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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:
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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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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-26-2013 06:14:49 | More by GRG1313
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-23-2013 15:48:21 | More by ONovoMexicano
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AndrewBV

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-21-2013 04:21:53 | More by AndrewBV
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-20-2013 00:41:20 | More by Beerswag
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-13-2013 23:06:06 | More by firstlighthiker
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DmanGTR

New York

4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep mahogany with maple hues in the light. Off white cap that took a while to diminish. Brilliant glimmer when held up to the light. Figs, dates, raisins come to mind in the nose. Large bouquet of anise, spice, and cocoa, along with fainter crystal malts. The flavor is of blends of caramel, toffee, and malt, with a raisiny, black currant overtone. A bit of dark honey towards the finish. Not cloying at all, but very nicely balanced with the spiciness, sweetness, and fruit. The texture is smooth and adds to the complexity of the beer. Perfect carbonation. I will obtain this beer whenever I see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:12:25 | More by DmanGTR
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredible power, strength and complexity ooze from the chalice as this Belgian-style Strong Dark ale offers up new aromas and flavors with each return to the glass and as it warms. Not for the faint of heart- this beer is designed for the Belgian beer connoisseur in mind. I'm not sure if this would be a beer to inspire a new set of 10 Commandments by Moses, but in the study of him, I'm sure the Trappist monks dig it!

10 Commandments opens with a deep burgundy-brown hue. Deep garnet low-lights and an overall hazy demeanor keeps the beer looking masculine, yet regal. It helps that a highly creamy and frothy head caps the beer with a slight tarnish ivory stain. Its long-lasting retention creeps up the glass with sticky islands of lace that intricately decorate the glass.

Intense aromas evoke a suggestion of power and starts with raisin and maple. Its candied scent is somewhat of confectioner's candy stores even as the high notes of spiced rum waft about. Not backing off of the booze, its sweet candy aromas are biscuity, sherry-like and toasty. Even with the raisin additions, the scents of other fruits compound the beer's nose: dates, figs, licorice, currant and dark berries all fuel the overall winey scent.

Heavy handed in its malt-forward attitude, the taste seems like grandma's hard candies, but fused with sorghum and horehound candy. That spicy root beer-ish taste reels in a balance of peppercorn, cinnamon and vinous-type spice- all leading to a taste of fruit wine before that of rum. All the while those dark, dried and pitted fruits edge closer and closer to port and sherry. As the taste concludes, it lingers rather indefinately into the next visit to the glass- making it a sipping and savoring beer.

Full bodied without doubt.... there should be doubt as these Belgian ales are normally built to create a conflict of malty-dry and semi-sweet character. But this one is full and sticky from start to finish. Even its hop bitterness, high alcohol presence, and peppery phenols does little to combat the residual sugars. Its malty-sweet finish is pleasantly hot with an aura of lavender that haunts the session throughout.

There's little doubt that this is a world class Belgian-style "Quad" in the making. But the problem in that it isn't there yet. This 2-year vintage isn't enough. I wouldn't hesitate to cellar this beer for at least five years in order to let the beer dry out a bit more, for the alcohols to degrade and for the smooth vinous tones to grow.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 04:16:06 | More by BEERchitect
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mquartuccio87

New York

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-02-2013 02:58:54 | More by mquartuccio87
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-01-2013 04:48:07 | More by craftbeerasian
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amandajclark

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-01-2013 01:49:21 | More by amandajclark
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Beersnake1

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-28-2013 23:20:08 | More by Beersnake1
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themathguy

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-25-2013 21:27:16 | More by themathguy
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-25-2013 16:49:27 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Parrotshake

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy brown with a big properly tan head. Smells like rum-raisin ice cream and Christmas cake and a ton of booze.

Herbaceous and boozy at the beginning, slow burning and thick with rosemary. Brown sugar and raisins and Oloroso sherry. Sweet and yeasty. Probably a bit much.

With a few years of age this will probably be a masterpiece. At the moment it's quite nice but a bit of a sweet, hot mess.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 06:49:39 | More by Parrotshake
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Johnny58

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-23-2013 20:33:42 | More by Johnny58
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goodonya

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-21-2013 17:10:43 | More by goodonya
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C_S

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-19-2013 14:58:43 | More by C_S
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MystikCelt

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-16-2013 04:20:26 | More by MystikCelt
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eulerthegrape

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-13-2013 00:15:11 | More by eulerthegrape
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lsummers

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-08-2013 04:33:34 | More by lsummers
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JDJTEXAS

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-07-2013 21:35:51 | More by JDJTEXAS
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Reggae4203

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-04-2013 05:38:09 | More by Reggae4203
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California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-04-2013 02:11:07 | More by frozenjogurt
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California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-02-2013 05:48:19 | More by wolf_switzer
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srw

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-31-2013 18:18:04 | More by srw
10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.