Sinners Blend 2009 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2009Sinners Blend 2009

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 128
Photo of corby112
2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
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 jethrodium
2.51/5  rDev -36.1%
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 -33.1%
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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Photo of OlieIPA
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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 TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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 -17.6%
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 -14.5%
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%
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%
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 -11.5%
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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Photo of Chambic
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: like cold tea, a flat, lifeless black

S: the smells are sweet and sour, ranging from cherries to berries to dark ripe fruits

T: definitely tastes more on the sour side, though it's muted

M: it's sooo smooth, the boozy finish is quite surprising

D: I could drink a lot of this stuff, especially since I don't see it often at all

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Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with no head. Aromas of roasted malt, grapes, sour cherry,light horseblanket, light charcoal and light oak. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish and very minimal carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt, grape, light oak light funk and a hint of charcoal with a crisp dry lingering tart finish.

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Photo of nickd717
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver around the time of GABF.

A - Very dark brown with purplish hues and absolutely no head. When you're talking about a Flat...I mean...Lost Abbey beer, this is a red flag.

S - Aroma is really nice with port wine and cabernet, oak, roast, chocolate, and berries. Some tartness evident.

T - Both sweet and tart with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, red wine, port, bourbon, vanilla, and black cherry. Very complex and tasty.

M - Mouthfeel, however, falls flat. Medium-full body with almost no carbonation. Besides that unfortunate fact though, it's pretty silky smooth.

D - This tastes good, but the lack of carbonation really hurts the drinkability here.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears dark brown with a small, fleeting head. The aroma offers malt, roast, booze, cola, dark fruit. The flavor has a soy sauce consistency, with additional notes of booze, molasses, cherries. Distinguishable Lost Abbey flavors. Overall, this was quite complex and intriguing, but a bit unbalanced. Thick feel with low carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I was happy when this one finally arrived on my doorstep and I could not wait to give it a try, unfortunately those feelings were not well rewarded. Corked and caged bottle was served chilled and decanted into an oversized wine glass, consumed on 10/21/2009.
The pour was flat, dark brown in color with no head whatsoever. I was afraid of this and just utterly and completely disappointed. No lacing, no anything at al, just wrong. Aroma was tart cherries, touches of brown sugar, a light bit of funk to it as well, nicely done I have to say. As I start to dive a little bit deeper into it some light notes of dark fruits as well as a nice barnyard nose come forward. As I take a sip I am immediately thrown back by the lack of carbonation, just a flat abysmal mess. That is really all I can say about that. Flavor starts out with nice tart cherries, hints of spice and a nice light note of brown sugar. Warming now starts and for only 8 percent it really is taking on quite a life of its own. Rich notes of brown sugar and caramel now coming through now mid palate. Interesting mix here again of flavors. Quick hitting notes of cherries and dark fruits, nice mix of grape skin and a hint of spice.
Overall I have to admit I am a bit let down here. The 08 I absolutely adored and thought it was one of the best I had ever had, but this one just really let me down. Maybe if it wasn't flat it would have been better, I have heard there are better bottles floating around but I guess I just got ripped off with mine. Taste was there, nothing else was though.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a very small tan head.

S: Definitely aroma of the Serpent Stout, woodiness that might be the rosemary from Ten Commandments or from the barrels. A bit of dark fruit.

T: As with the aroma, the Serpent Stout is the primary flavor. Dark fruit flavors definitely come out as this warms up. There are some mild Brett characteristics, but definitely not sour, by any means. Some nice wood flavors are present as well. The only serious flaw I see with this is that it's a bit boozy.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

D: A bit boozy, but still a very interesting beer and very complex flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shard by largadeer. Thanks, Chris. From notes jotted down that night.

A: After reading a number of comments about flat bottles (surprise, surprise), we were both very surprised to hear a loud pop upon opening. The body is a black color with ruddy tint (as noted while pouring), ultimately opaque black in the glass. One finger of light beige head, which retains decently well and leaves some lacing during each swig.

S: I don't know what went into this blend, but I wasn't surprised to smell some Serpents Stout: chocolate, roasted malt / espresso, ash / char, even some molasses. I picked up rosemary, which Chris identified as 10 Commandments. Vinous and bourbony at the same time, with light oak.

T: Tart cherries. I had heard this was a sour, but it's not, although there is a light vinegar presence. Vinous grapes, bourbon, and vanilla are very apparent up front. Those two barrel flavors and the Serpents Stout base don't quite work properly together, specifically because the char clashes with the wine (or port?). I picked up an herbal / spice flavor, v-e-r-y light brett funk, and tannins in the finish. To be honest, I can't taste 10 Commandments itself or whatever the third beer was; the Serpents Stout and barrel are pretty dominant. It's good, but given Tomme's pedigree I expected a bit more.

M: Warmer than I expected, but the body and carbonation are (surprisingly, given my other experiences with Lost Abbey) just right. Sigh.

D: We won the bubble lottery, but on a beer that wasn't all that amazing. I was impressed with the depth of flavor and the creativity of what went into this beer, but the actual execution was a bit lacking. Still, for an experimental beer it's pretty solid.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark murky brown color with very little dark tan colored head.

S-sweet up front and boozy right behind. notes of cherries, plums and some raisins. a good oaky body aroma, hints of dark chocolate lie underneath with acetone and rum soaked dark fruits in the back.

T-cherries, light raisins up front, a good bit of sweetness. a fair amount of dark malts, the oak comes through quite strong, a touch of vinegar with a random sourness in the back. a little hot in the finish and the alcohol shows a little.

M-smooth, enought carbonation, prickly on the back of the throat, slight burn, medium body and slick on the back of the throat.

D-a litte unintegrated and the sourness seems to be by itself. it has some nice things going on, good sweetness and lots of different flavors, the oak barrels seem nice. a litte hot and random, though.

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Photo of popery
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft, City Beer Store. The beer looked quite viscous and rich. It's dark brown with a tight beige cap. The aroma is complex and has considerable depth, but the notes don't seem to work in concert. It's not really a mess, but I imagine some of the elements are better than the whole. There's a lot of fruitiness, some oak, lots of candy and sugary aromas, and a shade of sour. The flavor is a tad sweet but otherwise good. Mouthfeel gets a bit sticky, and the finish doesn't quite seem right. Good but disappointing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Richard for sharing this bottle. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with no noticeable head. Fairly flat in appearance, and that carries over to the feel. The nose is quite complex with nice notes of bourbon and red wine before fading to some dark fruit and lactic sourness. Flavor has additional barrel presence, with a touch of the port coming through. Nothing too overwhelming, and the barrels blend very well. Nice lactic presence through the finish. Cherry and dark fruits. Really nice.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Seans 30th birthday extravaganza!

A - Brown beer with some red on the edges. Off-white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - More tart than I was expecting, with some chocolate and dark fruit scent in there as well. Smells pretty good.

T - Chocolate, some sourness, good tart notes go with some dark fruit. This is actually pretty tasty, and better than I was expecting.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable beer, glad I got to drink as much of it as I did.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal off-white head that subsided to none quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cherry, tart, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, roasted malt, acidic, tart, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Out of the two Sinners Blend brews we had this night this one definitely stood out as the best. A nice roastiness was going on here that balanced out really well with the acidic tartness aspects going on. Still needed more carbonation to make it more appealing to the palate though. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey, thanks to Alec for tapping this rarity.

A: Fluffy 1/2 finger head which starts bubbly and fades semi quickly over the super dark pitch black color. THinner than Serpent's stout in looks but pretty much just as dark. And OMG!!! Carbonation in a top of the line Lost Abbey Beer?!?! Oh yeah, it's on draft.

N: A really nice sour ale aroma, some sour fruit, a touch of creamy malts, some oak, a little sour wild ale aroma with no barnyard funk. A touch of roasty malts and dark malts with all that, and a little bourbon seems to come through as it warms.

T: All over the place on the taste, even more so than the nose. It starts pretty boozy actually, with a little alcohol warmth, taste, and burn all the way up to the nose. Dark malts start the taste profile with a little roast, and even some creamy chocolate. Hints of caramel and other tasty dark malts get through. That seems to come in waves with a mix of sour fruit and touch of funk. The sour fruit comes with a little tang, fruity flavors, and touch of wild yeast and Brett, with only the slightest hint of barnyard funk. As the malts initially try to come through, the sour fruit starts to overtake. They seem to battle back adn forth for a bit but the sour fruits seem to dominate the overall taste in the end.

M: Medium body, a little syrupy, a boozy warming and burn feel, and lower but decent carbonation (esp for being Lost Abbey).

F: Semi spicy from the boozy burn, some flemy sweet and sour syrup and fruit flavors, with a little lingering tangy fruit. As that leaves a more dark malts seem to trickle through with roast and coffee. Semi dry overall but leaves a little sweetness. It's a little too boozy overall, and the flavors seem to contrast each other a bit. Sometimes it even feels like they're battling it out in my mouth with a bloody mess, and my tastebuds are the casualties. However, the surviving taste buds get to rejoice and party with some really tasty flavors.

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Photo of bmanning
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uh oh, no pop as I open up this beer and it pours like wine with no bubbles what so ever. Not a good sign considering this year's reputation of Flat Abbey.
Aromas of chocolate covered orange and lemon along with toffee and maple syrup.
Very interesting flavor with a lot of orange, pineapple and lemon, typical of a sour beer, but alongside typical barleywine flavors of toffee, maple syrup, and dark fruits. There is also a barnyard funkiness to it which adds to the vast complexity. This beer reminds me a lot of Avery Brabant but is much more complex in flavor. I was worried about the carbonation level, but the very low level isn't detrimental to this beer, it actually has a nice mouthfeel due to the acidity of the beer.
Overall this is an ok cross between a typical Lost Abbey sour beer and one of their dark blegian strong ales (10 Commandments is coming through pretty strongly).

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Photo of srandycarter
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black. Imperceptible head. No pop on opening. Dull.

S - Sour berries. Some sour dough bread underneath.

T - Dark fruit, raisins, etc. A little cloying at finish.

M - THIS YEARS CLASSIC PROBLEM - CARBONATION. While cloying, carb would have made it snappier. Again, another beer with more potential that comes up short.

D - Bummed I have more than one, as I am done.

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Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
3.93 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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