The Lost Abbey - Number of the Beast - 2018 vintage
- ABV: 13.7%
- Bottle Size: 375-ml
- Serving Temperature: 52–57° F
- Suggested Glassware: Snifter, Tulip or Pinot Glass
Alongside its 2015 version, 2018’s Number of the Beast brings forth a very different profile overall, and a nice baseline for how this beer develops over time. This poured for us with a bit more carbonation than the 2015, kicking up some light-brown bubbles on the perimeter. Ripe red fruits, dates, and assertive bourbon barrel aromatics land at the center of things.
Where the 2015 emphasizes the barrel and oxidative elements, the 2018 vintage of Number of the Beast lands more firmly on that quadrupel base, bringing forth its clear expression of dried fruit, candied orange, and red-fruit-forward, vinous alcohol. Like the 2015–and like all the later hefty beers in this special offer—the alcohol’s well-integrated and a secondary thought to everything else going on: effortless layers of caramel, spun sugar and endless dried fruit.
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