Gift Of The Magi | The Lost Abbey

Gift Of The MagiGift Of The Magi
BA SCORE
3.82/5
744 Ratings
Gift Of The MagiGift Of The Magi
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
Ranking:
#12,578
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
744
pDev:
11.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
134
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 744 |  Reviews: 314
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

Photo of dexterk1
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CAcker
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishCowboyBend
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LADaveBN
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sanitarium16
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey rastal glass

A: Pours a burnt, rusty orange with a cream colored head, decent amount of carbonation, some head retention, head was full and creamy, some lacing, looks pretty good.

A: Hint of brettanomyces, some pepper, spice, hint of clove, some fruit like aromas, lots of aromas going on, all subtle.

T: Belgian yeast, biscuit, bready notes, some brett funkiness comes through, finish is dry. As the beer warms some hints of apricot, pear, green apples. It has a noticeable medicinal taste that throws the beer off.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish.

O: Not sure what to think of this, lots of aromas and flavors, it's not bad but nothing impressive. There is a noticeable medicinal flavor that is out of place, besides that this would be a really good beer.

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Photo of bardoc
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of epyon396
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cheer4beer_
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my first experience with this style of beer. I likes the look of the beer right after the pour. It had a large foamy head and a cloudy brown amber color. It had a toasted malty aroma with a malty sweetness. The alcohol taste was very present up front after a few sips the alcohol taste mellowed, Aa mild hop flavor is also present.

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Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of farc320
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sarahcmueller
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very boozy! Appeared slightly cloudy, deep brown/orange in color. Sweet and malty up front, hot and alcoholic on the backend.

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Photo of KyleDubya
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of huysmans
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Described as a ramped up Biere de Gard with Brettanomyces added and clocking in at 12% this is a truly strange combination. Very dark beer, a little too dark for a Biere de Garde. Very opaque dark brown. Smell is of little. Barnyard funk, dust, dirt.

Tastes like nothing I've had before and not in a good way. Astringent black bread, moss, sour horse blanket, medicinal herbs, malty English biscuits with a hot alcohol after taste. This is drinkable but not by much. Only excuse I can make is at least it is 12%. A strange mess of a beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 4.0: I was expecting a golden beer like the other bier de gardes I have tried! This beer is an amber color with a good (1/4") head. No lacing.

Smell 4.25: Nice bouquet and pleasantly unusual. Smells sour, musty and peppery. I also detect hints of brettanomyces, which is not a bad thing in my book.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat sour, but this quickly switches into the Middle where a huge wave of tangy and sweet malt invades from all angles. A slight alkaline hop hit comes in at the Finish, along with a slight chocolate taste. Aftertaste is short, bitter and very refreshing after the malt wave. In the Aftertaste, there is a slightly warm feel of booze in the mouth, but no actual boozy taste.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Good and balanced mouthfeel for a beer this big. The beer is just expertly balanced on the palate at almost every level.

Overall 4.25: Very enjoyable, delicious beer. Strong...wow, is this strong... but is entirely sessionable. Would be fantastic in front of the fire on a cold winter night. Unfortunately, it is 70 degrees here in December in Georgia as I type this. I just need to turn up the A/C I guess! A bit expensive, but you are getting a 12% beer and an unusual (and delectable) style. Recommended.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 744 ratings
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