Sinners Blend 2009 - The Lost Abbey
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4/5 rDev +1%
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.
02-07-2010 01:26:34 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
12-15-2012 19:58:35 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest, but rocky, well-tanned head that leaves some splotchy lace (count my blessings, it wasn't flat)
Smell: Tart cherry, leather, currants and a wallop of oak
Taste: Tartness dominates from the second the liquid hits the tastebuds so it takes a while for the flavors underneath to make themselves apparent - there are currants, cherries, prunes, a bit of dark chocolate and an oaky character; after the swallow, the wood prune and chocolate elements add a nice balance to the tartness; quite a bit of musty funk in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Rather viscous, with an almost nectary mouthfeel; gentle carbonation
Drinkability: Although I was lucky enough to get a properly carbonated bottle, I didn't like the chewy character; the flavors are interesting but it would have been enhanced with a bit more chocolatey depth than I detected
10-16-2010 22:23:52 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
10-23-2009 21:18:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
08-31-2009 21:30:37 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
11-11-2009 01:36:47 | More by largadeer
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
12-01-2009 17:43:11 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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 )
03-08-2010 03:05:11 | More by russpowell
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
On-tap at Casa del Sean. Served in a Närke tulip.
A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body with some hints of red at the fringes when held to the light.
S - The Gift of the Magi and french oak components are the first things that leap out, although as it warms up I get more light chocolate, roasted malts, and vinous notes from the port barrel-aged Serpent's Stout. There's the perfume note I associate with Ten Commandments as well, but not much of the bourbon barrel it was aged in. Brett is present but quite understated.
T - The taste is far more sour and vinous than I expected from the aroma. Lots of port, oak, and red wine vinegar acidity mingle with a dark chocolate truffle backdrop. Some Belgian yeast character, but not much brett presence here.
M - Tannic, medium-full body, pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a dry finish. Not much in the way of obvious alcohol, even though all the components are up there on their own (before the barrel-aging).
D - Wow! This has mellowed a ton since it was released, and the massive perfume and spice aroma it initially had has largely faded leaving behind a nice and complex beer. I find it really odd that the aroma is mostly French Oak Gift of the Magi while the taste is mostly Port Serpent's Stout, but it's strangely compelling nonetheless. I'm curious how the bottles have developed compared to this keg, although I'm guessing they are still flat. If you want this beer at its best, a growler from Sean is the way to go.
07-15-2011 15:10:17 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Shared at a recent tasting, thank. Beer served in a ticking snifter. Beer is black, dark, thick, almost no carbonation, no head, no retention, no lacing.
Aroma is pretty sweet, strong forward, very nice.
Beer is sweet and boozy with a nice malt backbone and a decent finish, sort of like Veritas 009 but better. I'd have this again.
08-03-2012 16:09:43 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks a lot Kegatron for sharing this with stakem and me. The bottle was enjoyed from a tulip.
The color is a ruddy brown shade of bronze with ruby accents and small light beige ring of beads after the head condensed. The smell of fruit which is lightly tart with a wood aroma that is potent. The mild spice in the nose is strong with a slight custard odor and hint of meaty woody malty aromas. The blend is definitely diverse and seems to contribute a mild amount of alcohol to the smell too. I like the tart sharp and spicy feel which comes off woody on the palate with slight earthy, toasted tinges and highly carbonated presence. The maltiness is full and the finish has moderate sweet malt with a chewiness and slight alcoholic edge.
The taste is tart, sugary and has light chocolate malt tinges initially with a gentle barrel presence of wood with slight sweet port-raisiny and fig jam influence. The flavor is almost cherry-like in a sweet way, but has a bite with the sharp sour edges developing later in the taste. The mix has some dark sugar and light peppery notes as it finishes with some alcohol apparent in the taste. It is a real Trojan Horse of a blended brew overall. The way the aroma tricks you into thinking the malt is dominant and you get a glimpse of that up front but it is woody and spicy as it unfolds iwth sharp fruity sour in seconds after the first sip -strange brew indeed!
08-07-2011 15:44:43 | More by Slatetank
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-19-2010 01:09:07 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
04-22-2011 04:35:00 | More by Mora2000
Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.