Gift Of The Magi | The Lost Abbey

Gift Of The MagiGift Of The Magi
BA SCORE
69%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 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:
#12,323
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
744
Liked:
513
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
11.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
134
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 744 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of DovaliHops
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a medium, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very malty with some farmhouse aroma and wild yeast...brett? Some burnt malt and English hop aromas. Some dark fruits and bread as well. Taste is very malty...caramel and biscuit malt with some light, bitter hoppiness. A bit of brown sugar and brett flavors. Floral notes and booze as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth. Drinkability is fair. Overall, it is a decent beer, but nowhere near my favorite offering from Lost Abbey or Biere de Gardes.

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Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a huge, fluffy tan colored head. Sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, earthy hop, a bit of citrus peel, and an alcohol aroma.

T: The Brett flavor hits up front, but is a bit more subtle than other Brett ales. There is a good malt and hop flavor. Fruity esters with earthy hop. The alcohol flavor and warmth rounds out the finish.

M: The beer has a medium feel with low carbonation for a Belgian. Initially, the alcohol burn is strong, but once acclimated, it is not noticable.

O: A good change of pace from the normal. The Brett, malt, and hop flavors are all very good, but they get masked a little in the end with the burn and flavor of the alcohol. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MichaelBuck
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of SoCalStout
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of phishsihq
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Abbey Brewing Company (the Belgian inspired arm of Port Brewing) releases the Gift of the Magi (Biere de Garde) as their Christmas ale, featuring bitterness from the bark of Frankincense and contains the smallest amount of Myrrh which is an herb that has roots in ancient winemaking as well . This brew pours a hazy amber with flashes of gold and a very thin head that leaves no lace. The fruit heavy nose features hints of honey, malt, and spice. The spiciness is very evident on the pallet, with oak, vanilla, dark fruit, biscuity malt and even funky earthy flavors from the Belgian yeast. A lower level of carbonation helps all the flavors play out well in this medium bodied ale. A great beer to pair with a well rounded Christmas dinner.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange/brown with a huge head. Fluffy cake of tan foam that sticks everywhere.

Barnyard yeast; some strong burnt caramel sugars, some fruit. Really, a combo bier de grade and a dubbed or tripel.

Flavors of yeasty bread, sugary raisins, some sweet fruit and bitterness, a little horse blanket funk, with a charred sugar biter and bread crust note.

Medium-ful bodied, perfect carbonation.

Love this beer. Not sure it is the style indicated. Hardly taste alcohol at a lll. Worth a try and then some.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sonorb7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of iskeptopotamus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Nerudamann
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look – ruby amber in color, hazy, with thick carbonation and about three and a half fingers’ worth of thick khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly. Good head retention throughout the tasting.

Smell – this one smells of spices and clove. Mostly malty, but maybe with a touch more of hops.

Taste – definitely tastes of spices and clove, lots of clove. The bottle conditioning with Brettanomyces must be what gives it its unique taste. Hops are present too, but mostly in their feel and not the taste. Kick comes the tasting around the middle, but the actual bitterness hits toward the finish. The high abv is also noticeable, but also toward the finish.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the watery side or toward the creamy side.

Overall – very good brew! Interesting label, interesting (and pleasant) taste, just good all around.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle shared at Stefano's, on to the beer:

It features a burnt orange color, a good head on the pour, and solid amounts of lace around the glass. An interesting, unique nose; it's got some lemon, pepper, a little tartness, and sourdough bread aromas.

Light fruit and pepper, heavy on the rustic and earthy characteristics. Some dryness emerges out of the beer, which is especailly prononunced in its aftertaste. The beer has a medium full feel, a proper level of carbonation, and an alcohol level that is surprisingly hidden.

A Lost Abbey beer that I never had before? The streak couldn't last forever, and it turned out to be a pleasing experience.

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Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a hazy deep golden color with some darker caramel hues. Crop of beige head rests on top, leaving patchy lacing on the glass while drinking.

Spicy in the nose with a dash of heat. Some yeasty funk with a touch of fruit and a definite note of floral/herbalness.

Assorted spicy notes up front with some fruit sweetness. Touches of apple and plum with some floral notes. There's an interesting herbal quality to this that I couldn't really decide if I liked or not. Belgian yeast with a soft funkiness, some alcohol heat in the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and tingly on the tongue. Not bad, but I wasn't really feeling the herbal and boozy notes on this - I prefer the Avant Garde from them for this style.

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Photo of rprinz22
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of SpillyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Rich brown with red hues. Pours 1 inch of thich tan head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: estery, hopy, malty, caramel, some barnyard funk, raisins, dark fruit, vanilla, oak.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, malty, caramel, toffee, raisins, dark fruit, biscuit.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy.

Overall: Fairly complex. Drinks much heavier than it looks. Drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of Jstark5150
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Gift Of The Magi from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 69% out of 100 with 744 ratings
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