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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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674 Ratings

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 younger35


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from 0110x011 in one of our large trades. I've been sitting on this one for awhile and tonight seemed appropriate. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching Villanova vs. Pitt in an Elite 8 match up.

2008 clearly printed on front label.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brown with a light crimson hue and a nice two finger dirty tan head. A decent cap and collar remain but zero lacing.
Smell- A nice subtle tartness is evident right from the start with a very subtle apple cider like quality. I get more green apples and pears than dark fruits but I can appreciate the raisin like quality of the nose. The rosemary is interesting and surprisingly noticeable and adds a pretty interesting vibrant earthiness. Not as much funk as there is a light earthiness but its present none-the-less.
Taste- Wow, not what I expected! The dark fruit is overly ripe and dominate with a big mashed raisin and fig quality. It's funky and pungent with a dirty portabella mushroom quality (big and hearty). Almost something that reminds me of red licorice or even anise. I don't get any of the rosemary in the flavor but I get plenty of that raw dry honey-ness that I usually don't particularly care for. Seems to work pretty well here. Finishes with just a hint of alcohol and a bit of light caramel.
Mouthfeel- Nice hefty body with a clingy rich feel but think the carbonation could be bumped up a touch. If it had that little bump in carbonation I'd easily give this a 5.
Drinkability- Well two things I usually don't like in my beer; raisins and honey. Gave this a shot anywho and enjoyed the shit out of it. I think the Brett character was perfect for my liking and couldn't have picked a better time to enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity Matt!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:34:49 | More by younger35
Photo of whoneeds8


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 23:48:05 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark brown almost black colour... Creamy mocha head poured very tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to good meringue like one finger covering... lots of sticky lacing lines hang round until near the end...

Aroma - Rich dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes, cherries), lots of anise / cough mixture notes, leathery, honey, quite strong herbal notes from the rosemary, molasses sugar / treacle sweetness, some light sour vinegar traces, cocoa, cut wet grass, some pepper and nutmeg spiciness...

Taste - Strong spicy fruits (definite raisins, figs and prunes), toffee apples, molasses and treacle sweetness, malt loaf, definite spicy notes from the rosemary, some warming alcohol, bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, peppery, light medicinal notes, spicy / peppery hops, light ginger spiciness....

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with a light sharpness just coming through... medium / full bodied... unbelievably drinkable even at 9%...

Overall - A world class brew from Lost Abbey - reminded me of Rochefort 10... Highly recommended....

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 09:22:29 | More by mdagnew
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle from the shrinking cellar.

dark brown with a fat creamy beige head. held up to the light, it reveals a purple hue.
a harmonious aroma of raisins and rosemary, dominating. dates and caramel, intoxicating sugars. i remove my pants.
wow, taste is right there too. honey, rosemary, raisins, dates, caramel with a salty sweet finish. if only the oceans were made of this! The saltiness at the end is a bit distracting, but I beg for more. It's just alluring. A buxom Moses coming down off the mountain with his salty carved rocks. A really unique flavor, and my favorite taste of an American BSDA. I feel like it really cuts into what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. Tomme, this is excellent, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 03:42:19 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of simpliciter


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - very dark with a large tan head
s - difficult to place, perhaps from the herbs? sweet and grassy
t - burnt sugars at the front, finishes into spicy / earthy
m - just sticky enough to balance the bitterness, finishes almost clean
d - easy before, during, and after dinner

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:46:38 | More by simpliciter
Photo of Westsidethreat


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

A: Chocolate mahogany with a dirty hue to it. Head is a good inch of toasted oatmeal color, full and creamy.

S: Smells of nutmeg, ground coriander, fresh anise leaves, faint green banana peel and minted chocolate raisins.

T: Begins extremely spiced on the tip of the tongue. All of the flavors are very fresh…the difference between newly ground spices opposed to the preground crap that sits in the bottles for a year. This is like some sort of liquid, Christmas candy along the lines of gingerbread or Andes candy. Faint hints of iced cocoa, chai tea and some Jager add additional flavor. Finishes with some burnt brown sugar sweetness, strong spices and some surprising bitterness as it warms.

M: Full body with a smooth character.

D: Darn tasty beer. I love the strong seasonings but I can’t help to wonder how the beer would mellow with some time on its hands.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 05:05:35 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of DrJay


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

This one poured a dark brown with beautiful clear ruby highlights and a dense cap of light tan foam. Solid sheets of fine bubbles gave way to streakier lacing as the glass was emptied. Great head retention. Aromas of raisins, rum and a bit of chocolate. Gingerbread, figs, orange zest and caramel appeared as it warmed. Sweet up front, lots of malt depth here, followed by a bit of spicy character and rum soaked raisins. Candied oranges and a hint of cherry came forward towards the end and it finished with bread, figs and alcohol warmth, plus a little bitterness. Rich, creamy texture, full bodied but not heavy, with well-integrated carbonation and a slight stickiness. Quite drinkable. Delicious! This is great stuff, try it if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 23:55:44 | More by DrJay
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 04:19:28 | More by russpowell
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 23:45:36 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Josievan


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

Appearance: Pretty deep purple color with big fluffy head. A thick layer of sediment is visible on the bottom of the bottle, even before the beer is entirely poured out.

Smell: Has a winelike aroma, dark fruits stand out.

Taste: An intitial ping of honey sweetness gives way to raisins and dark fruits. Lots of yeast and plenty of malt to back this up. Taste is strong, but more from the combination of flavors than from the alcohol, which is not much of a factor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well-hidden, but the bottle says 10%, so sharing a bottle is great.

Notes: This was my first Lost Abbey beer, and I'm very pleased. I had heard mixed feelings about this brewery, but will be trying more of their beers. If you're searching for a great interpretetation of a Belgian Dark, then look no further! On a side note, this beer had the most sediment I've ever seen! I had to rinse out the bottle at least five times before it all came off! But this was fine with me because I love the bready, yeasty flavor and texture yeasty beers impart.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:15:09 | More by Josievan
Photo of Minotaur


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

Another unique blend from Lost Abbey; this beer pours an almost maroon-brown. The head is active at first then fades down to a splotchy thin beach sand colored head. The lacing hangs an inch or two up the side of a chimay goblet.

The aroma is very slightly yeasty and burnt-caramel. For the amount and variety of spice in here it is actually a very mellow raisin and intense alcohol.

The taste is a veritable garden on my tongue. Woodsiness, whiskey, bitter chocolate, vanilla and herbs. There is the distinct flavor of yeast, bright but not terribly bitter hops, rich malts and considerable roasted/smoked undercurrents. The herbs are a wash of bright flowery and spiced flavors on the side of the tongue. There is an astringency which perfectly compliments the sweetness. For the type of beer it represents the experimentation and variety inherent in the low-country brewing style. Despite the rich, dark strongness it has a saison like wheat-yeast brightness. The grassy bitterness is not overwhelming.

There is minimal carbonation but that doesn't inhibit a full mouthfeel. The alcohol provides a warm fullness to the beer. It is moderately drinkable; I am particular to this style and herbal flavors but it could be off putting if you are not used to this type of beer. It does hit hard if not sipped slowly.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:40:56 | More by Minotaur
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. :)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 18:27:05 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from 2008. Pours a dark ruby color with nice clarity. Has a fluffy light brown head that displays average retention and almost a total lack of lacing.

The rosemary really jumps out in the nose along with some sour notes and a sweet, burnt caramel maltiness. Some vinous fruit is in here as well. Not much in the way of abbey yeast though.

Definitely a unique take on the style...has a sour-ish wood character with some dark fruit and rosemary leading the way as opposed to some of the more traditional sweet bready yeast flavors. They are present, but are relegated to the backseat. ABV is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is right about medium, but the beer is still rich and velvety. Some sour cherries, vanilla, oak and maybe even some cinnamon comes out as it warms. Plenty of complexity here. The raisins are noticeable as well and lend a unique flavor, I have a homebrewed Dubbel with raisins and it has the same almost licorice spiciness, though that is a poor descriptor. Has plenty of complexity, that is for sure. This is a very, very good beer, I would buy this again in a heartbeat were I to see it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 21:44:21 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Halcyondays


4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 04:48:48 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of alkchrios

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black in color with a caramel colored head. This is a very malty beer with undertones of fruit and coffee. Aroma is very much malty with coffee and chocolate scents. The mouthfeel is really nice.. smooth and surprisingly creamy. Goes down rather smooth. This is a mild beer with a lot of great flavor. The taste and smell f alcohol isnt all that present which is nice. Drinkability.. about 2 or 3 sipping beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 12:02:54 | More by alkchrios
Photo of drummstikk


4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruits of figs and prunes are scented with spicy German hops and just a hint in the finish of resinous rosemary and floral honey. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic, one of Lost Abbey's many great dessert beers. Body is syrupy and delicious. Carbonation is light, but not so much that it doesn't give your palette a decent scrubbing between sips. Raisins contribute to dark caramel flavors, while rosemary contributes an almost-unnoticed whiff of resin. The rosemary and raisins would have made good secret ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 07:23:49 | More by drummstikk
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 16:49:08 | More by Billolick
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:26:33 | More by hero27
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:44:26 | More by NEhophead
Photo of JamisonM


4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a lost abbey tulip glass good head with a brown color

S: smell is of honey and rosemary and some dark fruit in back ground

T: its great you can get all the flavors of rosemary honey and raisins quite sweet beer and the alcohol is well masked, I know most bottles are 9% but the one I bought said it was 10%

M: its not too heavy pretty damn good feel

D: after drinking a bottle I would like another a great beer

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:53:10 | More by JamisonM
Photo of timobkg

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has WOWed me. This is one of the best Belgian strong dark ales I've had.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy, and undeniably Belgian.

The taste matches the smell, with some sweetness, some spicy, some fruitiness, and many other complex flavours I'm not able to discern. There's a very pleasant alcohol taste, just enough to be pleasantly warming, to let you know it's there, but not so much that it tastes boozy or off-putting. Every sip brings a complex blend of flavours that work great together.

From the first sip, I was hooked. At the last sip, I wanted more. As I sit here, typing this, I wish I was drinking this beer right now.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 15:34:33 | More by timobkg
Photo of gshak


4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage served at refrigerator temperature from a 750ml into a dollar-store chalice.

A - Not much of an appearance really, but that's also because I poured it extra carefully along the sides of the glass...not the beer's fault. 4/5

S - Hmm...such a delicate aroma of - clove, coriander, fresh-squeezed orange peel, some lemony zest, and a ever so slight herbal spiciness possibly from the rosemary. Substantial presence of raisin. Yeastiness is quite prominent in the aroma - you know this is a belgian ale! A very interesting take on a belgian dark ale. I likes it 4.5/5

T - Loads of raisins and dark fruits upfront. There is also a very noticeable brown sugar sweetness that I am likening to liquid jaggery. The sweetness coats the mouth while the delicate rosemary, coriander and orange peel hold forte in the middle of the tongue, providing the only counter-balance to what would otherwise be an assault of liquid sweetness. Carbonation is lively on the palate, opening up all the different flavors of the beer. Finishes dry with slight herbal bitterness, and indications of burnt raisins. Very beautifully done Mr. Arthur. 4.5/5

M - While it is not full-on heavy on the palate, it is substantially heavier than medium. I'll make this a 4.5/5.

O - A very interesting take on a well-established style. I am glad I picked up this bottle and aged it for more than a year. Certainly worth a pour or two when the occasion is right. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:04:48 | More by gshak
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a cloudy dark brown/burgundy color ale with a nice big light brown foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry raisins and dry figs is very enjoyable Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet malt with nice dry raisins and figs characteristics with a subtle yeasty finish. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. I thought this was similar to Chimay blue or Achel extra bruin and presents a very nice level of complexity. It is definitely something I wish I could get my hand on more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 19:54:16 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bosco7


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 00:58:39 | More by bosco7
Photo of MiScusi


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Lost Abbey's 1st anniversary party two years ago.

A- dark dark brown, basically black in the glass with a pillowy dense light tan head.

S- Raisin, roastiness, sugary

T- Starts out with a roasty bite, quite coffee-ish. After a few sips the roastiness becomes less noticeable and there's a big chocolate presence with that "belgian dark ale" malt taste.

M- Medium in feel, a little slick.

D- Very good beer in which I don't get tired of the flavor at any point.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 15:24:22 | More by MiScusi
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