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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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596 Ratings
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 53
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and rich caramel malt sweetness with some nutty notes and a touch of fruitiness. There is a faint roasted character as well. I'm not smelling a ton of Brett here, just a subtle offering at best. The taste is decent. It has primarily a caramel malt flavor that's sweet with a light roasted character and a touch of fruitiness in the finish. Again, the funk is limited and mostly a background effect. It does have a mild alcohol ridden feel. It's nothing you would have to sip at, but it's ever present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid offering, but probably the weakest beer from this great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 10:29:18 | More by WesWes
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a great looking reddish amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of dark fruits, fruity hops and malts, spices, and caramel malts. Some bready malts, alcohol, and sour fruits as it warms up as well.

t - Tastes of sweet fruit, spices, dark fruit, bready malts, and alcohol. Was a lot spicier than I was expecting.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

d - A decent beer but not one of my favorites from the Lost Abbey. The taste had a lot more spice than I was expecting or wanted and the alcohol was a little too prominent. A decent beer I would try again, but probably wouldn't seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:11:58 | More by mdfb79
Photo of maximum12


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

Thanks to the dearly departed (BA at least) thirstyhophead for sending me this, the oldest bottle from an old trade. 2008 vintage has rested in the dark for about 18 months since its arrival in Minnesota.

Cork comes loose with gratifying ease, poured into two Cigar City snifters for my wife & I. Color is lovely forest fire red, that odd mingling of red/orange with hints of yellow that cause us to stare into the campfire late at night without blinking. Smell is sweet & light, almost like a fruit basket with a covering of tart.

Gift of the Magi brings a quiet to the genre. A tainted tartness has the upper hand here, but no unpleasantly so. In the undergrowth is a bunch of fruit that's clearly fermented & gone wild; blueberry, pear, plum, peach, orange, among others less identifiable. Spices round out the ride. Most typical beer experiences, malt, hops, etc. are undetectable.

Mouthfeel is light & happy. Just came in from mowing the lawn & I gotta say, this is one good 10%, spicy, weird-ass lawnmower brew.

Very good beer. Doesn't reach the stratosphere, but tramples some well traveled ground & reaches for a slice of originality. And it's appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:17:30 | More by maximum12
Photo of benclimbs


4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours redish brown opaque in a tulip glass with a one finger head that sticks around a while and lacing throughout the glass even after 20 minutes.

Smell is almost like a sour ale - lots of tart cherries/indistinct ripe fruit on the nose, very yeasty and fresh smelling...spices in there too...an bit of unsweetened chocolate as well.

Taste is a delicious mix of peppery syrah-like spiceness....followed by fig newtons, caramel malts and an incredible depth...the finish lasts forever, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

In terms of drinkability, this is one of the nicest 10+ beers i've ever had.

what an incredible beer, damn!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 03:50:50 | More by benclimbs
Photo of John_M


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is attractive, and is dominated by brown sugar, but also shows cinnamon, light orange peel and vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this relatively sweet beer, though there's a hint of bitterness in the finish that helps to balance the sweetness somewhat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, though the sweetness and noticeable alcohol wears on me just a bit.

This is a solid, spice filled beer, from Port Brewing. The sweetness, spice and noticeable alcohol are a bit much, but this is still a pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:23:10 | More by John_M
Photo of Ghenna


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is labeled 2009, poured into a sam smith tulip. Beer is a very pleasant amber/gold color with an average off white head that does a good job of lingering on the glass and the top of the beer.

Smells of dark fruit, alcohol, and typical belgian spice.

Malt and bitterness make themselves known right away, malt in the form of sweet and dark fruit, and the bitterness leaves a lingering impression of dryness. The L.A. website states that they use the bark of frankincense along with hops to bitter the beer- it really seems like the bitterness is a bit different as a result. The alcohol makes itself known about the same time the dryness hits, and its presence continues to row as the beer comes to temperature.

This is a pretty interesting beer. At first i wasn't too terribly keen on the beer. The hop stuck out a bit too much and none of the sweet malt aspects really showed. As it has warmed up though, the rich raisin and sweet flavor really balances out the bitter/dryness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:23:33 | More by Ghenna
Photo of Hex92


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy beer. Looks good in the glass, nice mouthfeel, but this just isn't my type of beer. Too much hops, not enough malt. I haven't have too many beers of this style. So I don't know if it is representative of the style or not. But if this is what a de Garde beer is....I don't like them. The head dissipates quickly and its not a good enough beer to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:28:17 | More by Hex92
Photo of EchoCharlieEcho


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 2009 release.

A: Clear dark amber with about 1/2 inch white head, decent retention, little lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Sweet with light caramel, pears, and plums. Below that are some tart fruit notes and a faint clove smell.

T: Sweeter fruits at first with plums and some pear as well as malts and light brown sugar. Cloves and a slight citrus peel taste follow. As it warms, a yeasty taste becomes strong.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body. Very warming.

D: It's sweet and there's a richness about it. One glass in a sitting is good but I could not have more than that. Given the opportunity, I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 10:16:44 | More by EchoCharlieEcho
Photo of Kallessin


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep reddish-brown with a lot of bubbles. Full creamy head with nice lacing. The last pour was very cloudy due to the sediment in the bottle.

Has a light, sweet fruity a aroma (almost like bubblegum) with some musty/herbal notes and some herbal/floral hops. Some caramel malt and grain.

The flavor is a mix of sweet maltiness and light fruity berry-like flavors. The alcohol is present up front as a some fruity spiciness. I get some clove/bubblegum like flavors as well. This is a pretty spicy beer; the maltiness is there but not in the forefront - it comes out more as the beer warms. I also get a some raisins and dry bready flavors with a fair amount of bitterness.

It's medium body with a lot of prickly carbonation. Very peppery and warming and very dry.

The alcohol flavors, spiciness and dryness present a little challenge to me at first. The flavors are good. As the beer warms up the flavors meld much better and the dryness and spicy flavors mellow a bit. This beer took me a little while to get accustomed to, but once I did it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 19:31:46 | More by Kallessin
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this beer.

2008 vintage. The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is brett funk, citrus, caramel and pepper. The flavor is more of the same with some nice orange notes mixing with the brett. The brett gives it a little leather flavor and there is also some spicy pepper as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:01:09 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jmerloni


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice ruby amber with nice white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Woah caramel and molasses! Fruity. Pears, plums, red delicious apples, citrus. Interesting mix.

T - Very, very sweet with the flavors as detected on the nose plus some pineapple. Very tangy.

M - Medium to full bodied; little carbonation.

D - Never tried beers of this style and I'm not totally familiar, but this is too sweet for me. A glass with dinner was enough for me. Interesting though and from one of the premier brewers - perhaps the most premier - of Belgians in the country in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 06:24:53 | More by jmerloni
Photo of srandycarter


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Caramel colored, very little head, no lace.

S - Very light smell, light malt, not much else.

T - Super light flavor, light hops to finish.

M - Nice balance. Good carb. A little over bitter at the very finish.

D - Not my favorite Port offering on tap. Ironically, I think I liked this one in the bottle better.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 03:00:55 | More by srandycarter
Photo of tigg924


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, red/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: plum, clove, spices, and bread

Taste: plum, clove, holiday spices, dark fruit, and bread

Mouthfeel: sweet start-bitter second taste and a sweeter end, high carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: A very good beer, but not excellent. I do like the plum and holiday spices. Similar to Abita's Christmas Ale. Could have several.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 17:20:06 | More by tigg924
Photo of mikereaser


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capones

A - pours a clear dark chestnut brown with a layer of fine bubbles that left some lacing

S - light hints of spices, corriander and citrus, nothing was too grabbing and was hard to pick out

T - big malts followed by lots of spices and alcohol warming, cloves and hints of citrus with a medicinal finish

M/D - very warming, alcohol very present, it was nice to try this one, although i'm a bit disappointed. I don't think I could drink a whole bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 15:42:27 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Zorro


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber colored beer with the color of weathered bronze. A clear beer with a small light brown colored head.

Smells malty with a slight sour aroma. Grassy noble hop aroma more herbs than hop.

Starts out sweet and malty. Continues to be herbal with a little bit of soy sauce flavor. Kind of boring though, not a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK; the carbonation is on the low side.

Drinkability isn't all it could be. I'm sure it has its fans but I didn't really care that much for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:14:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of emmasdad


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter. Very murky ruby red/brown color, with a nice light brown head that hangs around for a minute or two. Aromas of dark fruits (red grapes, raisins, dates) brett and dark brown sugar. On the palate, this one is fairly yeasty, with brown spices, dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. Another solid effort from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:33:03 | More by emmasdad
Photo of prototypic


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release

Gift of the Magi is bronze in color. It's very hazy, and has a nice crimson look with light behind it. Carbonation appears to be very light, but bubbles are present. The head is off-white and rises to just above a surface covering. It disappears quickly and leaves very little lace behind.

The nose is a little weak. It's still not bad. Brett and its funkiness are easily noted from the first whiff. It's prominent, but still isn't an overly strong Brett presence. It has a distinct earthy, musky scent that complements the funky barnhouse fragrance very well. There are some sweet, malty notes. Smells like caramel to me. Spices are present, but aren't in abundance. Alcohol is blended well for such a strong beer. I wouldn't have guessed 10%.

The flavor is pretty good. It has a malty base that's a little sweet. Caramel and tofffee flavors are noted throughout. Earthy and musky notes permeate throughout. Funky Brett flavors are a nice touch. They add character and a nice flavor to the overall mix. It's a moderate Brett flavor. There's an interesting spicy/herbal edge to it. That flavor's a little pepperish, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's not a bad flavor, but it's not great either. Alcohol is surprisingly tame. It's not warm at all. It finishes spicy and a little funky.

Gift of the Magi has a light-medium body. Carbonation is very, very light. It feels too thin. Definitely not smooth. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's okay, and it goes down relatively easy for a big beer. A 750's a bit much, but I'll finish it.

Gift of the Magi in an interesting release from The Lost Abbey. Perhaps that's because Bière de Garde is an interesting style. This one has a little too much of a caramel/toffee flavor for me. It just doesn't seem to blend well with the funky Brett flavors. It's alright, but doesn't result in greatness. There's too few bubbles in this one, too. More would be better. That being said, Gift of the Magi is far from bad. Well worth a try, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:51:16 | More by prototypic
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750mL corked bottle into my snifter glass in two parts.

Appearance: Ruby brown colored. The second pour was a lot more hazy than the first. Large two to three finger beige head. Good retention overall.

Aroma: Tart green apple and pear notes. Caramel sweetness and some earthy tones are also present in force. Some lighter hop bitterness provides a nice counter and rounds out the flavors.

Taste: Sweet pear notes and caramel sweetness are present upfront. Some nice earthy tones and a little funk also present. Hop bitterness rounds out the flavor. Nice balance and a clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Not much carbonation at all.

Drinkability: Despite the 10% ABV, this beer feels only a little boozy. Clean flavors and smooth mouthfeel also contribute to making this highly drinkable.

Overall, a nice clean, well balanced biere de garde. Not too heavy and with nice pronouced flavors. Definitely a worthwhile Belgian style beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 22:25:31 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of womencantsail


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

A: The pour is amber in color with a slight haze to it and a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is sweet with lots of caramel, sugar, and dark fruits. There is a hint of spice to it, perhaps clove, along with a nice yeasty and floral aroma.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the nose. There is a nice sweet fruitiness along with some sugar. A touch of the usual Belgian spiciness and as with the nose, just a hint of a floral quality. Unfortunately as the beer warms up, the alcohol becomes quite noticeable.

M: The body is pleasantly medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a nice warmth.

D: I did not recall liking this beer so much in my previous tastings of it, but this was quite good. A real nice fruity beer that hides the alcohol to enough of an extent to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 06:57:38 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours opaque red-brown with a thick rocky head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and yeasty spices. Generous citrus presence - notably orange and apricot. A touch of earthy orange peel bitterness.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malty and sweet up front with a Belgian candy sugar character and a floral quality. Plenty of citrus and dark fruit flavors. Orange, apricot, and pineapple along with subtle plum and date. Musty and yeasty. Finishes with an earthy bitterness and a mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium full, a bit chewy.

Overall a very interesting and fruity brew. Spices bring complexity behind the general candied fruit sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 21:57:14 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy dark amber with a light sticky tan head.

The smell was very sweet and fruity with a big basement yeasty funk, some nice cherry notes in there.

The flavor was very mild and much different than the nose with a nice toasted malt base and smooth light tropical fruit notes with pineapple and mango. A long lingering orange peel hop finish balances out the fruity sweetness nicely.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with a long lingering finish and nice warmth from the high alcohol.

Very drinkable, excellent big farmhouse style.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 21:43:16 | More by bashiba
Photo of emerge077


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared 2008 bottle, hoping for more Brett expression.

Floral aromas waft from the bottle, some spice and pineapple from the Brett yeast. Dry, Belgian yeast character. Full body, rich and dry, awash with subtle spice and hay-like hops. Some mild sweetness and alcohol present as it warms. Brett is here in full form, but not in a funky way, more hay/floral/spice. The dryness keeps you sipping on it for awhile. Nice pairing with a washed rind cheese, I had Winnimere.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 20:33:25 | More by emerge077
Photo of itsromy


4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off... Happy St. Patty's day!!

Awesome beer. Unfortunately, poured into a plastic cup at Churchill's in San Marcos, CA. Getting past that was easy due to the fact that beer smelled oh so good. The look of it was beautiful; a dark chocolate/nut brown color with about a half inch of head in the cup. Very very tasty... Hints of citrus, fruits, and spices. I would be able to drink a couple of these without feeling to full or bloated....

Cheers to Lost Abbey!

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 08:02:57 | More by itsromy
Photo of FishGetter


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviwed on 12-26-09 2009 Vintage
Nice bottle and cork combo. Cloudy nut brown color. Small head disapates.
Candied fruit nose, figs. Sweet malt tones, some mild hop aroma with a slight boozieness to it.
Tons of sweetened malt mixes with alot of wintery spices, cinnomon, nutmeg and citrus hops. Slight oak flavor and dryness too. Boozie tones to finish it off.
A medium body that builds with aggitation. Spices and alchole linger on tounge.
Nice offering here. Definate winter season brew. A bit to boozie and spicy for the reviewer, but true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 18:50:24 | More by FishGetter
Photo of Gehrig


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with two fingers of off-white froth, and modest retention with moderate lacing. Fair Brett aroma for a funky farmhouse smell, with some citrus (orange peel, grapefruit) and a bit of dried fruit.

Musty taste, not bad, fruity and more malty than I expected. It does have an oderiferous emanation, no question. Sweet and sour, with a distinct bitter finish.

I found myself letting this sit for some time. It isn't as though I didn't enjoy it but, rather, it didn't really grab me. Definitely unique, I must admit that it could be that I had hoped for a little more for the $10.99 price. Still, not bad, and kudos to The Lost Abbey for creativity. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 19:16:20 | More by Gehrig
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