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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 100
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-08-2007)
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Reviews by megahurts4:
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

Appearance: brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: raisins, a sweetness, and a yeasty backbone.

Taste: nice dark fruits including raisins, a yeasty malt, and a nice light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It has a lot of good well balanced flavor.

megahurts4, Jun 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of NWer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

NWer, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

warnerry, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Beerswag, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Billolick, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

tigg924, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 02, 2009
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Seattle_Suds, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

whoneeds8, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

OStrungT, May 12, 2007
Photo of PeterParker
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

PeterParker, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

glid02, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of pwoods
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

pwoods, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ste5venla, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Reappropriated, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Johnny58
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Johnny58, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ONovoMexicano, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

GilGarp, Oct 16, 2010
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10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.