Gift Of The Magi | The Lost Abbey

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Gift Of The MagiGift Of The Magi

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark auburn with a frothy tan head. Nothing "pale" about this. The head sticks around for quite a while and leaves a thick lacing. Perfume aroma of pepper, wheat, grass, oranges, minerals, and funky wood. Fruity, herbal taste. Dried peaches, more orange peel, some white pepper, apples, and caramel malt make up the taste. In the background, there is a constant herb/mineral/oaky taste which I presume is from the Frankincense and Myrhh, but having never tried those things on their own, I don't know. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review of the bottle although I enjoyed the tap version first and found it mellower and without the wild yeast 'funk' that is developing in the bottle. It will be interesting to see what new dimensions are added as this one ages.

Pours a golden orange with a nice 2 fingers of white foam that melts rather quickly to almost nothing. Sort of typical for a brew with such a high ABV.

The first thing that hit me in the aroma was apricots...fresh, smooth, and sweet apricots with a bit of citrus ting and brightness as you inhale. Only a slight bit of caramel and Belgium yeast aromas make themselves known if you go looking for them.

The taste is again apricots with some sweet Belgium candy sugars and lots of hops at the end along with lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich...I didn't find it thin at all. Again, lots of candied sugars to keep it creamy.

Right now, the bottled version is a little to hot to be completely enjoyed like the tap version was at the Brewery. Still a wonderful take on a Belgium style and I am really looking forward to age mellowing this just a little.
It's a pleasure now.
It will be a dessert in another year.

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Photo of PG2G
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is fruity and sweet, bready and floral. Belgian yeast, fermented white grapes.

Taste is sugary sweet - dried apricots, raisins, prunes. Floral Old World hops provide a moderate bitter counterbalance.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, lingering aftertaste.

Overall a good beer, but not really all that true to style.

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Photo of KJ2013
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of CPAles
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. It pours a murky,dark, ruby red with a big white effervescent head. The aroma is big on funkiness, also some spice and green apples. The flavors of spice and funky green apples come through, along with a sweet alcohol backbone. The finish lingers with hot alcohol. The beer is very well carbonated, medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel and for me a sipper. A nice complex beer, for me the hot alcohol knocked the score down a bit.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ksimons
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy dark amber copper color with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-the smell is pretty strong. Picking up roasted malt, caramel, spices, citrus, and a yeasty sourness

T-taste is similar to the smell with roasted malt, caramel, sweet fruit, and spices but it also has a larger amount of hops present than was in the smell. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation

Overall I liked it. The first of this style for me so I didn't know what to expect but it was very interesting, I would try it again.

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Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Budinetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed amber butterscotch, dense creamy tan head, ok lacing.

Aroma is sweetly spiced, definitely subtle herbs. Certainly nicer than the frankincense and myrrh in the traditional incense.

Flavor is big with spices, all low notes. Begins with a sweetness that is suddenly dampened. The long lived phenolic aftertaste defines the brew with the frankincense adding an unusual bitterness slightly reminiscent of aspirin. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

Greatly improves with warmth as the aftertaste begins to share similarities with a scotch ale.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 bottle with a 10% abv listed.

A- amber, almost copper colored body with a finger of sticky head thats a shade or two lighter than the beer itself.

S- caramel/toffee right from the start. apples, pears, grapes, and other light summer fruits. not as much yeast or spice as i would expect. some of the "barnyard" odor associated with wild yeast strains.

T- much more of the barnyard taste than i could smell. lots more spice too. alot more alcohol in here than i would have guessed. the caramel and toffee malts are just as present in the taste as the smell. pretty large helping of hops finish this one off. hops become more pronounced as it warms up.

M- rather full bodied with lots of carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- one bottle is plenty. the high ABV and different tastes make this one hard to want more than one. glad i got to try it, and glad that its sold here now.

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Photo of brdc
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Large corked bottle, got directly from the brewery, it is supposed to be fresh.

The cork is hard to remove, but as it comes out, the lack of any "pop" betrays a problem I am unfortunately getting used to in Lost Abbey beers, the lack of carbonation.
It pours a little better than flat, as the reddish copper brew manages to produce a frothy but sparse one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing behind.
Aroma is definitely more alcoholic than I would have liked, obscuring the fruity and spicy notes that come along in the background.
The body, given the near absolute lack of carbonation despite the stated bottle conditioning with Brett, is quite disappointing. The taste is interesting at times, but like the aroma, heavily alcoholic and the fruits and spices do not blend all that well. Lightly sweet and hot, spicy as the most important note after the alcohol, but the spices are hard to identify.
Some people suggested, although in previous batches, that aging would improve this one. I am not sure; it might quiet down the heat, but so far this is disappointing, at best.

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Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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