Gift Of The Magi | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
740
Reviews:
312
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
134
For Trade:
6
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Photo of JaeTea
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky, dark copper-mahogany with a medium head that hangs around for a bit. nose; bread, yeast funk, brett, hay, & light berry scents. taste; biscuity malt, band-aid brett, vinous grape, pear sweets, banana, yeast, light ethanol, hay/grass, & light citrus hops. all-around musky & "earthy". medium carbonation & mouthfeel. the 12%abv is wonderfully tamed. among the nicer of the "wet blanket" beers i've tried! :)

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Photo of q33jeff
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

**
06/02/17
On Tap at Uno's. California No IPA day.

LOOK: Caramel color. Zero head.
AROMA: hops, but stale. Light banana,
TASTE: hoppy, funky, touch of pine,
FEEL: Medium body, low carb.

OA: I would not categorize this as a holiday beer. Spice is non existent. No sweetness. Ok, but not something I'd look for.
**

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Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerstravis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rarigney
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, alcohol, mustiness, stone, hint of citrus, slight spice, and slight earthiness. Mouth feel is very sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and slight alcohol bitterness. Fits the style of Biere de Garde. Tastes of sweet malt, fresh pale malt, yeast, strong alcohol, slight piney hops, spicy hops, slight floral notes, and a hint of spice. Overall, great appearance, amazing aroma, good body and blend. The complexity of the aroma and body is a real treat.

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Photo of meinperpetualmotion
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: very appealing, darker than gold. smooth creamy head. one of the best looking beers of this color I've seen.

S: faintly sweet and boring. no fruit tones but a bit of herb--wormwood?

T: much better, sweetness is present but not too dominant. The alcohol is hard to taste, but it definitely slows you down quickly. still not getting any tartness, just some mild hops in the finish.

F: absolute best thing about this beer. It feels like cream when you swirl it around in your mouth. thick and luscious.

an adequate beer redeemed by extraordinary looks and texture. might try again some day, but it's not cheap.

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Photo of ctt8410
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of keng1343
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sitting on the shelf at Trader Joe's was this unknown beauty, this season's Gift of the Magi. I had a bottle of Fin du Monde in hand but swapped it out for this. $9 for a 12% abv beer, quite impressive. I'm a fan of The Lost Abbey, especially Inferno, so I'm excited to try this monster.

I swear this thing says "Lager" on the side of it. Somewhere. But when I poured this out it looked like no lager I've ever seen. Amber, hazy, decent head on it. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass. It kind of looks like wild honey.

Aroma has golden raisins, maybe some cardboard, doesn't jump out of the glass at all. A little disappointing.

Taste is a much better version of the smell. Well balanced bitterness, boozy, malty. An unusual beer without much complexity. Perhaps it's the lager yeast. The claim is that some Brettanomyces was used but maybe most of it died at 12% abv, because I'm not tasting much of the funk. It's there, but nothing like, say, Orval. In my opinion, the booze overwhelms any subtleties. If you are drinking this, you should let it warm in the glass a little because it does change. For the better? I am not convinced, but it does change.

Great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated. Just the right density, but the beer itself is just slightly cloying at times. I'm sure I'll be drunk enough that I won't care in a short while.

A good beer, and unusual. I give high marks for originality, but take some away for the lack of complexity. Especially disappointing given the possibilities that Brettanomyces creates. Won't buy it again, but glad I had one.

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Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctb6582
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Evidently brewed with Franki8nscence and Myrrh, fermented with a lager strain, dry hopped, then bottled with Brett. "A Massive golden ale" (not golden), 12% ABV. No other details via the website or bottle. (video says Tettnang and Saaz)
Corked and caged 750ml, purchased at Binnys in Chicago.
Pours out to a hazy medium amber, forming a tall whipped yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose opens with brett, followed by some tropical fruit, minimal hop nose, not much in the way of belgian phenolics. Taste opens with a nice sugary candi syrup like sweetness, followed by a really nice brett and tropical fruit note, then followed by bananas foster in the middle and aftertaste. Bitterness is quite firm, even though it's sweet up front, the bitterness gives the impression of a dry finish. At 12%, it's not boozy tasting, and I'm not detecting any flaws.

I think this one would benefit from aging. The hop bitterness might mellow out a bit, and the brett will gain more character and dry it out a little bit. I'd be interested in trying an aged version of this, but as it is, it's pretty solid. Not a typical quad (as I was thinking when I bought it).

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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