THE LOST ABBEY
“After many years of small scale Pizza Port brewing Tomme and Vince began formulating a plan to bring these beers to a wider audience. Building on Vince’s original Belgian brewery vision, this new brewery would dedicate itself to a flavor-first brewing philosophy where thinking outside the box — and equally as important — brewing outside the box were the hallmarks. Uniquely crafted beers such as Cuvee de Tomme, Le Woody, Late Harvest, SPF 8 and SPF 45 Saison — and many others to come — would finally be made available on a scale that allowed more people to taste the vision in each bottle. Charged with a vision and a brewer who could realize it, one of the largest remaining obstacles — a brewhouse — fell in 2005 when Stone Brewing Co. announced that it was moving from its old facility in San Marcos, California to a much larger one a short distance away. Knowing a sign when they saw it, Vince, his sister Gina Marsaglia (the other half of the Pizza Port duo), and Tomme Port Brewing Company and took over Stone’s old brewing facility. In early 2006, after nearly 10 years as Pizza Port brewmaster, Tomme passed the brewing reins to the capable hands of (former) Carlsbad’s Pizza Port Head Brewer, Jeff Bagby, and left the company to direct operations at Port Brewing.”
- Avant Garde (91 Points)
- Devotion (97 Points)
- Inferno (92 Points)
- Judgment Day (96 Points)
- Lost & Found (95 Points)
- Red Barn Ale (92 Points)
AVANT GARDE: 91 Points
This Bière de Garde Farmhouse Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “At the Lost Abbey, we pride ourselves on producing beers of the highest quality and distinction. Avant Garde is our commitment to brewing beers to no particular style. Some might want to label this as a beer brewed in the Biere de Garde tradition of Northern France. We would prefer to say it was brewed in the Avant Garde style of beers that will reward all those who seek the not so ordinary. Deep gold in color with hints of biscuits, caramel and fresh baked bread, this beer is sure to delight the senses and palates of consumers everywhere.”
My Description: Not overly complex, this is a great Farmhouse Ale that holds back on the funkiness while still delivering that outdoors flavor. It begins with a large and dense, white colored head with an excellent retention level that lasts the whole way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is subtle and welcoming with an earthy presence along with notes of grass, some barnyard hints, and unripen fruits. Avant Garde is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very dry finish. The earthy background continues into the flavor profile as well. There are also notes of yeast spices, pepper, a honey sweetness, and faint citrus notes including lemon. This beer is very easy to drink; it goes down smooth and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but enough to make sure this beer doesn’t get sweet. This is great for a warm summer day. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with potent cheeses, warm sandwiches, or grilled salmon.
ABV: 7% Color: Hazy Orange/Brown Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
DEVOTION: 97 Points
This Belgian Blond Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “It’s an unassuming road leading to the priory. Here, off the corner of two intersecting roads, dedicated monks have been making beer for over 150 years. It’s always been a simple life — the kind that requires they brew only enough to sustain the activities of their monastery. In the silence of passing seasons, they pray, they brew and retire in solitary existence behind the sheltering walls. They live a most interesting life. Most likely one we couldn’t sustain. Nearby, each summer, the trellised fields spring to life as rows of resinous green cones are trained toward the heavens. Rumor is some monks love these hops and being surrounded by budding yellow aromas and the leafy pungent fields inspired them. Since we aren’t sensible enough to locate our brewery near hop fields, we can only offer this blond ale in celebration of our Abbey brethren and their steadfast Devotion.”
My Description: This is one of those great beers that reminds you of how amazing Belgian ales can taste in the right brewer’s hands. It begins with one of the most beautiful heads on a beer I’ve ever seen. Large, dense, and pillowy, it is off-white in color and lasts forever leaving behind a thick wall of lacing. The aroma smells similar to white wine with notes of tart apples and other light fruits from the yeast, real nice. Devotion is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Refreshing and delicious, the flavor profile boasts a layered complexity of yeast notes; white pepper, light citrus hints, some earthiness, grass, and light fruits. A hint of tart passes through from time to time and the aftertaste is slightly bitter. This beer is very clean and the easy to fall in love with. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with Thai cuisine, jerk chicken, or old bay seasoned shrimp.
ABV: 6.25% Color: Hazy Straw/Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10
INFERNO ALE: 92 Points
This Tripel is available year-round in 375 ml. and 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Your roommate is an axe murderer. Eerily, he’s not threatening. How can he be? The Fallen Angel owns your body, mind and soul. As such, no one can take your life. It’s already been taken. Or was it given? Neither matters. Did you seriously think you were living a virtuous life? At least Satan serves beer in Hell. He brews it himself right there in that flame stoked cauldron. Rumor has it the beer is straw yellow, bone dry and simply labeled Inferno.”
My Description: This bottle was definitely over-carbonated because the top flew off and this thing is bubbling like champagne. It pours a massive, off-white colored head that needs some time to reduce so you can actually drink the beer, I took the picture after a few minutes. Once everything was order, I could begin to enjoy this beauty. The aroma is earthy with light fruit hints, some yeast funk, and spices like cloves. Inferno is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex and leans on the bitter side. Pale malt notes and yeast spices dominate with notes of cloves, pepper, pears, and hints of sugar sweetness. A slight alcohol presence adds to the enjoyment and the finish is crisp. Overall, this beer is very smooth and easy drinking. You’ll get in trouble with this one! It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with steamed mussels, mild cheeses, or Thai noodles.
ABV: 9% Color: Murky Light Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3/10
JUDGMENT DAY: 96 Points
This Quadruple is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. And, since none of us knows when the end of the world is coming, we suggest you stock up with lots of Lost Abbey beers so that when the end of the world magically appears from no where, you’ll have a beer or two on hand for even the stingiest of angels.”
My Description: There is nothing wrong with having this beer on Judgment Day. It pours a large, tan colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The head is actually quite nice considering how high the alcohol is here. The aroma is welcoming and definitely dark fruit forward with notes of raisins, cherries, some yeast phenols, toffee, and a hint of booze. Judgment Day is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer has a big malt backbone that’s nicely layered and deep. This holds up notes of toffee, yeast spices, dark fruits, raisins, and a hint of cocoa. The alcohol is beautifully hidden, creeping in from time to time to add character. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but overall this ale is on the sweet side. The beer get slightly creamy as it warms up and more dark fruit notes develop. This is a really nice Quad that is more on the malty side than on the spice side. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, grilled lamb chops, or potent cheeses.
ABV: 10.5% Color: Dark Garnet Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
LOST & FOUND: 95 Points
This Abbey Style Dubbel is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Lost and Found- Modeled after the great Trappist and Monastic beers that inspired the founding of our brewery. A richly deep garnet colored ale created from a blend of Domestic and imported malts. As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer. Malts, raisins and a fantastic yeast strain working in harmony produce a beer of amazing complexity and depth. Available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations.”
My Description: A smooth and flavorful Belgian Ale, this beer should be sipped slowly to allow all the flavors to develop as the beer warms. It pours a large and fluffy, tan colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly complex with dark fruit notes dominating such as raisins and figs. There are also scent notes of candi sugar and a touch of alcohol. Lost & Found is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is also dark fruit dominate with notes of tart cherries immediately noticed along with raisins, it tastes almost juicy-like. There are also notes of yeast spices, caramel malt, and hints of candy. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the aftertaste is minimally bitter. I enjoyed this ale greatly and it rivals many of the Belgian born Dubbels. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, dark chocolate, or strong cheeses.
ABV: 8% Color: Mahogany/Garnet Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
RED BARN ALE: 92 Points
This Saison is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you.”
My Description: This beer is very subtle; the funkiness, the spice notes, and the earthiness are all there but they are not over powering. This ale begins with a very large, white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is clean and pleasant with notes of grass, citrus, and faint barnyard spices. Red Barn Ale is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a very dry finish. A well balanced flavor profile delights with a slight complexity. Upfront, there are notes of citrus, yeast spice undertones, earthy hops, and soft pepper notes. This transitions smoothly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter but does take over the minor malt sweetness. The alcohol is nicely hidden with only minor hints shining through which adds a welcoming layer. Overall, this a well blended Saison that is refreshing and enjoyable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy pasta dishes, fish tacos, or sautéed zucchini.
ABV: 6.7% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
DELIVERANCE ALE: 100 Points
This Barrel Aged American Strong Ale is released in limited quantities in 375 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share, Deliverance is the epic battle being waged between heaven and hell for the souls of mortal men… and your enjoyment in a glass.”
My Description: This amazing blend is rich, complex, and indeed a sipper. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades to a ring that holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is brandy like with deep malts notes along with caramel, raisins, and chocolate; a welcoming combination of scents. Deliverance is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. A velvety smooth texture and semi-creamy body delight the senses while the flavor profile delivers satisfying notes. A layered malt backbone holds up delicious notes of toffee, dark fruits, and cocoa. Hints of figs and alcohol creep in with a minimal bitter finish. A lingering coffee note is the perfect finish for this ale. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with dark chocolate, bison tenderloin, or a cigar.
ABV: 12.5% Color: Dark Chocolate Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10