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Sinners Blend 2009 | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
128 Ratings
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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 HopHead84 on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
128
pDev:
13.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
16
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml. bottle from JMBSH. Pours vinous, is acidic...and great. Pours dark, demands food accompaniment. Flavourful,fruit and chocolate among them, above average mouthfeel there. A little vinegar aroma, and a tad of woodiness. I was expecting all of the above, and not disapointed.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest, but rocky, well-tanned head that leaves some splotchy lace (count my blessings, it wasn't flat)

Smell: Tart cherry, leather, currants and a wallop of oak

Taste: Tartness dominates from the second the liquid hits the tastebuds so it takes a while for the flavors underneath to make themselves apparent - there are currants, cherries, prunes, a bit of dark chocolate and an oaky character; after the swallow, the wood prune and chocolate elements add a nice balance to the tartness; quite a bit of musty funk in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rather viscous, with an almost nectary mouthfeel; gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Although I was lucky enough to get a properly carbonated bottle, I didn't like the chewy character; the flavors are interesting but it would have been enhanced with a bit more chocolatey depth than I detected

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. The beer glugs forth from the bottle murky and flat, true to the traditional English barleywine style. In the glass it's an impenetrable dark brown with no head.

The aroma is surprisingly great. Vinous with a tart berry-like sourness and roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, a little balsamic vinegar. If I dig, I can pick out a slight herbal note from 10 Commandments. There's a subtle funkiness to it, but the brett is largely drowned out by the big vinous and stout notes.

On the palate it's juicy and tart, cherry and red wine flavors competing with a roasty, chocolatey stout character for glory and victory. It's a stalemate. The mouthfeel, much to my surprise, is dead flat. In this instance it's not a huge detraction and the beer is still enjoyable, but I do wonder how much better it would be with a moderate level of carbonation. Probably quite a lot better. The finish is extremely woody and tannic, with a big vinous port wine kick and some sharp acidity.

This was a tough one to rate. Rarely do I feel so conflicted about a beer. It shows a lot of potential, but it's severely flawed by the lack of carbonation. Maybe this one will carbonate in time and turn into something great, or maybe it'll stay a flat mess like just about every other barrel-aged beer Lost Abbey has released this year.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Southern Tier tulip

Pours hardly any head (big surprise). Color is a dark murky brown. Not a very attractive beer.

Aroma: sour funky cherries. Very interesting nose. Some leather, some chocolate, but the sour flavors stick out the most.

Taste: Sour cherries off the top, a lot of leather, and nice funk to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vinegar as well. I really don't get too much out of this beer, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, but kind of smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a sour cherry and dry malty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is a lot better then what I heard about it. The blend just didn't seem to fit (the sour and stout type mix). But, I was somewhat impressed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 billab914
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a snifter @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09 during the "Tomme Arthur Experience" event.

Pours a cola-like dark brown/black, with a minimal covering of off-white foam. This doesn't stick around too long, leaving just some very light spotty lace behind. The aroma pops with tart cherries right off of the bat, quickly being followed by more Stout-like qualities of chocolate, coffee, and roast. A light whiff of spices and and some woody mustiness fill out the back portion of this nicely.

The taste starts with chocolate covered TART cherries, which pretty much makes up the bulk of this and never looks back. Luckily, I am also picking up some extra notes of molasses, roast, vanilla, oak, and strong drying spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller, with a creamier carbonation that sits on top of a much more oaky and slick feel. The drying tartness does get a bit intense the more I work on this glass, which keeps the drinkibility down a tad.

Pretty overall even blend for this year's rendition of the Sinners beer. The oak and cherry of the Red Poppy and the roasted chocolate character of the Serpent's Stout really worked nicely for me here, while the herbs and spices of the Ten Commandments added a spicy presence that didn't really intrude on the other flavors. Pretty tasty and drinkable stuff this year!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the super generous trader Bitterbill, thanks Bill!

12.7 oz bottle opens with an anemic pop, pours an effervescent mahogany with a sliver of cocoa colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, but little head retention or lacing

S: Prunes, figs & some sourness, plus some kirschwasser (cherry schnapps smells)

T: Puckery tartness, figs, dryness some fusel alcohol up front. Cherries, figs & oaky dryness follow as this warms, plus burnt candi sugar & a touch of apricot & nice port notes. Finishes dry with tart cherry, figs & more oaky dryness, plus candi sugar just rotting the teeth!

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, & nice warming

Drinks pretty easily for the style, much to like about this, only the head retention & lacing really fell short... One of the better efforts from these guys as of late ( as far as I know, not getting much lately )

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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