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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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694 Ratings

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 97
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 javincik

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottle poured into my RR -tion glass.

A-Very deep ruby color that appears brown to black when completely poured. Thin tan head settles quickly to some thin islands and a ring around the glass.

S-Dark fruit, and lots of it. Predominantly raisins, I think. Some fig, dates, brown sugar. Alcohol seems evident in the nose as well.

T-All over the place. Dark fruit sweetness up front, followed by a noticable alcohol presence. Gives way to a dryingness that finishes with a spiciness. The alcohol is not well disguised IMO. The booziness really detracts. As it warms, the spiciness comes out more and more.

M-Carbonation is medium high (I had doubts, it being an LA brew). The carbonation keeps the stickiness from being too much of a problem.

D-I felt the booziness was a little too much. Although clocking in at 10%, I felt the alcohol could have been better masked. The flavors are all over the place-this is great; some melding seems in order. Maybe this one just needs to sit for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 16:29:07 | More by javincik
Photo of Krevee


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

Drank 5/21/10
Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a dark wood brown with about an inch of beige silky head. Lacing is nice, and has good retention, the last bit of lacing sits on above the beer for quite a while.

S - Smell is of dark sweet fruits, Belgian yeast, and rosemary. I can smell a little bit of the ABV as well.

T - Taste is very much like the smell. I can taste a fruitiness but I cannot distingues them individually. The ABV is a bit stronger in the taste than in the smell. There is also some hints of spice on the back end.

M - Light/Medium body which is lighter than expected for this color of beer. Right about of carbonation.

D - Drinkability is fairly nice for the ABV, and the flavors of the beer are nice, but I just don't see myself having to many glasses of this beer or purchasing it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:49:13 | More by Krevee
Photo of metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown with a thin mocha head. There's a moderate amount of carbonation and good head retention.
S: There's a moderate aroma of dark fruits with notes of alcohol, dough and rosemary.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather complex and has lots of flavors of dark fruits. There are also notes of dark chocolate, plums and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a dry finish.
D: The beer is very good to sip and the flavors are interesting enough to enjoy this beer on its own, without a food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:18:11 | More by metter98
Photo of Sixofsigmas


4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown. It's almost opaque but you can see some red around the edges when held up to the light. Great fluffy head which recedes slowly leaving lacing around the glass.

Nose is pungent with dark fruits, raisins, plums, cherries, rosemary, notes of wood and bread.

Taste is filled with raisins, dark cherries, figs, hints of rosemary, some almost burnt malt, plum or prune, and some alcohol on the back end followed by a lingering note of spice and sweetness of honey.

The mouth is filled with a nice medium carbonation, slight bite, mild alcohol warmth, and lingering spiciness on the tongue.

This is a sipper. I think I could have a couple of these over a few hours. It's wonderful how the warmth/cold changes the flavor drastically. You always expect some small changes, but this one has a flavor spectrum related to the temperature that is pretty amazing.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 00:33:38 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of billab914


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured brown in color with a nice thick and creamy tan head taking up the top inch of the glass. It left some very nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet malty quality to it with some cherry and other dark fruit present. The raisins aren't obvious in the nose but I don't doubt they are there. The rosemary comes through a little in the aroma and adds a very interesting flavor to it.

The taste has the same malty, dark fruit, cherry like quality that I found in the nose. The Belgian yeast is subtly in the finish along with a little alcohol. It has a complex, nice taste to it and also has some uniqueness to it with the rosemary and raisin additions.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a little creamy but the carbonation is also sharp on the palate. Drinkability is pretty good, it has some nice flavors to it and I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:35:10 | More by billab914
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a dark fleshy plum color with 1/2 inch off white head that quickly recedes. Mild lacing present.
S: Very aromatic...can smell this a few feet away. Dark dried fruit (raisin), plum, soft malt, mild sweet alcohol, and a hint of rosemary.
T: Dark cherry, dark dried fruit, plum, soft piney hops, earthy rosemary and mint, and a hint of sour brett and honey. Quite good and quite complex. A spicy yeast note comes through with warming.
M: Soft and creamy with slight acidic bite and a touch of sour aftertaste and herbal dryness in the finish. Mild alcohol burn (not as much as you'd expect from a 10% ABV brew). Matures and lingers nicely on the palate.
D: A sipper for sure. Given that, it's quite drinkable. Share it with friends after a meal to aid the conversation. A quality brew from a quality brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:08:57 | More by mwilbur
Photo of emmasdad


2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured completely flat from the bottle, a nice mahogany color with no head whatsoever. Chocolate, plums, figs, raisins and rosemary work together to offer a very pleasant nose. The flavors here are a bit disjointed, with the aforementioned dark fruits, alcohol, rosemary and brown sugar clearly evident. Unfortunately the lack of carbonation turns this into an overly sweet and cloying mess. Would like to try it again with some bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:59:18 | More by emmasdad
Photo of alkchrios

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in color with a caramel colored head. This is a very malty beer with undertones of fruit and coffee. Aroma is very much malty with coffee and chocolate scents. The mouthfeel is really nice.. smooth and surprisingly creamy. Goes down rather smooth. This is a mild beer with a lot of great flavor. The taste and smell f alcohol isnt all that present which is nice. Drinkability.. about 2 or 3 sipping beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 12:02:54 | More by alkchrios
Photo of tigg924


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark brown in color,

Smell: caramel, plums, and spices

Taste: chocolate, plums, toasted malt, cinnamon, and other spices and dark fruits

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, medium-light bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability:I love the complexity of this beer. The mixture of the fruit, dark chocolate, and spicing is amazing. The alcohol is super well hidden. If not for that I could drink this all day. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 14:18:49 | More by tigg924
Photo of Patrick999


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

I'm choosing the regal-looking Rochefort chalice for this, on this Easter Sunday. Good pop of the cork...this doesn't appear to be an instance of Flat Abbey. Rather dark, opaque BSDA indeed, good bit of off-white foam. 2009 vintage, I should add.

I was hit with a wave of raisin-bread Belgian goodness as soon as I popped the cork. Quite an aromatic beer, with plenty of plum, grape, other dark fruits.

Wow, exceedingly interesting changeable tastes going on here. At first, I thought I was drinking a stout...I was pulling chocolate and char off this. Then I tasted the more traditional BSDA sweet raisin bread and spice. Now I'm getting some tart cherry, almost as if this is a quad blended with some kriek, like 3 Philosophers. Now some alcohol and substantial hop (or even rosemary) bitterness....odd, it seemed less alcoholic when it was colder, as well as sweeter. Damn, this beer is just all over the place. Some of you will like this aspect, some of you won't. I like it, but I'm not even sure where I stand. Is it a 5? Or is it a 3? I don't know, my opinion of it shifts by the sip. Ultimately, my best summation of it is that it seems to be a BSDA, with some char and added herbal bitterness.

Soft big-beer feel.

The intensity and changeable flavors here will slow you down. I can't imagine it being any more than a sipper for anyone. Still, very good experimental beer here from Tomme and Co.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:49:45 | More by Patrick999
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to msulinsky for this one...
Poured the 2009 750 mL bottle into stemless wine glasses.
A: Foggy brown with a medium tan head that died to a good collar and film.
S: Chocolate-covered rosemary with some raisin. It has a very crisp smell with wine alcohol.
T: There is a subtle mix of raisin, caramel, and honey bread with a piney, rosemary bite. It is slightly tart and has grape undertones.
M: Very frothy and slightly syrupy.
D: Very good. We basically finished the bottle before dinner was finished.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 00:30:24 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of olympuszymurgus


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

we opened a beautiful 2008 bottle to celebrate our good friend headed out to the wild of east oregon for the forseeable future. a celebratory beer to celebrate the great dinner of halibut, rice, and assorted greens, soaked in butter or bacon grease. a dessert. the raisins hit right off, the massive carbonation pushing the aroma. the rosemary is strong off the nose, making a strange olfactory delight, but subtle on the palate, complementary, soothing. it tells me everything will be alright, of course he'll be fine out there, but the sinful raisins tell me otherwise. i look into the fire, away from the stern thick brown liquid, and see the happiness of memories, past and future. it fills me with joy, i sip again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 07:05:16 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of Hershdawg


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Bruery rastal glass

Appearance: A Black, slightly reddish color however its entirely opaque.. A small head appears but turns into a film almost instantly. A Small white edge around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, slight hint of rosemary, maybe a little clove to the smell.

Taste: Grows on me after a while. Dark toffee, chocolate and coffee flavors are there. There is a slight sweetness from the honey. Dark raisins are in the middle of the palate. Hops seem to show up after a moment but don't stay longer then they are needed. Hints of oak. It's a little boozy though.

Mouthfeel: A little thick. Needs a little more carbonation.

Drinkablity: This one is a sipper. It's too complex and too strong for me to go through more then a single bottle in a day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 01:32:04 | More by Hershdawg
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely black, poured with a voluminous amount of foam that was somewhere between tan and light brown. This brew coats the tongue with an oily sweetness, and is very smooth. Spiderweb like lace clings to the inside of the glass for dear life.

Honey definitely comes through with plenty of grain sweetness. Part of the malt component tastes like grapenuts cereal. Maybe the interaction of the cereal flavors and the grapes? Aroma has a grape-like wine smell along with some rosemary herbal quality.

Thankfully there is some balance. The beer is not excessively sweet, and the pop of hops bitterness coupled with some spice cuts through but doesn't overtake the malt.The bitterness doesn't tingle but rather warms the back of the throat along with just the right amount of contained but expressive alcohol heat at the swallow.

Finally, I wouldn't say the beer has the quality to entice the palate, therefore to me a drinks just above average. Overall not a bad honey ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 16:46:47 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of jslot38


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark ruby, almost brown... mahogany. Head is light toffee, foamy.

S: deep fruits, some raisin. Lots of clove and wet herbs.

T: this is some good stuff. There are various levels of complexity, and a great sweetness cuts through this. Dark fruits - plums and raisins up front. Some yesty esters and bananna clove come through. A high level of belgian candy sugar. Not really getting honey except in the sweetness.

M: this is near perfect. this style is always great in this category, and this lives up to that standard.

D: ask me tomorrow.... this is a sipper and the high level of sweetness makes you go slow. Still, this is a very well crafted beer that I'm happy to have found.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:05:24 | More by jslot38
Photo of tedsox31


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. The color is a deep brown with an off-white head and lots of lacing left behind.

The aroma is very malty, some chocolate, bready, and a definite smell of rosemary.

The taste is very full of dark fruit, some bitterness from the rosemary, a little bit of bread and yeast, spices as well.

The mouthfeel is very full and thick and creamy. Some carbonation, appropriate for the style. The bitterness lingers just a tad.

A very good beer. I really liked the amount of flavors going on in this. A wonderful after-dinner sipper for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 17:50:36 | More by tedsox31
Photo of ibbjamin


2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. I have had one other bottle of this and noted that I enjoyed it but did not review at that time. I pour into a large snifter to review. This is the 2009 vintage.

Head is rather frothy for a Belgian and just over an inch in height. Head is beige in color and retains well. Beer is black and leaves behind nice sheets of lace.

Aroma is rather mild of dark fruits and roasted malts.

Taste is much more stout-like than Belgian-like. Dark roasted malts dominate.

The mouthfeel puts this more into the Belgian category. Rather carbonated yet still very thick and full bodied. Prickly smoothness in the mouth.

I'm not sure why I was impressed by this beer the first time around. It seems like a Belgian Stout if anything and a mediocre example at that. Needs to be bigger in flavor for its high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 03:05:50 | More by ibbjamin
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was gorgeous looking, a cloudy, stained-wood color with a cocoa-colored cap of head that both retained and left good clumps of lacing. The aroma was also excellent, candy sugars, citrus hops, caramel malt, tart cherries and sour candies. The flavors were dark and bold but lacked finesse. I tasted bitterness first led by coffee, followed by raisins, toasted malt and a lot of citrus hops that made it rather acidic, then dark malt, grains and lots of alcohol. Sour and punchy with alcohol lingering on the finish. The mouthfeel was ok but a little oily leaving a slick on my tongue, the body medium/full and the carbonation also average. Not a favorite, but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 16:11:42 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

My first experience with the Lost Abbey.

The beer pours dark brown but is nearly black in the glass. It sucks in light. There's a great amount of beige head that is very frothy and goes down the glass slowly.

I wish there was more strength behind this auroma, but what I do get is very nice. Malts and a sweet cocoa are noticable. The raisins are also very present. Some spices and the rosemary hit the tip of my nose. It's very well refined and balanced, smooth and inviting.

The taste is strong, but not alcohol strong. Strong amounts of malts, yeast and some funk cover up the alcohol. It's sweet; the dried fruits that are advertised give it a bitter cocoa taste. The honey adds to the smooth sweetness, and the rosemary gives it an herb aftertaste that is pretty refreshing actually. Harsh upfront, but becomes more pleasant after time.

The feel fits this beer almost perfectly. The consistency doesn't get in the way and acts as a perfect compliment to the taste. Somewhat carbonated, the body is substantive but has a creaminess which helps this harsh, strong beer go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:21:39 | More by mmva321
Photo of Minotaur


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another unique blend from Lost Abbey; this beer pours an almost maroon-brown. The head is active at first then fades down to a splotchy thin beach sand colored head. The lacing hangs an inch or two up the side of a chimay goblet.

The aroma is very slightly yeasty and burnt-caramel. For the amount and variety of spice in here it is actually a very mellow raisin and intense alcohol.

The taste is a veritable garden on my tongue. Woodsiness, whiskey, bitter chocolate, vanilla and herbs. There is the distinct flavor of yeast, bright but not terribly bitter hops, rich malts and considerable roasted/smoked undercurrents. The herbs are a wash of bright flowery and spiced flavors on the side of the tongue. There is an astringency which perfectly compliments the sweetness. For the type of beer it represents the experimentation and variety inherent in the low-country brewing style. Despite the rich, dark strongness it has a saison like wheat-yeast brightness. The grassy bitterness is not overwhelming.

There is minimal carbonation but that doesn't inhibit a full mouthfeel. The alcohol provides a warm fullness to the beer. It is moderately drinkable; I am particular to this style and herbal flavors but it could be off putting if you are not used to this type of beer. It does hit hard if not sipped slowly.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:40:56 | More by Minotaur
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly dark brown color. At first a two finger beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Some spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts and chocolate up front. Some light yeast and funk. Bread and biscuit. Light spices linger.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted sweet malts of chocolate, and maybe some light coffee. Funky yeast, bread, biscuit, and light spices.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. This is a great beer to sip on.

This is a very good BSDA. I am really enjoying this. Something that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 04:57:17 | More by champ103
Photo of MisterClean


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoked to find this at Total Wine Tustin.

A - Pours dark brown in color with 1/2 finger of chocolate head. Dissipates fast, no carbonation. No surprise, from Flat Abbey (though I have trouble carbonating my Belgians too).

S/T - Chocolate, fig, cinnamon, and anise. Very good.

M - Full-bodied, malt and fruit dominated, some light alcohol present.

D - Overall good. Would welcome other people to try this beer. Would have been great if carbonated as it would bring out more flavor and character, etc.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:30:32 | More by MisterClean
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark brown almost black colour... Creamy mocha head poured very tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to good meringue like one finger covering... lots of sticky lacing lines hang round until near the end...

Aroma - Rich dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes, cherries), lots of anise / cough mixture notes, leathery, honey, quite strong herbal notes from the rosemary, molasses sugar / treacle sweetness, some light sour vinegar traces, cocoa, cut wet grass, some pepper and nutmeg spiciness...

Taste - Strong spicy fruits (definite raisins, figs and prunes), toffee apples, molasses and treacle sweetness, malt loaf, definite spicy notes from the rosemary, some warming alcohol, bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, peppery, light medicinal notes, spicy / peppery hops, light ginger spiciness....

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with a light sharpness just coming through... medium / full bodied... unbelievably drinkable even at 9%...

Overall - A world class brew from Lost Abbey - reminded me of Rochefort 10... Highly recommended....

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 09:22:29 | More by mdagnew
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 into LA tulip.

Pours about 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark murky brown, basically black.

Aroma: I definitely get the honey, rosemary, and raisins. I also get a lot of other dried fruits. Some cherries. Some caramel malt. The aroma is wonderful. It just is sweet and welcoming.

Taste: A lot of spices. Honey, rosemary, and raisins are all dominate. Some caramel and malt flavors. Light earthy hops here. Overall, just a ton of spices. Ginger, brown sugar as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a nice spice aftertaste, a little dry.

Oveall, the aroma is amazing and the taste is solid. This beer held up fine and glad I aged it. LA made a fine beer here. I am splitting this one, so a half pour is a good amount.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:00:56 | More by mothman
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a lost abbey tulip glass good head with a brown color

S: smell is of honey and rosemary and some dark fruit in back ground

T: its great you can get all the flavors of rosemary honey and raisins quite sweet beer and the alcohol is well masked, I know most bottles are 9% but the one I bought said it was 10%

M: its not too heavy pretty damn good feel

D: after drinking a bottle I would like another a great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:53:10 | More by JamisonM
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