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Gift Of The Magi | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
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744 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#13,162
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
744
pDev:
11.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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Ratings: 744 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Prezo

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing, semi hazy orange red color.

Nose sweet malts, little creamy, reddish candy malts with a hint of booze light esters, light fruity aromas from Belgian yeast and esters, hint of candi, a dry light farmhouse like spices and maybe hint of tea.

Taste sweet, biscuity reddish toasty malts, then earthy herbal flavors with esters and herbal hops, light farmhouse dry saison yeast flavors, Belgian yeast, light fruit and caramel, and light booze. Decent bitterness and juicy. Hints of light spices that remind me more of saison, as well as a light floral taste like those potpourri setups that are in many bathrooms transposed into taste. Finishes dry and bit bitter, earthy gritty esters and hops, little oily, dry rustic earthy bready saison like yeast finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, bit of booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty interesting, the malts and yeast really play out in this one almost as if they are battling for the most dominant characteristic. A bit boozy but that's what it presents so no surprises, and good for a Xmas like beer. Decent esters, fruits, malts, sugar additions, spices, etc etc. I think I remember the bottle version of this being better, which would make sense with a beer this big, and bottle conditioned, but it could also be my memory playing with me.

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Photo of KDawg
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into a tulip. Pours a nice rich gold color with a very frothy head

Excellent malty aromas strike right away along with spices and navel oranges. Unfortunately there is a very boozy quality to the aromas though. It's noticeable and does take away from the beer

Full bodied with a real plush and smooth feel. Lots of malt flavors, navel oranges and some florals. Like the aromas though, there is a definite booziness that is very distracting

The alcoholic quality to the beer is very distracting. Too bad as the rest of the flavors and aromas are quite good. It's still a very good beer overall, it's just a slight bit overdone

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

B

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.
cheers
jd

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of AdamBear
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-amber with a nice foamy cream colored head

S-dark belgian sugars with a peppercorn spice to it. some licorice. strong scent

T-comes in with a dark peppercorn spicyness. the finish is complex...fruits? belgian candied sugars? licorice? strong tastes, some alcohol burn

M-quite warm. medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-well, the quality seems to die as it goes away. also, the carbonation goes away quickly. started out great, but could not stand the test of time. pretty hot also. definitely wouldn't be a bad beer to share though.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife received a bottle as a Christmas present and shared some with me last night. Poured into a chalice glass.

A: nice frothy, rocky off white head. Color seemed a hazy amber. Head lasted quite awhile. Subtle carbonation.

S: reminded me of a rustic barnhouse. Faint sour notes with a peppery, spicy like yeast character. The aromas aren't in-your-face and seem to work well.

T: tastes a little bland to me. Reminded me of an average craft amber beer. Notes of caramel and some hop bitterness, but not a whole lot of flavorful notes.

M: felt medium with some warm alcohol notes.

O: not bad, but was expecting more from this Biere de Garde. Was expecting some more funk and Belgian-French characteristics. Seemed like an average craft amber to me.

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a chalice at Plainfield's Tap House.

Apparently the Tap House has a 12 Beers of Christmas thing going on. I wonder if the bartender realized we weren't gonna be back any time soon when she gave us the punch card... Either way, this stuff pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises orange zest, caramel, brown sugar, nutmeg, and light fig. The taste holds notes of pine resin, caramel, sharp Swiss cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and rye bread. This combination does not sit well on the tongue at all, and a touch of booziness makes the experience all the more unpleasant. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, I did not enjoy this beer. I think my note of "kinda boo", though a bit weird, is more than appropriate.

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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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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