Lost Abbey 10 Commandments - Barrel Aged

RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pouring at session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Chocolate, spices, like Mexican hot chocolate. More spice, wood, a bit of booze, and lightly medicinal. Big chocolate, and spice, and yet more alcohol on the finish with some big vanilla.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Barrel-Aged Belgian-style Strong Ale lays out raisins, berries, vanilla and bourbon in a dry wooden finish where blackberries are clearly evoked.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam dips into the purplish dark brown.
-The aroma is complex and very alluring, but the flavour profile focuses too much on the wooden barrel for my tastes.
-The surprising dryness in the last half makes the barrel apport feel even more intense.
-The blackberry fruitiness and tannins almost suggest tartness.
-Alcohol heat accompanies the bourbon barrel in the finish.
-Carbonation is rather low, again increasing the intensity of the barrel contribution to the flavour profile.

On tap at the brewery.

vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Draft @ EBF. Black pour with some tan head. Normal 10 Commandments is decent and drinkable at worst, here is a beer destroyed by a barrel aging, most notes include alcohol, medicinal and chocolate and spice flavors.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
A Sim rate (Extreme Beer Festival): So rich & alcoholic in the aroma with a delightful plum hit. Pitch black and amazing in appearance. Wow, the flavour is like a rich Rioja. Creamy, plum and raisin with an almost chocolate finish. So creamy & smooth in the mouthfeel. Wow.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
In short: A sweet vinous bourbon vanilla lovefest. A huge step down from the regular.
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2010
The look: Near black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: That beer was very bourbonny, very vinous, overwhelming vanilla flavor, alcohol very much apparent, slimy syrupy body, dark fruits, annoyingly sweet, low-medium carbonation. I was hard to recognize the regular 10 Commandments in this mess. The beer is not bad. You just cannot turn the 10 Commandments into a bad beer even if you try very hard, and it feels like Lost Abbey tried very hard. I just think that aging Belgian Beer in Bourbon Barrel is not a winning combination. Same goes for 6, 18, 44, x, π, 0.5, -1. Not a winning combination for any known lottery.

ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Body is a misty deep red, near-black creation with a thin, off-white head. Nose is bread dough, roasted malts, candy sugar, raisins and figs. Taste is similar: lots of nutty, dough-y flavors with some dried fruits. After a while, a certain tartiness enters along with port wine and wood flavors toward the finish. Nicely balanced, this is a beer that grows on you all the way through the bottle. Overall, this is a very solid and tarty quad from a brewery that certainly knows its Belgian-style ales.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
EBF. Pours a black body with a yellow off white head. Bourbon, oak, and a milky chocoalte warming. Some dark fruit tones grapes, raisins over oak and a modest warming. Nice BA ale.

JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Draft at Lost Abbey Anniversary party. Pours a dark dark murky prune colored brown, no head. Ugly beer. Dark fruit, raisin, plum, strong bourbon character, sweet malt, and oak. In my opinion the flavors do not taste good together. This one doesn’t work for me.

TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a deeper brown with golden amber notes. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, nuts, Blegian yeast notes, nice bourbon and vanilla notes. Flavor of light bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, nuts and Belgian Candi sugar.

puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap at EBF. One of my favorite saisons (or BSAs, depending on who you ask) completely destroyed by a whiskey barrel. Very porty, oxidized, prune aroma; huge, sweet, and unflattering. Intense flavor, the whiskey completely obliterates everything in its path. Not very good.

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