10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
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Gots: 133 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-08-2007)
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Photo of Josievan
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.

Photo of Busker
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.

Photo of ccrida
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.

Photo of pants678
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.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
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.

Photo of scootny
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

Photo of prototypic
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.

Photo of birchstick
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.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of bulletrain76
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.

Photo of Deuane
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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of Docer
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.

Photo of Wegbier
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
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

Photo of ClockworkOrange
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
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!

Photo of PapaEugene
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one during my visit to rvdoorn last night. Bottle looked very promising.

A: A dark brown color and a tiny but great head that almost looked like an espresso cream. Too bad that it was gone in 10 seconds.

S: Whiskey stands out for me at first. Vanilla, raisins, aniseed, light alcohols, caramel and a red fruit sourness (could be cherries). Some wooden tones.

T: Again a clear whiskey note, wood becomes clearer once the beer warms up. Rosemary is there, cherries which reminds me of a kriek taste and a salty liquorice in the finish.

M: A light carbonation at first but with some afterbite. A light body.

D: Not bad, but the taste is all over the place. Not complex but a little overdone ingredient-wise. Might have been more interesting with a full body.

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

Appearance: hazy brown in color with a short head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol, and some yeast spiciness is strong and easy to detect.

Taste: mildly nutty malt profile with prunes, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol, and a spicy yeast flavor provides a complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and lightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: with the overall booziness of this beer it is one to savor over a long session. But flavorwise it is interesting.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Dirty Truth
served in a tulip glass

A - stout dark, with a full finger of caramel colored head, too dark to note carbonation

S - slight hop profile hits first, but fades immediately into the deep roasted malts, nutty, with some slight chocolate/coffee hints at the end

T - anise/licorice, woody, with roasted nuts extending from the aroma

M&D - lively on the the tongue, like it has a slightly sour characteristicm but its cloyingly sour, very tasty

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

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours dark, almost impenetrable ruby brown with a stout two-finger, dense khaki head that slowly settles into a solid 1/4" cap. Great retention, fantastic stickage, amazing lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose is exploding with dark fruits (raisins and red grapes come through in particular) with just a hint of a vinous bite to it, with notes of spice bread loaded with brown and candy sugar sitting underneath. Alcohol is subtle but certainly there, and the rosemary contributes a very light, almost savory herbal quality. Really nice.

Taste is excellent as well - the rosemary really turns this one on its ear. That savoriness comes out early in the taste and really does a pretty great job creating a nice balance to the rich body that doesn't really start to intrude until the beer starts to warm. Dark fruits, especially more of those vinous raisin and red grape notes, sit on top of the malty-richness, manifesting in spicy brown sugar, bit of chocolate, and a spicy alcohol bite in the back of the throat. Finish is long, vinous, decadent, delicious - nice bit of tannins tend to linger dryly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel has a great bite to it. Full bodied, effervescent without ever getting quite out of hand, sharp but still soft. Again, tannins leave a dry, almost oaky presence (yes, I know this isn't aged on oak).

Drinkability is excellent, with the only downside being the rosemary that tends to wear on the palate. Alcohol adds to the flavors instead of dominating or interfering, and the beer and mouthfeel are both excellent. Very impressed.

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark brown, almost looks like a coca-cola in the light. There is a medium tan head that goes about 2 fingers and stays about 30 seconds. There is above average lacing and it looks a little carbonated.

The aroma reminds me of quad, there is nice toffee smell with light notes of alcohol.

The tatse is light to start but has a nice heavy finish. The front is sweet with chocolate notes and the end is coffee.

There is a nice mouthfel and incredibly drinkable for its abv.

Photo of mhatters
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at TND in Wayne

Pours a mahogany brown with a medium off-white head

Loads of dark fruit in the nose, sweet, spicy and a good amount of yeast as well

Prune, plum, and candi sugar come out at the front, A deeper sugar note, almost blackstrap then comes to play. The spice character appears at the end. A lot going on, not 100% the order is what they intended, but a lot of fun.

The alcohol appears at the end, well masked by all the other flavors. Medium carbonation and body.

Interesting, I liked this, not sure if I will have a bunch of these, just so much going on

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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