Sinner's Blend (2008) | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with a decent head to start with that fades to a thin swirl/ring that sticks around. Extremely complex aromas, starting with light oak followed immediately by winey fruit with sour plum, cherries, cream, vanilla, and some tangy sourness as well as a slightly salty savoriness. Really wonderful. I want to just keep inhaling the aromas. The taste, if anything, is even more complex. Great flavors that are beautifully integrated together. Very nice touch of oak- just enough to lend body, structure, and quenching tannins, but not so much as to overwhelm, give too much of a woody taste, or infuse with an overdose of vanilla. You get a hint of vanilla creaminess, but little or no woodiness. There are also lovely, bright fruit flavors of plums, sour cherries, and perhaps some apple and pear all infused with some nice acetic qualities. The long tannins add a pleasant dryness and bitterness to the finish. There is also a touch of spice and perhaps even the slightest bit of nuttiness mixed into the creamy elements. World class and oh so delicious. Beautiful combination of fruity acidity, creamy smoothness, and drying tannins in the mouthfeel. I could drink this beer every day and be happy. Magnificent.

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Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jethrodium
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Pours a muddy brown with no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of brown sugar, caramel, some cherry, bourbon, and some vanilla. There is also a bit of acetic acid. The taste is sweet and tart with brown sugar, some cherry, a bit of leather, and some bourbon. The finish is tart with a bit of brown sugar. Medium-full body. Low carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed in the company of friends in the San Diego sun. Dark cherry mahogony wood with a small tight fizzy head of tannish coffee foam. Aromas of tart wood and cherries, crabapple, funk, and also a spicy mustiness and leather. Big cherry blast taste with nice malt complexity to balance out the fruity funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lush, drinkability is very god for the abv of this larger than average sour. This reminds me of a perfect blend of the dissident and cuvee de tomme. Excellent.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet hue, slim head.

Indescribable aroma, Sour and sweet, fruity, and gorgeous.

On the lips, bracingly sour, big time pucker, ...smack, smack, smack...sour cherries and grapes and blackberries.

Deep, complex, refreshing, tasty.
Let me add yum.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from theisti. Pours brown with some red hues. Ample tan head. The nose presents oak, cherries, and a bit of booze. The flavor is tart cherry, with some toffee and a bit of chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation and a bit of an abrasive finish.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by BA Barleywinebrewer..Thanks Bill!

Pours burnished, dark brown, with tinges of ruby edging and almost opaque. A beige head of one inch faded quickly, with a few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with earth-dusted sour cherries, spice, and leather-wrapped wood.
Hints of Rosemary, Thyme, and mint add a wonderfull complexity.
Some firm acidity developes quickly, as well as bits of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and oaky tannins. A wine-like vineousity pulls through in the finish.

Medium bodied, sharp on the pallet, and crisp. Slightly creamy as well.

Cherry pits, dusty boards, peppery spice, and balsamic start the pallet. An herbal, earthy quality steps forward. Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, and white pepper.
Ripe malt and dark fruit follow though, with lingering acidity.

Finishes with herb infused balsamic, burnt leather, tart cherries, earth-covered wood, and a lingering vineousity.

Wowza, great beer. It tastes like a blend of Cuvee de Tomme and 10 Commandments.
Regardless, the pedigree screams Judgement day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, frothy, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, almost black color that has touches of amber and brown to it. When held up to the light the beer shows an opaque, deep haziness, but some reddish-amber hues to it. The beer smells a touch boozy and sort of like a mix between some cherry liquor and Bourbon. This also has a funky, musty sourness to it, a woody mushroom-like note, a damp earthiness and a slight, aged cheese note. A distinct cherry note cuts through the aroma at times and it is backed by a caramelized, almost raisin like flavor. Barrel notes play a big role in the aroma and at times are the dominant note; light vanillin, a touch of buttery oak, some spicy wood notes and an expressive mix of barrel notes and spicy alcohol that contribute a boozy Bourbon note that fills the nostrils.

Sweet impressions at first yield to a much more focused sourness, which still can't shake a rich raisin note. Towards the middle and into the finish a deeply astringent oak note causes me to pucker more than the not-insignificant sourness (at least at times). A touch of spicy alcohol and spicy wood provides a warm finish that is at times well tempered by flavors of tart cherries that can also linger in the finish. This is definitely a tannic brew as it coats the teeth and mouth just like a strong, black tea does after each sip. A bit of buttery oak mixes with some light funky notes that lean towards musty, cheesy and sweaty gym sox in the finish (though this is not a heavily funky beer). Rich tasting with out being heavy, the combination of the tartness with the medium fullness leaves the perception of a beer that is lighter than it actually is.

After the beer gets quite a bit warmer that nose gets much more boozy, but also starts to pick up some notes similar to cinnamon, licorice and perhaps a bit of jasmine honey. In the flavor some interesting, quite fruity, balsamic notes start to come out as this warms up (the cherry notes definitely accentuated this a bit).

This is quite quaffable, especially I would guess this is at least 10% abv; the nice tartness really helps to make it so, but it still has a richness that makes this a beer to be savored. This is a fantastic blend of beers, it can perhaps be a touch hot at times with Bourbon-like notes of spicy oak and hot alcohol, but even this seems to meld in quite will with the other components of the flavor. Before I know it my 375ml bottle of this is gone; definitely a good sign as beers of this strength don't leave me wanting any more after this sized bottle. A very good beer that, while it seems to not quite have that essential component to it that would push it into be fantastically incredible, is still a great example of blending as an art.

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Photo of Crosling
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 milliliter bottle. Dark ruby color with a fairly long lasting, white creamy head. Really complex nose, with wood complexity and a variety of juicy vinous-like notes. Cherries are a dominant flavor, with sour red fruits, wood and funk. Cherry pie. Excellent finish. Nice balance and overall, very impressive.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As I told Dyan the other night over at his place, this is definitely one beer I never expected to see.

The beer pours a very hazy (murky is probably a more accurate description) brown color with very good head retention and lacing. Nose is mind blowing, and I expect is quite wonderful if you like sour beers. In any event, I get vinegar, black cherry, horse sweat, and road kill. As one would expect with this level of funk, there is a considerasble sour element in this beer as well. Fortunately, the flavor profile isn't quite as intense (thank God!). I get some noticeable sour apple, coupled with the expected blast of sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and there's no denything that this beer has plenty of flavor. As for the beer's drinkability, sigh... what can I say? The sour component is completely over the top (IMHO), and this beer comes across as very acidic, with a long, sour finish.

Interesting beer to be sure, but it was painful trying to drink more then a small sample of this stuff. Just not my cup of tea I'm afraid.

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

400 ml is not enough of this masterpiece. A brown sour appearnce, with only a fleeting whisper of white head, and certain aroma of it, along with a distant yeast. The taste is first of the souness, followed by a mild cherry and cola and stout, and by a tad of sugar. Drying and left wanting more.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oakbluff and I both contributed a bottle for the 2008 Biergotter Tasting. Thanks! Both bottles were blended in the glass.
Hazy brown with a beautiful reddish hue. The beige cap stuck around for a while and produced thick, clumpy lacing that became more spotty by the end of the glass. Rich, complex aroma, leather and dark malts, chocolate and malted milk, a bit of tartness, quite earthy, sour cherry and a hint of alcohol. The flavour was fruity throughout, not much in the way of bitterness, but it was quite acidic. Light caramel sweetness, fairly malty, with plenty of dark grain character, tobacco, raspberry, and cherry. Nice complexity. Medium bodied with slightly high carbonation, smooth texture, slight warmth. Great balance of sourness in this beer. Each sip seemed to bring something different to the table, keeping it very interesting from start to finish.

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to both oakbluff and DrJay for bringing bottles of this gem, blended the two bottles in the glass! Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown, murky looking, thin tan head forms, drops some solid lacing on the glass, settles to a thick ring, looks pretty nice. Smell is insane, acidic, charred wood, horse blanket, cherries, alcohol, lots of fruit, toffee and molasses, chocolate, orange and lemons, nice funkiness, very complex. Taste is awesome, sour cherries, acidic lemons, wood, sour berries, caramel and chocolate milk, funk, very fruity, heavy maltiness, really sour lemony finish, very whacky and insanely complex, this changed with every sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very smooth and drinkable, right amount of sourness and just awesome flavours all around. One of the most complex beers I've had. Big thanks to Jay and Scott for this one!!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cola brown with garnet highlights and a small light tan head with spotty lacing. Aromas of sour cherry upfront with wood tannins underneath. Vibrant sour funkiness with brown sugar, caramel and raisins in the mix.

Mild maltiness upfront with brown sugar and raisins again that is quickly met by sour cherries and woody tones with bold oak accents. Bracing sourness and Brett funk on the way down. Puckering and a bit acidic, but so very tasty.

Lighter in body with plenty of carbonation. Goes down really easy. A great blend from Lost Abbey and I'm glad to have been a Sinner and been able to try it.

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Sinner's Blend (2008) from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 97 ratings