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 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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Photo of cambabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage: "Dark Spiced Farmhouse Ale with Brett."

A little cinnamon and clove in the nose, with really fruity sweet notes, grape, as well. Pours a very hazy brown. Caramel color head and smell. Mild carbonation. Some spicy belgian yeast smell as well. Starts off spicy and yeasty, followed by raisin and honey toward the middle. Finish is hoppy, chewy, burnt caramel.

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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 jzlyo
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices/cinnamon, malts and Belgian yeast. The flavor is Belgian yeast, malts, dark malts and a very spicy/mildly funky/slightly sour finish.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a moderate pop of the cork. Pours as dark as a quad, the color of strong black coffee with a long lasting but not very thick light tan head. Aroma: chocolate, alcohol, spices & hops. Flavor: chocolate, raisins, spices. Plenty of carbonation & alcohol burn on the tongue. A farmhouse ale in steroids.

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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 Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage purchased from the Brewery in 2015. Cellared for 1 additional year. Served cold in a teku.

Appearance: like all Lost Abbey bottles and labels this one is epic. Moses holding the 10 Commandments with a storm and Mt Sinai in the background. Badass! Beer poured out a very dark brown and almost black. Creamy off white head. Very sticky.

Nose: leather, dark fruits, sherry wine, tobacco, bitter herbs

Taste: definitely shows some age here. The oxidation is very prevent here but not offensive. Sherry, port, tobacco, bitter herbs, leather, old Barleywine or old Ale Brett "funk".

This was a very good eer and I'm glad I got a chance to get some. I was on business in the area and made the pilgrimage to taste the beers. I couldn't pass this one up. I would have liked to taste a fresh bottle but that wasn't going to happen. Deliciousness otherwise.

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prune color ale. Two finger, soap suds light tan head. Unrelenting retention and patchy lacing.

Big dark fruit aroma. Pleasant funk. Dark sugars.

Prune and raisin flavor. Balanced rosemary spice and Belgian yeast funk. Rich, dark and sugary. Earthy, herbal hop.

Full bodied. Good bubbles. Slightly sticky.

Great flavored quad.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, dated 'Vintage 2012', 10% ABV. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized light tan head; some sediment in the glass. Smells of dark fruit, brett, citrus, and caramel. The taste follows with mostly dark fruit, brett, and citrus with some added caramel, oak, honey, and herbs. Moderate dryness and subtle sweetness. The alcohol is present but mostly covered by the flavor. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, it's a complex and well done BSDA which has aged very well. Worth a try.

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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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Photo of colts9016
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a tulip glass at 52 degrees gave it a hard pour and got a half finger heat that dissipated quickly. This beer is probably 4 years old. I will try a fresher one to see if I over aged it. The color of the beer is dark motor oil with no clarity. A significant amount of carbonation bubble are visible. A poor showing for strong dark ale.

A rich caramelize note, honey, raisins, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, fruity ester, cherries, bread and yeast.

A super rich sweet note of honey raisins, roasted malt, fruity esters, plum, cherries, bready, and yeast.

Mouth feel very low carbonation, coating, and very very chewy.

Overall. I do not care for this beer. It is sorta flat and cloying sweet. I was stoked to try this beer but is not very good. I will get a fresher batch and post an update later.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Dark brown/amber with beige and bubbly head.
SMELL: Raisins and dark, sweet fruits. Slight hint of sweet honey. Not much rosemary.
TASTE: Sweet almost caramelized raisins/dark fruits up front. Some honey. Finishes a dry bready/rosemary with slight alcohol burn.
FEEL: Medium with good amount of carbonation.

**MUCH BETTER as this beer warms up. WAY TOO CARBONATED when I drank this right out of the fridge.**

OVERALL: Good beer but nothing over the top. Got more complex and enjoyable as it warmed up. Would definitely recommend letting this beer sit for a few minutes after pouring it. Curious as to how this would taste after cellaring for a year or two.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma, honey, raisin, grape, yeast. ..very warm and aromatic despite being chilled. Appearance, dark brown, murky, white lasting head.Taste, dark fruits, raisin ,cherry, raspberry blueberry, dates, figs,etc. Belgian Wang is there, but not bad. Feel us creamy, thick, a touch flat. A nice strong well crafted beer. Amen."

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This is coming from a bottle that was a 2015 vintage.

With a nice ambiance, it boasts some great works from Rashi and Rambam, with lessons from the Tanya and the Talmud. There’s a fantastic mouthfeel with the Psalms, along with a great feeling of accomplishment in what you learned to do good and with joy in life. Although it does have some perplexing Maimonides moments, it does give you a great amount of knowledge about what’s going on in life and the world around you. Nevertheless, I recommend looking into the more inspiring lessons and dissertations from the Lubavicher Rebbe and Rabbi Kook for more informative insight on this situation.

On a serious note, with a very dark brown-to-mahogany color, it has a roasty, spiced brandy aroma, containing a roasty, slightly sweet concoction of dark malts, caramel, mild coffee, some spices like rosemary and mint, a chocolate that’s almost like chocolate phosphate and some tinge of brandy. It boasts a nicely munchy mouthfeel and a fantastic creamy coffee aftertaste that fits the style really well. While it sometimes can be an ID crisis in the palate and can get a little too dry at times, especially when warm, it still gets rounded out with the overall flavor and mouthfeel. Nevertheless, in terms of this style I recommend the Dark Truth from Boulevard Brewing and Dubbel Vission from Aftershock Brewing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.47/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Brown pour quad, thin tan head, 1/6". Aroma was dark fruit and rubbing alcohol. Lots of it.

Ass ton of dark fruit and pungent alcohol notes. Big time sting. Almost big for the sake of being big, just too challenging to drink. Its hot. And then when you get passed that and start to discern things, its things you don't want like raisins and spice rack.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle with a 2015 date

L - Deep red/brown with no clarity. 2 fingers of head, and minor amount of lacing

S - Sweet aroma, dried raisons, caramel, brown sugar

T - Like the aroma, raisons, brown sugar, beets, slightly boozy. All the crazy flavors blend well together. Tasty!

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An awesome brew that grows on you with each sip. By the end your totally sold and want more.

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Photo of Whiteturtle
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2015 (not sure what month).. 1st Lost Abbey beer, super stoked!!!!

Pours a dark ruby brown colour, with a continually developing head. It seriously went from a 1/2 to almost two inches over the course of several minutes.

First few whiffs release the raisins, honey, obvious belgian yeast and candied sugars, soft malts, figs, and apple pie.

Taste: Belgian yeast carbonation. After that, you get raisins, pears, cherries, plums, whatever dark berries or fruits you like, all soaked in alcohol. Not to imply the alcohol is overpowering the beer, but its pretty close. Herbs and spices bite the mouth in the aftertaste. **Warmth really helps to round this beer out. After about 20 minutes I start to get a nice toasty malty base.

Body: Thinner than I expected from a 12% BSDA. The aroma and initial alcohol taste really kill the mouthfeel for me. Getting closer to room temperature and allowing the malt presence to assert itself, helps the beer to coat the cheeks more efficiently.

Overall: I love the style. I love the brand that The Lost Abbey has created for itself. And I love the artwork on the bottle.I must confess (haha get it??).. I was a little disappointed with this one. The 12% is extremely prevalent. The carbonation is a little overpowering. And the overall taste is not the rich decadent goodness that you would expect from a top shelf BSDA (albeit domestic). I am still looking forward to trying other beers from the Lost Abbey, and hope that I can try this one again with more favourable results.


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Photo of BWood
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Makes me think of a Quad. Similar color and feel. I smell and taste the honey and raisins but not the rosemary. Another good showing from the lost Abbey.

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Photo of Bone53
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ the library

Its dim in here so lets assume it looks like your typical BSDA. It smells of cola with raisins thrown in. The taste has the same qualities but with a little more yeasty esters going on. It goes down fine considering the abv, but its bitter and still get a good amount of heat. Overall its a decent BSDA, but the cola aspect threw me off and the yeast character isnt all that unique. It could als benefit from the abv being a couple percents lower. I finished the 12 oz pour, but Its a one and done beer for me

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Photo of MacMalt
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage bottle into a pint glass. The cork really popped and initially the head was huge but it quickly dissipated. The color is a dark mahogany brown with a thin toffee-colored head and lacing. It resembles a glass of cola. The smell features raisin, chocolate, and sweet honey. However, the taste is surprisingly bitter and very boozy. The chocolate is burnt and the raisin is very sour. I'm really not tasting the honey at all. Despite the lack of head, this ale is highly carbonated and the 12 ABV is very evident. Overall, the taste isn't worth the high ABV.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"The most imaginative beers are our crusade, we believe we are all in this together, we strive for honesty and integrity in our lives like you, fresh beer is great. Aged beer is better, now that you have found us help us spread the message, there is good and evil in the world. Our beers are good, passion isn't something you can buy at the corner store, we believe an inspired life is worth living, life is a bout choices. The Lost Abbey is a great choice, we are not perfect, but no one is." 10 Commandments is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with Honey, Raisins and Rosemary added. Available in 750ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a caramel-tan color over a very dark brown body with high density. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of toasted bread, syrupy fruits, fermented honey and aromatic peppery spice, although I do not detect rosemary in this beer. Some mild acidity and funk combines with the sweetness of the malt in this beer for a nice balance. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Toasted bread crusts, caramelized brown sugars and smooth honey up front follows through to a slightly spicy, more effervescent and rummy finish of raisin, molasses, peppery spice, and more notably in the flavor than in the aroma, rosemary leaves. Light acidity and funk likely demonstrates this beer's age rather than the overall quality of its components. Overall, quality flavor with rosemary being arguably the most unique ingredient causing it to stand out, working surprisingly well in accenting the finish and overall flavor without drowning out the remaining flavors. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, mildly sticky, peppery and effervescent, and very dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a modest frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium/heavy for the style. Balance is slightly peppery, grainy and fruity esters over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters to note in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Lost Abbey's 10 Commandments Ale is my first experience into this brewery's beers, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how this culmination of flavors plays out in favor for a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Excellent malt and yeast profile tied with the unique herbal qualities of Rosemary come together as closely balanced for an ale, most of the ingredients can be detected throughout the flavor, and all play a significant role. I found the beer very dry although this bottle did not have a date system on it so I was unable to determine the beer's age to be sure whether the dryness was an intended factor or not. I hope that this brewery puts dates on their bottles, but styles such as this one age quite gracefully nonetheless, so feel free to enjoy it without consequence at any time. 3.75

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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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