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)

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Added by seaoflament on 07-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of DrewOSU
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwoods for sharing this with me.

A: Pours more like a dark amber or brown ale, with a 1/8 inch khaki head.

S: Strong champagne like smell. Cherry, acidic and vinegar nose.

M/T: Very light and watery on the tongue. Huge bitter and tart hit on the tongue, followed by cherries and funky acidic aftertaste. I feel it in my chest after swallow. Finishes very, very dry due to the cherry and tart taste.

D: Very dry, light and clean. Very drinkable. If it wasn't so hard to get, I could drink a lot more of this.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review # 300!!!

Sinner's Blend was a gift from pwoods for my 300th review. Needless to say, thank you Patrick!

Presented in a 12.7 ounce brown bottle with cork and cage. Gorgeous black label with copper, gilded text.

Pours a cloudy brown into my over-sized Duvel tulip. Great, tan head with a light skimming of foam which remains a long time.

Smells of acidic, sour cherries and traces of vinegar funkiness.

Biting sour in the front making my jaw muscles flex.... Sour twang stays and lingers for a while... Complex sour profile with lemon zest, orange citrus, bitingly dry baking soda qualities. As expected, light bodied and crisp. High carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Wow, this was quite nice. Definitely in my top 3 favorite sours, though I've only had around 10 to date ;).

Thanks again, pwoods!!!

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

Big thanks to D0ggnate and m1ked for this brew. Shared with Shane, Andrew, and Garrett.

A: Pours deep brown and murky. Decent sized head on the pour which only holds for a bit. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Very nice sour cherries push through. Deep, pleasant sweetness and maltiness. Maybe a big of oak and bourbon or vanilla.

T/M: Nicely sour and tart. Sour cherries are yet again dominant. Just a little bit of barnyard in the back but mostly covered up by the sour cherries and sweet malts. Tartness gets bigger as it warms and leaves a bit of puckering. Body is about medium with smoothing carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and tasty. Wish I could get more of this.

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Photo of iasanlee
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks mmtmatrix for opening this one for my birthday. Pours a dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is of sour cherry and citrus with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is dominated by acidic cherry flavor, and is backed up by notes of roasted malts, a toasted bread, and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and pleasant and is medium-light in body. A real treat, and instantly one of my favorite wild ale's from Tomme. Thanks Malcolm!

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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 emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes, thanks to Weibull for this one...

Brown body with a glint of red under direct light. Lasting head, a slim cap of off-white foam tops it all off. Wild aroma, washed rind cheese, tart black cherry & pits. Robust feel, tannic, leathery, sharp acidity with a fine sweet/tart/tangy interplay. Exquisite lingering finish with cherry pit and woody tobacco. Very tasty, recommended for fans of Cuvee de Tomme, Haandbakk, and La Folie.

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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 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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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty brown with a small white head. Aroma of tart sweet candies and some roasted malt notes. This is an interesting-tasting beer. Flavor of cocoa, coffee, a hint of bourbon, along with tart bretty notes and sweettart candies. An interesting blend of flavors that did somehow mesh well but was a little off-putting nonetheless.
8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for sending this one my way. An excellent trader that always exceeds expectations. Thanks Ben!

Pours a dark ruby brown. Cloudy with some ruby highlights, very dark brown. little head that dissipates pretty quickly into a ring around the glass and some small swampy puddles of foam across the skim on the surface.

Nose is quite flemish in nature. Oud bruinish. Some tart notes. Some sour cherry. Oak and wild yeast. Funky.

Wow! very complex taste. Mostly flanderized, but alot going on here. Taste opens up with wild yeast and slight funk with a good sour cherryish presence. As the taste progresses, there is a sweeter flavor that comes through and balances this quite well. Very complex. A dark fruit character. The malt profile is there. More sour flavor comes out toward the finish, but it is mixed with a nice sweetness that gets stronger in this area. The finish is not as dry as a regular flemish ale, in a good way, but is still pretty damn dry. Sweet cherry comes out on the finish nice and strong. Sweet yet tart cherries linger on the aftertaste with a bit of flanders funk. Cherry.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be, nothing amazing, but not bad either. Carbonation is just right, maybe would be intersting to see what would happen with just a touch more carbonation, but I like it where it is. Slick in the mouth with a very dry and tart finish.

Drinkability is good, quite good, for the style. And by style Im calling this a belgian style sour, as opposed to strong dark ale. yeah, the style might not exist, but thats what it is goddamnit.

Overall a very complex, interesing, and enjoyable beer to say the least. I am not a huge flemish fan to be honest, and I like this one alot! A must try for any flemfan. A nice blend to be sure. I would recommend picking one of these up. A treat. Great beer.

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

Pours mahogany with a ring of off-white bubbles. Sour cherries, leather, wood, graham crackers, and nutmeg in the aroma. More cherries and graham cracker in the taste, but with a bitter chocolate chip cookie and vanilla cream notes. Vinuous taste and texture.

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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 FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown in color. Very nice inch of off white head on the pour. Smell is tart and very ripe dark fruits. Taste is even more of the dark ripe fruits. Almost too much of the dark plum and raisins. Not overly sour in the flavor. Theres a bit of a peat flavor in the taste as well. Not sure that these flavors are melding well together very well. They kind of just stuck out on their own. I was expecting a bit 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 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 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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Photo of younger35
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a recent trade with spacecoyote. I am a big fan of these Lost Abbey sours and Belgium inspired brews. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a shockingly dark brown that is a crimson when held to the light. A decent half finger dirty tan head forms leaving a thin cap and collar and plenty of lacing.
Smell- Has that familiar sour yeasty twang that makes this unmistakably Lost Abbey. Sour cherries are dominant in the nose followed closely by a woodiness and vanilla. Booze soaked raisins and/or figs as the beer warms and some caramelized sugars. Some sour green apples and vinegar give this quite the intensely acidic nose.
Taste- Starts with a very acidic apple cider vinegar like sourness that is partially tart green apples partially sour cherries. Light vanilla and almost bourbon like sweetness adds a bit of caramel and brown sugar. The oak gets a bit stronger as the beer warms and the cherries really seem to pop. Not all that musty or dirty but there is a subtle tobacco like earthiness. Lightly astringent at times with an almost husky, bitter finish. The alcohol shows as it warms but it's still remarkably hidden.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with a soft effervescent carbonation and puckering, dry finish.
Drinkability- This is one darned tasty brewha! The sourness is at the perfect level of deliciousness and drinkability. It reminded me a lot of Cuvee De Tomme, probably too much like it. I liked it more than Tomme but definitely not as much as Red Poppy. Big thanks to spacecoyote for his generosity.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin ring of foam.

S- The smell is very sour with notes of dry champagne, pepper, and hints of herbs.

T- Intenesly sour. Possibly the sourest beer I've had (second only to Isabelle, if at all). Sour cherries and brett are the dominant flavors of this beer. It's difficult to get past the sour flavors, but somewhere in there, there are notes herbs and pepper.

M- Very crisp and dry, however this seems somewhat negated as my mouth was salivating while drinking this intensely sour brew.

D- Although this was enjoyable, it was VERY sour and I probably would not be able to finish an entire bottle.

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Photo of tprokop7
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, with a brownish color. Little head and fades quickly to just a ring around the edge. Smells sour, without big fruitiness. Tastes very sour, with some cherry flavor. It's a great blend, but the sourness dominates; I feel like it could have been a little better if the subtle flavors could have come through, but I won't complain a bit. Tomme knows what he's doing, without a doubt.

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Photo of krkearney
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL. Pours hazy ruby brown, capped with a moderate sized khaki head. Aroma is on the lactic side, with notes of oak, dark fruit, cocoa, dark cherry, and some balsamic vinegar. Black cherry flavor is in the forefront, with leather, tobacco, light smoke, plum, and cherry pits, and tannin adding to the complexity. This is only mildly sour, and is very drinkable. Another nice offering from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of rayjay
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big pillowy Belgian foam, great lacing. Hazy reddish brown and very proud looking.

Great aroma full of dust, dry wood, brett horse blanket, lacto tartness, and sour cherry cough drops.

Rich malty complexity with sour red fruit. Just a hint of chocolate, and not-so-subtle hints of oak and white wine. Much on the same page as Flemish sour reds like Rodenbach Red and cafe Monks Sour Ale, with a familiar Fantome funkiness. Very well done, but not quite perfectly coming together.

Ah, to find those subtle imperfections in the don't get me wrong, I'd take this in my glass any day. It's great.

Mouthfeel is the real highlight. Gentle bottle-conditioned carbonation with a slightly chalky and velvety texture.

Drinkability is with the best of them. Refreshing and I can't wait for the next sip. Cheers!

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Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A deep ruby brown in color. Slightly muddy with a quarter inch head that has superb retention. Pretty sour and funky when it comes to the nose. Some fruit and woody oak. Taste steps it up a bit. There is still a slightly sour taste. Also a distinct tartness. Never too much of either. Also, a sweetness comes into play that I didn't really expect. Some cherry and a light caramel. Definitely an oak presence with light vanilla. Mouthfeel is excellent. It has more of a creamy body than you'd think, especially based on the smell. Rich and sweet malts, though it finishes with a tart dryness that is unbelievably thirst quenching. Makes you want to take that next sip soon after. Quite a drinkable brew. Very complex and delicious. I'm incredibly thankful to have tried it, as I doubt I could have obtained it through a trade. A mystery BA surprised me with a box of beer and this was one of them. It's amazing how many would expect something spectacular in return while others would make it available out of pure generosity and goodwill. Much respect, my faithful friend.

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle courtesy of zathrus13 over at RB poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, murky mahogany with a small off-white head that recedes to a collar with good lacing.

The aroma is full of sour fruits with a generous helping of wood in the background.

The taste isn't as sour as the aroma would lead me to believe. There is an initial tart kick but it gives way to a sweet candied sugar malt base. There is also some dark chocolate as well as hints of vinegar that lingers through the finish.

The mouthfeel has a very dry-wine feel to it with a slight tartness and good carbonation.

This is an extremely complex brew from lost Abbey. It's probably not my favorite from them, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Sinners Blend 2008 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 98 ratings