10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,816
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
939
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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"

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.

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

Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WormGod
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guild337
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2012 Vintage

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mflamar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jps715
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition

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Photo of DubiousGopher
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Heeenrik
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of dro7
2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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