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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

824 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 105
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: 824 | Reviews: 359
Reviews by JeffBrenner:
Photo of JeffBrenner
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Pours very dark, I would say a very dark brown with no light penetration. Pours with a surprisingly intense head, but minimal carbonation thereafter. A small amount of lacing. Smells sweet, maybe dates and figs. Tastes wonderful. The honey is really well balanced. A sour note with figs and dates hits you a few seconds later, but sweet up front. Very smooth. The sweetness really covers the 10% ABV. All the flavors come together really well with this. I will definitely be buying more in the future and would love to see what aging does to this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Rich, near-opaque burnt-amber colored brew with a tan creamy lacing. The aroma is unique. Distinct rosemary in the nose, with an underlying fruitcake and alcohol. Full-bodied with a light carbonation that gives off a good amount of smoothness. Flavor-wise, more rosemary and right up front, but it's complementary versus overpowering, though it does command your attention. Sweet and tangy raisin juice beneath this, slight char. As the rosemary meets the malts, a minty chocolate character is created which is most interesting. White peppercorn. Chalky yeast toward the finish, which is incredibly dry.

A solid, hefty brew, and it jumps headfirst into a deep pool of complexity, yet stays approachable even for the timid beer geek. The rosemary character and raisin tone really works here.

Photo of warnerry
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011

After a ridiculous battle with the cork, involving pliers, a towel, and eventually a corkscrew after breaking the cork, there is a nice pop suggesting that carbonation won't be an issue.

A - Pours a dark murky brown with about three fingers of very persistent tan head. Head eventually fades, leaving surprisingly little lacing. A thin cap of foam is maintained throughout the glass.

S - Smells like the usual suspects with a twist: lots of raisin and caramel, some fig, a bit of booze, along with mint, rosemary, bubblegum and some spice.

T - Taste is similar to smell, but with more spiciness and some earthy bitterness. Again, lots of raisin and some fig, quite a bit of caramel. An earthy bitterness takes over toward the finish, with lingering rosemary. Pretty tasty, and cuts any sweetness nicely, but the finish is a bit intense.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is initially on the sweet side, but turns dry and bitter on the finish.

O - A tasty BSDA, but a bit strong on the herbs to be exceptional. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness or brewing date indication, pours rich, dark, dark brown, thick dark tan head, film initially spotty lacing and then more full lacing and intricate sheeting. Nose is boldly of rum soaked raisins, dark fruits and alcohol. One sip and I am in BSDA heaven...rich, flavorful, complex, heady brew....bold flavors carry through towards a mellow smoldering long finish...figs, rum, dark candi sugars, moderate alcohol present. Luxiourously smooth, coating and easy on the old tongue. Not for beginners, but big ,Belgian lovers will rejoice...Go get some. Savor and enjoy this stunner.

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark brown in color,

Smell: caramel, plums, and spices

Taste: chocolate, plums, toasted malt, cinnamon, and other spices and dark fruits

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, medium-light bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability:I love the complexity of this beer. The mixture of the fruit, dark chocolate, and spicing is amazing. The alcohol is super well hidden. If not for that I could drink this all day. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, about like Coca-Cola, with a small tan head. The smell is spicy, with some honey and raisins. I think I also may smell rosemary, but if I didn't read on the bottle that it was included in the beer I doubt I would have picked it out. The flavor is more of the same, with dark fruit and honey being the two main flavors. The aftertaste is very spicy, which is where the rosemary and coriander flavors are present. A very good beer that is unlike anything I have tasted before. Certainly a beer that is not made to the style guidelines, but still very tasty.

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 magictrokini
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, thick brown with yeast sediment and a thick tan head. Raisins, dark fruits, yeast, coriander, and malt in the nose. Little to no carbonation, silky mouthfeel. Roasted malt and chocolate prevalent up front, then turn to muted raisins and bready malt. Sourdough, cocoa, and a vinous grape flavor finish. Unbelievable beer.

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 ehammond1
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful dark and nearly black pour with minimal head but lots of lacing. Looks deep, complex, and rich. Beautiful.

Not quite as aromatic as I like my BSDAs to be. What's here is nice. I smell raisin, some alcohol, a touch of fruity tang, some dark, bready malt character. I gave it a chance to warm and the aroma still hasn't really grown. Pleasant, but relatively subdued.

The flavor is better than the aroma. Dark and rich, some sweet fruitiness along with a touch of tartness, hints of raisin, a warm alcohol undertone.

Relatively heavy mouthfeel, which actually can be a touch distracting with a beer like this. It seemed a touch too heavy and substantial to let the aromas and flavors truly be expressed.

A well made, complex, BSDA with a lot of interesting things going on, but I think the thick mouthfeel gets in the way a little bit of the more nuanced flavors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours looking like the usual abt/quad/bsda style, heavy on the brown, thin on the head. Aroma of alcohol, prunes and raisins.

Some brown sugar thrown in to hopefully drown out the bitter dark fruit and pungent alcohol. Helped with the bitter fruit, but not so much with the heavy sting of alcohol. Toffee seems to be represented heavily as well. I just can't get over the high bitter, high alcohol vibe of this. Its like they blended a quad and a 40 of malt liquor at some times.

I love some of the Lost Abbey stuff, but this beer is just a big disappointment to me, it didn't really do anything well, other than maybe look nice. Don't judge a book by its cover. . . the cover might be substantially better than what is inside.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice black with thin white head. No lacing. Smells rich in raisins and rosemary. Very sweet smell. Taste lives up to the scents. The first flavors are the raisins that give way to a tart rosemary, chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is a little too light. I'd expect a thicker feel. Alcohol is very evident.

This is a one of a kind beer for me. I don't think I've ever had anything like this. Very nice.

Photo of OStrungT
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very bark brown color. It looks black unless held up to the brightest light. It boasts a nice sized brown fluffy looking head. The head fades fast, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer smells like figs and raisins. It has a slightly spicy aroma. Some yeasty earthy aroma is also present. It has a slightly grainy aroma also. It has an ever so slight coffee aroma as well. Strange.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Fruity up front with some raisins. Some spicy flavors mix in with a grainy taste. As with the aroma, I taste a slight coffee flavor. It is definately unique. I like it.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a unique aftertaste of raisins and coffee. It is perfectly carbonated.

This beer would not make the best session beer because it is high in alcohol. However, it is very easy to drink, and it tastes great.

Overall: I really like this beer. I like every beer from Lost Abbey. Everyone should try this one.

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 glid02
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lynnsey - thanks!

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of raisins and mild amounts of herbs - I know it's rosemary from the label but I'm not sure I would be able to identify it otherwise. Also present are hints of light molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with solid amounts of molasses kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of raisins. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns slightly bitter with the addition of the rosemary and carries through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer however it was a bit sweeter than I was anticipating. If some of the sweetness were turned down a notch I would be a bigger fan, but even as it is it's worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I got this from Joey.

A: Pitch black. Decent head and lacing.

S: Spices and Rosemary up front. Maybe some black licorice. A bit of sweetness.

T/M: The spices and Rosemary are a bit more subdued but I think that helps. Light sweetness from the malts. A bit of bitterness. Body is medium to full.

D: Pretty smooth drinking.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep mahogany amber...close to black...with a smallish tan head that melted very quickly to a ring of tan bubbles.

Aromas are Belgium yeasts and lots of dark fruits...raisins, of course...it says so on the label....plus some other dark fruits like prunes and plums with mincemeat-like spices...cinammon, cloves, etc.

Taste is sweetly raisins and dark fruits with some Belgium Candy sweetness and Belgium yeast giving it an almost bready taste. Lots of bitter hops follow the sweetness helping to dry the extra sweetness of the rest of the beer.

Aftertaste is slightly citrus bitterness with some hot alcohol and lots of alcohol warmth going down.

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage.

Served cool into a goblet, 10 Commandments is a deep dark brown color, looks black in the glass, creamy head is long-lasting.

Aroma is really unusual but also enjoyable. Mostly sweet, there is a dark candy sugar character with layers of caramel and oaky vanilla. A little bit of herbal comes through too, maybe the rosemary.

Flavor is very complex - a big malt backbone supports the dried fruits, chocolate, and cherries well. A little herb, pepper, and roast comes through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden but it should be after 2 years.

Overall an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Not as good as I remember from having it on tap but still delicious.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for the trade.

Pours a deep dark ruby brown with good head. good head is always a plus. Smell is very much dark fruits with some alcohol and maltiness. Taste follows, rich dark fruit and raisin, sugar and some alcohol. a unique taste. mouthfeel is on the thin side for a BSDA, and drinkability is good, but could be better. Overall a fine beer, but not anything crazy exciting.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of raisins in there, i think 10% of the ingredients. Muddy dark looking with soapy head. Sour in the finish. Lots of lace. Alcohol in the nose. Nice caramel, sugar, dark fruit, rum-ness,chocolate, coffee. Good drinkability, albeit a sipper. The ageing didn't hurt.

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Huge amounts of head but it didn't take long to recede. It is very dark.

Aroma is malty and sweet. First sip is very pleasant. None of the added flavors are in your face yet. Rosemary is just barely detectable, I think the flavors added play nicely with eachother without being overbearing.

Not a bad one overall, i haven't had too many Lost Abbeys since I cannot get them here in Maine but this is one of the better ones I have had so far.

Photo of dirtylou
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - 2008 edition, obtained in a bif of some sort, split with blackish, pre vikings-eagles playoff match

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, dark cola-mahogany body with garnet hues, not much head or lacing to speak of

smell: pretty wild aroma - candi sugar, dark malts, raisins and dates, brown sugar, plum and fig - similar to a nice tawny port

taste: a pretty nice belgian dark - raisins, pruins, dates, and walnuts soaked in a nice port. Rosemary and honey provide some rather unique touches to the style...caramel, brown sugar, licorice. very nice indeed

mouthfeel: smooth, coating, and warming

drinkability: good

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pours dark, cola colored with a large amount of micro bubbles but no true significant head.

The aroma is very complex, scents of grapes, red wine, charcoal and plums are ever present.

The initial taste is very intense. I get raisins, figs, burnt sugar and anise. There's an underlying dark roast coffee and whiskey flavor that grows as the beer warms.

The carbonation is agressive which to me adds a great extra dimension to this already amazing beer.

I could see myself getting hurt with this beer. Its very drinkable for being so high ABV.

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10 Commandments is a dark burgundy color. It's mostly clear and has a bit of a very dark cherry appearance. The cork popped with very little 'oomph,' but it does have a dark tan head that's about a finger tall. It dissipates quickly, leaving light strands of lace behind. Not bad at all.

The nose is loaded with dark fruits. They hit first and don't let up. Raisin, plum, and prune are present in equal parts and dominate the nose. It is malty and slightly sweet smelling. Chocolate malts don't smell overly strong, but it smells like they're here. There are some light spices present though I can't identify them. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it's not overly strong. This is a nice smelling beer. It's not special, but it is very good.

The flavor is actually a little better than the nose, but a score bump isn't warranted. Dark fruit is the most prominent feature, and it's not very close. Raisin, plum, and prune flavors are tasty and resonate throughout it each sip. It is malty and sweet, with a touch of a cocoa-like flavor. Light honey adds more sweetness. Spices are noted, but are a secondary, complementary feature. I'm unsure of what specific varieties are here. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable for the most part. It's far from hot or warm. It finishes a little spicy with a tangy, dark fruit flavor.

10 Commandments doesn't have a great feel. It seems woefully thin and uneven. That's exacerbated by very light carbonation. Notice I said 'light.' This one is not flat. For a BSDA, the feel is very average. It needs work. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor, but more body and bubbles would make this much more enjoyable. I'll polish off the 750, but am certain that will be enough.

10 Commandments is an interesting beer. I like it. I almost like it a lot. The flavor itself is interesting and very good. However, it needs more body and the carbonation needs to be a little higher. It just seems a little 'off,' if you will. It's far from a bad beer and is certainly worth picking up. A couple of small tweaks would really do the trick. It's still pretty good stuff, if you ask me.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Lost Abbey Snifter. Pours a darkblack with red highlights. Thin head that quickly dissapated but leaves some nice lacing.

Smells very different from a typical beer. You can smell the raisins and a minty smell probably from the rosemary. Very unique

Tastes very unique. The rosemary stands out more than you expect. The raisins add a very nice flavor as well. A good beer but very unique.

Mouthfeel is a little low on the carbonation. But not that bad.

Overall a very unique brew that I don't think I would drink alot of because it is so unique. Good though.

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10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.