10 Commandments
The Lost Abbey

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #58
Ranked #8,821
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.
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the_benskii from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

August 2018 (2013 bottle) - pours a haze murky brown into a snifter with a very thin khaki head. Definitely aged well here (not sure who aged it but got it aged from Tavour so expect it to be proper). Smells a bit boozy with dark fruits and sugary goodness. Taste is well balanced with brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits and figs. Incredible smoothly and lightly carbonated. A super drinkable 10% beer here which was incredible.

Sep 17, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany body with a thin yet lasting head, dense and creamy; big sheets of foam coating the glass. Big fruity aroma; plums and raisins. Huge flavors; dark malt with cocoa; plums and raisin as suggested by the aroma; light bitterness and minimal alcohol presence (although it grows a bit towards the end of the sip). Heavy body; smooth and velvety; a semi-sweet finish.

I am not sure which version of the beer this is. It comes in at 10.0% ABV per the label (and not the 12.0% currently displayed on BA) while the brewery's web site indicates the beer comes in at 11% ABV. Regardless, this is one finely crafted strong ale. It is dark and inviting with a heavenly fruity aroma. The taste is deep and complex with very little alcohol presence. A truly outstanding beer...

Sep 06, 2018
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markjknowles from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking the 2013 version in 2018 really exceeded my expectations. Few beers gain anything past a year of cellaring and can diminish in quality. This was not the case. The deep brown blend with a whitish khaki head really demonstrated just how valuable cellaring can be. The sweetness was subdued. The flavors predominantly prune and raisin. A pleasant alcohol presence ended with a mild bitterness. Everything so cohesive and balanced. I don't know how this beer started but the bottle I got was close, after 5 years, to perfect.

Aug 04, 2018
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moose1980 from Germany

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; brewed with honey, raisins, and rosemary. This held up amazingly well. Incredibly bready in the aroma and the rosemary still came through surprisingly strong in both aroma and flavor. Not overly sweet, but a decadent treat nonetheless.

Apr 02, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Lost Abbey "Ten Commandments"
1 PINT 9.4 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, corked and caged; "VINTAGE 2016"
$11.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via steam of consciousness: A creamy tan head rests gently atop a very dark brown - almost black - body. The aroma is sweetish and fruity with candy sugar, light brown sugar, almost burnt white sugar, raisins, prune, and fig. I'm gonna guess that the flavor is pretty much exactly the same so let's see... yep, pretty much exactly. Of course there's some bitterness as well, and it's not as sugary as the aroma suggests anyway. The fruit is nice with lots of bitter dark skin character and lots of dense fruit. It made me think of a port wine. It's not as rich, but hey, it's pretty close! I'm also getting a bit of spice, not sure if that's from hops or alcohol, but there's also some leafy, and maybe lightly herbal hop flavors towards the swallow and in to the finish. It's very supple and smooth with a dextrin rich medium body but the very fine bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation gives it a little bristle and bite. Hmmm, I think the alcohol gives it a little snap as well, and there's definitely some warming in the finish once you get a few sips in. As it's warming it's opening up and I'm finding some cocoa-like notes and a little bit of toastiness. It's grainy as well. Looking back the head has fallen to a very thin, broken in spots, surface covering and only minor lacing has been left behind. Was this glass "beer clean"? That might be my fault, I'm not sure. So, what's missing? The Brett. There's a very little bit, just a little sharpness that's almost like something metallic and some leather. If you're not familiar with it you won't be able to find it, it's very light. And that's OK, there's a lot going on here already... more herbal notes and some orange-like citrus have appeared to round it out a bit, and maybe even a note of molasses. I initially thought that it was a touch bitter with maybe too much alcohol but as it's warmed it appears more balanced, the way it should be, and again, that's OK because this is really a sipper. It's a beer that you take your time with, certainly not something that you drink by the pint at a party or pub, although I have seen similar instances of that and it usually doesn't end up pretty. So, did I miss anything? And where do I stand on this? Well I think it's really well put together. If there are spices added I really can't tell, which is something I appreciate about Belgian beers whereas American brewers are often more heavy handed and want everything to pop right out at you. Regarding the alcohol... how strong is this? 10% ABV? I kind of expect some alcohol at that level, and if I didn't get any I'd be a little disappointed, and probably feel it was missing something because it does add to the overall character. Still, it might be just a slight touch high. The malt is great, nice blend, and the yeast has clearly done it's job of adding character. I like it a lot, and I'd say it rivals even some of the best from Belgium. Well worth trying.

Jan 27, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with a nice beige head and lacing. Strong smell of raisin and prunes. Taste of these spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange peel. A bit boozey but tasty.

Jun 30, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, into a tulip snifter. 2015 edition, had 10/8/16.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, with about a one inch head and a good amount of lacing, active carbonation. Smell is malt, Belgian yeast, raisins. caramel. some cola, light cherries and chocolate, light black pepper as it warms, spices- a little savory aroma. The taste also leads with the malt, then stronger chocolate than the nose, raisins, some figs, some caramel, dates, spices- the rosemary is more definable as it warms. Smooth, creamy, well carbonated, pretty full bodied for the style, alcohol well hidden.

Good flavor and aroma, a very good BSDA, but the rosemary and honey really don't show. And the rosemary is part of the allure. Well worth trying, but the price point is a little high for what you get.

Feb 06, 2017
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dro7 from California

2.59/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed with this beer. It's a strong dark ale with spices and Brett. The spices and Brett do not mingle well with this quadrupel. The Brett adds some slight sour notes which are not well received.

Jan 24, 2017
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cambabeer from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage: "Dark Spiced Farmhouse Ale with Brett."

A little cinnamon and clove in the nose, with really fruity sweet notes, grape, as well. Pours a very hazy brown. Caramel color head and smell. Mild carbonation. Some spicy belgian yeast smell as well. Starts off spicy and yeasty, followed by raisin and honey toward the middle. Finish is hoppy, chewy, burnt caramel.

Jan 15, 2017
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devilmakesthree from Oregon

4.87/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 Vintage, poured into a tulip glass.
L: A deep, opaque sable with a creamy, toffee colored head.
S: Belgian yeast and sweet caramel.
T: Figs, plums, and toffee.
F: Carbonation dances on the tongue.
O: A fine Belgian Strong Dark, age would do wonders.

Jan 09, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices/cinnamon, malts and Belgian yeast. The flavor is Belgian yeast, malts, dark malts and a very spicy/mildly funky/slightly sour finish.

Dec 27, 2016
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Viaduck from California

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a moderate pop of the cork. Pours as dark as a quad, the color of strong black coffee with a long lasting but not very thick light tan head. Aroma: chocolate, alcohol, spices & hops. Flavor: chocolate, raisins, spices. Plenty of carbonation & alcohol burn on the tongue. A farmhouse ale in steroids.

Nov 21, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage; drank 5/13/14 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/purple hue.

Khaki head; strong lace.

Sherry & raisin nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sherry, green raisin, cinnamon, brown sugar & apple cider flavors; a bit too boozy still but nearing perfection...

Oct 20, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 Bottle.

A: Moderate raisins, estery dark fruits, with slightly sweet dark roasted malts.

A: Super dark brown, almost black, slightly hazy, with a moderate off-white head that has solid retention, even after all these years.

T: Roasted malts, raisions, with estery dark fruits. There is some oxidation, but not offensive, with some light sherry, faint funk, and a dry finish.

M: Full bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Awesome; over the years the beer's slightly rougher edges have mellowed, the raisins blend seamlessly with the estery dark fruit and slightly sweet roasted malt notes. Delicious!

Sep 19, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage purchased from the Brewery in 2015. Cellared for 1 additional year. Served cold in a teku.

Appearance: like all Lost Abbey bottles and labels this one is epic. Moses holding the 10 Commandments with a storm and Mt Sinai in the background. Badass! Beer poured out a very dark brown and almost black. Creamy off white head. Very sticky.

Nose: leather, dark fruits, sherry wine, tobacco, bitter herbs

Taste: definitely shows some age here. The oxidation is very prevent here but not offensive. Sherry, port, tobacco, bitter herbs, leather, old Barleywine or old Ale Brett "funk".

This was a very good eer and I'm glad I got a chance to get some. I was on business in the area and made the pilgrimage to taste the beers. I couldn't pass this one up. I would have liked to taste a fresh bottle but that wasn't going to happen. Deliciousness otherwise.

Jul 27, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prune color ale. Two finger, soap suds light tan head. Unrelenting retention and patchy lacing.

Big dark fruit aroma. Pleasant funk. Dark sugars.

Prune and raisin flavor. Balanced rosemary spice and Belgian yeast funk. Rich, dark and sugary. Earthy, herbal hop.

Full bodied. Good bubbles. Slightly sticky.

Great flavored quad.

Jul 18, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, dated 'Vintage 2012', 10% ABV. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized light tan head; some sediment in the glass. Smells of dark fruit, brett, citrus, and caramel. The taste follows with mostly dark fruit, brett, and citrus with some added caramel, oak, honey, and herbs. Moderate dryness and subtle sweetness. The alcohol is present but mostly covered by the flavor. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, it's a complex and well done BSDA which has aged very well. Worth a try.

Jun 22, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice murky mahogany with a huge soapy head that lasts a minute. nose; big figs, hops, & booze. sign me up! taste; light chocolate malt, raisin, light honey, rosemary, fig, earthy hops, & some rummy booze. cocoa, hops, & raisin on the end. medium+ carbonation & slightly heavy mouthfeel. the herbal rosemary may be a tad much here, and ethanol is present at 12% abv, but it's not harsh. a nice, punchy dark-fruit belgian with some nice chocolate & cocoa touches. :)

Jun 04, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

2.84/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a tulip glass at 52 degrees gave it a hard pour and got a half finger heat that dissipated quickly. This beer is probably 4 years old. I will try a fresher one to see if I over aged it. The color of the beer is dark motor oil with no clarity. A significant amount of carbonation bubble are visible. A poor showing for strong dark ale.

A rich caramelize note, honey, raisins, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, fruity ester, cherries, bread and yeast.

A super rich sweet note of honey raisins, roasted malt, fruity esters, plum, cherries, bready, and yeast.

Mouth feel very low carbonation, coating, and very very chewy.

Overall. I do not care for this beer. It is sorta flat and cloying sweet. I was stoked to try this beer but is not very good. I will get a fresher batch and post an update later.

May 01, 2016
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HockeyBrewmeister from New York

3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Dark brown/amber with beige and bubbly head.
SMELL: Raisins and dark, sweet fruits. Slight hint of sweet honey. Not much rosemary.
TASTE: Sweet almost caramelized raisins/dark fruits up front. Some honey. Finishes a dry bready/rosemary with slight alcohol burn.
FEEL: Medium with good amount of carbonation.

**MUCH BETTER as this beer warms up. WAY TOO CARBONATED when I drank this right out of the fridge.**

OVERALL: Good beer but nothing over the top. Got more complex and enjoyable as it warmed up. Would definitely recommend letting this beer sit for a few minutes after pouring it. Curious as to how this would taste after cellaring for a year or two.

Apr 28, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 10 Commandments are reviewed in "The 1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die" and deserves to be on that list. The reviewer tells the story of how The Lost Abbey started. The history goes that its homebrewers-founders would break brewing convention and use unusual ingredients to get different tastes. Despite its name, this ale broke the rules and carmelized raisins. They arrived at these raisins after experimenting to find the tastes of the dark saison taste they enjoyed from Fantome's Dark Ghost.

To indicate how thoughtful The Lost Abbey is, I recommend reading the label of The Ten Commandments. And if you want more, here is their more humorous rendition. http://lostabbey.com/crusade/ten-commandments/

Relevant to my 2017 bottle of The 10 Commandments, I found my 2010 notes (pre-BA) that told me never to buy this again. Too sweet and a little rough in texture. I can only surmise the difference between that and my 2017 rating/review. Tthe reviewer gives a clue by saying Lost Abbey started using Brett. This smooths the Taste and Feel and integrates the ale as a whole. Whatever the change (and it might be my palate), I am glad to increase my rating.

Would I have this again? Yes. But probably not until I have Lost & Found, the dubbel on which The 10 Commandments is based.

Apr 23, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma, honey, raisin, grape, yeast. ..very warm and aromatic despite being chilled. Appearance, dark brown, murky, white lasting head.Taste, dark fruits, raisin ,cherry, raspberry blueberry, dates, figs,etc. Belgian Wang is there, but not bad. Feel us creamy, thick, a touch flat. A nice strong well crafted beer. Amen."

Apr 10, 2016
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Mitzvahman72 from California

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This is coming from a bottle that was a 2015 vintage.

With a nice ambiance, it boasts some great works from Rashi and Rambam, with lessons from the Tanya and the Talmud. There’s a fantastic mouthfeel with the Psalms, along with a great feeling of accomplishment in what you learned to do good and with joy in life. Although it does have some perplexing Maimonides moments, it does give you a great amount of knowledge about what’s going on in life and the world around you. Nevertheless, I recommend looking into the more inspiring lessons and dissertations from the Lubavicher Rebbe and Rabbi Kook for more informative insight on this situation.

On a serious note, with a very dark brown-to-mahogany color, it has a roasty, spiced brandy aroma, containing a roasty, slightly sweet concoction of dark malts, caramel, mild coffee, some spices like rosemary and mint, a chocolate that’s almost like chocolate phosphate and some tinge of brandy. It boasts a nicely munchy mouthfeel and a fantastic creamy coffee aftertaste that fits the style really well. While it sometimes can be an ID crisis in the palate and can get a little too dry at times, especially when warm, it still gets rounded out with the overall flavor and mouthfeel. Nevertheless, in terms of this style I recommend the Dark Truth from Boulevard Brewing and Dubbel Vission from Aftershock Brewing.

Feb 24, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.47/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Brown pour quad, thin tan head, 1/6". Aroma was dark fruit and rubbing alcohol. Lots of it.

Ass ton of dark fruit and pungent alcohol notes. Big time sting. Almost big for the sake of being big, just too challenging to drink. Its hot. And then when you get passed that and start to discern things, its things you don't want like raisins and spice rack.

Jan 30, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle with a 2015 date

L - Deep red/brown with no clarity. 2 fingers of head, and minor amount of lacing

S - Sweet aroma, dried raisons, caramel, brown sugar

T - Like the aroma, raisons, brown sugar, beets, slightly boozy. All the crazy flavors blend well together. Tasty!

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An awesome brew that grows on you with each sip. By the end your totally sold and want more.

Dec 10, 2015
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