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Sinners Blend 2009 - The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2009Sinners Blend 2009

Educational use only; do not reuse.
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for bringing this to my place to share with myself and Slatetank. A 1 liter swing top growler poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a dark brown color with a dark tan cap that quickly fades and holds strong around the rim of the glass with big bubbles. When held to the light, it has some ruby clarity through the body and lighter brown hues along the edges. Finger-like patterns of lace stick to the glass and a swirl revives the cap back to about a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is chocolate and raisins with a very sweet vanilla character. There is a light amount of leather and some mild funk to earthy elements to the back of the nose. Hints of cherry aid the sweet smell of this brew providing a different depth of fruited character to this brew's aroma. More sniffs bring out smooth scents of chocolate mixed with a mildly tangy alcohol aspect, earthy and lightly spicy with a scent that is almost like incense once the brew is warm.

The taste is sharp and acidic like cherry mixed with lactic acid. Chocolate malt and smooth barrel aged vanilla incorporation are an afterthought with some leather and must. There are some fruited alcohol qualities about this brew making a suggestion of raisins or plums with a hint of maybe molasses but I am stretching here to focus on something other than the bold acidity of this. It is a little herbal and tangy to balance with a hint of mineral flavor. Quite a mouth watering brew.

This brew is an absolute mind bender. The way it smells suggests sweet, smooth sexual barrel aged love that entices and seems very easily approachable. Then you take a sip and it wrecks your face with sharp acidity and tang that was not to be found in the nose. An absolute pleasure to drink. It is medium bodied with a modest to light level of carbonation that is smooth in the feel yet sharp and tangy in flavor. Huge salivation factor with this brew, almost tongue curling upon first sip. For 8% it hits pretty hard but quite enjoyable.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to schmittymack for sharing this one with me last night. Poured a very dark brown color with a smattering of light brown bubbles on the surface. Huge inviting and tart aromas here, sour cherries, oak and dark fruit. On the palate, this one was quite tart and light bodied, with flavors of bourbon, port, oak, cherries and dark fruit. Excellent.

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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.

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