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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 79 | 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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iskeptopotamus

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-28-2012 00:17:30 | More by iskeptopotamus
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-27-2012 18:31:14 | More by PhineasGage
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-25-2012 02:38:23 | More by Giantspace
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Unchi

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-23-2012 04:01:58 | More by Unchi
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Nerudamann

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look – ruby amber in color, hazy, with thick carbonation and about three and a half fingers’ worth of thick khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly. Good head retention throughout the tasting.

Smell – this one smells of spices and clove. Mostly malty, but maybe with a touch more of hops.

Taste – definitely tastes of spices and clove, lots of clove. The bottle conditioning with Brettanomyces must be what gives it its unique taste. Hops are present too, but mostly in their feel and not the taste. Kick comes the tasting around the middle, but the actual bitterness hits toward the finish. The high abv is also noticeable, but also toward the finish.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the watery side or toward the creamy side.

Overall – very good brew! Interesting label, interesting (and pleasant) taste, just good all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:52:13 | More by Nerudamann
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DoubleJ

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle shared at Stefano's, on to the beer:

It features a burnt orange color, a good head on the pour, and solid amounts of lace around the glass. An interesting, unique nose; it's got some lemon, pepper, a little tartness, and sourdough bread aromas.

Light fruit and pepper, heavy on the rustic and earthy characteristics. Some dryness emerges out of the beer, which is especailly prononunced in its aftertaste. The beer has a medium full feel, a proper level of carbonation, and an alcohol level that is surprisingly hidden.

A Lost Abbey beer that I never had before? The streak couldn't last forever, and it turned out to be a pleasing experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:23:23 | More by DoubleJ
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-16-2012 17:02:31 | More by gafferjohn
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-16-2012 16:28:49 | More by Sparger
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a hazy deep golden color with some darker caramel hues. Crop of beige head rests on top, leaving patchy lacing on the glass while drinking.

Spicy in the nose with a dash of heat. Some yeasty funk with a touch of fruit and a definite note of floral/herbalness.

Assorted spicy notes up front with some fruit sweetness. Touches of apple and plum with some floral notes. There's an interesting herbal quality to this that I couldn't really decide if I liked or not. Belgian yeast with a soft funkiness, some alcohol heat in the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and tingly on the tongue. Not bad, but I wasn't really feeling the herbal and boozy notes on this - I prefer the Avant Garde from them for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 16:26:20 | More by xnicknj
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rprinz22

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-14-2012 21:41:35 | More by rprinz22
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-13-2012 05:10:51 | More by mjmadsen21
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-11-2012 02:45:30 | More by SpillyBeers
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phichifiji00

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:42:21 | More by phichifiji00
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Jstark5150

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-09-2012 03:51:26 | More by Jstark5150
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Prezo

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, semi hazy orange red color.

Nose sweet malts, little creamy, reddish candy malts with a hint of booze light esters, light fruity aromas from Belgian yeast and esters, hint of candi, a dry light farmhouse like spices and maybe hint of tea.

Taste sweet, biscuity reddish toasty malts, then earthy herbal flavors with esters and herbal hops, light farmhouse dry saison yeast flavors, Belgian yeast, light fruit and caramel, and light booze. Decent bitterness and juicy. Hints of light spices that remind me more of saison, as well as a light floral taste like those potpourri setups that are in many bathrooms transposed into taste. Finishes dry and bit bitter, earthy gritty esters and hops, little oily, dry rustic earthy bready saison like yeast finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, bit of booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty interesting, the malts and yeast really play out in this one almost as if they are battling for the most dominant characteristic. A bit boozy but that's what it presents so no surprises, and good for a Xmas like beer. Decent esters, fruits, malts, sugar additions, spices, etc etc. I think I remember the bottle version of this being better, which would make sense with a beer this big, and bottle conditioned, but it could also be my memory playing with me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 04:10:35 | More by jlindros
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KDawg

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into a tulip. Pours a nice rich gold color with a very frothy head

Excellent malty aromas strike right away along with spices and navel oranges. Unfortunately there is a very boozy quality to the aromas though. It's noticeable and does take away from the beer

Full bodied with a real plush and smooth feel. Lots of malt flavors, navel oranges and some florals. Like the aromas though, there is a definite booziness that is very distracting

The alcoholic quality to the beer is very distracting. Too bad as the rest of the flavors and aromas are quite good. It's still a very good beer overall, it's just a slight bit overdone

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:20:55 | More by KDawg
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patm1986

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-01-2012 20:32:57 | More by patm1986
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jzandiz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-01-2012 02:09:13 | More by jzandiz
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-31-2011 16:13:24 | More by hawkmage
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impending

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

B

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed amber butterscotch, dense creamy tan head, ok lacing.

Aroma is sweetly spiced, definitely subtle herbs. Certainly nicer than the frankincense and myrrh in the traditional incense.

Flavor is big with spices, all low notes. Begins with a sweetness that is suddenly dampened. The long lived phenolic aftertaste defines the brew with the frankincense adding an unusual bitterness slightly reminiscent of aspirin. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

Greatly improves with warmth as the aftertaste begins to share similarities with a scotch ale.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 06:34:50 | More by impending
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-30-2011 17:14:38 | More by PaBeerLover
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-29-2011 08:08:48 | More by benbou17
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 03:37:54 | More by AdamBear
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife received a bottle as a Christmas present and shared some with me last night. Poured into a chalice glass.

A: nice frothy, rocky off white head. Color seemed a hazy amber. Head lasted quite awhile. Subtle carbonation.

S: reminded me of a rustic barnhouse. Faint sour notes with a peppery, spicy like yeast character. The aromas aren't in-your-face and seem to work well.

T: tastes a little bland to me. Reminded me of an average craft amber beer. Notes of caramel and some hop bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavorful notes.

M: felt medium with some warm alcohol notes.

O: not bad, but was expecting more from this Biere de Garde. Was expecting some more funk and Belgian-French characteristics. Seemed like an average craft amber to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 18:40:46 | More by jwhancher
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-24-2011 08:59:51 | More by jophish17
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
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