Sinners Blend 2008 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2008Sinners Blend 2008

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 07-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Photo of HopHead84
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed again on 08/20/2009 and poured into a snifter. I was lucky enough to win this on off the giving tree at Christmas in July so I figured the 1 year mark would be a good time to open it. I can say with certainty that this beer has improved. The cherries seem more prominent, and more sour than I remember, if that's even possible. The carbonation is at a nice medium level and just enough for the liquid to slightly dance over my tongue. This is a remarkable beer that is still improving. +.5 to taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Wow.

Consumed on 08/08/2009. Pours a deep dark brown with a red tint. The head is creamy and abut 3/4 of an inch. It lingers for a while. The aroma is fanastic. Sour cherries, pear, slight citrus hop aroma, vinegar, plums and other dark fruits. Taste is sweet, tart, and has a nice level of bitterness to it. Well carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry, slightly puckering finish. Red Poppy for sure, probably Cuvee de Tomme, and remiscent of Veritas 003.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via the Sinners release. Stored in my cellar for a couple of weeks and finally let out of its cage. Served at cellar temp and consumed on 08/26/2008.

The pour was wonderful. Rich and decadent looking reddish tinted amber, almost bordering on a nice cherry brown. Lots of sediment here ruled the day, with a good bit suspended inside as well. Rich off white head of about an inch and a half came up and settled down nicely over the top, creating a cascading of light side glass lace. Really just superb looking beer.

The aroma was richly sour. Lots of tart cherries, hints of grapes, light vinous qualities. Some roasted malt, plums, and lots of different things going on here. Rich with a decidedly tart based to it. This is definitely some nice Red Poppy going on in here as the cherries are dominant right out of the gate. Huge, complex profile here as I am seduced by the sweet taste in the middle. Caramel maybe, no, has to be some sort of fruit. Maybe a plum, wow this was good. Long drawn out bitter finish was the icing on the cake for me as I was tasting cherries for an hour after I was done. The feel was not as thick as I would have hoped, only because I was hoping for perfection, but was still off the hook. As for a sipper, it is hard to beat this one. Such a rich dessert like character, while staying light and hiding copious amounts of alcohol inside.

Overall, wow not sure what to say other then this is really where it's at. I could have this in an IV in my arm it is soo good. I was proud to have this as a Sinners beer, truly unique and worth every penny.

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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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4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while. a blended barrel aged beer, just don't ask what's in the blend. So, how's it rate?

A - pours a very clear mahogany color with a nice light tan head.
S - sour tart cherries, sweet dark fruits, oak, brett.
T - taste follows form but that really doesn't do it justice. This beer plays with your taste buds and just says take another sip.
M - medium full bodied, nice carbonation, tart, crips, slightly sour, tangy, dry finish
D - drinks quite nicely for a sour beer.

The category is a misnomer. this is a great wild ale / blended barrel aged beer. Sadly it's only a 375ml. Happily I have more.

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Photo of Goliath
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh Lord, I just popped the cork and the aroma is already killing me. Gigantic thanks to barleywinebrewer for this. Wish I had someone to share it with, but I'm tired of waiting on you guys so here goes:

Pours dark brown, mostly opaque, with some ruby hues in the light. A half inch light tan bubbley head forms and lingers with decent retention leaving some spotty lace behind.

The aroma is excellent. Big bretty notes make my mouth water. Slightly fruity, cherry maybe, with some dark malts in the back end reminding me of a sweet molasses.

The taste is quite good. A nice bretty taste, giving a great sourness. The sour is fairly balanced, making for a pleasant experience. Notes of cherry, some wood, molasses, and a slightly sweet dark malt round out the beer. I just love the tartness of the beer, it's really tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and brightly carbonated with tiny cleansing bubbles.

Drinkability is high. For a sour, this is incredible. There's no end in sight on the drinkability. A really solid beer, it's just sad it's so small.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to toncatcher on RB for this one, thanks man!

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a one finger khaki colored head that fades to a thin layer of foam that lasts throughout. Bits of lacing remain on the sides of the glass here and there, but not a whole lot. Smell begins with a blend of tart cherries, musty oak, and a touch of vinegar. Raisins, cocoa powder, and very faint butterscotch tickle the nose as well. A soft sour aroma which fits my liking when it comes to this style. Taste begins sour, but the sweet dark fruits and musty earth flavors soon take over. Leather, elderberries, tobacco, and honey midway with a light smokiness to it. Towards the end there's a smooth bouron flavor with plum that lingers on the tongue, I love it. This one is truly complex and I found it hard to put in to words at times because there's so much going on. Let's just say this one leaves the tongue very happy. A medium somewhat dry body with a lively and active carbonation. Probably one of the more drinkable sours, especially with the 8% abv, this bottle diappeared much too quick. What else can I say? Do what you can to get your hands on this one.

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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again, Devin! You were kind enough to share a bottle right after the release, and you surprised us yet again by bringing a bottle to last night's tasting.

Ruddy, hazy caramel colored pour with a dense, off-white head, the retention and lacing are excellent. The nose is phenomenal. Brown sugar, cherries, oak, vanilla, all exceptionally balamced. Sour with acetic character, sour cherries and a mellow funk with horse blanket. The palate opens sour and tart with cherries, some cherry skin tannic character, brown sugar, a little vanilla and oak. The blend of Cuvee de Tomme and Red Poppy really shines, there's a mild sweetness with a great cherry character. Drying and mildly tannic on the finish, this medium-bodied beer is well carbonated with lingering cherry character on the finish. Thoroughly drinkable, I am looking forward to revisiting this in the future.

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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 largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish-amber in color, pretty turbid in the pour and utterly opaque in the glass. The tan head retains very well.

Smell: Cherries and vanilla predominantly, though the depth and subtlety is just ridiculous. Oaky tannins, caramel, almonds and sour plums all come to mind, though it's a very harmonious aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lots of tart cherry flavor from the get-go, it's probably safe to assume that there's a good bit of Cuvee de Tomme in here, and most likely a bit of Red Poppy as well. The sourness subsides a bit mid-sip, allowing the caramel and vanilla flavors to reach the forefront. Dry oaky tannins take over from there, leading to a finish that's incredibly long and winding, shifting from sour to dry and then ultimately to a combination of the two.

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Photo of tayner
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is the first beer I have had in 9 days....
12.8 oz brown bottle.

pours very dark brown with a small, tight, tan head that remains and laces nicely. there are floaties that look like pieces of cherries in there.

Smell is tart, lots of oakiness, vanilla, sweet fig/dark fruit. Very complex

Taste follows smell. Lots of tart cherries, woodiness, sweet dark fruit, sour plum, brett funkiness, vanilla, nutty almond in the background. As the beer warmed it became more complex, and more tart.

This one had a full and creamy mouthfeel without being heavy. It was tart but finished very dry, leaving my mouth almost immediately begging for more.

Drinkabilty was very good for a sour beer. This is one I think should age very nicely as well, and perhaps even get more complex as it ages. I am glad I have a few more bottles to sit on for awhile. Worth every penny of the price tag IMO.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taster at Stone's 2nd Sour Fest on Sunday, reviewed from notes, will also be getting a bottle of this in the future, which I am excited about, top three for me at the festival, reminded a lot of the Veritas brews

A-Deep brown with some red and orange, thin 1/2 inch bubbly off white head, nice retention, not much lacing
S-Funkiness, oak, prunes, tarty cherries, mild vinegar, granny smith apples, pears, and other dark fruits
T-Ripe fruit is the first thing I get, no booze at all but sweet malt in the middle, cherries in the finish with some dryness from the wood, I think I can taste Cuvee de Tomme and Red Poppy in here but I could be wrong, nice subtle blend that is not too sour or sweet, very good
M-Awesome mouthfeel that was very popping, little acidic and tart which had a nice mixture, lots of carbonation, dry taste lasted a while
D-Could have drank lots of this stuff, ABV is probably pretty high but could not taste it a bit, smooth, light on the stomach

Tomme and Lost Abbey brew yet another great beer, this one was being raved about all day around me, was not on the board and I was bummed when I first got there but just asked Peter and they had it, I have never been disappointed my a blend from this brewery, cannot wait to drink again, definitely recommended

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this one two separate occasions now, and it's been absolutely delicious both times. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours fairly dark with maybe a bit of crimson in there. Nice off white head with a bit of lacing The nose is really lactic with a bit of vinegar as well. Some barrel character along with loads of dark fruit (especially cherries) and some light vanilla. The taste really accentuates the sourness perfectly, leading to an absolutely exquisite mouthfeel. Drinkability is through the roof. One of the best LA beers I've had. I love soured dark beers; I'm calling for a new trend.

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4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/02/08- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12.7oz bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my Rochefort chalice. 2008 Lost Abbey club member release.

Appearance- A cola like brown color with a smaller 1/4 inch head upon pour. Head is slighlty off white, a tad dirty looking, but creamy at the same time. Leaves some patchwork and spots behind.

Smell- Faint scent that you have to dig out. Much more sour notes in the nose than the actual taste. Smells like a unblended lambic with ultra sour berries.

Taste- Pretty tart, but not blow your brains out sour, which was the thought after the smell. Marvelous flavors of sour cherries, sour plums and sour berries..add that to the good vinegar like flavor. Really can't see a Strong Dark here, but whatever it is, it's pretty amazing. Has some oak-liquor like flavor, but it's covered up by the strong fruity notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a lower carbonation, nice lasting tartness with a slightly dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I could easily drink a bomber of this if the ever decided to reproduce it in a larger format. Thanks so much for letting me share in this beer Ethan...great stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to bvc for sending me one of these! It looks like it froze and leaked a little in transit, so I let it thaw and drank it immediately. Served in Surly Darkness goblet. Nice pop when I uncorked it, so at least there's still some carbonation!

A - Thin (1/2 finger) quick-dissipating tan head that sizzles and vanishes with a few spots of lace. Murky raisin-brown color. This is about as good as it gets for the style.

S - Smells like a Flanders Oud Bruin - there's a ton of Red Poppy in this (I would know - I had one last night). Lots of sour cherries, green grapes, prune, berries, wood, bretty funk, vinegar, leather, caramel, a hint of vanilla. The last two give off a hint of natural cola! The smell is huge and wonderful.

T - I get oak on the tip of my tongue, then huge tart cherry flavors, with hints of the other fruits and sweeter notes. The aftertaste is full of brett funk and horse blanket. While terrific, the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell.

M - Light carbonation, lots of tart dryness and that residual candy feeling. Light bodied, refreshing, and smooth. Perfect for the Flanders styles.

D - I'm sad that my wife and I are sharing this 375ml bottle, as I just keep reaching for my glass. Hopefully Sinners Blend 2009 is just as good. The 8% is totally hidden, and even the tartness doesn't get tiring.

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

This was the beer I was most interested in trying at the Stone Sour Fest. My compatriots and I agreed it was the best of what we sampled.

Pours a muddy brownish red. Small white head. Smells like unripe pears and apples. Taste is much the same, with a sour, funky undercurrent of pears/apples with a vinegar zest. No alchol flavor at all, and nice lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing!

A-Dark, with deep red cheery wood look
S-Tart with dark cherries and fruit, smell the Brett, no detection of offensive funks
T-Tart upfront with cherries fading in, the more up you sip the more a toffe, cocoa flavor emerges, along with the dark cherries, other fruit flavors, some woodiness. So complex that my taste buds don't know what to expect. Gets better as warms. not terribly sour.
M-Slightly thin with big flavors, decent carbonation, nice.
D-I could sip on this for quite a while but I just can't drink too many sours in a row

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Photo of SQNfan
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The poured murky purple to brown in color with a thick head of fine bubbles that dissipated slowly. The nose was fairly complex and showed balanced dark fruit (raisins), cola (Dr. Pepper), herbs and spice (cinnamon, white pepper). In the mouth it was tart and almost tannic from the oak aging. Well-balanced with nice richness in the midpalate which fades to a dry finish with some lingering bitterness.

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

Although I had on tap at the Stone Sour Fest as well. I am reviewing from a bottle here.

A: Dark, dark brown. With a nice tan head with lacing on the glass. Stout-like appearance.

S: Sour, lactic acid, sour cherries, a little barrel funk (brett?/oxidation?), dark malt, and slight roastiness with a faint cocoa. Really wonderful smell.

T: Sweet and tart cherry up front. Strong sour funk in the middle, slight oakiness. Finishes with a sour and dark roasted malt finish. (I remember this beer at the fest as all sour up front, all roastiness/cocoa in the finish. It seems as if it has blended in the past few months). Great interplay between sour and roastiness/cocoa. Great taste, nice complexity, not simply a sour beer.

M: Nice slightly velvety mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation for this type of beer.

D: Really easy to drink, due to the nice balance between the sour and dark malt flavors. This beer is 8% and you can't tell.

Great beer, glad I was in the club and have three more bottles. Look forward to next years blend!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 1: Sour/Wild Ales. DrJay and oakbluff each contributed one of these, which were blended in the glass to create the "sinner's blend blend". thanks jay and scott!

375ml bottles, corked and caged. sampled nov 27/08.

pours super hazy deep red, nearly brown, with a big medium density tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is wacky. dark chocolate and coffee. sour cherry. bit of vinegar, but more sour than acidic. nice light citrus component too. bread and cracker.

taste is wild. bounces between many different elements. big sour cherry. dark chocolate and coffee. multi-grain bread and cracker. lemon. orange. bit of tangerine. light alcohol. bit of horse blanket, but more sour than funky.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium carbonation level, but silky smooth. just under medium body.

drinkability is great. this one is a bit of a chameleon, changing between its many facets with each sip. lots of sour cherry with the other elements rotating in. great balance. good stuff.

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

Poured into a snifter, dark cola brown in the glass.
Nice frothy beige head, leaving a trail of lace throughout.
Aromas of brett, caramel, leather belt, cow manure & tobacco

Sourness detected near the front of the mouth, which balances out letting the oak, cherry, brett, shine next. Very smooth and refreshing.

Oaky tobacco funk present on the finish, with a touch of tartness.

Very nice drinking sour...if that's what you call it.

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Sinners Blend 2008 from The Lost Abbey
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