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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #58
Ranked #8,152
3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
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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Mehinaman from Washington

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

Apr 18, 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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scootny from New York

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for a year, it may be better fresh. This beer is an answer to an unasked question. Why put rosemary in a BSDA? I dunno to mess it up a little? To see if the brewer can make an overpowering herb work in a beer that wasn't looking for it? Oy vey. A nice looking beer with a dark mahogany complexion and spots and streaks of lace here and there. A sweet alcoholic smell that is drenched in dark fruits. Indeed there is a heavily rumed fruitcake in there. There is also a significant medicinal quality from the rosemary. It tends to accentuate the fusel aspect of the alcohol. Taste is a letdown for me. I don't care what goes into a beer just as long as it taste good. This is just so so. A good dark fruitiness with a mocha facet is overpowered by lysol. Not the spray the liquid. The rosemary just wrecks it for me. It brings out the alcohol to a solvent level. I use it often when I cook and I'm careful because of it's ability to take over. It has taken over my glass. Too bad because the feel is great. Full and chewy with a touch of cream. Drinkability is good if you like the taste. I don't have much love for this one.

I can appreciate the artsiness of the concept but the final outcome is less than stellar for me

Dec 22, 2009
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dragonWhale from New York

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle from the shrinking cellar.

dark brown with a fat creamy beige head. held up to the light, it reveals a purple hue.
a harmonious aroma of raisins and rosemary, dominating. dates and caramel, intoxicating sugars. i remove my pants.
wow, taste is right there too. honey, rosemary, raisins, dates, caramel with a salty sweet finish. if only the oceans were made of this! The saltiness at the end is a bit distracting, but I beg for more. It's just alluring. A buxom Moses coming down off the mountain with his salty carved rocks. A really unique flavor, and my favorite taste of an American BSDA. I feel like it really cuts into what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. Tomme, this is excellent, thank you.

Jan 14, 2011
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a cellared 2010 bottle from the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Ga. ABV was 10% cork and cage bottle poured into Teku glass
A- was a light reddish color with golden highlights. S- wow! Rosemary, raisin, booze, charred oak,chocolate(?). T- heavy dose of raisin with some honey mixing In as well. M- feel is rather thin with a low amount if carbonation. Definitely some heat from the alcohol. O- really interesting beer!old ale with those adjuncts made for a very interesting glass.

Jul 15, 2015
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ahalloin from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live rating:
2008 vintage, cellared since I received it in the '08 Patron Saints club about a year and a half ago. Good things come to those who wait....hopefully.

Pours a very dark brown smoky fluid with amber highlights at the edges and a full light tan head. A thin ring of head sits atop the beer all the way through the bottle....yeah, I drank this 750ml by myself.

The smell is unexpectedly sour with a burst of barnyard sourness from the added Brettanomyces. In the periphery I get a whiff of dark fermented fruits (raisins and plums), sour dark cherry, with some dark cocoa laden sweetness. There is also an herbal nature permeating the background.

The taste is complex with a hefty Belgian malt backbone, coupled with a funky sour foreground. I get notes of semi-sweet cocoa, raisins, plums, and brown sugar in the body. The funkiness which hits more in the finish leaves a semi-citrusy layer in the palate. The rosemary also shows up in the finish. The aftertaste is powerful and lingering with the illusion that the beer is still evaporating off the tongue! Incredible!!

Solid medium carbonation does this beer well with a liveliness that dances on the tongue throughout the swig. Like I said above, there is a sort of illusion that the beer continues to evaporate off the tongue for a good 30 seconds after the swallow.

Drinkability is very good, as the alcohol is very well masked by the incredibly complex flavor.

Awesome beer that I will certainly seek out again!

Jan 12, 2010
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Twal from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jan 19, 2013
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NJB145 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

May 20, 2013
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CrellMoset from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle received as an extra long ago. Poured in to an oversized snifter, this one's a dark but slightly translucent cocoa brown, complete with a slew of nice, wispy yeast floating around the bottom of my glass. Subsequent sips cot the sides of the glass with plenty of lace at first, glittery and very Belgian, and the finger of mocha head fades in about thirty seconds.

Dates, figs, plums, and raisins on the nose, mingling with light spice, hints of juniper (I suppose the rosemary), and dry, dark malts, slightly reminiscent of chocolate. The taste is similar, but dryer - this one's had considerable time to age, and the tartness (slightly like bubble gum) of the fruits comes across very strongly. I thought it possibly soured at first, but suppose it's just the natural yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is good - subtle, mellow, low in carbonation, but with the dry body, nothing's too heavy or fat on the tongue.

All in all, a good beer, and one I might have enjoyed a little more fresh. Flavorful, but likely at one point more flavorful.

Jan 09, 2012
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codewarrior from New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL Cork and Caged Bomber Poured into a Balloon

Making the LA rounds again, as it's that time of year, and the 6 or so seasonal or rotating varieties change yet again.

L: Extremely dark, bordering on black, but somehow barely still in the browns. Completely opaque, with 2 fingers of head and decent lacing. More carbonation than I expected from a hard cork pull.

S: Thin sweetness with a depth of fruit and an edge of funkiness. Raisins are largest in the middle, honey in the finish.

T: Starts thin, but works into a boozy-sweet middle, with hints of fruits and nuts. Fades into a thin, flowery, honey sweetness, with still a lot of booze happening.

F: Good carbonation, good thickness, well done all the way around.

D: One of the better LAs I've had, On par with Carnevale.

Dec 21, 2010
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SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 16, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Nov 25, 2011
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Mar 25, 2013
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Kmat10 from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Aug 02, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a "coke a cola" colored head that fades quickly. Unfiltered with chunks of floating yeast. Not much lacing either.

S - Has a very faint aroma but I got tart cherries, sweet dark fruit, green apples, and yeast-derived scents

T - Starts off sweet from the malts but then turns tart/fruity. The raisins, apples, and spices are present at first but then turns "darker" with a whisky/alcohol burn and aftertaste

M/D - Medium body with low carbonation but very smooth on the palate. This is definitely a sipping beer and should be served just below room temperature in my opinion

My first beer from Lost Abbey and I am very impressed. This one is quite complex and it's almost like two beers in one the way it starts off sweet/fruity and ends up dark with molasses and whiskey flavors!

Jun 22, 2009
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jmccraney from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 26, 2014
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MetalGearHops from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 04, 2014
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bobsy from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love BSDAs, so big thanks to Russ for sharing this gem.

Pours a rich ruby with a light tan head that fades to a film and leaves spots of lace on the side of the glass. Big raisin, date, brown sugar and spice aroma has all the components for a great Belgian strong dark.

Lots of raisin, brown sugar and spice in the flavour, which isn't really as complex as I'd like, and comes across as a little too juicy. Other dark fruits make an appearance, with dates and prunes springing to the fore, which ups the sweetness a touch. Perhaps what really lets the flavour down is the body, which seems a little too light, and probably makes everything a little washed out.

A great beer to try, though I can't help that with a little more heft to the body it would be greatly improved.

Jul 12, 2010
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shoegueuze from California

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 03, 2015
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pjkelley82 from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Mar 15, 2014
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MisterClean from California

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoked to find this at Total Wine Tustin.

A - Pours dark brown in color with 1/2 finger of chocolate head. Dissipates fast, no carbonation. No surprise, from Flat Abbey (though I have trouble carbonating my Belgians too).

S/T - Chocolate, fig, cinnamon, and anise. Very good.

M - Full-bodied, malt and fruit dominated, some light alcohol present.

D - Overall good. Would welcome other people to try this beer. Would have been great if carbonated as it would bring out more flavor and character, etc.

Jan 27, 2010
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crob3888 from California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Aug 11, 2012
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anaids from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Jul 08, 2013
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hardy008 from Minnesota

3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with Ruby highlights and a large tan foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has raisins, caramel, rosemary, and brown sugar. I am not sure that rosemary is a good idea.

The taste has raisins, caramel, brown sugar, rosemary, and a small amount of tartness. Has a sweet flavor, but I am not liking the rosemary in this beer. Seems like a mistake to me. Honey is a listed ingredient, but I honestly can't pick it up in the taste or smell.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. Unfortunately there is an aftertaste of rosemary. I like rosemary well enough, but don't care for it in beer. Lose the rosemary, and this beer would be much better.

Dec 29, 2011
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Travisnin from Idaho

5/5  rDev +25.6%

Nov 14, 2011
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