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10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
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 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

The Lost Abbey's
10 Commandments

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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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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 version at Total Wine in Palm Desert.
Interesting spice fruit of mixed character. Great complexity of malts.
Dark color with a brownish amber that, to me, leaves an impression of dark purple at times. Full dark head settles down some. Cloudy, probably due to being chilled while lying on down.
Oh, I bet this was rich fresh, because it still is. But it is not too sharp. Darker fruits in the malt mash. Rich and kinda' sticky that makes me want to clean my teeth with my tongue - maybe it's to get every bit of flavor off before the next hit. Quite a hit to the gut of alcohol warmth and a "ding" to the pre-frontal cortex too. Ding! Lots of fruit.
Moderately to lighter with the big carbonation providing some additional feel.
Not quite as sweet as some, but fully complex with unique flavors.

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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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark, almost opaque with a thick head that gives way to a creamy lacing. You can tell from the smell that this is a Belgian dark ale, with a strong strawberry smell, rich caramel and a hint of alcohol. Rosemary is also present in the nose, with a hint of pine. Light carbonation with a very complex flavour - the raisins give the drink a very wine-like taste, but with alcohol spiciness, caramel sweetness and a powerful rosemary taste that I found a bit too overwhelming. Medium-dry finish. A very complex beer, that's interesting right from the start, but becomes a bit too overwhelming as you go.

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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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Im not sure if I'm kicking the keg or if this beer pours all head. The bartender says it pours a "little funky." Little lace considering--an initial ring and some spots. The liquid is a dark muddy brown where no light passes.

I smell the equivalent of a junior mint--not sure why. I also detect soy sauce? Perhaps some saltiness?

Many dark elements to the flavor like fudge and bitter chocolate. I'm still tasting mint, mostly in the aftertaste. Neutral body and effervescence.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nearly opaque medium dark brown. Its bubbly tan head is quick to disappear, possibly due to the high alcohol content.

Smell: The nose is greeted by loads of brown sugar, and yet, this scent does not overpower the pleasant aroma of buttered raisin toast. Compared to other beers of this style, the aroma is nice, yet slightly underwhelming.

Taste: The upfront bitterness is surprising, considering the lack of hops in the aroma. It's nicely accompanied, however, by a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled over plums, dates, and dried cherries. A pinch of pepper and a splash of coffee complete the complex, yet well balanced flavor profile, and to remind us that this is indeed a very big beer, a boozy taste of bourbon is present. A memorable flavor, in the best of ways.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and chewy, but still has a nice, dry finish. Medium-high carbonation adds a nice edgy bite. The alcohol warming is surprisingly light, yet still present.

Overall: This beer doesn't quite give the melodramatic first impression other strong dark ales present, but it still maintains excellent flavor and mouthfeel, while also pulling some nicely unique punches. I would not hesitate to purchase and savor this beer again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky amber brown color with no vision of anything. Very typical of this style. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramelized raisins, figs, rosemary, plums, molasses, spiciness, caramel, toffee,

Taste: Mmm, mmm good. Some bitterness in there too. Alcohol is very deceptive too. Take your time folks.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a sipper. Gets better as it warms up. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little bitterness, and some nice warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: It's been sometime, been still delicious.

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Photo of HoppyBeerSista
4/5  rDev +1.5%

12% ABV on tap @10thstreetlive is true to it's description of darkened raisins, carmel sweetness of dark malts, chocolate and hints of rosemary. You might feel like a sinner for sure after a glass. Cheers & Enjoy!

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Photo of Brob245
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with some carbonation and little to no lacing.

Smell - dark fruits, plum, fig, some chocolate. Reminds me of the smell of a Rochefort 10.

Taste - the dark fruits, figs and plums are predominate up front. Sweetens as it warms and has a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - medium to high carbonation and full bodied.

Overall - a good beer up front. Lots of character and depth initially but does hold as it warms.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice
A: Dark brown, opaque with a one-finger head that settles fairly quickly
S: Malty, sweet with the honey/raisin/rosemary notes mentioned on the label
T: Matches the nose. Very sweet, caramel/raisin/fig/honey notes, a bit boozey
M: Full-bodied, sweet/boozy as above
O: Not a huge fan of this. Full of flavor but off-balance with the amount of alcohol and sweetness. Perhaps fresher would help and I bought this at retail (albeit a trusted retailer) so I can't account for its entire storage history

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

750ml bottle on 18 April 2014

Bear with me as this is my first written review.

A- Deep red hues, mahogany up to the light. Mix of bubbles big and tight with average lacing.

S- Rasins, figs more raisins and figs. Just a dark fruit explosion.

T- The rasins, figs and honey flavor really stand out on this beer. I can't pick up on the Rosemary but I have been sitting on this beer for about a year so it may have faded. Considering the sweetness of it the carbonation dries out the finish some. Overall a sweet beer for the taste.

O- A damn nice beer. I am glad I gave it some time as I couldn't taste any alcohol at 10%. Depending on your pallet it may be too sweet, but I like the style along with hop bombs.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark coffee colored with red hues in it and a tan head. Fruity aroma i was getting cherry/ plum/ raisin. Same fruity start that transitions quickly to some hot alcohol notes.
The alcohol is almost drying on the tongue giving the beer a drier finish than most beers this dark. Its kinda weird but after a few sips the alcohol notes kinda dissipate and the malts come forward a little more as well as that Belgian yeast kinda flavor. I could even pick up some notes of chocolate/ coffee but its very faint. I think I would enjoy a little more intense coffee/ chocolate flavor from this beer ( a little but not a lot). There is suppose to be rosemary but I could not pick that up.

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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 vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, opened Feb 2014

A - Great looking beer. Deep mahogany body with pomegranet highlights. Khaki head has mixed bubbles, nice retention and ok lace.

S - Nice nose too. Milk chocolate, molasses, gingerbread, star anise, nutmeg, toasted coriander, light coffee, barley, oaky booze and caramel.

T - Complex and surprising. Raisin, caramel cordial, anise, gingerbread, thyme, pink peppercorns, molasses, pumpernickel bread.

M - Medium body. Nice dry, spicy finish.

O - Not a winter warmer, but this is what I wish all winter warmers tasted like. Complex, warm, smooth, and delicious.

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Photo of PeterParker
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber brown with half a finger of head. Tight bubbles around the edges.

Smells like cherry bourbon, very sweet. Plums.

Booze hits first, but dissipates. Transforms into a medley of cherry and malts. Belgian yeast is present followed by a warming of alcohol. Not exactly what I expected.

Full and bubbly, slick and creamy. Warm from the alcohol.

Overall, not the best Belgian strong I've had. That being said it is not at all bad.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle – 2013
Notes from 01/12/14 - Served in a Chimay chalice glass

A: Rusted brown look with swirls of hazy yeast and some plumy tones. Thick layer of stubborn khaki sponge cake over top. Scattered bits of lace and stick adhere to the sides of the glass. Looks pretty sweet. The chalice was a good choice.

S: Raisin bread pudding with caramelized figs. Sweet and bready with a pinch of vanilla spice and some garden herbs mixed in. The aroma is mostly sweet with some noticeable alcohol. Pleasant with the malt and special add ins here.

T: Caramel malts with raisin spice bread, fig, and soft herbs. Has that Dark Belgium candi sweetness with a touch of peppery spice and some light citrus zest underneath. Not particularly stand out with the Rosemary. Nice vanilla cream likeness at times with a relatively low but effective bitterness to the beer. Alcohol is noticeable yet well incorporated and there is a mild metallic tinge at the finish. Not your traditional Belgian but pretty well rounded with the flavors and very enjoyable

M: Thick and lightly syrupy with a soft chew. Incredibly lifting from the active carb giving a fluffed cream texture. Low perceived bitterness and some warming alcohol. Touch of drying there at the finish. Sticky with a light drag across the palate.

D: This beer deserves more credit. It is fairly big and sweet with nice malt complexity however balanced by a light bitterness, lush mouth feel, and some interesting favors. I didn’t find this to be over spiced at all. Very delectable in fact. Will seek this one out again.

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