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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 100
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
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 TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage
Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby brown highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever. Smells of pepper and spice with a solid dark sugary background. The flavor is sweet with sugary malt, a bit of dark fruit, lots of pungent and bitter spice, some pepper and other yeasty phenols. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost bitter mouthfeel. I've been sitting on this one for a while, I remember liking it a bit more when it was fresh. As is I am neither excited nor disappointed with it.

johnnnniee, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +1.8%

OldTime, Sep 22, 2012
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...

StonedTrippin, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

HopsintheSack, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

kaelingirl, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of a_sh0pping_cart
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

a_sh0pping_cart, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

BeerManDan, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Chugs13, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Gww1864, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of larbush
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

larbush, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

brbrocc, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Naterobsnyk4, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of darinlstewart
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

darinlstewart, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Laz77
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Laz77, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4/5  rDev +1.8%

HopBrain, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011

After a ridiculous battle with the cork, involving pliers, a towel, and eventually a corkscrew after breaking the cork, there is a nice pop suggesting that carbonation won't be an issue.

A - Pours a dark murky brown with about three fingers of very persistent tan head. Head eventually fades, leaving surprisingly little lacing. A thin cap of foam is maintained throughout the glass.

S - Smells like the usual suspects with a twist: lots of raisin and caramel, some fig, a bit of booze, along with mint, rosemary, bubblegum and some spice.

T - Taste is similar to smell, but with more spiciness and some earthy bitterness. Again, lots of raisin and some fig, quite a bit of caramel. An earthy bitterness takes over toward the finish, with lingering rosemary. Pretty tasty, and cuts any sweetness nicely, but the finish is a bit intense.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is initially on the sweet side, but turns dry and bitter on the finish.

O - A tasty BSDA, but a bit strong on the herbs to be exceptional. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

warnerry, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a pint

A - Pours somewhere between a brown and an amber, just light red highlights on the outside. Strong brown colored head formation, about 1" is retained.

S - Sweet and spicy - dark fruits of plums, raisins is combined with some coriander and honey.

T - Starts off sweet and strong, raisins, some roasted notes. Mid-stream brings in a spicy set of flavors, belgian yeast esters, honey, a little bit of the rosemary. Finishes with a somewhat sticky malt note, reminds me of caramelized sugar.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Almost brings it into balance. Alcohol warmth is detectable in the finish. On the sticky side.

O/D - For this style, this beer takes all the malt attributes and pushes it to the edge. Comes off a little cloying at times, but that is okay as I sip it. ABV is awfully strong of course but it maintains the symmetry.

katan, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of SquidVicious
4/5  rDev +1.8%

SquidVicious, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, but very dark brown with minimal tan head that falls and leaves no lacing. Nose is a bit milder like roasted apples. Flavor is a bit more pungent than I would have figured. Vibrant sweet tone with an almost smoked edge to it. Very slight at that though. Tangy edge abounds. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation. A nice BSDA that is a bit too vibrant, but still nice to drink.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another unique take from lost abbey on a traditional style. Interesting to spice this one with rosemary.

A:
Hazy dark brown with purple and ruby highlights. Thick small bubbles with a tan head that fades but sticks around.

S:
Lots of spice in the nose. Dried herbs, dark rum, and blackberry or raspberry jam. There is a boozy hit that lingers too.

T:
Malty sweet, and a little bit of biscuity maltiness is there too. There is plenty of dark fruit and jam flavors. Really reminds me of a dark fruit jelly. The aftertaste is all herbal spice and boozy alcohol. There are nice layers of flavor to consider. There is even an anise flavor as it warms.
M:
Medium- slick body that finishes dry enough to not be overwhelmingly sweet or cloying.
O:
The overalls complexity and flavor of this beer are great. The rummy and dark fruit favors really make this an excellent quad. The rosemary comes in a little strong for me, and I could see it being even better if not for that. Overall another hit from the abbey.

Ricelikesbeer, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of tziggy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

tziggy, Aug 13, 2012
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