10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 833
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 107
Gots: 154 | FT: 7
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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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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 Scotchboy
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old corked & caged 750 from my cellar, probably 2010 vintage. Cork broke off cleanly and I needed a corkscrew to remove it - first time thats happened to me on any beer. Poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Murky, dark brown/prune color, with ample light khaki head and some decent lacing. Good carbonation visible, which makes me happy considering this is a Lost Abbey.

S: Candy sugar, Belgian yeast and dark fruit are prominent...apple skins, ample malt breadiness, vinous notes...grapes, raisins...faint spices.

T: Dark fruit & apples, caramel, bready malts, raisins, spices...tart fruitiness (black cherry?) and grapes, with a definite wine characteristic. Still some alcohol burn on this one, kind of surprised at that after so long in the bottle.

MF: Creamy, moderate body with a soft fluffy mouth that comes from the bottle conditioning. Sticky finish, and a bit dry...maybe from the alcohol.

O: Its good, probably a better beer than I scored it, but it didn't really do it for me. The flavor profile was pretty intense still, and I think St. Bernardus 12 is a better offering. (1,090 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: once you are able to fight the cork off with a drill (sarcasm), it pours a deep, deep amber/burgundy color with enormous head formation easily 2-3 fingers worth. Huge off-white bubbles in, dissipates very slowly.

S: huge amounts of honey crush the nostrils, I definitely get an herbal notes (which is the rosemary) and as the bottle states, raisins. The description on the bottle is spot on and each one (“honey, raisins and rosemary”) dominate the nose all of which are in very nice balance. Yeast also makes an appearance here as well.

T: I definitely pick up on the sweet honey and raisins characters. Spices create more complexity along with a very strong yeast and a moderate maltiness. Big, big, alcohol (which surprised me because it was undetectable in the nose). The ABV throws this one way off balance IMO. I feel like there is a constant struggle between the alcohol and the spices and sweet flavors.

M: extremely carbonated. Medium bodied. nothing great

O: disappointing. a unique brew. ton of honey, raisins and enormous spices which are balance nicely amongst themselves. But, the alcohol makes a rude entrance throwing this one off. If you like DBSAs, this one is worth a shot because of its uniqueness and it should be cellared for a year due to its “hotness” IMO. (1,296 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone while yielding a big foamy 2" plus head, tan in color. middling retention and not much in the lacing department; a few patches. the aroma is good. not quite spectacular but a decent amount going on: notes of honey, spice, dark fruits, yeast, and some sweet maltiness.

taste is ok, more or less follows the nose but with a much stronger alcohol factor than i suspected going from the aroma. LOT of spice, some honey, dark fruits (raisin, fig, maybe prune). yeasty with some sweet malt characters. finish is dry and boozy. medium-bodied in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

overall 10C is a good beer, perhaps even a very good one, but is not likely to be confused with a truly upper echelon BSDA. still, well worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 07-31-2011) (846 characters)

Photo of cradke
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into a Rochefort tulip

Appearance: Dark black with brown hues. A very thin head that spreads thinly and a bit inconsistent but very nicely done for a 2009.

Smell: Raisins and dark fruit Really nice honey compliments the malt flavor.

Taste: Whew, this is complex and i'm really digging it. Lots of raisins up front, the honey is there and it's really complementing the malt well. Loads of dark fruit are there and there is a lot of sweetness which is awesome; certainly not cloying but very present. Unique in it's complexion, dark fruit flavors and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but nice carbonation given it's age. Spreads across the palate very nicely.

Overall: A really nice example of the style and I'm happy it held up so well, so long. Loads of raisin and honey with alot, maybe too much, sweetness. I really enjoyed this. (857 characters)

Photo of navethechimp
2.29/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

2008 vintage - 750ml corked and caged poured into some Duvel tulips. Stored upright at cellar temperature.

Not being a huge fan of Lost Abbey, I was excited to try one of their beers that I felt would benefit greatly from age, perhaps becoming on par with their few gems.

On a nice summer evening, I pulled the cork of the bottle to not even the slightest pop. It poured completely still. The deep ruby, almost black would have been nice, but the absolute lack of head made it look more like oil than beer. At four years a beer like this should be at it's prime... hell, why even cork the beer if it's not going to have carbonation? Sigh... Lost Abbey.

The aroma revealed some pleasant oxidation that is appropriate for its age, and it sat well with the deep and complex malt aroma. Taste followed. Enjoyable, sure, but nothing to write home about.

It was a bit too sweet/cloying for the style. Sure, the absolute lack of carbonation accentuated the stickiness, but I was certain that it didn't attenuate well enough. Lack of CO2 meant a hydrometer reading would be valid--1.024. Gah, that's about twice the residual sweetness that I'd want in a spiced Belgian-style ale! The bottle lists it as 9% ABV, which leads me to assume that the new 10% bottles may have better attenuation?

Anyway, I was going to drain pour it, but instead mixed the second half with a Maudite from Unibroue, and then went out into our spa and got drunk. Kickass blend. (1,449 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep ruby red. Looks black at first, but you can see light through it when held up to the light. Forms a decent sized tan head that lingers.

Nice smell to it. There is coffee, chocolate, raisins, and spice. Not quite as intense as others I have tried, but still nice.

Tastes a lot like it smells. There is a lot of fruit up front, likely from the raisins and honey. There is also chocolate, and a hint of coffee at the finish.

Very smooth and full going down, nice solid beer.

I have been reluctant to try another beer from this brewer, as the last one I tried had a cork sealing problem and was flat, rendering if nearly undrinkable. I am happy to report that this bottle was just fine, the cork had a nice seal, and the beer seems fully carbonated. It is a nice beer, not quite my favorite for this style, but very nice, and I am glad I gave it a try. (870 characters)

Photo of gregk
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice offering from Lost Abbey. This Belgian Strong has a very nice, deep malt character. The raisins add a nice touch of character without being to over powering. I was a bit disappointed by the appearance as I found it to be a bit "muddy". None the less the flavor profile more than makes up for this! (319 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 BilbosNuts
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one finger, khaki colored head. The head sticks around for quite a while and leaves behind some spotted lacing.

S: The aroma is wonderfully complex. Up front you're hit with a plethora of spices and dark fruits (raisins, figs, etc.). A touch of sweet honey and savory rosemary finish it off.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but slightly toned down. The rosemary comes out more in the taste as does the honey.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty smooth and very easy to drink. The alcohol is hidden deceivingly well.

O: I liked this spin on a BSDA. The additions of honey, raisins, and rosemary make this a unique ale that I'm sure I will pick up from time to time. (790 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage. 750ml into some tulips.

Violet with some redder hues in the light, big tan head that leaves gratuitous amounts of lacing and good retention. Interesting nose for a quad, dark fruits and mostly raisins appear first but some of the sweeter notes (the honey that was used?) support this immensely. Some fresh, mild herbal notes as well come through along with some spicing. This resembles rosemary more apparently as it warms. Quite unique. Dark fruits and raisins again on the palate, rich caramel notes, sugar and perhaps some candied sugar. All sugary dark fruits, all the way. Full, rich and sweet feel. No detectable alcohol, and dangerous in this regard. A tasty and interesting twist on a quad. (738 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This smells amazing, tons of honey and grapes and ginger, oh man! I love it. It is complex enough.

The taste follows very nicely. It is sweet and rustic and pleasing. You get honey, and brown sugar. It almost has a little bit of a pumpkin ale taste to it, probably from the honey.

It reminds me of the first beer I tried to make, but much better of course. Another winner from the Lost Abbey. (394 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 DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at Yard house Scottsdale.
Pours a deep amber brown. Thick spongey tan head.
Smells of honey roasted malts and christmasy? (Cloves or rosemary maybe??)
Taste is of boozey clove or rosemary type? It almost has a lambic type flavor - at first, but finishes with a really nice dark chocolate malt.
Overall a very unique brew. Interesting, tastey, unique, smooth...what else do you really want in a beer? This deff stands out. Give it a try, but watch the wallet on this. I'd be pissed if I spent more than $10.

Cheers! (546 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A dark and obscure blood red color. The beer forms a decent amount of head with very good retention. It leaves some lacing on the beer glass.

Smell:
The beer has a strong and sharp smell of alcohol. The honey and raisin are slightly noticeable with the raisin being more prominent. The rosemary seems to enhance the alcohol smell.

Taste:
The beer itself tastes like a sugary red wine. I noticed a small hint of alcohol and Rosemary. Otherwise, the honey, raisin and Belgian sugar dominate the pallate.

Mouthfeel:
The beer has a smooth and decent carbonation. It feels like a red wine.

Overall:
I think this is a pretty decent beer that borders on a wine. (670 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a corked caged 750, poured into a diver glass

A- even with a gentle pour I get an abnoxious 4 finger head that disapates slowly, it is brownish, the beer itself is a deep murky brown, heavy lacing

S- rosemary, lots of rosemary, almost soapy, hints of alcohol, light raisin, not an incredibly pleasing aroma to me

T- it tastes better then it smells, the rosemary is much more subtle, raisins, brown sugar, an almost light chocolate note , bubblegum yeastyness. Alcohol. Faint faint honey.

M- medium bodies with high/medium carbonation, almost effervescent, I feel its too heavily carbonated.

O- I did not enjoy this very much, I'm thinking maybe ingot a strange over carbonated bottle, but I don't know, the aroma was rather soapy and unpleasant as well, at least to me (779 characters)

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at CloverLeaf Tavern 1/12/12
A – Poured a dark mahogany with a steady beige foam head that left nice lacing.
S – Dark fruits like plum and figs, sweet dark sugars caramel and molasses
T – Warm sweetness raisin and vanilla with dark bread flavors. Yeasty with various spices
M – Feels slightly heavy, thick bodied but creamy and silky very nice mouth feel.
O – A very nice dark fruit belgian. Spicey but a bit boozey. Great warmness and finish (469 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Stemmed Glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany-red with a creamy taupe head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.
S - Sweet and spicy aromas of dark caramel malt, raisins, figs, baked bread, herbal rosemary, and a touch of banana from the Belgian-style yeast.
T - Wow, I'm surprised by how "big" this beer is. Huge flavors of raisin and fig, with a heavy caramel and brown sugar malt profile and a solid dose of rosemary and Belgian yeast.
M - Not liking the mouthfeel on this at all. Big and syrupy, with fairly sharp carbonation. If this was creamier I'd like it, but the syrupy mouthfeel is odd and extremely unpleasant. Carbonated snot is a pretty unflattering description, but it works.
O - Liked the nose, liked the taste, hated the mouthfeel. Dunno if it's just this bottle, perhaps I'll seek this out on tap to confirm. (889 characters)

Photo of finnagann
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: cork n cage bomber.

S- Spicey phenolics, some malt, some dark fruit. A light soft alchohol note, quite pleasant.

A- Dark reddish-brown. Big creamy tan coloured head that laced well. both lace and head completely dissapeared by the end of my 4 oz glass, rather dissapointing.

T-Creamy smooth malt in the mid palate with spicey phenolics around the edges. A somewhat overstated bitterness in the finish, definatly some harsh notes. A nice, and very subtle, note of rosemary comes through as it warms.

M-medium-light body, fairly high carb (was hard to pour a drinkable glass). Warming and incredibly smooth alchohol note. Definatly some astringency in the finish.

O-Very complex, good blend of malt and phenolics. The alchoholic strength was very well incorporated.I loved the alchohol notes in the nose and palate, as well as the subtle rosemary notes. However the astringency was quite high and makes an otherwise great beer hard to drink for me. (965 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 CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle received as an extra long ago. Poured in to an oversized snifter, this one's a dark but slightly translucent cocoa brown, complete with a slew of nice, wispy yeast floating around the bottom of my glass. Subsequent sips cot the sides of the glass with plenty of lace at first, glittery and very Belgian, and the finger of mocha head fades in about thirty seconds.

Dates, figs, plums, and raisins on the nose, mingling with light spice, hints of juniper (I suppose the rosemary), and dry, dark malts, slightly reminiscent of chocolate. The taste is similar, but dryer - this one's had considerable time to age, and the tartness (slightly like bubble gum) of the fruits comes across very strongly. I thought it possibly soured at first, but suppose it's just the natural yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is good - subtle, mellow, low in carbonation, but with the dry body, nothing's too heavy or fat on the tongue.

All in all, a good beer, and one I might have enjoyed a little more fresh. Flavorful, but likely at one point more flavorful. (1,063 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 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 Jawn
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's murky dark reddish with a really beautiful creamy head that converged to the center to a cool looking nucleus of foam. Rad. Random soapy lacing. The nose is so boozy to me, but I can definitely pick up the rosemary too. I think they must have used a lot of raisins in this one because its juicy with dark fruit with a caramal/chocolate background, then pops into a dry yeasty finish. I didn't think my palate was that refined as of yet to pick up different levels of complexity, and it surely isn't, but this was definitely a fun beer to drink. (549 characters)

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