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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 53
Gots: 85 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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
Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 kayrex
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

kayrex, May 30, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

DrGonzoDDS, May 28, 2012
Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Photo of CCR557
4/5  rDev +5.5%

CCR557, May 22, 2012
Photo of TGS
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

TGS, May 08, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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
Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

theminutemen, May 02, 2012
Photo of IMS
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

IMS, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of PrvoPivo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

PrvoPivo, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of AaronBurr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

AaronBurr, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Boz12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Boz12, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of tln13
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

tln13, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of BillHem
4/5  rDev +5.5%

BillHem, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of csiewert
3/5  rDev -20.8%

csiewert, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Sailracer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Sailracer, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Fitzmke, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +5.5%

VncentLIFE, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -20.8%

THECPJ, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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 +3.7%
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
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.