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10 Commandments - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%

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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 Overlord


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 06:40:39 | More by Overlord
Photo of abfraser


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A: Walnut brown on pouring but looks black with glass full. Poured vigorously after no head the first tasting, got a little bit of one, but still not much

S: Intense and complex nose. I can really smell the honey and rosemary, the latter of which is a little too present. Some cotton candy, too

T: Whoa. This is some crazy stuff. Unlike anything I've had. Honey and rosemary again; lots of raisins; almost a syrupy though.

M: This feels like flat soda in the mouth. No carbonation. Very acidic. Just ok.

D: Eh, definitely marking this one down after the second bottle. I don't really desire to drink a full bottle of this.

Overall, an interesting brew. Not sure what category this falls into, but I appreciate the constant experimentation of Lost Abbey. On second taste, I think this one misses the mark a little bit

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 01:46:24 | More by abfraser
Photo of Hershdawg


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Bruery rastal glass

Appearance: A Black, slightly reddish color however its entirely opaque.. A small head appears but turns into a film almost instantly. A Small white edge around the edges.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, slight hint of rosemary, maybe a little clove to the smell.

Taste: Grows on me after a while. Dark toffee, chocolate and coffee flavors are there. There is a slight sweetness from the honey. Dark raisins are in the middle of the palate. Hops seem to show up after a moment but don't stay longer then they are needed. Hints of oak. It's a little boozy though.

Mouthfeel: A little thick. Needs a little more carbonation.

Drinkablity: This one is a sipper. It's too complex and too strong for me to go through more then a single bottle in a day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 01:32:04 | More by Hershdawg
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into a tulip.

A: Dark ruby red, a nice dark head, that leaves just a ring of lacing around the top. .

S: Raisins, honey, very sweet with spicy aroma.

T: Very sweet, spicy, tangy, very weird brew for me the raisins just don't do it.

M: Medium bodied and high in carbonation.

D: Very odd brew, but not to bad, wont be having another.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:56:42 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Seeker41184


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date Drunk: 12/19/10

750mL into pint glass

A: Dark brown appearance, with a thin layer of head which laces the glass.
S: Smell is of candy, vanilla, and spice.
T: Honey and raisins coat the mouth with some nutmeg and maybe some chicory at the end.
M: A hot feeling is felt but smooth at the same time.
O: Can only drink 1 per sitting, but this beer is enjoyable. I think if this was the 2008 or 2009 brew, the alcohol would have been too much and not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 18:15:29 | More by Seeker41184
Photo of ChrisPro


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind beer #2

750 mL cork and cage shared with a couple friends.

A - Pours murky mahogany with a bit of dark cream colored head. As it receded, it sounded like the fizzing of a coke. Really strange head 3.0

S - Fig, caramel as well as some mustiness. Kind of reminds me of spiced dirt. Bit more cherry and plum as it warms...yeah, tons of plum/prune/raisin...After warming, there's a little smoke as well. Interesting. 4.0

T - Nice sweet vanilla and plum, with a ton of belgian yeast. We've got ourselves a quad here. First thought is the pretty things plum quad...Some nice mild spicing, and actually a prety solid quad or BSDA. A slightly tannic finish is making me think there's some oak in there as well 3.5

M - Very full bodied with a thick syrupy feel. The carbonation is a bit big, and fizzy like drinking pop. Also a bit of heat in the back of the throat as well. Double digits for sure! 3.5

O - Quite good, but not overly complex. It's quite a fruity strong dark belgian/quad and pretty solid overall. I definitely enjoy sipping on this, but would struggle with a full 750. 3.5

This is definitely a solid brew. For as much as I dislike belgian style beers, this is something I wouldn't mind drinking again and sholland119 did well. I could easily see this being the pretty things quad, but I'm not convinced because of the smoke. I feel like I've had this before because the first whiff of the aroma just threw me off with the smoke, so I'm going with Pretty Things Quad or LA Judgment day.

Before the reveal: my buddy mentioned Victory Otto and I could definitely see this. The smoke sticks out a bit more, and it might just be a boozy dubbel. I still think it's something stronger and stick with my previous guesses.

The reveal: 2009 Lost Abbey 10 commandments.

Well, I was right, I've had this before and it is a BSDA with some plum/raisins, just forgot about this beer. This has aged pretty well and definitely tasting great right now. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:04:27 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of brewcrew76


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 00:59:31 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Dave Guay. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose head that dissipates towards the edges into a thin band. Nose expresses currants, figs, honey and a hint of spice. Taste follows nose with the addition of an earthy/grassy presence on a malty backbone. Prunes and rosemary also asserts in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent BSDA but way too much happening in the Roasemary department for my sensibilities.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 23:32:54 | More by Jwale73
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, yeast, lots of interesting spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same and the spices are the dominant flavor here and linger long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the spices take center stage in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 02:44:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of i4ourgot


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark coffee colored with red hues in it and a tan head. Fruity aroma i was getting cherry/ plum/ raisin. Same fruity start that transitions quickly to some hot alcohol notes.
The alcohol is almost drying on the tongue giving the beer a drier finish than most beers this dark. Its kinda weird but after a few sips the alcohol notes kinda dissipate and the malts come forward a little more as well as that Belgian yeast kinda flavor. I could even pick up some notes of chocolate/ coffee but its very faint. I think I would enjoy a little more intense coffee/ chocolate flavor from this beer ( a little but not a lot). There is suppose to be rosemary but I could not pick that up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 00:20:13 | More by i4ourgot
Photo of ChazMania


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 23:37:35 | More by ChazMania
Photo of Rifugium


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ron's Original Bar & Grille, Exton, PA

Poured a hazy dark brown with a thick finger of whitish head. Bready aroma with hints of sugar and dried fruits. A taste of pancakes and maple syrup up front fading to a plain breadiness; dried fruits, raisins, and a hint of chocolate and light spice. Not quite full-bodied, and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 17:50:04 | More by Rifugium
Photo of BeerManDan


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a tulip glass, the color was of an medium dark amber brown, with a lot of light tan foam and a fair amount of lace. The smell of roasted malts and spices was evident in the aroma. The taste of roasted malts and spices was also evident, along with a sweet candy finish. Not a lot of alcohol kick back in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 03:58:21 | More by BeerManDan
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 20:37:49 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a fresh bottle of 2008. I have another one for aging for later. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

A- Well to start off this beer didn't "Pop" when I popped the cork. When I poured the beer it seemed a bit flat for a beer of this style. Well onto the beer. It looks like dark coke, but a bit on the deflated side. Oh and there is no head to the beer.

S- Nice dark fruits, a hint of cinnamon, and coffee. I also smell a bit of some of the rosemary in this. That should be interesting to see how that tastes.

T- This is interesting in taste. I taste a lot of coffee with this beer, there is the dark fruit taste I talked about, but the coffee flavor is dominating. As it warms up it isn't quite as potent, and there seems to mellow out.

M- One word: "Thick." I think that this is very thick and there isn't any carbination to help it out. I wasn't expecting this to be that thick.

D- Despite the fact that there is no carbination this is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 04:18:00 | More by Wetpaperbag
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 04:43:35 | More by BARFLYB
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love BSDAs, so big thanks to Russ for sharing this gem.

Pours a rich ruby with a light tan head that fades to a film and leaves spots of lace on the side of the glass. Big raisin, date, brown sugar and spice aroma has all the components for a great Belgian strong dark.

Lots of raisin, brown sugar and spice in the flavour, which isn't really as complex as I'd like, and comes across as a little too juicy. Other dark fruits make an appearance, with dates and prunes springing to the fore, which ups the sweetness a touch. Perhaps what really lets the flavour down is the body, which seems a little too light, and probably makes everything a little washed out.

A great beer to try, though I can't help that with a little more heft to the body it would be greatly improved.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 19:13:48 | More by bobsy
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 bottle.

Poured clear brown but sits opaque black in my glass. Fluffy tan head leaves a Care Bear cloud near the top of my glass and several lacey rings thereafter before fading out.

Smells of plum, rum raisin, and indulgent caramel. Those three sumptuous carry through in the taste and are joined by molasses and dry honey sweetness. Lots of flavor up front but kinda bland in back. Almost 2 years have faded out any alcoholic heat.

Says it was brewed with rosemary but I couldn't taste or smell it. Truthfully I'm not sure I'd recognize it if I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:46:13 | More by donkeyrunner
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New York

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

Poured from a 750ml to a Duvel glass.

Pours a murky brown with a 2 finger off color white head, and plenty of sticky lace all about the place (cant tell if there is sediment floating or pieces of the cork that broke off). Smells of dark fruits soaked in alcohol, plums, figs, raisins etc. Nice breadiness from the malts, and a slight alcohol prefume. Huge sweetness on the tongue, grapes and figs all over. The sweet malts leave traces of chocolate covered raisins, and maraschino cherries that give a bitter/tart finish. Also i find as the beer warms up a bit a big Ny-Quil quality at the end, weird. Full bodied, medium-high initial carbonation that prepare your tongue for the bold sweetness. This beer is very well done, great complexity and composition, afraid its just way to sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:49:06 | More by gabedivision
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Appearance: Black with a red hue, minimal tan head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: raisins, red fruit, malty, rosemary.

Taste: raisins, red fruit, malty, vanilla, honey.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, low carbonation, silky.

Overall: A tasty beer. Drinkability is moderate. Fairly complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:12:43 | More by phichifiji00
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom in San Marcos, California. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $1.00. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention (excused by the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-black. Not opaque.

Sm: Incredibly estery, with honey, fig, raisin, and spices. Intriguing. Maybe some sort of berry comes through as well? I look for rosemary but don't find it. A faux vinegar sort of funky note. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramel, raisin, fig, cream, slight funkiness, a berry note, heavy esters (especially on the climax), honey, and spice. Strange but very pleasant and enjoyable. Bold and experimental to its benefit. Complex and subtle. Well balanced and built. I don't know that I've a had a beer quite like this one; the flavour profile may be unique.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable for its high ABV - which it hides incredibly well. I'd have it again. Would pair well with cheese.

A good candidate for aging. Likely better out of the bottle than on-draught; I'd anticipate more yeasty notes from the bottle.

I had to bring the "overall" score down to get the letter grade I wanted.


Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 04:02:16 | More by kojevergas
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 00:25:32 | More by jwinship83
Photo of impending


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a dark chestnut, decent head, nice sheet lacing.

Typical strong dark accompanied by the rosemary which if I didn't know what it was may have had difficulty in identifying, adds a nice mysterious touch, complex.

Taste is mildly sweet, yeasty dark fruits accompanied again by the rosemary which was better as a scent than a flavor. Again nice complexity but the rosemary became distracting. Full bodied mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:38:40 | More by impending
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep ruby brown body with a big khaki head. Thin surface foam.

Smell - Very spicy. Rosemary is evident. Dark fruit. A little cinnamon. Brown sugar.

Taste - Lots of caramel and brown sugar right up front, but it drops off quickly. Raisins and dark fruits. Spicy and dry. Rosemary is strong again. Cinnamon spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, nicely dried out. Highly carbonated.

Overall - Like a Christmas ale in its spice component. Kinda overpowers the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:16:54 | More by Alieniloquium
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 22:01:44 | More by froghop
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