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Sinners Blend 2009 - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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: HopHead84 on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 68
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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Review No. 2000 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a brownish (but almost pink) color with an off-white head.

The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of bourbon as well as some roasted malt, dark fruit and a light amount of smoke.

The flavor is bourbon, tart dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt and tart cherries. I have no idea what beers make up this blend, but the flavor is incredibly complex and tastes like a barrel-aged, slightly tart Lost Abbey Judgment Day.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outstanding.

Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

(Aged for 2 years)

This pours a very hazy, murky, almost dirty looking brown, mahogany with ruby edges and zero carbonation. There's very little if any bubbling and it leaves the glass nearly clean on the way down.

An interesting aroma: sherry and port wines, some earthy dirt and brick-like qualities, wood, black pepper, a mild sour component, and a bit of vinegar. More interesting than good, but very, very interesting.

And the flavor is more successful than the aroma. The black pepper spice, wood and earth elements, along with a mild sour component make for a nice beer, while the aging has certainly brought about some sherry and oxidation flavors, though I think they actually add nicely to this complex elixir.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with zero carbonation--lifeless.

A complex beer, but lacking some necessary components.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted side-by-side with 2008 and 2010, all shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a very hazy brown color with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of cocoa powder and lightly tart cherries. Also present are hints of darker fruits – figs and raisins – with heavier amounts of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very lightly roasted malts up front are joined quickly by dark cherries dusted with cocoa powder. Slight amounts of funk come into play midway through, fading out into a mildly tart ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was the least impressive of the three but also the most interesting. Well worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours absolutely flat, no head. Color is a very deep brown with some ruby tinting on the edges when held in the light. No lacing.

S: There's a bit of sweetness, sugary dark fruits. Some sour and tart notes come through. Healthy dose of the 10 Comm and that black licorice aroma. Very light wood.

T/M: Really surprised at the sourness and tartness. I heard it was pretty much none existent but there is definitely some tasty sour/tartness there. Some sour cherries, too, that remind me of CdT, even thought it's not part of the blend. No real funk to speak of. Not getting any of the stout but a good blend of the 10 Comm and Gift of the Magi. The 10 Comm tastes a stronger role but there's a nice lighter maltiness there from the Gift as well as the enhanced sour and tartness. Body is about medium with zero carbonation and no carbonation always makes it feel watered down to me, even though this is quite flavorful.

D: Not sure on the ABV but I'd guess it at around 8 or mroe %. Decently refreshing and pretty tasty. With carbonation, this would be a pretty damn good brew.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml. bottle from JMBSH. Pours vinous, is acidic...and great. Pours dark, demands food accompaniment. Flavourful,fruit and chocolate among them, above average mouthfeel there. A little vinegar aroma, and a tad of woodiness. I was expecting all of the above, and not disapointed.

Photo of nickd717
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver around the time of GABF.

A - Very dark brown with purplish hues and absolutely no head. When you're talking about a Flat...I mean...Lost Abbey beer, this is a red flag.

S - Aroma is really nice with port wine and cabernet, oak, roast, chocolate, and berries. Some tartness evident.

T - Both sweet and tart with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, red wine, port, bourbon, vanilla, and black cherry. Very complex and tasty.

M - Mouthfeel, however, falls flat. Medium-full body with almost no carbonation. Besides that unfortunate fact though, it's pretty silky smooth.

D - This tastes good, but the lack of carbonation really hurts the drinkability here.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat inky black. Slightly transparent at the edges. Nothing really going on.

Smell - Oxidized. Chocolate. Sharp bright liquor flavor. I know its bourbon, but it smells like brandy. Dark fruit acidity.

Taste - Much more sour. Cherry sourness. Raisins. Oxidation. Oak and chocolate. Sharp alcohol. Red wine finish.

Mouthfeel - Mostly flat. Boozy. Acidic. Tough to drink.

Overall - Complex but not easy to drink. Wonder what it tasted like years ago.

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the super generous trader Bitterbill, thanks Bill!

12.7 oz bottle opens with an anemic pop, pours an effervescent mahogany with a sliver of cocoa colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, but little head retention or lacing

S: Prunes, figs & some sourness, plus some kirschwasser (cherry schnapps smells)

T: Puckery tartness, figs, dryness some fusel alcohol up front. Cherries, figs & oaky dryness follow as this warms, plus burnt candi sugar & a touch of apricot & nice port notes. Finishes dry with tart cherry, figs & more oaky dryness, plus candi sugar just rotting the teeth!

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, & nice warming

Drinks pretty easily for the style, much to like about this, only the head retention & lacing really fell short... One of the better efforts from these guys as of late ( as far as I know, not getting much lately )

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a snifter @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09 during the "Tomme Arthur Experience" event.

Pours a cola-like dark brown/black, with a minimal covering of off-white foam. This doesn't stick around too long, leaving just some very light spotty lace behind. The aroma pops with tart cherries right off of the bat, quickly being followed by more Stout-like qualities of chocolate, coffee, and roast. A light whiff of spices and and some woody mustiness fill out the back portion of this nicely.

The taste starts with chocolate covered TART cherries, which pretty much makes up the bulk of this and never looks back. Luckily, I am also picking up some extra notes of molasses, roast, vanilla, oak, and strong drying spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller, with a creamier carbonation that sits on top of a much more oaky and slick feel. The drying tartness does get a bit intense the more I work on this glass, which keeps the drinkibility down a tad.

Pretty overall even blend for this year's rendition of the Sinners beer. The oak and cherry of the Red Poppy and the roasted chocolate character of the Serpent's Stout really worked nicely for me here, while the herbs and spices of the Ten Commandments added a spicy presence that didn't really intrude on the other flavors. Pretty tasty and drinkable stuff this year!

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal off-white head that subsided to none quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cherry, tart, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, roasted malt, acidic, tart, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Out of the two Sinners Blend brews we had this night this one definitely stood out as the best. A nice roastiness was going on here that balanced out really well with the acidic tartness aspects going on. Still needed more carbonation to make it more appealing to the palate though. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you get the opportunity.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I was happy when this one finally arrived on my doorstep and I could not wait to give it a try, unfortunately those feelings were not well rewarded. Corked and caged bottle was served chilled and decanted into an oversized wine glass, consumed on 10/21/2009.
 
The pour was flat, dark brown in color with no head whatsoever. I was afraid of this and just utterly and completely disappointed. No lacing, no anything at al, just wrong. Aroma was tart cherries, touches of brown sugar, a light bit of funk to it as well, nicely done I have to say. As I start to dive a little bit deeper into it some light notes of dark fruits as well as a nice barnyard nose come forward. As I take a sip I am immediately thrown back by the lack of carbonation, just a flat abysmal mess. That is really all I can say about that. Flavor starts out with nice tart cherries, hints of spice and a nice light note of brown sugar. Warming now starts and for only 8 percent it really is taking on quite a life of its own. Rich notes of brown sugar and caramel now coming through now mid palate. Interesting mix here again of flavors. Quick hitting notes of cherries and dark fruits, nice mix of grape skin and a hint of spice.
 
Overall I have to admit I am a bit let down here. The 08 I absolutely adored and thought it was one of the best I had ever had, but this one just really let me down. Maybe if it wasn't flat it would have been better, I have heard there are better bottles floating around but I guess I just got ripped off with mine. Taste was there, nothing else was though.

Photo of mikedashg
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very black with a brown tinge. Very little head

S- figs, dark fruits, prunes, bourbon, a little oak

T- Pretty complex, especially when warmed up. Similar to nose. Figs, dark fruits, prunes. A little bit of sour cherries, raisons chocolate. A little bit of a spicey finish at times

M- Kind of light, a little slippery on the tongue. Low to moderately low carbonation

D- Lots of bourbon on this one at first. But the flavor profile really opens up once it warms up. It is definitely a sipper. You can taste a lot of bourbon and serpents initially. Maybe just a tad bit more carbonation would've helped the mouthfeel (even no tap)

Photo of scottoale
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #666 gee, wow, holy x-top buns...whatever that means??? Wicked, bad, evil? Nope.

375ml. brown bottle with caged cork and a firey looking foil label, just like last years but with an 09 on front and back. With a faint pop of the cork pours a very dark brown viscous liquid with dark rusty highlights and minimal bubble formation. This is no doubt low in carbonation, but far from flat and definitely suits the style.

The smell is really tart, yet sweet...much more so in tartness than a bottle I opened a month ago, as well as what I tasted on tap at O'Brien's. Sweet notes of plum, chocolate, fig and red grapes with a notable bit of spices deeply infused, along with some potent alcohol that all comes alive as this warms up. There's a lot going on in this brew to say the least.

Sweet and fruity with all of the afore mentioned and add some oak, vanilla, cardamon, prune, brown sugar and some Dutch salted black licorice. This all gets slapped with the tartness that the nose revealed and carries on down to the finish in a sour manner. Man this is some kind of blend, can't wait to see what years of aging will do to this complex brew.

Full body, low carbonation, high alcohol, plenty of tartness and a lot of lingering flavors lend to a lively mouthfeel. The drinkability is good now, but I expect everything to bump up a notch or so as the brew ages. I'm cellaring a couple and will report back in a couple years...

Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. The beer glugs forth from the bottle murky and flat, true to the traditional English barleywine style. In the glass it's an impenetrable dark brown with no head.

The aroma is surprisingly great. Vinous with a tart berry-like sourness and roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, a little balsamic vinegar. If I dig, I can pick out a slight herbal note from 10 Commandments. There's a subtle funkiness to it, but the brett is largely drowned out by the big vinous and stout notes.

On the palate it's juicy and tart, cherry and red wine flavors competing with a roasty, chocolatey stout character for glory and victory. It's a stalemate. The mouthfeel, much to my surprise, is dead flat. In this instance it's not a huge detraction and the beer is still enjoyable, but I do wonder how much better it would be with a moderate level of carbonation. Probably quite a lot better. The finish is extremely woody and tannic, with a big vinous port wine kick and some sharp acidity.

This was a tough one to rate. Rarely do I feel so conflicted about a beer. It shows a lot of potential, but it's severely flawed by the lack of carbonation. Maybe this one will carbonate in time and turn into something great, or maybe it'll stay a flat mess like just about every other barrel-aged beer Lost Abbey has released this year.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by twig86 -- thanks, Derek!

a - pours a dark almost black color with ruby highlights, minimal head with retention around the edges only

s - tart grapes, tannin, light dark fruit sweetness, oak and hints of booze on the nose

t - much more tart and sour than I expected, tart grapes and cherries up front with a nice raisin and dark fruit sweetness component on the midpalate and finish, fairly dry finish with lingering tart cherry and grape with lighter dark fruits and hints of alcohol, really surprised to find out this doesn't have Cuvee de Tomme in it

m - medium-bodied, low carbonation, well-balanced finish that's slightly on the dry side, good amount of alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable stuff, the tartness is not overwhelming due to the bit of sweetness that balances it out a bit, alcohol isn't too strong either

Really good stuff, surprisingly so based on the previous reviews. Much more tart and sour than I expected as well. Thanks again to Derek for sharing this gem.

Photo of weeare138
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh for sharing this one...
Appears a hazy, dark brown with chestnut edges and a small, off white head that quickly fades out. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart fruit, bittersweet cocoa, red wine, vanilla, and ripe cherries.
Taste is of the cocoa, vanilla, wild red cherries, and molasses.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grassy, with herbs and spices resounding.

Photo of zdk9
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black- crazy for this beer to be black an sour!

S- Crazy complex. Sweet tart fruit, sour vanilla beans, funky and fermented straw. An amazing smell. Cider vinegar that's sharp and tastes aged (is there such thing as aged cider vinegar?)

T- Crazy tart. Dried black currents. There's hints of a lot of dried fruit- dried cranberries, dried cherries, even dried blueberries. And there's some sweet malty backbone to give it some balance to the sourness.

M- Mouth puckering tart, but in a really delicious way.

O- Another amazing beer from LA. This has just the right amount of sour for my palate. If only I could get some more...

Photo of Diablerie
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to be among the first to try this rather epic concoction at O'Brien's pub on Friday evening. I hold Lost Abbey in such high esteem because of their interesting brews, and this was certainly far from a failure to uphold that view.

As mentioned by others, the Blend is a mixture of three other Lost Abbey brews, all aged and all brewed with a particular kind of yeast strain--Brettanomyces ("Bretts"), which, due to their acidogenic nature, instill a fairly sour taste to the beers they are used for (the flavor comes from acetic acid generated during the fermentation process--this creates a vinegar-like taste). Note that the sour flavor of the beer is certainly one that makes it quite successful and interesting.

A--14oz. served in a Chimay chalice; very, very, dark, very thin head with a slight off-white/tan hue.

S--Strong scent of rosemary, likely resulting from the 10 Commandments; malty; pungent and sweet.

T--Sour and sweet, owed to the Bretts; almost overwhelmingly aromatic, stemming from all of the spices and herbals utilized in the Gift of the Magi and the 10 Commandments; The alcohol is strong, but not overwhelming. It definitely needs to be sipped or you will feel some repercussions. As a caveat to that, I'm not sure what the ABV is, but I would imagine it's somewhere above 10%.

M--Smooth is the only word I can seem to come up with. I'll leave it at that.

D--Very drinkable, but again I would urge it to be sipped. The flavors make it enjoyable, but it is very potent. Not quite as strong as a Mephistopheles, but still.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Richard for sharing this bottle. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with no noticeable head. Fairly flat in appearance, and that carries over to the feel. The nose is quite complex with nice notes of bourbon and red wine before fading to some dark fruit and lactic sourness. Flavor has additional barrel presence, with a touch of the port coming through. Nothing too overwhelming, and the barrels blend very well. Nice lactic presence through the finish. Cherry and dark fruits. Really nice.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey, thanks to Alec for tapping this rarity.

A: Fluffy 1/2 finger head which starts bubbly and fades semi quickly over the super dark pitch black color. THinner than Serpent's stout in looks but pretty much just as dark. And OMG!!! Carbonation in a top of the line Lost Abbey Beer?!?! Oh yeah, it's on draft.

N: A really nice sour ale aroma, some sour fruit, a touch of creamy malts, some oak, a little sour wild ale aroma with no barnyard funk. A touch of roasty malts and dark malts with all that, and a little bourbon seems to come through as it warms.

T: All over the place on the taste, even more so than the nose. It starts pretty boozy actually, with a little alcohol warmth, taste, and burn all the way up to the nose. Dark malts start the taste profile with a little roast, and even some creamy chocolate. Hints of caramel and other tasty dark malts get through. That seems to come in waves with a mix of sour fruit and touch of funk. The sour fruit comes with a little tang, fruity flavors, and touch of wild yeast and Brett, with only the slightest hint of barnyard funk. As the malts initially try to come through, the sour fruit starts to overtake. They seem to battle back adn forth for a bit but the sour fruits seem to dominate the overall taste in the end.

M: Medium body, a little syrupy, a boozy warming and burn feel, and lower but decent carbonation (esp for being Lost Abbey).

F: Semi spicy from the boozy burn, some flemy sweet and sour syrup and fruit flavors, with a little lingering tangy fruit. As that leaves a more dark malts seem to trickle through with roast and coffee. Semi dry overall but leaves a little sweetness. It's a little too boozy overall, and the flavors seem to contrast each other a bit. Sometimes it even feels like they're battling it out in my mouth with a bloody mess, and my tastebuds are the casualties. However, the surviving taste buds get to rejoice and party with some really tasty flavors.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged, 8% ABV stated on bottle. Popped the cork with little sound. Very surprised to see this black pour. I basically forced a head on this one, raising the bottle higher creating a waterfall in the glass. Somehow, a nice 1/4" tan head appeared and looked quite nice.

Aroma of roasted coffee beans, caramel, stout and cherry

Again, quite surprised by the taste, in a good way. Cherry and roasty stout pop out at first. Quite funky and sour, which take a backseat to the before mentioned flavors. As soon as I was set on cherry stout, the funk and sour turn this one on a dime. Horse poop stable funkiness, funk of cherry in the middle. I get the oak in the back of the palate. Dark brown cola when I raised the glass into the sun, revealing a hidden halo of crimson red.

My guess on the blend (without researching this in advance)- Serpent's/Red Poppy/DDG? If not Serpent's, maybe 10 Commandments because of the Brett? Whatever it is, very pleased with this year's Sinner's Blend.

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Seans 30th birthday extravaganza!

A - Brown beer with some red on the edges. Off-white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - More tart than I was expecting, with some chocolate and dark fruit scent in there as well. Smells pretty good.

T - Chocolate, some sourness, good tart notes go with some dark fruit. This is actually pretty tasty, and better than I was expecting.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable beer, glad I got to drink as much of it as I did.

Photo of Chambic
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: like cold tea, a flat, lifeless black

S: the smells are sweet and sour, ranging from cherries to berries to dark ripe fruits

T: definitely tastes more on the sour side, though it's muted

M: it's sooo smooth, the boozy finish is quite surprising

D: I could drink a lot of this stuff, especially since I don't see it often at all

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a very small tan head.

S: Definitely aroma of the Serpent Stout, woodiness that might be the rosemary from Ten Commandments or from the barrels. A bit of dark fruit.

T: As with the aroma, the Serpent Stout is the primary flavor. Dark fruit flavors definitely come out as this warms up. There are some mild Brett characteristics, but definitely not sour, by any means. Some nice wood flavors are present as well. The only serious flaw I see with this is that it's a bit boozy.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

D: A bit boozy, but still a very interesting beer and very complex flavor and aroma.

Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served in a 4oz sample glass.

A - In a dimly lit room this beer pours an almost pitch black with light brown tinting around the edges when held to a light. A thin tan collar clings to the glass with very mild lacing left behind.

S - Lightly sour and tart, some dark roastd malts and mild chocolate notes. Interesting combination of sour and roast.

T - Chocolate up front with complementing lactic sourness. Dark roasted malt blends in nicely and as it warms there is some added complexity with notes of vanilla and caramel joining the party.

M - Smooth and creamy with a midlevel carbonation and medium body.

D - Smooth and very easy drinking...very creamy and caramelly. Very enjoyable.

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Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.