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Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 16 5 8 2008

2008 Vintage

This bottle comes courtesy of BitterBill and has been hanging out in the cellar for a little while now, thanks Bill! This bottle from LA actually opened with a pop and poured with an easy growing beige head that caps out at three fingers. A slow cascading fall settles at one finger of creaminess atop the deep Coca-Cola brown body. When light hits the glass ruby highlights flash through the sides of the glass. Big ol' fat dabs of lacing clump along the glass the more this beer disappears.

10 Commandments has a crazy unique nose with fistfuls of rosemary being noticeable right off the bat and sticks around throughout. A drizzling of sticky, somewhat citric honey adds a pleasurable sweetness. The two aforementioned adjuncts take center stage in the nose but there are whispers of raisins, prunes, and the rosemary adds an interesting woodiness that helps this brew hit its stride. As this one warms definite notes of ginger and orange peel step to the surface. Interesting!

The flavor doesn't quite burst onto the scene like the aroma managed to but it still shows a lot of the same characteristics. The rosemary isn't as vivid but the ginger and orange peel I pulled from the nose certainly pops in the flavor as well. Raisins, plums, and woody rosemary dive in mid-palate. A brief flash of booziness hits on the finish but adds spiciness more than heat. The finish brings some spiced cake sweetness on the finish. This beer really opens up when it nears room temp.

I have to give LA credit, well, a year ago I would have anyway when this beer was released. The carbonation is on the bubbly side of the spectrum and hits that Belgian-esque level of airiness that's so difficult to find. The carbonation makes the body feel as light as air.

For the style this beer goes down incredibly easy. The crazy spices added don't even bother the drinkability like I expected them to. The airy carbonation keeps things from being at all sticky.

I'm surprised at the quality of 10 Commandments. I've had this beer before and it was dead flat. That was from the '09 bottling though. Lost Abbey has disappointed me so often over the last year a good beer from them seems to be the exception. With all that rambling done, if you can find an '08 bottle of 10 Commandments around it is definitely worth picking up. Thanks, Bill!

Reviewed: 7/23/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by flyingtaco on 10/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2008
Originally reviewed on: 10-19-2008. 750 corked and cage with no pop whatsoever into the Ommegang chalice.

Pours like slightly carbonated root beer. Yeasty head and iced coffee brown body. Little visible carbonation.

There's a power of suggestion to the body color. Beyond the sour/sweet brett, some woody, herbaceous rosemary texture and discernible honey and raising I actually get a Coke mosaic on the scent. Slight carbonation tingle. Quite complex.

This proves that reviewing from a 2 oz. pour at a fest isn't the way to go. I have no recollection of the burnt notes of espresso and raisins from my pours at the BBF. Interesting! Slate-ish coffee notes with ultra-roasted caramel. With warmth the honey and raisin notes emerge. Dry ite on the back end from alcohol. Am guessing that this could use a little time. With warmth the sourness emerges, but there's no horse-blanket funk in here.

This is very soothing on the palate even though it burns a little hot. Quite luxurious and comforting. Finish is tight with dry cocoa and coffee grounds and some viscous sweetness. Again, needs time but very nice.

This opens up a great deal with a bit of warmth. It's got a lot going on here...very complex nose and palate with a great deal of depth. Hopefully I can keep a couple downstairs for a while and revisit to see how this fine offering evolves.

Price: $12.00 Served In: Other

Review by seaoflament on 09/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2008
I finally get to try this beer. I was only able to get one bottle of the 2007 release and once I knew it had brett I put it aside since I wasn’t a big fan of that at that point. Now the 2008 version is available I can’t wait to try it. Picked up this bottle at South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Poured into my Lost Abbey stem glass. Pours a dark cola color with a somewhat fizzy head that reaches about half an inch and then settles to a ring in a blink of an eye. A scarlet tinge can be seen when held to the light.

I lean in as I pour and the first things I pick up are sourdough bread, brett, tangy fruits, prunes, and raisins. Ah, wonderful. Now that the beer is in the glass I can smell the caramel malts, brown sugar, tart cherries, flowers and herbs. The rosemary is a nice touch, it is highly fragrant fresh and dry but it comes out rather balanced here. There’s a nice sweet and sour combination. After a few minutes the spiciness comes through a bit more in the form of cinnamon, clove, and I’m also getting some vanilla and cola. A tad winey.

Surprisingly sweet upfront with quite a bit of fruits, raisins, dates, plums, and prunes. Then the caramel comes in midway with a bit of sourness and sourdough in the end. The herbs and spiciness mix in the middle. A little alcohol in the finish but mostly in the taste, but it doesn’t come through as warm in the throat. The long aftertaste has a combination of an herbal chocolate, very interesting. A little sour upfront too with some wine-like qualities, slightly dry and acidic. I can also taste some multi-grain bread in the finish and some grape too. On the second pour I start to taste some minty herbs. I'm actually enjoying it a lot more as it goes on. A bit of anise, coffee, and chocolate which reminds me of Short's Black Licorice Lager.

Very low carbonation, can hardly sense it, and yet it’s not so syrupy but some residual sugar ends up on the lips. Somehow the low carbonation works very well with this beer.

It’s a bit difficult to review this one as I’ve never had a beer quite like this one before.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
A - Pop goes the cork. Pours a mahogony brown with garnet highlights. Small head is light brown and made up of mostly tiny bubbles.

S - Tons of spices going on here with all spice, coriander and nutmeg being most prevalent. Fresh mint. Raisins. Bit of hazelnut. There seems to be a lot going on here and I am not sure I got it all.

T - Starts boozy and spicy. Nutmeg and coriander. Works into some dark fruit moments with raisins and a bit of prune juice. Candy sugar with some peppermint mixed in. This sort of morphs into mint chocolate. Slight alcohol burn enters, but is not knock your socks off big. Burnt bitterness that is reminiscent of what you get from some wood aged beers. Finishes with more spice.

M - Full bodied and filling with smooth carbonation.

D - This beer is nice and complex and I really wonder what some time will do to tame down the spices a bit. I guess I will have to wait and see.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/09/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 5 8 0
Snagged this brew from KingG. :thumbup:

Pours dark, murky amber. Forms into a nice tan head that hangs around for the entire glass. Smell is sweet, fruity, with an slight alcohol presence. Taste is awesome, seriously. Fruitiness with some nice malts in it. Clean finish to it. Awesome brew.

Served In: Snifter

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