10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey
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4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
06-19-2012 02:08:30 | More by cradke
2.33/5 rDev -40.7%
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.
06-12-2012 00:57:32 | More by navethechimp
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-08-2012 01:31:54 | More by Vixie
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
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!
06-02-2012 16:13:21 | More by gregk
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
Courtesy of Dave Guay. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose head that dissipates towards the edges into a thin band. Nose expresses currants, figs, honey and a hint of spice. Taste follows nose with the addition of an earthy/grassy presence on a malty backbone. Prunes and rosemary also asserts in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent BSDA but way too much happening in the Roasemary department for my sensibilities.
05-13-2012 23:32:54 | More by Jwale73
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one finger, khaki colored head. The head sticks around for quite a while and leaves behind some spotted lacing.
S: The aroma is wonderfully complex. Up front you're hit with a plethora of spices and dark fruits (raisins, figs, etc.). A touch of sweet honey and savory rosemary finish it off.
T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but slightly toned down. The rosemary comes out more in the taste as does the honey.
M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty smooth and very easy to drink. The alcohol is hidden deceivingly well.
O: I liked this spin on a BSDA. The additions of honey, raisins, and rosemary make this a unique ale that I'm sure I will pick up from time to time.
05-06-2012 00:26:16 | More by BilbosNuts
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage. 750ml into some tulips.
Violet with some redder hues in the light, big tan head that leaves gratuitous amounts of lacing and good retention. Interesting nose for a quad, dark fruits and mostly raisins appear first but some of the sweeter notes (the honey that was used?) support this immensely. Some fresh, mild herbal notes as well come through along with some spicing. This resembles rosemary more apparently as it warms. Quite unique. Dark fruits and raisins again on the palate, rich caramel notes, sugar and perhaps some candied sugar. All sugary dark fruits, all the way. Full, rich and sweet feel. No detectable alcohol, and dangerous in this regard. A tasty and interesting twist on a quad.
04-30-2012 18:08:27 | More by liamt07
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
This smells amazing, tons of honey and grapes and ginger, oh man! I love it. It is complex enough.
The taste follows very nicely. It is sweet and rustic and pleasing. You get honey, and brown sugar. It almost has a little bit of a pumpkin ale taste to it, probably from the honey.
It reminds me of the first beer I tried to make, but much better of course. Another winner from the Lost Abbey.
04-01-2012 06:01:34 | More by raynmoon
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
03-30-2012 04:02:16 | More by kojevergas
10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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