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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 52
Gots: 103 | FT: 5
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

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.
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of gr0g
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cjoc83
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.64/5  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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of abrethanson
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.85/5  rDev +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.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2008
Pours a deep reddish orange amber color with a thinnish white head that shows moderate retention but little lace. The aroma strikes me as quite musty like a barrel room. Hints of sweet malt with a lot of non descript spices. Hints of bretty funk add to the mystery of what sits in this glass. The flavor is complex and a bit odd really. Up front I get an aged barleywine kind of oxidized caramel malty sweetness. Some spices that I don't recognize sweep in to counter what is left of the malty sweetness. This all finishes with a healthy does of funk and spice with a somewhat menthol herbal edge. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy bubbly spicy mouthfeel. This beer is honestly like nothing I've ever tried, its quite different. Its quite complex, but some of the flavors don't agree with my palette. I'm glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

2011 Bottle my brother gave me as a Christmas gift. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Poured a hazy, orange-amber color. There was a big, fluffy, 2.5 finger, off-white/khak colored head that retained quite well. Some slight lacing on the glass.

S - The smell was nice. The nose is sweet and starts off with carmel, sugar, and some dried fruits. Apricots, apples, and some white grape come through nicely. There is some significant spice notes as well along with a funky, musty, fruity aroma. Some sweet malt aromas come through as well.

T - The flavor is more sour on the palate than the nose would let on. Almost as if Brett had been used in this beer. Nice flavors of apricot, apple, and lemon making things light and refreshing. Currants and corriander come out as well adding to the soice flavors that are already present. Nice floral and citrus end to the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a nice crispness on the backend and a slightly dry finish.

O - Pleasantly surprised by this offering from Lost Abbey. I really thought this was a fine play on a Biere de Garde and the addition of Frankincense and Myrrh is an inventive way to think outside the box.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a yr old 10/2011 poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep yellow almost carmel color. Tons of carbonation, straight bubble lines. Nice lacing and head retentions. 2 finger head.

S: Very Malty/carmel aroma, with some sweet fruit coming in. Little bit of funk as well.

T: First thought was that it tastes like a American Strong Ale brewed with Belgian Yeast. Best way I can think of describing it. Strong alcohol finish.

M: Full bodied, malty as hell. Tons of carbonation, beer really made me feel full.

O: It was a very interesting beer, solid overall. Glad I shared the bottle, wouldn't want to finish the bomber myself. Great beer for the cooler nights to sip on, not a beer you're going to drink quickly.

Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.