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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

742 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 100
Gots: 130 | FT: 6
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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 younger35
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from 0110x011 in one of our large trades. I've been sitting on this one for awhile and tonight seemed appropriate. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching Villanova vs. Pitt in an Elite 8 match up.

2008 clearly printed on front label.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brown with a light crimson hue and a nice two finger dirty tan head. A decent cap and collar remain but zero lacing.
Smell- A nice subtle tartness is evident right from the start with a very subtle apple cider like quality. I get more green apples and pears than dark fruits but I can appreciate the raisin like quality of the nose. The rosemary is interesting and surprisingly noticeable and adds a pretty interesting vibrant earthiness. Not as much funk as there is a light earthiness but its present none-the-less.
Taste- Wow, not what I expected! The dark fruit is overly ripe and dominate with a big mashed raisin and fig quality. It's funky and pungent with a dirty portabella mushroom quality (big and hearty). Almost something that reminds me of red licorice or even anise. I don't get any of the rosemary in the flavor but I get plenty of that raw dry honey-ness that I usually don't particularly care for. Seems to work pretty well here. Finishes with just a hint of alcohol and a bit of light caramel.
Mouthfeel- Nice hefty body with a clingy rich feel but think the carbonation could be bumped up a touch. If it had that little bump in carbonation I'd easily give this a 5.
Drinkability- Well two things I usually don't like in my beer; raisins and honey. Gave this a shot anywho and enjoyed the shit out of it. I think the Brett character was perfect for my liking and couldn't have picked a better time to enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity Matt!

younger35, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of ArodGetsSick
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from 2008 release. Poured into Chimay Chalice

Pours a great blackish/amber color

Smell is very clean.,grapes, cherries, blackberries, apple, honey, raisons, black licorice,a little oaky as well.

Taste is somewhat fruity a very nice sweet taste caramel, and honey. It also taste like it has some distinct spices (maybe a little mint)

Grapes and plum at the beginning, flavor lasts for a long time, and progressivley changes. Settles down with a somewhat strong, but very smooth after-taste.

Medium thick and it feels nice and smooth. Drinkability is somewhat hindered by the alcohol I could taste, very complicated and sweet. Has similarites to red wine.

I for sure recconmend this beer! Although it was not my favortie Lost Abbey beer

ArodGetsSick, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

750ml
2008 Edition
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, dark fruits, and a hint of rosemary. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast notes, nice touch of raisins, figs, plums, nice little touch of rosemary. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, thanks Ben.

Wasatch, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, no head, min lacing. Nothing real interesting here.

S - Herbal, mint, some dark fruit.

T - Nice blend of herbs and malt. A small medicinal note that I didn't really care for.

M - Medium body, close to nil carb. Fair balance.

D - Doesn't really do it for me. Fun to try, though. Maybe if more carbed?

srandycarter, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from May2008 release. 750mL into New Belgium globe glass and Unibroue elongated tulip.

Looks like a Quad. Great head retention.

Aroma is certainly 5/5. Smells similiar to a big Oud Bruin and reminds me of the Deschutes Dissident. Belgian funk, dark cherries, blackberries, honey, variety of grapes, yellow raison, a little wood. Actually some rosemary too! Brett and possibly a little Lacto or something else?

Taste is much of the same, but more sweetness - caramel, toffee, honey. Not too sweet though; enough else going on. I detect some rosemary, particularly in the finish and aftertaste; although it is not ever dominating, nor does this taste like a "spiced beer". I don't think most could call it out without already knowing it was used though.

Long, evolving flavor. Alot of plum at the beginning. Some Dark cacao then licorice at the end. I wish more of the funk from the aroma came through in the taste, although it plays a little in the slickness and somewhat dry finish and aftertaste, considering how sweet it is.

Very thick and feels good. Drinkability is hurt a tad by the thickness, sweetness, and so much going on. Alcohol is not harsh at all. Things have certainly melded together by now.

Def. worth trying, but I like smelling it more than I like drinking it. I'd recommend this to red wine and port fans.

This bottle is lasting a long time, and the rosemary is becoming more and more apparent as I drink it and as it warms. Split the bottle with someone.

Brett lamb, and prolly some Brett brux and possibly Lacto.

Edit: I am really sensing the rosemary as I near the end of the bottle, especially in this green woody aftertaste. I happen to love rosemary though and do not think it's harsh or unpleasant.

MEsquandoles, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Lost Abbey Snifter. Pours a darkblack with red highlights. Thin head that quickly dissapated but leaves some nice lacing.

Smells very different from a typical beer. You can smell the raisins and a minty smell probably from the rosemary. Very unique

Tastes very unique. The rosemary stands out more than you expect. The raisins add a very nice flavor as well. A good beer but very unique.

Mouthfeel is a little low on the carbonation. But not that bad.

Overall a very unique brew that I don't think I would drink alot of because it is so unique. Good though.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear dark mahogany with ruby highlights. On top floats a thin finger of tan head.

Aroma of raisins, dark fruits, caramel, new shoe box, dark chocolate, vanilla, and booze.

The taste is much like the aroma. Raisins, dark cherries, roasted caramel malts, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Dark cherries and the 9% alcohol weigh through to the finish. Nice.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

Thou shalt enjoy this Belgian Strong Dark Ale from The Lost Abbey.

Monkeyknife, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
1.25/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought this beer in Denver right after GABF 08, aged until then in appropriate conditions.

I poured this corked and caged 750 into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice and had huge expectations. When the cork easily slid out with just a bit of an accompanying pop, I thought to myself, well it wont be over carbonated, that's for sure. When I poured the beer it poured a dark molasses brown with just an inkling of a tan head, leaving no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is not good. Huge herbal notes over power any semblance of a nose. Rosemary and really what reminds me of Everclear. The flavor of this beer is probably the biggest train wreck of flavors I have ever experienced. Rosemary/herbal flavors dominate, fusel alcohols, molasses, and a cloying raisiny sweetness that lingers right behind the rosemary. The mouthfeel is light with very low levels of carbonation. I honestly can't see how someone can finish this beer. Looking back at others reviews, it makes me wonder if there is that much fluctuation between batches. I've gotten through about 5oz's and the rest is going down the drain. This beer isn't infected, no problem with introduced flavors. I feel like I need to scrub my tongue with Listerine to get the taste off.

As a note, this is my first Lost Abbey beer that I found worse then good. That means it deserves a second chance and I will update my review when I re-review it.

hwwty4, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark obsidian, a lively tan head billows up, alive with tiny bubbles. Lacing slides right off the side of the glass, not very sticky at all. After most of the head has dissipated, a little plateau remains anchored to the middle of the glass. A full nose with what smells like cherries and roast dark chocolate, with a big yeasty bouquet.

Malty and earthy, with chocolate being the prominent characteristic. Roasty chocolate, with a slight dark fruity presence like cherry or raisin. Big, malty and bready. Little bit of coffee also. Little bit of hop kick at the end but nothing overwhelming. Despite the initial sensations, this seems to be a pretty lowly carbonated beer, very sticky, very cloying, and the roastiness lingers on the palate. Drinkability suffers a bit because it is a bit boozey, on top of what is a pretty complicated beer to begin with. It's a sipper, but a damn good one. For anyone a fan of dark Belgians, this is most definitely worth a try.

damienblack, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm... an interesting beer. My 2008 edition poured a fat, 1 1/2-inch head. It was virtually black, more so than Westy 12/Rochefort 10/etc. Smells of sour cherries, raisins, and spicy phenols. Boozy taste -- my only big problem with it. But getting past that, this is a very complex beer that follows up with a cascade of delightful flavors -- again, sour cherries, raisins, candi sugar, cloves, bread and a beautiful hop bittering to balance the sweet complexity. Tight bubbles in the mouth, smooth and creamy. Drinkability gets better the closer I come to the bottom of the 750-ml bottle. As it warms and flattens, I desire more and more. This is by far the best American example of a Belgian-style Strong Dark I've had. Not quite on par with Westy, but probably surpassing Rochefort 10. Nice, nice, nice work.

masterhomebrewer, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gueuzedude for the opportunity to try this! 2008 edition.

A- Body is a cloudy, murky dark brown hue. An aggressive pour produces absolutely no head. When held up to the light one can see shades of foggy red shine through. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic.

S- The smell is subtle; but good. dry raisin and phenols definitely come through the most upfront in the nose. In the background is a nice spicy Belgian yeast. A hint of honey comes through also.

T- The flavor is very fruity and appears to be somewhat dry upfront as the raisin and a hint of plum come through first. The flavor develops more as the beer warms and what seemed somewhat one dimensional evolves. Spicy yeast really comes through in the background and sweet honey compliments and opposes the dry fruity flavors and alcohol bitterness well.

M- Very low carbonation and almost flat-but where this beer lacks in carbonation it is made up in a nice full yeast mouthfeel. Phenols are also present in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a nice, quite complex, BSDA. This beer would have a lot more potential if the carbonation had come through. The 9% is detectable but not ridiculous or out of check in anyway. An overall nice beer by the Lost Abbey

PittBeerGirl, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged and corked.
Served in a tulip.

Deep oak in color with a bright hue of maple. Creamy, white head with a porous effect. Condensed and webbed lacing with stable strength.

Semi-sweet honey-scented malt; faints hints of vanilla aided caramel. Predominant floral/herbal aromatics. Basil, rosemary, thyme. Bubblegum and lemon zest. Brisk notes of corriander. Unusual, but very pleasant herbal aromas.

Dynamic, herbal flavors unlike anything I've ever tasted in a beer before: basil, savory, thyme, rosemary. Gruit-like notes but a more stable, rounded, creamy malt base: moderately sweetened with honey. Floral hops, light corriander, and vanilla. An overtone of citrus: lemon zest, green apple, and orange peel.

Medium in body; a very light smoothness. Hints of creaminess, but nowhere near a "heavy" Belgian Ale. Spicy, citrus-like, but balanced.

A ridiculously-flavored concoction. Pleasant, but nearly indescribable. I have never tasted an ale of such flavors. Here's my best attempt: herbal, roundedly-sweet, minimally-spiced, and touched with citrus. Actually, it's really tasty and pleasant...so, go out and buy two of these!

NEhophead, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of 0110x011
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008, into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A - Dark, dark brown. Opaque without a backlight, ruby highlights come out with. Frothy, light tan two finger head comes and goes, leaving a thin collar behind.

S - Major ripe plum and raisin, with cinnamon, molasses, and anise. Earthy leather and mushroom. A bit of funk.

T - Raisin and plum hit the palate first, with the earthy overtones following closely. On the sweet side, with dark fruitiness and candi sugar. Spicy in the back, with a bit of alcohol prickle.

M - Full for a (kinda) Quad. Smooth, fine carbonation. Medium-long, semi-dry finish.

D - The richness & alcohol keep this one at sipping status.

A unique and tasty hybridization of Belgian styles; another fine beer in the Lost Abbey roster.

0110x011, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of stemcell001
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown almost opaque. A nice tan head accompanied the pour and then quickly dissipated. Sweet honey as well as thick malt and spices in the smell. Robust malt flavors as well as a molasses flavor in the front with a spicy clove or ginger or cinnamon followed by a touch of alcohol after it leaves the palate. This drink finishes dry compared the initial taste of the beer. While this is a very fine ale, I doubt I would have more than one in a sitting.

stemcell001, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of midaszero
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown that is almost opaque with very little tan head and little lacing

S - Strong rosemary with noticeable honey and raisins

T - Big rosemary presence. Good raisin presence. Some honey in the back. Overall kind of intense.

M - Thick body with very little carbonation

D - Good and enjoyable. Probably good to age. As it warms the funk comes out.

midaszero, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cola color that becomes murkier the closer you wander towards the bottom of the bottle. The shallow light tan loose foamy collar is more of an 'extra' than a 'supporting' character; less than a finger when poured aggressively...fades quickly without much of a trace. Wow, the smell is another story...quite substantial, rich, earthy and malty...suggesting a brew of substance awaits with dark fruit, molasses and chocolate. The mouth feel playing a key role; medium-light body, smooth and creamy....with a killer coating characteristic that sustains the flavor's starring performance well after the swallow. Big on taste...the licorice, chocolate, molasses and spicy cinnamon flavors are deep and intense...i'm talk'in about a ton of quality ingredients going into this baby. This is without a doubt one of the best (read as personal favorites) Belgian Strong Dark Ales that i've had the opportunity to consider. At 9% ABV, while there is a nice hint of warmth...the drinkability is world class. An incredible product...well within expected interpretation of the style and hugely 'in-your-face' substantial nose, flavors and supporting texture combination make this one stand 'head & shoulders' above the rest. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! I give it huge scores for overall experience.

jjayjaye, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my st. bernie chalice, minimal head over a deep brown ale, great color but the head leaves something to be desired

s: delicate rosemary woven through dark and sugary belgian malts, dark raisin and prune skins, fruit cake, aged hops, various dark fruit breads, moderately sweet, really a lot going on here, i've always liked what rosemary brings to belgian ales

m: minimal carbonation on the tongue, medium bodied, smooth

t: strong but thoughtfully used rosemary permeates a body of dark belgian sugars, lightly tannic prune skin, dries out and becomes a touch woody/tannic in the finish, great balancing interplay with the dark fruits and woody rosemary, very much unique and something i'd be happy to acquire again

d: an aromatic and flavorful, warming sipper

750 shared courtesy of dirtylou during the countdown to my departure from madison :(

blackie, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - 2008 edition, obtained in a bif of some sort, split with blackish, pre vikings-eagles playoff match

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, dark cola-mahogany body with garnet hues, not much head or lacing to speak of

smell: pretty wild aroma - candi sugar, dark malts, raisins and dates, brown sugar, plum and fig - similar to a nice tawny port

taste: a pretty nice belgian dark - raisins, pruins, dates, and walnuts soaked in a nice port. Rosemary and honey provide some rather unique touches to the style...caramel, brown sugar, licorice. very nice indeed

mouthfeel: smooth, coating, and warming

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, vintage 2007, 750ml bottle at 54 degrees.

Pours with a surprisingly lush, two inch head of tan, atop a body of dark mahogany with ruby hues.
A solid skim coat on the surface of the brew stays for the duration as well as frayed ropes of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a slightly tart, vineous note. Hints of chocolate, caramel, crushed mint, rosemary and cloves pull through. Barely a tinge of menthol and dried pineapple way in the back.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

The palate starts with red, vineous overtones, bitter chocolate, rum-soaked raisins, star anise, rosemary, and cocoa-dusted grape jam.
Shades of coffee grounds, schezuan peppercorns, and a bark-like earthiness follow through.

Finishes with spicey jam, dark chocolate, a tart vineousity, and warming alcohol.

After over a year in the bottle, the Brett is still barely noticable, and the spicing is toned down and fairly rounded.
The vineous component lends a great complexity, and adds a bit of the Tomme signature.
Definately a beer that benefits from some time in the cellar. This batch may peak in another two years or so.

brewandbbq, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Papagos
Poured a deep murky brown with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. Nose is lots of dried fruits and maybe even some cinnamon plums and nice cinnamon taste to it. Taste starts dried fruits, sweet, syrup, roasted nuts. Very complex. Mouthfeel was nice. ABV well hidden. Great brew by Lost Abbey. If you love this style this is your beer!

barleywinefiend, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured ink black into my tulip glass. There was some cola highlights to the body as well. There is no real head or lacing to speak of. Nose was quite potent, very sweet - picking up brett, grape, and clover.

Taste was extremely fruity, some spicey pepper, brett again, and the rosemary its brewed with. Mouthfeel was sticky but smooth.

I had tried this before, and thought I liked it a lot more than when I had it this time. It'd definitely a different brew, but one I probably won't seek out to purchase with its higher price tag.

bigkahunas4, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft sampled Dec. 2008. A lot of raisins noted in the draft version. Cola also.

Pours deep brown, almost black with light brown head.

Nose is like the nougat in a 3 musketeers bar.

Palate is nougat sweet, with some alcohol warmth and dark bread flavours. Definately belgian resemblance but not quite up to par.

Finish is long and a tad alcoholic.

yemenmocha, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of brdc
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Large corked bottle, poured into a goblet. 2008 version.

Again, a quite disappointing pop accompanies the cork opening. Quite dark, but still has a few dark red highlights. Small tan head, little retention or lacing.
Aroma is strange, to say the least. Candy sugar, dark fruits are there, but rosemary is way too obvious.
The full body could definitely use more carbonation, as it seems to be a theme with a lot of Lost Abbey beers. If also has a strange taste, and flavors, which are abundant, do not blend all that well. It is too sweet at times, and then the excessive amount of rosemary (not sure if there is a right aount) makes it spicy, but unpleasantly so. It is quite strange, but it feels like somebody dropped a flat can of coke in a belgian strong dark, and then added rosemary.
Unfortunately, I do not seem to appreciate most of these Lost Abbey experiments. Another miss, in my opinion, immensely inferior to the style classics.

brdc, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of theopholis
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours an opaque, dark brown with no head and no lacing.

Smell- HUGE, sweet, spicy, malty nose with notes of rosemary and licorice.

Taste- Lot of dark fruits resting on a bed of maltiness and malt sweetness. I get raisens, plums, etc. Some licorice and rosemary in there. Malt sweetness and a nice blend of spices lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste. Sweetness does get a bit cloying Very little alcohol warmth for a 9% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body. Needed a tad more carbonation.

Drinkability- Not a great Belgian strong dark, but tasty all te same. Probably be much better after a year in the old beer cellar.

theopholis, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of hellbilly
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured on tap at papago a dark walnut stained black brown. this has no head on it whatsoever... weird?

the aroma is quite sweet though it seems quite dry at the same time... notes of brown sugar, raisins, flowers, straw, cement and a hint of sourness akin to rotting fruit (in a pleasant way).

there*s a bretty flavor and definite tartness behind a veil of raisins and possibly figs, malt, flint/minerals, brown sugar, earthy rich yeast and flowers with a slightly spiced finish. when it warms the florals really begin to show up though there is no sign of the alcohol content. sugar is restrained and does not wreck the show (as many raters have stated). light medium to medium bodied with a slick mouth feel from the low carbonation.

i imagine this is much sweeter from a bottle... which means a re-rate...
7/4/7.5/3/16/3.8

hellbilly, Dec 25, 2008
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