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:
737
Reviews:
310
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
134
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 310
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

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

From a 750ml bottle in a tulip glass.

L- Bottle conditioned looking reddish honey-brown color with a durable 2f off-white colored head. Decent lacing and bubbles.

S- Malty sweet booziness. Some yeast and light fruit hops.

T- Like a Belgian strong ale. Yeast, malt fruit and floral. Some spice. The flavors nicely trump the alcohol sweetness. Better than I expected.

M- Smooth medium body. Drinkable high abv ale. Dry hop finish for balance.

O- Again, better than I expected, but more like a strong ale. One glass was enough, I'm glad that there was someone to share it with.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift of the Maggi pours a beautiful shade of reddish brown and tastes mildly fruity with a dry aftertaste. I find it pairs well with a spicier food, but I think it'll pair with the typical foods Belgians pair well with as well (cheeses, salty meats, etc.) This is a great beer from a great brewery.

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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber, jaundice head that retreats to a ring with islands, good carbonation. Aroma is of earthy yeast, faint spice, light fruit, piercing alcohol. Flavor diminishes the alcohol, but adds mild barnyard funk, in addition to the pepper spice and faint apricot/orange/papaya fruit. Biggest contributor is the earthy, chalky yeast, a positive person would call it rustic. Medium, viscous body.
Surely as exotic as the magi's gifts, but surely less enjoyable. Heavily reminiscent of a Belgian triple, this beer brought earth, fruit, and spice in equally timid amounts, but basked them all in a chalky and alcoholic overtone.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
3.82 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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