10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

791 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 103
Gots: 132 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-08-2007)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at The Blind Pig, Champaign Illinois's best beer haven.

Healthy dollop of creamy, slightly tan head on a rich, ruby-mahogany body; excellent durability and ample lacing on the stylish tulip glass. For a BSDA, I had hoped for a heftier nose, but this isn't bad--sweet and tart, lots of raisin, some molasses, cherry for sweet fruit. The taste exudes a fuller complexity than the smell did. The sweetness is more balanced in the flavor than the smell, which I like; cherry and raspberry neatly balance and complement the raisin and fig flavor; delicious.

Smooth, so smooth is the texture, but with a bit of a hopped bite in the finish; a little unexpectedly dry, but perfectly fine with me. Honestly, I was shocked at how fast 10 Commandments disappeared from my glass as I read at The Pig on a lazy, cold afternoon. Grabbing a second was a must. There are precious few opportunities in the Midwest to get wares from The Lost Abbey; this was one not to miss, and I am glad I pounced upon it. Splendid BSDA, one for which I will be on the lookout when it next appears in Champaign. Complex and distinct. I wish The Lost Abbey were just around the corner for this poor sinner.

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Strong aroma is malty and earthy with a firm overtone of rosemary and fruity hints. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy tan head. Be careful - this can fizz like all-get-out! Flavor is quite distinctive, earthy and fruity, equal parts grape and apple, with a firm but not overpowering rosemary note and hints of caramel and nuts. Full-bodied lively texture leaves an earthy, fizzy finish. Thou Shalt Drink Only Craft Brewed Beer!

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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

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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