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10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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10 Commandments10 Commandments

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

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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 Floydster
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey for eleven dollars, split with my dad two nights ago, poured into my Stone pint glass

A-Deep dark brown with some red highlights, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention, nice lacing at the beginning

S-Raisins, sherry, different dark fruits, spices, cola, bready malt aromas, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and many other sweet scents

T-Started off with a sweet taste that was filled with raisins and toffee, chewy malt in the middle, finish had a lot of booze in it, got syrupy pretty quickly after lots of carbonation at first, alcohol taste became stronger, some other dark fruits came to the surface and it became even sweeter, needed some distinct hops to provide some balance, too malty in my opinion

M-Lots of carbonation that I did not expect, medium to full bodied, sweet, boozy, tangy, and chewy mouthfeel, taste lingered for quite some time

D-Could not have finished this bottle by myself, barely got through my twelve ounces, heavy on the stomach, sweetness prevented it from being smooth, also hot alcohol was present

Not my favorite beer from Lost Abbey but above average for its style, did not think it was as good as friends had been saying it was, probably would not drink again for this price, interested to see how Cuvee de Tomme tastes since this is the base beer for it, worth trying though

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

Thanks to markgugs for the trade.

Pours a deep dark ruby brown with good head. good head is always a plus. Smell is very much dark fruits with some alcohol and maltiness. Taste follows, rich dark fruit and raisin, sugar and some alcohol. a unique taste. mouthfeel is on the thin side for a BSDA, and drinkability is good, but could be better. Overall a fine beer, but not anything crazy exciting.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the 2/18/08 beer dinner w/ tomme arthur at publick house/monk's cell:

pours a nice dark red cola. the head fades to a thin ring but leaves no lace.

whiff of spiced raisins and hint of cola as well.

flavor is also raisins, with hint of rosemary. there is a slight acidity, but most importantly, there is an amazingly bright and distinct coffee finish that really fools you into thinking that maybe you just sipped coffee instead of beer. very interesting and pleasant.

the feel is quite smooth, with a mild but spritzy carbonation.

unfortunately, this was the highlight of the evening. even the paired dish (scallops with side of flan) was a slight mismatch, with the flan being too sweet and cancelling out the subtleties of the brew. but this is not a review of the dinner...

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Photo of warmstorage
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained in a great trade with rallison.

Appearance: pours a mahagony brown, slightly hazy, with a light brown head that fades rapidly, leaving moderate lace rings.

Aroma: cherries plums and stonefruit, leather, like an old ale.

Taste: more stonefruit: plums, maybe prunes, cherries, light unsweetened chocolate. Very much like an old ale. You can tell from the tangy esters that it's a Belgian style yeast, but it really presents much more like an old ale or an English style barleywine. Moderate alcohol warmth.

Mouth: slightly warm to tingly heat, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good, tasty, fun, not amazing. Something I'd probably buy again, but not something I'd drive around to search out.

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

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

750 mL cage and corked poured into a goblet.

I was surprised to see this one was absolutely black with a one finger tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer of creamy bubbles. Stickiness is pretty good, some thick lacing here and there. Scent is sweet raisins with a good amount of caramel malt. Roasted nut aromas with cherries and raspberries. A good amount of pepper and spice find their way in the nose as well. Malty goodness on the tongue up front. A surprising sour tang with a toasted almond flavor. Black licorice and dark chocolate taste towards the end with a somewhat dry effect. Medium body with a silky smooth texture. Carbonation is pretty minimal, but I like how it feels. I really like this beer, and I'm not exactly a big fan of Belgians either. A good beer to share as are most from Lost Abbey. Definitely a must try in my books.

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

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark murky brown with little to no head.

S- Sweet malts with raisins and toffee.

T- This is a very malty brew. Sweet notes abound. Notes of raisins, toffee and caramel.

M- This is a pretty thick beer. It really coats your mouth. The carbonation is natural and correct in volume.

D- I really like this beer. It is a sweet one though so I am not sure I could drink a ton of it. Plus it is 9% alcohol which isn't too hidden.

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Photo of VitBAficionado
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Lot of lacing. Aroma of molasses, spice, raisin and some alcohol. Early hit of prune and raisin with a sweet and earthy/grainy mid and a slightly funked and alcoholic finish. Medium body. Cooked raisins unusually means doom for me... pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisins, and roasted malt with very little hop aroma. A hint of vanilla reveals its presence. A small tan head appears but lasts for a short time.There is not much lacing on the glass and the beer looks viscous and syrupy. The beer is a very dark brown (nearly black) with a deep mahogony tint. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, average carbonation, sticky, creamy, long finish. The taste is vanilla, raisins, a little funky, chocolate. The finish is complex, ending with some bitterness at the back of the tongue. Very interesting beer and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours an surprisingly dark black/brown with a finger width of creamy tan heads that settles down only slighty into a great looking retention with nice lacing. The aroma is lush with deep sweet malt, dark fruits, and yeasty notes.

The taste is very similar to the aroma with malty sweet goodness, dark fruits sourness, yeasty chalkiness, spices, and fnishes with just a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel feels medium bodied with an effervescent carbonation that adds even more beef to it. The 9% ABV is very well hidden but does impart some warmth and extra oompth to the surroundings.

This a very pleasant smelling and tasting Belgian Strong Ale but make no mistake, it's still one powerful and filling beer that definitley requires some serious sipping. Sit back with it for a couple of hours and enjoy.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a good 1/2 inch of creamy tan head with good retention and great lacing. Smells of dark fruits (which I'd suspect) along with citrus blossoms, toffee, and chocolate. Tastes start out big with the dark fruits like grape and black cherry as well as spices like coriander. Some brown sugar mixes with chocolate covered raisins to finish off the taste. Alcohol presence as it warms. Medium in body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Another good beer from Port Brewing, but I don't know if I would want to drink a whole one by myself, especially with the strong alcohol coming out.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black appearance at first but when looking at it in the light you can see through it like a glowing coffee-amber. The head is slow to develop but ends up being a nice thin tan crust. Spicy aroma, sort of minty with coriander and light alcohol. After it sits a while notes of cherry and grape start to become evident, and they are almost a bit tart in nature.

The taste is tangy/fruity up front with more corainder and other spices dominating. The beer then starts to dry out some becoming toasty with a bit of raisiny chocolate character. Nice complexity with well hidden alcohol. For a beer brewed with raisins, I will say the raisin character only came through mildly. The body is not thin, although it feels very light and runs across the palate smoothly. The carbonation is subtle and foamy, which works well for this beer.

I would say this beer has a nice complexity, although in the same manner it's hard to tell what the brewer was going for. Definitely a unique beer worth trying if you can...

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

Pours to a evil shade of blackish brown that is very intriguing. The head is a brown tan mix of one inch short bubbles that lasts a couple of minutes. Nose shows hints of sour cherries and alchol soaked maltiness. On first sip you get a dark fruit smoothness and a dry dark malty feel. The mouthfeel that is created is sligthly bitter with a large amoutn of dryness that dances on the edge of richness. This beer does have hints of sweetness but its more like dark chocolate, bakers coco, and sour cherries. Nicely drinkable, but for the right time only. Light a fire, turn off the lights and hope for a long cold night.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle which cost me $10 from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. I shared this with a friend which was good given the strength. The color was dark brown with no head and no carbonation. Smells slightly sour, licorice, alcohol. It took awhile to taste the raisins but they are there. Another interesting beer from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of AndoBrew
1.32/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

edit:I was told buy a trusted pal, that when he had this beer fresh it was very yummy. He and I tend to rate with similar scores. I am going to attempt to try this beer again, but leave this review for now. seeing as how the sample I had not gone bad in any infection sort of way. It just may not age well.:

*i hated it and would never buy it*

app: brown garnet. thin lookin, looks fine not amazing.

smells: BAD, menthol, minty herby plants. some malts hide back there.

taste: it is not good at all, it is way way spiced, its not good spiced. way over the top.

mf: fine.

drinkable?: no, it is hard and painful to drink!

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Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from AJ''s in late June for 12.99.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with a light brown head. Nose is a wonderful medley of fruits, raisins, Belgian Yeast, and other spices. Taste is quite nice, of light and dark fruits, malts, raisins, and burnt sugar. Finish is lightly hoppy with a warming alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is very good with that yeast making this especially effervesant across my palate. Drinkability is good and tasry but at 9.0 abv it is a whopper.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured similar to a ValDieu I had a few weeks back, nice brown with small head. Aroma suggests some raisin and brown sugar. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma. A real good full flavor that has great malt balance and a really long lasting coated flavor all over my mouth. Lost Abbey continues to impress!

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Photo of klewis
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to weeare138 for this one.

A: Pours a dark garnet color with a modest foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of raisins black cherries with a subtle spicy character and a hint of alcohol.

T: Spicy christmas ale sort of taste with an astringent cardboardy flavor and a strong boozy kick.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D: I'm quite disapointed. This one either lacks depth in flavor, or the alcohol is covering it all up. Perhpas this one will improve with age, but right now, it's pretty difficult to drink.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged bottle into New Belgium snifter. Poured a dark brown almost to the point of black with a thick lacy head. Smells of raisins and dark fruits with spice aroma. Taste of malt, raisins, spiced bread, dates and plums. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet with a nutty dry finish. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for a abv of 9%. But still a meal of a beer and this beer will fill you up.

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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 IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep mahogany amber...close to black...with a smallish tan head that melted very quickly to a ring of tan bubbles.

Aromas are Belgium yeasts and lots of dark fruits...raisins, of course...it says so on the label....plus some other dark fruits like prunes and plums with mincemeat-like spices...cinammon, cloves, etc.

Taste is sweetly raisins and dark fruits with some Belgium Candy sweetness and Belgium yeast giving it an almost bready taste. Lots of bitter hops follow the sweetness helping to dry the extra sweetness of the rest of the beer.

Aftertaste is slightly citrus bitterness with some hot alcohol and lots of alcohol warmth going down.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the beers I received as part of my "Patron Saints" membership. "Ale Brewed With Raisins" on the label.
A- Pours a pitch black hue with brown and amber highlights, small tan/brown head that is mostly sustaining, fair amount of lacing throughout
S- Fruity scents dominated by raisins and dark fruit (as advertised on the label), I am also getting tones of apple, peach, belgian candy, sweet caramel/toffee malts, and a modest alcohol presence
T- Initial taste is Raisins, Raisins, and more Raisins (almost cloyingly sweet), followed by a variety of fruits and spices, yeasty/bready/sweet malts, a little bit of chocolate and belgian candy, finishes with sweet malts, a touch of bittering hops and warming alcohol presence
M- Medium/full bodied with good carbonation, nice slick texture that coats the tongue in sweetness
D- 9% abv is well-masked, but this definitely a sipping beer to be enjoyed over time (much like a port or desert wine). Think of this as a bigger, bolder, more complex version of Lost & Found supercharged on raisins and dark fruits, great for low-key and/or cold fall and winter evenings . . .

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Photo of bosco7
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown-black with tan creamy head.

Vinous, raisin, fig, black pepper, clove, and some chocolate aromas rise from the fluid.

This is much fruiter than Lost Abbey's other Strong Dark and a little less malty/chocolaty. Starts with an acidic vinous character that moves into sweeter raisin, dried cherry, and prune flavors. Some pepper, cinnamon, and dark chocolate in the finish. Contemplative.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel that finishes very dry. Yet another great beer from Lost Abbey. This would pair well with a dark chocolate.

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