Friday, March 19, 2010


Here’s a trend I’d like to applaud. Some pioneering, top-tier brewers have begun to notice that the common man has been effectively frozen out of purchasing their rarified ales due to price considerations, and they have therefore have rectified matters by introducing smaller, pint-sized versions of their large bottles at a slightly more approachable price. Ounce for ounce, it may not be as good of a deal, yet I happily bought this 375ml bottle for a mere $16.99, as opposed to the $30+ that the 750ml bottle typically goes for. Just noticed RUSSIAN RIVER’s also got a 375ml corked-n-caged version of their world-beating DAMNATION out there these days as well. Good for them both. These beers both deserve sampling by a greater subset of societies’ many stratas. I hadn’t had an ANGEL’S SHARE in several years, and I was beginning to think it was going to stay that way.

LOST ABBEY, as you may know, are among the greats. Just last month we tasted their FRAMBOISE DE AMOROSA, and it’s another one they’ve knocked out of PetCo Park. Did I suspect THE ANGEL’S SHARE 2009 was going to be amazing? Of course I did. And so it was. This bourbon-barrel aged monster has a deep, rich toffee taste that grabs your taste buds and keeps them singing. There’s no head on this one, nada. Just silent, still and intense-looking. You absolutely get alcohol in both smell and taste, another reason why I’m glad I got the small bottle of this 12% beast. Well, “monster” and “beast” – that’s just dumb hyperbole. It’s simply a wonderful big beer, with a smooth mouthfeel, and cocoa, raisins and toffee notes that are ever-present and definitive. Of course, there’s an undercurrent of woodiness/oak as well. Loved it, and again, I applaud the packaging decision made by the Lost Abbey marketing department. 9/10.


Anonymous said...

It's also a little less daunting to tackle the smaller bottles, or lets us lightweight try a couple of different brews over the course of the night.


Aaron said...

I heard a rumor this next batch of Sanctification will be the last RR 750 mL ever made.

Sage said...

Hi there Jay.

While I'd like to take credit for putting Angel's in 375s, I can't. We've actually produced AS (bourbon, brandy and the new Grand Cru) in 375s since 2007 -- This year we've just had a large enough production run to send them into distribution.

As for those cute little bottles, We Russian River and North Coast all pooled together to have those bottles custom made for us. Not only are they nifty looking, they're also substantially less than the old 375s allowing us to produce more for distribution and hold the line on prices. Expect to see a lot more in those bottles.