10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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:
371
Ratings:
898
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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116
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188
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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, murky brown, nearing black with a small, off-white head that slowly fades away. Spotty remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of grapeseed oil, molasses, brown sugar, port wine, and some herbal spices that seem to be a decent mix in the grand scheme of this beer.
Taste is of the same with a big bold grape-like flavor resembling a red zinfandel wine, complete with the herbal notes.
Mouthfeel is medium boded, citrusy, slick, sugary, herbal...and weird.
This beer has notes of greatness that seem to get overpowered by the herbal notes found in this beer. I'd be curious to see how this one will age in the bottle.

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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 Derek
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark chestnut, medium tan head, light retention, good lace.

S: Sherry, fruit-bread & spice. Very nice.

T: Dark fruit/raisins, bready, light spicing, dark caramel, good bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy and smooth.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Papagos
Poured a deep murky brown with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. Nose is lots of dried fruits and maybe even some cinnamon plums and nice cinnamon taste to it. Taste starts dried fruits, sweet, syrup, roasted nuts. Very complex. Mouthfeel was nice. ABV well hidden. Great brew by Lost Abbey. If you love this style this is your beer!

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I picked up over a year ago, probably at Capone's.

A: The ale is dark, a cola brown color that looks black from afar. Bright auburn colors emerge at the narrower sections of the glass. A thick head of almost three fingers emerged on pour and caked to the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma is one of sugars, candi and beet, and raisins. Caramel adds to both the appearance and the nose with a syrupy effect that doesn't detract from the Belgian influence.

T: Wow. The complexity of the ale is worth mentioning. Full dark flavors start off the ale, roasted bread, caramel, chocolate and coffee all take a turn at the plate. Dark fruits emerge too, with raisins and dates leading the way, to the point that the ale has a brandy-like quality. Not much hop-wise beyond a hint of medicinal bite. I recall that this ale was spiked with brett but the little buggers failed to emerge. That is pretty much true with this bottle. The strength of the Belgian ale doesn't betray any horse blanket tastes.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, loaded with fruit flavors driven by the yeast strain. I'm not sure that the brett character would have improved on this beer.

D: At 9% the beer is a whopper. I'll nurse my bottle into the early evening and be happy with it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy brown with reddish hues and a very small head of foam that shrinks to just a ring around the glass almost immediately. When I popped the cork, it was the lightest sounding "pop" I've ever heard from a corked bottle.

The smell has all sorts of goodies going on. Dark fruit like plum, raisins, and some spices greet my nosebuds.

The taste has all that fruit in spades with some toffee and molasses and when I swish the beer in my mouth, I get some tartness and a bit of funk and yeast. There's some spice here as well and as the label says it's Rosemary, I'm going with that. ;^) There's also a noticeable alcohol kick here as it's quite warming during and after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is a very light medium and the carbonation is so low it's almost nonexistant. That could be improved upon as it reminds of drinking wine not beer!

Bottom line: I like the flavours here, kind of reminds me of an Oud Bruin, but the lack of carbonation and the strong presence of alcohol limit the drinkability for me.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/black color with amber highlights when held up to light. Poured less than a one finger light brown head that persisted. Light, inconsistent lacing that washed down the side of the glass. Slight downgrade on seeming lack of decent carbonation.

S: Fruity dominated; raisins and figs. Also clearly sweet notes that remind me more of apples caramel versus honey as advertised on the label. Modest alcohol that becomes more prominent as it warms

T: Raisins even clearer than smell up front then some of the lighter, sweet fruits and bready malts. Some spices followed by a very sweet finish that became more dry as it warmed. A touch of hops and warming alcohol. Pleasantly complex.

M: Big, full body that may be slightly hidden in the ABV. Would have benefited in more carbonation. Coats and warms the mouth.

D: Definitely a sipper, The 9% ABV doesn't come on too strong until it warms a bit.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total Wine for $12

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some honey, dark fruit, and a anise/herbal/molasses like flavour.

Overall – A good beer but a little too herbal and sweet for me. Another fine beer from this brewer though, I just would buy something different next time.

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

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. Lacing is substantial and lasting. Aroma is balanced with malt sweetness and dark fruit. Taste is actually pretty sedate, sticks with the nose indication of moderate grains coupled with ample but reined in fruitiness. Mouthfeel is out-of-control smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Another nice one from the Abbey.

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Photo of pat61
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit, primarily raisins, plums, spice – rosemary to pine, a trace of honey on the nose and a faint suspicion of tobacco fill the nose. Pours a bright ruby tinted chestnut under a ferocious 3” tan tinted cap that slowly descends to ¼” but leaves gothic cathedral window lace. It crosses the tongue with a very creamy, fruity, alcoholic attack with a firm base of honey in the background. It is spiced with a hint of pine, big dark raisins, plums and hints of fig and dates. There is a light herbal astringency in the finish but overall the rosemary is very subtle and asserts itself more in the aftertaste. The beer is very finely bubbled with a medium full body. The alcohol is warming but not hot.

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Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a dark brown with beautiful clear ruby highlights and a dense cap of light tan foam. Solid sheets of fine bubbles gave way to streakier lacing as the glass was emptied. Great head retention. Aromas of raisins, rum and a bit of chocolate. Gingerbread, figs, orange zest and caramel appeared as it warmed. Sweet up front, lots of malt depth here, followed by a bit of spicy character and rum soaked raisins. Candied oranges and a hint of cherry came forward towards the end and it finished with bread, figs and alcohol warmth, plus a little bitterness. Rich, creamy texture, full bodied but not heavy, with well-integrated carbonation and a slight stickiness. Quite drinkable. Delicious! This is great stuff, try it if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark brown in color,

Smell: caramel, plums, and spices

Taste: chocolate, plums, toasted malt, cinnamon, and other spices and dark fruits

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, medium-light bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability:I love the complexity of this beer. The mixture of the fruit, dark chocolate, and spicing is amazing. The alcohol is super well hidden. If not for that I could drink this all day. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark burgandy body. The brown head is very thin. Lace is spotty and sporadic. Aroma is deep and complex. Some sherry notes and some port notes. A little rice vinegar. Some spicing is duly noted, with rosemary and ginger hints. The flavor is quite complex as well. The first thing I DON'T notice for a 9% beer is the alcohol. Very nicely hidden and integrated in the grand scheme of things. The body feels more like a sherry with a bit more carbonation. The taste resembles sherry and port as well. This is a true sipper. Not because it's alcoholic, but rather because it's so good, you want it to last. Plum, fig and raisin notes add levels of depth. Rosemary is ghostly in its presence, but somehow, I feel it. (One of my favorite beers was their SPF 8 (with Rosemary) which I tasted at the pub in 2002.) This beer is a real treat.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in a tulip

Pours a near black with a creamy, beige, one+ finger cap. Good retention and some minor lacing. The aroma is of fresh herbs, raisins, honey, brown sugar, a touch of roast and some dark fruits. Subtle on both the aroma and flavor, atypical for the style. The flavor profile mimics the nose. The herbal quality is in the foreground, while raisins, dark fruit, and roast take up the groundwork. Alcohol is well-hidden. The body, along with the aroma and flavor, are a little thin for the style. I like my BSDA's to be a little more forward in every regard, and this lacks in my opinion.

Overall, this isn't a great representation of the style. Pretty middle of the road, but definitely has some redeeming qualities. Above average.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours looking like the usual abt/quad/bsda style, heavy on the brown, thin on the head. Aroma of alcohol, prunes and raisins.

Some brown sugar thrown in to hopefully drown out the bitter dark fruit and pungent alcohol. Helped with the bitter fruit, but not so much with the heavy sting of alcohol. Toffee seems to be represented heavily as well. I just can't get over the high bitter, high alcohol vibe of this. Its like they blended a quad and a 40 of malt liquor at some times.

I love some of the Lost Abbey stuff, but this beer is just a big disappointment to me, it didn't really do anything well, other than maybe look nice. Don't judge a book by its cover. . . the cover might be substantially better than what is inside.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA.

A- Muddy, dark brown body with one finger off-white head, lots of retention time and longevity. No lacing.

S- So, raisins dominate here with caramel, dark fruits- figs in particular- with bubble gum, cloves, a bit of yeasty Belgian spice. Somewhat boozy but quite complex in the nose.

F- Also with a ton of raisins, a moderate amount of alcohol booziness, caramel, cloves, yeast. Mild earthy bitterness on the finish accompanied by sweet raisin, caramel. Quite intense overall, it is very heavy on the raisins but quite tasty.

M- Medium body, lower on carbonation. Quite dry, slightly boozy and sweet finish mixed in with a bit of bitter earthiness.

O- Very solid BSDA, quite heavy on the raisins and dryness with a lot of intensity. Overall works together well, but this is definitely a bottle to split with friends.

Final score: 3.95

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Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 10%; not sure if it's a misprint or an older vintage or what... I've had this for around 9 months in the cellar.

Aromas of dark fruit and dark chocolate; raisins and cocoa powder to be specific. Lesser notes of Belgian yeast, specifically the cloves and typical spiciness.

The taste follows the nose but in reverse (I've been saying this a lot for some reason lately). Begins with spicy Belgian yeast flavors of clove and mild banana. The caramels and brown sugar and extreme dark fruits make up the major flavor profile of this beer. The finish exposes the high ABV a little with a slight alcohol burn. I am serving this @ a slightly warmer temperature than most prefer; cellar temp around 55 degrees.

The mouthfeel is super super full and thick with less than average carbonation, but the overly full, borderline cloying and sticky raisin body of this brew lowers the drinkability for me. Finishing the full 750 may prove to be a challenge. Overall I wish this was served in a smaller bottle because a 750 of this will bore you and/or put you straight to bed.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark brown, almost looks like a coca-cola in the light. There is a medium tan head that goes about 2 fingers and stays about 30 seconds. There is above average lacing and it looks a little carbonated.

The aroma reminds me of quad, there is nice toffee smell with light notes of alcohol.

The tatse is light to start but has a nice heavy finish. The front is sweet with chocolate notes and the end is coffee.

There is a nice mouthfel and incredibly drinkable for its abv.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Dave Guay. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose head that dissipates towards the edges into a thin band. Nose expresses currants, figs, honey and a hint of spice. Taste follows nose with the addition of an earthy/grassy presence on a malty backbone. Prunes and rosemary also asserts in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent BSDA but way too much happening in the Roasemary department for my sensibilities.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lynnsey - thanks!

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of raisins and mild amounts of herbs - I know it's rosemary from the label but I'm not sure I would be able to identify it otherwise. Also present are hints of light molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with solid amounts of molasses kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of raisins. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns slightly bitter with the addition of the rosemary and carries through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer however it was a bit sweeter than I was anticipating. If some of the sweetness were turned down a notch I would be a bigger fan, but even as it is it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After removing the cage and cork from the 750ml bottle it pours a deep rich mahogany color, the tan head forms a large crown upon the body, as the creamy head dissipates, the lace forms a concealing blanket upon the glass. Nose is rich in fruit like aromas, raisins come to mind, nice malt tones also there, caramel hints present, and start has a pleasing malt profile, sweet with a hint of spicy bitterness, top medium in feel. Finish has a personable hop spicy bite, nicely acidic, quite dry and long lasting aftertaste, a good brew, and well worth a sample.

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Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly dark brown color. At first a two finger beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Some spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts and chocolate up front. Some light yeast and funk. Bread and biscuit. Light spices linger.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted sweet malts of chocolate, and maybe some light coffee. Funky yeast, bread, biscuit, and light spices.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. This is a great beer to sip on.

This is a very good BSDA. I am really enjoying this. Something that I would recommend.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - 2008 edition, obtained in a bif of some sort, split with blackish, pre vikings-eagles playoff match

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, dark cola-mahogany body with garnet hues, not much head or lacing to speak of

smell: pretty wild aroma - candi sugar, dark malts, raisins and dates, brown sugar, plum and fig - similar to a nice tawny port

taste: a pretty nice belgian dark - raisins, pruins, dates, and walnuts soaked in a nice port. Rosemary and honey provide some rather unique touches to the style...caramel, brown sugar, licorice. very nice indeed

mouthfeel: smooth, coating, and warming

drinkability: good

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

2008 bottle that I've cellared since it's release last year. Poured into my Lost Abbey chalice, 10 Commandments is dark garnet with a big, loud spritzy head that quickly settles to a thick collar and light skim, leaving no lace, like cola.

Smell is loads of rosemary, wow, very herbal. I can't imagine what this was like fresh.

Taste is also heavy on the rosmary, a minty flavor to it, some raisin, malty and complex.

Mouthfeel has lots of creamy carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability is OK. First sip or two were off-putting, but as I worked through it, my palate adjusted and I enjoyed it well enough. But would have preferred it more with less rosemary.

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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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