Sinners Blend 2010 - The Lost Abbey

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89
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 37
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 39
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A mix of black and brown, seems like you can actually tell this is a blend from the appearance alone, thin tan head. Interesting aroma, thought I smelled rum and brandy, reminiscient of deliverance and some of the angel's share's already. Throw in a little bit of wood, chocolate and mild sour, and you've got a complex aroma.

Taste was unique to say the least, similar to Ad Lib, but not as good. Lots of stuff in it, caramel, toffee, chocolate, sour, vanilla, oak, rum, brandy, molassess, leather, tobacco, cherry . Can't put my finger on where the sour comes from, possibly one of their less fruity sour offerings, like Red Poppy, but whatever the blend ratio, the sour part isn't all that high.

Great for sipping, was a nice change of pace at sour fest.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted side-by-side with 2008 and 2009, all shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with an off-white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with solid amounts of tart cherries and hints of vinegar. Also present are hints of vanilla and lighter hints of earthy oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by lightly tart cherries. Midway through, mildly sweet vanilla and oak come into play. The flavor profile dries out near the end with moderate amounts of funk and vinegar, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was the least refined of the three but it has the potential to become the best given a year or so. A solid beer that’s worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml brown bottle poured into a russian river tulip.

A: Pours a dingy murky brown. Appears to be completely still. Some bubbles from a rough pour but not carbonation.

S: Sour notes of over ripe dark fruits and some our bruin lactose. Sweet toffee and maybe milky chocolate. Oily tobacco sweetness with maybe some anise.

T/M: More Flanders lactose but some added acid leaning toward a Flanders red with milder sweetness... Though the sweetness is there with the overly ripe darkfruits and cherries, as well as the tobacco and light anise. Quite a bit of acid as it warms with some lemon juice flavors and bordering on white wine vinegar. If there was any carbonation the body would probably be around medium but it's flat, thin, watery feeling, and even a little slick.

D: Not sure if Tomme is claiming that this is supposed to be still like he has before, but these carbonation issues have been bullshit for far too long. I think this would be a pretty damn good beer if it was properly carbed.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JMBSH. Sour, winey aroma. Pours chocolate brown with orange tinge, no head. Thick mouthfeel. Full chocolate, cherry, brandyish.Some tongue tingling in finish as it recovers from acid. 350 ml is just about right. Great with food.
Bottle from jason B, 3rd year in a row.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Pours dark brown reddish body. No head. Lifeless.

Smell - Ooh, nice. Brandy. Some red wine notes. Lots of caramel and deep brown sugar. Slight acidity.

Taste - Much more sour. Lactic sourness. Dark caramel. Much more red wine. Slight vinegar notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Nice sourness and very complex.

Overall - Very enjoyable. Complex sour flavors. Awesome.

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big ups to bitterbill fro sending this to me...thanx Bill! Good looking label!

12.7 oz bottle opens with a insignificant pop, pours a dirty prune juice/chestnut color with minimal head. This has bit of meniscus, but no real lacing or head retention

S: Sourness, some raisin, some port notes

T: Follows the nose , more raisin than sourness, some figs & oakyness with booze lurking in the background up front. Oaky sourness dominates as this warms, a touch of dryness & granny smith apples, vinaigrette & a touch of leather dryness. There is also some some figgy, caramel, & vanilla sweetness. Finishes with boozey figgyness, oaky dryness & sourness & just a kiss of whiskey

MF: Fairly thick, smooth, near zero carbonation

Through the roof drinkability, easily one of the best/most complex wild ales I've ever had. Addictive!

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured dark brown 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 sour, tart, cherry, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, earth, tart, fruit, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really went into this one expecting to have something special. While most of the components here were decent, nothing really stood out to take it to the next level which was rather unfortunate. This was definitely one of the cases where some more carbonation would have helped this brew out quite a bit. Worth your time trying this one, but I wouldn’t personally trade big for it.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a small head leaving decent lacing.

Aroma consists of caramel notes with a lot of added Brett.

Flavor is very interesting. Has a distinct sweetness that I identified as maybe being special B. Whatever it is, it starts off with a sweetness and loads of caramal/toffee with notes of leather and tobacco. Just when the sweetness peaks, the sourness overwhelms it and finishes very dry. Very great contrast between the sweet and sour.

Medium mouthfeel and surprising amount of carbonation for a LA beer.

Not the best beer in our lineup of sours, but by far the most interesting. I really love the way the sweet and sour mixed in.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

inch before dropping back down to earth with little in the way of lacing. Aroma was wonderful though. Nice touches of raspberries, hints of light cherry and a touch of sour apples as well. Really quite nice, and very light and refreshing. Smooth and light flavor here as well. Not especially sour, but people need to realize a wild ale does not need to be sour. Anyway. Cherries and Raspberries dominate here, light touches of grape skin, apples and a smooth, and light sugary note to it as well. Light feel and nice prickly carbonation give it an almost champagne like feel, but the drinkability remains very high.

Photo of largadeer
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of the Sinners beers, I guess? Thanks for sharing this, Matt.

Flat, muddy dark brown. Slight clarity around the edges. A hard pour produces little head.

Quite a bit of brown sugar on the nose, along with a mild dose of balsamic vinegar. There's also sweet vanilla, spicy and earthy oak, leather, sweet tobacco and cigar box. As with the other Sinners beers, it's an interesting blend of sweet and sour.

Sweet and sour on the tongue, leaning toward sour. Brown sugar dissolved in aged balsamic. Pretty vinous, a bit port-like to me. There's a touch of bourbon in here, too; it would probably be safe to assume that Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share went into this blend. Full bodied with very slight carbonation, which works fine for this beer, though a bit more carbonation would be welcome. It's a bit syrupy, bringing to mind balsamic vinegar reduction. Oak and vanilla in the finish.

Very enjoyable, a step up from Sinners 09 but not quite as good as 08.

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer I tried at the DC Lost Abbey Tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish dark amber color with no real trace of head.

Smell: Red berries and roast with some vanilla and a mild brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: Tart red berries and roasted malt. I'm getting the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness here as well. There is a bourbon note showing up too. The finish is rather tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy. This beer is pretty darn flat with a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. I thought all the flavors went well together. I'd have another given the chance.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Night of the Barrels 2011.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin tan head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good amount of sweet malt plus some mild acetic acid. Oak character with a bit of vanillin and some brown sugar. The flavor brings together quite nicely with sugary sweetness plus some dark fruits and then finishes with some pitted fruits and mild acidity. Light barrel character throughout, eventually shining in the feel. Good balance through everything. Really nice brew.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey for Lost Abbey takeover. This was my fav beer of the night.

Has a light fizzy head, super murky dark maroon almost cola brown color.

Nose has a nice bourbon, oak, sweet malts, brown sugar, maple glaze, dark malts, caramel, toffee, hint of dark cocoa, light tart funk.

Taste is more bourbon, oak, brandy soaked raisins, syurps, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, then soured brown malts but a nice soft feel, hint of more dark fruits, hint of cocoa and stout like dark malts. Finish is tart and dry, almost flemmy, more sour fruits and malts, raisin, bourbon, and a bit of booze.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall delicious, a nice blend of the sour tart fruits and nice stout flavors, all done in good proportions. Then add the oak, vanilla, and awesome bourbon, done very well and super delicious.

Photo of womencantsail
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The beer is a rather murky dark brown/amber color with a small off-white head.

S: A surprising spirit character to the aroma. Lots of bourbon to it and big time vanilla. Charred oak and lots of sour dark fruits. Cherries, in particular, really stand out. There is just a hint of sweetness to it, too. Maybe some caramel and maple syrup.

T: The bourbon and vanilla really stand out on the palate, as well. Mild dark chocolate and maple syrup giving the beer some sweetness. Quite sour with some mild vinegar and a decent amount of sour cherries.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not quite as good as the 2008, but still a nice sour beer and very complex.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the unexpected surprise at Mike's birthday last night. From notes.

A rather ugly, murky, dark brown with swampwater red highlights, this is rather ugly. However, the nose is fucking great. The bourbon barrel Angel's Share is obvious here, with all the aspects of the more recent batches being very noticeable - brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, huge barrel character and coconut. Along with that is some vinegar, and when combined with the Angel's Share base, it has a more port and sherry-like vinousness (closer to sherry IMO, but the heft does make it feel like a port). The palate isn't as good as the nose, with the flavors clashing a bit. Red wine, port, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and a little tobacco are all present, but it isn't particularly tied together very well. A touch of ethyl acetate is present on the back end, but for the most part, the sourness is fairly tame and reasonably well-integrated. Drying and rather tannic on the finish, there's so much oak here! I really like this, but that mild solvent character is distracting when you look for it. And yes, carbonation is very light, but this beer really needs none, it's close in spirit to Cambridge Brewing Co's Arquebus in this regard. Excellent stuff.

Photo of Phelps
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml into a tulip.

This bottle was shared by ejyoung at a tasting and I got the bottom, so my glass was full of cloudy stuff the color of a chai latte. Everyone else had a mostly-clear burgundy. All of them, however, had absolutely zero head. Lost Abbey’s carbonation gremlin strikes again.

The nose: cola, brown sugar, plum, balsamic, dark cherries, vinous oak. Great aroma.

Sinners 2010 is quite the sour. Cola, plum, dark cherry, new oak. The tartness arrives at the swallow like a slap across the face. Balsamic and citrus peel. A quality blend that reminds of Veritas 009.

The mouthfeel’s dead flat, as usual, though the body’s a fairly viscous medium. Flashy — heavily sour, but not enamel-ripping.

Outrageous flavor. Wish it was carbonated. I feel like a broken record.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown, almost no head or bubbles from an extremely aggressive pour. Perhaps this shouldn't have had an aggressive pour, as tons of chunky sediment hits the beer as I get about 3/4 of the bottle poured. I did get some minimal lacing as I drank it.

Smell is extremely tart fruit and funky, winy, with brett.

Taste is even more fruity tart, if possible, but there is some sweet, which changes where it's at with every drink. However, the tart still dominates almost all aspects, leaving a lemonheadesque feeling in the back of the jaw.

Texture is very wine like. Kind of thinnish, a bit dry, with almost no carbonation. Not so easy to drink, bordering on a drain pour for me.

Well, I won this at the brewery for Xmas in July, but I would never buy this. I can see it has value as a sour/wild, but it's not my thing. That being said, I didn't rate it too bad, as I know that it's lives upto the sour category pretty well, just not as good as the RR brews.

DOA

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/12/2011

Thanks for opening this, Tomme.

A: Pours near still and deep brown with a syrupy collar and some legs.

A: Vinous with a touch of lactic character, plum, and chocolate. Bourbon and oak are evident, as are vanilla and brown sugar. The beer is quite rich.

T: Moderately sweet with brown sugar, bourbon, and a strong grape profile. Notes of plum are evident. Angels share has a firm presence, but there are some lactic notes as well. It's port-like. Noticeable booze with ample warming. Some caramel is present, as is chocolate.

M: Lower full body and essentially still, at least this bottle is, but it works well with this flavor profile. Mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and smooth, and there's much alcohol warming. 8%, hmmm...

Overall: Very good. I hope this pops up again as I'd love to give it a more thorough analysis (drink more of it).

Photo of cpetrone84
2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour is dark ruby red, slightly hazed, and virtually no head. Nose is heavy dark malt, cardboard and soy sauce with a light bit of cherry. Taste is brutal, slightly sour and tons of soy sauce and oxidation. The complete lack of carbonation makes the finish brutal with a fair bit of tart cherry.

Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zero carbonation or "fizz", no bubbles. flat. Cloudy brown brew. Awful appearance.

Funky sweet/sour aroma. Lots of vanilla, oak, apple, pear, fig, honey, bright. Unique aroma. Nicely built. Hot.

Flat as two pancakes. Nice forward sourness followed by a rush of barrel sweetness and booze. Loads of brandy, boozey sour pears, chewy, robust well rounded flavors. Opens nicely when warmed close to room temps.

This brew kicks ass. It has aged gracefully; seek and destroy. Lost "Flat" Abbey did a very nice job with this brew.

Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to jedwards for rounding out the tasting with this rare treat. Served in a Sinners tulip. Pours a semi-hazy mahogany with no head. Nose expresses raisins, bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla notes. Taste is vinous with the addition of vanilla, bourbon notes and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a still carbonation and a slightly astringent/acidic quality. A delicious and complex Wild that nicely balances sour with malty. A trace of carbonation would make this beer spectacular in my opinion.

Photo of Sean9689
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for sharing. 375ml bottle into wine glass.

A - Pours dark brown, light fizzy head, thin ring, spotty lacing.

S - Tart cherries, malty sweetness, dark fruit, oak.

T - Bourbon, oak, malts, tart cherries, dark fruit.

M - Medium, light carbonation, oaky dry finish.

O - A nice sour but nothing mind-blowing. I would have again, if given the chance.

Photo of JAXSON
2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown with a small ring of a head. Nose is strongly alcoholic, nail polish, burnt brown sugar, balsamic vinegar. Mouth is more burnt brown sugar, acetone, cooked vegetables. "Beached sand" per Kevin. Some halfway decent cinnamon and spice, but otherwise a complete pointless mess. Easily the worst of the three Sinners blends, as the other two at least had direction. That this beer is getting any marks in the "A" range is baffling.

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey on Lost Abbey night.

A - Poured into a 4oz sampler a ruddy murky reddish brown with a great offwhite head that left great side lacing.

S - Aromas of molasses and bourbon as well as oak and wild yeasts. Nice cherries maybe?

T - Interesting....lots of Bourbon and some chocolate with light cherries and sour fruits. This is what all dark barrel wilds should strive to be!

M - Nicely carbonated but the ABV is definitely noticeable. Still good and drinkable.

O - Overall this wasn't a bad beer but not my favourite of the night. A bit too hot for my liking.

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

I am guessing that it was a bottle as i did not mark that in my notes form night of the barrels, and i did see bottles at the lost abbey table.

This beer pours a brown color with a very light layer of tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is slightly acidic and has some slightly spicey/malty notes. The flavor is a little sour with a good flavor form barrel aging oak, vanilla, and there is definitely something else that i can't put my finger on.This beer is light boddied with good carbonation just no retention qualities which you dont really expect in sours. a good brew

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Sinners Blend 2010 from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.