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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Ratings: 930 |  Reviews: 381
Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

2009 vintage. 'Twas a very good year. I guess. The beer pours a darkly translucent dark brown topped by a finger of bright ecru foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, brown sugar, prunes, red apples, rye bread, and a tiny bit o' chocolate...you know, for the kids... The taste emphasizes the raisins, figs, rye bread, and brown sugar, adding in some honey, pepper, and some burnt sugar. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a solid BSDA, but I don't think it's all that special.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brown beer with decent head and lacing. Alcohol detectable in the aroma and in the taste. This beer is too heavily spiced for me. An over-abundance of strong rosemary, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors dominate much of the flavor profile. While spices can enhance a beer's intrigue and flavor, I believe that less is more, and that the beauty is in the subtlety. Good carbonation level. I was hoping this would be a better beer.

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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 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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness or brewing date indication, pours rich, dark, dark brown, thick dark tan head, film initially spotty lacing and then more full lacing and intricate sheeting. Nose is boldly of rum soaked raisins, dark fruits and alcohol. One sip and I am in BSDA heaven...rich, flavorful, complex, heady brew....bold flavors carry through towards a mellow smoldering long finish...figs, rum, dark candi sugars, moderate alcohol present. Luxiourously smooth, coating and easy on the old tongue. Not for beginners, but big ,Belgian lovers will rejoice...Go get some. Savor and enjoy this stunner.

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

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer is a very dark amber/brown color with no head. There is a smell of malt, caramel, and spice. The beer has a sweet and sour forward flavor, with plum and spicy undertones. Very balanced, and extremely unique. The sweet and sour balance is also present on the aftertaste. The beer is bold and robust in mouth, with a nice, smooth finish. Very unique and wonderful flavors (can't say that enough), and a very decent beer to drink.

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Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

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

Dark mahogany hue, lighter ruby round the edges, under a lovely cap of cocoa foam.

Sweet, spicy aroma, a a curious complexity. Raisins are there, carob and caramel, too. Yummy.

so, let's drink 'er!
A snap on the tongue starts it, sharp, deep and spicy.Raisins kind of dominate the flavor here, with malt hot behind. Feels like port wine mixed with good scotch. Rich and delicious. Damnably delectable. Lays on the tongue and lasts a long, long time. Yum. More I'm drinking it, more I'm liking it...the raisiny flavor isn't too sweet, and the character becomes stronger, the body fuller, the experience more memorable. Even while the strength creeps in.

Halfway through the bottle, I'm wishing I had more. Very good.
My first Lost Abbey, and the wait was worth it. Now, on to more!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle received in Secret Bunny '09 BIF. Served in a goblet.

A - One finger of tan-gray foam, solid retention, with a nice ring left behind. Dark, dark, brown - approaching black. Strangely, each subsequent pour was a little bit lighter in hue.

S- Raisins, black cherry, licorice, caramel, spiced apple, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol that peaks through (nowhere near as boozy as Judgement Day). It's got a lot of quad and barleywine type flavors to it.

T - Much breadier, but with some spice and apple tanginess to it. Nowhere near as sweet as it smells. There's a certain earthy and woody flavor that starts to accumulate - I'm guessing it's the rosemary, although I don't think I could exactly tell you what rosemary tastes like.

M - Really, really dry finish, and slightly warming. Good carbonation level (a surprise, I know! 2007 LA releases don't don't seem to suffer from flatness), with nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Higher ABV makes this one a slow sipper, and the the somewhat nondescript character of this brew makes it something I don't feel an overwhelming urge to revisit. It's nice, but I'd much prefer a Rochefort...

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/02/08- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. 2007 Release. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Auburn-brown in color, definite ruby highlights around the edges. 3/4 inch head upon pour which settles at a slight rim. Leaves light sticky lacework.

Smell- Not as outgoing as I would like, but does have nice qualities of raisins, deep toasted caramel and light chocolate malt. Seems like there may be a bit of spice, but I can't poiunt my finger on it.

Taste- Dark fruits lead the way. Mostly raisins and light prunes. Some plum as well. Right at the perfect level of sweet, but not over the top. Smooth malty character.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation level with nice dark fruit and light alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability- This is what I pictured Judgment Day tasting like...maybe it does if you don't get a bad bottle. Good flavor in this one and a nice one to sip over a good hour or two.

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Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 24 Sep 2015

750ml Bottle
2015 Edition
Caged/Corked

It's been many years between!

Poured into a Westy chalice a dark brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice fizzy/creamy one-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, a nice slight yeast note, dark fruits, and a hint of rosemary. The taste is very nice sweet, malty, with some yeast notes, nice touch of raisins, figs, plums, nice little touch of rosemary. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Overall a very tasty brew, glad it's now available to me.

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

750ml
2008 Edition
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, dark fruits, and a hint of rosemary. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast notes, nice touch of raisins, figs, plums, nice little touch of rosemary. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, thanks Ben.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.5%

10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
3.94 out of 5 based on 930 ratings.
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