The Lost Abbey - Track #8 - 2015 vintage
Serving Temperature:52–57° F
Suggested Glassware:Snifter, Tulip or Pinot Glass
Number of the Beast, aka Track 8, is a huge bourbon-barrel-aged quadrupel with cinnamon, raisins and chiles added, and at Lost Abbey is referred to as the ‘oatmeal raisin cookie beer’. We’ve managed to get both the 2018 and 2015 vintages allocated for this special offer, and the opportunity to try two vintages of this provides a great window into how much these beers can develop over time. This pours the color of unfiltered dark maple syrup, with dense aromatics landing as brown sugar, caramel, raisin and cotton candy. Generous from the start.
Where the 2018 version is brasher and more upfront, the 2015 vintage settles into a perfect gear: well-rounded caramel and dark fruits, alongside the touches of chili heat and cinnamon. The warmth adds a good bit of lift to the mouthfeel with lingering heat, and this feels like it’s at its peak: soft oxidation adding in sherry notes, cotton candy, and a welcome mellowness.
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