10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by scottoale on 05-08-2007

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Photo of devilmakesthree
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Big raisin aroma right off the bat, some light toffee, darker fruits, hints of esters, and some hints of earthy and light grass hops.
T- Raisins come through nice a big but not over whelming. Blended in with the raisins are other dark fruits but nothing to strong. After a bit in the aftertaste the raisins give you that dry grape finish. Light alcohol tickles the tongue. Hint of bitterness on tongue. Very tasty!
M- Full/medium body with low carbonation.
D- This is a excellent brew. I love the big raisin flavor that comes through.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark burgandy body. The brown head is very thin. Lace is spotty and sporadic. Aroma is deep and complex. Some sherry notes and some port notes. A little rice vinegar. Some spicing is duly noted, with rosemary and ginger hints. The flavor is quite complex as well. The first thing I DON'T notice for a 9% beer is the alcohol. Very nicely hidden and integrated in the grand scheme of things. The body feels more like a sherry with a bit more carbonation. The taste resembles sherry and port as well. This is a true sipper. Not because it's alcoholic, but rather because it's so good, you want it to last. Plum, fig and raisin notes add levels of depth. Rosemary is ghostly in its presence, but somehow, I feel it. (One of my favorite beers was their SPF 8 (with Rosemary) which I tasted at the pub in 2002.) This beer is a real treat.

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4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an intense dark opaque brown to black color into my Rochefort chalice with a two-finger thick even, and deliciously milky looking tan head; very nice and appetizing looking (5)

S - Sweet caramelized malts, yeast and dark fruits on the nose with suggestions of cherries, raisins and dates; pleasant rummy, boozy notes blend in pleasantly to round up the aromas (4.5)

T - Caramel and brown sugar sweetness take a quick headstart to be decked by pleasant oaky, woody flavors which lifts to reveal a roasted malt background and dark fruits on the surface with suggestions of raisins, dates, plums and berries nicely blended with rummy, boozy flavors; dark fruits (mainly raisins), roasted malts, a good amount of honey and a very light bitterness show up in the finish; slightly complex and extremely delectable flavors (5)

M - Between medium and full-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation and a foamy, milky smooth texture as it goes down revealing a light and pleasant alcohol warming (4.5)

D - Lovely nose, delectable flavours and feel, fairly complex and improves significantly with warming; as with any good BSDAs, alcohol shows through just minimally. The woodiness, honey and roasted malts are some of the more interesting and noteworthy differences in the 10 commandments. A very well done Belgian Strong Dark Ale style brew that's on par or well better than top brews of a similar style from Belgium. (4.5)

This is the last of 3 American BSDA style brew evaluation and the 10 commandments has been a beer that I have long wanted to get my hands on. This 2008 vintage 10 Commandments has been solicited over eBay and this has definitely impressed me. Amongst the noteworthy differences, the roasted malts seems to give it a slight stout feel but this one's definitely a BSDA and a great one.

The Lost Abbey 10 commandments has indisputably the best nose of the 3 BSDAs; it probably spots the best appearance as well. Pelican's Grand Cru would however hold claim to the best mouthfeel and may just very very slightly and marginally rise above the 10 commandments in terms of taste.

In summary, it's an extremely close tussle between the Pelican Grand Cru and the Lost Abbey 10 commandments; Unibroue's La terrible is clearly behind slightly. I would probably still award first place to the Pelican Grand Cru due to the slighty more complex flavors and better mouthfeel but the 10 commandments is following extremely close in second place. Final ranking: 1st - 2009 Pelican Grand Cru, 2nd - 2008 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, 3rd - 2004 Unibroue La Terrible

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Photo of Vylo
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had from bottle, little low on carbonation, little head, but still a nice, fruity, smooth taste. Smell was a mixture of berries and citrus.

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4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very bark brown color. It looks black unless held up to the brightest light. It boasts a nice sized brown fluffy looking head. The head fades fast, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer smells like figs and raisins. It has a slightly spicy aroma. Some yeasty earthy aroma is also present. It has a slightly grainy aroma also. It has an ever so slight coffee aroma as well. Strange.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Fruity up front with some raisins. Some spicy flavors mix in with a grainy taste. As with the aroma, I taste a slight coffee flavor. It is definately unique. I like it.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a unique aftertaste of raisins and coffee. It is perfectly carbonated.

This beer would not make the best session beer because it is high in alcohol. However, it is very easy to drink, and it tastes great.

Overall: I really like this beer. I like every beer from Lost Abbey. Everyone should try this one.

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4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a dissapointing experience with judgement day, I was a bit reluctant to fork out another $10 on this bottle. But I sure am glad I did. It pours a rich brown with a thin but silky tan head. The nose has dark malts, ripe fruits, honey, rosemary, spices and peppery yeasts. The taste builds on the nose with rich bready malts and a delicious blend of honey, rosemary and other spices. Full body has perfect carbonation. A fantastic beer.

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4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im a huge fan of this beer. Lots of flavors but not overly phenolic. Very clean ferment that isn't overpowering for a strong dark. It was slightly overcarbed which took away from some of it but it general amazing beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle picked up on a recent trip to the brewery. Poured into a full size tulip it forms a perfectly manageable light tan head that has sliding lace left behind. Cola look to the body with carbonation sticking to the side of the glass.

Smells like this could be a balanced BSDA with the roasty/chocolaty backside melding with the clovey fruits. Taste paints a bit of a different picture. There is an herbal feel to this as well and maybe some coriander. Tree bark type earthiness and then slammed once again by the clovey dominance. Mouthfeel while sturdy is medium bodied comparitively and there is a drying finish.

Notes: Interesting for sure. More balanced than most I've had in this style while still holding true. I'd put this somwhere between good and excellent. Worthy of a pickup but lost abbey wont get much of my money based on price versus competitors. The competitors are half the price and arguably equals.

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