Monday, January 14, 2013

The Ten Commandments – The Lost Abbey

                Not being able to get beers from The Lost Abbey here in Wisconsin, when I saw this when I was back in Colorado over Christmas, I picked up a bottle, eager to try it.  The 10 Commandments, the summer seasonal from The Lost Abbey is a bigger, stronger version of the year round beer, Lost and Found.  Brewed with honey, caramelized raisins, rosemary and orange peels in addition to the malts, then fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast, then bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces for an added level of funky complexity.  

In my earlier post on Inferno Ale, I provided some background on The Lost Abbey, and Tomme Arthur, so if you are interested please check it out.  Their entire website is an interesting read If you have the time.

On to the review.  On Beeradvocate, 10 Commandments currently has a score of 89 with the Bros. giving it a 90.  Over at ratebeer, it has a score of 99 overall with a 98 for style.  As always, take the scores with a grain of salt.  I put little to no stock in the ratings and merely include them here as a reference for those of you who are interested.

They Say:
A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.
Not for the faint of heart, this beer weighs in at a heavenly 10% ABV and is available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at select locations.

ABV: 10%

Tomme’s Tasting Notes:

From the bottle (What else but The Lost Abbey’s 10 Commandments):
  1. The most imaginative beers are our crusade
  2. We believe we are all in this together
  3. We strive for honesty and integrity in our lives like you
  4. Fresh beer is great, aged beer is better
  5. Now that you have found us help us spread the message
  6. There is good and evil in the world – our beers are good
  7. Passion isn’t something you can buy at the corner store
  8. We believe an inspired life is worth living
  9. Life is about choices, The Lost Abbey is a great choice
  10. We are not perfect, but no one is

I say:

                The 10 Commandments pours a translucent, dark mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head that holds retention through the entire glass and leaves the intricate lacing often expected from quality Belgian ales.  The aroma is of raisins, rosemary, caramelized sugar, plums, and a hint of orange with noticeable alcohol notes persisting throughout.

                The flavor is sweet with caramel, raisin and plum notes, blending well with rosemary and orange peel.  There is also a very noticeable and pleasant alcohol warmth to coincide with definite boozy notes in the flavor.  There are no illusions that this is anything but a high alcohol beer.  It is medium to full- bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation, making the beer seem more light bodied than it really is.

                The 10 Commandments is a very good beer that is extremely enjoyable on a cold winter night.  I am unsure how it would be on a hot day, it is a summer seasonal after all, but I can see it pairing nicely with full-flavored, grilled meats (nothing as plain as hamburgers or hotdogs though).  This is definitely not a beer to be missed, so if you see a bottle, you should definitely buy it.

                That’s all for today, check back soon for another review!  Have a great week!

                Happy Drinking!

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