Gift Of The Magi
The Lost Abbey

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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #49
Ranked #19,570
3.84 | pDev: 11.46%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: It seems that everyone knows the story of the Three Kings. Sent to follow the star in the sky each brought a gift for the baby they sought. One King brought Gold, the other Frankincense and the other Myrrh. Many breweries produce a Christmas Seasonal beer and this is our beer to celebrate the holiday season.
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Cost was $9.99 at my local beer store.

Served quite cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor even though carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy vibrant khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV (at least four minutes). Colour is a hazy vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy on the spice. Rosemary, cinnamon, pumpkin. It's a bit perfumey. Clean and fragrant. Incense comes through. A mild strength, subtle aroma. Right on the money for the style. I'm looking forward to it. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

T: The spice is quite dominant in the flavour as well. Bretts come through, as does a very light lactic touch. There's some off-notes and the ABV does come through. Badly hopped, with floral notes in all the wrong places. Badly balanced. Clean malts provide the foundation. There's just something wrong here. The spice is nice, but the build is severely flawed.

Mf: Fluffy and coarse. It succeeds at achieving a surprising lightness. Wet. Aimless. Too thin. Doesn't suit the flavour well at all.

Dr: A huge disappointment from Lost Abbey. I expected far better. Very pricey for its lack of quality. I wouldn't get this again.

Maybe it ages well. Hard to tell.

Would go decently with salads.

High C

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Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased directly from the brewery at the Older Viscosity release for twelve dollars, split with a friend two nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

A-Golden yellow color with some orange highlights, thick 1 1/2 inch foamy white head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention, not much lacing

S-Not much going on here, some citrus with mostly grapefruit, grassy accents, faint amount of brettanomyces, slight tart, bready malt aromas, some Belgian yeast, and hoppiness

T-Flavor was almost too complex to distinguish what exactly as going on at certain times, started out with some honeydew and tangy cherries, then some bready malt in the middle, tons hops in the finish giving an extremely dry feeling, definitely earthy at times, had that barnyard funk that a lot of sours have, also some grapefruit and orange peel later on, spices did not come to the surface until the beer fully warmed and they were rather herbal, interesting mixture of tastes threw off the balance a little bit but still enjoyable

M-Not as tart as I hoped for, slighly spicy at times but very dry mouthfeel overall, lots of carbonation, medium bodied, taste lingered for a minute or two

D-Could get close to drinking this bottle by myself, not too heavy, alcohol is high though, smooth for the most part, taste gets tiresome after a while due to lack of complexity

Not the best from Lost Abbey but still interesting, do not know what to style to classify this under, not in a rush to drink this again but will probably try again next year, worth trying once at least

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle, '08 vintage, poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a golden bronze, hazy. Maybe a finger worth of light frothy head on the pour with some retention. A few wisps of lacing.

S: There's just a little bit of Brett in there. Held onto this for awhile in hopes that it'd be bigger. Light mustiness and some light fruits. Nice Belgian grain and sweetness.

T/M: Nice Biere de Garde backbone. Brett is about the same as the nose with the light mustiness and some barnyard flavors. The light fruits are a bit bigger in the flavor. Pleasant sweetness. Body is medium or so with healthy enough carbonation.

D: Tasty base beer but I really wish the Brett would have taken hold a little stronger. 9.5% is surprising.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle opened Jan 2014.

A - Deep nectarine orange / brown body. Creamy off-white head settles quickly with ok lace.

S - Unique nose; apricot, rhubarbe, cherry twisters, fresh oregano, dandilion flowers.

T - Herbal spiciness, watermelon rind, rose water, raw nutmeg, waxy bitter greens.

M - Medium frame with a really nice spice that lightens the body. Silky smooth finish.

O - Bright, herbal, and spicy. An off-beat, well executed beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DannyS
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Monk's Cafe. Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 25oz. bottle.

A - I was expecting a light color for a Belgian pale, but this poured a surprising brownish hue with a whole bunch of thick, white head.

S - Lots of big, powerful winter spice like clove and cinnamon. Smelled like Christmas.

T - Spicy, warming, slightly fruity with a myriad of complex flavors that were admittedly hard to pin down, especially in the social environment I was imbibing in.

M - Soft on the palate with creamy carbonation, only hampered by off aftertaste.

D - I drank the whole bottle save for a full glass that I let everyone on the table try. Definitely said something about how easy drinking it was. Like Duvel, this one suckered me in and gave me a nice alcoholic whack for my troubles.

Overall - I'd drink this one again, but I'd go easier on it and I'd save it for Christmastime. I'm only realizing the significance of the 'Gift of the Magi' name. I'm feeling kind of dumb right now. Derp.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage in 750 corked and caged into Duvel tulip. Little to no pop from the cork...

Fair amount of haze and proper copper bourbon body. Topped by extra-thin yeasty head - quite flat. Will reserve judgment until second pour...OK, that's a 1/2 finger head. Making progress.

Lots of oily bourbon brett funk - hay, horse blanket and other barnyard a pleasant way. Good sour citrus with backbone of caramel malt. Nice sour consistency - hops have a fair amount of pine. Heavy but subdued yeast electricity.

LOVE the huge oak quotient up against the raw and dry brett tinge. More hop pine - austere bitterness - almost like balsa wood instead of pine...Citrus bounces up a little. Sweetness comes out with a little warmth - brown sugar and more bourbon. Dry raisins, plums, dates, sour cherries and maybe more apples with warmth. Still a little dry, though.

The tightness of this deal really brightens up. It's so crisp on the palate. The alcohol of the bourbon and oak really thumps on the brett to make it synergize. Finish is tight but that's expected.

They want contemplative...they goddit. Totally a sipper over a couple of hours.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

a big thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this beer with me.

this beer poured an amber color with a HUGE head. it could be tomorrow before we get to sample this one.

the smell is citrusy and malty and the taste is consistant with the nose. i detect a mild alcohol burn as it goes down. the citrusy hops seem to linger and burn. despite talking so much about hops, this beer is a superb balance between bitter and sweet.

this is a great beer i'd love to drink again in the future.

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Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Murky, cloudy brown, with 1/2 a finger of head and no lacing

S - Belgian yeast, candy sugar, apples

T - Hoppy, sweet, and a hidden ABV.

F - Medium carbonation, medium body.

O - This brew is a few years old, but tasty still.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

figured i better sample and review this one before i traded them all away, so here it goes..

popped the cork and poured into my anderson valley snifter (okay, lame, but it all i have)... it pours a deep amber color with a 2-3 finger foamy, billowing head that stays for a long time, lacing the glass when it finally starts to fall. Very appealing to look at.

Smell is light, floral, citrus hops jump out. I am sure this is because it is dry-hopped. It has sort of a spicy, peppery smell as well.

This is very good. It has a piney, floral hop flavor to it along with some peppery background. It is a very flavorful ale, and for hop fans (i am more of a malt head) this is a good brew as the dry hopping definitely can be tasted (not DIPA style, but the hops are definitely there).

It is fairly light and clean feeling. dry back end due to the hops, making you want to drink more and more. I am not sure what the Brettanomyces is really doing for this beer right now (my palate is not THAT mature yet) but i think in time it will be come more apparent to me. I wish i had a version on tap without them to compare.

As for drinkability, i do not think i will have any problems finishing off this 750 by myself in one sitting. I am having a hard time believing it is 11%. I am sweating while i am drinking it, but i dont feel much, if any, alcohol burn going down... very well disguised.

I am eager to see what some cellar time will do to a bottle or two as i prefer more malt and less hops, so thinking maybe the older it gets the more i will enjoy it, although i do enjoy it quite a bit now.

This is definitely worth a try if you can find it, another fine brew from Lost Abbey!

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer had a very pleasant dark red-amber color with a light head. The beer has smells of nuts and greens. The beer has a very round flavor, with a good balance of malty-sweet and hops, with peanut undertones. The sweetness stays prominent through the finish. Very flavorful beer, and very easy to drink.

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