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Lost Abbey’s once a year Anniversary beer. A new generation of Dark Farmhouse Belgian-Style Beer that had Brettanomyces (a special Belgian brewer’s yeast) added at bottling. (from newsletter) (from bottle: Ale Brewed with Raisins) 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1014) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from Watson. Pours a dark brown with tan colored head. Aroma of caramel and dark fruit. Taste of dark fruit and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2666) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average, tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, dark fruits, caramel and spiice. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and soft carbonation. A nice ale indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bwa5879 (685) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Deep brown nearly black thick pour with inch or so of oatmeal head. Nose of crisp brett, strong sour apple, and berries and figs. Lively carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel, crisp tingly finish that isn’t very dry. Taste is smokey, leathery, dark fruits, raisin, carmel/molasses, and figs are present, nice round robust sour mixed in. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
falco242 (280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Strong belgian with a dark caramel pour. Lots of honey and caramel with a hint of spice on the front end. Defintely boozy on the back end but solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2014.03.15 - Lost Abbey 10 Commandments - 750 ml bottle in motel clear plastic cup. Bottle seems to have a best before date but I’ll be damned if I can make it out. Aroma: first impression: dark fruit, Belgian. raisin, caramel. 8/10 Appearance: Pours deep chestnut brown. Little if any red tones. Mostly opaque but a bit of light makes it through. A lot of carbonation, fully half the cup on each pour, and visible vigorous bubbles. Creamy caramel white head. 5/5 Taste: medium sweetness, raisins, honey is easy to miss but stands out a bit when you think about it. Nice. 8/10. Palate: medium body, sticky, lively, long finish. 3/5 Overall: right up my alley. Belgian, honey, raisins? That’s got me written all over it. Not AMAZING but darn good. Too bad I can’t get these back East without shipping. Later note: there’s a bit of a licorice taste in there as it warms up. Similar to Gouden Carolus Noel. 17/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
On tap, pours a hazy brown color with a thick tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, dark malt, dark fruit and spices. Tastes of the same things in the smell with a boozy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy with good carbonation. Overall pretty good for a Belgian style strong dark ale. A lot of flavors which makes it interesting. Not over the top which is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3698) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Draught. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is a mix of malty and fruity, with a mix of caramel and dark fruits, like dates. Taste is a little sweet up front, then finishes a bit sour. Kinda heavy on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GoufCustom (845) - HONG KONG - MAR 8, 2014

750 ml cork bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Looks: Cloudy hazy dark brown colour with some dirt- like yeast sediments; One finger head with beige foam which last for 90 seconds; Excellent, very sticky lacing and notable small carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet bready malt which can be smelt a feet away, with honey, raisins, strong barnyard, sugar, caramel, strong Bel yeast, spices, and very herbal hops.

Taste: Pleasant sweet full roast malt, with intensely rich honey, rum raisins, and smokiness, followed by rich coffee, chocolate, warm alcohol, sugar, Brett, Bel yeast, strong herbs, and moderate bitter grassy hops.

Body: Mid to full body, thick and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: A blitz of senses! Full body Belgian Dark with incredibly rich but very nice attack of honey, Rum-raisin and smoke, as if I was eating a freshly-smoked oyster and it tastes soooooo good! The follow-up creamed coffee and chocolate are equally rich and nice. Not to mention the Bretts and herbal roasemary, which are strongly featured for such naughty barnyard and nice herbal. All point towards winning material already!

Booze: at 10%, it is very comfy and extremely well hidden. Lovely!

Hoppiness: More herbal then faint grass in nose, light bitter grassy taste. Sweetness, believe it or not, is just right so balancing is not a concern. Abrupt sweet-low bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Nicely sweet and comfy to mouth.

Coments: This one is massive and very tasty. The addition of honey, raisin, herbs, and Bretts, at the hands of mastery brewers such as this one, turn various parts into a nice sum and much more - nicely rich, dark, lively and savory - and the best of all is a very comfy, invisible 10% booze. A winner by all counts!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (2951) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Sweet with lots of malt. Caramel and raisin. Medium booze. Sharp carbonation. Not a huge fan of this, just ok.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
NordicV (1182) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
Mörkbrun öl med ljusbrunt skum. Tycker inte alls om doften. Påminner mig om tuggummi och tandkräm. Smaken är något bättre och där kommer fram bl.a. en del choklad.

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