Tasting: January 19, 2013
Style: Belgian Ale
Lost Abbey Lost and Found
Port Brewing Company entered the New Jersey craft beer scene last February. I love the concept – two distinctly different brands with two distinctively different styles. The Lost Abbey billed as â€œInspired beer for saints and sinners alikeâ€ pursues a line of monastic-style beer while Port Brewing billed as â€œRemarkable people, extraordinary beerâ€ pursues a variety of brawny styles â€“ most notably, southern California IPA.
Like so many brewery stories – this brewery has home brewing roots. It began with brother and sister duo of Vince and Gina Marsaglia. In 1993 they began brewing for their restaurant – Pizza Port and grew beyond their small capabilities. In 2006, they moved into the former home of Stone Brewing in San Marcos, California. As mentioned in my 2012 wrap up Port Brewing really wowed with eight entries that topped 88 points on my scorecard.
I have to admit that most of my sampling has been on the Port side of the house. However, I did love Lost Abbey’s Deliverance and also their Serpent’s Stout. This one is interesting as it seems to be an ale modeled after the “a-typical” Belgian dubbel ale – but the twist comes in that they’ve added a raisin puree. I’m a fan of raisin and prune flavoring – so, I’m hopeful. Some quick vitals: Original gravity of 1.065 and an ABV of 7.5%. Always love the cork and cage presentation. Just looked a little closer at the Celtic cross — hadn’t notice the beer ingredients before.
Pours a rich reddish brown — like a a dubble. Aroma is of white grapes. First taste is of subtly tart apples along with the white grapes. A bit fizzy, a tad sour and thin. You can certainly pick up the dark fruits like raisin. The fizziness bugs me a bit too much. I’ll put this at 84 points.