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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

737 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 100
Gots: 128 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-08-2007)
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Photo of VitBAficionado
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a murky dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Lot of lacing. Aroma of molasses, spice, raisin and some alcohol. Early hit of prune and raisin with a sweet and earthy/grainy mid and a slightly funked and alcoholic finish. Medium body. Cooked raisins unusually means doom for me... pleasantly surprised by this.

VitBAficionado, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Enjoyed from the bottle. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisins, and roasted malt with very little hop aroma. A hint of vanilla reveals its presence. A small tan head appears but lasts for a short time.There is not much lacing on the glass and the beer looks viscous and syrupy. The beer is a very dark brown (nearly black) with a deep mahogony tint. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation, sticky, creamy, long finish. The taste is vanilla, raisins, a little funky, chocolate. The finish is complex, ending with some bitterness at the back of the tongue. Very interesting beer and thoroughly enjoyable.

HopHead84, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours an surprisingly dark black/brown with a finger width of creamy tan heads that settles down only slighty into a great looking retention with nice lacing. The aroma is lush with deep sweet malt, dark fruits, and yeasty notes.

The taste is very similar to the aroma with malty sweet goodness, dark fruits sourness, yeasty chalkiness, spices, and fnishes with just a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel feels medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation that adds even more beef to it. The 9% ABV is very well hidden but does impart some warmth and extra oompth to the surroundings.

This a very pleasant smelling and tasting Belgian Strong Ale but make no mistake, it's still one powerful and filling beer that definitley requires some serious sipping. Sit back with it for a couple of hours and enjoy.

Kegatron, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a good 1/2 inch of creamy tan head with good retention and great lacing. Smells of dark fruits (which I'd suspect) along with citrus blossoms, toffee, and chocolate. Tastes start out big with the dark fruits like grape and black cherry as well as spices like coriander. Some brown sugar mixes with chocolate covered raisins to finish off the taste. Alcohol presence as it warms. Medium in body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Another good beer from Port Brewing, but I don't know if I would want to drink a whole one by myself, especially with the strong alcohol coming out.

HopDerek, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Deep black appearance at first but when looking at it in the light you can see through it like a glowing coffee-amber. The head is slow to develop but ends up being a nice thin tan crust. Spicy aroma, sort of minty with coriander and light alcohol. After it sits a while notes of cherry and grape start to become evident, and they are almost a bit tart in nature.

The taste is tangy/fruity up front with more corainder and other spices dominating. The beer then starts to dry out some becoming toasty with a bit of raisiny chocolate character. Nice complexity with well hidden alcohol. For a beer brewed with raisins, I will say the raisin character only came through mildly. The body is not thin, although it feels very light and runs across the palate smoothly. The carbonation is subtle and foamy, which works well for this beer.

I would say this beer has a nice complexity, although in the same manner it's hard to tell what the brewer was going for. Definitely a unique beer worth trying if you can...

bennetj17, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours to a evil shade of blackish brown that is very intriguing. The head is a brown tan mix of one inch short bubbles that lasts a couple of minutes. Nose shows hints of sour cherries and alchol soaked maltiness. On first sip you get a dark fruit smoothness and a dry dark malty feel. The mouthfeel that is created is sligthly bitter with a large amoutn of dryness that dances on the edge of richness. This beer does have hints of sweetness but its more like dark chocolate, bakers coco, and sour cherries. Nicely drinkable, but for the right time only. Light a fire, turn off the lights and hope for a long cold night.

SPLITGRIN, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

750ml bottle which cost me $10 from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. I shared this with a friend which was good given the strength. The color was dark brown with no head and no carbonation. Smells slightly sour, licorice, alcohol. It took awhile to taste the raisins but they are there. Another interesting beer from Lost Abbey.

ArrogantB, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of AndoBrew
1.3/5  rDev -66.9%

edit:I was told buy a trusted pal, that when he had this beer fresh it was very yummy. He and I tend to rate with similar scores. I am going to attempt to try this beer again, but leave this review for now. seeing as how the sample I had not gone bad in any infection sort of way. It just may not age well.:

*i hated it and would never buy it*

app: brown garnet. thin lookin, looks fine not amazing.

smells: BAD, menthol, minty herby plants. some malts hide back there.

taste: it is not good at all, it is way way spiced, its not good spiced. way over the top.

mf: fine.

drinkable?: no, it is hard and painful to drink!

AndoBrew, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Picked up a 750ml bottle from AJ''s in late June for 12.99.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with a light brown head. Nose is a wonderful medley of fruits, raisins, Belgian Yeast, and other spices. Taste is quite nice, of light and dark fruits, malts, raisins, and burnt sugar. Finish is lightly hoppy with a warming alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very good with that yeast making this especially effervesant across my palate. Drinkability is good and tasry but at 9.0 abv it is a whopper.

arizcards, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle. Poured similar to a ValDieu I had a few weeks back, nice brown with small head. Aroma suggests some raisin and brown sugar. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma. A real good full flavor that has great malt balance and a really long lasting coated flavor all over my mouth. Lost Abbey continues to impress!

ChazMania, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of klewis
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%

Thanks to weeare138 for this one.

A: Pours a dark garnet color with a modest foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of raisins black cherries with a subtle spicy character and a hint of alcohol.

T: Spicy christmas ale sort of taste with an astringent cardboardy flavor and a strong boozy kick.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D: I'm quite disapointed. This one either lacks depth in flavor, or the alcohol is covering it all up. Perhpas this one will improve with age, but right now, it's pretty difficult to drink.

klewis, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from 750ml caged bottle into New Belgium snifter. Poured a dark brown almost to the point of black with a thick lacy head. Smells of raisins and dark fruits with spice aroma. Taste of malt, raisins, spiced bread, dates and plums. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet with a nutty dry finish. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for a abv of 9%. But still a meal of a beer and this beer will fill you up.

sfoley333, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

After removing the cage and cork from the 750ml bottle it pours a deep rich mahogany color, the tan head forms a large crown upon the body, as the creamy head dissipates, the lace forms a concealing blanket upon the glass. Nose is rich in fruit like aromas, raisins come to mind, nice malt tones also there, caramel hints present, and start has a pleasing malt profile, sweet with a hint of spicy bitterness, top medium in feel. Finish has a personable hop spicy bite, nicely acidic, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a good brew, and well worth a sample.

Gusler, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Pours a very deep mahogany amber...close to black...with a smallish tan head that melted very quickly to a ring of tan bubbles.

Aromas are Belgium yeasts and lots of dark fruits...raisins, of course...it says so on the label....plus some other dark fruits like prunes and plums with mincemeat-like spices...cinammon, cloves, etc.

Taste is sweetly raisins and dark fruits with some Belgium Candy sweetness and Belgium yeast giving it an almost bready taste. Lots of bitter hops follow the sweetness helping to dry the extra sweetness of the rest of the beer.

Aftertaste is slightly citrus bitterness with some hot alcohol and lots of alcohol warmth going down.

IntriqKen, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

The last of the beers I received as part of my "Patron Saints" membership. "Ale Brewed With Raisins" on the label.
A- Pours a pitch black hue with brown and amber highlights, small tan/brown head that is mostly sustaining, fair amount of lacing throughout
S- Fruity scents dominated by raisins and dark fruit (as advertised on the label), I am also getting tones of apple, peach, belgian candy, sweet caramel/toffee malts, and a modest alcohol presence
T- Initial taste is Raisins, Raisins, and more Raisins (almost cloyingly sweet), followed by a variety of fruits and spices, yeasty/bready/sweet malts, a little bit of chocolate and belgian candy, finishes with sweet malts, a touch of bittering hops and warming alcohol presence
M- Medium/full bodied with good carbonation, nice slick texture that coats the tongue in sweetness
D- 9% abv is well-masked, but this definitely a sipping beer to be enjoyed over time (much like a port or desert wine). Think of this as a bigger, bolder, more complex version of Lost & Found supercharged on raisins and dark fruits, great for low-key and/or cold fall and winter evenings . . .

Stoneman78, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a nice brown-black with tan creamy head.

Vinous, raisin, fig, black pepper, clove, and some chocolate aromas rise from the fluid.

This is much fruiter than Lost Abbey's other Strong Dark and a little less malty/chocolaty. Starts with an acidic vinous character that moves into sweeter raisin, dried cherry, and prune flavors. Some pepper, cinnamon, and dark chocolate in the finish. Contemplative.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Yet another great beer from Lost Abbey. This would pair well with a dark chocolate.

bosco7, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

The taste is heavily laden with fruit, but is not overly sweet. Lots of figs/prunes/rains, caramel, and an appealing malty smoothness that balances the many flavors. Pours a beautiful burnt amber with a nice two and a half inch head. Carbonation perfectly balances an otherwise viscous, heavy beer.

Gets a bit overbearing after a while, and not a good session beer.

Overlord, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Part of my luggage coming back from the ABF included this sacrilegious little delicacy. :)

It pours voilently, sloshing waves back & forth, Moses squeals & runs for cover. Big yellow/orange hazed-out head. Cola like consistency & color throughout the brew.

On first whiff: sugar, figs, maple syrup, & plums. Very little sense of alcohol & no noticeable yeast. I must of poured it right for once. :)

The taste was just a concentration of what was already there. A lot of similarities to plum & grape juice, with extra caramel melted in. Almost headache inducing, almost.

Body was slightly thick, slightly frothy. Carbonation was low, but it wasn't syrupy or burdensome to get down once it warmed up.

A meal in itself. Hardly had any room for dinner. :)

PEBKAC, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. Lacing is substantial and lasting. Aroma is balanced with malt sweetness and dark fruit. Taste is actually pretty sedate, sticks with the nose indication of moderate grains coupled with ample but reined in fruitiness. Mouthfeel is out-of-control smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Another nice one from the Abbey.

ppoitras, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +1.8%

This brew pours a dark deep brown that appears black at first sight. It leaves a thick tan head that clings to the glass. The aroma is prunes, figs, plums, dark pitted fruit, caramel, spicy, cinnamon, cardomon, great nose. The taste starts fruity sweet, syrup, dark toffee, espresso, roasted nuts, def herbal presence that finishes bitter almost like under ripened fruit. This is another solid brew from The Lost Abbey, I like where this beer took me.

Franchise, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with a creamy-looking, light beige head.

Smell: A winning aroma of toasted bread, caramel, and raisins. Lesser notes of baker's chocolate and forgotten basements.

Taste: Sweet, toasted pumpernickel breadiness and chocolate malts with a tart, engaging fruitiness of raisins and perhaps blackberries. Traces of yeast mustiness. Finishes relatively sweet, vinous, and warming like a fine port.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Congratulatory comments flew from drinker to drinker before even the first glass had been emptied.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

From a 750 mL corker, opened with a fwiss. Pours with an eggplant dim hued glass fill topped with a frisky settled khaki densely packed cap leaving slight drippy spotty lace.

Nose is initially sweet, mildly awl-kee-hawl boozy bright, with a narrow focus on figs and raisins. Raisin aspect is inescapable.

First swigs: Viscous thick syrypy raisin meets sugar cookie malt. Crisp sugary bright front. Tounge lashing astringent bitterness with carrot cake or zuchinni cake that virtually evaporates from the palate leaving behind a reminder of thick molasses and cinnamon like linger.

Last swigs: Full bodied and unforgiving spiced raisin sandpaper. DogFish Head Raison D'Etre with malt.

blitheringidiot, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness or brewing date indication, pours rich, dark, dark brown, thick dark tan head, film initially spotty lacing and then more full lacing and intricate sheeting. Nose is boldly of rum soaked raisins, dark fruits and alcohol. One sip and I am in BSDA heaven...rich, flavorful, complex, heady brew....bold flavors carry through towards a mellow smoldering long finish...figs, rum, dark candi sugars, moderate alcohol present. Luxiourously smooth, coating and easy on the old tongue. Not for beginners, but big ,Belgian lovers will rejoice...Go get some. Savor and enjoy this stunner.

Billolick, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

750mL Bottle. Aroma runs with nice caramelization, raisins, plums and fig wine. Bits of rising herbal quality come amount with a fog of crisp spicing. Lightly warming, bold and flowing. Pours a tinted mahogany, with a creamy dark mauve head. Flavor is a gently balanced dark sugar, brimming with raisin residuals, candy cream, bits of turkish delight and bioflavinoids. There’s a dose of tannic tongue twinging. Currants and gooseberries perk up the background through a little earth and bark. Fragrant and warm. This will be insanity when the Brett actually starts to show up.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

25.4 oz. bottle, with an imposing picture of Moses at Mt. Sinai on the cover,

A: Cloudy dark brown, with a thick, tan billowy head.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cola, and root beer.

T: The raisins definitely show their stuff as there is a definite undercurrent of grape flavor in this beer. I also taste dark fruits, molasses, dates and figs, and very tasty Belgian-style yeast esters. There is also a bit of spiciness to it - cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and anise abound. It is very complex.

M: Smooth, dry, phenolic. It is also quite yeasty.

D: Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Another great offering from Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, I can't wait to see what they do in the future.

Halcyondays, Jul 23, 2007
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