10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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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.

Added by scottoale on 05-08-2007

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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 spree92
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, deep brown with a really small head. Not much lacing.

S- Honey, Spices, fruit and rosemary. Quite a complex brew.

T- Same as the smell. Alot of different layers

M- Moist Flavorful

D- Pretty potent brew with high abv%. A drink that is so good I could get in trouble.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into a tulip.

A: Dark ruby red, a nice dark head, that leaves just a ring of lacing around the top. .

S: Raisins, honey, very sweet with spicy aroma.

T: Very sweet, spicy, tangy, very weird brew for me the raisins just don't do it.

M: Medium bodied and high in carbonation.

D: Very odd brew, but not to bad, wont be having another.

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Photo of wvsabbath
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, no head, no carbination

Smell - Dark fruits, malts, sugar. Plums, rasins

Taste - Bold flat and bitter. Reminded me of a wine. Plum and rasin mixed with malts. Alcohol was very well masked.

Mouthfeel - Bittered whole mouth up. After taste was thick and bold.

Drinkabilty - Split bottle with 5 people, no one wanted to finish there glass. Im not a wine fan and this really tasted like a table wine. Not for me.

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Photo of idrinkitup
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, appearance is a dark black with a little amber coming from the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Two fingers of tan head with gorgeous sparkling lacing. The aroma is very Belgian strong. I get a sweet and spicy sniff from the glass that definitely explains the raisins it's brewed with. Taste is just like the smell with strong notes of burnt sugars and dark fruit...definitely taste some of the alcohol in this one but it is masked well and comfortably warming...a great beer to be drank during a break from the cold of winter. Mouthful is discrete and finishes clean. As far as drinkability goes, to me I would best enjoy this in one or two 10 oz. pours per session. A great night cap beer or after dinner desert. Taking your sweet time on this one is worth it as many of the complexities of the sweetness and spice comes through as it warms. A great stab at a Socal-brewed Belgian Quad!

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Photo of haazer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in my St. Bernardus chalice. Reviewed from notes.

A- 1/2 finger of head that is matches the cork in color. Brew is a very dark indigo with almost no light or accents. Faintest spots of lacing.

S- Smells include roasty malts, followed by chocolate syrup. Dark fruits are present. Of the smells raisins and rosemary stand out the most, as they were a big part of the ingredients.

T- This is delicious. The combination of rosemary, honey, above mentioned dark fruits and raisins make this beer ever so sweet and enjoyable. Yet in no way is this cloying, and in fact I think could be even a little sweeter. This is due to the malt profile of this beer that completely balances all those sugary flavors. Malt flavor is bready. Almost no trace of hops to this.

M- Medium bodied brew. Carbonation is just right.

D- A sipper to savor. Booze is not present until afterwards, but if you sip this you'll be fine. The flavor more than anything makes this a 4.

My first offering from The Lost Abbey. I had high expectations and they were met. Great tasting beer here and can't wait to try their other concoctions.

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

appearance: Dark brown. Not much head on the pour but it lingers and provides a frothy lacing.
smell: Some tartness. Sweet dark fruit. Bread like. This is just out of the fridge. We'll see what a little warming does.
Either the warming or referencing the ingredients reminds me of the honey. Some spiciness in the background. That sweet fruit must be the raisin puree.
taste: Less tart presence than the nose, but it's there. Sweetness in the form of dark fruit, with a malty finish.
mouthfeel: medium to med high carbonation. Full, not quite syrupy.
drinkability: Too rich to be quaffed. Mellow and relatively gentle.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Beautiful deep dark brown almost black with awesesome head retention. Nice, creamy thick tan head that fades slow into a nice creamy film that floats on top. Leaves creamy walls of lace.

S- Dark fruit, raisins, and plums, honey and sweet roasted malts. Metallic notes and herbal hints. Rosemary, and earthy, grass notes. Faint hints of chocolate and sweet malts. Brown sugar, and green sour apples. Booze hints.

T- Metallic sour characteristics with sweet raisins and honey. Faint hint of chocolate, herval notes. Rosemary is in the aftertaste and a bitter metallic aftertaste lingers. Touch of booze. Grassy elements and earthy notes.

M- Medium bodied,

D- Its a defenite sipper and there are some harsh qualities and sour notes that don't seem right in the blend. Its good but I won't get this one again.

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Photo of slayer3604
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am really impressed with the color and head retention with this one. Deep, deep ruby, almost an opaque brown color with ember highlights when held up to a light source. Retention leaves a LOT of lacing behind. CHEA!

Smells like seven month old raisins, with some phenolic spice, and caramel malts. Way too much dark fruit for my liking...this is just my opinion, but that is the purpose of this website.

Tastes like a traditional quad at first, then becomes boozy, hot, and heavily malted. There really isn't too much of a defining spice that you'd find in a Belgian quad, more like something Unibrau would create (not a bad thing), but without the clean-up.

M-Has a firm, bold and lasting mouthfeel to it. Even after the beverage is consumed, you can taste this thing for about 10 minutes after. That is nice, but it is very very thick.

Drink-ability is eh....Again, almost cloying sweetness, with booze. Like dumping brandy into some grape drank.

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

2009 corked bottle shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

This pours a deep brown almost black color with a nice creme colored head that lines the glass. The smell is extremely sweet. Raisins, plums, molasses, and breads make up the smell. Some sugar is also noted on the nose. Taste is really good. Nice sweet finish with raisins, plums, and herbs all on the quaff. Definitely a sipper but really good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is good. I would like to see how this beer develops.

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

This beer has WOWed me. This is one of the best Belgian strong dark ales I've had.

The aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy, and undeniably Belgian.

The taste matches the smell, with some sweetness, some spicy, some fruitiness, and many other complex flavours I'm not able to discern. There's a very pleasant alcohol taste, just enough to be pleasantly warming, to let you know it's there, but not so much that it tastes boozy or off-putting. Every sip brings a complex blend of flavours that work great together.

From the first sip, I was hooked. At the last sip, I wanted more. As I sit here, typing this, I wish I was drinking this beer right now.

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

a - very dark with a large tan head
s - difficult to place, perhaps from the herbs? sweet and grassy
t - burnt sugars at the front, finishes into spicy / earthy
m - just sticky enough to balance the bitterness, finishes almost clean
d - easy before, during, and after dinner

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Photo of basica
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an intense dark opaque brown to black color into my Rochefort chalice with a two-finger thick even, and deliciously milky looking tan head; very nice and appetizing looking (5)

S - Sweet caramelized malts, yeast and dark fruits on the nose with suggestions of cherries, raisins and dates; pleasant rummy, boozy notes blend in pleasantly to round up the aromas (4.5)

T - Caramel and brown sugar sweetness take a quick headstart to be decked by pleasant oaky, woody flavors which lifts to reveal a roasted malt background and dark fruits on the surface with suggestions of raisins, dates, plums and berries nicely blended with rummy, boozy flavors; dark fruits (mainly raisins), roasted malts, a good amount of honey and a very light bitterness show up in the finish; slightly complex and extremely delectable flavors (5)

M - Between medium and full-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation and a foamy, milky smooth texture as it goes down revealing a light and pleasant alcohol warming (4.5)

D - Lovely nose, delectable flavours and feel, fairly complex and improves significantly with warming; as with any good BSDAs, alcohol shows through just minimally. The woodiness, honey and roasted malts are some of the more interesting and noteworthy differences in the 10 commandments. A very well done Belgian Strong Dark Ale style brew that's on par or well better than top brews of a similar style from Belgium. (4.5)

This is the last of 3 American BSDA style brew evaluation and the 10 commandments has been a beer that I have long wanted to get my hands on. This 2008 vintage 10 Commandments has been solicited over eBay and this has definitely impressed me. Amongst the noteworthy differences, the roasted malts seems to give it a slight stout feel but this one's definitely a BSDA and a great one.

The Lost Abbey 10 commandments has indisputably the best nose of the 3 BSDAs; it probably spots the best appearance as well. Pelican's Grand Cru would however hold claim to the best mouthfeel and may just very very slightly and marginally rise above the 10 commandments in terms of taste.

In summary, it's an extremely close tussle between the Pelican Grand Cru and the Lost Abbey 10 commandments; Unibroue's La terrible is clearly behind slightly. I would probably still award first place to the Pelican Grand Cru due to the slighty more complex flavors and better mouthfeel but the 10 commandments is following extremely close in second place. Final ranking: 1st - 2009 Pelican Grand Cru, 2nd - 2008 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, 3rd - 2004 Unibroue La Terrible

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle from the shrinking cellar.

dark brown with a fat creamy beige head. held up to the light, it reveals a purple hue.
a harmonious aroma of raisins and rosemary, dominating. dates and caramel, intoxicating sugars. i remove my pants.
wow, taste is right there too. honey, rosemary, raisins, dates, caramel with a salty sweet finish. if only the oceans were made of this! The saltiness at the end is a bit distracting, but I beg for more. It's just alluring. A buxom Moses coming down off the mountain with his salty carved rocks. A really unique flavor, and my favorite taste of an American BSDA. I feel like it really cuts into what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. Tomme, this is excellent, thank you.

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Photo of Domingo
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this for the BCS championship game.
Burgundy with purplish highlights. Not much head and the little that is there dissipates almost immediately.
For a Belgian dark this one is almost simple. Initially sweet brown/candi sugar flavors hit hard, followed by rummy notes, a little bit of earthy hop bitterness, and a fade into dried raisins and figs. The yeast only comes out here and there and I'm not getting a whole lot (if any) rosemary.
The beer is pretty easy drinking for 9%, but as it warms, the rummy character lingers more than it should.
I do like the texture and found the bottle I was splitting to be empty faster than expected.
Pretty good, but nothing earth shattering or mind changing. This can be pricey at times, so I don't know if I'd choose this over cheaper alternatives...including many imports.

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

Pours a dark brown color with a tight dense tan head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is subdued for the style. I pick up some dark cherries, prunes, wood, alcohol vapors and clove.

The taste is sweet with dark cherries, grape juice, booze soaked prunes, and some banana and clove from the yeast. Some candi sugar sweetness but well in check for the style. I pick up some earthy tobacco notes as well.

The feel is moderate and quite fizzy. Sweet on the palate but has enough earthy notes to balance. The booze seems to be a bit raw.

A well balanced BSDA, however not very complex. Perhaps a touch more from the yeast and less abv burn.

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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 codewarrior
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL Cork and Caged Bomber Poured into a Balloon

Making the LA rounds again, as it's that time of year, and the 6 or so seasonal or rotating varieties change yet again.

L: Extremely dark, bordering on black, but somehow barely still in the browns. Completely opaque, with 2 fingers of head and decent lacing. More carbonation than I expected from a hard cork pull.

S: Thin sweetness with a depth of fruit and an edge of funkiness. Raisins are largest in the middle, honey in the finish.

T: Starts thin, but works into a boozy-sweet middle, with hints of fruits and nuts. Fades into a thin, flowery, honey sweetness, with still a lot of booze happening.

F: Good carbonation, good thickness, well done all the way around.

D: One of the better LAs I've had, On par with Carnevale.

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Photo of garbercury
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09' generously given as an extra in a trade...

A--Dark and believe it or not, carbonated. Some lacing.

S--You can smell the raisin in this one, fruits, figs...

T--Sweet, again, raisins and figs come out in the backend of this one.

M--good mouthfeel

D--Not bad, a little bit sweet and cloying to drink a bunch of, but very good for the style. I would probably want to see out his beers more often if owner was not such a poon...

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

Poured dark brown with brown highlights that had a finger worth of khaki head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass. I could detect honey, rosemary, dark fruits, sweet malts, booze, and faint chocolate notes; very intresting nose. The rosemary was more apparent on the palate with some smokey character alongside dark fruit, honey, chocolate malt accents. The booze was noticeable but not overhelming. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation especially from lost abbey which had a sweet, earthy, slight boozy, but smokey, silky finish. It drank really good considering how hot it was and is probably one of my favorite year round brews from lost abbey.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a creamy white head that slowly dissipates to a dense soapy sheen.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit, allspice, and rosemary. Unusual.

Taste is more of the dark fruit from the nose. Plenty of plum, date, and raisin. Hints of coffee. Very spicy with strong allspice and coriander. Finishes with rosemary and an herbal bitterness that really lingers. Slight alcohol warmth throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a very unusual beer. Herbal spice quality doesn't quite match with the dark fruit sweetness. The flavor is a bit odd, and takes some getting used to. I don't know if I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a thin bit of dark tan head.

The smell was very heavy, thick raison, lots of yeast, and a bit of cedar.

The flavor is very strong with big burnt fig notes and a spicy yeast along with hint of dark wood and a strong bitter tartness that is almost a bit unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is heavy with a lot of warming.

Over all this one didn't really do it for me, a bit harsh and seemed a bit off.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 bottle.

Poured clear brown but sits opaque black in my glass. Fluffy tan head leaves a Care Bear cloud near the top of my glass and several lacey rings thereafter before fading out.

Smells of plum, rum raisin, and indulgent caramel. Those three sumptuous carry through in the taste and are joined by molasses and dry honey sweetness. Lots of flavor up front but kinda bland in back. Almost 2 years have faded out any alcoholic heat.

Says it was brewed with rosemary but I couldn't taste or smell it. Truthfully I'm not sure I'd recognize it if I did.

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Photo of Spica66
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/red. Excellent carbonation and wonderful lacing. Not usually what I would expect from LA.

S: Fruity, slightly sour roasted malts. Like an RIS but slightly sour.

T: Unlike any beer I have ever had. It took a few times back and forth with guwilllums to figure out whether to call it a strong ale or not. I decided strong ale and was correct according to this listing. It has a very fruity taste with an RIS backbone. Very complex.

M: medium body and nice carbonation.

D: Extremely pleasant with plenty to think about.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with red hues when held up to the light. An off white head rests atop the brew with good lingering and lacing.

Honey and dark fruits dominate the smell. There is a bit of an off smell in there as well which I am assuming is a result of the rosemary. The off smell reminds me of two things; the gas they used to knock me out in surgery and new plastic toys.

I can't get past the surgery gas smell as it is also present in the taste. Looking past that, there raisins, honey and the weird rosemary. The ingredients on the label pretty much sum up what is in this drink.

The mouthfeel has a coating of the mouth effect with full body. I'm going to say that the mouthfeel is the strong point of this brew, too bad the taste is funky.

I am not a fan of this beer. Outside of the rosemary funk, this is a good beer. Too bad it dominates the taste...

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