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Gift Of The Magi - The Lost Abbey

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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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Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Only 2013 is readable from the freshness stamp
A: Orange-ish brown with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Fig, caramel, candied orange peel, toast
T: Raisins, fig, caramel, toffee, baking spice
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet, short finish though hides the 10% well
O: Apparently this is only the third Bière de Garde style I've had. I need to try more. This particular bottle is not a bad beer but I doubt I'll actively look for more. I didn't pick up any of the brett mentioned on the back label

ONUMello, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of JimmyAloysius
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JimmyAloysius, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

greenspointexas, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

wonothesane42, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Great-Pyrebeers, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

InspectorBob, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of deNerval
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

deNerval, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -21.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

2beerdogs, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

jkane101, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of kmanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kmanjohnson, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Can't really remember where I picked this beer up but my beer guru noticed it and said they were a really good brewery so we gave it a run. Good, but not great looking beer and smell was similar. Good taste but nothing outstanding. Gains some bonus points overall for ABV that does not come across as boozy. Overall I would not buy this again.

JamieDuncan, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

bubseymour, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of seand
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a fair amount of tan head. Clumps of foam retain on the surface and around the edge of the glass, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S: Mild funky grainy sweetness.

T: Strong, spiced, sweet, boozy, and again a touch funky. It's a pleasant overall blend.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite nice, and dangerously drinkable.

seand, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mikeburd1128, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Brasso, Mar 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

DustinSWB, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

wisrarebeer, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $5 on clear out

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone. A few flaoties are around.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some dark fruit, anise, and a burnt molasses like flavour.

Overall – Just a little rough during the after taste.. other than that, a great scent and a solid flavour. Another great beer from this brewer.

spinrsx, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Eighty
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Kurmaraja, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, peach, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent biere de garde style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 23, 2014
Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.