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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

655 Ratings
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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 53
Gots: 102 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
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%

Photo of KAP1356
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.

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3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Cost was $9.99 at my local beer store.

Served quite cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor even though carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy vibrant khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV (at least four minutes). Colour is a hazy vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy on the spice. Rosemary, cinnamon, pumpkin. It's a bit perfumey. Clean and fragrant. Incense comes through. A mild strength, subtle aroma. Right on the money for the style. I'm looking forward to it. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

T: The spice is quite dominant in the flavour as well. Bretts come through, as does a very light lactic touch. There's some off-notes and the ABV does come through. Badly hopped, with floral notes in all the wrong places. Badly balanced. Clean malts provide the foundation. There's just something wrong here. The spice is nice, but the build is severely flawed.

Mf: Fluffy and coarse. It succeeds at achieving a surprising lightness. Wet. Aimless. Too thin. Doesn't suit the flavour well at all.

Dr: A huge disappointment from Lost Abbey. I expected far better. Very pricey for its lack of quality. I wouldn't get this again.

Maybe it ages well. Hard to tell.

Would go decently with salads.

High C

Photo of Dennycurr
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

For those who drink this beer...
Get ready to drink a beer that tastes like there's been a perfume bottle poured into the mix.
YES---it has a distinct flavor and yes....the eyebrows raise, but....whew...it is not for everybody.
The reason I even gave it a bit above average is because the taste is so radical----I dig the difference. Although, this beer would be on the lower rung of diff and distinct beers I would try.
I was told by the people I bought this from, (Monks in Philly), this beer is called the Gift of the Magi because----there is an actual presence of Frankincence and Mir, in the beer.
You actually can taste it.
Heavily.

I give props to a beer that can do that. In fact----that was a big reason I bought it.
Am glad I tried it.
Is a wayyy diff taste than any other beer.
Kudos for that!

But a bit too perfumy, for me.

Den

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance - Served a clear amber colored beer with a small white cap. The small head faded rather fast to leave some decent lacing.

Smell – The nose was heavy of sweet caramel and light fruit smells. The fruit is heaviest of a pear aroma, but there are other lighter notes of peach and apple as well.

Taste – The taste begins with some of the sweet caramel and fruit that were detected in the nose, with a bready base that supports the sweeter flavors quite well. A very light funky and yeasty flavor then start to work their way into the taste profile. As this occurs, the sweetness dwindles some and the taste gets slightly drier. In the end the beer leaves a semi-sweet fruity and lightly tart taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is much the same.

Overall – A nice tasty brew that while even at 10 % is very easy to drink. Definitely one to give a go to.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.