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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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697 Ratings

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 95
Gots: 119 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tight dense tan head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is subdued for the style. I pick up some dark cherries, prunes, wood, alcohol vapors and clove.

The taste is sweet with dark cherries, grape juice, booze soaked prunes, and some banana and clove from the yeast. Some candi sugar sweetness but well in check for the style. I pick up some earthy tobacco notes as well.

The feel is moderate and quite fizzy. Sweet on the palate but has enough earthy notes to balance. The booze seems to be a bit raw.

A well balanced BSDA, however not very complex. Perhaps a touch more from the yeast and less abv burn.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:23:28 | More by Gmann
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer is a very dark amber/brown color with no head. There is a smell of malt, caramel, and spice. The beer has a sweet and sour forward flavor, with plum and spicy undertones. Very balanced, and extremely unique. The sweet and sour balance is also present on the aftertaste. The beer is bold and robust in mouth, with a nice, smooth finish. Very unique and wonderful flavors (can't say that enough), and a very decent beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 05:20:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL Cork and Caged Bomber Poured into a Balloon

Making the LA rounds again, as it's that time of year, and the 6 or so seasonal or rotating varieties change yet again.

L: Extremely dark, bordering on black, but somehow barely still in the browns. Completely opaque, with 2 fingers of head and decent lacing. More carbonation than I expected from a hard cork pull.

S: Thin sweetness with a depth of fruit and an edge of funkiness. Raisins are largest in the middle, honey in the finish.

T: Starts thin, but works into a boozy-sweet middle, with hints of fruits and nuts. Fades into a thin, flowery, honey sweetness, with still a lot of booze happening.

F: Good carbonation, good thickness, well done all the way around.

D: One of the better LAs I've had, On par with Carnevale.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 04:39:56 | More by codewarrior
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09' generously given as an extra in a trade...

A--Dark and believe it or not, carbonated. Some lacing.

S--You can smell the raisin in this one, fruits, figs...

T--Sweet, again, raisins and figs come out in the backend of this one.

M--good mouthfeel

D--Not bad, a little bit sweet and cloying to drink a bunch of, but very good for the style. I would probably want to see out his beers more often if owner was not such a poon...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:39:15 | More by garbercury
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with brown highlights that had a finger worth of khaki head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass. I could detect honey, rosemary, dark fruits, sweet malts, booze, and faint chocolate notes; very intresting nose. The rosemary was more apparent on the palate with some smokey character alongside dark fruit, honey, chocolate malt accents. The booze was noticeable but not overhelming. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation especially from lost abbey which had a sweet, earthy, slight boozy, but smokey, silky finish. It drank really good considering how hot it was and is probably one of my favorite year round brews from lost abbey.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 07:12:08 | More by Gobzilla
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a creamy white head that slowly dissipates to a dense soapy sheen.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit, allspice, and rosemary. Unusual.

Taste is more of the dark fruit from the nose. Plenty of plum, date, and raisin. Hints of coffee. Very spicy with strong allspice and coriander. Finishes with rosemary and an herbal bitterness that really lingers. Slight alcohol warmth throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a very unusual beer. Herbal spice quality doesn't quite match with the dark fruit sweetness. The flavor is a bit odd, and takes some getting used to. I don't know if I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:46:42 | More by Blakaeris
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3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a thin bit of dark tan head.

The smell was very heavy, thick raison, lots of yeast, and a bit of cedar.

The flavor is very strong with big burnt fig notes and a spicy yeast along with hint of dark wood and a strong bitter tartness that is almost a bit unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is heavy with a lot of warming.

Over all this one didn't really do it for me, a bit harsh and seemed a bit off.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:29:33 | More by bashiba
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 bottle.

Poured clear brown but sits opaque black in my glass. Fluffy tan head leaves a Care Bear cloud near the top of my glass and several lacey rings thereafter before fading out.

Smells of plum, rum raisin, and indulgent caramel. Those three sumptuous carry through in the taste and are joined by molasses and dry honey sweetness. Lots of flavor up front but kinda bland in back. Almost 2 years have faded out any alcoholic heat.

Says it was brewed with rosemary but I couldn't taste or smell it. Truthfully I'm not sure I'd recognize it if I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:46:13 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/red. Excellent carbonation and wonderful lacing. Not usually what I would expect from LA.

S: Fruity, slightly sour roasted malts. Like an RIS but slightly sour.

T: Unlike any beer I have ever had. It took a few times back and forth with guwilllums to figure out whether to call it a strong ale or not. I decided strong ale and was correct according to this listing. It has a very fruity taste with an RIS backbone. Very complex.

M: medium body and nice carbonation.

D: Extremely pleasant with plenty to think about.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 05:30:55 | More by Spica66
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3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with red hues when held up to the light. An off white head rests atop the brew with good lingering and lacing.

Honey and dark fruits dominate the smell. There is a bit of an off smell in there as well which I am assuming is a result of the rosemary. The off smell reminds me of two things; the gas they used to knock me out in surgery and new plastic toys.

I can't get past the surgery gas smell as it is also present in the taste. Looking past that, there raisins, honey and the weird rosemary. The ingredients on the label pretty much sum up what is in this drink.

The mouthfeel has a coating of the mouth effect with full body. I'm going to say that the mouthfeel is the strong point of this brew, too bad the taste is funky.

I am not a fan of this beer. Outside of the rosemary funk, this is a good beer. Too bad it dominates the taste...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:51:46 | More by TCgoalie
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage.

Served cool into a goblet, 10 Commandments is a deep dark brown color, looks black in the glass, creamy head is long-lasting.

Aroma is really unusual but also enjoyable. Mostly sweet, there is a dark candy sugar character with layers of caramel and oaky vanilla. A little bit of herbal comes through too, maybe the rosemary.

Flavor is very complex - a big malt backbone supports the dried fruits, chocolate, and cherries well. A little herb, pepper, and roast comes through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden but it should be after 2 years.

Overall an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Not as good as I remember from having it on tap but still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:00:12 | More by GilGarp
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3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 bottle shared by the other Matt last night.

Eh, this is basically a spiced ale. Its beginning to taste a lot like Christmas. Beer is black / dark brown and hazy with a decent head but not much lacing.

My first smell I was surprised by the spice, I guess nutmeg and cinnamon but the bottle revealed rosemary, OK. I don't get hte raisins or honey really at all. Smells...OK.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty effervesant in the mouth. Its spicy and mildly sweet, its not very great. Its standard for most holiday ales, yes you CAN brew with spices, but have you considered NOT using spice? Whatever. Not a repeat for me, at best its average.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 21:25:35 | More by drabmuh
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brown beer with decent head and lacing. Alcohol detectable in the aroma and in the taste. This beer is too heavily spiced for me. An over-abundance of strong rosemary, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors dominate much of the flavor profile. While spices can enhance a beer's intrigue and flavor, I believe that less is more, and that the beauty is in the subtlety. Good carbonation level. I was hoping this would be a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:50:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with sourbatchkid. That's for the taste.

A- two good finger of khaki colored head from a steady pour. Deep murky mahogany in color.

S- dark roasted malts with some chocolate and dark fruits. Raisins and dates come to mind. Earthy and herbal with a good bit of booze.

T- booze soaked raisins with sweet dark bread and some spice. Hints of cocoa and char. There is an herbal undertone that add a new element for the style. Interesting.

M- on the fuller side of body with a lively carb that tingles a bit. There is a good amount of heat to this and it does warm you.

D- interesting and tasty, if not a bit odd. Could use a bit less heat but I think paired with some rich foods and fatty meats this would be wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:43:31 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruits of figs and prunes are scented with spicy German hops and just a hint in the finish of resinous rosemary and floral honey. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic, one of Lost Abbey's many great dessert beers. Body is syrupy and delicious. Carbonation is light, but not so much that it doesn't give your palette a decent scrubbing between sips. Raisins contribute to dark caramel flavors, while rosemary contributes an almost-unnoticed whiff of resin. The rosemary and raisins would have made good secret ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 07:23:49 | More by drummstikk
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a brown color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of spices and fruit. Also some yeast.

t - Tastes of sugar, sweet dark fruits, and a little bit of spice.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent dark ale with some nice dark fruit and spice. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:23:33 | More by mdfb79
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you to Gary for giving me this beer as a recovery beer from knee surgery #5

Poured from a 750ml to a "Chimay" tulip type glass.

A- A dark amber brown with a coco creamy head that dissipates rather quickly.
S- A very spicy aroma with hints of dark fruit, honey, and dirty gym socks. It says raisins on the label but it is more of a prune or fig smell to me. And yes the sourness of a dirty gym sock is there as well.
T- A very spicy taste over powers the tongue at first. Then the dark roasty malt hits with a sourness that lingers. The dark malt was also mixed with a rum soaked raisin flavor that was not apparent in the smell. I would also say there is a hint of toffee in the sour finish. Very interesting!
MF- A very heavy and full-bodied beer with great carbonation.
D- The alcohol was very well hidden, but the raisin and rum flavor does a number on the tongue.

This is a very good beer and I am very thankful for it being given to me under the circumstances. I don't think I would by this beer again, but I would not turn this beer down. If I had a full bottle again I would need someone to share it with.

Big Props to Gary for thinking of me!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:24:03 | More by iuhophead87
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lynnsey - thanks!

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of raisins and mild amounts of herbs - I know it's rosemary from the label but I'm not sure I would be able to identify it otherwise. Also present are hints of light molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with solid amounts of molasses kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of raisins. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns slightly bitter with the addition of the rosemary and carries through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer however it was a bit sweeter than I was anticipating. If some of the sweetness were turned down a notch I would be a bigger fan, but even as it is it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:46:15 | More by glid02
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from 2008. Pours a dark ruby color with nice clarity. Has a fluffy light brown head that displays average retention and almost a total lack of lacing.

The rosemary really jumps out in the nose along with some sour notes and a sweet, burnt caramel maltiness. Some vinous fruit is in here as well. Not much in the way of abbey yeast though.

Definitely a unique take on the style...has a sour-ish wood character with some dark fruit and rosemary leading the way as opposed to some of the more traditional sweet bready yeast flavors. They are present, but are relegated to the backseat. ABV is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is right about medium, but the beer is still rich and velvety. Some sour cherries, vanilla, oak and maybe even some cinnamon comes out as it warms. Plenty of complexity here. The raisins are noticeable as well and lend a unique flavor, I have a homebrewed Dubbel with raisins and it has the same almost licorice spiciness, though that is a poor descriptor. Has plenty of complexity, that is for sure. This is a very, very good beer, I would buy this again in a heartbeat were I to see it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 21:44:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love BSDAs, so big thanks to Russ for sharing this gem.

Pours a rich ruby with a light tan head that fades to a film and leaves spots of lace on the side of the glass. Big raisin, date, brown sugar and spice aroma has all the components for a great Belgian strong dark.

Lots of raisin, brown sugar and spice in the flavour, which isn't really as complex as I'd like, and comes across as a little too juicy. Other dark fruits make an appearance, with dates and prunes springing to the fore, which ups the sweetness a touch. Perhaps what really lets the flavour down is the body, which seems a little too light, and probably makes everything a little washed out.

A great beer to try, though I can't help that with a little more heft to the body it would be greatly improved.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 19:13:48 | More by bobsy
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bomber, not aged

Smell: Spicy raisins, noticeable alcohol, darkly toasted caramel, soft grass with a slight herbal-rosemary edge.

Taste: Well balanced sweet fruits and smooth bitterness with tons of spice around the edge. Semisweet raisins and tons of ripe, dark figs and plums up front. The onslaught is tempered only by a modest level of grapeskin bitterness and complex belgian spices. Thick and syrupy rather than fresh and juicy. A little smoky. The middle is drier and bitter though fruit still remains. Beautiful belgian yeast and spices share the stage, entering slowly and crescendoing in. The finish is sweet and bitter with noticeable herb like rosemary. Quite dry.

Notes: Goes great with the homemade pretzel I just baked and should be a top tier complement to any food.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:21:31 | More by 4000qtrap
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark nutty-brown into a Duvel tulip with around a finger of tan head that slowly receded to a thin film.

Relatively mild aroma of honey, raisins, and dark fruit. Ample carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Intense flavor off the bat with lots of honey and caramel followed by more raisins, spice, and just a hint of rosemary. Lingering finish with plenty of warm alcohol. Very tasty and easy to drink, it reminded me a bit of Lost Abbey's Angel's Share, but without the heaviness from the bourbon barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 06:28:20 | More by grittybrews
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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a dark body that almost appeared a deep purple...there was a one finger head that formed but it fell quickly...some lacing

S - The nose on this was very promising...lots of dark fruits...raisins, dates...some sweetness from the honey and caramel

T - The flavor on the other hand was very disappointing...the dark fruits were present big on the raisins...the dates added a nice caramel sweetness...the honey really stood out and added more sweetness...it almost came to the point of cloying...what I was turned off by was the rosemary...well what I suspect was the rosemary...it added a freshness to it but it didn't play well with the other flavors going on

M - Medium bodied...little carbonation, smooth

D - Like I said, the nose was promising but I was let down with the flavors...it had to be the rosemary because a beer with honey and raisins should be delicious

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 15:09:16 | More by thain709
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

2009 vintage. 'Twas a very good year. I guess. The beer pours a darkly translucent dark brown topped by a finger of bright ecru foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, brown sugar, prunes, red apples, rye bread, and a tiny bit o' chocolate...you know, for the kids... The taste emphasizes the raisins, figs, rye bread, and brown sugar, adding in some honey, pepper, and some burnt sugar. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a solid BSDA, but I don't think it's all that special.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 10:50:14 | More by TMoney2591
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark reddish copper color with a dark tan colored head. Head has not too much retention but does leave behind some nice lacing.

S- A ton of dark fruits are the fisrt thing I notice (mainly raisin, plums and prones). Quite a bit of malts going on too, chocolate smell here as well. Maybe just a touch of alcohol here and some spice.

T- Dark fruit is the most prominent here too again raisins, plums and prunes. Malty and sweet, with a touch of a cocoa-like flavor. Finishes with a little fruity.

M- A bit thin in both body and carbonation.

D- I like this one quite a bit. I think its so far one of the best I've had from this brewery. I would drink this again with out a thought.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 08:04:05 | More by nrbw23
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