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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

697 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 95
Gots: 118 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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.

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mdagnew

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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mothman

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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JamisonM

Arizona

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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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

A- Deep deep ruby red brown. Not totally opaque but nearly. A half-finger eggshell white head rises and falls to a scant film on top.

S- Parts of this smell is very familiar. I cant quite put my finger on what it is though. Its spicy and peppery. The rosemary is big in the nose.

T- Lots of spice, pepper and herb. Must be from the rosemary. Slightly rasiny also. Honey and raisin comes through towards the end as the beer warms. This is pretty unlike all other BSDAs Ive had.

M- Tingly carbonation, rich medium to full body. Finishes clean. Not sticky.

D- This is a very rich and complex. The taste is very powerful, for me its somewhat hard to have lots of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:01:19 | More by MbpBugeye
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at The Blind Pig, Champaign Illinois's best beer haven.

Healthy dollop of creamy, slightly tan head on a rich, ruby-mahogany body; excellent durability and ample lacing on the stylish tulip glass. For a BSDA, I had hoped for a heftier nose, but this isn't bad--sweet and tart, lots of raisin, some molasses, cherry for sweet fruit. The taste exudes a fuller complexity than the smell did. The sweetness is more balanced in the flavor than the smell, which I like; cherry and raspberry neatly balance and complement the raisin and fig flavor; delicious.

Smooth, so smooth is the texture, but with a bit of a hopped bite in the finish; a little unexpectedly dry, but perfectly fine with me. Honestly, I was shocked at how fast 10 Commandments disappeared from my glass as I read at The Pig on a lazy, cold afternoon. Grabbing a second was a must. There are precious few opportunities in the Midwest to get wares from The Lost Abbey; this was one not to miss, and I am glad I pounced upon it. Splendid BSDA, one for which I will be on the lookout when it next appears in Champaign. Complex and distinct. I wish The Lost Abbey were just around the corner for this poor sinner.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 04:26:45 | More by Gehrig
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live rating:
2008 vintage, cellared since I received it in the '08 Patron Saints club about a year and a half ago. Good things come to those who wait....hopefully.

Pours a very dark brown smoky fluid with amber highlights at the edges and a full light tan head. A thin ring of head sits atop the beer all the way through the bottle....yeah, I drank this 750ml by myself.

The smell is unexpectedly sour with a burst of barnyard sourness from the added Brettanomyces. In the periphery I get a whiff of dark fermented fruits (raisins and plums), sour dark cherry, with some dark cocoa laden sweetness. There is also an herbal nature permeating the background.

The taste is complex with a hefty Belgian malt backbone, coupled with a funky sour foreground. I get notes of semi-sweet cocoa, raisins, plums, and brown sugar in the body. The funkiness which hits more in the finish leaves a semi-citrusy layer in the palate. The rosemary also shows up in the finish. The aftertaste is powerful and lingering with the illusion that the beer is still evaporating off the tongue! Incredible!!

Solid medium carbonation does this beer well with a liveliness that dances on the tongue throughout the swig. Like I said above, there is a sort of illusion that the beer continues to evaporate off the tongue for a good 30 seconds after the swallow.

Drinkability is very good, as the alcohol is very well masked by the incredibly complex flavor.

Awesome beer that I will certainly seek out again!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 02:15:13 | More by ahalloin
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Josievan

Iowa

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

Appearance: Pretty deep purple color with big fluffy head. A thick layer of sediment is visible on the bottom of the bottle, even before the beer is entirely poured out.

Smell: Has a winelike aroma, dark fruits stand out.

Taste: An intitial ping of honey sweetness gives way to raisins and dark fruits. Lots of yeast and plenty of malt to back this up. Taste is strong, but more from the combination of flavors than from the alcohol, which is not much of a factor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well-hidden, but the bottle says 10%, so sharing a bottle is great.

Notes: This was my first Lost Abbey beer, and I'm very pleased. I had heard mixed feelings about this brewery, but will be trying more of their beers. If you're searching for a great interpretetation of a Belgian Dark, then look no further! On a side note, this beer had the most sediment I've ever seen! I had to rinse out the bottle at least five times before it all came off! But this was fine with me because I love the bready, yeasty flavor and texture yeasty beers impart.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:15:09 | More by Josievan
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Busker

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgium Strong Ale in a 750ml bottle and poured a very dark, cola brown into a 16oz tulip glass. A lot more carbonation than I expected; as the head dissipated it did not leave much or any lacing.

The raisins came fourth big time in the aroma, and a sourness that I expect was caused by the Brett that was added during bottling. The taste was of a dark cherries and red wine which turned into a more sweet alcohol on the finish. It seemed to have an enormous mouthful, but it may have been the abundance of carbonation dancing on the tongue.

There was a lot going on in this beer, but without going over the top, which made it a very enjoyable beer to drink. As the beer got closer to room temperature it only got better. The spices made it a must have beer for the winter time.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 13:01:24 | More by Busker
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ccrida

Oregon

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

2008 bottle that I've cellared since it's release last year. Poured into my Lost Abbey chalice, 10 Commandments is dark garnet with a big, loud spritzy head that quickly settles to a thick collar and light skim, leaving no lace, like cola.

Smell is loads of rosemary, wow, very herbal. I can't imagine what this was like fresh.

Taste is also heavy on the rosmary, a minty flavor to it, some raisin, malty and complex.

Mouthfeel has lots of creamy carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK. First sip or two were off-putting, but as I worked through it, my palate adjusted and I enjoyed it well enough. But would have preferred it more with less rosemary.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 04:22:26 | More by ccrida
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pants678

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black, beige head in a stander snifter. Head sticks around, more than a lacing.

The aroma leaps at me, raisin, chocolate, figs. Sublime.

Sweet fruit wraps the front of the tongue with a caramel middle that highlights grape with a mint edge. (Belgian Baltic Porter?) Fruit and coffee edge. Not staining. Alcohol is not completely masked.

I'm partial to something harsher.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 06:46:25 | More by pants678
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pours dark, cola colored with a large amount of micro bubbles but no true significant head.

The aroma is very complex, scents of grapes, red wine, charcoal and plums are ever present.

The initial taste is very intense. I get raisins, figs, burnt sugar and anise. There's an underlying dark roast coffee and whiskey flavor that grows as the beer warms.

The carbonation is agressive which to me adds a great extra dimension to this already amazing beer.

I could see myself getting hurt with this beer. Its very drinkable for being so high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:08:16 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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scootny

New York

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for a year, it may be better fresh. This beer is an answer to an unasked question. Why put rosemary in a BSDA? I dunno to mess it up a little? To see if the brewer can make an overpowering herb work in a beer that wasn't looking for it? Oy vey. A nice looking beer with a dark mahogany complexion and spots and streaks of lace here and there. A sweet alcoholic smell that is drenched in dark fruits. Indeed there is a heavily rumed fruitcake in there. There is also a significant medicinal quality from the rosemary. It tends to accentuate the fusel aspect of the alcohol. Taste is a letdown for me. I don't care what goes into a beer just as long as it taste good. This is just so so. A good dark fruitiness with a mocha facet is overpowered by lysol. Not the spray the liquid. The rosemary just wrecks it for me. It brings out the alcohol to a solvent level. I use it often when I cook and I'm careful because of it's ability to take over. It has taken over my glass. Too bad because the feel is great. Full and chewy with a touch of cream. Drinkability is good if you like the taste. I don't have much love for this one.

I can appreciate the artsiness of the concept but the final outcome is less than stellar for me

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:02:45 | More by scootny
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prototypic

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10 Commandments is a dark burgundy color. It's mostly clear and has a bit of a very dark cherry appearance. The cork popped with very little 'oomph,' but it does have a dark tan head that's about a finger tall. It dissipates quickly, leaving light strands of lace behind. Not bad at all.

The nose is loaded with dark fruits. They hit first and don't let up. Raisin, plum, and prune are present in equal parts and dominate the nose. It is malty and slightly sweet smelling. Chocolate malts don't smell overly strong, but it smells like they're here. There are some light spices present though I can't identify them. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it's not overly strong. This is a nice smelling beer. It's not special, but it is very good.

The flavor is actually a little better than the nose, but a score bump isn't warranted. Dark fruit is the most prominent feature, and it's not very close. Raisin, plum, and prune flavors are tasty and resonate throughout it each sip. It is malty and sweet, with a touch of a cocoa-like flavor. Light honey adds more sweetness. Spices are noted, but are a secondary, complementary feature. I'm unsure of what specific varieties are here. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable for the most part. It's far from hot or warm. It finishes a little spicy with a tangy, dark fruit flavor.

10 Commandments doesn't have a great feel. It seems woefully thin and uneven. That's exacerbated by very light carbonation. Notice I said 'light.' This one is not flat. For a BSDA, the feel is very average. It needs work. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor, but more body and bubbles would make this much more enjoyable. I'll polish off the 750, but am certain that will be enough.

10 Commandments is an interesting beer. I like it. I almost like it a lot. The flavor itself is interesting and very good. However, it needs more body and the carbonation needs to be a little higher. It just seems a little 'off,' if you will. It's far from a bad beer and is certainly worth picking up. A couple of small tweaks would really do the trick. It's still pretty good stuff, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:42:52 | More by prototypic
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birchstick

Colorado

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

Served into a snifter on-tap at Kelleher's in Peoria, IL

A - pours a dark, ruby red - almost stout like in appearance

S - smells like grape with chocolate malts and some sugariness. Smells delicious.

T - caramely malts up front, with some sweet, sugary fruits. There is a touch of spiciness as well, however a grapey taste is the most dominate flavor on the palate.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation. (this was 9%?)

D - excellent beer. This is a very good interpretation of the Belgian Strong Ale on this side of the Atlantic. I am glad this was the last beer I had that night, otherwise this is all I would have drank. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 01:37:12 | More by birchstick
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Grabbin2nd

California

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

From Notes: 10/6/09
The Lost Abbey
10 Commandments Ale
9% Abv.
On-tap into oversize brandy glass

Appearance= Single finger tanish colored head. Opaque black body. Good lacing.

Smell= Smell is good. Nice dark fruits.

Taste= A little hot on first taste. Good dark fruits though

Mouthfeel= Medium mouthfeel if I've ever had it. Thin on entry and becomes thicker as the beer goes down.

Drinkability= It's good. Not what i expected though. Alcohol was noticeable which detracted somewhat from the overall experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 03:53:44 | More by Grabbin2nd
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Rich, near-opaque burnt-amber colored brew with a tan creamy lacing. The aroma is unique. Distinct rosemary in the nose, with an underlying fruitcake and alcohol. Full-bodied with a light carbonation that gives off a good amount of smoothness. Flavor-wise, more rosemary and right up front, but it's complementary versus overpowering, though it does command your attention. Sweet and tangy raisin juice beneath this, slight char. As the rosemary meets the malts, a minty chocolate character is created which is most interesting. White peppercorn. Chalky yeast toward the finish, which is incredibly dry.

A solid, hefty brew, and it jumps headfirst into a deep pool of complexity, yet stays approachable even for the timid beer geek. The rosemary character and raisin tone really works here.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:30:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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bulletrain76

California

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

75cl bottle from the 2008 release. A surprisingly loud pop accompanies the removal of the cork. The last couple LA bottles that I've had have been a bit too low on carbonation, but this one seems to have conditioned quite nicely, exhibiting a medium-high level of small bubbles. Nice. the color is dark brown with a creamy beige head that sticks around and never completely retires. The aroma has rich dried fruits with raisin being noticeable. There is also a funky, lightly tart edge, plenty of spices, (is that the rosemary?) slightly under-ripe pears and a hint of cocoa powder. A complex and intriguing concoction. The flavor is not quite as impressive but is nice nonetheless. Lightly sweet chocolate mixes with lots of spice, a light fruity tartness, and ends with a dry alcoholic bite. The body is medium with plenty of carbonation. I'd say this is a pretty complex and interesting dark farmhouse ale. There is a lot going on, but it comes together in a sort of organized chaos that leaves a unique signature on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 05:11:06 | More by bulletrain76
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A-Turbid deep, dark brownish black with a medium dark tan head that hangs on nicely and leaves decent lace.

S-Spicy, caramel malt sweetness, touch of alcohol burn, herbal blast, plum/prune, raisin, oak even a bit of sour cherry.

T-Wow...so much it is crazy! Spicy/herbal yeast with a rich malty nuttiness and a cornucopia of fruit with prune/plum, raisins, cherry, pear and then brown sugar, leather and oak dryness.

M-Medium bodied and lighter in feel than the taste is complex. I expected a bit more heaviness but found it to be rather "light" and somewhat sharp.

D-An amazingly complex brew but it actually leaves to palate fatigue! Also, the alcohol does lead itself to booziness. A very good brew to enjoy sipped out of a snifter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 16:55:03 | More by Deuane
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pours a dark brown, about like Coca-Cola, with a small tan head. The smell is spicy, with some honey and raisins. I think I also may smell rosemary, but if I didn't read on the bottle that it was included in the beer I doubt I would have picked it out. The flavor is more of the same, with dark fruit and honey being the two main flavors. The aftertaste is very spicy, which is where the rosemary and coriander flavors are present. A very good beer that is unlike anything I have tasted before. Certainly a beer that is not made to the style guidelines, but still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:00:05 | More by Mora2000
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Docer

Washington

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

Snagged a bottle at By The Bottle... haven't had this one yet... reminds me slightly of the Cuvee....

- Dark cola and wine color... clear on top.... light bubbly carbonation... much like a thin barrel aged sour..

- Great sour currants, light roasty herb... tart, figs.... ester..

- Sweet malt, raisin, and fig.... slight herbal and grain quality... sour/tart not too extreme, and perfectly balanced with it's sweetness.... currants, grape... oakiness... prune..

- Slight prune-like dryness, slightly chewy.. overall tasty and mouth watering.

- Perfectly carbonated.... and tastes rather good, and well planned. This is certainly a top notch, sweet n' sour of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:02:39 | More by Docer
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Wegbier

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is my first lost abbey. 2009 bottle

held to light it has a deep firey red color to dark cherry and in the middle it is almost black. scattered lacing works its way down to the light but stubborn head; a light amount of bubbles push their way through slowly.

smells are a little hard to identify but are prominent. i am pretty sure i am catching a great balance of rosemary, raisin, honey and caramel. the rosemary is very light and only herbal really, i would've never guessed to be rosemary if they didnt tell me.

so so yummy, honey and raisins are good friends and rosemary i suppose is a light herbal bittering agent. there is rosemary and honey and alcohol in the finish, the rosemary is there for sure but not on every sip, the alcohol adds just a nice amount of warmth on the finish.

creamy mouth feel from just the right carbonation, as it settles it is slick on the tongue. very pleasing

very drinkable, but viscous enough to be a sipper.

this will not be my last lost abbey.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 22:50:30 | More by Wegbier
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: On tap in a snifter

Appearance: Dark brown, near black, but shows some garnet/brown highlights when held up to the light...a very thin white film/ring cap the top

Smell: Actually really exotic...dark woods, earthy herbs, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol

Taste: Crazy complex and unique...there are dark, earthy herbs here (a bit woodsy), it's almost Italian-herbal...dark fruit, dark brandy...very little hop presence...dark, mysterious, herbal

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, a bit boozy

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Crazy interesting, complex, but not for the faint of heart and not something I'd drink all the time...still, definitely worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 06:36:10 | More by BedetheVenerable
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

This bottle has been in the cellar for at least a year. A corked 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass. The ale appears the color of murky fresh brewed iced tea with about two fingers of creamy ecru colored foam. The head lingers until the glass is nearly empty. Nose and flavors consist of dark brown sugar, molasses, raisins, prunes, dates, rich caramel, sweet biscuits, yeast, figs, dark cherry skins. Between medium and full bodied for the style with adequate carbonation levels. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:57:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 version

A - Caramel brown with a thin tan heads that quickly fades to a thin ring of foam.

S - Caramel sweetness, spicy clove, rum soaked raisins, cinnamon, honey, alcohol and hints of chocolate.

T - Raisins mixed with sweet caramel and plums, rosemary with spicy alcohol, yeasty.

M - Full body and well carbonated. Strong lingering aftertaste of sweet fruits and spicy alcohol.

D - I am finding the full body, high carbonation and strong flavors are not mixing so well.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:59:31 | More by brewcrew76
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first lost Abbey beer. I really like the bottle label with the 10 commandments of beer. Opened with PapaEugene. Poured the beer into a sniffer. The beer pours a brown-black color (had to think about Coca Cola) with a beautiful brown head, that unfortunately disappeared within seconds, leaving a somewhat messy lacing.

Smell: Whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits (mainly figs), roasted caramel malts, anis, cherries, some wooden barrels and light alcohol

Taste: Rosemary, light sour cherries, wooden barrels again, honey, salty liquorish mixed with sweet dark fruits (figs, plum). Aftertaste is lightly bitter, dry with some hints of salmiac.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied. Medium-low carbonation which "bites" the tongue during the aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: Nice beer to try. Very special taste, nicely balanced sweet-bitterness. In general however, I think it is a bit overdone in the flavors, it seems a bit like a bigger-better-faster attitude beer to me. The brewers tried to get too many flavors in the beer, just because some people like complexity (in terms of number of flavors). But don't misunderstand me, still a terrific beer. But will I buy it again, no, there are many better American beers!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 11:18:19 | More by rvdoorn
10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.