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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

694 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 97
Gots: 119 | FT: 4
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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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-06-2012 19:09:03 | More by hockeyfighter19
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FitnessForBeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-19-2014 07:14:35 | More by FitnessForBeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-01-2013 23:28:50 | More by PEIhop
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-15-2011 05:10:58 | More by patm1986
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-05-2012 01:26:18 | More by ccozzi
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pretext

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-01-2013 18:28:42 | More by pretext
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-31-2012 22:13:26 | More by Gww1864
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-31-2012 06:30:10 | More by hpthebull
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chrisrose30

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-05-2012 16:07:42 | More by chrisrose30
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 04:26:45 | More by Gehrig
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Millerf1127

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-18-2013 12:49:21 | More by Millerf1127
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ncworster

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-22-2012 01:22:35 | More by ncworster
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 19:02:19 | More by Cyberkedi
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rhhjr

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-22-2012 04:22:40 | More by rhhjr
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SGToliver

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-22-2013 16:42:22 | More by SGToliver
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gshak

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +14%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:04:48 | More by gshak
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 16:49:08 | More by Billolick
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a lost abbey tulip glass good head with a brown color

S: smell is of honey and rosemary and some dark fruit in back ground

T: its great you can get all the flavors of rosemary honey and raisins quite sweet beer and the alcohol is well masked, I know most bottles are 9% but the one I bought said it was 10%

M: its not too heavy pretty damn good feel

D: after drinking a bottle I would like another a great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:53:10 | More by JamisonM
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged and corked.
Served in a tulip.

Deep oak in color with a bright hue of maple. Creamy, white head with a porous effect. Condensed and webbed lacing with stable strength.

Semi-sweet honey-scented malt; faints hints of vanilla aided caramel. Predominant floral/herbal aromatics. Basil, rosemary, thyme. Bubblegum and lemon zest. Brisk notes of corriander. Unusual, but very pleasant herbal aromas.

Dynamic, herbal flavors unlike anything I've ever tasted in a beer before: basil, savory, thyme, rosemary. Gruit-like notes but a more stable, rounded, creamy malt base: moderately sweetened with honey. Floral hops, light corriander, and vanilla. An overtone of citrus: lemon zest, green apple, and orange peel.

Medium in body; a very light smoothness. Hints of creaminess, but nowhere near a "heavy" Belgian Ale. Spicy, citrus-like, but balanced.

A ridiculously-flavored concoction. Pleasant, but nearly indescribable. I have never tasted an ale of such flavors. Here's my best attempt: herbal, roundedly-sweet, minimally-spiced, and touched with citrus. Actually, it's really tasty and pleasant...so, go out and buy two of these!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:44:26 | More by NEhophead
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timobkg

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has WOWed me. This is one of the best Belgian strong dark ales I've had.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy, and undeniably Belgian.

The taste matches the smell, with some sweetness, some spicy, some fruitiness, and many other complex flavours I'm not able to discern. There's a very pleasant alcohol taste, just enough to be pleasantly warming, to let you know it's there, but not so much that it tastes boozy or off-putting. Every sip brings a complex blend of flavours that work great together.

From the first sip, I was hooked. At the last sip, I wanted more. As I sit here, typing this, I wish I was drinking this beer right now.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 15:34:33 | More by timobkg
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hero27

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
9% abv

Received in trade by IBUnit63, a pillar of the BA trading community!

Pours a light chestnut, with a small, off-white head.
Sweet, dark fruits..plenty of plum, raisin, and fig flavors. Bold, caramelized malts linger into each sip, and lend a good amount of richness to the brew.. warming alcohol creeps in as well, and in just the right amount. Herbal spice finish, with a woody edge of rosemary. Great overall flavor, really well done.
One of the most enjoyable brews I've had from the Lost Abbey for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:26:33 | More by hero27
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alkchrios

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in color with a caramel colored head. This is a very malty beer with undertones of fruit and coffee. Aroma is very much malty with coffee and chocolate scents. The mouthfeel is really nice.. smooth and surprisingly creamy. Goes down rather smooth. This is a mild beer with a lot of great flavor. The taste and smell f alcohol isnt all that present which is nice. Drinkability.. about 2 or 3 sipping beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 12:02:54 | More by alkchrios
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drummstikk

California

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruits of figs and prunes are scented with spicy German hops and just a hint in the finish of resinous rosemary and floral honey. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic, one of Lost Abbey's many great dessert beers. Body is syrupy and delicious. Carbonation is light, but not so much that it doesn't give your palette a decent scrubbing between sips. Raisins contribute to dark caramel flavors, while rosemary contributes an almost-unnoticed whiff of resin. The rosemary and raisins would have made good secret ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 07:23:49 | More by drummstikk
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Halcyondays

California

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle, with an imposing picture of Moses at Mt. Sinai on the cover,

A: Cloudy dark brown, with a thick, tan billowy head.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cola, and root beer.

T: The raisins definitely show their stuff as there is a definite undercurrent of grape flavor in this beer. I also taste dark fruits, molasses, dates and figs, and very tasty Belgian-style yeast esters. There is also a bit of spiciness to it - cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and anise abound. It is very complex.

M: Smooth, dry, phenolic. It is also quite yeasty.

D: Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Another great offering from Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, I can't wait to see what they do in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 04:48:48 | More by Halcyondays
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PEBKAC

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my luggage coming back from the ABF included this sacrilegious little delicacy. :)

It pours voilently, sloshing waves back & forth, Moses squeals & runs for cover. Big yellow/orange hazed-out head. Cola like consistency & color throughout the brew.

On first whiff: sugar, figs, maple syrup, & plums. Very little sense of alcohol & no noticeable yeast. I must of poured it right for once. :)

The taste was just a concentration of what was already there. A lot of similarities to plum & grape juice, with extra caramel melted in. Almost headache inducing, almost.

Body was slightly thick, slightly frothy. Carbonation was low, but it wasn't syrupy or burdensome to get down once it warmed up.

A meal in itself. Hardly had any room for dinner. :)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 18:27:05 | More by PEBKAC
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