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US - Lost Abbey

DK PublishingDK Publishing 2/07/2014 DKBooks

Lost Abbey

155 Mata Way, San Marcos, CA, 92069

Lost Abbey beers sometimes pay homage to monastery ales, but some are unlike anything ever brewed in an abbey. Port Brewing, born out of a successful chain of brewpubs in the San Diego area, launched the brand in 2006. Lost Abbey quickly built up a devoted following, with consumers lining up outside to buy its special releases. Brewmaster Tomme Arthur oversees the ageing room, conjuring up what are best thought of as “Wild American” ales—malt-accented beers enhanced by the barrels in which they are matured.

Brewing secret

The wooden barrels that once held wines and whiskies now nurture wild yeasts.

Red Poppy

beer style: Sour Ale
alcohol content: 5.5% ABV

Brown ale with sour cherries, aged in French oak wine barrels for a year. Oaky, with pleasing acidity.

Cuvee de Tomme

beer style: Belgian Strong Ale
alcohol content: 11.5% ABV

Flavors of cherries, chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, dried fruits, and vanilla. Balanced by restrained sourness and an acidic finish.

Judgment Day

beer style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
alcohol content: 10.5% ABV

Dark and powerful, with profoundly fruity aromas and palate; chocolate and whisky malt undertones.

Angel’s Share

beer style: Barley Wine
alcohol content: 11.5% ABV

Some batches are aged in bourbon barrels, some in brandy ones. The result is an intense blend of rich malts and wood character.

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