We had friends over this weekend, beer loving/brewing friends, so I broke out the higher-alcohol Lost Abbey beers to share, starting with 10 Commandments. This is a 9% alcohol Belgian strong ale, notably one of the ones brewed with raisins. Actually, more than just raisins; their press release says
a Belgian-style dark farmhouse brewed with raisins, fresh rosemary and honey. As an added twist, a secondary wild yeast was also added to the brew during bottling.
That’s impressive; I don’t believe I’ve ever seen rosemary as an ingredient in beer before. My notes on this and the next two are sparse; ultimately I had to pay more attention to our guests.
Appearance: Brown at first look, but a deep plum and clear when held to the light.
Smell: Sourish, definite raisin and dark fruit.
Taste: Dark, sourish with that dark fruit, and malty, masks the alcohol completely. Oh, spoke too soon… it’s warming up and definitely has a brandy character.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than I would expect from the high alcohol and extras. But that warming character of the alcohol comes through.