10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 834
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 108
Gots: 155 | FT: 7
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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 Philousa
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed at the Lost Abbey tap room on 12/31/2011.

Looks like a freshly brewed Americano coffee with irregularly bubbled head, indicating the active Belgian yeast, which clings to the glass for dear life before it pops to nearly nothing. Left some lacing with the first few drinks. Licorice, raisins, and sweet dates make up the bulk of the aroma. There is some faint dark Belgian malt. Most of the aroma is faint with this beer. Bitter licorice and dark fruit flavors. Some date and bitter chocolate round it out. A very murky, thick beer with a dry finish.

To be honest, this didn't come across well as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I didn't get too many dark fruit flavors and they were weak when I identified them. The black licorice was too prevalent for this licorice hater. I had high hopes, so maybe that's why I feel let down by this brew. Maybe I'm just putting to much stock into the Belgian Strong Dark Ale description, or maybe I need to just read the label before ordering a sample. I'd like to see them make this their own by giving it a distinct flavor that separates it from the pack. (1,099 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with Ruby highlights and a large tan foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has raisins, caramel, rosemary, and brown sugar. I am not sure that rosemary is a good idea.

The taste has raisins, caramel, brown sugar, rosemary, and a small amount of tartness. Has a sweet flavor, but I am not liking the rosemary in this beer. Seems like a mistake to me. Honey is a listed ingredient, but I honestly can't pick it up in the taste or smell.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. Unfortunately there is an aftertaste of rosemary. I like rosemary well enough, but don't care for it in beer. Lose the rosemary, and this beer would be much better. (700 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours looking like the usual abt/quad/bsda style, heavy on the brown, thin on the head. Aroma of alcohol, prunes and raisins.

Some brown sugar thrown in to hopefully drown out the bitter dark fruit and pungent alcohol. Helped with the bitter fruit, but not so much with the heavy sting of alcohol. Toffee seems to be represented heavily as well. I just can't get over the high bitter, high alcohol vibe of this. Its like they blended a quad and a 40 of malt liquor at some times.

I love some of the Lost Abbey stuff, but this beer is just a big disappointment to me, it didn't really do anything well, other than maybe look nice. Don't judge a book by its cover. . . the cover might be substantially better than what is inside. (729 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color, big time head with the first pour
S: Dark fruits, raisins/figs. Also some apple/pear scents.
T: Much the same as the smell, dark fruits as well as apple flavor. Alcohol is very evident.
M: Prickly slightly overcarbonated beer, finished dry.
O: Very sweet and boozy, alcohol was not well hidden at all. Not a sessionable beer in the least, kinda hard to get this bottle down actually. (420 characters)

Photo of Jules11788
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown that barely lets any light through; fat 3 finger-width head, sticky lacing

S: Floral winter spices -- nutmeg, rosemary, sweet flowers

T: Wheaty, slightly funky tartness; tastes of flowers with a small hint of rosemary; not much honey, little bit of raisins; finishes with a sharp boozy bitterness.

M: Medium-light viscosity, medium carbonation, tingly on the tongue, decent helping of booziness

O: I don't know what it is but this beer just had a really weird nasty flavor to it that lingered after each sip. It was sort of a nasty Steel Reserve/Mickey's kind of boozy/chemically flavor, and it became more evident the more I drank. Don't think I'll ever buy this again, especially at the exorbitant price of $13.99 for a 750ml bottle (768 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 12th 2011 (from notes)


A - opaque black blood red, three finger tan head and some lacing

S - alcohol, raisins, sugar, lots of malts, funk, yeast, earth and slight hops

T - raisin rum, slight Rosemary, lots of sugar, nice alcohol, tons of malts, wine essence, lots of soil, earth, dry wood, slight hops, nice yeast, kind of sour and funky

M - full bodied, medium acidity, huge complexity, well balanced and long finish

D - for a huge beer this bitch drinks well. Lots of Flavors, nice complexity and as it warms it only gets better. Starting to love lost abbey

Final thought - 10% and $10. Give this one a try (640 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a taster of this at Lost Abbey.

Dark ruby into the 4oz taster glass.

Smells tangy. Medicinal. This might not end well.

Oh god. Medicinal, sour, tarty. Something has gone wrong with this beer. I got about halfway through the taster before giving it back. I home brew and even I don't get these flavors. Someone fucked this one up.

Quite carbonated. Reminded me of a shitty tasting jagermeister.

Overall this was lucky to get a 3. I think if they had better quality control, this might be an ok beer. There is no way this phenolic mess was what it is supposed to taste like. (581 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you florida9 for hitting this long time want.

a - opened the cork n cage and filled my lost abbey tulip. poured a pretty rich brown purple with a thick frothy off white head. very nice to style.

s - rich sweet dark fruit. very nice. candy like. a bit of a tang. grapes. fruit punch. tropical.

t - grapejuice. good sweet ending.

m - not as creamy as i would like, but an easy drinker. kind of like a fruit juice.

o - overall, this is pretty tasty. not as intense as others are in the sytle, but this is a solid offering from an american brewery. i'm a big fan of the style and this was not a disappointment. (617 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another suprise that i haven't reviewed. An american accented strong dark in that it's malt character is close to a american double. Toasty, mild chocolate, coffee. Nose of molassess, and belgian sugar cane that made the low gravity a reality. Mild fruit. Rather savory. Rather warm going down but not boozy. Great with meat well peppered. Mild spice but sustaining. (366 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown that turns black in the glass with a miniscule and quickly disappearing tan head
S: Smells of alcohol with raisins, caramel, some spice, a bit of vanilla and is very sweet on the nose. It smells like a bourbon barrel stout in my opinion
T: Very smooth on the palate starting with some dark malt flavors, some cherry flavor, the raisins and sweet the whole time with the spices hitting middle to end. Sweet long lasting aftertaste coats the mouth with some dark fruit flavors to go along.
M: a bit thin and sort of watery, very minimal and delicate carbonation
O: Tastes good but the mouthfeel is a bit off (627 characters)

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Huge amounts of head but it didn't take long to recede. It is very dark.

Aroma is malty and sweet. First sip is very pleasant. None of the added flavors are in your face yet. Rosemary is just barely detectable, I think the flavors added play nicely with eachother without being overbearing.

Not a bad one overall, i haven't had too many Lost Abbeys since I cannot get them here in Maine but this is one of the better ones I have had so far. (470 characters)

Photo of CaptainTripps
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown, all most purple in color. (Think raisins). Comes with a huge 4 fingers worth of off white, almost brown head. (I guess they fixed their carbonation problems eh?) Left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Sweet dark malts with plenty of dark fruits, most notably raisins. Also getting alcohol notes along with plums, toffee, honey, candied sugar and of course Belgian yeast.

T: Following the nose perfectly, I am again getting a nice combo of sweet dark malts paired with raisins, plums and figs. Getting good amounts of alcohol with honey and toffee coming in on the back end. All flavors flow nicely together.

M: Medium mouthfeel. The beer goes down very smooth, almost "soft." Alcohol is present but not to over powering.

O: A very good BSDA that was very pleasant to drink. One of the better interpretations of the style that I have tried made this side of the pond. (965 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a tulip

Pours a near black with a creamy, beige, one+ finger cap. Good retention and some minor lacing. The aroma is of fresh herbs, raisins, honey, brown sugar, a touch of roast and some dark fruits. Subtle on both the aroma and flavor, atypical for the style. The flavor profile mimics the nose. The herbal quality is in the foreground, while raisins, dark fruit, and roast take up the groundwork. Alcohol is well-hidden. The body, along with the aroma and flavor, are a little thin for the style. I like my BSDA's to be a little more forward in every regard, and this lacks in my opinion.

Overall, this isn't a great representation of the style. Pretty middle of the road, but definitely has some redeeming qualities. Above average. (755 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep almost-black color, layer of beige head, nice collar of film with a couple spots of lacing.

Thick malts in the nose with candi sugar. Dates and figs shine through, a bit sweet overall, but with a slight metallic ping that I couldn't seem to shake. Notes of booze as well.

Candied dark fruit and burnt sugar. A mixed bag of richer dark fruit with dates, figs, raisins and a nice caramelized character to them. Thick, roasty malt backbone with caramel and molasses. Fair integration, but I still detect a metallic note. Finishes warm and sweet.

Full body, a bit higher carbonation, sticky, lingering, and a touch dry on the tongue. Pretty decent, but it felt like something was just a bit off on this one. (753 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Aromas of rosemary-glazed meat, soy sauce, and boozy chocolate. Flavor is similar with roasted malt, smoke, herbs, raisins. The brett isn’t all that apparent in the taste. It does leave the mouthfeel a little light and dry. (341 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is malty and earthy with a firm overtone of rosemary and fruity hints. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy tan head. Be careful - this can fizz like all-get-out! Flavor is quite distinctive, earthy and fruity, equal parts grape and apple, with a firm but not overpowering rosemary note and hints of caramel and nuts. Full-bodied lively texture leaves an earthy, fizzy finish. Thou Shalt Drink Only Craft Brewed Beer! (454 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a nice looking brown color with a fluffy light brown head on it. The head is a little rocky looking and leaves some decent lacing. The smell of the beer is spicy and has some sweet dark fruit aromas going on in there too. The taste of the beer gives off some roasted malts, raisins, yeast, and some other spices I'm not sure of. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it had a pretty good amount of carbonation to it. Overall I found this brew to be a good sipping beer for colder nights. Enjoyable. (513 characters)

Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy root beer brown color with a fair sized light beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Raisins & brown sugar. Nice aroma.

Taste: Raisins, spice (rosemary?), and some mild brown sugar notes. The alcohol is very subdued in the taste and aroma for the ABV. Starts fairly sweet but finishes on a dry note.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. No LA bashing for lack of carbonation for this one.

Overall: One of my go to beers that I've had several growler fills of. Good beer that is usually readily available on tap at Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle (603 characters)

Photo of bubtronic
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogany, flashes of red in the corners. Dense khaki one-finger head with moderate lacing.

S: Dark fruit, some spice, molasses, decent dose of Belgian yeast.

T: More dark fruit, plums, raisins, prominent alcohol, not quite covered by the malt sweetness. Also a strong oak character and the hint of something funky, maybe brett with the oak.

M: full-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but very dense. A little heavy handed with the oak, but otherwise enjoyable and well rounded. (529 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 Commandments is dirt brown with a liner of head that looks solid as stone. Even 60 watts of artificial light, held directly against it, fails to eke out any real colour or clarity from this shadowy, opaque liquid. As the contents of the glass dwindle, however, sleek clear ruby streaks swirl around its surface and lend the beer a little bit of aesthetics.

Given the complexities of Belgian yeast, trying to review any Belgian strong dark ale can be like sitting down to do a 1500 jigsaw puzzle - add to that honey, raisins and rosemary and you've got yourself quite the stumbling block. Sweetness is quickly perceived, but so are more savory notes as well as phenolic alcohol esters. However you describe it, it's enticing.

Dark malts and raisins make a pair like coffee and cream, one bitter and roasty while the other sweet and thick, the two ultimately complimenting one another. Indeed, this flavour could conjure to mind coffee (or chocolate) but it's made quite mellow by the addition of honey and rosemary; the savory element is an innate pairing to roast and sugars. The finish is dry, showing a bit of Brett character, with dried rosemary also making an appearance.

Lost Abbey became infamous for, among more favorable things, an inability to carbonate their beers. But this 2008 vintage still has plenty of fizziness that, if anything, detracts from its mellow, earthy and sweet persona. It's more lively than most 10% beers and, by extension, nowhere near as cloying as you'd think a honey and raisin flavored ale might be.

Commandment #4 of 10 is "fresh beer is great, aged beer is better". Truth be told, however, if you were to age all the beers in existence it would likely pay off as much as the lottery; even darker, stronger, bottle-conditioned beers like this are no sure bet. That said, at age four this is every bit as good, nay better, than I remember it being fresh.

10 Commandments is indeed a moral foundation of the American craft brewing industry; the direct word of a brewing god stating that beers should be distinctive and individualistic, but with a respect for tradition. Tomme Arthur uses the mash tun like Picasso used clay and the results, this example in particular, are generally masterpieces. Find religion here. (2,263 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

712th Review on BA
Bottle to saints/sinners
750ml c/c

App- A very dark brown with a one finger head. No cling or lace and only a couple swirls of bubbles as it falls

Smell- The rosemary comes first, then the honey and then the raisin dark fruits. Not a really yesty smell. A bit lacking in scent for style.

Taste- As with the nose its just a bit thin for the style. The yeasty dark fruit doesnt mesh well and instead is too honey/ rosemary forward.

Mouth- A nice smaller medium bodied and medium carbonation beer with a honey/rosemary flavor.

Taste- Well I had wanted to try this for a while. A bit of a let down down due to the overuse of the honey and rosemary. Still a fan of Lost abbey and will come back to their beer. (733 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. Pours a dark brownish-red (almost purple) color with a large caramel-colored head that takes quite some time to diminish. Scent is a nice mixture of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and light hints of the honey and rosemary. The taste of this beer is very unique...I'm not sure if this beer is brewed with a wild yeast...but it sure tastes like it. Pleasant wild yeast (Brett) flavors with some lovely chocolate and dark fruit aromas. Some booziness blends well with the rosemary and raisiny chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and has the mouthfeel of a fresh bottle of chimay blue. Full bodied and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is awesome. I had this a long time ago when I wasn't really into craft, and I remember not caring for it very much. Now I want to go buy more and cellar some! (831 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone while yielding a big foamy 2" plus head, tan in color. middling retention and not much in the lacing department; a few patches.

the aroma is good. not quite spectacular but a decent amount going on: notes of honey, spice, dark fruits, yeast, and some sweet maltiness.

taste is ok, more or less follows the nose but with a much stronger alcohol factor than i suspected going from the aroma. LOT of spice, some honey, dark fruits (raisin, fig, maybe prune). yeasty with some sweet malt characters. finish is dry and boozy. medium-bodied in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

overall 10C is a good beer, perhaps even a very good one, but is not likely to be confused with a truly upper echelon BSDA. (787 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared above 45 degrees for 1 year.

A - Poured into a pint the brew has a stong, agressive, medium brown, and foamy head standing at two inches plus. The body is darker brown with a purple hint when light passes through.

S - Spice, anise and bubble gum but the spice os most prevalent. There's also some alcohol scent mixed in here.

T - It has a nice ballance of current, spice, alcohol and lightly roasted malts. Honey raisains and rosemary are listed as ingredients but I have to say none are overwhelming in the flavor, which is how it should be. I think these key ingredients offer a uniquie combination of flavors allowing the drinker to find some good taste characters surface.

M - The feel is actually light, smooth and rather soft. I think the feel really aids in this brews drinkability. Well crafted in the feel area.

~ This is acertainly not a sessionable beverage. This served with a dinner of pork or pasta I think would be a good match. This is definitely something I would recommend to my friends. My only drawback here is that I think I could have cellared it a bit longer. I feel one year didn't do it the justice it probably has coming in the third to fifth year of it's life. Next time I'll let it live a bit longer. (1,243 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while I was out in Cali for the Bruery Reserve Society Party. Big thanks to womencantsail for shipping this one to me after I left! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a one and a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, rosemary, oregano, and a slight sour note. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, subtle honey, herbs, and a very subtle sour note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty tasty brew. It was really smooth and easy drinking. I chose to drink this one to pre-game a non-drinking wedding if you must know... I would have never guessed this one to be 10% ABV at all. The sour note that I mentioned in this review really only showed up once the brew had almost reached room temperature, but was actually well blended with everything else in this brew. (1,026 characters)

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.