10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
88
very good
379 Reviews
10 Commandments10 Commandments
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
Reviews:
379
Ratings:
920
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
187
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Dowlers
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Raglan Public House

A- black semi opaque to dark ruby red. Good initial head that quickly settles. Lots of carbonation.
S- Sweet fruity with hints of the underlying booze
T-wow This one has some stuff going on. The dark fruits and honey jump out initially but it finishes dryer and boozier than expected. A delicious dry boozy aftertaste....where did the honey go? Don't notice the lavender at all.
O-Winner winner chicken dinner. Have bought 3 bottles to try to age because I really want to see what a year of aging does to the booze in the after taste but don't see them getting anywhere near a year.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Pours very dark, I would say a very dark brown with no light penetration. Pours with a surprisingly intense head, but minimal carbonation thereafter. A small amount of lacing. Smells sweet, maybe dates and figs. Tastes wonderful. The honey is really well balanced. A sour note with figs and dates hits you a few seconds later, but sweet up front. Very smooth. The sweetness really covers the 10% ABV. All the flavors come together really well with this. I will definitely be buying more in the future and would love to see what aging does to this.

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Photo of pkalix
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

mine is a black pour, little head. not terribly impressive.
a bit of a chalky smell, like a stout, but fruity too.
wine-y, fruit-y right off the first sip. some bitter that belongs to the high abv rather than any hops I can distinguish. I can taste the raisins they are talking about on the website and some other dark fruit. it's thicker than most brews. getting some cinnamon, nutmeg. allspice. I think 'booze-soaked raisins' as someone else put it is a really great explanation.
overall? maybe I was looking for something lighter this evening. I knew what it was before I opened it. I suppose it has its place and maybe it wasn't with me tonight. it was okay but did not overwhelm me. if i'm sipping it, it's okay, but there is the alcohol bite that keeps coming up in the flavor.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep ruby brown body with a big khaki head. Thin surface foam.

Smell - Very spicy. Rosemary is evident. Dark fruit. A little cinnamon. Brown sugar.

Taste - Lots of caramel and brown sugar right up front, but it drops off quickly. Raisins and dark fruits. Spicy and dry. Rosemary is strong again. Cinnamon spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, nicely dried out. Highly carbonated.

Overall - Like a Christmas ale in its spice component. Kinda overpowers the beer.

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

A - Molasses colored body, amber hues. One finger tan head.

S - Rosemary, malted muffins, boozy raisins. Light citrus or candied citrus. Alcohol, mild spices.

T - Complex, and delicious. Citrus, herbal, booze soaked raisins. Candied fruits, black pepper, bready goodness. Definite Rosemary note, subtle licorice/citron.

M - Warming, smooth. Abv warms and evaporates in the mouth, the carbonation is medium and stays out of the way.

O - A pleasant BSDA, with a nice twist from the Rosemary. Nice take on the style, the high alcohol isn't annoying but you could definitely age this one for a year or more I'd imagine.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Near black in colour, but with some colourful purplish hues like a really dark eggplant. Fluffy off white and light tan head of 1" that takes a while to dwindle down to 1/4". Decent lacing when the glass is tilted.
AR: Dark fruits (raisin and fig), brown sugar, toffee, molasses.
T: Tastes like it smells, sugary sweetness that is toned down by the high ABV and yes, there is some heat on this one. Fruits have a rum soaked aspect to them.
M: Decent carbonation for a BSDA, moderate body (not too heavy), bit of a crispness on the finish though the sweetness does coat your mouth a bit.
OV: Good sweet flavours, though you can taste the booziness of this one. I think some cellaring would benefit this beer. Didn't get any spices on this which I think it needs to balance the sweetness. A solid brew, but not World class.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, honey, dark candi sugar, rosemary, and some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits, honey, dark candi sugars, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, rosemary, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.

D - Great BSDA. Nice balance and complexity.

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

25.9 oz bottle, corked and wired. Poured passively towards the belly of a Duvel tulip, leaving a couple foamy fingers of toffee-colored head. Looks a formidable mahogany though when held to light there is some deep ruby transparency. The nose first hits me as very cherry-tart, almost like Fun Dip, including a hit of vanilla much like those candied dip sticks included. Yeah, I think I need some Fun Dip too. Ahem. Anyhow, the gamut of taste runs in three stages: the first is instantly dried, sticky-sweet old fruit like figs, raisins of course, dried cranberries and cherries, followed swiftly by dry char and weathered oak, straight into boozy heat. The 10% abv here is present though with some age I imagine that would be tempered - though the heat doesn't particularly hamper my drinking experience here. Mouthfeel is intermediate in viscosity, cloudy and yeasty in texture as this is a dark Belgian farmhouse stylee conditioned with Brett. Overall, I will absolutely drink this again and will double up for next year's batch as I'd like to explore 10 Commandments cellaring potential. I recommend this brew.

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Photo of nova009
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bomber into a Chimay Chalice

A- pours a deep dark mahogany, slight red tints along the edges when held to light, the pour produces an approx one finger khaki head that very slowly reduces to a covering, nice lace left around the glass

S- deep rich nose, burnt sugar, molases, dark fruits like plumbs and figs, raisins, alcohol is noticable as well, slightly herbal as well which I assume comes from the rosemary

T- the dark fruits hit the palate first, figs and raisins dominate the fruit flavors, the candi sugar sweetness transitions into a burnt sugar flavor in the middle of the sip, just like the nose the alcohol is noticable in the end, taste is slightly overwhelming but pretty on the mark for the style

M- heavy body, medium carbonation, the flavors coat the palate entirely, noticable alcohol burn on the finish

O- overall this is a solid belgian strong dark, curious to know how this one would age, solid beer, I'd buy again if I was in the mood for this style

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Photo of Chadhowie
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The 10 Commandments was good, not great. It delivered a great feel and smell, with a bit of an overdose of sugar on the palate though. I recently had the opportunity to try several beers from Lost Abbey and am impressed. I recommend trying this beer, but overall give it only a 4 out of 5.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a big tan foam head and lots of splashy lace. A slight foamy cap and ring stays forever.

Great nose. Rosemary, mint, dark malt.

An oddly herbal version of the style. Rosemary and bitter notes up front. Alcohol, bitter brown malt next. Charred sugars and some raisin, but there is no sweetness. Finishes bitter and kinda dry. God this needs a drop of sugar.

Fuller bodied, some carbonation.

Great beer, but hard to get thru the big bottle. Very bitter and herbal. Beer for grown ups, but off-balance a bit. I liked it, but not a favorite.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Been hanging on to this and a few other Lost Abbey's for a few years

A - Pours a dark, dark brown. Surprisingly good head on pour that settles down to a mudium ring.
S - Hmm... Some malty sweetness that reminds me of dark Belgian candy sugar, hints of funk with a sour tinge to the end.
T - Fairly sweet, with strong notes of raisins and other muddled dark fruits. Some Belgian yeasty esters as well.
M - Sweet, but not cloying. Smooth, can't detect the high ABV, a big sipper, yet drinkable.
O - Not bad, not bad at all. Held up surprisingly well for a four year old brew, but some of the components have obviously died down at his point. The individual flavors have melded quite well. I don't know where the funk/sour in the nose comes from, but it's certainly nowhere in the taste. Overall, glad I got to see what it turned into after four years.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with plenty of haze to the body. Head pours three thick, inconvenient fingers of pillowy tan foam with fantastic retention and lacing. Quite beautiful indeed.

Smell: sweet, rich malt aroma with lots of fruitiness including raisin and pear. There's a tiny hint of the phenolic here as well, which only serves to improve the experience. My only complaint is that it is a bit candylike in character; notably, bubblegum. Still quite good.

Taste: different than the aroma; a little bit drier and darker, but still retaining that bubblegum quality. Thing is -- I actually kind of like it. The alcohol is evident, but not overpowering, and there is a real bitterness here too toward the end (where I also start getting hints of the rosemary). An unusual beer, but one I enjoy.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a giant, mouth-filling creaminess. A touch more body would put this into the highest ranks.

Overall: a good, if unusual, beer. I find that the more I drink, the more the herbal bitterness builds ... but that's not stopping me.

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

On-tap 9/2/2012 at Pour Farm Tavern in New Bedford, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, some brown sugar, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some spice and some sweet flavors of licorice, dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice darker Belgian-style beer to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage
Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby brown highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever. Smells of pepper and spice with a solid dark sugary background. The flavor is sweet with sugary malt, a bit of dark fruit, lots of pungent and bitter spice, some pepper and other yeasty phenols. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost bitter mouthfeel. I've been sitting on this one for a while, I remember liking it a bit more when it was fresh. As is I am neither excited nor disappointed with it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a true beast, or should i say devine being? on tap at vine street, this beer pours a dense mocha color with a thin white veil. it smells like oak, bourbon, caramel, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and belgian yeast. its got an equally elaborate flavor, with some of the sweeter tones coming up first, and the alcohol basically eliminating anthing that might be subtle about the late middle or back end of the flavor eixperience. there is some vanilla and honey and oaky booze that stays in the mouth over the more than full body. the alcohol is relately punishing here, but the small pour helped me get over that. this is one ive been wanting to try for a long time, and while its not the most unique and reaching beer ive had from the lost abbey, it definitely is a well crafted brew, more in the barleywine tradition than he belgian i think. all up and great beer, not sure how i would have consumed the 750ml version... actually i know exactly how...

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a tulip glass, the color was of an medium dark amber brown, with a lot of light tan foam and a fair amount of lace. The smell of roasted malts and spices was evident in the aroma. The taste of roasted malts and spices was also evident, along with a sweet candy finish. Not a lot of alcohol kick back in the finish.

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Photo of warnerry
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011

After a ridiculous battle with the cork, involving pliers, a towel, and eventually a corkscrew after breaking the cork, there is a nice pop suggesting that carbonation won't be an issue.

A - Pours a dark murky brown with about three fingers of very persistent tan head. Head eventually fades, leaving surprisingly little lacing. A thin cap of foam is maintained throughout the glass.

S - Smells like the usual suspects with a twist: lots of raisin and caramel, some fig, a bit of booze, along with mint, rosemary, bubblegum and some spice.

T - Taste is similar to smell, but with more spiciness and some earthy bitterness. Again, lots of raisin and some fig, quite a bit of caramel. An earthy bitterness takes over toward the finish, with lingering rosemary. Pretty tasty, and cuts any sweetness nicely, but the finish is a bit intense.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is initially on the sweet side, but turns dry and bitter on the finish.

O - A tasty BSDA, but a bit strong on the herbs to be exceptional. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a pint

A - Pours somewhere between a brown and an amber, just light red highlights on the outside. Strong brown colored head formation, about 1" is retained.

S - Sweet and spicy - dark fruits of plums, raisins is combined with some coriander and honey.

T - Starts off sweet and strong, raisins, some roasted notes. Mid-stream brings in a spicy set of flavors, belgian yeast esters, honey, a little bit of the rosemary. Finishes with a somewhat sticky malt note, reminds me of caramelized sugar.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Almost brings it into balance. Alcohol warmth is detectable in the finish. On the sticky side.

O/D - For this style, this beer takes all the malt attributes and pushes it to the edge. Comes off a little cloying at times, but that is okay as I sip it. ABV is awfully strong of course but it maintains the symmetry.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, but very dark brown with minimal tan head that falls and leaves no lacing. Nose is a bit milder like roasted apples. Flavor is a bit more pungent than I would have figured. Vibrant sweet tone with an almost smoked edge to it. Very slight at that though. Tangy edge abounds. Feel is smooth on liquid and carbonation. A nice BSDA that is a bit too vibrant, but still nice to drink.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another unique take from lost abbey on a traditional style. Interesting to spice this one with rosemary.

A:
Hazy dark brown with purple and ruby highlights. Thick small bubbles with a tan head that fades but sticks around.

S:
Lots of spice in the nose. Dried herbs, dark rum, and blackberry or raspberry jam. There is a boozy hit that lingers too.

T:
Malty sweet, and a little bit of biscuity maltiness is there too. There is plenty of dark fruit and jam flavors. Really reminds me of a dark fruit jelly. The aftertaste is all herbal spice and boozy alcohol. There are nice layers of flavor to consider. There is even an anise flavor as it warms.
M:
Medium- slick body that finishes dry enough to not be overwhelmingly sweet or cloying.
O:
The overalls complexity and flavor of this beer are great. The rummy and dark fruit favors really make this an excellent quad. The rosemary comes in a little strong for me, and I could see it being even better if not for that. Overall another hit from the abbey.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, yeast, lots of interesting spices, and alcohol. Taste is much the same and the spices are the dominant flavor here and linger long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the spices take center stage in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An old corked & caged 750 from my cellar, probably 2010 vintage. Cork broke off cleanly and I needed a corkscrew to remove it - first time thats happened to me on any beer. Poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Murky, dark brown/prune color, with ample light khaki head and some decent lacing. Good carbonation visible, which makes me happy considering this is a Lost Abbey.

S: Candy sugar, Belgian yeast and dark fruit are prominent...apple skins, ample malt breadiness, vinous notes...grapes, raisins...faint spices.

T: Dark fruit & apples, caramel, bready malts, raisins, spices...tart fruitiness (black cherry?) and grapes, with a definite wine characteristic. Still some alcohol burn on this one, kind of surprised at that after so long in the bottle.

MF: Creamy, moderate body with a soft fluffy mouth that comes from the bottle conditioning. Sticky finish, and a bit dry...maybe from the alcohol.

O: Its good, probably a better beer than I scored it, but it didn't really do it for me. The flavor profile was pretty intense still, and I think St. Bernardus 12 is a better offering.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey 10 Commandments

Appearance: brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: raisins, a sweetness, and a yeasty backbone.

Taste: nice dark fruits including raisins, a yeasty malt, and a nice light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It has a lot of good well balanced flavor.

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