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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 604
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 54
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Reviews by ejquin:
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ejquin

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Copperish with very thin white head fading to bubbles around the edge. Little lacing.

S: Some sourness going on. Mostly sour green apples with a touch of brown sugar and hops. Slight bit of vanilla

T/M: Practically no carbonation. Smooth but a touch thin. Not as much sourness in the taste. Mostly caramel and malt, with some hearth clove spice, fades to some hop spice, and a touch boozy on the finish.

11-23-2008 01:00:34 | More by ejquin
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SanFranJake

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

05-20-2013 01:42:11 | More by SanFranJake
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kuishinbo_tantei

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-06-2014 01:47:09 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-08-2013 21:47:49 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

750 ml bottle. Pours an amber orange with a white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is hard to pin down - sweet malts, some bretty yeast, a little fruit and some spices and bubblegum.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. Some sweet sugary/buttery malts, a little acidic yeast, some spices (pepper) and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting Belgian.

01-12-2009 07:33:35 | More by Beaver13
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

This was a gift bottled for my efforts in the Phila Beer Geek competition last Spring. This is a extremely drinkable beer for the heft. I really liked the balance and smoothness. There was a good bit of yeast at the bottem of the bottle but it all went in the glass. I was picking up a tad of citrus on the finish. Very nice beer overall.

10-11-2009 20:22:10 | More by BeerIsland
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Large bottle, caged and corked, 2008 edition. Purchased at Julio's world class beer stop in Massachusetts. Opened with a fairly wimpy "poof" and poured murky medium peach, under a light tan head, that left plenty of fine spots and blobs of lace. Light perfume, a hint of cheesy must and ripe fruit goodness in the nose. The label proclaims this one as a beer de Garde with an addition of Brett. I do get some minor funk notes. Cheese, mold and light horsy whiffs. Resiny dryness in the finish. I like. Complex, mysterious and tasty. Bring out some pungent cheese and grilled foods and enjoy.

03-29-2009 00:07:22 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, red/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: plum, clove, spices, and bread

Taste: plum, clove, holiday spices, dark fruit, and bread

Mouthfeel: sweet start-bitter second taste and a sweeter end, high carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: A very good beer, but not excellent. I do like the plum and holiday spices. Similar to Abita's Christmas Ale. Could have several.

05-18-2010 17:20:06 | More by tigg924
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badbeer

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Caramel colored with an off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Somewhat funky aroma, I swear I get a small amount of resinous hops too. Earthy, hay, maybe a touch of funk, but I still get more of the resinous hops in here. I think I get some tastes of lemon and oats too, if that makes sense. Medium bodied with a dry-ish hoppy finish; higher than medium carbonation. A rather different beer, but still quite good.

01-10-2008 04:07:46 | More by badbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this beer.

2008 vintage. The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is brett funk, citrus, caramel and pepper. The flavor is more of the same with some nice orange notes mixing with the brett. The brett gives it a little leather flavor and there is also some spicy pepper as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

06-01-2010 04:01:09 | More by Mora2000
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magictrokini

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a dark auburn with a frothy tan head. Nothing "pale" about this. The head sticks around for quite a while and leaves a thick lacing. Perfume aroma of pepper, wheat, grass, oranges, minerals, and funky wood. Fruity, herbal taste. Dried peaches, more orange peel, some white pepper, apples, and caramel malt make up the taste. In the background, there is a constant herb/mineral/oaky taste which I presume is from the Frankincense and Myrhh, but having never tried those things on their own, I don't know. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic beer.

12-12-2008 21:26:05 | More by magictrokini
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ehammond1


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark copper and rust with a thick and tight white soapy head that stays perched atop the glass. Rings of sticky lacing slide down the glass. Beautiful.

A combination of lemon and black pepper in the nose. A bit of of dried apricot and some mild Brett funk as well.

Mild lemon, Brett, and a bit of spice. A bit of sweet fruit and caramel malt but a very mild tasting beer in nearly every regard. The alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well. I still don't believe this is a 10% ABV beer.

The mouthfeel is the star of the show with this beer. Highly carbonated, luscious yet smooth, full and bold yet smooth and easy drinking. Little to no alcohol presence. Impressive.

An easy drinking Biere de Garde with a surprisingly high ABV. A good and interesting effort.

02-24-2011 00:25:46 | More by ehammond1
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

06-13-2013 20:57:46 | More by doremite
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Served in a 12 oz. goblet, at cellar temps, at SPTR.

A- murky reddish brown with a very thin head that had almost no lasting power

S- I could not smell much more than the burn of alcohol. maybe a little citrus

T- Alcohol is the predominant flavor, there is very little else. It tastes like a vodka and tonic drink that got really watered down

M- the very light body and high alcohol makes the beer very dry and astringent

D- I could only barely finish this one beer, I'm glad I had friends around to help me finish this

This beer completely lacked any kind of fruity, funky flavor I was looking for, it was lacking of body, taste, but certainly not alcohol

12-30-2009 12:53:41 | More by Soonami
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-30-2014 04:58:56 | More by Jeffwildcat
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OStrungT

California

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

This beer pours a cloudy reddish ornage color, with almost no head. The tiny head fades instantly, leaving a very light lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma of coriander. I can detect some citrus lemony aroma. Some grain aroma is also present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Some citrus fruit and spice. It has a slight earthy funky flavor also. There may be avery subtle sour flavor, but it is so faint that I cant be sure.

This beer is pretty much flat. It leaves a grainy aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor isnt too great.

Overall: Decent beer at best. Maybe carbonation would help. I hope these guys fix their problems soon.

12-25-2009 01:04:24 | More by OStrungT
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mocktm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-03-2011 20:38:55 | More by mocktm
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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev 0%

Had this courtesy of jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a murky copper-brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy malts, musty hops, and hints of light fruits. None of these are very fragrant.

Tastes good. Mild sweet malt flavors up front with hints of herbal hops and nondescript spices. Hints of pears come out as the beer warms. Ending is crisp and is neither sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I'm not sure about another.

Overall there was a lot that could be good about this beer with some minor tweaking but nothing that I found overly exciting. Worth a shot for the curious.

08-16-2009 04:41:23 | More by glid02
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-20-2013 04:01:38 | More by Beer21
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

12-25-2013 02:00:50 | More by Adkins1203
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slainte35

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-01-2013 18:46:15 | More by slainte35
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a golden caramel-brown body with a dense thick light tan head of foam that last and lasts. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles that supports the head.

S- This beer has a slightly sweet musty smell that starts as caramel that grows as the beer warms but melds into a bit more of a pineapple aroma with a note of cardamom. It finishes with a nice pine needle hop note that increases in spiciness as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a smooth sweet note that has some caramel qualities to it but is overtaken by a toasted malt flavor. There is a softer earthy flavor that has a minty quality to it along with some peppercorn hints and a bretti tartness. The finish of this beer is a soft piney hop flavor that lingers just a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture on the tongue. There is no alcohol heat noticed until the last sip.

D- This is how spiced winter beers should be. Good solid beer with some mysterious spice qualities that can't be teased apart. All the flavors work well together complimenting each other. They managed to put spice and malt and hops together and it works. I don't know if they used Frankincense and Myrrh but whatever it is its great.

01-06-2009 22:51:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

750ml corked and caged bottle, '08 vintage, poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a golden bronze, hazy. Maybe a finger worth of light frothy head on the pour with some retention. A few wisps of lacing.

S: There's just a little bit of Brett in there. Held onto this for awhile in hopes that it'd be bigger. Light mustiness and some light fruits. Nice Belgian grain and sweetness.

T/M: Nice Biere de Garde backbone. Brett is about the same as the nose with the light mustiness and some barnyard flavors. The light fruits are a bit bigger in the flavor. Pleasant sweetness. Body is medium or so with healthy enough carbonation.

D: Tasty base beer but I really wish the Brett would have taken hold a little stronger. 9.5% is surprising.

11-02-2009 22:14:51 | More by pwoods
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-27-2013 22:26:52 | More by ste5venla
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mully

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

pours a copper/ apricot color with a thin head thet sets up thin and fades pretty quickly

spicey yeast is prominent a little tartness present some malts and some hints of apple as well.

tastes like perfume, not in a bad -- way very spicey, interesting, but not "ohhhh interesting" not many beers like this. subtle malt sweetness, tangy/astringent some from the hops some from the spices.

dry mouthfeel, good carbonation spices linger for a while.

this is a good beer I have another to try next cristmas in my cellar. I don't know how much of it I could drink though.

01-05-2009 05:57:31 | More by mully
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Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.