10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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10 Commandments10 Commandments

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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.

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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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Photo of basica
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 OStrungT
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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Photo of rye726
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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Photo of FUMath
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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Photo of m1ked
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up at the source yesterday. This years is definetly different than last years.

A- Pours a dark brown. Except the edges, there is no light coming through this thing. Started out with a faint off white-tan head. After a minute, there is nothing.

S- First whiff is a sour, sweet apple cider with dark cherries, black figs, wood, some herbaciousness- light cinnamon, all spice, rosemary. Throughout it all though is the light sour funk.

T- Tastes identical to the smell with some sweet milk chocolate, more dark cherries. That sour note is awesome.

M- Very low carbonation, which I think works great with this beer. The mothfeel isn't as thick as I would think, there is some viscosity to it. Not too boozy.

D- I was a little worried with a whole growler of this. I recently did a whole gowler of Judgement Day and that was hard to finish on my own. I don't anticipate that being the case here. This is lower on the LA hype scale. I didn't even know about the change in it this year. Despite that, I still put this up near the top of my favorite LA releases.

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Photo of Radome
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a goblet.

A - Dark brown color; almost totally opaque, but has a deep orange-red tint when held up to the light. The head is very impressive. It is 1/2" thick, made up of tiny, mousse-like bubbles that are constantly replaced by a thick curtain of CO2 bubbles flowing to the top of the glass.

S - Very complex aroma. It is dominated by a nutty or woody smell (is this oak-aged?), but there is plenty more. I definitely get raisins, along with alcohol and spices, although it may be yeast notes rather than actual spices. Wow, this is nice!

T - Again there is enormous complexity. Malt and raisins are the first to hit, followed by nutty/woody sweetness and chocolate. Then there is a big hit of hop bitterness and alcohol right at the end.

M - The body is thick to go along with the high alcohol and mass of flavor, but the super-high carbonation lightens the impression very well. Alcohol warmth is fitting.

D - This is the definition of complexity, but in a good way. This is a sipping beer that keeps rewarding in different ways as you go.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep mahogany with maple hues in the light. Off white cap that took a while to diminish. Brilliant glimmer when held up to the light. Figs, dates, raisins come to mind in the nose. Large bouquet of anise, spice, and cocoa, along with fainter crystal malts. The flavor is of blends of caramel, toffee, and malt, with a raisiny, black currant overtone. A bit of dark honey towards the finish. Not cloying at all, but very nicely balanced with the spiciness, sweetness, and fruit. The texture is smooth and adds to the complexity of the beer. Perfect carbonation. I will obtain this beer whenever I see it.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cola color that becomes murkier the closer you wander towards the bottom of the bottle. The shallow light tan loose foamy collar is more of an 'extra' than a 'supporting' character; less than a finger when poured aggressively...fades quickly without much of a trace. Wow, the smell is another story...quite substantial, rich, earthy and malty...suggesting a brew of substance awaits with dark fruit, molasses and chocolate. The mouth feel playing a key role; medium-light body, smooth and creamy....with a killer coating characteristic that sustains the flavor's starring performance well after the swallow. Big on taste...the licorice, chocolate, molasses and spicy cinnamon flavors are deep and intense...i'm talk'in about a ton of quality ingredients going into this baby. This is without a doubt one of the best (read as personal favorites) Belgian Strong Dark Ales that i've had the opportunity to consider. At 9% ABV, while there is a nice hint of warmth...the drinkability is world class. An incredible product...well within expected interpretation of the style and hugely 'in-your-face' substantial nose, flavors and supporting texture combination make this one stand 'head & shoulders' above the rest. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! I give it huge scores for overall experience.

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Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit, primarily raisins, plums, spice – rosemary to pine, a trace of honey on the nose and a faint suspicion of tobacco fill the nose. Pours a bright ruby tinted chestnut under a ferocious 3” tan tinted cap that slowly descends to ¼” but leaves gothic cathedral window lace. It crosses the tongue with a very creamy, fruity, alcoholic attack with a firm base of honey in the background. It is spiced with a hint of pine, big dark raisins, plums and hints of fig and dates. There is a light herbal astringency in the finish but overall the rosemary is very subtle and asserts itself more in the aftertaste. The beer is very finely bubbled with a medium full body. The alcohol is warming but not hot.

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Photo of idrinkitup
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, appearance is a dark black with a little amber coming from the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Two fingers of tan head with gorgeous sparkling lacing. The aroma is very Belgian strong. I get a sweet and spicy sniff from the glass that definitely explains the raisins it's brewed with. Taste is just like the smell with strong notes of burnt sugars and dark fruit...definitely taste some of the alcohol in this one but it is masked well and comfortably warming...a great beer to be drank during a break from the cold of winter. Mouthful is discrete and finishes clean. As far as drinkability goes, to me I would best enjoy this in one or two 10 oz. pours per session. A great night cap beer or after dinner desert. Taking your sweet time on this one is worth it as many of the complexities of the sweetness and spice comes through as it warms. A great stab at a Socal-brewed Belgian Quad!

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown. It's almost opaque but you can see some red around the edges when held up to the light. Great fluffy head which recedes slowly leaving lacing around the glass.

Nose is pungent with dark fruits, raisins, plums, cherries, rosemary, notes of wood and bread.

Taste is filled with raisins, dark cherries, figs, hints of rosemary, some almost burnt malt, plum or prune, and some alcohol on the back end followed by a lingering note of spice and sweetness of honey.

The mouth is filled with a nice medium carbonation, slight bite, mild alcohol warmth, and lingering spiciness on the tongue.

This is a sipper. I think I could have a couple of these over a few hours. It's wonderful how the warmth/cold changes the flavor drastically. You always expect some small changes, but this one has a flavor spectrum related to the temperature that is pretty amazing.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014

A - Great looking beer. Deep mahogany body with pomegranet highlights. Khaki head has mixed bubbles, nice retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose too. Milk chocolate, molasses, gingerbread, star anise, nutmeg, toasted coriander, light coffee, barley, oaky booze and caramel.

T - Complex and surprising. Raisin, caramel cordial, anise, gingerbread, thyme, pink peppercorns, molasses, pumpernickel bread.

M - Medium body. Nice dry, spicy finish.

O - Not a winter warmer, but this is what I wish all winter warmers tasted like. Complex, warm, smooth, and delicious.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerzebub for the bottle via trade.

A: Poured black with quite a bit of brown around the edges. A half finger of cola colored head. Some lacing.

S: Total barnyard funk. Yes. Some floral notes in there but who cared because there if a funkhouse.

T: Super sweet up front. Almost too sweet. Little bit of funk before the end. Hints of the malt and yeast as well. Coffee in the finish as it warms. More funky as it warms as well.

M: Not nearly as thick as you would think. Watery is a strong word but I would have liked this to be a bit thicker. Then again this thing is a total hybrid so it might make this worse.

D:The nose is amazing. Perfect funk. Really complex beer. How many beers have you had that have barn funk and coffee? I thank Lost Abbey for trying different thing.s I curse them for not being in NY. Again big thanks to Beerzebub for this bottle via trade.

Upon warming: This is basically a dark wild ale. Amazing.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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...

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Photo of puboflyons
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle - 2012 vintage. Sampled on July 11, 2013.

It is so handsome to look at in the glass with its near black-ruby red tones and lingering, silky tan head.

The aroma blows me away I have to say. It explodes with dark fruits like plum or red grape along with rosemary, yeast, black licorice, allspice, and brown sugar to taper things off.

The body is medium to bold but there is a slight acidic thing going on.

The flavor is just as vibrant as the aroma with dark fruits and spices but a linger post-bitterness that almost feels a tad boozy but a bit less pungent. I can see why the Bros call this outstanding.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - 2008 edition, obtained in a bif of some sort, split with blackish, pre vikings-eagles playoff match

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, dark cola-mahogany body with garnet hues, not much head or lacing to speak of

smell: pretty wild aroma - candi sugar, dark malts, raisins and dates, brown sugar, plum and fig - similar to a nice tawny port

taste: a pretty nice belgian dark - raisins, pruins, dates, and walnuts soaked in a nice port. Rosemary and honey provide some rather unique touches to the style...caramel, brown sugar, licorice. very nice indeed

mouthfeel: smooth, coating, and warming

drinkability: good

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Photo of scottoale
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please note: A description of this Anniversary Ale as quoted from "The Lost Abbey", "Ten Commandments - Lost Abbey's once a year Anniversary beer. (A new generation of Dark Farmhouse Style Beer many of you knew in an earlier incarnation as Pizza Port's SPF 8.) This year's release saw Brettanomyces added at bottling, so it's guaranteed to be something special."

Poured from the 750ml. cork finished brown bottle, into my 0.4 litre Rastal crystal goblet, a murky dark brown viscous liquid with nearly two-fingers of ivory bubbly foam. The foam settles quickly to 1/4", leaving some slippery lace that spots.

The nose is very sweet and spicy, reminds me most of ginger and corriander. It's very pleasant ...full of malt, sweet dextrose, yeasty Brettanomyces aroma and some waivering notes of alcohol. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was from Belgium, seriously.

The taste being much like the smell, this stuff has a wonderful spicy flavor, much like a Christmas Ale to the likes of Anchor's seasonal brew. A nice little burnish on the tongue with a sweet, spicy lingering finish with some warming. A nice complex flavor with good body and plenty of punch...super velvety mouthfeel all add up to a super drinkable, festive brew with an uncompromised quality. This beer is brewed with much passion...more so than anything else. Happy Anniversary!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Lost Abbey's 1st anniversary party two years ago.

A- dark dark brown, basically black in the glass with a pillowy dense light tan head.

S- Raisin, roastiness, sugary

T- Starts out with a roasty bite, quite coffee-ish. After a few sips the roastiness becomes less noticeable and there's a big chocolate presence with that "belgian dark ale" malt taste.

M- Medium in feel, a little slick.

D- Very good beer in which I don't get tired of the flavor at any point.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Naven: Poured a cloudy dark brown/burgundy color ale with a nice big light brown foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry raisins and dry figs is very enjoyable Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet malt with nice dry raisins and figs characteristics with a subtle yeasty finish. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. I thought this was similar to Chimay blue or Achel extra bruin and presents a very nice level of complexity. It is definitely something I wish I could get my hand on more often.

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Photo of bosco7
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown-black with tan creamy head.

Vinous, raisin, fig, black pepper, clove, and some chocolate aromas rise from the fluid.

This is much fruiter than Lost Abbey's other Strong Dark and a little less malty/chocolaty. Starts with an acidic vinous character that moves into sweeter raisin, dried cherry, and prune flavors. Some pepper, cinnamon, and dark chocolate in the finish. Contemplative.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Yet another great beer from Lost Abbey. This would pair well with a dark chocolate.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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. :)

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