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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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799 Ratings

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 106
Gots: 139 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 05-08-2007

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.
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Photo of brewcrew76
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a dark, caramel brown, opaque, with a thin tan head and no lacing.

S-Dark fruit, mostly raisin, roasted malt and a good amount of herbiness (chamomile or ginger or both).

T-Strong herbiness, again with a prominent ginger presence in the front. Also dark brown sugar and a bit of molasses at the end of the finish. A bit of booze after the finish as well.

M-Medium bodied and a little slick.

D-Nice. Maybe a bit young and could use some time for the flavors to meld.


Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap this past Friday at the Other Side Cafe. Served in a tall thin glass (8 oz?) for $7.50. A bit steep, but I wanted to try it. Dark brown, almost black, in color. No head to speak of. Smelled of alcohol and dried fruits. Taste was complex. Layers of fruit, followed by layers of oakiness, then sugar, then more alcohol. I can see why this beers is sold in small servings. Could have been a bit thicker in the mouthfeel. Tasty and nice to drink. Yet, for the price I paid, I was expecting to be blown away, and I was not.

Photo of AltBock
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap during Capone's Founders CBS event, but this beer was still on tap there 3 days later. I didn't wasn't to leave empty handed, so I took home a growler of this Lost Abbey beer home with me. I poured this beer into a stemmed Corsendonk Tulip.

This Lost Abbey Dark Ale poured a solid end of universe space black with a small dark brown glimmer that can only be seen at the bottom of the glass. That tiny brown glimmer lead me to believe that it could have been a dark brown color, but the beer was too dark to tell what color it was. On top of this dark beer was a self rising creamy 3/4 to 1 inch mocha colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a thick skim of foam and a fair amount of sticky streaks and spots of lace.

The aroma was big on the dark fruits. The strongest of the dark fruits to emerge had to be the raisins. There was also some figs and plums in there as well, but they were no match for the raisins. Lying in wait after the dark fruits was the scent of dark roasted malts, rum, dark chocolate, and at one time, a whiff of cinnamon red hots.

The taste was pretty much on the same level with the aroma. That means it too loved the dark fruits. Except the difference between those two was the fact that there wasn't one dominating dark fruit like there was in the aroma. It was nice to see that the dark fruits kept themselves in check. Behind the dark fruits was a hint of dry roasted malts, a touch of cocoa, a drop of dried grapefruit hops, and the taste of alcohol. The best part of the alcohol was that it did have that burning finish.

There's really no doubt about it! This was a full bodied beer with a good level of carbonation to it, and a strong aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. This beer wasn't about to mask it's high alcohol content. After about 1/2 a glass, you'll start feeling this beer go to work on your body.

if you like the taste of dark fruits and chocolate or a really good beer, then seek out this Lost Abbey beer. Rule 1-Thou shall not drink a whole growler by thee self.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a pint glass pours a deep brown with no visibility with an ok tan colored heading. Very little lacing in the beginning that turns flat about halfway down.

Smell is of roasted malts. Some darker fruit's plum,raisins,etc.

Taste is very heavy with roasted malt and raisins. A molasses taste takes over about mid way through and finishes with a slight spice.

Mouth is fullbodied a little flat with decent carbonation. Really nothing on the tongue except a slight aftertaste of spice.

Drink is a little heavier than usual it does go down rather easily for how heavy it tastes. If that makes sense.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Ten Commandments is a dark beer with a deep dark burgandy brown with no light shining through whatever. Ten has a nice sturdy tan head that produces silky lace down the glass. This one smells swwet with malts and burnt sugars. Some dark fruits and alcohol round the smell out. Wow, the taste is sweet bordering on too much. A big bready yeast component along with dark fruits and sweet malts are the focus on taste. A full feel with light carb and some alcohol to go with it. Would like to see what a aged bottle with carb would do to this beer, but for now the tap version will do, even though it's not my favorite.

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

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Very thin frothy head sitting atop.
Smell is juicy, ripe dark fruits. Plenty of dark grapes, plums and raisins. Very nice.
Taste is very dark fruits, lots of raisin flavor. Very nice. The carbonation is a little high, I would like it just a bit lower to smooth it out. Very good beer.

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

I think I got this from Joey.

A: Pitch black. Decent head and lacing.

S: Spices and Rosemary up front. Maybe some black licorice. A bit of sweetness.

T/M: The spices and Rosemary are a bit more subdued but I think that helps. Light sweetness from the malts. A bit of bitterness. Body is medium to full.

D: Pretty smooth drinking.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ontap @ monks kettle sf

dark chocolate brown. slightly hazy wheb held to the light. Sticky patchy lacing on the walls ofthe glass

vineous nose canatalope, sweet nutty a little meaty and I'm picking up a hit of a sweet basil smell

a bit of cocoa on the pallete cantalope there too. Light fine bubbled carbonation. Silky mouthfeel somewhat off dry finish

Photo of joe1510
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


2008 Vintage

This bottle comes courtesy of BitterBill and has been hanging out in the cellar for a little while now, thanks Bill! This bottle from LA actually opened with a pop and poured with an easy growing beige head that caps out at three fingers. A slow cascading fall settles at one finger of creaminess atop the deep Coca-Cola brown body. When light hits the glass ruby highlights flash through the sides of the glass. Big ol' fat dabs of lacing clump along the glass the more this beer disappears.

10 Commandments has a crazy unique nose with fistfuls of rosemary being noticeable right off the bat and sticks around throughout. A drizzling of sticky, somewhat citric honey adds a pleasurable sweetness. The two aforementioned adjuncts take center stage in the nose but there are whispers of raisins, prunes, and the rosemary adds an interesting woodiness that helps this brew hit its stride. As this one warms definite notes of ginger and orange peel step to the surface. Interesting!

The flavor doesn't quite burst onto the scene like the aroma managed to but it still shows a lot of the same characteristics. The rosemary isn't as vivid but the ginger and orange peel I pulled from the nose certainly pops in the flavor as well. Raisins, plums, and woody rosemary dive in mid-palate. A brief flash of booziness hits on the finish but adds spiciness more than heat. The finish brings some spiced cake sweetness on the finish. This beer really opens up when it nears room temp.

I have to give LA credit, well, a year ago I would have anyway when this beer was released. The carbonation is on the bubbly side of the spectrum and hits that Belgian-esque level of airiness that's so difficult to find. The carbonation makes the body feel as light as air.

For the style this beer goes down incredibly easy. The crazy spices added don't even bother the drinkability like I expected them to. The airy carbonation keeps things from being at all sticky.

I'm surprised at the quality of 10 Commandments. I've had this beer before and it was dead flat. That was from the '09 bottling though. Lost Abbey has disappointed me so often over the last year a good beer from them seems to be the exception. With all that rambling done, if you can find an '08 bottle of 10 Commandments around it is definitely worth picking up. Thanks, Bill!

Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged 09 edition. purchased as soon as i saw it on the shelf. a pleasant yet unexpected surprise. poured into my chimay goblet. bottle reads 10% abv.

A- this one pours a murky dark brown colored body with a small khaki colored head. the head quickly fizzles out and becomes no more than a crown. it leaves sticky rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- as i was typing the appearance, the scent of sweet raisins crept into my nose. cant find the rosemary the bottle claims its brewed with. instead i get very sweet malts, brown sugar, alcohol, and a bit of chocolate. pretty unique smelling.

T- the taste is very sweet and filled with raisins. fig and date as well. the alcohol is not very well hidden, but then again this is a fresh beer thats meant to age well and long.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. moderate warming from the alcohol as it makes its way to my stomach.

D- right now, one bottle was plenty. it seemed to kind of drag on towards the end. ill check back on this one in a few years to see how it develops. another lost abbey product that showed no signs of quality control issues.

Photo of ffejherb
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Lost Abbey tasting room on 7/10/09.

A - Dark cola-colored, tea-like body with thin beige head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left spotty lace around the glass.

S - Dark fruit reminiscent of plums and raisins, earthy funk, sasparilla, earthy roots and herbs. Very rot beer-esque with a subtle Brett presence and some candi sugar to sweeten things up a bit.

T - Flavor is quite rooty and herbal overall with a sweet and spicy character akin to a root beer or even ginger beer. Is that some cinnamon I detect in there? Brett presence is subtle overall, although the overall flavor is quite earthy. Finish is on the bitter side with just a hint of sour funk.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is bittersweet on the palate with minimal sourness.

D - Interesting dark farmhouse ale with an intensely complex flavor profile. It was certainly fun to pull out all of the flavors and aromas in this brew.

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

This is the 2008 release I forgot I had. Poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark brown, cola-colored would describe it, a little light gets through. Got about a 1 finger brown head with little retention, leaving only a bit of film. I notice some yeast floating in the glass but it's hard to tell how much.

S: Not the most aromatic beer. I do get a little bit of sour cherries, maybe some plum, and a tiny touch of honey and spices.

T: Bit candi sugar sweetness in the taste...probably aided by the year of sitting. I still get lots of sour cherries and dark fruit. The spices aren't particularly strong. I get some hints of spice, but it's hard to pick anything specific out, and I don't really notice the rosemary.

MF: One thing that's pretty interesting to me is that even after all this time aging, it's still got a lot of heat and a bit of booziness. That being said, it's medium bodied, not quite syrupy. There's a fair bit of carbonation and a bit of dryness at the end as well.

D: This one kinda grew on me as I drank more of the glass. The cherries are prominent and it's kinda nice. This is a sipper if I ever drank one, which is just as well because the flavor develops a lot in your mouth. There's a lot of warming with this one, and the alcohol certainly is as you would expect. Not much else to say...solid brew but I dunno if I'd go out of my way to find it.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, courtesy of dave12285, poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear reddish brown, looking like a dark cola, with a big thick cream-colored head that shows great retention and leaves some attractive lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of dark fruits, especially the raisins, and a big herbal presence as well, presumably from the rosemary. If there is brett in this one, then I don't get it in the nose.

The taste follows the aroma fairly closely and is mostly the sweetness of the yeast and dark fruits forming the backbone. Maybe even some chocolate malt sweetness floating around as well. The taste transitions into a very herbal finish with rosemary and possibly some other spices. Again, not much of a brett presence, for what it's worth.

The mouthfeel is active, with plenty of carbonation and a dry herbal character that lingers on the palate.

This is another interesting installment in the LA beer library with an interesting mix of dark fruits. It's definitely drinkable for the ABV, though the rosemary starts to build up over time and may be a little much for me.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice black with thin white head. No lacing. Smells rich in raisins and rosemary. Very sweet smell. Taste lives up to the scents. The first flavors are the raisins that give way to a tart rosemary, chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is a little too light. I'd expect a thicker feel. Alcohol is very evident.

This is a one of a kind beer for me. I don't think I've ever had anything like this. Very nice.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a "coke a cola" colored head that fades quickly. Unfiltered with chunks of floating yeast. Not much lacing either.

S - Has a very faint aroma but I got tart cherries, sweet dark fruit, green apples, and yeast-derived scents

T - Starts off sweet from the malts but then turns tart/fruity. The raisins, apples, and spices are present at first but then turns "darker" with a whisky/alcohol burn and aftertaste

M/D - Medium body with low carbonation but very smooth on the palate. This is definitely a sipping beer and should be served just below room temperature in my opinion

My first beer from Lost Abbey and I am very impressed. This one is quite complex and it's almost like two beers in one the way it starts off sweet/fruity and ends up dark with molasses and whiskey flavors!

Photo of bort11
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another holy beating from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

750 ml corked/caged bottle, dated 2008, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Great head retention, best I've seen in ages. I poured my glass, and then had to putter about doing some other stuff. I come back about 10 minutes later and there is still a solid gooey half inch of head. Color is a murky brown/black with raisin purple highlights.

Smell is a muted sweetness with a medicinal herbal quality. Taste has some dried fruit sweetness, but the added rosemary gives an aromatic herbal flavor. The herbs are pretty intense.

Mouth is thick and sticky. Very filling and the ABV hit me pretty hard. The rosemary is interesting, though it was over the top. Aging may mellow that out.

Blipped "10 Commandments of Ska" by Prince Buster

Photo of photomike
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, surprisingly clear brown that lets quite a bit of light through. Large, hard bubbles make up a shortish white head. Sparse, spotty and wet lacing. Not bad looking at all; the color is really beautiful.

The smell is my favorite aspect of this beer. Quite sweet with lots of dark fruits at its heart. Spicy/herbally in a way that I'm not really used to; after reading about the addition of rosemary, I could detect that and attributed the smell as such, but without that descriptor, I probably would have pinned it on a combination of basil and some kind of spice. The smell rounds out with a fruity tartness that I likened to underripe Asian pear. Herbal spiciness with a hint of booze yields an intoxicating vapor. Really complex and interesting.

The taste is a crazy fruit salad. Pears, raisins, and apple are present, with mulling spices and that rosemary flavor I noted in the aroma. Honey flavor is present, but this isn't overly sweet. A surprising roasted element in there as well.

Mouthfeel: smooth with lots of sparkling carbonation and a full, rich body.

Drinkability is above average for the style, but not by a lot. This is a really complex, intense beer, and half of a 750 was plenty to keep me satisfied and engaged over 45 minutes or so.

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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