Sinners Blend 2010 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2010Sinners Blend 2010
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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40
Ratings:
94
Avg:
4
pDev:
12%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with some burnt amber highlights. A small off-white foam head. Yay.

Smells like acrid, burnt chocolate, a bit of unidentifiable sour notes (kind of like a sour earthiness), and a surprising amount of booze ... bourbon?

Tastes like someone blended serpents stout, the fruit background of angel's share, and a random sour base. The earthy sourness isn't bright, it just gives the beer a quasi infected/oxidized feel. I'd prefer any component of this beer by itself. I just don't think it melds, at all. The acrid, roasted malt/chocolate base isn't in harmony with the sour aspects, and while the dark fruit/malty background that I suspect is some sort of barrel aged angel's share is fighting to breathe.

Not a fan.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am guessing that it was a bottle as i did not mark that in my notes form night of the barrels, and i did see bottles at the lost abbey table.

This beer pours a brown color with a very light layer of tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is slightly acidic and has some slightly spicey/malty notes. The flavor is a little sour with a good flavor form barrel aging oak, vanilla, and there is definitely something else that i can't put my finger on.This beer is light boddied with good carbonation just no retention qualities which you dont really expect in sours. a good brew

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Photo of womencantsail
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The beer is a rather murky dark brown/amber color with a small off-white head.

S: A surprising spirit character to the aroma. Lots of bourbon to it and big time vanilla. Charred oak and lots of sour dark fruits. Cherries, in particular, really stand out. There is just a hint of sweetness to it, too. Maybe some caramel and maple syrup.

T: The bourbon and vanilla really stand out on the palate, as well. Mild dark chocolate and maple syrup giving the beer some sweetness. Quite sour with some mild vinegar and a decent amount of sour cherries.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Not quite as good as the 2008, but still a nice sour beer and very complex.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The cap comes off with a loud POP and a fairly vigorous pour yields two fingers of head and a lot of noise from the effervescence of the beer. I was expecting a flat mess, but the head shows decent retention (1 minute later and still a millimeter of head and a ring around the glass). The beer itself is a dark unfiltered mess, and not in a bad way. No real light comes through except for a tiny bit of mahogany around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This beer smells fucking amazing. Sour cherries, dark fruit, and a bit of raisin and prune highlight here. There’s a little bit of bread pudding as well, but the dominating notes are all sour fruit. I even get a lot of residual sweetness that creates quite the sensation in my nose. It smells almost like a dessert plate at a nice restaurant.

Taste: Sour fruit (cherries, plums, raisins, and figs) all compete for your attention. There is a definite bready sweetness which is hard to define as well, but this beer is all sour fruit. I get a little of the balsamic flavors noted by others, but the sour vinegary finish is conspicuously absent, and that makes me more of a fan of this beer.

Mouthfeel: The sourness hits you right in the back corners of your mouth on the first sip. The hearty effervescent nature of the beer provides an interesting temperance. Most beers of this style are flat and this beer is the farthest thing from it. The overall mouthfeel is surprisingly light when the sweetness of the nose is factored in, but the finish is quite heavy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: This beer is ridiculously drinkable. I could drink every bottle I have of this, and while my ass would be on the floor, I would enjoy every minute of it, and I’d be on the search for more. From other reviews, it sounds like consistency may be an issue, but this beer was very, very good to me, and I would definitely seek it out again. (And for what it’s worth, 20 minutes after this review was started, there’s still a film of head on top and a very nice ring with lacing on the edge of the glass. Bravo LA!)

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Night of the Barrels 2011.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin tan head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good amount of sweet malt plus some mild acetic acid. Oak character with a bit of vanillin and some brown sugar. The flavor brings together quite nicely with sugary sweetness plus some dark fruits and then finishes with some pitted fruits and mild acidity. Light barrel character throughout, eventually shining in the feel. Good balance through everything. Really nice brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to jedwards for rounding out the tasting with this rare treat. Served in a Sinners tulip. Pours a semi-hazy mahogany with no head. Nose expresses raisins, bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla notes. Taste is vinous with the addition of vanilla, bourbon notes and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a still carbonation and a slightly astringent/acidic quality. A delicious and complex Wild that nicely balances sour with malty. A trace of carbonation would make this beer spectacular in my opinion.

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Photo of largadeer
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of the Sinners beers, I guess? Thanks for sharing this, Matt.

Flat, muddy dark brown. Slight clarity around the edges. A hard pour produces little head.

Quite a bit of brown sugar on the nose, along with a mild dose of balsamic vinegar. There's also sweet vanilla, spicy and earthy oak, leather, sweet tobacco and cigar box. As with the other Sinners beers, it's an interesting blend of sweet and sour.

Sweet and sour on the tongue, leaning toward sour. Brown sugar dissolved in aged balsamic. Pretty vinous, a bit port-like to me. There's a touch of bourbon in here, too; it would probably be safe to assume that Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share went into this blend. Full bodied with very slight carbonation, which works fine for this beer, though a bit more carbonation would be welcome. It's a bit syrupy, bringing to mind balsamic vinegar reduction. Oak and vanilla in the finish.

Very enjoyable, a step up from Sinners 09 but not quite as good as 08.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/11/11 notes. Had on tap at NOTB up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with no head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, raisins, other dark fruit, and light sour fruit/vinegar, but not much. Getting more of the Angel's Share than sour.

t - Tastes of oak, bourbon, raisins, grapes, dark fruits, light sour vinegar.

m - Medium body and no carbonation at all. Think it was flat.

d - A good beer, but it seemed to me like the Angel's Share base dominated it with bourbon and oak, and I didn't get a lot of sourness out of it. I enjoyed it, but with Double Red Poppy and Double Framboise De Amorosa on tap, I didn't go back for more of it. No carbonation hurt it as well. Would try again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big ups to bitterbill fro sending this to me...thanx Bill! Good looking label!

12.7 oz bottle opens with a insignificant pop, pours a dirty prune juice/chestnut color with minimal head. This has bit of meniscus, but no real lacing or head retention

S: Sourness, some raisin, some port notes

T: Follows the nose , more raisin than sourness, some figs & oakyness with booze lurking in the background up front. Oaky sourness dominates as this warms, a touch of dryness & granny smith apples, vinaigrette & a touch of leather dryness. There is also some some figgy, caramel, & vanilla sweetness. Finishes with boozey figgyness, oaky dryness & sourness & just a kiss of whiskey

MF: Fairly thick, smooth, near zero carbonation

Through the roof drinkability, easily one of the best/most complex wild ales I've ever had. Addictive!

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Photo of craytonic
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very soft pop when I finally got the cork out; pour is a mahogany black brown with no real head, despite me trying to force one. I was a bit skeptical at this point and I do have a hard time believing it was "intentionally" flat after the many other flat lost abbey bottles I have received. It is not a pretty pour and looks a bit muddy.

Smell: Amazing and complex. Huge amounts of dark fruits like plums and dates, very vinous, with some light funk, vanilla, caramel and toffee also. I also get some big brandy notes.

Taste: Also very complex and developed. Again there are dark fruits up front, plums, dates and cherries, followed by a brandy element, toffee, caramel, vanilla and light funk. I also get some fresh wet tobacco. When I drink my next bottle it will be from a wine glass or a snifter I think.

Mouthfeel: Basically flat, it does detract slightly but not in a big way

Drinkability: This is very enjoyable and one to contemplate.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the unexpected surprise at Mike's birthday last night. From notes.

A rather ugly, murky, dark brown with swampwater red highlights, this is rather ugly. However, the nose is fucking great. The bourbon barrel Angel's Share is obvious here, with all the aspects of the more recent batches being very noticeable - brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, huge barrel character and coconut. Along with that is some vinegar, and when combined with the Angel's Share base, it has a more port and sherry-like vinousness (closer to sherry IMO, but the heft does make it feel like a port). The palate isn't as good as the nose, with the flavors clashing a bit. Red wine, port, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and a little tobacco are all present, but it isn't particularly tied together very well. A touch of ethyl acetate is present on the back end, but for the most part, the sourness is fairly tame and reasonably well-integrated. Drying and rather tannic on the finish, there's so much oak here! I really like this, but that mild solvent character is distracting when you look for it. And yes, carbonation is very light, but this beer really needs none, it's close in spirit to Cambridge Brewing Co's Arquebus in this regard. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A= Pours a quite ugly brownish color with no head on it at all and no lacing. Visually this may be the worst looking beer I've ever seen.

S= The smell is weird. Vanilla, bourbon, wood barrel, with a slight acedic sourness to it similar to a vinegar. Not bad by any means but for sure a one of a kind smell. The dominate smell is for sure Angel's Share in it. Toffee sweetness to it and deep caramel.

T= The taste is magnicifent. The barrel flavors from the Angel's Share come through quite a bit but the sweet toffee flavors from Angel's Share die down a bit. Nice vanilla and oak. The sour notes come forward more with acedic sourness and a bit of lactic sourness in the finish. Again one of the most interesting tasting beers I've had. I never thought the flavors would meld well when I heard what this beer was but Angel's Share takes the back seat making a totally new beer here.

M= No carbonation but still not too thick. It strangly works in a way but I really wish there was a touch of bubble to give my tongue a scrub.

D= This is an amazing unique beer. I never thought I would have liked this much but I do. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of the final Sinners shipment (ever?). Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip and shared with my wife.

A - It's still. A hard pour rouses some big bubbles, and leaves a partial collar of tiny bubbles and a few tiny spots of lace. Looks like wine, but a murky raisin-brown color.

S - Smell is heavy on the Angel's Share (caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits), along with notes of grapes, balsamic vinegar, wood, vanilla, and a bit of wet dog funkiness.

T - Taste is again heavy on the raisin and dark fruit elements of Angel's Share mixed with lactic sourness, vinous notes, tart candied cherries, maple, and a bit of bourbon.

M - No carbonation, but doesn't feel heavy or viscous. More of a medium body that is surprisingly fleeting on the palate. Finishes tannic with some alcohol warmth. I think the 8% alcohol listed on both Sinners Blends and Veritas is utter nonsense.

D - This is quite good (other than looking dead ugly). I finished my 6oz fairly quickly even though I tried to savor my pour. I'm curious if this will ever carbonate, as there was a lot of yeast and sediment impacted on the bottom of the bottle. In any case, a delightful treat and a marked improvement over Sinners Blend 2009.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/12/2011

Thanks for opening this, Tomme.

A: Pours near still and deep brown with a syrupy collar and some legs.

A: Vinous with a touch of lactic character, plum, and chocolate. Bourbon and oak are evident, as are vanilla and brown sugar. The beer is quite rich.

T: Moderately sweet with brown sugar, bourbon, and a strong grape profile. Notes of plum are evident. Angels share has a firm presence, but there are some lactic notes as well. It's port-like. Noticeable booze with ample warming. Some caramel is present, as is chocolate.

M: Lower full body and essentially still, at least this bottle is, but it works well with this flavor profile. Mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and smooth, and there's much alcohol warming. 8%, hmmm...

Overall: Very good. I hope this pops up again as I'd love to give it a more thorough analysis (drink more of it).

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A small pop when I removed the cork, it pours a very dark brown with a small head of foam and plenty of lacing. Halfway through the sitting, the foam and lacing are gone.

The nose is....amazing! Loaded with dark fruits that bring a lot of sour notes, light funk, vanilla, light chocolate, very vinous, stretching the boundaries between a beer and a wine. The more whiffs I take, the more complex this seems to get.

The taste could not live up to the aroma, right? Don't you believe it! I get everything in the taste that I got in the smell. The dark fruitiness is dominated by plums, got some tart cherry goodness, milk chocolate sweetness, toffee, some very maple syrup like sweetness on the back end. Wow oh wow! And again, it has some very wine like characteristics that would please a lover of said beverage. Amazing stuff!

There isn't much carbonation and the feel is of medium body but I like the general smoothness of this brew.

Drinkability is a sheer joy! So much so that I could kick myself for not opting for the 2 additional bottles I was offered in this, my last shipment as a Sinners Club member. Oh the pain, the pain.

I think this is one of Lost Abbey's best beers ever!(at least, 1 of the best I've had the chance to try)

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Sinners Blend 2010 from The Lost Abbey
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