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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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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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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A corked 750ml bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into a pair of basic tulip glasses. The ale appears a hazed honeyed amber color with about two fingers of quickly fading off white head. Flavors and aromas consist of tart green apple, hints of brett and banana, caramel, herbal and spicy, sweet, yet sour. The ale is lightly carbonated with a medium body and a bitter finish. Different and somewhat tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:24:19 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a muddy looking amber colored beer. The head on top was a light tan color. The smell of this beer gave off some soft dark fruit aromas as well as some Belgian yeast. Some bread-like aromas were on the nose also. The taste of the beer was a little on the sweeter side which wasn't too bad, there were more spicy fruit flavors in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good. I would probably drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 00:43:34 | More by Knapp85
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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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ojclark

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild piney and subtly fruity aroma. Cloudy orange/amber color. Somewhat cloudy with a fair amount of sediment. Nice off-white head with good retention. Some bitterness. Fairly spicy with an astrigency that suggests more spice than I actually tasted. Detected some notes of candied fruit (fruitcake). Slightly reminiscent of Orval.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:09:09 | More by ojclark
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like apple cider... carmel brown with ruby notes, hazy. Minimal head. Scent is mild... bready yeasts, sweet carmel malts, watery fruit (apple, pear) and some very light funk. Taste is once again mild, but good. Belgian bready yeasts, slight sweet carmel taste. Water fruits like apple and pear combine with a belgiany banana flavor. Medium bodies, slightly grainy feel. Good unique beer which could be a bit more agressive in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 21:21:57 | More by rfgetz
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fresh 2008 Edition.

In creating an homage to biblical era figures Lost Abbey must have really stuck to theme. It would seem by the looks of things that the beer was brewed according to the standards and methods of the time. It is dismally murky and shows absolutely no signs of carbonation. Nevermind a foggy windshield or muddy ground water, the dreary earthy tones of orange and brown combine to look like a solid chunk.

Its musty, mildewed, lightly soured, almost squalid smell enhances my belief that this beer is seeking out to imitate ales of biblical times. Of course this has nothing to do with quality control, rather it's the use of Brettanomyces and, judging by smell, they've only begun their work. At this point the 'funk' fails to jump out at you and leaves no strong, distinct impression. Give them more time however...

Within its bouquet I detected notes of tart green and sour red apple, tropical fruits (mangoes, kumquats), raisins, nectarines and banana smoothie. Its flavour, however, steers wide clear of fruit, it's a concentration of dry unusual wood and subtle unfamiliar spicing (*little do I know yet how right I am!*). My sips concur with the impression I had with aroma: at this stage it's good, but with a little more time it could be great (or at least much better).

Either from warming or because I've now seen it confirmed on the brewery's website, I notice the frankincense and myrrh a lot more. I can't claim to being very familiar with either, but I'd say the myrrh herb most closely resembles peppercorns and the frankincense has a definite wood character, close to balsa wood, and leaves lasting notes of both tree bark and sap.

Frankincense is largely hailed for its aromatic quality and that resiny character definitely came through more once the air got to it. The myrrh, which comes from dried tree sap, also imparted a lot of resin and rosemary flavour. Both are tasty but overly dry. Considering the dryness of Bretts, the mouthfeel had little grace what so ever. Add to it approximately 10% alcohol - all of which is present- and it's not exactly an 'easy' drinking beer.

It took some time but this beer found its way into my good books. Tomme Arthur must be one of (if not the) most prolific brewers and the idea of using frankincense and myrrh for a Christmas seasonal is an idea I commend. Although this fresh sample didn't leave a great impression, I'm sure allowing the Brettanomyces more time will do the beer well - luckily I'm stocked up with both vintages!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:54:51 | More by biegaman
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spicelab

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous blood-red colour, cracking beige head, good retention. Looks hot.

Pretty funky with balsamic and sour cherry notes - quite kriek-esque. This is matched by more typical belgian yeast, spice and honey. Rather phenolic and boozey. Expected a little more.

Sticky treacle backed up with strong floral and fruity hops. Sour cherry and apple more subdued but definitely there. ABV is noticeable but not as overpowering as the nose indicates. Not hugely complex but quite balanced and a little different. Like it.

Fairly thick and rich, moderately bitter and boozey on the back palate. Carbonation is a little high.

Really enjoyed this overall. A pretty unique and balanced offering without an obvious comparison. Found the 10% ABV a bit high and somewhat detrimental to the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 06:02:31 | More by spicelab
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Ghenna

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is labeled 2009, poured into a sam smith tulip. Beer is a very pleasant amber/gold color with an average off white head that does a good job of lingering on the glass and the top of the beer.

Smells of dark fruit, alcohol, and typical belgian spice.

Malt and bitterness make themselves known right away, malt in the form of sweet and dark fruit, and the bitterness leaves a lingering impression of dryness. The L.A. website states that they use the bark of frankincense along with hops to bitter the beer- it really seems like the bitterness is a bit different as a result. The alcohol makes itself known about the same time the dryness hits, and its presence continues to row as the beer comes to temperature.

This is a pretty interesting beer. At first i wasn't too terribly keen on the beer. The hop stuck out a bit too much and none of the sweet malt aspects really showed. As it has warmed up though, the rich raisin and sweet flavor really balances out the bitter/dryness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:23:33 | More by Ghenna
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

A: The pour is amber in color with a slight haze to it and a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is sweet with lots of caramel, sugar, and dark fruits. There is a hint of spice to it, perhaps clove, along with a nice yeasty and floral aroma.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose. There is a nice sweet fruitiness along with some sugar. A touch of the usual Belgian spiciness and as with the nose, just a hint of a floral quality. Unfortunately as the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes quite noticeable.

M: The body is pleasantly medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a nice warmth.

D: I did not recall liking this beer so much in my previous tastings of it, but this was quite good. A real nice fruity beer that hides the alcohol to enough of an extent to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 06:57:38 | More by womencantsail
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Beerenauslese

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gift of the Magi, 2008
Lost Abbey
.75 litre bottle

A: Pours a translucent amber, with no head. When the cork was popped, there was no indication of pressure in the bottle. Is this beer supposed to be so flat? I am struck by the flatness of some of the Lost Abbey beers I have sampled this year.

S: Candy/brown sugar, caramel, tropical fruits-definite ripe pineapple, spice cake, tobacco, dark rum. Lots of complex sweet smells. The nose really enjoys it.

T: Butterscotch, bitters, bananas, dried papaya, chardonnay oak. Nice balance of hops and sweets, however it turns into a bit of a Trader Vic's dark rum fruit cocktail to me, though nicely hopped. I would really enjoy it with more carbonation.

M: Very flat, little carbonation. Sorry, to me a Belgian style beer needs fizz. This is tasting more like a Hawaiin/Carribean cocktail, less like a beer.

D: High alcohol, delivers a buzz quickly. Grill some pork, pour a bunch of bottles into a bowl, add some chopped fruit and have yourself a Hawaiin Hoppy Lau Lau for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 01:21:30 | More by Beerenauslese
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and a caramel aroma. Taste is much the same with a medium spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:21:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. 2008 release. Thanks to Bring of this one!

A- Body is a thick, murky light brown color. Pours with a small head which eventually fades to a very thin collar and leaves little to no lacing behind in the glass. When held up to the light, the cloudiness is uniform and thick as the light shines through on the sides of the glass.

S-What comes to the nose first is the spiciness of this brew. Then a bit of tart plums and behind that is a hint of apples and funk.

T-The flavor is heavy on added spiciness upfront (clearly gold, frankincense, and muhr ;) with a slight tart plum essence, and a substantial malt and yeast backbone. The flavor gets spicier for the finish (much like a really spicy winter warmer) but you can also taste a hint of tart apples and Brett funk come forward for the finish. A little bit of spiciness and a little bit of residual bitterness lingers.

M-Low to medium tingly carbonation and medium weight body. The mouthfeel is very concentrated but not too thick or under carbonated.

D- I was really looking forward to trying this beer and picked it as my Christmas beer, and that is exactly what the character is of this one-a Christmas beer. Its a good beer and I wouldn't mind trading for and aging this one but the flavors (particularly the spiciness) come through a little strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 01:23:24 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly clouded coppery color. Poured a 3 finger coarse tan head that dissipated slowly. Thin bubbly lace.

S: Sweet malts and light, slightly musty fruits and yeasty esters.

T: Sweet, dry light-colored fruits. Finishes with spices and alcohol.

M: Medium side of full body. Ample carbonation in good balance. Beer is smooth and warming.

D: Good beer no doubt. The dryness and abv make it more of a sipper.

this was the 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:25:08 | More by Haybeerman
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant by necessity; the beasts, by nature."

--Marcus Tullius Cicero

2008 release. Glazed terra cotta with a significant infusion of coral red. A barely audible pop on cork removal was followed by the creation of a slim slice of golden beige colored foam (after a fairly vigorous pour). It looks like the brewery's bubble problems were an issue at the time of this bottling as well. Incredible crown persistence and an attractive color scheme are the only things keeping the appearance score from sinking lower.

According to the website, Gift Of The Magi is a biere de garde. Tomme used Frankincense bark and Myrrh in this Gold(en) ale, then added Brettanomyces for some farmyard funk. Maybe it's the lack of carbonation, but the nose is nothing special. Some caramel malt in the background, with Brett and a herbal spiciness in the foreground.

As the ingredients suggested it would be, this is an odd sort of ale. Strangly enough, it's also pretty good beer... if you go in with an open mind and an open palate. There's no doubt that biere de garde is the correct style. Either that or spiced Belgian golden ale.

A smooth wild yeast funkiness hits first, then melts into a caramel-toffee and well-toasted bread middle, with woodlands herbs, black tea leaves and spices wrapping things up on a surprisingly bitter back end. Both Frankincense and Myrrh are bitter, so it isn't necessarily hops that are responsible for the tight, focused finish.

Amazingly enough, the mouthfeel manages to be impressively creamilicious. I'm not sure how, because there's isn't much noticeable carbonation. The bubbles that are present must be going above and beyond the call of duty.

If this bottle had been properly carbonated, the first two scores might have been higher. Maybe a few of the final three scores would have been as well. Gift Of The Magi is not for everyone. However, if you like Belgians, Brett and spiced beer, and are open to new and different exbeeriences (hey, I just invented a new word), then give this interesting domestic biere de garde a whirl. Two out of three wise men give it a thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:48:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lost Abbey- Gift of the Magi

A- Nice dark amber reddish brown with a thick foamy head. Nice ringed lacing.
S- Sugary, fruity, and tart. Sugar, plums, grapes, and apples. Light hint of grainy malt.
T- Very sugary sweet and tart fruits like grapes, apples, and plum. Mild boozy alc. presence with a strong grainy toasted caramel malt and dry earthy grassy hops.
M- Very sweet, sugary and tart. Boozy and warming. Thick fruity and malty finish.

Overall- Sweet and boozy. Good on a cold winter day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 23:10:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange/copper with a medium creamy tan head. The smell is less pungent than I would think with bread yeast and citrus hop aromas present. The taste is filled with alcohol,bread yeast,citrus hops,dark fruit,and orange peel.The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well.A decent beer,but I was alittle disappointed .

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 22:10:37 | More by jmz62565
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Beernf

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at The Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

I have had this beer a bunch, it always seems to accompany some kind of occasion. Like if an office friend is leaving to go work somewhere else, or at a birthday party, that kind of stuff. It adds an element of, i guess, 'specialness' to this beer for me, that always knocks it up a notch. I also really appreciate its wonderful smell, and its incredibly boozy taste. I always think i took a shot of some kind of liquor when i taste this beer for the first time in a night. Heavy malts and that bourbon note really hit home and i usually can only make it through one of these before i need to move on to something else. I still haven't really found a food that pairs well with this beer. I'll keep looking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 03:36:44 | More by Beernf
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John_M

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, and is dominated by brown sugar, but also shows cinnamon, light orange peel and vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this relatively sweet beer, though there's a hint of bitterness in the finish that helps to balance the sweetness somewhat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, though the sweetness and noticeable alcohol wears on me just a bit.

This is a solid, spice filled beer, from Port Brewing. The sweetness, spice and noticeable alcohol are a bit much, but this is still a pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:23:10 | More by John_M
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/amber color with a three-finger, long lasting, khaki colored head of foam. It left some patchy lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled of currants, spices and dried fruits. It had frunky and malty notes, too.

T - It had a spicy bite up front with a malty sweet backbone. Good dried fruit flavors with some phenolic notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a very good biere de garde. Sampled on the 4th of July but it still worked well.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 15:53:04 | More by zeff80
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JDV

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at tasting with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Hazy medium orange pour with small head. Smell was big, vibrant hops. Somewhat sweet and citrusy with a backdrop of something else intangible to me. Taste was hopped very nicely but not bittered as in an IPA. Tart fresh, bright flavor with a hint of bretty funk, that was pleasantly milder than expected. Nice body and bubbly mouthfeel. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:44:05 | More by JDV
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nary a pop as the cork comes out and the initial pour seems to dredge up no head. However, these factors are belied by the solid one inch dishsoap head that stays frothy and clingy for quite some time. The beer is mostly clear, a little hazy, and copper in color.

On the nose I pick up some boozy fruit along with a hint of spicing. Initial projections include pear and apple, but if someone said cherry I wouldn't hit them in the face. White pepper is about all I distinguish on the spice side, but it's more complex than that. Anise? Really hard to tell.

The lightly sweet fruit notes from the nose resume their positions in the flavor, imparting big tropical fruitiness throughout the taste cycle. There is a perfumey sense of spicing at first, but it takes some warming before these flavors really hit their notes. Jasmine, nutmeg, a floral, lavender character, and a bit of pepper lend a subtle, tasteful air of potpourri to this brew. As the spices emerge, the alcohol of course grows more evident and potent - it's as if it doesn't start having an effect on you until you notice it in the flavor.

Gift of the Magi is dry in the finish, thin but still pretty velvety in the mouth, and not too cloying with a potentially lethal combination of fruity sweetness and spicy perfume. There may or may not be a touch of wild yeast in here, lending a hint of sourness to take the edge off these potent components.

The Lost Abbey has once again brewed a masterful, subtle ale that is sublime in execution and a joy to imbibe. It's not my favorite of their line, nor a star in the prestigious BSPA field, but an interesting and extreme beer that I'm glad I tried once.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 02:29:24 | More by BretSikkink
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Boston while I was out there for work in February 2009 since we cannot get Lost Abbey in WI (yet).
~2008 Bottle~

A-Rusted amber body with half finger head that didn't last very long. Moderate lacing ability. The clarity is a bit hazy with an unfiltered appearance.

S-Brettanomyces Brux is the dominant aroma leading to some sweet taffy-like Belgian profiles. I am a big fan of the barnyard funk and this one came off nice. This, being advertised as a Biere de Garde, did not have the strong cellar must that I was looking forward to.

T&M-As with the aroma, the Brett seems to take hold of this beer and starts off with a slightly soured maltiness. The hops come second string as the shine brightest in the bittering and dry finish although the mouthfeel is a bit too grainy in the end.

D-I think I have been infatuated with Lost Abbey based on its brewing techniques, minimal distribution, and general-mystique, but I am starting to rethink these intuitions based on a few prior LA tastings. This beer is very good, but doesn't blow my mind. I feel like the Brett did all the work in this one and I could brew it myself - not to say that I would not be totally impressed if I did. Very well flavored and decently balanced, but maybe not worth the $14 I paid.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 01:10:34 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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scootny

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the Night of the Epiphany. The twelfth night. The celebration of the arrival of the Magi at the birthplace of the Lord Jesus Christ. What better beer to celebrate and reflect on the revelation of God to the Gentiles.

This is a 2008 bottle. A lovely terracotta with a bit of cloudiness. Head is kinda light and but there is a decent amount of decoration on the sides of the glass.

Nose is quite malty with a rich buttery funk and a combination of spice and alcohol. A touch on the subtle side but nice.

Taste is in style and a boundary stretcher at the same time. Thick malt is cut by a a sharp alcohol and slightly astringent bitterness. Spicy and fragrant hops with a peppered accent. If indeed there is frankincense and myrrh in this stuff it works better in this style and beer than the rosemary in Ten Commandments. While they may bring out a booziness it nonetheless works quite well. This is a strong and sharp beer that you start out sipping and find yourself gulping as you grasp what your taste buds are experiencing. Complex dry finish leaves a tasty combination on your palate and tongue. Yeast is best left in the bottle as is tends to knock the balance off.

Feel is quite creamy and satisfying event though the carbonation is quite mild.

Quite a nice one for this time of year. Truly a winter warming BDG and a real " Gift " from Lost Abbey

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 02:09:29 | More by scootny
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Minotaur

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A unique ale that delivered a taste I in no way expected.

It pours a light amber-brown with red highlights. The color seems overall thin. There as no real head.

The aroma was very strong: bready, nutty, slightly sour. It was in no way overbearing but was not a shy in the nose.

The taste was predominantly bitter even with the apparently sweet and high malt profile. Most of the sweetness seemed to prune/plumb/raisin in nature. There was a real brandy like quality that came through in the taste and a bit in the nose when drinking the beer. There was very little spice but seemed to have an herbal, slightly sour taste but not "funky".

It felt much more like a liquor in the mouth than a beer. I'd say due to the unique taste and thin mouthfeel many would not find it too drinkable. However I found it quite drinkable in a liquor kind of way.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 01:36:51 | More by Minotaur
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
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