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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


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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reebtaerG

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 02:01:50 | More by reebtaerG
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Only 2013 is readable from the freshness stamp
A: Orange-ish brown with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Fig, caramel, candied orange peel, toast
T: Raisins, fig, caramel, toffee, baking spice
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet, short finish though hides the 10% well
O: Apparently this is only the third Bière de Garde style I've had. I need to try more. This particular bottle is not a bad beer but I doubt I'll actively look for more. I didn't pick up any of the brett mentioned on the back label

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:24:17 | More by ONUMello
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't really remember where I picked this beer up but my beer guru noticed it and said they were a really good brewery so we gave it a run. Good, but not great looking beer and smell was similar. Good taste but nothing outstanding. Gains some bonus points overall for ABV that does not come across as boozy. Overall I would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:33:00 | More by JamieDuncan
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seand

California

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a fair amount of tan head. Clumps of foam retain on the surface and around the edge of the glass, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: Mild funky grainy sweetness.

T: Strong, spiced, sweet, boozy, and again a touch funky. It's a pleasant overall blend.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite nice, and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 08:12:29 | More by seand
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $5 on clear out

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone. A few flaoties are around.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some dark fruit, anise, and a burnt molasses like flavour.

Overall – Just a little rough during the after taste.. other than that, a great scent and a solid flavour. Another great beer from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:38:50 | More by spinrsx
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, peach, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent biere de garde style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:10:10 | More by superspak
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vfgccp

New York

4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle opened Jan 2014.

A - Deep nectarine orange / brown body. Creamy off-white head settles quickly with ok lace.

S - Unique nose; apricot, rhubarbe, cherry twisters, fresh oregano, dandilion flowers.

T - Herbal spiciness, watermelon rind, rose water, raw nutmeg, waxy bitter greens.

M - Medium frame with a really nice spice that lightens the body. Silky smooth finish.

O - Bright, herbal, and spicy. An off-beat, well executed beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:34:36 | More by vfgccp
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Joshpu

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark amber with about two fingers of beige head. More than average carbonation.

S: Fruity, little bit of funk. Smells pretty sweet. A little floral, grassy.

T: Sweet malt pretty much throughout the entire beer. Some sweet fruit as well. Floral and slightly bitter hops on the end. Grassy.

M: Medium bodied. Quite a bit of carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, besides the sweetness.

Overall pretty good, a little too malty sweet for me, but it still has some nice balance as to not be too overwhelmingly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 09:57:48 | More by Joshpu
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 - Nice orange amber misty color to it. Off white head that leaves okay lacing. Bottle is Lost Abbey style.
S - 3.75 - Sweet, caramel smell, peach, banana, cinnamon, bread.
T - 4.0 - sweet, caramel taste, peach, banana, bready taste. Not much from the Brett? Maybe if it sat longer it would have more of a barnyard taste.
M - 4.0 - medium mouthfeel, very sweet, alc covered, aftertaste is sweet and syrupy.
O - 4.0 - Not too bad, nice holiday beer, one of the better ones I've had. I'm a little dissapointed I didn't get any brett out of it though? It probably hasn't been aged long enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:24:46 | More by ISmith87
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ANIMOUL

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The initial taste is that of medicinal alcohol, but in a good way. It soon gives way to the taste of bread and cherries. There is sweet and syrupy aftertaste that lingers. It has a tantalizing copper-brown color coupled with a thick & lasting head.

Overall, a good holiday beer... as in, enjoy it once a year.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 05:33:13 | More by ANIMOUL
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/27/11
Poured into a hennepin goblet.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber brown with hints of a red and a hefty light tan head. A little cloudiness, but pretty clear.

Aroma- Starts with a bit of alcohol, but breaks up into a bunch of other flavors- pineapple, bubblegum, whole wheat bread and a little must.

Taste- Lots of Brett characteristics coming through obviously. A nice maltiness that is balanced by a relatively strong booziness. Pretty sweet as well with some pineapple flavors coming through in the after taste. A little bit of dark fruit, almost like a Belgian dark ale, but just hints of that.

Mouthfeel- A little slippery but somewhat dry in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation levels.

Overall- Nice beer. Nothing to crave but it does the job and has a pretty nice complex flavor profile. It's not the most amazing, but it definitely is well balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:48:48 | More by nquigley16
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Zack, 750ml into a tulip - 2011 vintage.

Reddish brown, with a huge tan head. Great lacing and spots of retention. Nose is malty, fruity, some brett, light spice and some musty character. Taste is malt forwars, yeasty, musty, darker fruits, bitter finish. Medium feel, medium high carbonation. Nice malt and yeast character, but the hop bitterness that lingers detracts from this for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 16:24:23 | More by liamt07
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harrymel

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Amber with blood cherry notes and a loose, thin sheet of light cream foam. Smells of plums, raisins, amber malt, some bread, some dry desert dust and a little bit of clove. Taste is not what I expected - sweet malt, bitter over steeped tea, some hibiscus and rose petals. Really pleasant flavor profile here for me. Medium on full bodied with fine, overpopulous carb and a wet finish. Nice beer. Quite surprised by this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 06:28:37 | More by harrymel
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

kind of a strange one here, sort of a holiday saison if you will. pours a nice deep copper to red color, with a dull glow and a bright white head with fine retention. excellent lacing is left at each sip, and there is just a bit of sediment settling out. the nose is spiced a little like a holiday beer, but to me yeast was the star here. its funky and farmy, but this isnt a sour beer despite the brett. its like a lesser version of their red barn ale in this respect. flavor has some sugar to it up front, and a dried fruity character with some tartness, maybe cranberry in complexion, with a lighter grain bill and that wet animal yeasty finish. the alcohol was a little much for me in this one. usually i like the huge ones from the lost abbey, but i thought this would have been a better beer around 8% abv. its just got real boozy as it warmed, which went oddly with the yeast and the residual sugar. made the mouthfeel a bit strange as well. carbonation was decent, but i think would be better if it was even more ramped up. body was a nice full medium. a must share bottle, i would have been wasted if i didnt have a few people around to help. good stuff for the holidays, outside of that context its less impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 19:08:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. caged, corked bottle that is stamped Vintage 2012-1130. Sampled on January 21, 2013.

The pour is a copper amber with lively carbonation building up to an extraordinarily large puffy, off-white head that sits on top for the entire session.

At first the aromas are subtle with pale malts, candied sugars, and yeast but as it warms up in the glass the aromas evolve and become fuller with the same notes but an added meaty fruitiness of pear.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is a lot bolder than the aroma with many of the same pale malt, yeast, and sweet notes progressing into a more virulent biting pepper bitterness lingering to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:50:52 | More by puboflyons
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searsclone

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a fresh bottle into a globe glass

pours a hazy copper color with a cloud like tan head that lasted through 2 or 3 sips

smell is huge! earth, horse blanket (brett?), chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla cream

taste is spice, clove, roasted malt, alcohol and vanilla. <I'm not exactly sure what "Brett" tastes like,so the clove and spice that I'm getting might be that>

mouth is crispy then creamy and chewy with a thick finish

overall, very smooth and really sweet. easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. I'm new to Brett beers, but I think this will be even better with some age. I think I'll look for another bottle and cellar it for a while to see what happens, but, it is really good fresh too.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:50:09 | More by searsclone
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a tulip, a slightly hazy amber pour, with a small off-white head that receded to a ringlet, and left a few dots of lacing on the glass. In the nose, fruit esters, yeast, light spice. More of the same in the taste, dried fruits, caramel malts, ginger, a bit of yeasty funk, a bit of hop bitterness, and a fairly potent booze kick. Nice melding of flavors. Medium body, moderate carbonation, hot, but drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 03:49:21 | More by Rifugium
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Heritage02Rider

New York

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this at a local San Diego restaurant in the Gas Lamp district. I have to say that many of the SD restaurants were carrying quite a selection of delectable California beers and some had quite a few local beers. CA has always embraced their wine industry and now beginning to embrace their brewing. I had this one on tap and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A: Colors is very dark amber. Nearing a nut brown, but not quite.
S: Very light scent. Almost not there... Or I have not olfactory glands.
T: First taste screams malt! Very similar to lesser stouts, but smoother. A bit of an after taste, probably due to the high alcohol content at 10% abv.
M: The mouthfeel is smooth clean and easy with a small amount of back of the mouth bite, reminiscent of an IPA.
D: This was quite delectable and went down easy. I found it very drinkable making it something to be wary of due to the high alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 21:04:26 | More by Heritage02Rider
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with an epic head. A very nice lace pattern is left behind. On the nose is a vinous quality along with a very slight Brett funk. Despite the dark color and 10% strength, light fruity esters of apple and white grape come through.

The malt body is more assertive on the palate. Slight musty, "old cellar" character amongst a toffee-like rich maltiness. Tart, bitter finish. There's also a hint of oak coming through. The fruit notes in the aroma are mostly lost on the palate and would've earned this a higher score. Carbonation is spot-on at first but falls flat a little too quickly. Alcohol does not intrude at all, a nice accomplishment considering the 10% ABV.

Overall, this is a very nice high strength "BdG" that affirms Lost Abbey's brewing cred.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:18:55 | More by gr0g
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Lost Abbey beer, and expectations are high given the praise that is heaped upon the brewery on this site. A 2012 Gift of the Magi ($11.50 at the local Wegmans in southeastern PA) pours a cloudy ruby/brown with an initial 3 fingers worth of light khaki head that recedes to a small layer and leaves sparse lacing.

Not getting much info off the bottle as far as the style or taste of the beer goes (besides the fact that it's brewed with Brett), I learn on BA that this is a virgin style for me, a Biere de Garde. The Brett is evident in the nose with some slight yeasty funk and horse blanket, but underneath that is sweet caramel and biscuity malt and a touch of hops. So far so good.

The flavor is a bit underwhelming, but nevertheless pleasant. Musty funk and bready malt intermingle with some subdued sweet brown sugar and earthy hops, but the finish (especially as the beer warms) is quite nice as some ever so slightly tart fruit mixes with a bitter, spicy hop note.

Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. A small amount of heat is noticeable in the finish, but if I didn't know the abv was 10%, I would guess it around 7.5 or 8. Pretty well hidden.

Overall, a solid enough beer, but somewhat disappointing given the high expectations I had for it (which, in hindsight, were unreasonable as I initially thought this was a wild ale when I bought the bomber). The flavors were good, but too subtle. If the Gift of the Magi tasted as good as it smells, I would be picking up another bottle of this. For now, I'm content to try something else from LA. Certainly drinkable and I can appreciate the craftsmanship, but not really my cup of tea. Maybe BdG's just aren't my thing. I'm still very excited to try other offerings from the Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:26:35 | More by cjoc83
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Jmamay22

New York

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

By his beer pours n orange hued amber. There doesn't appear to be much carbonation leaving only a thin collar that leaves little lacing. Smells of caramel, orange and a hint of spicy hops. There is a intriguing yeast and a slight funk possibly from Brett lurking in the background. Possibly even a touch of vanilla. Very beguiling and I'm excited to start sipping.

The taste is slightly subdued compared to the scent. Thankfully the mouthfeel has more carbonation that leads to a creaminess I would not expect given the seemingly lack of carbonation. Back to the taste. It starts of sweeter than expected and personally desired with a toffee caramel flavor. The flavor gives way to the spicy and fruity hop presence. Altogether, I would have preferred a drier finish as this comes of a bit cloying personally. Also the interesting yeast complexity did not come through in the taste. That said it is still a good beer that I am nitpicking a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:45:48 | More by Jmamay22
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:19:09 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, copper brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Bready malt with tropical fruit and lots of spicy yeast character.

T - Thick malt up front with lots of musty pineapple and mango. Some peppery notes in the middle with clove, anise, coriander, and banana. Finishes with notes of vanilla, pound cake, pepper, and more mango.

M - A thick, chewy body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Really nicely done, the malty, farmhouse ale base beer is taken to new heights by a brilliant application of funk and fruit from the Brett. I particularly like how vanilla and cake flavors mix with mango and pepper in the finish to leave a dessert like impression that is sweet and thick without even coming close to becoming cloying.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:09:29 | More by nickfl
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mactrail

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich and sweet brew with a spicy and salty twang. Golden brown in the snifter with attractive foam.

Taste is malty with a bitter edge. Darkly fruity with something like dates and butterscotch. The Belgian flavor is a little subdued, but the dry finish is quite distinct. A hint of cherries and burnt sugar in the nose. After some sipping the mouthfeel is hot with alcohol. Just a little sticky. Long bitterish, tangy finish with an orange marmalade twist. Average carbonation.

An interesting sipping beer that defies categorization. Maybe it's an Imperial Belgian Pale Ale, but I wouldn't call it a Bière de Garde. On tap at Leroy's Kitchen in Coronado.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 06:03:29 | More by mactrail
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abrethanson

California

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/07/12 - On tap at Buzz Wine Beer Shop. First impression - tasty and on point for the style but nothing out of this world.

A: copper bronze like it had just crawled out of the electric beach tanning booth. Crystal clear clarity and a tiny bit of white foam sitting on top. Very light lacing sliding down the glass as swirled.

S: I have no sense of smell and my wife was not there to supplement. I am guessing there is a good amount of spice, malt, and booziness.

T: Christmas in a glass. Good balance of spice, malt, and boozy warmth. I wanted to crawl up next to a fire while lying on a bear skin rug in my log cabin. Sweet caramel / vanilla up front with some Brett yeast and a good amount of holiday spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) sprinkled over the funk. The booze comes in at the end and creates the perfect little fire in your belly. About half way though I started to notice that the beer was fairly dry, especially in the back end.

O: Delicious. What a Christmas time beer should be. Definitely the perfect ale for sharing with friends or with your significant other on an intimate evening opening presents.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 17:40:39 | More by abrethanson
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Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
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