Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Ale

Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Ale

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Brewed by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

San Marcos, CA, United States

Style:  Biere de Garde

10% Alcohol by Volume

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It seems that everyone knows the story of the Three Kings. Sent to follow the star in the sky each brought a gift for the baby they sought. One King brought Gold, the other Frankincense and the other Myrrh. Many breweries produce a Christmas Seasonal beer and this is our beer to celebrate the holiday season. Gold in color and bittered with the bark of Frankincense, we have even used the smallest amount of Myrrh which is an herb that has roots in ancient winemaking as well. A massive Golden Ale fit for a king (or Queen) we offer the Gift of the Magi each holiday season.

ID: 29484 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank1806
Overall Percentile96.6
Style Rank10 of 210
Style Percentile95.2
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.725
Weighted Score3.611
Standard Deviation0.282

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The sample I got fizzed like champagne, so have a towel ready! What did come out was a barely transparent warm golden brown with a very thick and fluffy, and somewhat persistent, light tan head. Aroma is malty and fruity, the latter mainly pear with a little apple, and inviting if not strong. Malty, fruity flavor has an earthy undertone and quite a fierce alcohol bite for 10% ABV. Sorry, a point off there. Full-bodied texture is edgy and a little tingly. OK, not exactly golden (maybe frankincense or myrrh?) but still a worthy brew.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Honey brown no cap, just a sad pathetic looking bubble island floating in the middle. Mild funk in the nose, pear, mild sour, vinegar but not, my blond friends says he smells honey…..i do not but I’m trying. Beer not to complicated fairly straight up flavours, breadiness, pears, hints of funk with never becoming funky, wood, sourish but not, something I’ll call dark lemon. I taste some astringent……to bad. Whatever good beer not mind blowing like I thought it would be though, easy to drink.

  • SIGMUND 6747 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked bottle, vintage 2009, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Reddish colour, big off-white head. Aroma of slightly stale berry jam, also some "horseblanket" notes of brettanomyces. The flavour is very sweet with berry fruit and some vinous notes, moderately spicy, noticeable alcohol, distinct hoppy and spicy bitterness in the finish. Warming mouthfeel.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    I was excited to try this for some reason? .. Pours a hazy dark yellow brown .. foam was everywhere .. . muddled sweetness with a background spice? .. a weird beer that doesn't know what it is ...or rapies..

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottled@Chriso Gaylord Tasting. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is spices, earth, herbs some slight yeastyness as well as mild fruityness. Flavour is quite much the same in a rather nice balance. Tasty.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Poured a nice darker orange color with big foamy head. Aroma was bready, caramel a tea smell as well. Flavor followed well balanced little bit of a acidic mouthfeel. Good beer to try.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    compared to the only other Biere De Garde I've ever had, also a lost Abbey (Avant Garde), this was was bigger, hoppier, maltier, heavier, tastier, and just way more complex. The Bret was there, but not predominant. That's what I ended up liking the most from this beer, the equal parts malty sweetness, hop bite, funky yeast, and alcohol kick...which was definitely there at 10%. This may be the barleywine of beire de gardes. poured a cloudy dark orange color, similar to some West Coast Barleys with the exception of the hughe amounts of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, with a very thin white head. The aroma is hoppier than the taste, although you still get some malt and fruit/spice from the yeast...and alcohol. the flavor is full and fairly complex...expertly balanced. Dry spicy hoppy lingering finish. Kind of an odd beer, but good nonetheless. May have to get another to age. This was an '08 vintage.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This was a very earthy brew. Smells of earth and spice when poured. A bit too cloudy for me on the pour with a good amount of head. Mouthfeel was a bit weird, it did not hurt the beer, but it was different for some reason. When talking to the brewer He did tell me there was Frankincense and Myrrh in the beer. How cool is that? Pretty F'N Cool.... Good beer don't know what it was about the palate??
    Food Paring Roasted Acorn Squash Soup with Thyme Croutons and Caramelized apples

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    750 ml bottle. Pours an amber orange with a white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

    The aroma is hard to pin down - sweet malts, some bretty yeast, a little fruit and some spices and bubblegum.

    The flavor is similar to the aroma. Some sweet sugary/buttery malts, a little acidic yeast, some spices (pepper) and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

    Overall, an interesting Belgian.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from Topps in Tempe. The pour was a full orange-amber color with a nice initial white foamy head (weak retention, but a layer did remaind and yielded ok lacing. The aroma was caramel, some breadiness, chamomile or lavendar type spicing. The flavor followed suit, dry and finishing with a hop balance. Fairly clean and slightly acidic mouthfeel. A nice shot at the style, amped up for sure. Bottle write up humorous.

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