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10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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374 Reviews
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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
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
911
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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Photo of gregk
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice offering from Lost Abbey. This Belgian Strong has a very nice, deep malt character. The raisins add a nice touch of character without being to over powering. I was a bit disappointed by the appearance as I found it to be a bit "muddy". None the less the flavor profile more than makes up for this!

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one finger, khaki colored head. The head sticks around for quite a while and leaves behind some spotted lacing.

S: The aroma is wonderfully complex. Up front you're hit with a plethora of spices and dark fruits (raisins, figs, etc.). A touch of sweet honey and savory rosemary finish it off.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but slightly toned down. The rosemary comes out more in the taste as does the honey.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty smooth and very easy to drink. The alcohol is hidden deceivingly well.

O: I liked this spin on a BSDA. The additions of honey, raisins, and rosemary make this a unique ale that I'm sure I will pick up from time to time.

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Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 2010 vintage. 750ml into some tulips.

Violet with some redder hues in the light, big tan head that leaves gratuitous amounts of lacing and good retention. Interesting nose for a quad, dark fruits and mostly raisins appear first but some of the sweeter notes (the honey that was used?) support this immensely. Some fresh, mild herbal notes as well come through along with some spicing. This resembles rosemary more apparently as it warms. Quite unique. Dark fruits and raisins again on the palate, rich caramel notes, sugar and perhaps some candied sugar. All sugary dark fruits, all the way. Full, rich and sweet feel. No detectable alcohol, and dangerous in this regard. A tasty and interesting twist on a quad.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This smells amazing, tons of honey and grapes and ginger, oh man! I love it. It is complex enough.

The taste follows very nicely. It is sweet and rustic and pleasing. You get honey, and brown sugar. It almost has a little bit of a pumpkin ale taste to it, probably from the honey.

It reminds me of the first beer I tried to make, but much better of course. Another winner from the Lost Abbey.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster glass at Lost Abbey's taproom in San Marcos, California. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $1.00. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention (excused by the ABV). Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-black. Not opaque.

Sm: Incredibly estery, with honey, fig, raisin, and spices. Intriguing. Maybe some sort of berry comes through as well? I look for rosemary but don't find it. A faux vinegar sort of funky note. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramel, raisin, fig, cream, slight funkiness, a berry note, heavy esters (especially on the climax), honey, and spice. Strange but very pleasant and enjoyable. Bold and experimental to its benefit. Complex and subtle. Well balanced and built. I don't know that I've a had a beer quite like this one; the flavour profile may be unique.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Drinkable for its high ABV - which it hides incredibly well. I'd have it again. Would pair well with cheese.

A good candidate for aging. Likely better out of the bottle than on-draught; I'd anticipate more yeasty notes from the bottle.

B

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2014 vintage. Truncated notes:

Dark brown-black body colour, with a fitting head.

AROMA: Smells of anise/fennel, raisin, dried plum, sugarcane, prune, fig, dates, a hint of molasses, biscuity spicy Belgian yeast, and a hint of Belgian chocolate.

Raisin dominates. It's a fantastic aroma for the style. Moderate in strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Raisin is prominent, and the mouthfeel follows the raisiny vibe, bringing syrupy thickness, viscosity, as well as dryness and coarseness. Subsidiary dried dark fruit supplements the raisin: fig, prune, dates, and plum. There's a dab of rummy sugarcane as well. The foundation is comprised of dark Belgian malts and a bit of chocolate malt.

OVERALL: The dryness and coarseness really makes this drag on the palate, reducing drinkability substantially and fatiguing the drinker. But it's a well-spiced Belgian dark ale and the dark fruit is lovely. It's good but not great work from one of the U.S.'s best breweries, and I'd like to revisit it with some serious age on it.

B-

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

Poured from tap into tulip at Yard house Scottsdale.
Pours a deep amber brown. Thick spongey tan head.
Smells of honey roasted malts and christmasy? (Cloves or rosemary maybe??)
Taste is of boozey clove or rosemary type? It almost has a lambic type flavor - at first, but finishes with a really nice dark chocolate malt.
Overall a very unique brew. Interesting, tastey, unique, smooth...what else do you really want in a beer? This deff stands out. Give it a try, but watch the wallet on this. I'd be pissed if I spent more than $10.

Cheers!

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

Appearance:
A dark and obscure blood red color. The beer forms a decent amount of head with very good retention. It leaves some lacing on the beer glass.

Smell:
The beer has a strong and sharp smell of alcohol. The honey and raisin are slightly noticeable with the raisin being more prominent. The rosemary seems to enhance the alcohol smell.

Taste:
The beer itself tastes like a sugary red wine. I noticed a small hint of alcohol and Rosemary. Otherwise, the honey, raisin and Belgian sugar dominate the pallate.

Mouthfeel:
The beer has a smooth and decent carbonation. It feels like a red wine.

Overall:
I think this is a pretty decent beer that borders on a wine.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split a corked caged 750, poured into a diver glass

A- even with a gentle pour I get an abnoxious 4 finger head that disapates slowly, it is brownish, the beer itself is a deep murky brown, heavy lacing

S- rosemary, lots of rosemary, almost soapy, hints of alcohol, light raisin, not an incredibly pleasing aroma to me

T- it tastes better then it smells, the rosemary is much more subtle, raisins, brown sugar, an almost light chocolate note , bubblegum yeastyness. Alcohol. Faint faint honey.

M- medium bodies with high/medium carbonation, almost effervescent, I feel its too heavily carbonated.

O- I did not enjoy this very much, I'm thinking maybe ingot a strange over carbonated bottle, but I don't know, the aroma was rather soapy and unpleasant as well, at least to me

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

Served on draft at CloverLeaf Tavern 1/12/12
A – Poured a dark mahogany with a steady beige foam head that left nice lacing.
S – Dark fruits like plum and figs, sweet dark sugars caramel and molasses
T – Warm sweetness raisin and vanilla with dark bread flavors. Yeasty with various spices
M – Feels slightly heavy, thick bodied but creamy and silky very nice mouth feel.
O – A very nice dark fruit belgian. Spicey but a bit boozey. Great warmness and finish

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Photo of jsanford
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Stemmed Glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany-red with a creamy taupe head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.
S - Sweet and spicy aromas of dark caramel malt, raisins, figs, baked bread, herbal rosemary, and a touch of banana from the Belgian-style yeast.
T - Wow, I'm surprised by how "big" this beer is. Huge flavors of raisin and fig, with a heavy caramel and brown sugar malt profile and a solid dose of rosemary and Belgian yeast.
M - Not liking the mouthfeel on this at all. Big and syrupy, with fairly sharp carbonation. If this was creamier I'd like it, but the syrupy mouthfeel is odd and extremely unpleasant. Carbonated snot is a pretty unflattering description, but it works.
O - Liked the nose, liked the taste, hated the mouthfeel. Dunno if it's just this bottle, perhaps I'll seek this out on tap to confirm.

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Photo of finnagann
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: cork n cage bomber.

S- Spicey phenolics, some malt, some dark fruit. A light soft alchohol note, quite pleasant.

A- Dark reddish-brown. Big creamy tan coloured head that laced well. both lace and head completely dissapeared by the end of my 4 oz glass, rather dissapointing.

T-Creamy smooth malt in the mid palate with spicey phenolics around the edges. A somewhat overstated bitterness in the finish, definatly some harsh notes. A nice, and very subtle, note of rosemary comes through as it warms.

M-medium-light body, fairly high carb (was hard to pour a drinkable glass). Warming and incredibly smooth alchohol note. Definatly some astringency in the finish.

O-Very complex, good blend of malt and phenolics. The alchoholic strength was very well incorporated.I loved the alchohol notes in the nose and palate, as well as the subtle rosemary notes. However the astringency was quite high and makes an otherwise great beer hard to drink for me.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Appearance: Black with a red hue, minimal tan head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: raisins, red fruit, malty, rosemary.

Taste: raisins, red fruit, malty, vanilla, honey.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, low carbonation, silky.

Overall: A tasty beer. Drinkability is moderate. Fairly complex.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle received as an extra long ago. Poured in to an oversized snifter, this one's a dark but slightly translucent cocoa brown, complete with a slew of nice, wispy yeast floating around the bottom of my glass. Subsequent sips cot the sides of the glass with plenty of lace at first, glittery and very Belgian, and the finger of mocha head fades in about thirty seconds.

Dates, figs, plums, and raisins on the nose, mingling with light spice, hints of juniper (I suppose the rosemary), and dry, dark malts, slightly reminiscent of chocolate. The taste is similar, but dryer - this one's had considerable time to age, and the tartness (slightly like bubble gum) of the fruits comes across very strongly. I thought it possibly soured at first, but suppose it's just the natural yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is good - subtle, mellow, low in carbonation, but with the dry body, nothing's too heavy or fat on the tongue.

All in all, a good beer, and one I might have enjoyed a little more fresh. Flavorful, but likely at one point more flavorful.

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

Poured from a 750ml to a Duvel glass.

Pours a murky brown with a 2 finger off color white head, and plenty of sticky lace all about the place (cant tell if there is sediment floating or pieces of the cork that broke off). Smells of dark fruits soaked in alcohol, plums, figs, raisins etc. Nice breadiness from the malts, and a slight alcohol prefume. Huge sweetness on the tongue, grapes and figs all over. The sweet malts leave traces of chocolate covered raisins, and maraschino cherries that give a bitter/tart finish. Also i find as the beer warms up a bit a big Ny-Quil quality at the end, weird. Full bodied, medium-high initial carbonation that prepare your tongue for the bold sweetness. This beer is very well done, great complexity and composition, afraid its just way to sweet for my liking.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6

Blind beer #2

750 mL cork and cage shared with a couple friends.

A - Pours murky mahogany with a bit of dark cream colored head. As it receded, it sounded like the fizzing of a coke. Really strange head 3.0

S - Fig, caramel as well as some mustiness. Kind of reminds me of spiced dirt. Bit more cherry and plum as it warms...yeah, tons of plum/prune/raisin...After warming, there's a little smoke as well. Interesting. 4.0

T - Nice sweet vanilla and plum, with a ton of belgian yeast. We've got ourselves a quad here. First thought is the pretty things plum quad...Some nice mild spicing, and actually a prety solid quad or BSDA. A slightly tannic finish is making me think there's some oak in there as well 3.5

M - Very full bodied with a thick syrupy feel. The carbonation is a bit big, and fizzy like drinking pop. Also a bit of heat in the back of the throat as well. Double digits for sure! 3.5

O - Quite good, but not overly complex. It's quite a fruity strong dark belgian/quad and pretty solid overall. I definitely enjoy sipping on this, but would struggle with a full 750. 3.5

This is definitely a solid brew. For as much as I dislike belgian style beers, this is something I wouldn't mind drinking again and sholland119 did well. I could easily see this being the pretty things quad, but I'm not convinced because of the smoke. I feel like I've had this before because the first whiff of the aroma just threw me off with the smoke, so I'm going with Pretty Things Quad or LA Judgment day.

Before the reveal: my buddy mentioned Victory Otto and I could definitely see this. The smoke sticks out a bit more, and it might just be a boozy dubbel. I still think it's something stronger and stick with my previous guesses.

The reveal: 2009 Lost Abbey 10 commandments.

Well, I was right, I've had this before and it is a BSDA with some plum/raisins, just forgot about this beer. This has aged pretty well and definitely tasting great right now. Thanks!

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Photo of Jawn
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's murky dark reddish with a really beautiful creamy head that converged to the center to a cool looking nucleus of foam. Rad. Random soapy lacing. The nose is so boozy to me, but I can definitely pick up the rosemary too. I think they must have used a lot of raisins in this one because its juicy with dark fruit with a caramal/chocolate background, then pops into a dry yeasty finish. I didn't think my palate was that refined as of yet to pick up different levels of complexity, and it surely isn't, but this was definitely a fun beer to drink.

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Photo of Philousa
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed at the Lost Abbey tap room on 12/31/2011.

Looks like a freshly brewed Americano coffee with irregularly bubbled head, indicating the active Belgian yeast, which clings to the glass for dear life before it pops to nearly nothing. Left some lacing with the first few drinks. Licorice, raisins, and sweet dates make up the bulk of the aroma. There is some faint dark Belgian malt. Most of the aroma is faint with this beer. Bitter licorice and dark fruit flavors. Some date and bitter chocolate round it out. A very murky, thick beer with a dry finish.

To be honest, this didn't come across well as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I didn't get too many dark fruit flavors and they were weak when I identified them. The black licorice was too prevalent for this licorice hater. I had high hopes, so maybe that's why I feel let down by this brew. Maybe I'm just putting to much stock into the Belgian Strong Dark Ale description, or maybe I need to just read the label before ordering a sample. I'd like to see them make this their own by giving it a distinct flavor that separates it from the pack.

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Photo of hardy008
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with Ruby highlights and a large tan foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has raisins, caramel, rosemary, and brown sugar. I am not sure that rosemary is a good idea.

The taste has raisins, caramel, brown sugar, rosemary, and a small amount of tartness. Has a sweet flavor, but I am not liking the rosemary in this beer. Seems like a mistake to me. Honey is a listed ingredient, but I honestly can't pick it up in the taste or smell.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. Unfortunately there is an aftertaste of rosemary. I like rosemary well enough, but don't care for it in beer. Lose the rosemary, and this beer would be much better.

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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 loren01
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color, big time head with the first pour
S: Dark fruits, raisins/figs. Also some apple/pear scents.
T: Much the same as the smell, dark fruits as well as apple flavor. Alcohol is very evident.
M: Prickly slightly overcarbonated beer, finished dry.
O: Very sweet and boozy, alcohol was not well hidden at all. Not a sessionable beer in the least, kinda hard to get this bottle down actually.

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Photo of Jules11788
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown that barely lets any light through; fat 3 finger-width head, sticky lacing

S: Floral winter spices -- nutmeg, rosemary, sweet flowers

T: Wheaty, slightly funky tartness; tastes of flowers with a small hint of rosemary; not much honey, little bit of raisins; finishes with a sharp boozy bitterness.

M: Medium-light viscosity, medium carbonation, tingly on the tongue, decent helping of booziness

O: I don't know what it is but this beer just had a really weird nasty flavor to it that lingered after each sip. It was sort of a nasty Steel Reserve/Mickey's kind of boozy/chemically flavor, and it became more evident the more I drank. Don't think I'll ever buy this again, especially at the exorbitant price of $13.99 for a 750ml bottle

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Photo of whatthehull
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 12th 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

A - opaque black blood red, three finger tan head and some lacing

S - alcohol, raisins, sugar, lots of malts, funk, yeast, earth and slight hops

T - raisin rum, slight Rosemary, lots of sugar, nice alcohol, tons of malts, wine essence, lots of soil, earth, dry wood, slight hops, nice yeast, kind of sour and funky

M - full bodied, medium acidity, huge complexity, well balanced and long finish

D - for a huge beer this bitch drinks well. Lots of Flavors, nice complexity and as it warms it only gets better. Starting to love lost abbey

Final thought - 10% and $10. Give this one a try

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a taster of this at Lost Abbey.

Dark ruby into the 4oz taster glass.

Smells tangy. Medicinal. This might not end well.

Oh god. Medicinal, sour, tarty. Something has gone wrong with this beer. I got about halfway through the taster before giving it back. I home brew and even I don't get these flavors. Someone fucked this one up.

Quite carbonated. Reminded me of a shitty tasting jagermeister.

Overall this was lucky to get a 3. I think if they had better quality control, this might be an ok beer. There is no way this phenolic mess was what it is supposed to taste like.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you florida9 for hitting this long time want.

a - opened the cork n cage and filled my lost abbey tulip. poured a pretty rich brown purple with a thick frothy off white head. very nice to style.

s - rich sweet dark fruit. very nice. candy like. a bit of a tang. grapes. fruit punch. tropical.

t - grapejuice. good sweet ending.

m - not as creamy as i would like, but an easy drinker. kind of like a fruit juice.

o - overall, this is pretty tasty. not as intense as others are in the sytle, but this is a solid offering from an american brewery. i'm a big fan of the style and this was not a disappointment.

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10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
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