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)

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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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 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 steadydose
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried my first bottle of this when it first came out as a sinners club member. I remember being unimpressed by this beer and forgot about the three other bottles I had, till recently...

I threw a bottle in the fridge for a couple of hours and it was ready to go, I popped of the cork and poured into a tulip. Black with brown edges. A wisp of brownish khaki lacing remains at the perimeter of the beer. No lacing or head is left on the glass through the session. Still looks pretty good though.

I took a whiff and was suprised by the tartness that came through, I definitely did not remeber it having this quality last year. It had more of a stout/herb type smell going on before, but I was happy with the new changes and as the beer warmed up scents of dark chocolate and tart cherries came through. Along with raisins and some hints of oak. I took my time savoring the complexity of the aroma, it was fantastic.

The first few sips were nice and tart, as my taste buds adjusted to the tartness I could begin to detect cherries, chocolate, and coffee. I've seen the word leather used in some wine descriptions and I believe I now know what they are talking about with this beer. Again when this was first released the sour component of this beer had not yet developed to its present level. This is such a unique flavor profile as the sour flavors subside a sweeter chocolate aftertaste lingers. Amazing! Towards the end I definitely got more of the wood characteristics and a wine like quality. Probably one of the most complex beers I have had in a while. This is excellent.

The mouthfeel had light carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. The carbonation was spot on in the begining, I may have savored this one too long as my serving lost some of its effervescence as it warmed up. Overall it was still very good.

I could not detect any booziness in this bottle. One bottle was perfect to myself, although I could have definitely drank more, I'll knock it down a bit for its warming effect. Sinners 09 is an excellent beer that benefited greatly from sitting in the bottle for a while, if you still have some I suggest you try one soon.

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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 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 craytonic
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearace: my soft pour grew increasingly harder, but no head emerged from this black beer.

Smell: Delicious tart cherries, with some acid, leather, earthy funk, oak, brown sugar, dates, and raisins.

Taste: Tart cherries up front, followed by an intense sour, finalized by an earthy must. The tart cherries dominate but are followed by acid, leather, french oak, balsalmic vinegar, brown sugar, earthy funk, dates, raisins, and pomegranite. Towards the end of the glass I started getting some chocolate and coffee on the finish - trippy.

Mouthfeel: Completely still, altough I aged it for a while. Silky, smooth, and full, but the lack of carbonation dings the score here.

Drinkability: High, this is one complex beer, even though it is flat. Not sure why they mess with the corks and cages, might as well just cap it as there is zero carbonation.

This one is delicous, but the fact it is still keeps it from being great. Reminds me of Veritas 001 or 002, can't remember which.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2009
A very soft pour yields a headless, inky black and viscous looking brew. Actually the color is more of a concentrated brown color than black. The beer smells of fragrantly floral cherries, a touch of fruity acetic acid, some brandy like warmth, a touch of earthy mustiness, and a solid mix of brown sugar, dates and desicated raisins that is quite distinct, but took me a second or two two recognize. There is a background rich malt character here that provides a hearty richness, perhaps even saltiness, that is umami like. The saltiness makes me think of peat in some ways too and there are some faint roast notes here too. The nose is actually quite a bit more complex than I have described as there is a whole lot going on.

Fairly dry tasting for such a big beer. It also has a solid tartness to it that is rounded out by an earthy, musty finish. The texture is not completely devoid of carbonation as there is a slight prickle to this brew; it is big enough to stand up to the sligth carbonation, though in truth a light carbonation would have been much better. The body has some heft to it, enough viscousness to make up for the carbonation, but it is definitely not heavy; though fhe rich flavors easily keep this as a sipping beer for me. A salty, sea-like, almost smoky quality is here and it mixes with an earthy oak flavor, a tannic bite towards the finish, . This beer evokes thoughts of a dry, oaky, somehow fruity, complex red wine in many ways, even if I can't quite fully describe why. Speaking of the fruit, despite the lack of sweetness a complex, tart fruitiness definitely comes through quite well in the flavor; notes of tart cherries, sour prunes, and pomegranite all are contributed by the notes in this beer. There is a definite, even if soft over all, Brettanomyces presence in the finish; soft phenolics, a hint of muskiness, a touch of butyric acid, as well as contributing to the general, soft spiciness in the finish (which the oak contributes to as well.

An interesting beer, it wasn't what I expected, and is perhaps even a bit more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. The worst thing about it is that it could use some more carbonation, and even that is easily over-loojed in this particular beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the tampa sinners club for this one.

A: Pours a nice shade of murky brown with hints of ruby showing through. The head is medium in size, a nice shade of beige. Lite retention and lace.

S: Wonderful tartness with vineous fruit notes. Nice oak, vanilla, and toffee.

T: Tartness from the start. Bitter cherry for sure. Hints of balsamic vinegar caramel and cocoa. The oak from the barrel is there with light vanilla.

M: Medium in body, nice acid bite on the tongue.

D: Good, Liked the 08 a little better.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color was black with some maroon hue and a little finger of brownish head, a little light lacing.

The smell is pretty roasty with a dark malt flavor and some dark chocolate and a bit of a bourbon sting.

The taste is is a bit sour fruit at first, I was surprised to have this funk remain for a sec, and then lead into the roasted malts I expected and then a nice chocolate flavor.

The feel of this beer was a little heavier than expected but still a great feel going down. A nice American made Belgian strong ale.

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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 weeare138
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh for sharing this one...
Appears a hazy, dark brown with chestnut edges and a small, off white head that quickly fades out. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart fruit, bittersweet cocoa, red wine, vanilla, and ripe cherries.
Taste is of the cocoa, vanilla, wild red cherries, and molasses.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grassy, with herbs and spices resounding.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 pwoods
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours absolutely flat, no head. Color is a very deep brown with some ruby tinting on the edges when held in the light. No lacing.

S: There's a bit of sweetness, sugary dark fruits. Some sour and tart notes come through. Healthy dose of the 10 Comm and that black licorice aroma. Very light wood.

T/M: Really surprised at the sourness and tartness. I heard it was pretty much none existent but there is definitely some tasty sour/tartness there. Some sour cherries, too, that remind me of CdT, even thought it's not part of the blend. No real funk to speak of. Not getting any of the stout but a good blend of the 10 Comm and Gift of the Magi. The 10 Comm tastes a stronger role but there's a nice lighter maltiness there from the Gift as well as the enhanced sour and tartness. Body is about medium with zero carbonation and no carbonation always makes it feel watered down to me, even though this is quite flavorful.

D: Not sure on the ABV but I'd guess it at around 8 or mroe %. Decently refreshing and pretty tasty. With carbonation, this would be a pretty damn good brew.

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Photo of zdk9
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black- crazy for this beer to be black an sour!

S- Crazy complex. Sweet tart fruit, sour vanilla beans, funky and fermented straw. An amazing smell. Cider vinegar that's sharp and tastes aged (is there such thing as aged cider vinegar?)

T- Crazy tart. Dried black currents. There's hints of a lot of dried fruit- dried cranberries, dried cherries, even dried blueberries. And there's some sweet malty backbone to give it some balance to the sourness.

M- Mouth puckering tart, but in a really delicious way.

O- Another amazing beer from LA. This has just the right amount of sour for my palate. If only I could get some more...

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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 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 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 mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown out of the bottle that's borders on black in the glass. An aggressive pour yields a smattering of bubbles that quickly builds a short-lived creamy head that recedes to a thin collar with no lacing. It does leave some boozy legs on the side after each sip and swirl.

The aroma is tart with equal part tart cherries and vinegar-like acidity. There are some stout characteristics as well with some dark roasted malts and chocolate as well. Strong, excellent nose.

The taste starts out with the tartness and vinegar sourness. The backbone of dark malts and chocolate is there but gives way to a slightly bretty, very dry vinous finish. The aftertaste is very much like a red wine.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very soft carbonation that is fairly slick but with lots of similarities to wine in terms of ocerall feel.

I've rarely been disappointed by a sour from Lost Abbey and this is no exception. Probably not the best I've had from them but it's a well crafted blend and a great example of creativity in craft beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 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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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 RustyDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged, 8% ABV stated on bottle. Popped the cork with little sound. Very surprised to see this black pour. I basically forced a head on this one, raising the bottle higher creating a waterfall in the glass. Somehow, a nice 1/4" tan head appeared and looked quite nice.

Aroma of roasted coffee beans, caramel, stout and cherry

Again, quite surprised by the taste, in a good way. Cherry and roasty stout pop out at first. Quite funky and sour, which take a backseat to the before mentioned flavors. As soon as I was set on cherry stout, the funk and sour turn this one on a dime. Horse poop stable funkiness, funk of cherry in the middle. I get the oak in the back of the palate. Dark brown cola when I raised the glass into the sun, revealing a hidden halo of crimson red.

My guess on the blend (without researching this in advance)- Serpent's/Red Poppy/DDG? If not Serpent's, maybe 10 Commandments because of the Brett? Whatever it is, very pleased with this year's Sinner's Blend.

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