10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

825 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 106
Gots: 149 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 05-08-2007

A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.
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Ratings: 825 | Reviews: 359
Photo of FUMath
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im a huge fan of this beer. Lots of flavors but not overly phenolic. Very clean ferment that isn't overpowering for a strong dark. It was slightly overcarbed which took away from some of it but it general amazing beer.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great Belgian style that is fun but not their best

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 version at Total Wine in Palm Desert.
Interesting spice fruit of mixed character. Great complexity of malts.
Dark color with a brownish amber that, to me, leaves an impression of dark purple at times. Full dark head settles down some. Cloudy, probably due to being chilled while lying on down.
Oh, I bet this was rich fresh, because it still is. But it is not too sharp. Darker fruits in the malt mash. Rich and kinda' sticky that makes me want to clean my teeth with my tongue - maybe it's to get every bit of flavor off before the next hit. Quite a hit to the gut of alcohol warmth and a "ding" to the pre-frontal cortex too. Ding! Lots of fruit.
Moderately to lighter with the big carbonation providing some additional feel.
Not quite as sweet as some, but fully complex with unique flavors.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hoffer’s cigar bar La Mesa. Rosemary and fruitcake. Dark ruby color. Would do this again.

Photo of Vylo
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had from bottle, little low on carbonation, little head, but still a nice, fruity, smooth taste. Smell was a mixture of berries and citrus.

Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit, primarily raisins, plums, spice – rosemary to pine, a trace of honey on the nose and a faint suspicion of tobacco fill the nose. Pours a bright ruby tinted chestnut under a ferocious 3” tan tinted cap that slowly descends to ¼” but leaves gothic cathedral window lace. It crosses the tongue with a very creamy, fruity, alcoholic attack with a firm base of honey in the background. It is spiced with a hint of pine, big dark raisins, plums and hints of fig and dates. There is a light herbal astringency in the finish but overall the rosemary is very subtle and asserts itself more in the aftertaste. The beer is very finely bubbled with a medium full body. The alcohol is warming but not hot.

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark, almost opaque with a thick head that gives way to a creamy lacing. You can tell from the smell that this is a Belgian dark ale, with a strong strawberry smell, rich caramel and a hint of alcohol. Rosemary is also present in the nose, with a hint of pine. Light carbonation with a very complex flavour - the raisins give the drink a very wine-like taste, but with alcohol spiciness, caramel sweetness and a powerful rosemary taste that I found a bit too overwhelming. Medium-dry finish. A very complex beer, that's interesting right from the start, but becomes a bit too overwhelming as you go.

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, raisin and slight herb on nose, very sweet palate.

Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA.

A- Muddy, dark brown body with one finger off-white head, lots of retention time and longevity. No lacing.

S- So, raisins dominate here with caramel, dark fruits- figs in particular- with bubble gum, cloves, a bit of yeasty Belgian spice. Somewhat boozy but quite complex in the nose.

F- Also with a ton of raisins, a moderate amount of alcohol booziness, caramel, cloves, yeast. Mild earthy bitterness on the finish accompanied by sweet raisin, caramel. Quite intense overall, it is very heavy on the raisins but quite tasty.

M- Medium body, lower on carbonation. Quite dry, slightly boozy and sweet finish mixed in with a bit of bitter earthiness.

O- Very solid BSDA, quite heavy on the raisins and dryness with a lot of intensity. Overall works together well, but this is definitely a bottle to split with friends.

Final score: 3.95

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Im not sure if I'm kicking the keg or if this beer pours all head. The bartender says it pours a "little funky." Little lace considering--an initial ring and some spots. The liquid is a dark muddy brown where no light passes.

I smell the equivalent of a junior mint--not sure why. I also detect soy sauce? Perhaps some saltiness?

Many dark elements to the flavor like fudge and bitter chocolate. I'm still tasting mint, mostly in the aftertaste. Neutral body and effervescence.

Photo of BethanyB
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nearly opaque medium dark brown. Its bubbly tan head is quick to disappear, possibly due to the high alcohol content.

Smell: The nose is greeted by loads of brown sugar, and yet, this scent does not overpower the pleasant aroma of buttered raisin toast. Compared to other beers of this style, the aroma is nice, yet slightly underwhelming.

Taste: The upfront bitterness is surprising, considering the lack of hops in the aroma. It's nicely accompanied, however, by a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled over plums, dates, and dried cherries. A pinch of pepper and a splash of coffee complete the complex, yet well balanced flavor profile, and to remind us that this is indeed a very big beer, a boozy taste of bourbon is present. A memorable flavor, in the best of ways.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and chewy, but still has a nice, dry finish. Medium-high carbonation adds a nice edgy bite. The alcohol warming is surprisingly light, yet still present.

Overall: This beer doesn't quite give the melodramatic first impression other strong dark ales present, but it still maintains excellent flavor and mouthfeel, while also pulling some nicely unique punches. I would not hesitate to purchase and savor this beer again.

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky amber brown color with no vision of anything. Very typical of this style. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramelized raisins, figs, rosemary, plums, molasses, spiciness, caramel, toffee,

Taste: Mmm, mmm good. Some bitterness in there too. Alcohol is very deceptive too. Take your time folks.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a sipper. Gets better as it warms up. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little bitterness, and some nice warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: It's been sometime, been still delicious.

Photo of HoppyBeerSista
4/5  rDev +1.5%

12% ABV on tap @10thstreetlive is true to it's description of darkened raisins, carmel sweetness of dark malts, chocolate and hints of rosemary. You might feel like a sinner for sure after a glass. Cheers & Enjoy!

Photo of Brob245
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with some carbonation and little to no lacing.

Smell - dark fruits, plum, fig, some chocolate. Reminds me of the smell of a Rochefort 10.

Taste - the dark fruits, figs and plums are predominate up front. Sweetens as it warms and has a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation and full bodied.

Overall - a good beer up front. Lots of character and depth initially but does hold as it warms.

Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice
A: Dark brown, opaque with a one-finger head that settles fairly quickly
S: Malty, sweet with the honey/raisin/rosemary notes mentioned on the label
T: Matches the nose. Very sweet, caramel/raisin/fig/honey notes, a bit boozey
M: Full-bodied, sweet/boozy as above
O: Not a huge fan of this. Full of flavor but off-balance with the amount of alcohol and sweetness. Perhaps fresher would help and I bought this at retail (albeit a trusted retailer) so I can't account for its entire storage history

Photo of CoverMePorkins
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle on 18 April 2014

Bear with me as this is my first written review.

A- Deep red hues, mahogany up to the light. Mix of bubbles big and tight with average lacing.

S- Rasins, figs more raisins and figs. Just a dark fruit explosion.

T- The rasins, figs and honey flavor really stand out on this beer. I can't pick up on the Rosemary but I have been sitting on this beer for about a year so it may have faded. Considering the sweetness of it the carbonation dries out the finish some. Overall a sweet beer for the taste.

O- A damn nice beer. I am glad I gave it some time as I couldn't taste any alcohol at 10%. Depending on your pallet it may be too sweet, but I like the style along with hop bombs.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark coffee colored with red hues in it and a tan head. Fruity aroma i was getting cherry/ plum/ raisin. Same fruity start that transitions quickly to some hot alcohol notes.
The alcohol is almost drying on the tongue giving the beer a drier finish than most beers this dark. Its kinda weird but after a few sips the alcohol notes kinda dissipate and the malts come forward a little more as well as that Belgian yeast kinda flavor. I could even pick up some notes of chocolate/ coffee but its very faint. I think I would enjoy a little more intense coffee/ chocolate flavor from this beer ( a little but not a lot). There is suppose to be rosemary but I could not pick that up.

Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $12

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some honey, dark fruit, and a anise/herbal/molasses like flavour.

Overall – A good beer but a little too herbal and sweet for me. Another fine beer from this brewer though, I just would buy something different next time.

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014

A - Great looking beer. Deep mahogany body with pomegranet highlights. Khaki head has mixed bubbles, nice retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose too. Milk chocolate, molasses, gingerbread, star anise, nutmeg, toasted coriander, light coffee, barley, oaky booze and caramel.

T - Complex and surprising. Raisin, caramel cordial, anise, gingerbread, thyme, pink peppercorns, molasses, pumpernickel bread.

M - Medium body. Nice dry, spicy finish.

O - Not a winter warmer, but this is what I wish all winter warmers tasted like. Complex, warm, smooth, and delicious.

Photo of PeterParker
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber brown with half a finger of head. Tight bubbles around the edges.

Smells like cherry bourbon, very sweet. Plums.

Booze hits first, but dissipates. Transforms into a medley of cherry and malts. Belgian yeast is present followed by a warming of alcohol. Not exactly what I expected.

Full and bubbly, slick and creamy. Warm from the alcohol.

Overall, not the best Belgian strong I've had. That being said it is not at all bad.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle – 2013
Notes from 01/12/14 - Served in a Chimay chalice glass

A: Rusted brown look with swirls of hazy yeast and some plumy tones. Thick layer of stubborn khaki sponge cake over top. Scattered bits of lace and stick adhere to the sides of the glass. Looks pretty sweet. The chalice was a good choice.

S: Raisin bread pudding with caramelized figs. Sweet and bready with a pinch of vanilla spice and some garden herbs mixed in. The aroma is mostly sweet with some noticeable alcohol. Pleasant with the malt and special add ins here.

T: Caramel malts with raisin spice bread, fig, and soft herbs. Has that Dark Belgium candi sweetness with a touch of peppery spice and some light citrus zest underneath. Not particularly stand out with the Rosemary. Nice vanilla cream likeness at times with a relatively low but effective bitterness to the beer. Alcohol is noticeable yet well incorporated and there is a mild metallic tinge at the finish. Not your traditional Belgian but pretty well rounded with the flavors and very enjoyable

M: Thick and lightly syrupy with a soft chew. Incredibly lifting from the active carb giving a fluffed cream texture. Low perceived bitterness and some warming alcohol. Touch of drying there at the finish. Sticky with a light drag across the palate.

D: This beer deserves more credit. It is fairly big and sweet with nice malt complexity however balanced by a light bitterness, lush mouth feel, and some interesting favors. I didn’t find this to be over spiced at all. Very delectable in fact. Will seek this one out again.

Photo of BierJager89
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Purplish, almost black, with a short brown head.

S: Honey, herbs, raisin, dark fruit, apple and orange in the nose.

T: Honey, citrus, a touch grassy, earthy, herbal notes.

M: Quite carbonated, but not harsh, except for the alcohol, which is noticeable, but not too strong. Full bodied, yet in a way foamy.

O: Definitely worth a try. I'd love to try the barrel aged version.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, pear, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, honey, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, dark bread, light roast, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with big strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, honey, dark bread, light roast, coriander, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light roast, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of gshak
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage served at refrigerator temperature from a 750ml into a dollar-store chalice.

A - Not much of an appearance really, but that's also because I poured it extra carefully along the sides of the glass...not the beer's fault. 4/5

S - Hmm...such a delicate aroma of - clove, coriander, fresh-squeezed orange peel, some lemony zest, and a ever so slight herbal spiciness possibly from the rosemary. Substantial presence of raisin. Yeastiness is quite prominent in the aroma - you know this is a belgian ale! A very interesting take on a belgian dark ale. I likes it 4.5/5

T - Loads of raisins and dark fruits upfront. There is also a very noticeable brown sugar sweetness that I am likening to liquid jaggery. The sweetness coats the mouth while the delicate rosemary, coriander and orange peel hold forte in the middle of the tongue, providing the only counter-balance to what would otherwise be an assault of liquid sweetness. Carbonation is lively on the palate, opening up all the different flavors of the beer. Finishes dry with slight herbal bitterness, and indications of burnt raisins. Very beautifully done Mr. Arthur. 4.5/5

M - While it is not full-on heavy on the palate, it is substantially heavier than medium. I'll make this a 4.5/5.

O - A very interesting take on a well-established style. I am glad I picked up this bottle and aged it for more than a year. Certainly worth a pour or two when the occasion is right. 4.5/5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, 2012 version. On to the beer:

The base of 10 Commandments is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but the twist here is there appears to be a potent spiciness to it, which to me tasted like ginger. Luckily, the base is strong enough to mitigate some of the spice and keep as an enjoyable beer to drink with a meal. Expect a profile of prunes, ginger, figs, and a kiss of liquor, with the addition of a dark bodied beer with good head retention, a fun smell, and a beer that's a little different flavor-wise per style.

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