10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 103
Gots: 133 | FT: 6
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

Photo of Flyer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most wine-like beers I've had, and though that's usually not a compliment coming from me, I thought this was very interesting and good. Pours deep red with almost no head. Aromas of Belgian floral and some fruity herbiness (I don't know what rosemary tastes or smells like!) Very drinkable (again, not always a plus) with a nice balance of raisins, honey, that pervasive Belgian floral quality, and herbiness. An interesting and largely successful experiment, and a delicious change of pace.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, murky brown, nearing black with a small, off-white head that slowly fades away. Spotty remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of grapeseed oil, molasses, brown sugar, port wine, and some herbal spices that seem to be a decent mix in the grand scheme of this beer.
Taste is of the same with a big bold grape-like flavor resembling a red zinfandel wine, complete with the herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is medium boded, citrusy, slick, sugary, herbal...and weird.
This beer has notes of greatness that seem to get overpowered by the herbal notes found in this beer. I'd be curious to see how this one will age in the bottle.

Photo of chefdaddy18042
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

below average. The combination of raisins, honey, and rosemary just did not convince me that this is a worthy beer. I tried it regardless with four other co-workers and the general unanimous vote was negative. no sense of rosemary, overly raisin, and the honey only draws sweetness to this beer. I was not impressed by this beer at all, an overrated ale that was just disappointing.

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

750ml bottle acquired in trade with footy (thanks).

Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, yeast, cherries, chocolate, and caramel. Tastes of raisins, other dark fruits, and spices. Thinner body with the alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 5/11/08

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

pours out a dark brown with very little suds.
Some lacing here. The bubbles are in the concoction but not coming to the top. Very weird.
Smell is caramel and sugary yeast with a fruity aroma of dried apricot. Almost an oak woody aroma.
Taste is sugary raisin and ftuity sourness like a brett is hanging around in all the bubbles.
A charred woody flavor here.
Mouthfeel is very clean with a slight alcohol aftertaste.
Would have more if I could find this.

Photo of kasper
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Word up to swnicholson for kindly throwing this one in amongst a mound of extras.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque. A small tight dark tan head forms on a cold pour, sheet lacing doesn't stick more than a few seconds and the head collapses to a ring and a swirl.

S: At about 40 degrees there are strong aromas of honey and belgian yeast and candy sugar. As it warms, spicy, smokey, leather-like aromas of dark fruits emerge. There is a familiar aroma that dominates but I can't for the life put my finger on it, though I believe its a trademark of dark sour beers I've had lately, possibly brettanomyces. Aromas of oak bourbon barrels are also there. There are subtle -- and I mean very subtle -- hints of rosemary, though I would not have been able to detect that had I not read the bottle.

T: What an incredibly weird, yet balanced brew. It's all about slightly spiced and sour dark ripe fruits such prunes. It's all wrapped together by a mild sweetness more reminiscent of brown sugar than belgian candy sugar. Maybe some saffron. Really no hops or bitterness. Just slightly sweet and slightly sour with a kick of spice. Meanwhile, you forget there is 9% alcohol in this bitch.

M: Medium bodies, mildly carbonated, slightly chewy, but incredibly smooth as it warms.

D: I HATE belgian style sweet beers with a passion. I avoid them 99% of the time but for some reason this one is working for me and I would likely seek this one out on rare occasions.

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark burgandy body. The brown head is very thin. Lace is spotty and sporadic. Aroma is deep and complex. Some sherry notes and some port notes. A little rice vinegar. Some spicing is duly noted, with rosemary and ginger hints. The flavor is quite complex as well. The first thing I DON'T notice for a 9% beer is the alcohol. Very nicely hidden and integrated in the grand scheme of things. The body feels more like a sherry with a bit more carbonation. The taste resembles sherry and port as well. This is a true sipper. Not because it's alcoholic, but rather because it's so good, you want it to last. Plum, fig and raisin notes add levels of depth. Rosemary is ghostly in its presence, but somehow, I feel it. (One of my favorite beers was their SPF 8 (with Rosemary) which I tasted at the pub in 2002.) This beer is a real treat.

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

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I picked up over a year ago, probably at Capone's.

A: The ale is dark, a cola brown color that looks black from afar. Bright auburn colors emerge at the narrower sections of the glass. A thick head of almost three fingers emerged on pour and caked to the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is one of sugars, candi and beet, and raisins. Caramel adds to both the appearance and the nose with a syrupy effect that doesn't detract from the Belgian influence.

T: Wow. The complexity of the ale is worth mentioning. Full dark flavors start off the ale, roasted bread, caramel, chocolate and coffee all take a turn at the plate. Dark fruits emerge too, with raisins and dates leading the way, to the point that the ale has a brandy-like quality. Not much hop-wise beyond a hint of medicinal bite. I recall that this ale was spiked with brett but the little buggers failed to emerge. That is pretty much true with this bottle. The strength of the Belgian ale doesn't betray any horse blanket tastes.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, loaded with fruit flavors driven by the yeast strain. I'm not sure that the brett character would have improved on this beer.

D: At 9% the beer is a whopper. I'll nurse my bottle into the early evening and be happy with it.

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

This one was interesting to say the least. I think LA could have been a little braver with it, but I still enjoyed it.

A- I was half expecting the cork to blow across the room, as most Belgian beers are very carbonated, but there was hardly any noise as I opened the bottle. Poured thin and dark brown with almost no head.

S- Interesting. Rosemary hits the nose first and then estery notes of raisins, dark fruit, and caramel.

T- Rosemary is the first thing tasted, but then comes the Belgian yeastiness and spices along with the raisins and dark fruit. The honey comes in at the aftertaste and adds a nice lingering sweetness. The esters might be a bit too much in this one.

M- Kinda thin and flat, but it doesn't detract from the beer all that much.

D- Not bad. The odd ingredients all mingle surprisingly well.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a: Dark brown with little to no head.

s: Sweet Belgian sugar with some notes of raisins.

t: Sweet malt, toffee, raisin, caramel, and just before the finish, I catch a very subtle hint of herbs (from the rosemary I presume) and believe it or not, it works.

m: Thin body with low/no carbonation. My first experience with the dreaded LA quality control issues.

d: I like this beer, but it is almost flat which really kills the experience.

Photo of beersabound
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep brown with some orange in the corners. Moderate carbonation. A tight tan head formed but fell a little quickly.

The aroma changed as the beer warmed. First I got cloves, caramel and candi sugar. Next, some tobacco notes came out as well as dark fruit. Lastly, some fusel alcohol emerged. This detracted slightly from the beer.

The flavor was similar to the aroma wiht more spices coming out. It says it has rosemary in it. But I did not detect it. It seems to just add an earthy note without being upfront. Very flavorful which developed throughout drinking it.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little slick. But slick in a good way. It's kinda has low CO2 for a BDSA IMO. But, this beer wouldn't be as nice with high CO2.

Quite drinkable for 9.0%. Very appropriate for fall/holiday drinking. The spicing and mouthfeel will lend this nicely to hearty meals or as an after dinner treat.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown with very little head. The aromas open up as the beer warms, and although I didn't smell any Rosemary to begin with, it is definitely noticeable after a bit as are aromas of honey, roots, brown sugar and a funky sourness in thge background. Pretty nice and pretty unusual. The taste is also heady with rooty herbs, light sourness, cola, sugar, and other interesting forest notes. Hard to figure out and the sourness in the background is a very interesting. Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Nice oily look to this, average head retention & lacing

S: Oak & sourness, a touch of plum & dark candi sugar

T: Scorched caramel, a touch of leafy hops, cola, figs, & tartness up front. More dark fruit with a whisper of sarsaparilla & cinnamon as this warms along with dryness & tannins. Sourness lurks in the background, this is really working for me. Finishes with a hint of green appleskins, oaky dryness, figgyness, & a kiss of brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, somewhat lively carbonation, but compliments what's going on here

Great drinkability, the ABV is well hidden. This is one I could sit by fire with until the wee hours or I get sleepy... One I will stockpile at some point...

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

A: pours a deep dark mahogany color with a nice light tan head on top. decent head retention and very nice lacing.

S: some major spices playing in this one. I am really pulling the honey and raisins in this one. some big hints of rosemary do shine through in the nose.

T: I really get the sweet red raisins mixed with the malts with a huge honey backbone. No hoppy flavor in this one. Some major rosemary in the back of the palate.

M&D: full bodied brew, with a lower carbonation rate than expected. smooth and mellow rather young, not surprising from Lost Abbey.

Photo of jojox
2.2/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank this last night, no notes. I thought it was rather complex and interesting tastes, but frankly, nasty. It resembled sweat/BO, and urine. The rosemary was somewhat interesting, the flavor mostly malt balanced, and the appearance dark and okay, but the flavor just didn't appeal to me whatsoever.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and cage with no pop whatsoever into the Ommegang chalice.

Pours like slightly carbonated root beer. Yeasty head and iced coffee brown body. Little visible carbonation.

There's a power of suggestion to the body color. Beyond the sour/sweet brett, some woody, herbaceous rosemary texture and discernible honey and raising I actually get a Coke mosaic on the scent. Slight carbonation tingle. Quite complex.

This proves that reviewing from a 2 oz. pour at a fest isn't the way to go. I have no recollection of the burnt notes of espresso and raisins from my pours at the BBF. Interesting! Slate-ish coffee notes with ultra-roasted caramel. With warmth the honey and raisin notes emerge. Dry ite on the back end from alcohol. Am guessing that this could use a little time. With warmth the sourness emerges, but there's nohorse-blanket funk in here.

This is very soothing on the palate even though it burns a little hot. Quite luxurious and comforting. Finish is tight with dry cocoa and coffee grounds and some viscous sweetness. Again, needs time but very nice.

This opens up a great deal with a bit of warmth. It's got a lot going on here...very complex nose and palate with a great deal of depth. Hopefully I can keep a couple downstairs for a while and revisit to see how this fine offering evolves.

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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