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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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740 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

strongaf, Jul 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

mwayne, Jul 22, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ajs4bd, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Scotchboy, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

bradcochran1234, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

This is a nice brew. It has a lot of good well balanced flavor.

megahurts4, Jun 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

tut2528, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

tbizzle0, Jun 19, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

cradke, Jun 19, 2012
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2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

navethechimp, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Vixie
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Vixie, Jun 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

rawfish, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

ccozzi, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

crobinso, Jun 02, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

gregk, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
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88 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.