10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey
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4.83/5 rDev +22.9%
A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Big raisin aroma right off the bat, some light toffee, darker fruits, hints of esters, and some hints of earthy and light grass hops.
T- Raisins come through nice a big but not over whelming. Blended in with the raisins are other dark fruits but nothing to strong. After a bit in the aftertaste the raisins give you that dry grape finish. Light alcohol tickles the tongue. Hint of bitterness on tongue. Very tasty!
M- Full/medium body with low carbonation.
D- This is a excellent brew. I love the big raisin flavor that comes through.
05-21-2007 23:23:45 | More by BlindPig
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
Dark burgandy body. The brown head is very thin. Lace is spotty and sporadic. Aroma is deep and complex. Some sherry notes and some port notes. A little rice vinegar. Some spicing is duly noted, with rosemary and ginger hints. The flavor is quite complex as well. The first thing I DON'T notice for a 9% beer is the alcohol. Very nicely hidden and integrated in the grand scheme of things. The body feels more like a sherry with a bit more carbonation. The taste resembles sherry and port as well. This is a true sipper. Not because it's alcoholic, but rather because it's so good, you want it to last. Plum, fig and raisin notes add levels of depth. Rosemary is ghostly in its presence, but somehow, I feel it. (One of my favorite beers was their SPF 8 (with Rosemary) which I tasted at the pub in 2002.) This beer is a real treat.
11-11-2008 06:18:09 | More by Bighuge
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
A - Pours an intense dark opaque brown to black color into my Rochefort chalice with a two-finger thick even, and deliciously milky looking tan head; very nice and appetizing looking (5)
S - Sweet caramelized malts, yeast and dark fruits on the nose with suggestions of cherries, raisins and dates; pleasant rummy, boozy notes blend in pleasantly to round up the aromas (4.5)
T - Caramel and brown sugar sweetness take a quick headstart to be decked by pleasant oaky, woody flavors which lifts to reveal a roasted malt background and dark fruits on the surface with suggestions of raisins, dates, plums and berries nicely blended with rummy, boozy flavors; dark fruits (mainly raisins), roasted malts, a good amount of honey and a very light bitterness show up in the finish; slightly complex and extremely delectable flavors (5)
M - Between medium and full-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation and a foamy, milky smooth texture as it goes down revealing a light and pleasant alcohol warming (4.5)
D - Lovely nose, delectable flavours and feel, fairly complex and improves significantly with warming; as with any good BSDAs, alcohol shows through just minimally. The woodiness, honey and roasted malts are some of the more interesting and noteworthy differences in the 10 commandments. A very well done Belgian Strong Dark Ale style brew that's on par or well better than top brews of a similar style from Belgium. (4.5)
This is the last of 3 American BSDA style brew evaluation and the 10 commandments has been a beer that I have long wanted to get my hands on. This 2008 vintage 10 Commandments has been solicited over eBay and this has definitely impressed me. Amongst the noteworthy differences, the roasted malts seems to give it a slight stout feel but this one's definitely a BSDA and a great one.
The Lost Abbey 10 commandments has indisputably the best nose of the 3 BSDAs; it probably spots the best appearance as well. Pelican's Grand Cru would however hold claim to the best mouthfeel and may just very very slightly and marginally rise above the 10 commandments in terms of taste.
In summary, it's an extremely close tussle between the Pelican Grand Cru and the Lost Abbey 10 commandments; Unibroue's La terrible is clearly behind slightly. I would probably still award first place to the Pelican Grand Cru due to the slighty more complex flavors and better mouthfeel but the 10 commandments is following extremely close in second place. Final ranking: 1st - 2009 Pelican Grand Cru, 2nd - 2008 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, 3rd - 2004 Unibroue La Terrible
01-14-2011 20:06:56 | More by basica
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
05-12-2007 03:48:07 | More by OStrungT
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
After a dissapointing experience with judgement day, I was a bit reluctant to fork out another $10 on this bottle. But I sure am glad I did. It pours a rich brown with a thin but silky tan head. The nose has dark malts, ripe fruits, honey, rosemary, spices and peppery yeasts. The taste builds on the nose with rich bready malts and a delicious blend of honey, rosemary and other spices. Full body has perfect carbonation. A fantastic beer.
11-25-2008 01:44:56 | More by rye726
4.59/5 rDev +16.8%
Poured deep mahogany with maple hues in the light. Off white cap that took a while to diminish. Brilliant glimmer when held up to the light. Figs, dates, raisins come to mind in the nose. Large bouquet of anise, spice, and cocoa, along with fainter crystal malts. The flavor is of blends of caramel, toffee, and malt, with a raisiny, black currant overtone. A bit of dark honey towards the finish. Not cloying at all, but very nicely balanced with the spiciness, sweetness, and fruit. The texture is smooth and adds to the complexity of the beer. Perfect carbonation. I will obtain this beer whenever I see it.
10-11-2013 04:12:25 | More by DmanGTR
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
750ml brown bottle picked up on a recent trip to the brewery. Poured into a full size tulip it forms a perfectly manageable light tan head that has sliding lace left behind. Cola look to the body with carbonation sticking to the side of the glass.
Smells like this could be a balanced BSDA with the roasty/chocolaty backside melding with the clovey fruits. Taste paints a bit of a different picture. There is an herbal feel to this as well and maybe some coriander. Tree bark type earthiness and then slammed once again by the clovey dominance. Mouthfeel while sturdy is medium bodied comparitively and there is a drying finish.
Notes: Interesting for sure. More balanced than most I've had in this style while still holding true. I'd put this somwhere between good and excellent. Worthy of a pickup but lost abbey wont get much of my money based on price versus competitors. The competitors are half the price and arguably equals.
06-07-2007 05:33:35 | More by DogFood11
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
Picked up at the source yesterday. This years is definetly different than last years.
A- Pours a dark brown. Except the edges, there is no light coming through this thing. Started out with a faint off white-tan head. After a minute, there is nothing.
S- First whiff is a sour, sweet apple cider with dark cherries, black figs, wood, some herbaciousness- light cinnamon, all spice, rosemary. Throughout it all though is the light sour funk.
T- Tastes identical to the smell with some sweet milk chocolate, more dark cherries. That sour note is awesome.
M- Very low carbonation, which I think works great with this beer. The mothfeel isn't as thick as I would think, there is some viscosity to it. Not too boozy.
D- I was a little worried with a whole growler of this. I recently did a whole gowler of Judgement Day and that was hard to finish on my own. I don't anticipate that being the case here. This is lower on the LA hype scale. I didn't even know about the change in it this year. Despite that, I still put this up near the top of my favorite LA releases.
09-21-2008 18:47:27 | More by m1ked
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a dark cola color that becomes murkier the closer you wander towards the bottom of the bottle. The shallow light tan loose foamy collar is more of an 'extra' than a 'supporting' character; less than a finger when poured aggressively...fades quickly without much of a trace. Wow, the smell is another story...quite substantial, rich, earthy and malty...suggesting a brew of substance awaits with dark fruit, molasses and chocolate. The mouth feel playing a key role; medium-light body, smooth and creamy....with a killer coating characteristic that sustains the flavor's starring performance well after the swallow. Big on taste...the licorice, chocolate, molasses and spicy cinnamon flavors are deep and intense...i'm talk'in about a ton of quality ingredients going into this baby. This is without a doubt one of the best (read as personal favorites) Belgian Strong Dark Ales that i've had the opportunity to consider. At 9% ABV, while there is a nice hint of warmth...the drinkability is world class. An incredible product...well within expected interpretation of the style and hugely 'in-your-face' substantial nose, flavors and supporting texture combination make this one stand 'head & shoulders' above the rest. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! I give it huge scores for overall experience.
01-10-2009 18:13:03 | More by jjayjaye
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
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
01-04-2009 21:23:22 | More by dirtylou
10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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