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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 Halcyondays
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

25.4 oz., 750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a burnt, hazy yellow, with a nice full, off-white head, great retention, good Belgian-style lacing.

S: Very yeasty, musty smell, with some spice, esters, a little bit of banana, and alcohol.

T: An interesting flavour in this beer, it's got a lot of stuff going on. Pear and apple esters are there for sure, with an earthy hit coming from the hops, along with ginger notes and black pepper. Also had a big slug of alcohol in the end. A nice flavour, though it wasn't exactly my style.

M: Nice mouthfeel - Silky smooth, full carboantion, very warming, good on a December night.

D: It's a good beer, but in the end, I wasn't as in to it as I thought I would be after the hype. Definitely worth a try though.

Halcyondays, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev 0%

12/14/07- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Not sure of the freshness info. He had just received the shipment though. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 1/2 inch, maybe a bit more in head retention. Left behind light lacing streks.

Smell- Odd funky, maybe even soggy cardboard scent as Ethan described. Couldn't really tell what it was, but it wasn't necessarily good. Got some hops in the nose as well.

Taste- Odd flavor as well, but I did like it. A touch off corriander, maybe some plum grape kinda of taste. Definite perfumy and even some flavors like minty or spearmint. Very different. Hops are present with each sip also.

Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation, light hoppy taste remaining afterwards.

Drinkability- Would really like to try this one again. Was in a hurry and really didn't get the full effect and didn't quite get to enjoy it as much as I wanted too. As it, it was tasty and quite different from any other beer I've had. Very odd spicy flavors that melded pretty well.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of tayner
4/5  rDev +5.3%

figured i better sample and review this one before i traded them all away, so here it goes..

popped the cork and poured into my anderson valley snifter (okay, lame, but it all i have)... it pours a deep amber color with a 2-3 finger foamy, billowing head that stays for a long time, lacing the glass when it finally starts to fall. Very appealing to look at.

Smell is light, floral, citrus hops jump out. I am sure this is because it is dry-hopped. It has sort of a spicy, peppery smell as well.

This is very good. It has a piney, floral hop flavor to it along with some peppery background. It is a very flavorful ale, and for hop fans (i am more of a malt head) this is a good brew as the dry hopping definitely can be tasted (not DIPA style, but the hops are definitely there).

It is fairly light and clean feeling. dry back end due to the hops, making you want to drink more and more. I am not sure what the Brettanomyces is really doing for this beer right now (my palate is not THAT mature yet) but i think in time it will be come more apparent to me. I wish i had a version on tap without them to compare.

As for drinkability, i do not think i will have any problems finishing off this 750 by myself in one sitting. I am having a hard time believing it is 11%. I am sweating while i am drinking it, but i dont feel much, if any, alcohol burn going down... very well disguised.

I am eager to see what some cellar time will do to a bottle or two as i prefer more malt and less hops, so thinking maybe the older it gets the more i will enjoy it, although i do enjoy it quite a bit now.

This is definitely worth a try if you can find it, another fine brew from Lost Abbey!

tayner, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of beerceller99
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A patron saint was kind enough to purchase this for me at last fridays (nov 23) Older Viscosity bottle release. This Magis label states it was bottle conditioned with brettanomyces. Pours cloudy blood orange with a white head that had orange globs in it. Aroma is mostly dry with black pepper, fresh hops. and barnyard. Has a dry, chalky mouthfeel. Musty dry flavors at first of bready malts, yeast, and tart lemon giving way to a light sweetness and mild boozyness to finish. A fairly complex brew here. Wish I had a bottle to age.

beerceller99, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

This is a review of the bottle although I enjoyed the tap version first and found it mellower and without the wild yeast 'funk' that is developing in the bottle. It will be interesting to see what new dimensions are added as this one ages.

Pours a golden orange with a nice 2 fingers of white foam that melts rather quickly to almost nothing. Sort of typical for a brew with such a high ABV.

The first thing that hit me in the aroma was apricots...fresh, smooth, and sweet apricots with a bit of citrus ting and brightness as you inhale. Only a slight bit of caramel and Belgium yeast aromas make themselves known if you go looking for them.

The taste is again apricots with some sweet Belgium candy sugars and lots of hops at the end along with lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich...I didn't find it thin at all. Again, lots of candied sugars to keep it creamy.

Right now, the bottled version is a little to hot to be completely enjoyed like the tap version was at the Brewery. Still a wonderful take on a Belgium style and I am really looking forward to age mellowing this just a little.
It's a pleasure now.
It will be a dessert in another year.

IntriqKen, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Overlord
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%

Am I the first to review this? Amazing. I actually forgot this was being offered along with Older Viscosity.

Pours a hazy orange-ish yellow. Surprising amount of carbonation. Inch or two white head, settled down quite a bit after five or six minutes, but kept a thin rim of white throughout the session. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but not overly so. Rather dry, quasi champagne-like finish.

I notice at "the other site" that a few folks are complaining about the lack of carbonation: whatever problem they had, it appears to have been remedied by the time bottling rolled around, as this was not under-carbonated.

The smell, and flavor, are unusual. Bold hop flavor, but rather than pine or grapefruit this is mostly orange, apple, and ... apricot? I'm a sucker for apricot. A bit overboard on some of the weird spiciness, though. As in, the weird, horribly medicinal/fresh foliage spices just absolutely destroy what could have been a good beer. Spices FTL

Definitely on the sweeter side. All in all, not very good.

Overlord, Nov 25, 2007
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Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
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