Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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86
very good

644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 94 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
It seems that everyone knows the story of the Three Kings. Sent to follow the star in the sky each brought a gift for the baby they sought. One King brought Gold, the other Frankincense and the other Myrrh. Many breweries produce a Christmas Seasonal beer and this is our beer to celebrate the holiday season.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, memorial day weekend and such. no bs4

neck sticker dates 12/07

appearance: corked and caged. poured into a de koninck chalice, clear dull amber, active carbonation, light white lace

smell: very sweet and rather funky, wild brett yeast, moderate booze, vanilla, bready

taste: spicy mix of alcohol and funk with a thick burning sensation...waves of brett yeast, candied sugars, banana, clove, pretty heavy alcohol. interesting, but messy

mouthfeel: fiery, spicy, heavy alcohol

drinkability: average

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL of the 2009 vintage courtesy of hawks10. Pours a super clear, amber color with a decent cap of beige head. Not a whole lot of retention or lacing, but plenty of effervescence for a beer 3 years old.

Nose is very fruity and caramely, one of the nicest Biere de Garde noses I have smelled. Like pears coated with melted Sugar Daddys.

Wow, this beer has really held up well, there is almost no oxidation. In fact, I think it could go another two or few. The alcohol is still big though...too big for the malt really. Dial this one down to about 8% and I think it would improve the beer quite a bit. I like the mild spice flavors I am getting, not sure if it is the yeast or actual spices...it kind of has a cinnamon-nutmeg thing going on. I don’t find the brett to be that much of a factor, which is probably a good thing in this beer's case. It already has a ton going on. Pretty good, I like it enough to buy another bottle next time I see it...although next time I will share it, lol.

Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a huge, fluffy tan colored head. Sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, earthy hop, a bit of citrus peel, and an alcohol aroma.

T: The Brett flavor hits up front, but is a bit more subtle than other Brett ales. There is a good malt and hop flavor. Fruity esters with earthy hop. The alcohol flavor and warmth rounds out the finish.

M: The beer has a medium feel with low carbonation for a Belgian. Initially, the alcohol burn is strong, but once acclimated, it is not noticable.

O: A good change of pace from the normal. The Brett, malt, and hop flavors are all very good, but they get masked a little in the end with the burn and flavor of the alcohol. Still a decent beer.

Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange hued gold with a small white head that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Spotty traces of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of an interesting spiced brew that could go with either fall, or winter. Lots of citrus and herbs pounding the senses.
Taste is of spiced, clovey, pineapple, and melon...interesting and engaging.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spiced, rum cider-esque comes to mind with a little bit of abv being noticed in the body.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by PWoods.

Pours a dark burgundy in color. Much darker than I was expecting. A little bit of a froth around the edges, but mostly bubbles around the glass.
Smell is very ripe, juicy dark fruits. There's also some sweetness to the smell as well.
Taste is even more of the dark fruits. Plum, dark grapes, figs, just wonderful. You get just the most subtle amount of brett in the flavor. I was told to expect more, but it was just lying underneath. Nice component to the beer, but not a forefront flavor. Thoroughly enjoyable. Carbonation was good. Medium mouthfeel and very easy drinking.

Photo of riored4v
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/17/09

Poured into a Chimay goblet. 1/2 finger, off-white head that fades quickly. Hazy, dark amber in color.

Smell was fruity, earthy, hints of raisin and spices. Nice smell of cherries, brett funk and sweetness.

Taste had a nice maltiness up front with a very mild bitter finish. Notes of caramel, honey and cherries were all present. Nice funkiness and acidity in taste.. the Brett made itself known in a nice subtle way. Hints of some roasted malts as well.

Mouthfeel had low carbonation and a slightly sticky body.

Drinkability was good. Sticky but a pretty good balance, especially at 10%.

Overall this was a nice offering. I was pleasantly surprised by the funkiness from the Brett as I didn't know this beer had any it until after. Has a nice complexity of flavors.

Photo of nhindian
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's goblet.

2009 Vintage.

A - Pours a burnished copper color with flares of orange playing at the edges of the glass. Very hazy throughout, making it nearly impossible to discern anything about the body of the beer. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head balance out the beer, composed of tight bubbles with nice retention. Lacing is sparse at best, with not a ton of residual lace sticking around.

S - The aroma is pretty neat on this beer. It's spicy, fruity, and woody, but the Brett is carefully integrated among the other notes. I was expecting a bigger Brett character, but can't say I'm disappointed with how it's laid out here, because it allows the other aromas to properly develop. It almost gives a fig, juniper, and dark pitted fruits, which when combined together delivers an almost holiday note; very fitting with the name and label.

T - Much the nose, the taste is equally as appetizing. The malts at first are rich, dark, sweet, and at times even smoky, but it leaves a nice lasting backbone. Then comes the slight tartness from the Brett... I'm not sure if it's the total composition of flavors or the yeast, but it gives me a strong impression of Jackie O's and Jolly Pumpkin beers. The fruits and wood come through next and last into the finish, and again I am getting the bark, figs, berries, and dates that were so prevalent in the nose. It finishes slightly bitter with a bit of an alcohol bite, but overall fairly clean.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with pretty nice carbonation. It's a bit high, but I feel it fits the style and the flavors adequately. It finishes a bit dry, but still relatively sweet.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This was a pleasant surprise for me, bringing a bold and diverse flavor profile. The Brett is a little bit understated and could use some development, but I prefer its current state rather than it overbearing the other notes. I would like to try this again a little bit fresher!

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3rd beer in a series on my birthday. 2008 label. Label says 10.0 % alchol, not 9.5 as listed on here.

Very late developing small head after an incredible vigorous pour from a 2008 bottle. Beer is a nice dark amber color, with a pathetic white colored head.

A bit of alcohol, with a hint of citrus on the nose.

On the palate.. starts with a hint of malt, then evolves into a bit of sourness, but I think is mainly the alcohol. I just think this beer is too young.

Mouthfeel fairly heavy. Lingering warmth, most likely from the alcohol.

Its drinkable, but I feel this beer is simply too young. The alcohol totally sneaks up on you. Unfortunately I'm not tasting much more than the alcohol, but admittedly it is smooth and decent. I love Lost Abbey/Port Brewing. Definitely seek this beer out, and try to age it if you can.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle shared at Stefano's, on to the beer:

It features a burnt orange color, a good head on the pour, and solid amounts of lace around the glass. An interesting, unique nose; it's got some lemon, pepper, a little tartness, and sourdough bread aromas.

Light fruit and pepper, heavy on the rustic and earthy characteristics. Some dryness emerges out of the beer, which is especailly prononunced in its aftertaste. The beer has a medium full feel, a proper level of carbonation, and an alcohol level that is surprisingly hidden.

A Lost Abbey beer that I never had before? The streak couldn't last forever, and it turned out to be a pleasing experience.

Photo of JAXSON
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

From a 25oz bottle, 2009 vintage. Orange pour, medium head. For all the trash I’ve talked about Lost Abbey this one is pretty darn good. At first blush is sweet and with the signature Lost Abbey heavy malt, briefly, but a refreshing and crisp hop presence finishes on the dry side. Some nuts and spices abound. Very fresh and bright. Enjoyed more than most Lost Abbey offerings, I may actually be rating this too low at 3.9.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle. Poured from 750mL bottle into a Russian River chalice. Beer was a clear caramel color with almost no carbonation and a tiny tan head.

Aroma was fruit, rum and brett.

Taste was light fruit and bread, with some spicy brett character.

Easy drinking. Not super complex, but still enjoyable and goes down easy. Hanging onto an '07 and '08 bottle just to see how it ages.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a copper with orange hues cloudy body. excellent lacing.

S: cake, vanilla, caramel, orange peel and belgian yeast although the yeast is very mild.

T: very spicey, acidic tropical fruits mostly banana and green apple, with belgian yeast, earthy and herbal hops, corriander

M: highly carbonation with chewey, full body. semi dry.

Overall: this one is pretty sharp and acidic almost burning the palate. Very flavorful, a little over carbonated. Definitly a must try.

Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift of the Deuane... thanks buddy!

A - Hazy burnt orange body with one finger of creamy off-white head that never faltered and still left intricate lacing throughout its duration.

S - Earthy, musty aromas with dank hops, barnyard yeast and some citrus hops in the back. I get a sense of some burnt hops in this as well as a strong malty quality.

T - Hops seem to dominate with a slight burnt aspect and some musty, earthy tones and barnyard funk. Maltiness is akin to a barleywine. Hints of dark fruit and citrus. Mild sourness from the yeast.

M - Creamy texture with a bit of alcohol sting, but not overbearing at all. Mild carbonation. Finish spreads a blend of bitterness and sourness over the tastebuds.

D - Highly drinkable despite this being an extremely complex brew. This has elements of IPA, barleywine and Belgian farmhouse styles that seemed to blend together quite nicely.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lost Abbey on 4/3/14

A-Dark hazy copper with a thick off white head.

S-Aroma is pepper with caramel, plum and raisin.

T-Taste follows suit and adds some toffee and light vanilla notes. Medium alcohol presence.

M-Mouthfeel has a stickyness and moderate carbonation.

O-Overall a decent biere de garde from Lost Abbey nice balance of fruit and spice and yeast and malt.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared 2008 bottle, hoping for more Brett expression.

Floral aromas waft from the bottle, some spice and pineapple from the Brett yeast. Dry, Belgian yeast character. Full body, rich and dry, awash with subtle spice and hay-like hops. Some mild sweetness and alcohol present as it warms. Brett is here in full form, but not in a funky way, more hay/floral/spice. The dryness keeps you sipping on it for awhile. Nice pairing with a washed rind cheese, I had Winnimere.

Photo of abfraser
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling

A: Hazy, reddish brown. Pours with zero head. Again with this total lack of carbonation from Lost Abbey. Not sure why this continues to be a trend. Not a particularly attractive brew.

S: A little sour, sweet malt and spice. Some pear and apple as it warms up. But overall not that potent of a nose.

T/M: Intial Brett sourness gives way to spice and malty sweetness. I get some nutmeg, which basically confirms this as a Xmas beer to me. Totally flat tasting, which is a deterrent. Overall, pretty tasty.

D: Good drinkability, but pretty strong. I liked this a lot better when I gave it chance to warm up. It was too subtle when too cold.

Photo of rdickey
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Smallish pop when the cork was removed, so maybe the carbonation on this bottle survived a little better than other posters'. Pours a dark reddish amber into a tulip, with a one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Lots of dried fruit in the nose, with a little alchohol burn. The smell of tart cherries hints at the brett to come.

Taste: They've certainly loaded a lot into this one. Initially it's sweet, continuing the dried fruit theme that was apparent in the nose. A little pepper comes in at the middle, and it finishes with a somewhat surprisingly strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel: I have to agree with some of the other posters that a little more carbonation would help... there's just so much going on that it feels a little heavy in the mouth.

Drinkability: I definitely like this, and if you like wild ales you probably will, too. It's not the best I've had, but I wouldn't have a problem sipping this all night.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Prezo

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, semi hazy orange red color.

Nose sweet malts, little creamy, reddish candy malts with a hint of booze light esters, light fruity aromas from Belgian yeast and esters, hint of candi, a dry light farmhouse like spices and maybe hint of tea.

Taste sweet, biscuity reddish toasty malts, then earthy herbal flavors with esters and herbal hops, light farmhouse dry saison yeast flavors, Belgian yeast, light fruit and caramel, and light booze. Decent bitterness and juicy. Hints of light spices that remind me more of saison, as well as a light floral taste like those potpourri setups that are in many bathrooms transposed into taste. Finishes dry and bit bitter, earthy gritty esters and hops, little oily, dry rustic earthy bready saison like yeast finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, bit of booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty interesting, the malts and yeast really play out in this one almost as if they are battling for the most dominant characteristic. A bit boozy but that's what it presents so no surprises, and good for a Xmas like beer. Decent esters, fruits, malts, sugar additions, spices, etc etc. I think I remember the bottle version of this being better, which would make sense with a beer this big, and bottle conditioned, but it could also be my memory playing with me.

Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange-amber in color with a one inch head that flass apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: yeast spiciness, alcohol, and some frui sweetness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, green apples, plums, brown sugar, yeast, and a moderate bitterness are most detectable. Alcohol is definitely warming and adds to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some mild dryness late. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is a true slow sipping beer where one glass is all you need in a session. Very flavorful and worth seeking this one out.

Photo of nectar14
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Toronado SD, the 2009.

Gold, amber color with a 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing.

Nose is a bit muted with some fig, raisin, and hops. As it warms and if swirled, there's a wonderful brett aroma. Very inviting.

Wound up pretty tight. Dense, with malt, bitter hops, and other complexities wrapped in there. Figs, incense, and brett.

A bit on the harsh side, but just a bit. Again, needs to settle.

A sipper, not a guzzler.

Overall, really enjoyable. I bet this will be even better out of bottle, and after some time.

Photo of aromatorio
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle of the 07 release from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Poured into a regular Guinness Pint glass (I really need to get a snifter or tulip...).

A: What a lovely pour! I think I agree with some others - this seems a bit too powerful to be called "Pale". A rich, rich golden colored ale, very slightly cloudy. The head was high and mighty, a nice contrasting eggshell color. Lasted a fair amount of time considering the highish ABV.

S: Smells like a bottom-ferment to me. Very sweet notes bursting out of the glass. Thicker and thicker on each inhalation. Sweet grain and honey lingers in my nose.

T: Wow, what a big bodied-ale. I would almost compare this to a double-bastard. I'm not sure what the hops are, but they are there spicing things up all over my tongue. What a merry christmas ale!

M: For a BSPA, I thought this had some nice feel. I was still reeling a little from the intense flavor, but it went down nice and smooth.

D: The alcohol is a little apparent in this ale. I doubt I could polish off an entire 750mL unless I was eating. I believe my initial comment was "Damn, this would go great with some jerk chicken wings."

Photo of ksimons
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy dark amber copper color with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-the smell is pretty strong. Picking up roasted malt, caramel, spices, citrus, and a yeasty sourness

T-taste is similar to the smell with roasted malt, caramel, sweet fruit, and spices but it also has a larger amount of hops present than was in the smell. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation

Overall I liked it. The first of this style for me so I didn't know what to expect but it was very interesting, I would try it again.

Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.