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Isabelle Proximus by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company
Sour Ale
7.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 2009

Isabelle is another gem sent my way courtesy of the extremely generous errantnight, thanks Derek! This collaboration fills my small tulip glass with a hazy apricot liquid that looks dull on its own but glows when backlit. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface up the sides of the glass to the minimal swirling of white head. The pour managed to conjure up a respectable head but it quickly fizzled to a skim coat and thin collar.

The nose on this puppy manages to nail that of an authentic gueuze. Cider vinegar and vibrant lemon juice cannot be stopped. Some funkiness brings up the rear with mustiness, leather, celery, and damp soil & wood. There are some nice compliments of fruit that are all on the tart side with peaches and pears being the main culprits. Green apple passes through here and there but remains mellow. A swirl of the glass brings across a Sweet Tart like sweet character to the entire body, very interesting and enjoyable. Isabelle makes my mouth water.

The flavor didn't stand up to the aroma at first but as this sits in the glass it continues to grow into a mighty fine brew. Vinegar and lemon juice acidity lead the way throughout each drink all the way to the swallow. The funk isn't huge but shows the same qualities noticed in the aroma, earthy and sour citric notes being at the top of the list. The swallow leaves a dry, brittle woodiness behind along with an acidic sourness. A mild sweetness manages to bring about some balance in the form of pears and green apples. As this one nears room temp a definite mineral quality stands out. This is an interesting brew and a nice shot at an authentic gueuze.

Isabelle's body has a silky smooth feel with moderate carbonation and weight. The sourness is enough to bring a small pucker after each sip and the body leaves a touch of stick after each drink. The body thins out as it works its way through my mouth until the swallow has a light, airy texture. The finish is mildly dry.

This one goes down far too easy. The lemony tartness and mild dryness make for a refreshing beer that's tough to set down. If you can get past the instant heartburn all the acid in this beer causes it's too easy to put away.

Isabelle Proximus turned out to be a very well done collaboration between some of the biggest names in the biz. While I'm not a big fan of a couple of them on their own, they all did a great job mimicking some of the best of Belgium.

Reviewed: 4/12/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Sean9689 on 11/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 10 20 4 9 0
It's about time I review this one!
750ml corked & caged into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Isabelle Proximus pours clear with a dark golden color with almost an orangish hue. There's a half a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a little bit but then vanishes leaving on a few bubbles here and there around the top of the liquid. No lacing to speak of being that there's no head retention.

S - Semi-sweet tart/sour notes, oranges, mangos, horse blanket. Not super-funky like some other Wild Ales, but has enough to satisfy the funk I'm looking for while also delivering a nice sweetness that pairs up to create a wonderful beer.

T - Oh baby, this is good stuff! The nose is deceiving because it's a lot more funky then I was expecting when compared to the nose. Orange peels, brett, barnyard fuck, horse blanket, mangos. It's sweet up front but the finish turns my mouth inside-out with awesome sour notes.

M - Light body, fizzy carbonation that tingles my lips, dry finish.

D - Such an awesome creation, this one was as-good as all the hype surrounding it. I've had some top-rated sours, and this one is right up at the top along with Yellow Bus, Veritas 004, and Blabaer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 02/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
I've had this beer a couple of times, before the release, at the release, and after the release. It was my friend's b-day today and since he loves sour beers I decided to open one of these tasty bottles for him to try...he loved it.

Beer started rushing up the neck of the bottle as soon as I popped the cork. Poured a murky yellow color with at least an inch of foam and excellent retention. At least a quarter inch of foam throughout the whole glass.

First thing I smelled, besides the funk, was pineapple, rich, succulent, and sweet pineapple. Cheese, leather, toast, caramel, pears, strawberry, sweet lemons, and green apples.

Vinegar, pineapple, pear, green apple, lemons, strawberry, lots of oak still, toast and a bit of caramel. Tart but less sour than I remember, yet still very tasty. Still very dry and very oaky, I think I have an oak splinter in my mouth.

Very good carbonation.

This one is easily one of my favorite sour beers.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tayner on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2008
poured into a snifter and it appeared a very cloudy, opaque apricot color with a very bright white head with very fine bubbles. after pouring a glass inside the bottle a 4 finger head appeared even though the bottle was well chilled and not agitated. The yeast came streaming out of the top and got into the glass despite the careful pour. it was very dense and very, very appealing.

smell was, well, sour. one of the most intense sour aromas I have had in a long time. I smelled acidic notes, oak, funky brett, a little vinegar undertones.

Taste.... sour. unsweetened, unripened apricots, peaches, pears, white grape, granny smith apples. There were oaky undertones and lots of brett funk.

Crisp, dry, and lots of carbonation. finishes dry like a nice dry wine.

Would give this a higher drinkability if it wasnt $30 a bottle and very limited and impossible to get again. it is so intense that sharing this bottle between 2-3 people is the responsible thing to do, but I drank the whole thing.

Price: $30.00 Served In: Tulip

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