10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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10 Commandments10 Commandments

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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.

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

Pours a dark obsidian, a lively tan head billows up, alive with tiny bubbles. Lacing slides right off the side of the glass, not very sticky at all. After most of the head has dissipated, a little plateau remains anchored to the middle of the glass. A full nose with what smells like cherries and roast dark chocolate, with a big yeasty bouquet.

Malty and earthy, with chocolate being the prominent characteristic. Roasty chocolate, with a slight dark fruity presence like cherry or raisin. Big, malty and bready. Little bit of coffee also. Little bit of hop kick at the end but nothing overwhelming. Despite the initial sensations, this seems to be a pretty lowly carbonated beer, very sticky, very cloying, and the roastiness lingers on the palate. Drinkability suffers a bit because it is a bit boozey, on top of what is a pretty complicated beer to begin with. It's a sipper, but a damn good one. For anyone a fan of dark Belgians, this is most definitely worth a try.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with slices of juicy tangerine along the bottom edge of the glass. The head (more American than Belgian) is a looker. The golden sandstone color is a perfect match for the beer beneath, and the texture is both firmly creamy and sticky. Loads of great looking lace put the finishing touches on a commanding appearance.

Some of the ingredients (*) are appreciated in the nose and some aren't. I can smell dark malt and dark fruit, but not raisins* per se. There's a sweetness that could be dark candi sugar as well as honey*. Much to my surprise, rosemary* is obvious. Last, but certainly not least, Brettanomyces* is on the low end of the funk-o-meter.

I've never had a beer that tasted quite like 10 Commandments. The atypical ingredients don't seem like they would be special in combination, but then Tomme Arthur is the mad genius in charge of making it all work. And that is what makes all the difference. This is one interesting ale that also happens to be mighty delicious.

Lightly roasted malts are beautifully complemented by the sweetness and the fruitiness of the raisins, as well as the sweetness of the honey. The beer is far from cloying, however. In fact, it's exceptionally well-balanced between sweet, bitter and spicy. There's also quite a bit of anise, oddly enough.

The dominant flavor, at least by my palate, is rosemary. That particular herb gives this big ale a uniqueness that is second to few. Tomme took a big chance adding so much to the kettles, but damned if he didn't know what he was doing. Some will love it, some will hate it. Count me among the former.

There still isn't much Brettanomyces character. All things considered, that's probably for the best. Too many strong flavors have a tendency to clash rather than cooperate. The 9.0% alcohol is nicely buried and the beer drinks at least two percentage points lower as a result.

The mouthfeel is nowhere near the best that Belgium has to offer. It's too thin for the style and doesn't have enough bubbles. The final result is almost no lift and no plush creaminess. Carbonation can be a tricky thing to get right. However, a world-class brewery like this one is expected to do just that.

The Lost Abbey has given us their own stone tablet of 10 Commandments on the rear label. My favorite is the 9th... "Life is about choices. The Lost Abbey is a great choice". Amen to that.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Dark reddish brown color, close to a coffee color, with modest beige head and fine drippy rings of lace.

Aroma of caramelized and roasted malts reminiscent of a wee heavy, along with sweet raisin, apple, and honey. Some vague herbal and spicy notes. Quite pleasant.

Tastes malty and fruity, with pronounced singed raisin. Some cola and honey. Fairly sweet, well balanced by roastiness and some herbal bitterness. Tasty malt. Long roasty malty finish.

Fizzy at first, but swirling smooths it out nicely. Quite drinkable, for what it is.

Certainly on the roasty and explicitly malty side for a BSDA, but I'm no style stickler. Good interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally get to try this beer. I was only able to get one bottle of the 2007 release and once I knew it had brett I put it aside since I wasn't a big fan of that at that point. Now the 2008 version is available I can't wait to try it. Picked up this bottle at South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Poured into my Lost Abbey stem glass. Pours a dark cola color with a somewhat fizzy head that reaches about half an inch and then settles to a ring in a blink of an eye. A scarlet tinge can be seen when held to the light.

I lean in as I pour and the first things I pick up are sourdough bread, brett, tangy fruits, prunes, and raisins. Ah, wonderful. Now that the beer is in the glass I can smell the caramel malts, brown sugar, tart cherries, flowers and herbs. The rosemary is a nice touch, it is highly fragrant fresh and dry but it comes out rather balanced here. There's a nice sweet and sour combination. After a few minutes the spiciness comes through a bit more in the form of cinnamon, clove, and I'm also getting some vanilla and cola. A tad winey.

Surprisingly sweet upfront with quite a bit of fruits, raisins, dates, plums, and prunes. Then the caramel comes in midway with a bit of sourness and sourdough in the end. The herbs and spiciness mix in the middle. A little alcohol in the finish but mostly in the taste, but it doesn't come through as warm in the throat. The long aftertaste has a combination of an herbal chocolate, very interesting. A little sour upfront too with some wine-like qualities, slightly dry and acidic. I can also taste some multi-grain bread in the finish and some grape too. I'm actually enjoying it a lot more as it goes on. A bit of anise, coffee, and chocolate which reminds me of Short's Black Licorice Lager.

Very low carbonation, can hardly sense it, and yet it's not so syrupy but some residual sugar ends up on the lips. Somehow the low carbonation seems to work well for this beer.

It's a bit difficult to review this one as I've never had a beer quite like this one before.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Split with russwbeck.

2009 Vintage.

A - This pours much darker than I expected, dark brown with almost no highlights. A 1.5-fingered head emerges, tan in color, and lasts well throughout the drink as well as with a frothy cap. Lacing is nice but scattered.

S - This beer kind of confuses me with the smell, as there are many different aromas. I'm getting some spice, maybe thyme along with rosemary, as well as some darker malts as well. Something like chocolate or light roast? It's confusing but my ignorance gives way to something appetizing.

T - The spice from the nose comes through here as well. It has a bit of spice similar to the Stone / Jolly Pumpkin / Nogne O Special Holiday Ale. The spice seems to overwhelm the honey and other flavors, yet it does seem to yield at the end to some nice roast. The alcohol is neglible compared to Judgment Day, which is good to see. Finish is moderately long.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Spices dominate the finish.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. Definitely an interesting beer and not something I expected from the bottle. The spices bring a fresh taste, although the honey is a bit subdued. A great beer though in the way it hides its alcohol and ease of drinking!

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

a: into my st. bernie chalice, minimal head over a deep brown ale, great color but the head leaves something to be desired

s: delicate rosemary woven through dark and sugary belgian malts, dark raisin and prune skins, fruit cake, aged hops, various dark fruit breads, moderately sweet, really a lot going on here, i've always liked what rosemary brings to belgian ales

m: minimal carbonation on the tongue, medium bodied, smooth

t: strong but thoughtfully used rosemary permeates a body of dark belgian sugars, lightly tannic prune skin, dries out and becomes a touch woody/tannic in the finish, great balancing interplay with the dark fruits and woody rosemary, very much unique and something i'd be happy to acquire again

d: an aromatic and flavorful, warming sipper

750 shared courtesy of dirtylou during the countdown to my departure from madison :(

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a dark fleshy plum color with 1/2 inch off white head that quickly recedes. Mild lacing present.
S: Very aromatic...can smell this a few feet away. Dark dried fruit (raisin), plum, soft malt, mild sweet alcohol, and a hint of rosemary.
T: Dark cherry, dark dried fruit, plum, soft piney hops, earthy rosemary and mint, and a hint of sour brett and honey. Quite good and quite complex. A spicy yeast note comes through with warming.
M: Soft and creamy with slight acidic bite and a touch of sour aftertaste and herbal dryness in the finish. Mild alcohol burn (not as much as you'd expect from a 10% ABV brew). Matures and lingers nicely on the palate.
D: A sipper for sure. Given that, it's quite drinkable. Share it with friends after a meal to aid the conversation. A quality brew from a quality brewer.

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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 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 number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Pours a dark brown color, somewhat opaque, with dark copper/burnt orange hues around the edges. Generates about two fingers of somewhat fizzy tan head, which settles down to a full but thin lace, leaving some splashes of stick on the sides.

Fruit aromas are just jumping out of this glass the second I pour it. It's incredibly fruity - dark fruits, apples, prunes, cherries, raisins. Also a good amount of dark caramelized malt sweetness, some spice, a bit of clove. Not a ton of yeast character, but it's slightly musty and earthy, with an occasional funky note. All told I like it very much; it's complex and quite robust.

Taste starts off with a good amount of dark caramel sweetness and a lot of dark fruit flavor. Lots of raisin especially. Then I get a bit of funk and some spice - clove, anise, cardamom. It's just layered with fruit flavor - the aforementioned raisin, plus prunes, figs, apples, cherries. Rosemary is one of my least favorite herbs but it's here in just the right quantity, adding a nice dimension to the brew without getting overly herbal. Also some honey to the sweetness. Some caramel, rosemary and a bit of funk linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is somewhat aggressive but not overly bothersome, and it's quite smooth with a nice creaminess.

This is quite good; in some respects similar to Judgment Day but much more complex, and a notch better imo. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle thanks to pwoods.

Pours a very dark brown color, near black with a short fizzy tan head.

Scent of prunes, sugars, anise, spices, vanilla, maple and some yeast. Very good, sweet dark fruits and sugars with a nice spice and bready yeast to keep it from being overbearing. Alcohol is masked well.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, sugars, spices, caramel, molasses and a nice yeast character. Alcohol is noticeable, but the strong flavor makes it bearable. A very tasty beer, but a bit of a muddle of beer styles. I will be looking to have this one again in the future.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a strong bite of carbonation.

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Photo of pants678
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black, beige head in a stander snifter. Head sticks around, more than a lacing.

The aroma leaps at me, raisin, chocolate, figs. Sublime.

Sweet fruit wraps the front of the tongue with a caramel middle that highlights grape with a mint edge. (Belgian Baltic Porter?) Fruit and coffee edge. Not staining. Alcohol is not completely masked.

I'm partial to something harsher.

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

First 2007 release, sampled May 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, dirty, browned, light amber colored head that sits on top of a dark, deeply burnt amber color that shows brilliantly clear, ruby-amber notes around the edges of my tulip glass. Rich and malty with notes of concentrated raisin, prunes quite a bit of fig character and even some notes of cherry cola become noticeable after sampling this brew a bit. Notes of rum and brandy are also noticeable. Around the edges of the nose I notice chocolate, toasted malt and something like dusty-aerosoled bread crust. Perhaps a touch of candied orange peel aromatics are found here at this point, but this beer is certainly too new for it too show any Brett influence in the aroma. Of course this is nothing a year should not be able to take care of. Ultimately the aroma is very driven by the malt character; fruity and grain like with not a whole lot of funky yeast (wild or otherwise) character.

A very rich mouthfeel with a texture that clings to the palate. The beer is somewhat sweet, but of the rich, complex malt variety. The Brett is noticeable here in the flavor, but is at this point quite light and I might have even missed it if I had not been pre-warned to its presence (at this point it could have just been a funky expression of a Belgian yeast strain). The beer finishes with a lightly astringent mix of malt and hop bitter notes. The flavor profile is definitely driven by dark, concentrated fruit notes reminiscent of raisins, figs and even a touch of cherries. Quite rich, in fact this is accentuated by a concentrated cola note that is a mix of clove, cardamom, allspice and concentrated berries. This has quite the taste of cola, though it is certainly a dark fruit dominated cola taste.

What a consummately defined, sipping brew; this is definitely a dessert type beer that fits quite well as a night ending brew. This is going to be very interesting to see how the Brett character effects this brew over time. It is very, richly fruited right now, and a bit more funky Brett character is only going to make this more interesting; I can't wait. Currently this is very enjoyable, but not quite funky enough, I can only hope that this is going to get exponentially better and given that this is quite tasty right now, well that is a very good thing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, honey, dark candi sugar, rosemary, and some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits, honey, dark candi sugars, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, rosemary, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.

D - Great BSDA. Nice balance and complexity.

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

2009 vintage poured into a Rochefort tulip

Appearance: Dark black with brown hues. A very thin head that spreads thinly and a bit inconsistent but very nicely done for a 2009.

Smell: Raisins and dark fruit Really nice honey compliments the malt flavor.

Taste: Whew, this is complex and i'm really digging it. Lots of raisins up front, the honey is there and it's really complementing the malt well. Loads of dark fruit are there and there is a lot of sweetness which is awesome; certainly not cloying but very present. Unique in it's complexion, dark fruit flavors and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but nice carbonation given it's age. Spreads across the palate very nicely.

Overall: A really nice example of the style and I'm happy it held up so well, so long. Loads of raisin and honey with alot, maybe too much, sweetness. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

we opened a beautiful 2008 bottle to celebrate our good friend headed out to the wild of east oregon for the forseeable future. a celebratory beer to celebrate the great dinner of halibut, rice, and assorted greens, soaked in butter or bacon grease. a dessert. the raisins hit right off, the massive carbonation pushing the aroma. the rosemary is strong off the nose, making a strange olfactory delight, but subtle on the palate, complementary, soothing. it tells me everything will be alright, of course he'll be fine out there, but the sinful raisins tell me otherwise. i look into the fire, away from the stern thick brown liquid, and see the happiness of memories, past and future. it fills me with joy, i sip again.

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

Draft sampled Dec. 2008. A lot of raisins noted in the draft version. Cola also.

Pours deep brown, almost black with light brown head.

Nose is like the nougat in a 3 musketeers bar.

Palate is nougat sweet, with some alcohol warmth and dark bread flavours. Definately belgian resemblance but not quite up to par.

Finish is long and a tad alcoholic.

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

Word up to swnicholson for kindly throwing this one in amongst a mound of extras.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque. A small tight dark tan head forms on a cold pour, sheet lacing doesn't stick more than a few seconds and the head collapses to a ring and a swirl.

S: At about 40 degrees there are strong aromas of honey and belgian yeast and candy sugar. As it warms, spicy, smokey, leather-like aromas of dark fruits emerge. There is a familiar aroma that dominates but I can't for the life put my finger on it, though I believe its a trademark of dark sour beers I've had lately, possibly brettanomyces. Aromas of oak bourbon barrels are also there. There are subtle -- and I mean very subtle -- hints of rosemary, though I would not have been able to detect that had I not read the bottle.

T: What an incredibly weird, yet balanced brew. It's all about slightly spiced and sour dark ripe fruits such prunes. It's all wrapped together by a mild sweetness more reminiscent of brown sugar than belgian candy sugar. Maybe some saffron. Really no hops or bitterness. Just slightly sweet and slightly sour with a kick of spice. Meanwhile, you forget there is 9% alcohol in this bitch.

M: Medium bodies, mildly carbonated, slightly chewy, but incredibly smooth as it warms.

D: I HATE belgian style sweet beers with a passion. I avoid them 99% of the time but for some reason this one is working for me and I would likely seek this one out on rare occasions.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, dated 'Vintage 2012', 10% ABV. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized light tan head; some sediment in the glass. Smells of dark fruit, brett, citrus, and caramel. The taste follows with mostly dark fruit, brett, and citrus with some added caramel, oak, honey, and herbs. Moderate dryness and subtle sweetness. The alcohol is present but mostly covered by the flavor. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, it's a complex and well done BSDA which has aged very well. Worth a try.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another unique blend from Lost Abbey; this beer pours an almost maroon-brown. The head is active at first then fades down to a splotchy thin beach sand colored head. The lacing hangs an inch or two up the side of a chimay goblet.

The aroma is very slightly yeasty and burnt-caramel. For the amount and variety of spice in here it is actually a very mellow raisin and intense alcohol.

The taste is a veritable garden on my tongue. Woodsiness, whiskey, bitter chocolate, vanilla and herbs. There is the distinct flavor of yeast, bright but not terribly bitter hops, rich malts and considerable roasted/smoked undercurrents. The herbs are a wash of bright flowery and spiced flavors on the side of the tongue. There is an astringency which perfectly compliments the sweetness. For the type of beer it represents the experimentation and variety inherent in the low-country brewing style. Despite the rich, dark strongness it has a saison like wheat-yeast brightness. The grassy bitterness is not overwhelming.

There is minimal carbonation but that doesn't inhibit a full mouthfeel. The alcohol provides a warm fullness to the beer. It is moderately drinkable; I am particular to this style and herbal flavors but it could be off putting if you are not used to this type of beer. It does hit hard if not sipped slowly.

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