Sinners Blend 2008 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2008Sinners Blend 2008
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Crosling
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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 ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to Tayner. Dark, dark, brown with almost no head. Smells like sour cherries and spice. Flavor is sour cherries and rosemary, some cocoa, interesting. This was good but not amazing. Seek out if you are a Lost Abbey fan but there are much better sours out there, even from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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 brewandbbq
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown body with a tiny, though creamy-looking, tan head.

Smell: Creme caramel candy jacketed by an earthy, ascetic sourness and rich, satisfying notes of wine, cherries, peppermint, and vanilla beans.

Taste: A curious blend of sweetened dark caramel, varnished wood, a fruity top-tier wine, and a tart sourness that's mighty persistent. It's terribly hard not to burst out singing "More Than a Feeling" after your first taste of Sinners '08. Further oaky hints. Splash of black cherry cola. Some bruised mint leaves. Touch of vanilla. Smooth finish that's both dry and gently sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Scrumptious. When you pop open a bottle of Lost Abbey you're ready for par excellence, but it ultimately delivers that and then some. Kind of like going to a NASCAR race and getting a free t-shirt!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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 BeerTruth
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of hoppymeal
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy dark brown in color, plenty of chunky sediment, a good sized tan head slowly fades. Initial aroma is cherries, a nice mixture of sweet and tart, also hints of apples and spice bread, cinnamon, lemon and a mustiness. Taste is also strong in the cherries, nice tartness with some musty-ness as well, woody oak is evident. Mouthfeel is medium in body, a little spicey pepperiness on the tongue and at the back of the throat, slightly tannic and drying in the finish. Very drinkable, the tartness of the fruit, oak notes and sweet malts blend very well together.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
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 hopsleeroy
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Georgiabeer
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
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 bennetj17
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackened amber color, almost completely dark. Light carbonation leaves a small ring about the edge. The smell has the tangy, tart, cherry spice of a Flanders Red, with some sweeter, more raisiny malt hidden underneath. I also get a faint note of chocolate in there also. Very tempting.

The taste begins with intense tangy cherries, turning a bit drier toward the back of the tongue. Notes of roasted malt and light chocolate arrive later and seem to mellow out the tartness. As strong in alcohol as this likely is, I really don't taste it. If I had to guess there is definitely some Red Poppy in here plus some Older Viscosity. Not sure what else. The body is light but subtly creamy/smooth. Well done.

I think this beer is very interesting but isn't as amazing as I had hoped. I am glad to try this, and while it was good, I don't think it's quite my style. I would take an Isabelle Proximus over this anyday...

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
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 illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG. Pours a ruddy orange brown with a small tan head. What the foam lacks in volume it makes up for in lacing. Aroma is a great vanilla/dark fruit combo that seems to replicate apple pie. Some sourness in the nose. Flavor is similar: sweet fruits and wood tempered by a seamless sour cherry tartness. The carbonation is perfect for coating the tongue with this excellent beer.

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Photo of tayner
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of largadeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Floydster
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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 seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer twice now; the first time was at the Port 2nd Anniversary event (thanks for opening this beer Tomme!) and today at the Stone 2nd Annual Sour Fest. This is the special blend that will be shipped only to the Sinners Club.

Tomme would not reveal to me what was used for the blend but I do remember him saying, at the Port event, that it included something they had never put out before.

The beer is a muddy brown, a shade or two darker than an Oud Bruin, with some light orange on the sides.

The aroma has some tart cherries upfront, lots of brown sugar, honey, some sweet dark fruits, wood, and funk. The malt base works really well, it has some similarities to Veritas 003 like the wood notes and acidity.

First thing to come to my mind (the first and second time I tried it) is Red Poppy. There is a tart cherry and sweet malt combination that is very similar to Red Poppy. Sweet malts and hints of various fruits begin to show up as the beer warms up, not an intense ripe fruit combination but well integrated, in harmony you could say...very tasty stuff. I also picked up some flavors that are present in Veritas 003 (possibly some Cuvee de Tomme in this one?), some people said it had similarities to Veritas 002 (probably the raspberry mead part in that one) but I have not had the pleasure of trying that one yet.

Easy, smooth and well carbonated with a little dryness in the finish.

P.S. the sample I had from the bottle, at the Port event, had chunks of cherries in it, which is what has me thinking that there's probably some Cuvee in the mix.

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Sinners Blend 2008 from The Lost Abbey
4.3 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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