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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

757 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 101
Gots: 131 | 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 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
Photo of bigbelcher
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a very dark brown with a nice tannish head with good Belgian lacing. Aroma is very complex, its sweet, spicey and has a hint of higher alcohol to it. Flavor is very well balanced with lots of fruity raiseny notes. A big beer that is balanced well. Not hoppy. A good example of a Belgian style beer.

bigbelcher, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of SShelly
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a great looking lost abbey bottle, I really like their packaging for this series, despite the fact that it probably adds $$ per bottle.

Pours a Dark brown zero head, though some decent legs.

Strong rosemary and malt in the aroma.

Tastes of raisny sweetness and medium malty character, spicy yeasty flavors behind that. Has a nice light sweetness that lingers on the pallet for a while, nice alcohol warming, not out of control, but enough to get the throat warm.

Really excited to let one of these cellar for a while, a great offering from LA, thought it could have had bigger flavors overall but damn tasty.

SShelly, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, thick brown with yeast sediment and a thick tan head. Raisins, dark fruits, yeast, coriander, and malt in the nose. Little to no carbonation, silky mouthfeel. Roasted malt and chocolate prevalent up front, then turn to muted raisins and bready malt. Sourdough, cocoa, and a vinous grape flavor finish. Unbelievable beer.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a medium size caramel-tan bubbly foam head, looks almost like a coca-cola only with better lacing.

smell is of dark fruits, some caramel, some spice, a little sweetness, and some malt.

taste is sweet up front, raisins, grapes, prunes, spice, some cocoa, sour malt, finishes nicely, the sweetness dies down a bit and the fruit flavors come through.

froghop, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a nice trade with Mikesgroove. Thanks for yet another great brew!

A dark body that reminds me a little bit of cola. Fairly dark and opaque in the center, but slightly translucent and lighter in color around the very edges. Two fingers of tan head that settle into a thin ring on top of the beer. Leaves behind a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Pretty nice looking beer.

Raisins and grape like aromas hit the nose first. Honey sweetness also. Just a touch of herbal notes in there.

Up front is a raisiny sweetness with a bit of tartness that reminds me of green apples behind it. Next comes an herbal flavor with some very slight chocolately flavor in there. Finishes with rosemary and honey.

The mouthfeel is fairly interesting, the honey really comes through. The feel reminds me of a toned down Braggot, thick, leaving a coating on the mouth.

The more I drink this and the more it warms the more drinkable I think it is. At first the flavors were a little strong, but the more I sip the more I enjoy the complexity.

Hojaminbag, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Dark reddish brown color, close to a coffee color, with modest beige head and fine drippy rings of lace.

Aroma of caramelized and roasted malts reminiscent of a wee heavy, along with sweet raisin, apple, and honey. Some vague herbal and spicy notes. Quite pleasant.

Tastes malty and fruity, with pronounced singed raisin. Some cola and honey. Fairly sweet, well balanced by roastiness and some herbal bitterness. Tasty malt. Long roasty malty finish.

Fizzy at first, but swirling smooths it out nicely. Quite drinkable, for what it is.

Certainly on the roasty and explicitly malty side for a BSDA, but I'm no style stickler. Good interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

Beerzebub, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
9% abv

Received in trade by IBUnit63, a pillar of the BA trading community!

Pours a light chestnut, with a small, off-white head.
Sweet, dark fruits..plenty of plum, raisin, and fig flavors. Bold, caramelized malts linger into each sip, and lend a good amount of richness to the brew.. warming alcohol creeps in as well, and in just the right amount. Herbal spice finish, with a woody edge of rosemary. Great overall flavor, really well done.
One of the most enjoyable brews I've had from the Lost Abbey for sure.

hero27, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a dissapointing experience with judgement day, I was a bit reluctant to fork out another $10 on this bottle. But I sure am glad I did. It pours a rich brown with a thin but silky tan head. The nose has dark malts, ripe fruits, honey, rosemary, spices and peppery yeasts. The taste builds on the nose with rich bready malts and a delicious blend of honey, rosemary and other spices. Full body has perfect carbonation. A fantastic beer.

rye726, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a little scarlet. Almost no head.

Smell: Figs, prunes, golden raisins, honey.

Taste: Golden raisins, honey, and the rosemary comes out. Also brown sugar, rum, & black strap molasses. Not a hint of alcohol. Could have used a tad few more hops. Slightly reminds me of cola.

Mouthfeel: Feels under-carbonated. Needs more body.

Drinkability: This is a very wine-like beer and is a very different beer. Drinkable, but not my favorite for the style. I enjoyed trying it but it took me a while to get through the bottle, no need to try it again. Probably should be aged

craytonic, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of baggio
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with fellow ba kplynch, thanks pal!

A: Deep black/red with almost no head.

S: Port wine, Molasses, Caramel, Spices.

T: Spices (cardemom, rosemary), Dark Caramel, Hint of yeast, Brown Sugar.

M: Pleasantly carbonated with plenty of spices. Long aftertaste.

This beer is quite similar in taste to "underlig jul" by Nögne. A perfect beer for christmas! I like!

baggio, Nov 24, 2008
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