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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
84
good

616 Ratings
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jshufelt, thanks again!

Beer pours a bright, yet somewhat dark gold color, with a nice thick white head, and some good lacing.

Aromas are nice. Lots of fruits noticed. And the smell is strong, I noticed it as soon as the cork was popped. Mostly I notice citrus, and a very pineapple like note, with a bit of funk sour brett yeast.

Flavors is mostly about fruit. A bit astringent, and quite dry. A certain dusty quality, as well as some creamy malts. Not all that sweet. I mostly taste citrus, that is bitter, sour, and dry. Lemon? Grapefruit maybe? Also a bit peppery and spicy.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, clean, with good carbonation, and a nice full feel.

Drinkability is not bad. But this one didn't do much for me. It's interesting, and worth a try. But it's a bit too dry and bitter for my liking. It's a good beer, but not a favorite for me...

flexabull, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Coles rare beer fest.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish orange, almost coppery, thin white head forms, drops a few spots of lace on the glass, looks pretty nice - quite a unique colour, good retention. Smell is neat, quite spicy, honey sweetness, woody, some floral, strawberries and assorted fruit, cherries, the myrrh and frankincense addition is pretty interesting, gives a spicy character that is unique. Taste is similar, sweet at first, honey and caramel, some toastiness, fruit, bark and oak spiciness or astringency, has that neat woody character from the spices, yeast, light bitterness, pretty interesting stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, hides the alcohol pretty well. I liked this one, not their best effort for me but certainly unique and is giving me ideas for my next christmas beer.

Viggo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Slynger
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage one year aged - Christmas Eve 2008

Pours a hazed coppery orange with a nicely sized lid of fine bubbled, fuzzy-creamy light tan.

Aroma has some sweet pear qualities with apricot and yeasty esters.

Flavor is dry lightly sweet and lightly tart funky of the above fruits. Perfumish and flowery as well with a nice spiciness to it.

Body is full with a lean towards medium carbonation is nice and fluffy and the slide down is nice, though not quite smooth.

Nice beer, although I don't know if aging it a year improved it or not. May pick up a 2008 and see how that compares.

Slynger, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml 2008 vintage bottle

A: poured a slight reddish amber brown in color with pale brown highlights that had virtually no head and almost no lacing sticking to the glass; carbonation issues.

S: I detected some fruity banana character on the first whiff with some yeasty character sweetness from malts, slight spice, and faint apple pear esters.

T: the taste comfirms the apple pear flavor but has a mild boozy bite to it with sweet malt notes and banana accents. It did seemed to have a touch of hop character on the backend.

M: the brew was medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, slight fruity, boozy, and flat finish.

D: even though it did drink pretty good I was still dissappointed on the lack of carbonation and hate to see that these issues are a real problem throughout all their offerings. I honestly hate to see this from a brewery that I really look up to.

Gobzilla, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mughugger for sharing this brew.
A - a strawberry shade with a minimal white head that doen't hang on very long. The clarity is good and visually appears effervescent

S - a pleasant yet restrained fruit and brett nose
mild spice and hints of papaya seem to come forward

M - a dry, spiced and effervescent mouthfeel with hints of malt

T - the flavor has many things like papaya and other tropical fruit as hinted at in the nose. The brett has a slight funkiness with earthy and mild horsiness. The flavor has a yeasty spice and the malt is dry and complimentary. A subtle hint of toasted grain and similar malt flavor as the yeast flavors mesh.

D - A very complex brew and one I would love to try again. Somewhat restrained but right on for the style IMO. This is an excellent beer and Lost Abbey gets a lot of flavor out of the yeast in this brew.

Slatetank, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of damienblack
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amberish brown, minimal head, decent lacing around the glass. smells musty, and like candied sugar. Upon tasting, a dry beer, but not very sweet. At first the spices take over, and then a hop bitterness kicks in, more bitter than what I was expecting from this. Heavy alcohol presence combined with the bitterness detract from the overall experience for me, as I was expecting something a little sweeter (more along the lines of how Allagash spiced this year's Fluxus.) Not much of a fruity taste, either. The brett gives a slightly sour presence, but it doesn't dominate. I guess the best description would be like Christmas out on the farm somewhere (or in a stable, go figure). Combines spicing with a dry grassiness. Not a bad sipper, but overall not quite what I was expecting.

damienblack, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

glid02, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jmerloni
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice ruby amber with nice white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Woah caramel and molasses! Fruity. Pears, plums, red delicious apples, citrus. Interesting mix.

T - Very, very sweet with the flavors as detected on the nose plus some pineapple. Very tangy.

M - Medium to full bodied; little carbonation.

D - Never tried beers of this style and I'm not totally familiar, but this is too sweet for me. A glass with dinner was enough for me. Interesting though and from one of the premier brewers - perhaps the most premier - of Belgians in the country in my opinion.

jmerloni, May 31, 2010
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy wheat honey gold color body. Head is two full fingers of rocky tan fuzz that has very nice retention. Nose is faint but includes some crisp and slightly wheaty sour feel. Smooth complexity is teamed with a grassy hop feel and a long dry, almost peppery spice profile that is very consistant. I would think that the brett has not fully taken effect and probably needs a little more time to age. Moughfeel welcomes the next sip and tingles with spice. Nicelyu drinkable now, but would be nice to see what some age does for this one.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's in December 2009.

A: Pours a pale apricot with a nice, creamy white head.

S: Nice spice profile to this one with some coriander and citrus. Very nice, but a little too light.

T: A bit of sourness, but more toward the sweet end of things with apricot, lemon, and spice coming through.

M: Medium bodied and quite crisp.

D: Fairly high in alcohol with the typical accompanying flavors, so not my favorite Lost Abbey brew, but still very nice.

Thorpe429, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of bigbelcher
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer pours the color of a light brown with a huge white head with good Belgian lacing. The aroma is very floral, almost perfume like, it's malty and not too hoppy. The flavor is of a light malt with a little bit of spiciness to it. Well balanced but the body was substantially lacking. Really thin.

bigbelcher, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/14/07- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Not sure of the freshness info. He had just received the shipment though. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 1/2 inch, maybe a bit more in head retention. Left behind light lacing streks.

Smell- Odd funky, maybe even soggy cardboard scent as Ethan described. Couldn't really tell what it was, but it wasn't necessarily good. Got some hops in the nose as well.

Taste- Odd flavor as well, but I did like it. A touch off corriander, maybe some plum grape kinda of taste. Definite perfumy and even some flavors like minty or spearmint. Very different. Hops are present with each sip also.

Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation, light hoppy taste remaining afterwards.

Drinkability- Would really like to try this one again. Was in a hurry and really didn't get the full effect and didn't quite get to enjoy it as much as I wanted too. As it, it was tasty and quite different from any other beer I've had. Very odd spicy flavors that melded pretty well.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with two fingers of off-white froth, and modest retention with moderate lacing. Fair Brett aroma for a funky farmhouse smell, with some citrus (orange peel, grapefruit) and a bit of dried fruit.

Musty taste, not bad, fruity and more malty than I expected. It does have an oderiferous emanation, no question. Sweet and sour, with a distinct bitter finish.

I found myself letting this sit for some time. It isn't as though I didn't enjoy it but, rather, it didn't really grab me. Definitely unique, I must admit that it could be that I had hoped for a little more for the $10.99 price. Still, not bad, and kudos to The Lost Abbey for creativity. Decent stuff.

Gehrig, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Rich brown with red hues. Pours 1 inch of thich tan head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: estery, hopy, malty, caramel, some barnyard funk, raisins, dark fruit, vanilla, oak.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, malty, caramel, toffee, raisins, dark fruit, biscuit.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy.

Overall: Fairly complex. Drinks much heavier than it looks. Drinkability is fairly high.

phichifiji00, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
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

ONUMello, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish orange in color and poured with a few bubbles on the surface that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns on the surface.
S: The sourness of the Brett really stand out in the smell, which also has aromas of brown sugar, caramel, plums and spices.
T: Quite complex, the taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of malty sweetness, clove and oranges. Sourness and spicy flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The addition of the Brett and all of the spices definitely make this an interesting take on the biere de garde style. It's a slow sipper and there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

Note: 2008 vintage

metter98, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pored from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. Poured out a cloudy amber color with decent white heading. Some nice holiday spices are immediate to the smell with some dark fruits. Heading disapates very quickly to nothing. Immediate taste malt and very very heavy with the alcohol aftertaste with a bitter settling, almost unenjoyable.The first glass I drank was fine the next I must have drank too quickly and woke up an hour later.

TheFightfan1, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of phishsihq
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Abbey Brewing Company (the Belgian inspired arm of Port Brewing) releases the Gift of the Magi (Biere de Garde) as their Christmas ale, featuring bitterness from the bark of Frankincense and contains the smallest amount of Myrrh which is an herb that has roots in ancient winemaking as well . This brew pours a hazy amber with flashes of gold and a very thin head that leaves no lace. The fruit heavy nose features hints of honey, malt, and spice. The spiciness is very evident on the pallet, with oak, vanilla, dark fruit, biscuity malt and even funky earthy flavors from the Belgian yeast. A lower level of carbonation helps all the flavors play out well in this medium bodied ale. A great beer to pair with a well rounded Christmas dinner.

phishsihq, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-amber with a nice foamy cream colored head

S-dark belgian sugars with a peppercorn spice to it. some licorice. strong scent

T-comes in with a dark peppercorn spicyness. the finish is complex...fruits? belgian candied sugars? licorice? strong tastes, some alcohol burn

M-quite warm. medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-well, the quality seems to die as it goes away. also, the carbonation goes away quickly. started out great, but could not stand the test of time. pretty hot also. definitely wouldn't be a bad beer to share though.

AdamBear, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ClockworkOrange
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.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of ojclark
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.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Dec 13, 2009
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.