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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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673 Ratings

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%

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.

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Photo of kojevergas


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

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.


Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 04:02:16 | More by kojevergas
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at Yard house Scottsdale.
Pours a deep amber brown. Thick spongey tan head.
Smells of honey roasted malts and christmasy? (Cloves or rosemary maybe??)
Taste is of boozey clove or rosemary type? It almost has a lambic type flavor - at first, but finishes with a really nice dark chocolate malt.
Overall a very unique brew. Interesting, tastey, unique, smooth...what else do you really want in a beer? This deff stands out. Give it a try, but watch the wallet on this. I'd be pissed if I spent more than $10.


Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 02:26:10 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of HattedClassic


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark and obscure blood red color. The beer forms a decent amount of head with very good retention. It leaves some lacing on the beer glass.

The beer has a strong and sharp smell of alcohol. The honey and raisin are slightly noticeable with the raisin being more prominent. The rosemary seems to enhance the alcohol smell.

The beer itself tastes like a sugary red wine. I noticed a small hint of alcohol and Rosemary. Otherwise, the honey, raisin and Belgian sugar dominate the pallate.

The beer has a smooth and decent carbonation. It feels like a red wine.

I think this is a pretty decent beer that borders on a wine.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 19:30:39 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of PeterIngemi


3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a corked caged 750, poured into a diver glass

A- even with a gentle pour I get an abnoxious 4 finger head that disapates slowly, it is brownish, the beer itself is a deep murky brown, heavy lacing

S- rosemary, lots of rosemary, almost soapy, hints of alcohol, light raisin, not an incredibly pleasing aroma to me

T- it tastes better then it smells, the rosemary is much more subtle, raisins, brown sugar, an almost light chocolate note , bubblegum yeastyness. Alcohol. Faint faint honey.

M- medium bodies with high/medium carbonation, almost effervescent, I feel its too heavily carbonated.

O- I did not enjoy this very much, I'm thinking maybe ingot a strange over carbonated bottle, but I don't know, the aroma was rather soapy and unpleasant as well, at least to me

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:37:20 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at CloverLeaf Tavern 1/12/12
A – Poured a dark mahogany with a steady beige foam head that left nice lacing.
S – Dark fruits like plum and figs, sweet dark sugars caramel and molasses
T – Warm sweetness raisin and vanilla with dark bread flavors. Yeasty with various spices
M – Feels slightly heavy, thick bodied but creamy and silky very nice mouth feel.
O – A very nice dark fruit belgian. Spicey but a bit boozey. Great warmness and finish

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 17:35:26 | More by muskiesman
Photo of jsanford


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Stemmed Glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany-red with a creamy taupe head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.
S - Sweet and spicy aromas of dark caramel malt, raisins, figs, baked bread, herbal rosemary, and a touch of banana from the Belgian-style yeast.
T - Wow, I'm surprised by how "big" this beer is. Huge flavors of raisin and fig, with a heavy caramel and brown sugar malt profile and a solid dose of rosemary and Belgian yeast.
M - Not liking the mouthfeel on this at all. Big and syrupy, with fairly sharp carbonation. If this was creamier I'd like it, but the syrupy mouthfeel is odd and extremely unpleasant. Carbonated snot is a pretty unflattering description, but it works.
O - Liked the nose, liked the taste, hated the mouthfeel. Dunno if it's just this bottle, perhaps I'll seek this out on tap to confirm.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:09:44 | More by jsanford
Photo of finnagann

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: cork n cage bomber.

S- Spicey phenolics, some malt, some dark fruit. A light soft alchohol note, quite pleasant.

A- Dark reddish-brown. Big creamy tan coloured head that laced well. both lace and head completely dissapeared by the end of my 4 oz glass, rather dissapointing.

T-Creamy smooth malt in the mid palate with spicey phenolics around the edges. A somewhat overstated bitterness in the finish, definatly some harsh notes. A nice, and very subtle, note of rosemary comes through as it warms.

M-medium-light body, fairly high carb (was hard to pour a drinkable glass). Warming and incredibly smooth alchohol note. Definatly some astringency in the finish.

O-Very complex, good blend of malt and phenolics. The alchoholic strength was very well incorporated.I loved the alchohol notes in the nose and palate, as well as the subtle rosemary notes. However the astringency was quite high and makes an otherwise great beer hard to drink for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 15:58:37 | More by finnagann
Photo of phichifiji00


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

2009 vintage.

Appearance: Black with a red hue, minimal tan head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: raisins, red fruit, malty, rosemary.

Taste: raisins, red fruit, malty, vanilla, honey.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, low carbonation, silky.

Overall: A tasty beer. Drinkability is moderate. Fairly complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:12:43 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of CrellMoset


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle received as an extra long ago. Poured in to an oversized snifter, this one's a dark but slightly translucent cocoa brown, complete with a slew of nice, wispy yeast floating around the bottom of my glass. Subsequent sips cot the sides of the glass with plenty of lace at first, glittery and very Belgian, and the finger of mocha head fades in about thirty seconds.

Dates, figs, plums, and raisins on the nose, mingling with light spice, hints of juniper (I suppose the rosemary), and dry, dark malts, slightly reminiscent of chocolate. The taste is similar, but dryer - this one's had considerable time to age, and the tartness (slightly like bubble gum) of the fruits comes across very strongly. I thought it possibly soured at first, but suppose it's just the natural yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is good - subtle, mellow, low in carbonation, but with the dry body, nothing's too heavy or fat on the tongue.

All in all, a good beer, and one I might have enjoyed a little more fresh. Flavorful, but likely at one point more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:43:54 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a 750ml to a Duvel glass.

Pours a murky brown with a 2 finger off color white head, and plenty of sticky lace all about the place (cant tell if there is sediment floating or pieces of the cork that broke off). Smells of dark fruits soaked in alcohol, plums, figs, raisins etc. Nice breadiness from the malts, and a slight alcohol prefume. Huge sweetness on the tongue, grapes and figs all over. The sweet malts leave traces of chocolate covered raisins, and maraschino cherries that give a bitter/tart finish. Also i find as the beer warms up a bit a big Ny-Quil quality at the end, weird. Full bodied, medium-high initial carbonation that prepare your tongue for the bold sweetness. This beer is very well done, great complexity and composition, afraid its just way to sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:49:06 | More by gabedivision
Photo of ChrisPro


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind beer #2

750 mL cork and cage shared with a couple friends.

A - Pours murky mahogany with a bit of dark cream colored head. As it receded, it sounded like the fizzing of a coke. Really strange head 3.0

S - Fig, caramel as well as some mustiness. Kind of reminds me of spiced dirt. Bit more cherry and plum as it warms...yeah, tons of plum/prune/raisin...After warming, there's a little smoke as well. Interesting. 4.0

T - Nice sweet vanilla and plum, with a ton of belgian yeast. We've got ourselves a quad here. First thought is the pretty things plum quad...Some nice mild spicing, and actually a prety solid quad or BSDA. A slightly tannic finish is making me think there's some oak in there as well 3.5

M - Very full bodied with a thick syrupy feel. The carbonation is a bit big, and fizzy like drinking pop. Also a bit of heat in the back of the throat as well. Double digits for sure! 3.5

O - Quite good, but not overly complex. It's quite a fruity strong dark belgian/quad and pretty solid overall. I definitely enjoy sipping on this, but would struggle with a full 750. 3.5

This is definitely a solid brew. For as much as I dislike belgian style beers, this is something I wouldn't mind drinking again and sholland119 did well. I could easily see this being the pretty things quad, but I'm not convinced because of the smoke. I feel like I've had this before because the first whiff of the aroma just threw me off with the smoke, so I'm going with Pretty Things Quad or LA Judgment day.

Before the reveal: my buddy mentioned Victory Otto and I could definitely see this. The smoke sticks out a bit more, and it might just be a boozy dubbel. I still think it's something stronger and stick with my previous guesses.

The reveal: 2009 Lost Abbey 10 commandments.

Well, I was right, I've had this before and it is a BSDA with some plum/raisins, just forgot about this beer. This has aged pretty well and definitely tasting great right now. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:04:27 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of Jawn


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's murky dark reddish with a really beautiful creamy head that converged to the center to a cool looking nucleus of foam. Rad. Random soapy lacing. The nose is so boozy to me, but I can definitely pick up the rosemary too. I think they must have used a lot of raisins in this one because its juicy with dark fruit with a caramal/chocolate background, then pops into a dry yeasty finish. I didn't think my palate was that refined as of yet to pick up different levels of complexity, and it surely isn't, but this was definitely a fun beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:02:39 | More by Jawn
Photo of Philousa


2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed at the Lost Abbey tap room on 12/31/2011.

Looks like a freshly brewed Americano coffee with irregularly bubbled head, indicating the active Belgian yeast, which clings to the glass for dear life before it pops to nearly nothing. Left some lacing with the first few drinks. Licorice, raisins, and sweet dates make up the bulk of the aroma. There is some faint dark Belgian malt. Most of the aroma is faint with this beer. Bitter licorice and dark fruit flavors. Some date and bitter chocolate round it out. A very murky, thick beer with a dry finish.

To be honest, this didn't come across well as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I didn't get too many dark fruit flavors and they were weak when I identified them. The black licorice was too prevalent for this licorice hater. I had high hopes, so maybe that's why I feel let down by this brew. Maybe I'm just putting to much stock into the Belgian Strong Dark Ale description, or maybe I need to just read the label before ordering a sample. I'd like to see them make this their own by giving it a distinct flavor that separates it from the pack.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 02:51:22 | More by Philousa
Photo of hardy008


3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with Ruby highlights and a large tan foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has raisins, caramel, rosemary, and brown sugar. I am not sure that rosemary is a good idea.

The taste has raisins, caramel, brown sugar, rosemary, and a small amount of tartness. Has a sweet flavor, but I am not liking the rosemary in this beer. Seems like a mistake to me. Honey is a listed ingredient, but I honestly can't pick it up in the taste or smell.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. Unfortunately there is an aftertaste of rosemary. I like rosemary well enough, but don't care for it in beer. Lose the rosemary, and this beer would be much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:56:48 | More by hardy008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours looking like the usual abt/quad/bsda style, heavy on the brown, thin on the head. Aroma of alcohol, prunes and raisins.

Some brown sugar thrown in to hopefully drown out the bitter dark fruit and pungent alcohol. Helped with the bitter fruit, but not so much with the heavy sting of alcohol. Toffee seems to be represented heavily as well. I just can't get over the high bitter, high alcohol vibe of this. Its like they blended a quad and a 40 of malt liquor at some times.

I love some of the Lost Abbey stuff, but this beer is just a big disappointment to me, it didn't really do anything well, other than maybe look nice. Don't judge a book by its cover. . . the cover might be substantially better than what is inside.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 22:43:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of loren01


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color, big time head with the first pour
S: Dark fruits, raisins/figs. Also some apple/pear scents.
T: Much the same as the smell, dark fruits as well as apple flavor. Alcohol is very evident.
M: Prickly slightly overcarbonated beer, finished dry.
O: Very sweet and boozy, alcohol was not well hidden at all. Not a sessionable beer in the least, kinda hard to get this bottle down actually.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 04:06:48 | More by loren01
Photo of Jules11788


2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown that barely lets any light through; fat 3 finger-width head, sticky lacing

S: Floral winter spices -- nutmeg, rosemary, sweet flowers

T: Wheaty, slightly funky tartness; tastes of flowers with a small hint of rosemary; not much honey, little bit of raisins; finishes with a sharp boozy bitterness.

M: Medium-light viscosity, medium carbonation, tingly on the tongue, decent helping of booziness

O: I don't know what it is but this beer just had a really weird nasty flavor to it that lingered after each sip. It was sort of a nasty Steel Reserve/Mickey's kind of boozy/chemically flavor, and it became more evident the more I drank. Don't think I'll ever buy this again, especially at the exorbitant price of $13.99 for a 750ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 21:55:52 | More by Jules11788
Photo of whatthehull


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

Tasted sept 12th 2011 (from notes)


A - opaque black blood red, three finger tan head and some lacing

S - alcohol, raisins, sugar, lots of malts, funk, yeast, earth and slight hops

T - raisin rum, slight Rosemary, lots of sugar, nice alcohol, tons of malts, wine essence, lots of soil, earth, dry wood, slight hops, nice yeast, kind of sour and funky

M - full bodied, medium acidity, huge complexity, well balanced and long finish

D - for a huge beer this bitch drinks well. Lots of Flavors, nice complexity and as it warms it only gets better. Starting to love lost abbey

Final thought - 10% and $10. Give this one a try

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 07:56:30 | More by whatthehull
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a taster of this at Lost Abbey.

Dark ruby into the 4oz taster glass.

Smells tangy. Medicinal. This might not end well.

Oh god. Medicinal, sour, tarty. Something has gone wrong with this beer. I got about halfway through the taster before giving it back. I home brew and even I don't get these flavors. Someone fucked this one up.

Quite carbonated. Reminded me of a shitty tasting jagermeister.

Overall this was lucky to get a 3. I think if they had better quality control, this might be an ok beer. There is no way this phenolic mess was what it is supposed to taste like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 07:56:37 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you florida9 for hitting this long time want.

a - opened the cork n cage and filled my lost abbey tulip. poured a pretty rich brown purple with a thick frothy off white head. very nice to style.

s - rich sweet dark fruit. very nice. candy like. a bit of a tang. grapes. fruit punch. tropical.

t - grapejuice. good sweet ending.

m - not as creamy as i would like, but an easy drinker. kind of like a fruit juice.

o - overall, this is pretty tasty. not as intense as others are in the sytle, but this is a solid offering from an american brewery. i'm a big fan of the style and this was not a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:10:26 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of rtepiak


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another suprise that i haven't reviewed. An american accented strong dark in that it's malt character is close to a american double. Toasty, mild chocolate, coffee. Nose of molassess, and belgian sugar cane that made the low gravity a reality. Mild fruit. Rather savory. Rather warm going down but not boozy. Great with meat well peppered. Mild spice but sustaining.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 18:56:07 | More by rtepiak
Photo of SHODriver


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown that turns black in the glass with a miniscule and quickly disappearing tan head
S: Smells of alcohol with raisins, caramel, some spice, a bit of vanilla and is very sweet on the nose. It smells like a bourbon barrel stout in my opinion
T: Very smooth on the palate starting with some dark malt flavors, some cherry flavor, the raisins and sweet the whole time with the spices hitting middle to end. Sweet long lasting aftertaste coats the mouth with some dark fruit flavors to go along.
M: a bit thin and sort of watery, very minimal and delicate carbonation
O: Tastes good but the mouthfeel is a bit off

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:23:34 | More by SHODriver
Photo of mclaughlindw4


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Huge amounts of head but it didn't take long to recede. It is very dark.

Aroma is malty and sweet. First sip is very pleasant. None of the added flavors are in your face yet. Rosemary is just barely detectable, I think the flavors added play nicely with eachother without being overbearing.

Not a bad one overall, i haven't had too many Lost Abbeys since I cannot get them here in Maine but this is one of the better ones I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:44:17 | More by mclaughlindw4
Photo of CaptainTripps


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown, all most purple in color. (Think raisins). Comes with a huge 4 fingers worth of off white, almost brown head. (I guess they fixed their carbonation problems eh?) Left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Sweet dark malts with plenty of dark fruits, most notably raisins. Also getting alcohol notes along with plums, toffee, honey, candied sugar and of course Belgian yeast.

T: Following the nose perfectly, I am again getting a nice combo of sweet dark malts paired with raisins, plums and figs. Getting good amounts of alcohol with honey and toffee coming in on the back end. All flavors flow nicely together.

M: Medium mouthfeel. The beer goes down very smooth, almost "soft." Alcohol is present but not to over powering.

O: A very good BSDA that was very pleasant to drink. One of the better interpretations of the style that I have tried made this side of the pond.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 15:01:30 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

On-tap served in a tulip

Pours a near black with a creamy, beige, one+ finger cap. Good retention and some minor lacing. The aroma is of fresh herbs, raisins, honey, brown sugar, a touch of roast and some dark fruits. Subtle on both the aroma and flavor, atypical for the style. The flavor profile mimics the nose. The herbal quality is in the foreground, while raisins, dark fruit, and roast take up the groundwork. Alcohol is well-hidden. The body, along with the aroma and flavor, are a little thin for the style. I like my BSDA's to be a little more forward in every regard, and this lacks in my opinion.

Overall, this isn't a great representation of the style. Pretty middle of the road, but definitely has some redeeming qualities. Above average.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 20:24:01 | More by ColForbinBC
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