Sinners Blend 2009 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2009Sinners Blend 2009

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 HopHead84 on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kscaldef
1.5/5  rDev -62%

Photo of corby112
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

375ml bottle received in a recent trade with Beerzebub. Thanks again man!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque and produces a very thin light beige head with an aggressive pours which quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Roasty chocolate malt aroma that is slightly smokey with hints of oily sludge, coffee bean, vanilla, tar, acrid burnt ashy wood and alcohol astringency. Subtle earthy oak and vanilla from the barrel aging with a strong bourbon presence. Slightly vinous as well with an odd solventy character.

Very vinegary tart vinous mouthfeel that is extremely puckering and kind of disappointing considering the appearance and aroma. This flavor is very intense and overpowering, dominating any other flavor that might be laying underneath. All I can pick up is vinous wine, bourbon and liquor and no dark malts. I was expecting some roasted chocolate malt, coffee or any of the other characteristics picked up in the aroma. Way too sweet and vinegary and completely one dimensional. The body is lacking carbonation but not completely still and although it's only 8% it is very hot. Kind of a mess really.

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Photo of mportnoy
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jethrodium
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head that settles to a ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet brown sugar, caramel, light lactic, light funkiness, and some bourbon and vanilla. The taste is really sweet with caramel and brown sugar . There is a light tartness as well as some vanilla and bourbon, and a bit of funkiness. The finish is sweet with caramel. Full bodied with medium carbonation. I did not enjoy this beer very much. The huge amount of sugar with a slight amount of tartness did not work very well together.

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Photo of Overlord
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Even on tap, it is a fairly flat, black with ruddy highlights brew. No head, just a thin crust.

Seems to combine some of the lesser aspects of the three beers that went into it. Both flavor and aroma feature charred/roasted malt from the Serpents Stout, the weird spicy/herbal thing from the Gift of the Magi, and the alcohol and strange prune/plum/raisin background from Ten Commandments. It's as though they tried to blend three beers, and didn't get the mix quite right. May need more time in the bottle. There doesn't seem to be much -bal aged influence to it.

The mouthfeel is too flat.

I kind of wonder about this release. I think it's interesting they decided to try a Firestone-esque blend, but was the Sinners club beer really the best time for a first effort? I mean, this isn't horrific, but the Sinners blend, the "non-distributed" offering reserved for the pre-paid "exclusive" Sinners Club, in my opinion should showcase what Lost Abbey does best.

And what Lost Abbey does best isn't Quad/Stout/whatevergiftofthemagiis blends, it's Belgian style sours (look at my ratings for Lost Abbey, I've lauded many of their beers). What, did they figure that Sinners would buy this no matter what, so they just dumped a mixing experiment on us?

Hell, the Sangria at the Sinners Dinner was a very good, accessible sour. I found myself wishing I could have six bottles of that. Looking back on it, I may have underrated it!

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of OlieIPA
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed a 10 oz. pour at Beachwood during Gabe's 09' Sourfest.

A: Pretty much black with no head and minimal lacing; average.

S: A faint, but detectable bourbon that perhaps brings out or transforms into a dark fig of some kind. I also picked up an oak quality as well.

T: Not sure if I like it or hate it. Sinner's 09' exhibited an overly burnt coffee and prune juice flavor that eventually settled out. Other than that, no other flavors were detectable other than the bourbon/brandy-like characteristic.

M: Full body with mild carbonation; slightly clinging.

D: I couldn't finish my glass.

Overall: Again, this isn't a bad beer...but nothing too spectacular either. Cheers!

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this for a while now, and luckily I received a bottle from tprokop7, 12.7oz corked and caged. No real description on the label, just a bunch of propaganda about how great it is to be a sinner.

The cork comes out with a minimal report, no danger of the gush I experienced last week with Amorosa Frambroise from the same brewery. The beer is dark brown and murky, translucent only at the edges, otherwise darkly opaque. Some random tan bubbles on one side of the glass, this looks to be weakly carbonated.

The aroma is a little tart and acidic, maybe some cherries or plums too. The beer tastes kind of like a flat oud bruin, initially sweet then moving towards a pucker, leaving a taste of dark fruits lingering after each sip. Not bad but not really great.

The mouthfeel kinda sucks, as this is really lacking carb. I think they might have been going for a light carb style, but it's hard to tell and I really think a little more would have helped me enjoy this.

I like it but I want to like it more, maybe I'm just into it because I've wanted it so long. The real question is whether I'd go after another bottle. The answer is no, Lost Abbey has become real hit (Cable Car, Duck Duck Goose) or miss (Older Viscosity, Sinners 09) for me. It's always expensive though.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

(Aged for 2 years)

This pours a very hazy, murky, almost dirty looking brown, mahogany with ruby edges and zero carbonation. There's very little if any bubbling and it leaves the glass nearly clean on the way down.

An interesting aroma: sherry and port wines, some earthy dirt and brick-like qualities, wood, black pepper, a mild sour component, and a bit of vinegar. More interesting than good, but very, very interesting.

And the flavor is more successful than the aroma. The black pepper spice, wood and earth elements, along with a mild sour component make for a nice beer, while the aging has certainly brought about some sherry and oxidation flavors, though I think they actually add nicely to this complex elixir.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with zero carbonation--lifeless.

A complex beer, but lacking some necessary components.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat inky black. Slightly transparent at the edges. Nothing really going on.

Smell - Oxidized. Chocolate. Sharp bright liquor flavor. I know its bourbon, but it smells like brandy. Dark fruit acidity.

Taste - Much more sour. Cherry sourness. Raisins. Oxidation. Oak and chocolate. Sharp alcohol. Red wine finish.

Mouthfeel - Mostly flat. Boozy. Acidic. Tough to drink.

Overall - Complex but not easy to drink. Wonder what it tasted like years ago.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in an awesome secret bunny make-up package!

A- Body is a translucent dark brown foggy hue. Pours with a thin collar which fades rather quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Astringent alcohol is prominent upfront. Behind this is sour ripe dark fruit (plum, raisin), cocoa, vinegar, and a hint of tart sourness.

T- Some tart acidic sourness upfront, sour dark fruit, a hint of dusty oak. The blend is much more complex with a lot going on the the background-but its somewhat chaotic and hard to decipher individual flavors (and yes chaos can be good but this is a borderline mess) The finish is quite dry and a slight acidic sourness lingers.

M- Carbonation is flat. Brew is full bodied with medium weight and somewhat dusty-relatively smooth overall.

D- This is a decent sour brew overall. The blend is somewhat hard to decipher-and the brew is flat and boozy. Perhaps this needs more time?

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

**Sigh** Another flat bottle from Lost Abbey. I've been one of their defenders throughout this whole mess, but frankly- I'm tired of defending them. I've been a sinner for two years and didn't renew for a third. Originally I thought this was a temporary problem, but virtually all ofmy beers this year have had carbonation issues, and they are quite a bit of money to sink into the brews. I know that these beers cost a lot to make, but at this point I feel the losses ought to be born by the brewery instead of the customer. Sadly. When these beers are good, they are great- this is not one of them. Pours a murky black with relatively poor clarity and zero carbonation. Some nice funky aromas to start, bu gets a little tired and watery after that. Tart, with red fruit and light funk and some aromas of alcohol fading too quickly to a more washed out version of the same aromas. The taste would be helped with carbonation, but at least someof the lovely flavors have been preserved. Black cherry combined with a barnyard funk and tartness and a woody astringence running throughout as well as an almost black current and cranberry finish. The mouhfeel is soft and subtle with a nice counterpoint of astringency, bututterly lacking in carbonation. I'm not after a cordial, I'd like a beer please- bring back the carbonation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a beautiful burnt burgundy with a light smattering of bubbles. Impressive wine-like colour.

S: Balsamic vinegar is huge, also some chocolate.

T: Port wine, dark chocolate and a finish of black licorice round out the beer. Good, but at times wasn't doing it for me as they say, some astringent bitterness.

M: Smooth, light carbonation, port-like and it makes sense.

D: A nice beer, not as good as some of others I've has from them, but it was cool to see them trying new stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 128 ratings