Gift of the Magi (The Lost Abbey)
This Lost Abbey Xmas annual pours a murky orange with a frothy, quickly retreating, off-white head. The smell is strong with grapes, fresh dark fruits, berries, spices, and barnyard funk, along with the unmistakable quasi-tropical aroma of wild yeast. Very inviting on the palette with fruit, grass, and a mild sourness, but it quickly warms up to reveal layer after layer of woody texture and complex spice. Gift of the Magi is a fascinating hybrid of a Belgian farmhouse beer and a spicy winter ale, with oak notes, brandy, orchard fruits, bready yeast, and wild grass all present. It gives you so much complex flavor to chew on, you can easily overlook the double-digit alcohol content. A real masterpiece, Gift of the Magi overwhelms you with its Tower of Babel flavors instead of its’ ABV.