10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
88
very good
930 Ratings
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
Ratings:
930
Reviews:
381
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
186
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of raisins in there, i think 10% of the ingredients. Muddy dark looking with soapy head. Sour in the finish. Lots of lace. Alcohol in the nose. Nice caramel, sugar, dark fruit, rum-ness,chocolate, coffee. Good drinkability, albeit a sipper. The ageing didn't hurt.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a nice looking brown color with a fluffy light brown head on it. The head is a little rocky looking and leaves some decent lacing. The smell of the beer is spicy and has some sweet dark fruit aromas going on in there too. The taste of the beer gives off some roasted malts, raisins, yeast, and some other spices I'm not sure of. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it had a pretty good amount of carbonation to it. Overall I found this brew to be a good sipping beer for colder nights. Enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown with a thin mocha head. There's a moderate amount of carbonation and good head retention.
S: There's a moderate aroma of dark fruits with notes of alcohol, dough and rosemary.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather complex and has lots of flavors of dark fruits. There are also notes of dark chocolate, plums and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a dry finish.
D: The beer is very good to sip and the flavors are interesting enough to enjoy this beer on its own, without a food pairing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Incredible power, strength and complexity ooze from the chalice as this Belgian-style Strong Dark ale offers up new aromas and flavors with each return to the glass and as it warms. Not for the faint of heart- this beer is designed for the Belgian beer connoisseur in mind. I'm not sure if this would be a beer to inspire a new set of 10 Commandments by Moses, but in the study of him, I'm sure the Trappist monks dig it!

10 Commandments opens with a deep burgundy-brown hue. Deep garnet low-lights and an overall hazy demeanor keeps the beer looking masculine, yet regal. It helps that a highly creamy and frothy head caps the beer with a slight tarnish ivory stain. Its long-lasting retention creeps up the glass with sticky islands of lace that intricately decorate the glass.

Intense aromas evoke a suggestion of power and starts with raisin and maple. Its candied scent is somewhat of confectioner's candy stores even as the high notes of spiced rum waft about. Not backing off of the booze, its sweet candy aromas are biscuity, sherry-like and toasty. Even with the raisin additions, the scents of other fruits compound the beer's nose: dates, figs, licorice, currant and dark berries all fuel the overall winey scent.

Heavy handed in its malt-forward attitude, the taste seems like grandma's hard candies, but fused with sorghum and horehound candy. That spicy root beer-ish taste reels in a balance of peppercorn, cinnamon and vinous-type spice- all leading to a taste of fruit wine before that of rum. All the while those dark, dried and pitted fruits edge closer and closer to port and sherry. As the taste concludes, it lingers rather indefinately into the next visit to the glass- making it a sipping and savoring beer.

Full bodied without doubt.... there should be doubt as these Belgian ales are normally built to create a conflict of malty-dry and semi-sweet character. But this one is full and sticky from start to finish. Even its hop bitterness, high alcohol presence, and peppery phenols does little to combat the residual sugars. Its malty-sweet finish is pleasantly hot with an aura of lavender that haunts the session throughout.

There's little doubt that this is a world class Belgian-style "Quad" in the making. But the problem in that it isn't there yet. This 2-year vintage isn't enough. I wouldn't hesitate to cellar this beer for at least five years in order to let the beer dry out a bit more, for the alcohols to degrade and for the smooth vinous tones to grow.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom in San Marcos, California. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $1.00. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention (excused by the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-black. Not opaque.

Sm: Incredibly estery, with honey, fig, raisin, and spices. Intriguing. Maybe some sort of berry comes through as well? I look for rosemary but don't find it. A faux vinegar sort of funky note. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramel, raisin, fig, cream, slight funkiness, a berry note, heavy esters (especially on the climax), honey, and spice. Strange but very pleasant and enjoyable. Bold and experimental to its benefit. Complex and subtle. Well balanced and built. I don't know that I've a had a beer quite like this one; the flavour profile may be unique.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable for its high ABV - which it hides incredibly well. I'd have it again. Would pair well with cheese.

A good candidate for aging. Likely better out of the bottle than on-draught; I'd anticipate more yeasty notes from the bottle.

B

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2014 vintage. Truncated notes:

Dark brown-black body colour, with a fitting head.

AROMA: Smells of anise/fennel, raisin, dried plum, sugarcane, prune, fig, dates, a hint of molasses, biscuity spicy Belgian yeast, and a hint of Belgian chocolate.

Raisin dominates. It's a fantastic aroma for the style. Moderate in strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Raisin is prominent, and the mouthfeel follows the raisiny vibe, bringing syrupy thickness, viscosity, as well as dryness and coarseness. Subsidiary dried dark fruit supplements the raisin: fig, prune, dates, and plum. There's a dab of rummy sugarcane as well. The foundation is comprised of dark Belgian malts and a bit of chocolate malt.

OVERALL: The dryness and coarseness really makes this drag on the palate, reducing drinkability substantially and fatiguing the drinker. But it's a well-spiced Belgian dark ale and the dark fruit is lovely. It's good but not great work from one of the U.S.'s best breweries, and I'd like to revisit it with some serious age on it.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola color with ruby highlights and a foamy head that leaves quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Raisins and molasses, but the rosemary clearly comes through as the intriguing ingredient as does the Brett

Taste: Out front is a mysterious mixture of rum raisin, molasses and rosemary, with undertones of something sweet that is a bit of candi sugar and honey; after the swallow, a bit of Bretty funk arrives to add complexity; while the rum raisin and rosemary linger into the finish, the Brett dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Having read reviews of the previous release and a number of complaints about the lack of carbonation on this batch, I drank one while still flat and allowed my other bottle to cellar for a year; this review has been updated to reflect my experience with the cellared beer - a huge improvement

Note: revised my review based on the 2012 version to add the comments about the Brett - also would note that the carbonation issues appear to be resolved

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Turbid dark brown, opaque in the glass beyond a hint of light around the edges. A vigorous pour produces a quarter-inch of foam, which disappears in no time.

Smell: Caramelized figs, dates, rosemary, earthy malt. Rich and complex but not overwhelming to the senses. Brett becomes more prevalent as I smell it more, leaving a leathery, funky character that's hard to define.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first sip presents an almost overwhelming amount of complexity, though at no point does this become cloying; it's just a bit confusing at first. Dates and raisins meet a spicy kick, following that a hint of wild honey and molasses. Herbal bitterness is present as well, almost reminiscent of Angostura bitters. The finish is fruity yet fairly dry and spicy, leaving a lingering herbal note on the tongue along with a touch of fig. Carbonation is low throughout, but not missed, and the texture is decidedly thick. For such a complex beer, this is very drinkable. Great stuff fresh, but I can see this batch improving drastically in 2 or 3 years.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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