Sinners Blend 2008 - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 150
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 07-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing!

A-Dark, with deep red cheery wood look
S-Tart with dark cherries and fruit, smell the Brett, no detection of offensive funks
T-Tart upfront with cherries fading in, the more up you sip the more a toffe, cocoa flavor emerges, along with the dark cherries, other fruit flavors, some woodiness. So complex that my taste buds don't know what to expect. Gets better as warms. not terribly sour.
M-Slightly thin with big flavors, decent carbonation, nice.
D-I could sip on this for quite a while but I just can't drink too many sours in a row

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cola brown with garnet highlights and a small light tan head with spotty lacing. Aromas of sour cherry upfront with wood tannins underneath. Vibrant sour funkiness with brown sugar, caramel and raisins in the mix.

Mild maltiness upfront with brown sugar and raisins again that is quickly met by sour cherries and woody tones with bold oak accents. Bracing sourness and Brett funk on the way down. Puckering and a bit acidic, but so very tasty.

Lighter in body with plenty of carbonation. Goes down really easy. A great blend from Lost Abbey and I'm glad to have been a Sinner and been able to try it.

Photo of tjthresh
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from theisti. Pours brown with some red hues. Ample tan head. The nose presents oak, cherries, and a bit of booze. The flavor is tart cherry, with some toffee and a bit of chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation and a bit of an abrasive finish.

Photo of magictrokini
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a ring of off-white bubbles. Sour cherries, leather, wood, graham crackers, and nutmeg in the aroma. More cherries and graham cracker in the taste, but with a bitter chocolate chip cookie and vanilla cream notes. Vinuous taste and texture.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted side-by-side with 2009 and 2010, all shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a hazy dark amber-brownish color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with loads of moderately tart cherries and slight amounts of funk. Also present are very slight amounts of dark chocolate and heavier amounts of oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by smooth and lightly tart cherry flavors. Midway through the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of cocoa powder and hints of roasted malts. Near the end good amounts of funk come into play, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was hands down the best of the three versions, a very nicely done amalgamation of flavors with everything present in good amounts. Well worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to D0ggnate and m1ked for this brew. Shared with Shane, Andrew, and Garrett.

A: Pours deep brown and murky. Decent sized head on the pour which only holds for a bit. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Very nice sour cherries push through. Deep, pleasant sweetness and maltiness. Maybe a big of oak and bourbon or vanilla.

T/M: Nicely sour and tart. Sour cherries are yet again dominant. Just a little bit of barnyard in the back but mostly covered up by the sour cherries and sweet malts. Tartness gets bigger as it warms and leaves a bit of puckering. Body is about medium with smoothing carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and tasty. Wish I could get more of this.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for sending this one my way. An excellent trader that always exceeds expectations. Thanks Ben!

Pours a dark ruby brown. Cloudy with some ruby highlights, very dark brown. little head that dissipates pretty quickly into a ring around the glass and some small swampy puddles of foam across the skim on the surface.

Nose is quite flemish in nature. Oud bruinish. Some tart notes. Some sour cherry. Oak and wild yeast. Funky.

Wow! very complex taste. Mostly flanderized, but alot going on here. Taste opens up with wild yeast and slight funk with a good sour cherryish presence. As the taste progresses, there is a sweeter flavor that comes through and balances this quite well. Very complex. A dark fruit character. The malt profile is there. More sour flavor comes out toward the finish, but it is mixed with a nice sweetness that gets stronger in this area. The finish is not as dry as a regular flemish ale, in a good way, but is still pretty damn dry. Sweet cherry comes out on the finish nice and strong. Sweet yet tart cherries linger on the aftertaste with a bit of flanders funk. Cherry.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be, nothing amazing, but not bad either. Carbonation is just right, maybe would be intersting to see what would happen with just a touch more carbonation, but I like it where it is. Slick in the mouth with a very dry and tart finish.

Drinkability is good, quite good, for the style. And by style Im calling this a belgian style sour, as opposed to strong dark ale. yeah, the style might not exist, but thats what it is goddamnit.

Overall a very complex, interesing, and enjoyable beer to say the least. I am not a huge flemish fan to be honest, and I like this one alot! A must try for any flemfan. A nice blend to be sure. I would recommend picking one of these up. A treat. Great beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

400 ml is not enough of this masterpiece. A brown sour appearnce, with only a fleeting whisper of white head, and certain aroma of it, along with a distant yeast. The taste is first of the souness, followed by a mild cherry and cola and stout, and by a tad of sugar. Drying and left wanting more.

Photo of Kegatron
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very deep and dark (yet still clear) ruby, with a ½ finger of fizzy mocha colored head. This retains with a relatively look yet maintains some fizzy richness around the edges, leaving a fairly strong smattering of spotty lacing behind. The aroma foremost smells of tart cherries, which mix with a good bit of smoky and earthy tannic character from the barrel to really give the nose some bite. Vanilla adds some sweetness to this but there is definitely some earthy funk going on here, that while subdued compared to the strength of the cherries, still gives this a touch of a souring edge to it. This is just very deep and tangy feeling in the nose overall.

Tart fruit (especially cherry flavor) pummels the front of the taste and then proceeds to slither out across the tongue. Chocolate malt sweetness, brown sugar, and vanilla notes help cut the extreme tartness of this some but there is still just a TON of slippery tannic acids and woody tones that hang on the edges of the profile and pull together in the back, spreading a deeply earthy and funky sharp dryness in the mouth. I'm not getting a whole lot of bourbon here, just mostly the barrel. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a lower feeling carbonation that sits with some heaviness. This is just VERY slick feeling overall though and really helps keep the sour sharpness of this staying smooth in the mouth. Lot of dryness here in the body.

Tart, tangy, and funky, yet still VERY drinkable, this blend left an impression. I don't know if some time in the bottle put the Red Poppy front and center a little more than the Cuvee De Tomme but that was my overall impression of it. Both still worked rather well together though and this was some really tasty stuff.

Photo of WeeObese
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I had on tap at the Stone Sour Fest as well. I am reviewing from a bottle here.

A: Dark, dark brown. With a nice tan head with lacing on the glass. Stout-like appearance.

S: Sour, lactic acid, sour cherries, a little barrel funk (brett?/oxidation?), dark malt, and slight roastiness with a faint cocoa. Really wonderful smell.

T: Sweet and tart cherry up front. Strong sour funk in the middle, slight oakiness. Finishes with a sour and dark roasted malt finish. (I remember this beer at the fest as all sour up front, all roastiness/cocoa in the finish. It seems as if it has blended in the past few months). Great interplay between sour and roastiness/cocoa. Great taste, nice complexity, not simply a sour beer.

M: Nice slightly velvety mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation for this type of beer.

D: Really easy to drink, due to the nice balance between the sour and dark malt flavors. This beer is 8% and you can't tell.

Great beer, glad I was in the club and have three more bottles. Look forward to next years blend!

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes, thanks to Weibull for this one...

Brown body with a glint of red under direct light. Lasting head, a slim cap of off-white foam tops it all off. Wild aroma, washed rind cheese, tart black cherry & pits. Robust feel, tannic, leathery, sharp acidity with a fine sweet/tart/tangy interplay. Exquisite lingering finish with cherry pit and woody tobacco. Very tasty, recommended for fans of Cuvee de Tomme, Haandbakk, and La Folie.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this whale from Czoch75 in the Fight Club Rnd 2 BIF.... Clint definitely brought the mayhem!! Never figured I would have had a chance to try this one... Thanks Clint. Shared with inflatablechair a while back and reviewed from paper notes.

Dark brown.. surprisingly so... only reddish highlites when held to a bright light... nice tan head.. good lace.

Touches of acetic notes with lesser than expected fruitiness.. still there is a fair amount of black cherries that are blanketed a bit by caramel and vanilla.

Flavor has a bunch more cherry.. mild chocolate.. the fruits seem very bright... good bourbon .. puckery at points, but the BSDA complexities seem to override the sour notes.. cherries are yummy... bits of funk... nice blend.

surprisingly lite body... carbonation is lite too, but nice bubbles are present.

Thanks again Clint.. I really wanted these, but didn't jump fast enough for the Sinners membership... Czoch75 is a class act and anybody who gets him in Round 3 should expect and ass-whipping.


Photo of mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via the Sinners release. Stored in my cellar for a couple of weeks and finally let out of its cage. Served at cellar temp and consumed on 08/26/2008.

The pour was wonderful. Rich and decadent looking reddish tinted amber, almost bordering on a nice cherry brown. Lots of sediment here ruled the day, with a good bit suspended inside as well. Rich off white head of about an inch and a half came up and settled down nicely over the top, creating a cascading of light side glass lace. Really just superb looking beer.

The aroma was richly sour. Lots of tart cherries, hints of grapes, light vinous qualities. Some roasted malt, plums, and lots of different things going on here. Rich with a decidedly tart based to it. This is definitely some nice Red Poppy going on in here as the cherries are dominant right out of the gate. Huge, complex profile here as I am seduced by the sweet taste in the middle. Caramel maybe, no, has to be some sort of fruit. Maybe a plum, wow this was good. Long drawn out bitter finish was the icing on the cake for me as I was tasting cherries for an hour after I was done. The feel was not as thick as I would have hoped, only because I was hoping for perfection, but was still off the hook. As for a sipper, it is hard to beat this one. Such a rich dessert like character, while staying light and hiding copious amounts of alcohol inside.

Overall, wow not sure what to say other then this is really where it's at. I could have this in an IV in my arm it is soo good. I was proud to have this as a Sinners beer, truly unique and worth every penny.

Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish-amber in color, pretty turbid in the pour and utterly opaque in the glass. The tan head retains very well.

Smell: Cherries and vanilla predominantly, though the depth and subtlety is just ridiculous. Oaky tannins, caramel, almonds and sour plums all come to mind, though it's a very harmonious aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lots of tart cherry flavor from the get-go, it's probably safe to assume that there's a good bit of Cuvee de Tomme in here, and most likely a bit of Red Poppy as well. The sourness subsides a bit mid-sip, allowing the caramel and vanilla flavors to reach the forefront. Dry oaky tannins take over from there, leading to a finish that's incredibly long and winding, shifting from sour to dry and then ultimately to a combination of the two.

Photo of oline73
2.99/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Sour and Bitter. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky mahogany with a half finger of off white head that leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Tart with some brown sugar sweetness. Some dark fruit and cherry notes. The smell has a slightly off quality to it.

Taste: Tartness that reminds me of dark cherry. Sweet brown sugar and some chocolate notes. The off note in the smell shows up in the flavor as well, but not as much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The off note really brought this one down for me. I enjoyed everything else that I tasted and smelled. I think I would pass on this beer in the future.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown in color. Very nice inch of off white head on the pour. Smell is tart and very ripe dark fruits. Taste is even more of the dark ripe fruits. Almost too much of the dark plum and raisins. Not overly sour in the flavor. Theres a bit of a peat flavor in the taste as well. Not sure that these flavors are melding well together very well. They kind of just stuck out on their own. I was expecting a bit more.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while. a blended barrel aged beer, just don't ask what's in the blend. So, how's it rate?

A - pours a very clear mahogany color with a nice light tan head.
S - sour tart cherries, sweet dark fruits, oak, brett.
T - taste follows form but that really doesn't do it justice. This beer plays with your taste buds and just says take another sip.
M - medium full bodied, nice carbonation, tart, crips, slightly sour, tangy, dry finish
D - drinks quite nicely for a sour beer.

The category is a misnomer. this is a great wild ale / blended barrel aged beer. Sadly it's only a 375ml. Happily I have more.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this one two separate occasions now, and it's been absolutely delicious both times. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours fairly dark with maybe a bit of crimson in there. Nice off white head with a bit of lacing The nose is really lactic with a bit of vinegar as well. Some barrel character along with loads of dark fruit (especially cherries) and some light vanilla. The taste really accentuates the sourness perfectly, leading to an absolutely exquisite mouthfeel. Drinkability is through the roof. One of the best LA beers I've had. I love soured dark beers; I'm calling for a new trend.

Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. DrJay and oakbluff each contributed one of these, which were blended in the glass to create the "sinner's blend blend". thanks jay and scott!

375ml bottles, corked and caged. sampled nov 27/08.

pours super hazy deep red, nearly brown, with a big medium density tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is wacky. dark chocolate and coffee. sour cherry. bit of vinegar, but more sour than acidic. nice light citrus component too. bread and cracker.

taste is wild. bounces between many different elements. big sour cherry. dark chocolate and coffee. multi-grain bread and cracker. lemon. orange. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. bit of horse blanket, but more sour than funky.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium carbonation level, but silky smooth. just under medium body.

drinkability is great. this one is a bit of a chameleon, changing between its many facets with each sip. lots of sour cherry with the other elements rotating in. great balance. good stuff.

Photo of Rifugium
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this at a recent tasting (Nov. '13).

Murky, rusty, brown color, with a slight head that quickly receded to a ringlet of whitish bubbles that left negligible lacing. In the nose, some lacto, slightly tart, slightly sweet, light notes of burnt caramel and old oak. There was a bit of a funky and almost metallic / oxidized aroma at first, and I thought for a moment that the beer would prove to be infected (or simply oxidized). But after breathing for a few minutes, it seemed to mellow out. The taste was, well, surprisingly sour...not overbearing, but not really knowing the ingredients of this blend, I didn't expect it to be a sour beer, and was anticipating more along the lines of a Belgian strong ale. But no, it was a bit sour, cherries and orange marmalade, some lacto, some acetic, oaky, with a good caramel malt balance with a touch of leather. Again, I never really looked up what exactly went into this blend, but judging by the taste, I'd imagine a good portion of it was Red Poppy. Medium body, good drinkability after 5 years. I'm glad I didn't wait any longer to open this one.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, dark cola brown in the glass.
Nice frothy beige head, leaving a trail of lace throughout.
Aromas of brett, caramel, leather belt, cow manure & tobacco

Sourness detected near the front of the mouth, which balances out letting the oak, cherry, brett, shine next. Very smooth and refreshing.

Oaky tobacco funk present on the finish, with a touch of tartness.

Very nice drinking sour...if that's what you call it.

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark beer with a bit of red in there. Pretty nice, slightly tannish head that rose up a couple fingers and left some stick on the sides.

S - Nice vinegar and lactic sourness. There's some good cherry and a little bit of chocolate and toffee. Vanilla and oak compliment this nicely.

T - Taste is very good. Good sourness, vinegar, vanilla, oak with a touch of cherry. Slight bit of cocoa malts add a much meatier flavor on the sour.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - A surprisingly enjoyable beer that has nice sourness and tartness. Would drink again.

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like this review was lost at some point. Luckily, I still have my notes on it in my notebook. Shared at Sour Fest 2010 by Jason. Big time thanks are in order!

A: The pour is a dark brown, amber color with a tall, off-white head.

S: Smells just wonderful. The Cuvee de Tomme that is part of this blend has really taken hold and provided tons of cherries and sourness. A mild chocolate and toffee sweetness, plenty of oak, and a little bit of vanilla.

T: Slight vinegar tartness but plenty of acidic character as well. Sour cherries, oak, and other dark fruits make for an awesome flavor. Nicely dry with just a hint of malt on the middle of the tongue.

M: Medium in body with a full carbonation and a nice dry finish.

O: Truly a great beer. Wish I had one of these at home.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As I told Dyan the other night over at his place, this is definitely one beer I never expected to see.

The beer pours a very hazy (murky is probably a more accurate description) brown color with very good head retention and lacing. Nose is mind blowing, and I expect is quite wonderful if you like sour beers. In any event, I get vinegar, black cherry, horse sweat, and road kill. As one would expect with this level of funk, there is a considerasble sour element in this beer as well. Fortunately, the flavor profile isn't quite as intense (thank God!). I get some noticeable sour apple, coupled with the expected blast of sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and there's no denything that this beer has plenty of flavor. As for the beer's drinkability, sigh... what can I say? The sour component is completely over the top (IMHO), and this beer comes across as very acidic, with a long, sour finish.

Interesting beer to be sure, but it was painful trying to drink more then a small sample of this stuff. Just not my cup of tea I'm afraid.

Photo of rayjay
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big pillowy Belgian foam, great lacing. Hazy reddish brown and very proud looking.

Great aroma full of dust, dry wood, brett horse blanket, lacto tartness, and sour cherry cough drops.

Rich malty complexity with sour red fruit. Just a hint of chocolate, and not-so-subtle hints of oak and white wine. Much on the same page as Flemish sour reds like Rodenbach Red and cafe Monks Sour Ale, with a familiar Fantome funkiness. Very well done, but not quite perfectly coming together.

Ah, to find those subtle imperfections in the don't get me wrong, I'd take this in my glass any day. It's great.

Mouthfeel is the real highlight. Gentle bottle-conditioned carbonation with a slightly chalky and velvety texture.

Drinkability is with the best of them. Refreshing and I can't wait for the next sip. Cheers!

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Sinners Blend 2008 from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.