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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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

thebouch01, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

MarkyMOD, Aug 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Wessoms, Aug 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jdheckman54, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

srw, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eyed this bottle for some time; finally committed to one at $8.99/750mL. 2011 bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a ruby amber with an explosive off white head. Average retention and lace.

S - Lots of fruit with sweet caramel. I detect more pear than any other fruit, also features a nice dose of funk.

T - This constitutes a fine treat! Spicy notes up front followed by a sweet progression of caramel. Fruits are present throughout with some complexity to boot. The funk from the nose is still there, but surprisingly makes it more interesting.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is low-moderate which is well suited. Beer is big and remains fairly drinkable for the ABV. The alcohol is suppressed to a subtle warmth.

O - A good beer that I may revisit in the future. I was a virgin to the style and if this is any indication of the norm, I will be pursuing the style much more aggressively.

mscudder, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

twelveinches, Jul 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Grant35, Jul 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

sammo, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jlove5, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL of the 2009 vintage courtesy of hawks10. Pours a super clear, amber color with a decent cap of beige head. Not a whole lot of retention or lacing, but plenty of effervescence for a beer 3 years old.

Nose is very fruity and caramely, one of the nicest Biere de Garde noses I have smelled. Like pears coated with melted Sugar Daddys.

Wow, this beer has really held up well, there is almost no oxidation. In fact, I think it could go another two or few. The alcohol is still big though...too big for the malt really. Dial this one down to about 8% and I think it would improve the beer quite a bit. I like the mild spice flavors I am getting, not sure if it is the yeast or actual spices...it kind of has a cinnamon-nutmeg thing going on. I don’t find the brett to be that much of a factor, which is probably a good thing in this beer's case. It already has a ton going on. Pretty good, I like it enough to buy another bottle next time I see it...although next time I will share it, lol.

twiggamortis420, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Tight head. Off-white with good retention.The body is clearish nut brown.

S: Faint, grainy, funky. Bière de garde-ish. Alcoholic esters are strong and dry.

T: Fantastic! One of my favorite Lost Abbey beers. Sweet-spicy base, with odd grain and even more caramel/toffee maltishness. Complex and difficult to describe and, honestly, I'd rather drink it than review. The alcohol is almost wine-like, fruit is in the background, and the yeast is grassy with a hint of funk.

M: Toasty and tasty. Creamy-full, soft and delicate.

O: Brett character is subdued, but noticeable. Spiciness is in the forefront, but I can't place the spices used. The beer is drinkable, compelling, interesting, and highly recommended.

AgentMunky, Jun 02, 2012
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kayrex, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

DrGonzoDDS, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appropriately, enjoyed christmas day. (review from notes). shared bomber.

pours a hazy amber/brown tone with big two-finger plus creamy head. the pour was not the best, but i didn't want to start a christmas altercation. nice retention, lacing.

nose is a nice bouquet headlined by caramel malts, some fruity notes, spice, and a touch of funk. flavor follows the aroma with a sweeter, fruiter feel out front becoming more earthy by the finish, again with spice and shades of funk. very tasty, flavorful brew. 10% ABV well hidden.

medium-bodied with some crispness; medium carbonation. very drinkable for such a big beer.

originally reviewed: 01-03-2011

BostonHops, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

CCR557, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

TGS, May 08, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2008 release) poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

A - An absolutely brutally difficult to remove cork finally gave up and released a nice pop of carbonation. Pours a crystal clear deep amber color that trends towards orange on the color palate. A finger of foam cap, pale tan in color sits on top of the beer for a minute or so and falls to a thick skim coat with mild lacing on the glass. Really good looking beer.

S - Very spicy Belgian yeast aromas here mixed in with Brett-y funk. Cloves, black pepper, tropical oranges, mild caramel, earthy brett has taken hold of this and added a really great extra layer to the aroma.

T - Oh yeah...really Brett-y flavors too...earthy funk up front, a bit of barnyard (especially noticeable on the exhale), spicy too - black peppery and clovey. Hints of sweet malt, lower level but noticeable hop bitterness.

M - Thinnish medium body with a mid-level carbonation too. Funky and earthy from start to finish, spicy, a bit of booze. Brett has really done its job here...really taken hold nicely.

O - I'm gonna stop short of calling this truly comparable to Boulevard's Saison Brett...but it is the first thing I can think of to compare this to. Bought a couple of these bottles on clearance and glad I did. I remember this beer being decent when fresh, but 4 years of age have helped this tremendously. This is really brett-y in a very good way. Alcohol is noticeable at 10%, but actually kept in check pretty well. Gonna have to go back to the store I got these and hope they still have a couple more of these left.

portia99, May 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

theminutemen, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

IMS, Apr 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

PrvoPivo, Apr 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

AaronBurr, Apr 22, 2012
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.