10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

very good
930 Ratings
10 Commandments10 Commandments

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.

Added by scottoale on 05-08-2007

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

poured on tap at papago a dark walnut stained black brown. this has no head on it whatsoever... weird?

the aroma is quite sweet though it seems quite dry at the same time... notes of brown sugar, raisins, flowers, straw, cement and a hint of sourness akin to rotting fruit (in a pleasant way).

there*s a bretty flavor and definite tartness behind a veil of raisins and possibly figs, malt, flint/minerals, brown sugar, earthy rich yeast and flowers with a slightly spiced finish. when it warms the florals really begin to show up though there is no sign of the alcohol content. sugar is restrained and does not wreck the show (as many raters have stated). light medium to medium bodied with a slick mouth feel from the low carbonation.

i imagine this is much sweeter from a bottle... which means a re-rate...

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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 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)


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 SHODriver
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown that turns black in the glass with a miniscule and quickly disappearing tan head
S: Smells of alcohol with raisins, caramel, some spice, a bit of vanilla and is very sweet on the nose. It smells like a bourbon barrel stout in my opinion
T: Very smooth on the palate starting with some dark malt flavors, some cherry flavor, the raisins and sweet the whole time with the spices hitting middle to end. Sweet long lasting aftertaste coats the mouth with some dark fruit flavors to go along.
M: a bit thin and sort of watery, very minimal and delicate carbonation
O: Tastes good but the mouthfeel is a bit off

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured ink black into my tulip glass. There was some cola highlights to the body as well. There is no real head or lacing to speak of. Nose was quite potent, very sweet - picking up brett, grape, and clover.

Taste was extremely fruity, some spicey pepper, brett again, and the rosemary its brewed with. Mouthfeel was sticky but smooth.

I had tried this before, and thought I liked it a lot more than when I had it this time. It'd definitely a different brew, but one I probably won't seek out to purchase with its higher price tag.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a pint glass pours a deep brown with no visibility with an ok tan colored heading. Very little lacing in the beginning that turns flat about halfway down.

Smell is of roasted malts. Some darker fruit's plum,raisins,etc.

Taste is very heavy with roasted malt and raisins. A molasses taste takes over about mid way through and finishes with a slight spice.

Mouth is fullbodied a little flat with decent carbonation. Really nothing on the tongue except a slight aftertaste of spice.

Drink is a little heavier than usual it does go down rather easily for how heavy it tastes. If that makes sense.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes: 10/6/09
The Lost Abbey
10 Commandments Ale
9% Abv.
On-tap into oversize brandy glass

Appearance= Single finger tanish colored head. Opaque black body. Good lacing.

Smell= Smell is good. Nice dark fruits.

Taste= A little hot on first taste. Good dark fruits though

Mouthfeel= Medium mouthfeel if I've ever had it. Thin on entry and becomes thicker as the beer goes down.

Drinkability= It's good. Not what i expected though. Alcohol was noticeable which detracted somewhat from the overall experience.

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Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Aromas of rosemary-glazed meat, soy sauce, and boozy chocolate. Flavor is similar with roasted malt, smoke, herbs, raisins. The brett isn’t all that apparent in the taste. It does leave the mouthfeel a little light and dry.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a moderate pop of the cork. Pours as dark as a quad, the color of strong black coffee with a long lasting but not very thick light tan head. Aroma: chocolate, alcohol, spices & hops. Flavor: chocolate, raisins, spices. Plenty of carbonation & alcohol burn on the tongue. A farmhouse ale in steroids.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy brown in color with a short head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol, and some yeast spiciness is strong and easy to detect.

Taste: mildly nutty malt profile with prunes, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol, and a spicy yeast flavor provides a complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and lightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: with the overall booziness of this beer it is one to savor over a long session. But flavorwise it is interesting.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another unique take from lost abbey on a traditional style. Interesting to spice this one with rosemary.

Hazy dark brown with purple and ruby highlights. Thick small bubbles with a tan head that fades but sticks around.

Lots of spice in the nose. Dried herbs, dark rum, and blackberry or raspberry jam. There is a boozy hit that lingers too.

Malty sweet, and a little bit of biscuity maltiness is there too. There is plenty of dark fruit and jam flavors. Really reminds me of a dark fruit jelly. The aftertaste is all herbal spice and boozy alcohol. There are nice layers of flavor to consider. There is even an anise flavor as it warms.
Medium- slick body that finishes dry enough to not be overwhelmingly sweet or cloying.
The overalls complexity and flavor of this beer are great. The rummy and dark fruit favors really make this an excellent quad. The rosemary comes in a little strong for me, and I could see it being even better if not for that. Overall another hit from the abbey.

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Photo of DLSheidy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 4000qtrap
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bomber, not aged

Smell: Spicy raisins, noticeable alcohol, darkly toasted caramel, soft grass with a slight herbal-rosemary edge.

Taste: Well balanced sweet fruits and smooth bitterness with tons of spice around the edge. Semisweet raisins and tons of ripe, dark figs and plums up front. The onslaught is tempered only by a modest level of grapeskin bitterness and complex belgian spices. Thick and syrupy rather than fresh and juicy. A little smoky. The middle is drier and bitter though fruit still remains. Beautiful belgian yeast and spices share the stage, entering slowly and crescendoing in. The finish is sweet and bitter with noticeable herb like rosemary. Quite dry.

Notes: Goes great with the homemade pretzel I just baked and should be a top tier complement to any food.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Been hanging on to this and a few other Lost Abbey's for a few years

A - Pours a dark, dark brown. Surprisingly good head on pour that settles down to a mudium ring.
S - Hmm... Some malty sweetness that reminds me of dark Belgian candy sugar, hints of funk with a sour tinge to the end.
T - Fairly sweet, with strong notes of raisins and other muddled dark fruits. Some Belgian yeasty esters as well.
M - Sweet, but not cloying. Smooth, can't detect the high ABV, a big sipper, yet drinkable.
O - Not bad, not bad at all. Held up surprisingly well for a four year old brew, but some of the components have obviously died down at his point. The individual flavors have melded quite well. I don't know where the funk/sour in the nose comes from, but it's certainly nowhere in the taste. Overall, glad I got to see what it turned into after four years.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with sourbatchkid. That's for the taste.

A- two good finger of khaki colored head from a steady pour. Deep murky mahogany in color.

S- dark roasted malts with some chocolate and dark fruits. Raisins and dates come to mind. Earthy and herbal with a good bit of booze.

T- booze soaked raisins with sweet dark bread and some spice. Hints of cocoa and char. There is an herbal undertone that add a new element for the style. Interesting.

M- on the fuller side of body with a lively carb that tingles a bit. There is a good amount of heat to this and it does warm you.

D- interesting and tasty, if not a bit odd. Could use a bit less heat but I think paired with some rich foods and fatty meats this would be wonderful.

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Photo of Flyer
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most wine-like beers I've had, and though that's usually not a compliment coming from me, I thought this was very interesting and good. Pours deep red with almost no head. Aromas of Belgian floral and some fruity herbiness (I don't know what rosemary tastes or smells like!) Very drinkable (again, not always a plus) with a nice balance of raisins, honey, that pervasive Belgian floral quality, and herbiness. An interesting and largely successful experiment, and a delicious change of pace.

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Photo of Amstaffs
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of perrymarcus
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone while yielding a big foamy 2" plus head, tan in color. middling retention and not much in the lacing department; a few patches.

the aroma is good. not quite spectacular but a decent amount going on: notes of honey, spice, dark fruits, yeast, and some sweet maltiness.

taste is ok, more or less follows the nose but with a much stronger alcohol factor than i suspected going from the aroma. LOT of spice, some honey, dark fruits (raisin, fig, maybe prune). yeasty with some sweet malt characters. finish is dry and boozy. medium-bodied in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

overall 10C is a good beer, perhaps even a very good one, but is not likely to be confused with a truly upper echelon BSDA.

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10 Commandments from The Lost Abbey
3.94 out of 5 based on 930 ratings.
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