German Tettnang
Yeast: Proprietary(read "secret") Belgian Ale Strain
Adjunts: Dextrose and Raisin Puree.
The one we tried actually said it was 8.0%... apparently they vary a bit from batch to batch.   Here is what we noted on our tasting:

Color of a slighty hazy red rose tea
Smells slighty fruity, classic belgian yeast
First taste is almost entirely at front of mouth. Later, moves carmelly flavors to roof of mouth and sides of tongue.

Tastes cidery at bottom. 

All in all  a decent ale but not enough  to really encourage me to buy it again soon. 

Pour one for me.  :)

~ thesaint

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