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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

357 Reviews
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Reviews: 357
Hads: 840
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 105
Gots: 161 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews: 357 | Hads: 840
Photo of thedoubler55
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into a tulip.

A: Dark ruby red, a nice dark head, that leaves just a ring of lacing around the top. .

S: Raisins, honey, very sweet with spicy aroma.

T: Very sweet, spicy, tangy, very weird brew for me the raisins just don't do it.

M: Medium bodied and high in carbonation.

D: Very odd brew, but not to bad, wont be having another. (348 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind beer #2

750 mL cork and cage shared with a couple friends.

A - Pours murky mahogany with a bit of dark cream colored head. As it receded, it sounded like the fizzing of a coke. Really strange head 3.0

S - Fig, caramel as well as some mustiness. Kind of reminds me of spiced dirt. Bit more cherry and plum as it warms...yeah, tons of plum/prune/raisin...After warming, there's a little smoke as well. Interesting. 4.0

T - Nice sweet vanilla and plum, with a ton of belgian yeast. We've got ourselves a quad here. First thought is the pretty things plum quad...Some nice mild spicing, and actually a prety solid quad or BSDA. A slightly tannic finish is making me think there's some oak in there as well 3.5

M - Very full bodied with a thick syrupy feel. The carbonation is a bit big, and fizzy like drinking pop. Also a bit of heat in the back of the throat as well. Double digits for sure! 3.5

O - Quite good, but not overly complex. It's quite a fruity strong dark belgian/quad and pretty solid overall. I definitely enjoy sipping on this, but would struggle with a full 750. 3.5

This is definitely a solid brew. For as much as I dislike belgian style beers, this is something I wouldn't mind drinking again and sholland119 did well. I could easily see this being the pretty things quad, but I'm not convinced because of the smoke. I feel like I've had this before because the first whiff of the aroma just threw me off with the smoke, so I'm going with Pretty Things Quad or LA Judgment day.

Before the reveal: my buddy mentioned Victory Otto and I could definitely see this. The smoke sticks out a bit more, and it might just be a boozy dubbel. I still think it's something stronger and stick with my previous guesses.

The reveal: 2009 Lost Abbey 10 commandments.

Well, I was right, I've had this before and it is a BSDA with some plum/raisins, just forgot about this beer. This has aged pretty well and definitely tasting great right now. Thanks! (2,005 characters)

Photo of BEERANDNOW
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up from my local Whole Foods 750 ml corked bottle.
Very little head when poured. Dark in color but not as thick as most, had a semi watery consistency.
The aroma of this one is pretty intense. Rich dark malty odor but also some sweet hints in there as well.
The initial taste is full of earthy flavors and some sweeter and fruitier flavors. Theres alittle bite on the back side.
Over all it was a pretty enjoyable drink but probably wouldn't go for a second round with this Lost Abbey. (504 characters)

Photo of Seeker41184
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date Drunk: 12/19/10

750mL into pint glass

A: Dark brown appearance, with a thin layer of head which laces the glass.
S: Smell is of candy, vanilla, and spice.
T: Honey and raisins coat the mouth with some nutmeg and maybe some chicory at the end.
M: A hot feeling is felt but smooth at the same time.
O: Can only drink 1 per sitting, but this beer is enjoyable. I think if this was the 2008 or 2009 brew, the alcohol would have been too much and not enjoyable. (463 characters)

Photo of cpmichael
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone RIS Snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, pretty light in consistency. 1 finger foam.

S: Very fruity, dark fruits (raisins, plumbs) and malts.

T: Very fruity, specifically raisins. sweet malts and licorice. This beer is on the verge of being too sweet for me. Reminds me a lot of Bell's Batch 9000 in that regard...

M/D: Highly carbonated and light bodied. Could have benefited from being a little thicker, maybe. And overall the beer was just too sweet for my liking. (485 characters)

Photo of ChazMania
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured similar to a ValDieu I had a few weeks back, nice brown with small head. Aroma suggests some raisin and brown sugar. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma. A real good full flavor that has great malt balance and a really long lasting coated flavor all over my mouth. Lost Abbey continues to impress! (316 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark coffee colored with red hues in it and a tan head. Fruity aroma i was getting cherry/ plum/ raisin. Same fruity start that transitions quickly to some hot alcohol notes.
The alcohol is almost drying on the tongue giving the beer a drier finish than most beers this dark. Its kinda weird but after a few sips the alcohol notes kinda dissipate and the malts come forward a little more as well as that Belgian yeast kinda flavor. I could even pick up some notes of chocolate/ coffee but its very faint. I think I would enjoy a little more intense coffee/ chocolate flavor from this beer ( a little but not a lot). There is suppose to be rosemary but I could not pick that up. (678 characters)

Photo of abfraser
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-reviewing

A: Walnut brown on pouring but looks black with glass full. Poured vigorously after no head the first tasting, got a little bit of one, but still not much

S: Intense and complex nose. I can really smell the honey and rosemary, the latter of which is a little too present. Some cotton candy, too

T: Whoa. This is some crazy stuff. Unlike anything I've had. Honey and rosemary again; lots of raisins; almost a syrupy though.

M: This feels like flat soda in the mouth. No carbonation. Very acidic. Just ok.

D: Eh, definitely marking this one down after the second bottle. I don't really desire to drink a full bottle of this.

Overall, an interesting brew. Not sure what category this falls into, but I appreciate the constant experimentation of Lost Abbey. On second taste, I think this one misses the mark a little bit (836 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, yeast, lots of interesting spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same and the spices are the dominant flavor here and linger long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the spices take center stage in the aroma and flavor. (571 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Dave Guay. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose head that dissipates towards the edges into a thin band. Nose expresses currants, figs, honey and a hint of spice. Taste follows nose with the addition of an earthy/grassy presence on a malty backbone. Prunes and rosemary also asserts in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent BSDA but way too much happening in the Roasemary department for my sensibilities. (511 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 version

A - Caramel brown with a thin tan heads that quickly fades to a thin ring of foam.

S - Caramel sweetness, spicy clove, rum soaked raisins, cinnamon, honey, alcohol and hints of chocolate.

T - Raisins mixed with sweet caramel and plums, rosemary with spicy alcohol, yeasty.

M - Full body and well carbonated. Strong lingering aftertaste of sweet fruits and spicy alcohol.

D - I am finding the full body, high carbonation and strong flavors are not mixing so well. (480 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ron's Original Bar & Grille, Exton, PA

Poured a hazy dark brown with a thick finger of whitish head. Bready aroma with hints of sugar and dried fruits. A taste of pancakes and maple syrup up front fading to a plain breadiness; dried fruits, raisins, and a hint of chocolate and light spice. Not quite full-bodied, and nicely drinkable. (357 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom in San Marcos, California. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $1.00. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention (excused by the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-black. Not opaque.

Sm: Incredibly estery, with honey, fig, raisin, and spices. Intriguing. Maybe some sort of berry comes through as well? I look for rosemary but don't find it. A faux vinegar sort of funky note. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramel, raisin, fig, cream, slight funkiness, a berry note, heavy esters (especially on the climax), honey, and spice. Strange but very pleasant and enjoyable. Bold and experimental to its benefit. Complex and subtle. Well balanced and built. I don't know that I've a had a beer quite like this one; the flavour profile may be unique.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable for its high ABV - which it hides incredibly well. I'd have it again. Would pair well with cheese.

A good candidate for aging. Likely better out of the bottle than on-draught; I'd anticipate more yeasty notes from the bottle.

B

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2014 vintage. Truncated notes:

Dark brown-black body colour, with a fitting head.

AROMA: Smells of anise/fennel, raisin, dried plum, sugarcane, prune, fig, dates, a hint of molasses, biscuity spicy Belgian yeast, and a hint of Belgian chocolate.

Raisin dominates. It's a fantastic aroma for the style. Moderate in strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Raisin is prominent, and the mouthfeel follows the raisiny vibe, bringing syrupy thickness, viscosity, as well as dryness and coarseness. Subsidiary dried dark fruit supplements the raisin: fig, prune, dates, and plum. There's a dab of rummy sugarcane as well. The foundation is comprised of dark Belgian malts and a bit of chocolate malt.

OVERALL: The dryness and coarseness really makes this drag on the palate, reducing drinkability substantially and fatiguing the drinker. But it's a well-spiced Belgian dark ale and the dark fruit is lovely. It's good but not great work from one of the U.S.'s best breweries, and I'd like to revisit it with some serious age on it.

B- (2,274 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a tulip glass, the color was of an medium dark amber brown, with a lot of light tan foam and a fair amount of lace. The smell of roasted malts and spices was evident in the aroma. The taste of roasted malts and spices was also evident, along with a sweet candy finish. Not a lot of alcohol kick back in the finish. (331 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"The most imaginative beers are our crusade, we believe we are all in this together, we strive for honesty and integrity in our lives like you, fresh beer is great. Aged beer is better, now that you have found us help us spread the message, there is good and evil in the world. Our beers are good, passion isn't something you can buy at the corner store, we believe an inspired life is worth living, life is a bout choices. The Lost Abbey is a great choice, we are not perfect, but no one is." 10 Commandments is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with Honey, Raisins and Rosemary added. Available in 750ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel-tan color over a very dark brown body with high density. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of toasted bread, syrupy fruits, fermented honey and aromatic peppery spice, although I do not detect rosemary in this beer. Some mild acidity and funk combines with the sweetness of the malt in this beer for a nice balance. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Toasted bread crusts, caramelized brown sugars and smooth honey up front follows through to a slightly spicy, more effervescent and rummy finish of raisin, molasses, peppery spice, and more notably in the flavor than in the aroma, rosemary leaves. Light acidity and funk likely demonstrates this beer's age rather than the overall quality of its components. Overall, quality flavor with rosemary being arguably the most unique ingredient causing it to stand out, working surprisingly well in accenting the finish and overall flavor without drowning out the remaining flavors. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, mildly sticky, peppery and effervescent, and very dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a modest frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium/heavy for the style. Balance is slightly peppery, grainy and fruity esters over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters to note in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Lost Abbey's 10 Commandments Ale is my first experience into this brewery's beers, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how this culmination of flavors plays out in favor for a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Excellent malt and yeast profile tied with the unique herbal qualities of Rosemary come together as closely balanced for an ale, most of the ingredients can be detected throughout the flavor, and all play a significant role. I found the beer very dry although this bottle did not have a date system on it so I was unable to determine the beer's age to be sure whether the dryness was an intended factor or not. I hope that this brewery puts dates on their bottles, but styles such as this one age quite gracefully nonetheless, so feel free to enjoy it without consequence at any time. 3.75

The Lost Abbey's
10 Commandments
3.67/5.00 (2,982 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Ten Commandments is a dark beer with a deep dark burgandy brown with no light shining through whatever. Ten has a nice sturdy tan head that produces silky lace down the glass. This one smells swwet with malts and burnt sugars. Some dark fruits and alcohol round the smell out. Wow, the taste is sweet bordering on too much. A big bready yeast component along with dark fruits and sweet malts are the focus on taste. A full feel with light carb and some alcohol to go with it. Would like to see what a aged bottle with carb would do to this beer, but for now the tap version will do, even though it's not my favorite. (624 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a nice trade with Mikesgroove. Thanks for yet another great brew!

A dark body that reminds me a little bit of cola. Fairly dark and opaque in the center, but slightly translucent and lighter in color around the very edges. Two fingers of tan head that settle into a thin ring on top of the beer. Leaves behind a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Pretty nice looking beer.

Raisins and grape like aromas hit the nose first. Honey sweetness also. Just a touch of herbal notes in there.

Up front is a raisiny sweetness with a bit of tartness that reminds me of green apples behind it. Next comes an herbal flavor with some very slight chocolately flavor in there. Finishes with rosemary and honey.

The mouthfeel is fairly interesting, the honey really comes through. The feel reminds me of a toned down Braggot, thick, leaving a coating on the mouth.

The more I drink this and the more it warms the more drinkable I think it is. At first the flavors were a little strong, but the more I sip the more I enjoy the complexity. (1,045 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Appearance: Black with a red hue, minimal tan head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: raisins, red fruit, malty, rosemary.

Taste: raisins, red fruit, malty, vanilla, honey.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, low carbonation, silky.

Overall: A tasty beer. Drinkability is moderate. Fairly complex. (312 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fresh bottle of 2008. I have another one for aging for later. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

A- Well to start off this beer didn't "Pop" when I popped the cork. When I poured the beer it seemed a bit flat for a beer of this style. Well onto the beer. It looks like dark coke, but a bit on the deflated side. Oh and there is no head to the beer.

S- Nice dark fruits, a hint of cinnamon, and coffee. I also smell a bit of some of the rosemary in this. That should be interesting to see how that tastes.

T- This is interesting in taste. I taste a lot of coffee with this beer, there is the dark fruit taste I talked about, but the coffee flavor is dominating. As it warms up it isn't quite as potent, and there seems to mellow out.

M- One word: "Thick." I think that this is very thick and there isn't any carbination to help it out. I wasn't expecting this to be that thick.

D- Despite the fact that there is no carbination this is easy to drink. (975 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 bottle.

Poured clear brown but sits opaque black in my glass. Fluffy tan head leaves a Care Bear cloud near the top of my glass and several lacey rings thereafter before fading out.

Smells of plum, rum raisin, and indulgent caramel. Those three sumptuous carry through in the taste and are joined by molasses and dry honey sweetness. Lots of flavor up front but kinda bland in back. Almost 2 years have faded out any alcoholic heat.

Says it was brewed with rosemary but I couldn't taste or smell it. Truthfully I'm not sure I'd recognize it if I did. (561 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml to a Duvel glass.

Pours a murky brown with a 2 finger off color white head, and plenty of sticky lace all about the place (cant tell if there is sediment floating or pieces of the cork that broke off). Smells of dark fruits soaked in alcohol, plums, figs, raisins etc. Nice breadiness from the malts, and a slight alcohol prefume. Huge sweetness on the tongue, grapes and figs all over. The sweet malts leave traces of chocolate covered raisins, and maraschino cherries that give a bitter/tart finish. Also i find as the beer warms up a bit a big Ny-Quil quality at the end, weird. Full bodied, medium-high initial carbonation that prepare your tongue for the bold sweetness. This beer is very well done, great complexity and composition, afraid its just way to sweet for my liking. (803 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a medium size caramel-tan bubbly foam head, looks almost like a coca-cola only with better lacing.

smell is of dark fruits, some caramel, some spice, a little sweetness, and some malt.

taste is sweet up front, raisins, grapes, prunes, spice, some cocoa, sour malt, finishes nicely, the sweetness dies down a bit and the fruit flavors come through. (373 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love BSDAs, so big thanks to Russ for sharing this gem.

Pours a rich ruby with a light tan head that fades to a film and leaves spots of lace on the side of the glass. Big raisin, date, brown sugar and spice aroma has all the components for a great Belgian strong dark.

Lots of raisin, brown sugar and spice in the flavour, which isn't really as complex as I'd like, and comes across as a little too juicy. Other dark fruits make an appearance, with dates and prunes springing to the fore, which ups the sweetness a touch. Perhaps what really lets the flavour down is the body, which seems a little too light, and probably makes everything a little washed out.

A great beer to try, though I can't help that with a little more heft to the body it would be greatly improved. (777 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap this past Friday at the Other Side Cafe. Served in a tall thin glass (8 oz?) for $7.50. A bit steep, but I wanted to try it. Dark brown, almost black, in color. No head to speak of. Smelled of alcohol and dried fruits. Taste was complex. Layers of fruit, followed by layers of oakiness, then sugar, then more alcohol. I can see why this beers is sold in small servings. Could have been a bit thicker in the mouthfeel. Tasty and nice to drink. Yet, for the price I paid, I was expecting to be blown away, and I was not. (525 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 10%; not sure if it's a misprint or an older vintage or what... I've had this for around 9 months in the cellar.

Aromas of dark fruit and dark chocolate; raisins and cocoa powder to be specific. Lesser notes of Belgian yeast, specifically the cloves and typical spiciness.

The taste follows the nose but in reverse (I've been saying this a lot for some reason lately). Begins with spicy Belgian yeast flavors of clove and mild banana. The caramels and brown sugar and extreme dark fruits make up the major flavor profile of this beer. The finish exposes the high ABV a little with a slight alcohol burn. I am serving this @ a slightly warmer temperature than most prefer; cellar temp around 55 degrees.

The mouthfeel is super super full and thick with less than average carbonation, but the overly full, borderline cloying and sticky raisin body of this brew lowers the drinkability for me. Finishing the full 750 may prove to be a challenge. Overall I wish this was served in a smaller bottle because a 750 of this will bore you and/or put you straight to bed. (1,079 characters)

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.