Judgment Day | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. And, since none of us knows when the end of the world is coming, we suggest you stock up with lots of Lost Abbey beers so that when the end of the world magically appears from no where, you’ll have a beer or two on hand for even the stingiest of angels.

Added by scottoale on 12-23-2006

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Some dark brown pour, almost nothing for a head. Flat abbey. Aroma was meh, I didn't really find anything to speak of or objectionable.

Taste was super hot alcohol and prune/raisin juice. How this can be the base beer for a really good beer, I have no idea. It just tastes like hot unsweetened juice of a shitty nature.

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Photo of anon
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky burgundy colour on the pour, akin to muddy water, just the way I like 'em. Two finger head with good retention and nice smooth lacing.

Candy and dark fruit sweetness on the sniffer. Very sweet up front on the tongue. Candied malt, raisin, fig, prune, plum, red grape, apricot. A bit bready and resiny. Some slight roasty bitterness in the backbone of this brew, along with touches of woody oak that I really enjoyed. Devilishly delicious. Medium bodied, smooth with a slight chewiness.

Excellent brew. May have to pick up a few more before judgement day.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark beer, fig, cherry cola, raspberry. Great beer, nothing spectacular but a solid quad offering. Traditional Trappist tastes, the raisin doesn't shin through anymore than a regular quad.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours that classic belgian burgundy red color and foamy head.

Raisins, dark fruit and malts come through on the nose.

Taste is malt, raisins, dark bitter fruit.

The bottle art perfectly represents this dark belgian beer.
Most definitely dark in appearance and taste, worthy of judgment day.

After drinking more of this, it tastes like a dark red wine. Not a bad thing. POTENT!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with some red highlights, very mild tan foam head with little to no retention. Aroma is great, lots of fruits and malts, no hops. Taste is complex, rich and balanced, not sweet and not too bitter, very good. Bold body with low carbonation. Great Beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Bottled 04/17/15. Sampled on November 4, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking chestnut brown under a modest, lingering tan head. Opaque all the way through.

Enticing aroma of dark sweet malts, raisins, plum, dates, black licorice, and a light spice character.

Bold body.

Sweet dark malt taste with an alcohol burn but not an alcohol taste. This was one beautiful beer. I guess I liked it more than earlier ratings but this is a style that I love.

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Photo of mchegash
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Fabulous dark red brown with many fingers of light brown head.

S: Smells very sweet, with notes of fruit, particularly grape/raisin. Also some typical Belgian candy-like sugar notes.

T: Delicious delicious fruit, mainly raisins and berries. Tastes almost like a Fruit Roll Up (do they still make those?). Very good

F: Soft and smooth, medium body, medium-light to medium carbonation. Leaves a tingling sensation on your tongue.

O: A fantastic beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an excellent deep brown body, so dark it almost reaches black, with reddish highlights and one finger of thick tan head that lingered. Overall impression of appearance is of one of the best looking quadrupels I have seen. Scents of raisin and sweet bready malt, with other fruity esters of dried cherry and prune apparent, light apple and plum and very light spicy phenols that are peppery. Light aromas of chocolate and toast are also imparted by the malt and a moderate spicy and warming alcohol presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a fantastic quadrupel, very well executed and extremely complex with a wealth of aromas. Flavor begins rich, malty, and fruity with notes of toast-like malt, raisin, prune, and plum, and light peppery phenols in the background. Middle opens up flavors of bready and caramel-like malt, alongside the continuing fruity esters and a more pronounced toast flavor. Finish is medium-dry with notes of toast, raisin, prune, dried cherry and dark chocolate. Aftertaste is lightly dry with notes of toast, peppery phenols and raisin. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic quadrupel, with a rich, complex character bringing malt and esters together beautifully. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, with high carbonation that nonetheless lacks any bite and a low warming alcohol character. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent quadrupel. Very true to style. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel. It has the rich, complex aroma and flavor that defines the style and combines it with a fantastic mouthfeel. One of the best American examples of the style.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany coloured body with massive tan coloured head

I wasn't getting any big aromas, muted tobacco & caramel

It tastes like a nicely flamed Italian dessert, burnt sugar and sweet spice
not hard to drink

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours opaque chestnut under a 1” cream to tan foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates but grips the side of the glass as it goes down. S: Fruit and yeast aromas with raisins and dried fruit. T: Rich malt flavors, raisins, dried fruit, slight chocolate, F: Medium body and slightly above average carbonation, creamy. O: Big beer that is easy to drink. Does not taste like 10.5% abv.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a teku glass

A: Dark brown with a tan colored head, head died down but there remains a good amount, decent amount of bubbles streaming up, looks really good.

A: Right up front, Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, figs, not getting any alcohol, smells like a really good quad.

T: Belgian yeast, some spice, figs, brown sugar sweetness, finishes slightly bitter, very complex, lots of flavors.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish, I was expecting more carbonation, it was slightly flat.

O: Judgment Day has great aroma, great taste but I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel, I was expecting more carbonation, however it was kind of flat. There are better quads out there.

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Photo of elektrikjester
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/17/14 and consumed on 3/14/15. Decanted into three glasses in a single pour.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red-brown with a rocky, beige head. The large head dissipates into a small cap that remains throughout.

Aroma: Yeast spice is noticeable at first but quickly disappears. Aroma of cherry and grape juice mingled with sugar and a trace of alcohol. Fruity, but more sugary than sweet. Juice bordering on syrup.

Taste: Simplistic fruit juice aromas give way to more complex tastes of dried fruit (raisin and dried cherry). There is a certain vinous quality, but it is closer to brandy than wine. Leathery notes of fruit skins. Malt and fruit vie against one another.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Thick but not syrupy, and a notably dry finish.

Overall: Think of this less as a Belgian quad and more of an American-style quad, reinforced by the addition of raisins. In that sense, it holds its own. While it may not be at the top of the list for American quads, I have to imagine it's somewhere in the top five. It's clear that Lost and Found is this beer's antecedent.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent. Tastes of apple pie, with notes of citrus. Excellent Belgian taste, with no feeling of alcohol. You could guess the ABV was 4% not 10. Absolutely excellent quad and well done across the board.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Raisiny aroma, with big clove and lightly vinous notes.

Flavor is slightly vinous, as well, with loads of raisin character, modest sweetness, and a toasted, bready malt, spicy finish.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. It was hard to peg this tape-wrapped bottle. Dark red-brown in body with a small tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is raisins, figs, plums, chocolate malt, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is strong dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of cherry, light cocoa and spice bitterness, and alcohol on the swallow. Medium-plus body, syrupy thick texture, average to soft carbonation, alcohol and spice finish. I have read that newer bottles may be too carbonated, but think this bottle was aged some, so that may have affected the profile. I quite enjoyed this style-bending quad.

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Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos. Quads are hit or miss for me and this one was the worst beer I had on my trip to San Diego. Really hard to drink this one.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours dark brown with a nice compact beige head that slowly leaves really nice curtains on the glass.
Smell of rich milky chocolate with lots of fig and raisin, plus vanilla. Caramel, cake, faint cherry, toffee, some dried plum, red apple chips, faint brandy. A nice dark fruity sweetness overall, sort of like boiling sugared dark grapes and cherries to make jam.
Dark fruit trumps the chocolate in the taste almost entirely, with huge clear raisin but also dark cherry, some lightly tart forest berries, overripe fig, date. A small ripe orange crispness in there too. Chocolate shows up a bit, some caramel, but dark bready malts follow, earthy, dense and rich as a quad should be. Hint of nut, a bit of cinnamon, some black pepper, faint licorice, faint anise, some vanilla.
Alcohol is really well hidden, with a small spike here and there reminding of brandy. Aftertaste has raisin, dark bread, a bit of cocoa. Smooth body and carbonation.
Not far from the classics, quality-wise, and surprisingly "obedient" for an US offering. Really cool!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA.

A- Dark plum brown body, half finger white head without much retention time. For the style, looks about right but overall looks like it's low in carbonation. Not much lacing. Dark, slightly muddy in appearance.

S- Rich raisins, caramel, oak and a good whiff of booze. There is a lot of raisins in this beer, some dates and plums. Rich, but the booze is strong in this one.

F- Whoa, lots of raisins came out here. It's like a world raisin convention. Raisins, dried prunes, a bit of caramel, and a decent bit of booze even for the Quad style. Some spicy yeast rounds things out. It's quite intense and frankly, not that complicated of a beer.

M- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than expected but not too much so. Low in carbonation and quite boozy on the finish. It's a bit hard to drink, to be honest.

O- Strong beer with a good bit of boozy heat on it. It's nowhere close to being as good as the big Belgian quads, but still, it's a decent attempt. I think Lost Abbey can do better, but obviously I presume they'll keep going with what has worked at this point.

Final score: 3.75

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Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: cherry coke. Dark with a ruby tint. Medium, tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: prunes. Figs.
Taste: rich figs and raisin. Cherry fruit leather. Light alcohol notes. Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel: medium low carbonation. Big body. Sweet'ish.
Overall: tasty quad. Would buy again.

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Photo of HELMAD11
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

A really good dark hops beer that is smooth with very little after taste. A good fizzy feeling when drinking with hints of fruits. I have not noticed much of an after taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/31/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadrupel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a Belgian Tulip (7/24/13). I wasn't sure what style of beer I was getting with this one.

As I poured it, I was immediately called to the pitch-black body and the viscous quality it seemed to have as it glugged its way from the bottle. A foamy, dark khaki head forms and remains for a number of minutes before slowly receding. The head leaves behind a wall of lace on all sides of the glass.

There seems to be an interesting mix of dark roasted malt aromas and dark fruit on the nose. Caramel and vanilla meet the sweetness of raisin and plum and have me in dessert mode.

Much more raisin emerges on the tongue, there's a huge port-like taste that results. But there's still a stout-like quality to this beer, including some chocolatey, coffee-like dark malts, and some oak qualities of vanilla and caramel. There's some booze in there, even after a year, so that causes a slight down-rating. I eventually start noticing a cocoa quality that lingers at the finish.

I get a bit more astringency than I want at various points in drinking this, but it's otherwise, quite enjoyable. There's thick viscous mouthfeel, enough yeast and carbonation to make the whole mouth take notice.

A damn good beer aside from the heavy booze presence. I loved it in every other regard. Maybe I'd suggest 2 or more years of aging to address the astringency.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red Shiraz colour. Head is pale yellowy beige, not bad and leaving lovely sticky lace behind. Looks good.

Smells sweet and complex. Lots of treacle, brown sugar with raisins, sour cherry, yeah quite a big tart fruit note, putting me in mind of Christmas pudding, with a touch of spice. Pleasant, intriguing.

Taste is very sweet. Too much so, with masses of dark fruit - sultanas, currants and a touch of glacé cherry. Brown sugar, treacle, some cinnamon and licorice but really strongly sultana-flavoured. Touch of brandy-soaking, but mostly just sweet, fruity and dark. Bit too sweet for me, but some intriguing flavours nonetheless.

Very dry midway, touch of pull, doesn't have a lot of texture. Quite heavy, thick but flat.

Bit sweet, bit heavy. Something to cut through - more bitterness, namely - would be welcome.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.

Pours a frothy black-brown, with a puffy head of pale brown: the lightness of everything is the giveaway that this is something other than a big porter or stout. Lacing is excellent. Body is quite light. Looks very decent.

Nose is actually surprisingly mild. Some fine grainy malt characters, and a touch of sharpness that gives it a slightly boozy or inky quality, but not a whole bunch more. It's fairly fine all over, but it's not particularly big or complex.

Taste is a lot better. Here, there's a sweetness of dried fruit through the centre of the palate, which has a raisin or even concord grape quality to it. Around this is the fine depth of sweetness with a bit of booze to it. On the back is a long, lingering sweetness laced with a spiciness from the alcohol. It's a nice mix.

Feel is light and slightly frothy. It's pretty nice.

Overall, yeah, another fine brew out of the Lost Abbey stable. It's certainly not different enough to stand out from the crowd, but it's a beer I'm perfectly happy to drink. But then, pretty much anything with the LA label on it is something I'm perfectly happy to drink.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle split into some tulip glasses. Had been cellering it for maybe 8 months before temptation gave way for Canada Day. Appearance is a dark ruby brown, good initial head of tight tan foam, and good lacing and retention.

S - Caramelly raisins, figs, a bit of a leather note, plummy, quite rich with an overall stewed dark fruit character, raisins being the most prominent. Subtle balance.

T - start is very robust, a big play of plums, alcoholic raisins, as it warms it got a bit more rambunctious. Some figgy notes, lemon, dry leather, more plums, and getting really quite dry towards the end. Dark fruit in essence but it is very lively, prunes, raisins and plums as well as lemon, all mixed with a boozy mildly spicy mix. Dry and SOFT finish (margarete c).

M - has an initial soft carbonation, which helps balance some of the heavier alcohol notes, holding on the palate this volatility starts to come forward. A big beer, but balanced quite well enough to pair with a steak dinner. Leaves a dry lingering dark fruit and raisin character.

Good quad, and certainly the raisins were a forefront character in this. Didn't quite hit the mark on balance, as I felt the alcohol was a bit too perceptible once it warmed, still quite tasty and drinkable, but I wouldn't put it in top marks, it falls short of the complexity and balance I would expect in the best belgian quads. Still a quite respectable beer and rather unique in its own regard.

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.