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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

357 Reviews
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Reviews: 357
Hads: 840
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 105
Gots: 161 | FT: 6
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Reviews: 357 | Hads: 840
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a evil shade of blackish brown that is very intriguing. The head is a brown tan mix of one inch short bubbles that lasts a couple of minutes. Nose shows hints of sour cherries and alchol soaked maltiness. On first sip you get a dark fruit smoothness and a dry dark malty feel. The mouthfeel that is created is sligthly bitter with a large amoutn of dryness that dances on the edge of richness. This beer does have hints of sweetness but its more like dark chocolate, bakers coco, and sour cherries. Nicely drinkable, but for the right time only. Light a fire, turn off the lights and hope for a long cold night. (620 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle which cost me $10 from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. I shared this with a friend which was good given the strength. The color was dark brown with no head and no carbonation. Smells slightly sour, licorice, alcohol. It took awhile to taste the raisins but they are there. Another interesting beer from Lost Abbey. (317 characters)

Photo of AndoBrew
1.32/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

edit:I was told buy a trusted pal, that when he had this beer fresh it was very yummy. He and I tend to rate with similar scores. I am going to attempt to try this beer again, but leave this review for now. seeing as how the sample I had not gone bad in any infection sort of way. It just may not age well.:

*i hated it and would never buy it*

app: brown garnet. thin lookin, looks fine not amazing.

smells: BAD, menthol, minty herby plants. some malts hide back there.

taste: it is not good at all, it is way way spiced, its not good spiced. way over the top.

mf: fine.

drinkable?: no, it is hard and painful to drink! (628 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from AJ''s in late June for 12.99.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with a light brown head. Nose is a wonderful medley of fruits, raisins, Belgian Yeast, and other spices. Taste is quite nice, of light and dark fruits, malts, raisins, and burnt sugar. Finish is lightly hoppy with a warming alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very good with that yeast making this especially effervesant across my palate. Drinkability is good and tasry but at 9.0 abv it is a whopper. (481 characters)

Photo of ChazMania
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured similar to a ValDieu I had a few weeks back, nice brown with small head. Aroma suggests some raisin and brown sugar. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma. A real good full flavor that has great malt balance and a really long lasting coated flavor all over my mouth. Lost Abbey continues to impress! (316 characters)

Photo of klewis
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to weeare138 for this one.

A: Pours a dark garnet color with a modest foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of raisins black cherries with a subtle spicy character and a hint of alcohol.

T: Spicy christmas ale sort of taste with an astringent cardboardy flavor and a strong boozy kick.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D: I'm quite disapointed. This one either lacks depth in flavor, or the alcohol is covering it all up. Perhpas this one will improve with age, but right now, it's pretty difficult to drink. (553 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged bottle into New Belgium snifter. Poured a dark brown almost to the point of black with a thick lacy head. Smells of raisins and dark fruits with spice aroma. Taste of malt, raisins, spiced bread, dates and plums. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet with a nutty dry finish. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for a abv of 9%. But still a meal of a beer and this beer will fill you up. (410 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After removing the cage and cork from the 750ml bottle it pours a deep rich mahogany color, the tan head forms a large crown upon the body, as the creamy head dissipates, the lace forms a concealing blanket upon the glass. Nose is rich in fruit like aromas, raisins come to mind, nice malt tones also there, caramel hints present, and start has a pleasing malt profile, sweet with a hint of spicy bitterness, top medium in feel. Finish has a personable hop spicy bite, nicely acidic, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a good brew, and well worth a sample. (560 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep mahogany amber...close to black...with a smallish tan head that melted very quickly to a ring of tan bubbles.

Aromas are Belgium yeasts and lots of dark fruits...raisins, of course...it says so on the label....plus some other dark fruits like prunes and plums with mincemeat-like spices...cinammon, cloves, etc.

Taste is sweetly raisins and dark fruits with some Belgium Candy sweetness and Belgium yeast giving it an almost bready taste. Lots of bitter hops follow the sweetness helping to dry the extra sweetness of the rest of the beer.

Aftertaste is slightly citrus bitterness with some hot alcohol and lots of alcohol warmth going down. (663 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the beers I received as part of my "Patron Saints" membership. "Ale Brewed With Raisins" on the label.
A- Pours a pitch black hue with brown and amber highlights, small tan/brown head that is mostly sustaining, fair amount of lacing throughout
S- Fruity scents dominated by raisins and dark fruit (as advertised on the label), I am also getting tones of apple, peach, belgian candy, sweet caramel/toffee malts, and a modest alcohol presence
T- Initial taste is Raisins, Raisins, and more Raisins (almost cloyingly sweet), followed by a variety of fruits and spices, yeasty/bready/sweet malts, a little bit of chocolate and belgian candy, finishes with sweet malts, a touch of bittering hops and warming alcohol presence
M- Medium/full bodied with good carbonation, nice slick texture that coats the tongue in sweetness
D- 9% abv is well-masked, but this definitely a sipping beer to be enjoyed over time (much like a port or desert wine). Think of this as a bigger, bolder, more complex version of Lost & Found supercharged on raisins and dark fruits, great for low-key and/or cold fall and winter evenings . . . (1,127 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown-black with tan creamy head.

Vinous, raisin, fig, black pepper, clove, and some chocolate aromas rise from the fluid.

This is much fruiter than Lost Abbey's other Strong Dark and a little less malty/chocolaty. Starts with an acidic vinous character that moves into sweeter raisin, dried cherry, and prune flavors. Some pepper, cinnamon, and dark chocolate in the finish. Contemplative.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Yet another great beer from Lost Abbey. This would pair well with a dark chocolate. (544 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is heavily laden with fruit, but is not overly sweet. Lots of figs/prunes/rains, caramel, and an appealing malty smoothness that balances the many flavors. Pours a beautiful burnt amber with a nice two and a half inch head. Carbonation perfectly balances an otherwise viscous, heavy beer.

Gets a bit overbearing after a while, and not a good session beer. (366 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my luggage coming back from the ABF included this sacrilegious little delicacy. :)

It pours voilently, sloshing waves back & forth, Moses squeals & runs for cover. Big yellow/orange hazed-out head. Cola like consistency & color throughout the brew.

On first whiff: sugar, figs, maple syrup, & plums. Very little sense of alcohol & no noticeable yeast. I must of poured it right for once. :)

The taste was just a concentration of what was already there. A lot of similarities to plum & grape juice, with extra caramel melted in. Almost headache inducing, almost.

Body was slightly thick, slightly frothy. Carbonation was low, but it wasn't syrupy or burdensome to get down once it warmed up.

A meal in itself. Hardly had any room for dinner. :) (766 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. Lacing is substantial and lasting. Aroma is balanced with malt sweetness and dark fruit. Taste is actually pretty sedate, sticks with the nose indication of moderate grains coupled with ample but reined in fruitiness. Mouthfeel is out-of-control smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Another nice one from the Abbey. (492 characters)

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

This brew pours a dark deep brown that appears black at first sight. It leaves a thick tan head that clings to the glass. The aroma is prunes, figs, plums, dark pitted fruit, caramel, spicy, cinnamon, cardomon, great nose. The taste starts fruity sweet, syrup, dark toffee, espresso, roasted nuts, def herbal presence that finishes bitter almost like under ripened fruit. This is another solid brew from The Lost Abbey, I like where this beer took me. (451 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with a creamy-looking, light beige head.

Smell: A winning aroma of toasted bread, caramel, and raisins. Lesser notes of baker's chocolate and forgotten basements.

Taste: Sweet, toasted pumpernickel breadiness and chocolate malts with a tart, engaging fruitiness of raisins and perhaps blackberries. Traces of yeast mustiness. Finishes relatively sweet, vinous, and warming like a fine port.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Congratulatory comments flew from drinker to drinker before even the first glass had been emptied. (602 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 mL corker, opened with a fwiss. Pours with an eggplant dim hued glass fill topped with a frisky settled khaki densely packed cap leaving slight drippy spotty lace.

Nose is initially sweet, mildly awl-kee-hawl boozy bright, with a narrow focus on figs and raisins. Raisin aspect is inescapable.

First swigs: Viscous thick syrypy raisin meets sugar cookie malt. Crisp sugary bright front. Tounge lashing astringent bitterness with carrot cake or zuchinni cake that virtually evaporates from the palate leaving behind a reminder of thick molasses and cinnamon like linger.

Last swigs: Full bodied and unforgiving spiced raisin sandpaper. DogFish Head Raison D'Etre with malt. (693 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness or brewing date indication, pours rich, dark, dark brown, thick dark tan head, film initially spotty lacing and then more full lacing and intricate sheeting. Nose is boldly of rum soaked raisins, dark fruits and alcohol. One sip and I am in BSDA heaven...rich, flavorful, complex, heady brew....bold flavors carry through towards a mellow smoldering long finish...figs, rum, dark candi sugars, moderate alcohol present. Luxiourously smooth, coating and easy on the old tongue. Not for beginners, but big ,Belgian lovers will rejoice...Go get some. Savor and enjoy this stunner. (625 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL Bottle. Aroma runs with nice caramelization, raisins, plums and fig wine. Bits of rising herbal quality come amount with a fog of crisp spicing. Lightly warming, bold and flowing. Pours a tinted mahogany, with a creamy dark mauve head. Flavor is a gently balanced dark sugar, brimming with raisin residuals, candy cream, bits of turkish delight and bioflavinoids. There’s a dose of tannic tongue twinging. Currants and gooseberries perk up the background through a little earth and bark. Fragrant and warm. This will be insanity when the Brett actually starts to show up. (578 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bottle, with an imposing picture of Moses at Mt. Sinai on the cover,

A: Cloudy dark brown, with a thick, tan billowy head.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cola, and root beer.

T: The raisins definitely show their stuff as there is a definite undercurrent of grape flavor in this beer. I also taste dark fruits, molasses, dates and figs, and very tasty Belgian-style yeast esters. There is also a bit of spiciness to it - cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and anise abound. It is very complex.

M: Smooth, dry, phenolic. It is also quite yeasty.

D: Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Another great offering from Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, I can't wait to see what they do in the future. (716 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a cloudy dark brown/burgundy color ale with a nice big light brown foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry raisins and dry figs is very enjoyable Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet malt with nice dry raisins and figs characteristics with a subtle yeasty finish. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. I thought this was similar to Chimay blue or Achel extra bruin and presents a very nice level of complexity. It is definitely something I wish I could get my hand on more often. (581 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany hue, lighter ruby round the edges, under a lovely cap of cocoa foam.

Sweet, spicy aroma, a a curious complexity. Raisins are there, carob and caramel, too. Yummy.

so, let's drink 'er!
A snap on the tongue starts it, sharp, deep and spicy.Raisins kind of dominate the flavor here, with malt hot behind. Feels like port wine mixed with good scotch. Rich and delicious. Damnably delectable. Lays on the tongue and lasts a long, long time. Yum. More I'm drinking it, more I'm liking it...the raisiny flavor isn't too sweet, and the character becomes stronger, the body fuller, the experience more memorable. Even while the strength creeps in.

Halfway through the bottle, I'm wishing I had more. Very good.
My first Lost Abbey, and the wait was worth it. Now, on to more! (791 characters)

Photo of tboom29
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into one of the new oversized wine glasses my wife bought. A word on these glasses, they are basically fish bowls with a stem on them. You could pot plants in these. The beer was a very dark, dark brown, nearly black, with a thin white head on top. Not much retention, but still looks great.

The nose was full of molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits, and yes, raisins as well. A bit of alcohol burn in there as well.

The first sip confirms all that I smelled above. Lots of molasses, raisins, and other dark fruity scents. Lots of boozy, dark fruity notes. Medium to full body, sits in the mouth nicely. A bit of toasty malt, and some oak is in there as well. This really is a great tasting beer, full of flavor. Normally a beer I would drink in the fall or winter with a nice stew or roast, but it actually paired quite well with some grilled tuna w/wasabi and soy sauce and a cucumber/mint salad. (926 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy to extract cork and a lack of a loud pop leads me to believe that this brewery has a cork seal problem with its beers.

A very dark brown colored beer with a decent light brown head that quickly fades to a ring of head around the sides.

The smell a little sweet but greatly phenolic in scent. Fair amount of spice rides on the alcohol fumes mostly coriander but also herbal elements.

The taste begins neutral and strongly of chocolate, coriander and coffee. Quite herbal in flavor and it does remind me a bit of Jägermeister liqueur in that respect. If this disappoints it is in the fact it doesn't have very many subtle flavors so there is no great taste puzzle to solve.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad drinker though I really prefer a sweeter version of this beer style. The low carbonation and the cork seal are a worry though, I don't think that this beer will last long in storage in its current bottling. (930 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Brickskeller the other night.

The beer pours a solid dark brown color with good lacing and head retention. The beer has a very roasty malt aroma, that includes a hint of vanilla, cherry and rootbeer. On the palate one gets sweet rootbeer, but with some roasty malt as well. The beer ultimately is not too sweet, but still comes across as very big and rich. The beer is not the least bit heavy and is far, far too drinkable for its abv.

This is a very impressive beer from Port Brewing. (512 characters)

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