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The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #88
Ranked #13,781
3.94 | pDev: 11.17%
Dec 18, 2020
May 08, 2007
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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2.84 by Dbot from Delaware on Dec 18, 2020
4.13 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 18, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Avitra from Switzerland

A little more sour and a little less deep than other beers by this amazing brewery.

Dec 22, 2019
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Feb 19, 2019
4.38 by RickS95 from Indiana on Nov 24, 2018
3.67 by antihero404 from California on Oct 24, 2018
4.25 by mmilyko from Nevada on Sep 23, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by the_benskii from Washington

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
4 by rarigney from Washington on Sep 16, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

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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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Grackos from Florida

Lots of spices. Pretty smooth though. Hides the alcohol very well.

Aug 30, 2018
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Aug 16, 2018
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4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by markjknowles from Oregon

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
4.29 by Whatuptho from California on Jul 20, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by moose1980 from Germany

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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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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
4.56 by nemma from Hungary on Jan 27, 2018
3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jan 06, 2018
4.25 by Odysseyalien from New Jersey on Dec 24, 2017
4.11 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 06, 2017
4.24 by JuiceMan818 from California on Dec 01, 2017
4.06 by Eman17 from Illinois on Nov 04, 2017
4.09 by WormGod from New York on Oct 31, 2017
3.78 by DrinkThemAll from California on Sep 30, 2017
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Aug 02, 2017
4.18 by guild337 from Virginia on Jul 21, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Note: 2012 Vintage

Jul 15, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

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
4.24 by michiganmatt from California on Jun 17, 2017
3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jun 04, 2017
4.04 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on May 21, 2017
4.37 by bshefftz from California on May 04, 2017
3.75 by mflamar from New York on Apr 16, 2017
4.36 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2017
4.39 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Jps715 from New Jersey

2016 edition

Mar 18, 2017
3.95 by DubiousGopher from Nebraska on Mar 12, 2017
4.04 by Heeenrik from Finland on Mar 04, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

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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2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by dro7 from California

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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