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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 54
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Boz12, Apr 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tln13, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BillHem, Apr 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

csiewert, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Sailracer, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Fitzmke, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

VncentLIFE, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a coppery brown with a large and rocky beige head that does not retain well
S: smells of spice, pale malt, some funk, and a slight sour note as well
T: tastes of spice, slightly fruity and some lightly toasted malt, funk comes on toward the end and the finish is fairly yeasty with a little bit of fruitiness
M: Heavy carbonation but not overly prickly. I could feel the beer bubbling against the roof of my mouth. A bit on the thin side
O: Not bad but not great. A solid beer and a steal for 3.99

SHODriver, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

THECPJ, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 2/10/12.

Poured an opaque, slightly darker than pale color with a cherry tinge. Not much head to speak of. What's left on the glass sinks into the drink. Very bready nose with fruity esters. Sweet, subdued fruit. Strawberry was the first that came to mind. Taste starts with light malt and aforementioned fruit, but is knocked out quickly by bittering hops. Fruit is still with the hops, keeping it light. The feel is balanced in viscosity with some acidic and harsh alcohol feel. Balanced finish.

I think the alcohol content kept this beer back. The alcohol burn took away from the light feel that would have made this brew stand out from the rest. The aroma seemed subdued for some reason as well. An interesting beer, but I'd go with an old standby over this one.

Philousa, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of chadmoe1
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes on 1/3/12 (first beer in 2012!)

A -- Brown with 3/4" white head, slow dissipation; lots of lacing

S -- Malty, boozey, stone fruit, Brett horsey-ness but not overwhelming

T -- Dry and malty, then long sharp aftertaste; toasty (slightly roasty) flavors with little hop contributions

M -- High carb, dry

O -- Really cool beer though maybe not what I've had with other Biere de Gardes. Definitely strong with all kinds of malty flavors. Brett is not overpowering -- a good beer for those interested in trying some Brett flavors.

Bottle, Russian River snifter

chadmoe1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of seanmugs
5/5  rDev +31.6%

seanmugs, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a medium, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very malty with some farmhouse aroma and wild yeast...brett? Some burnt malt and English hop aromas. Some dark fruits and bread as well. Taste is very malty...caramel and biscuit malt with some light, bitter hoppiness. A bit of brown sugar and brett flavors. Floral notes and booze as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth. Drinkability is fair. Overall, it is a decent beer, but nowhere near my favorite offering from Lost Abbey or Biere de Gardes.

DovaliHops, Feb 13, 2012
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.

Kromes, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

oline73, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

MichaelBuck, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SoCalStout, Feb 05, 2012
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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
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange/brown with a huge head. Fluffy cake of tan foam that sticks everywhere.

Barnyard yeast; some strong burnt caramel sugars, some fruit. Really, a combo bier de grade and a dubbed or tripel.

Flavors of yeasty bread, sugary raisins, some sweet fruit and bitterness, a little horse blanket funk, with a charred sugar biter and bread crust note.

Medium-ful bodied, perfect carbonation.

Love this beer. Not sure it is the style indicated. Hardly taste alcohol at a lll. Worth a try and then some.

OtherShoe2, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

IdrinkGas, Jan 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Archemedies, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

sonorb7, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

iskeptopotamus, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.