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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%

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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Photo of i4ourgot


3.6/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 00:20:13 | More by i4ourgot
Photo of DoubleJ


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, 2012 version. On to the beer:

The base of 10 Commandments is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but the twist here is there appears to be a potent spiciness to it, which to me tasted like ginger. Luckily, the base is strong enough to mitigate some of the spice and keep as an enjoyable beer to drink with a meal. Expect a profile of prunes, ginger, figs, and a kiss of liquor, with the addition of a dark bodied beer with good head retention, a fun smell, and a beer that's a little different flavor-wise per style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 23:43:18 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of devlishdamsel


1.86/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: nice rich brown opaque color, correct for the style.
smell: stale diet coke?? this was so strong i wasn't able to isolate any other scents..
taste: my palate was overwhelmed by the unholy trinity of sour, alcohol and bitter. I was not able to even try and pick out any distinguishing flavors..
mouthfeel: probably about the right amount of viscosity and carbonation for the style
overall: perhaps i should try this again??? Maybe i had a bad representation of this beer??

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 18:56:27 | More by devlishdamsel
Photo of Dowlers


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Raglan Public House

A- black semi opaque to dark ruby red. Good initial head that quickly settles. Lots of carbonation.
S- Sweet fruity with hints of the underlying booze
T-wow This one has some stuff going on. The dark fruits and honey jump out initially but it finishes dryer and boozier than expected. A delicious dry boozy aftertaste....where did the honey go? Don't notice the lavender at all.
O-Winner winner chicken dinner. Have bought 3 bottles to try to age because I really want to see what a year of aging does to the booze in the after taste but don't see them getting anywhere near a year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 01:41:32 | More by Dowlers
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, some brown sugar, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some spice and some sweet flavors of licorice, dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice darker Belgian-style beer to sip on for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 00:34:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a true beast, or should i say devine being? on tap at vine street, this beer pours a dense mocha color with a thin white veil. it smells like oak, bourbon, caramel, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and belgian yeast. its got an equally elaborate flavor, with some of the sweeter tones coming up first, and the alcohol basically eliminating anthing that might be subtle about the late middle or back end of the flavor eixperience. there is some vanilla and honey and oaky booze that stays in the mouth over the more than full body. the alcohol is relately punishing here, but the small pour helped me get over that. this is one ive been wanting to try for a long time, and while its not the most unique and reaching beer ive had from the lost abbey, it definitely is a well crafted brew, more in the barleywine tradition than he belgian i think. all up and great beer, not sure how i would have consumed the 750ml version... actually i know exactly how...

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2012 05:23:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 02:44:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kojevergas


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

I had to bring the "overall" score down to get the letter grade I wanted.


Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 04:02:16 | More by kojevergas
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 02:26:10 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 17:35:26 | More by muskiesman
Photo of Philousa


2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed at the Lost Abbey tap room on 12/31/2011.

Looks like a freshly brewed Americano coffee with irregularly bubbled head, indicating the active Belgian yeast, which clings to the glass for dear life before it pops to nearly nothing. Left some lacing with the first few drinks. Licorice, raisins, and sweet dates make up the bulk of the aroma. There is some faint dark Belgian malt. Most of the aroma is faint with this beer. Bitter licorice and dark fruit flavors. Some date and bitter chocolate round it out. A very murky, thick beer with a dry finish.

To be honest, this didn't come across well as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I didn't get too many dark fruit flavors and they were weak when I identified them. The black licorice was too prevalent for this licorice hater. I had high hopes, so maybe that's why I feel let down by this brew. Maybe I'm just putting to much stock into the Belgian Strong Dark Ale description, or maybe I need to just read the label before ordering a sample. I'd like to see them make this their own by giving it a distinct flavor that separates it from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 02:51:22 | More by Philousa
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a taster of this at Lost Abbey.

Dark ruby into the 4oz taster glass.

Smells tangy. Medicinal. This might not end well.

Oh god. Medicinal, sour, tarty. Something has gone wrong with this beer. I got about halfway through the taster before giving it back. I home brew and even I don't get these flavors. Someone fucked this one up.

Quite carbonated. Reminded me of a shitty tasting jagermeister.

Overall this was lucky to get a 3. I think if they had better quality control, this might be an ok beer. There is no way this phenolic mess was what it is supposed to taste like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 07:56:37 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of rtepiak


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another suprise that i haven't reviewed. An american accented strong dark in that it's malt character is close to a american double. Toasty, mild chocolate, coffee. Nose of molassess, and belgian sugar cane that made the low gravity a reality. Mild fruit. Rather savory. Rather warm going down but not boozy. Great with meat well peppered. Mild spice but sustaining.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 18:56:07 | More by rtepiak
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a tulip

Pours a near black with a creamy, beige, one+ finger cap. Good retention and some minor lacing. The aroma is of fresh herbs, raisins, honey, brown sugar, a touch of roast and some dark fruits. Subtle on both the aroma and flavor, atypical for the style. The flavor profile mimics the nose. The herbal quality is in the foreground, while raisins, dark fruit, and roast take up the groundwork. Alcohol is well-hidden. The body, along with the aroma and flavor, are a little thin for the style. I like my BSDA's to be a little more forward in every regard, and this lacks in my opinion.

Overall, this isn't a great representation of the style. Pretty middle of the road, but definitely has some redeeming qualities. Above average.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 20:24:01 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of xnicknj


3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep almost-black color, layer of beige head, nice collar of film with a couple spots of lacing.

Thick malts in the nose with candi sugar. Dates and figs shine through, a bit sweet overall, but with a slight metallic ping that I couldn't seem to shake. Notes of booze as well.

Candied dark fruit and burnt sugar. A mixed bag of richer dark fruit with dates, figs, raisins and a nice caramelized character to them. Thick, roasty malt backbone with caramel and molasses. Fair integration, but I still detect a metallic note. Finishes warm and sweet.

Full body, a bit higher carbonation, sticky, lingering, and a touch dry on the tongue. Pretty decent, but it felt like something was just a bit off on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 14:36:34 | More by xnicknj
Photo of bubtronic


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogany, flashes of red in the corners. Dense khaki one-finger head with moderate lacing.

S: Dark fruit, some spice, molasses, decent dose of Belgian yeast.

T: More dark fruit, plums, raisins, prominent alcohol, not quite covered by the malt sweetness. Also a strong oak character and the hint of something funky, maybe brett with the oak.

M: full-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but very dense. A little heavy handed with the oak, but otherwise enjoyable and well rounded.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 01:15:18 | More by bubtronic
Photo of ehammond1

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful dark and nearly black pour with minimal head but lots of lacing. Looks deep, complex, and rich. Beautiful.

Not quite as aromatic as I like my BSDAs to be. What's here is nice. I smell raisin, some alcohol, a touch of fruity tang, some dark, bready malt character. I gave it a chance to warm and the aroma still hasn't really grown. Pleasant, but relatively subdued.

The flavor is better than the aroma. Dark and rich, some sweet fruitiness along with a touch of tartness, hints of raisin, a warm alcohol undertone.

Relatively heavy mouthfeel, which actually can be a touch distracting with a beer like this. It seemed a touch too heavy and substantial to let the aromas and flavors truly be expressed.

A well made, complex, BSDA with a lot of interesting things going on, but I think the thick mouthfeel gets in the way a little bit of the more nuanced flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 18:10:59 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Rifugium


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 17:50:04 | More by Rifugium
Photo of 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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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer is a very dark amber/brown color with no head. There is a smell of malt, caramel, and spice. The beer has a sweet and sour forward flavor, with plum and spicy undertones. Very balanced, and extremely unique. The sweet and sour balance is also present on the aftertaste. The beer is bold and robust in mouth, with a nice, smooth finish. Very unique and wonderful flavors (can't say that enough), and a very decent beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 05:20:26 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of drummstikk


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
Photo of 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
Photo of tigg924


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark brown in color,

Smell: caramel, plums, and spices

Taste: chocolate, plums, toasted malt, cinnamon, and other spices and dark fruits

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, medium-light bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability:I love the complexity of this beer. The mixture of the fruit, dark chocolate, and spicing is amazing. The alcohol is super well hidden. If not for that I could drink this all day. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 14:18:49 | More by tigg924
Photo of Gehrig


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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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter on-tap at Kelleher's in Peoria, IL

A - pours a dark, ruby red - almost stout like in appearance

S - smells like grape with chocolate malts and some sugariness. Smells delicious.

T - caramely malts up front, with some sweet, sugary fruits. There is a touch of spiciness as well, however a grapey taste is the most dominate flavor on the palate.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. (this was 9%?)

D - excellent beer. This is a very good interpretation of the Belgian Strong Ale on this side of the Atlantic. I am glad this was the last beer I had that night, otherwise this is all I would have drank. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 01:37:12 | More by birchstick
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