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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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chrisafari

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I am reviewing this as a "Biere de Garde" instead of a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale."

Vintage 2007.

Aroma: Candied sugar, molasses, banana and plum. Slight aroma of citrus hops in the background. Aroma is really fresh. Aroma is off for the style: should be more malty and toasty with a "cellar-like" aroma.

Pours reddish golden amber with an off-white head about 3/4 of a inch thick.

Flavor: Begins with big flavors of mango, citrus and banana. The finish, however, is spicy (ginger/peppery) and dry. After a few seconds the final finish spreads a welcome warmth down the throat. (Again, off for the style).

Body: medium body. It is pretty easy to form a head with a quick swirl. No lacing formed, however.

Drinkability: medium to medium high.

Overall: really quite enjoyable and unique. Something that I will try again next christmas season. I like to compare this to the 2008 vintage to see if a year of age helped or hindered the flavor and aroma.

This would have received a higher rating if this beer was a "Belgian Pale Ale" (as described in BJCP style guidelines). But, Tomme stated that he was attempting a "Biere de Garde," and as such falls short in the aroma and flavor categories.

This is, however, a very good Belgian Pale ale and a beer that like to live outside the style guidelines, which I give Tomme credit for.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 23:29:18 | More by chrisafari
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Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
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