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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Raisins.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-23-2006)
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Photo of micalj


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a nice beige head that diminishes with slight lacing. I read the other reviews and mine is a bit different. Drinking from a tulip glass (Frog and Onion Pub, Bermuda) filled from a corked 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. The predominant taste that comes to the front is molasses with raisins and a warming alcohol feel. The bottle should be shared as the APVis listed at 10.5% APV. My best description of this taste is toasted molasses, a very nice winter brew, satisfying that need for a filling satisfying brew. Certainly one worth tasting, savoring, enjoying. The taste is smooth to the tongue and warming. A beer worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:16:28 | More by micalj
Photo of reebtaerG


4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lost Abbey on 4/3/14

A-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.

S-Aroma is raisins, figs, plums, chocolate malt, yeast, and alcohol.

T-Taste is strong dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of cherry, light cocoa and spice bitterness, and alcohol on the swallow.

M-Medium-plus body, syrupy thick texture, average to soft carbonation, alcohol and spice finish.

O-Overall a great quad by Lost Abbey. More please!

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 01:18:53 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
10.5% ABV, Bottled 10/31/13

A - As dark as storm clouds rolling in, Judgement Day is almost completely opaque with slivers of ruby highlights visible beneath the towering mocha head. Belgian yeast in the nose, Belgian lacing on the glass.

S - Judgement Day has a heavy yeast nose that smells like classic Belgian yeast but also recalls overly yeasty homebrew. Dark stone fruits, raisin being a primary focus as it's added to the beer, flourish with complexity while suggestions of milk chocolate and cola emerge as well.

T - Warming solvent alcohol pushes through the beer's heavily roasted malt flavor that borders on a robust porter more than quad but the yeast's dark fruit esters take over with raisin soaked in alcohol and dipped in dark, dark chocolate.

M - Rich and full bodied, Judgement Day has a mouth-filling presence but doesn't coat the throat like syrup. Instead, if finishes with a balanced lingering sweetness and roasted dryness with alcohol that warms the throat and stomach.

O - The Lost Abbey's Judgement Day quad is a rich and robust beer that's filled with Belgian yeast complexity but at the end of the day, it's clearly an American-brewed dark Belgian-style beer. The addition of raisins is a nice touch (though they seem to practice this with some frequency) but it seems to me, achieving the aroma and flavor of raisins in a beer like this is a job for the yeast, not the grape grower. And while my biggest dissatisfaction, if you would call it that, is the overuse of heavily roasted malt, I think Judgement Day is a damn fine beer, just unique in it's own right.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 18:42:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Jimmys


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle into GM tulip.

A: pours very dark brown. a deep ruby. head is slightly off white and rich.

S: brown sugar and molasses. a little bit of booze too. vanilla. chestnuts. a lot of raisin too.

T: there is a slight smokiness in there. a lot of sweetness. a lot. a slight metallic flavor. dark chocolate.

M: super fizzy. full bodied.

D: a good big Belgian dark beer, but not loving this. a couple off things like the metallic notes I am picking up on.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:46:03 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Beermasterjarrett


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 ml into chimay chalice

Muddy, dirty brown. Half expected fish to be swimming in it.

Better. Of course big dried raisin, fig, plum. Typical. Nice vanilla followed by a harsh astringent aroma. Apple sauce.

Kinda one dimensional. Big dark fruit with some boozy heat. Nothing too complex for the style.

Good carbonation. Sleek and soft on the palate. But when compared to the best, this falls short.

My first try with lost abbey. More a fan of their port brew offerings. Didn't do much for me. Spend the extra four bucks and get a st Bernardus abt 12

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 05:49:28 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a good finger of brown head. Some scant amounts of lacing too.

First scent is yeast, smells like a quad. Getting a bit more raisin than other quads, but not as much as I expected. Cherries in there too, along with a slight boozey backbone. A bit of sourness on the nose too, but just a bit.

Raisins are much more present in the taste. First is yeast, the usual suspects, then raisins hit hard mid mouth. Very fruity, much lighter tasting for a quad. Very sweet and a slight hop aftertaste. Pretty well balanced.

Slippery and slick with low carbonation. Aftertaste of sourness and bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Overall par for the course as far as quads go. That's a good thing. It's not blowing me away, but it is a solid effort. Wouldn't actively seek this out but would get again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:11:03 | More by PeterParker
Photo of Nugganooch


3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

350ml C&C bottle split two ways – SN balloon glass for me.
Notes taken on 01/24/14

A: Dark amber ruddy brown look. Burgundy almost. Thin wisp of khaki froth forms over with some sufficient staying power. A few light streamers of lace are left behind.

S: Smells of raisin bread and sweet caramelized malts. The nose is toned down a bit overall. Some mild Belgian yeast spice there but it is subtle. And the alcohol really starts to make its way through.

T: Toasted raisin spice bread and dark Belgian candi sugar. Some light bubblegum with a mild clove presence. Lightly bitter with prominent alcohol. Not boozy however. The raisin and candied malts are really pronounced. Mineral metallic likeness at the finish. Falls a bit short in the end. A touch thin on depth of flavors. Comes around more as the beer warms up to temp I will say.

M: Thick and heavier body with a nice mix between a lightly creamy texture and a syrupy consistency at times. Touch of drying there but a smidge watered down overall.

D: A nice sipper of a Quad from Lost Abbey although lacks a bit of depth to me. Would have again but I actually enjoyed the 10 Commandments a bit more to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:49:30 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of BierJager89


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby red with a mocha head.

S: Malt, orange, raisin and alcohol.

T: Raisin, orange, very fruity, some lemon, very tasty.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: One of my favorites from Lost Abbey. It's definitely worth a try, and comes in a nice big bottle with one of their amazingly epic labels.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:00:35 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Maxwell


3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep mahogany with maroon highlights with a rocky, light tan head of sudsy bubbles. The head sits about a finger’s width above the glass with nice lasting power. In body, the beer is deep and dark, nearly opaque, but seems to be clear of particles. On the nose, the beer of rich raisins, tart plums, and soft brown sugar and caramel malt. Touches of spicy clove and even a hint of banana esters touch upon the nose. There is even a touch of smooth breadiness and warming alcohol waft over the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy sweet with lots of fruity esters. The alcohol is very aggressive at the start of the sip but does mellow into the rest of the beer as the sip continues. Soft acidity play off the esters of the beer in the middle of the sip, but only a touch of bitter hops do touch the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins as hot, stale, spicy alcohol that mellows into sweet raisins, phenolic clove, bananas, and unripe plums with a touch of tartness. The finish brings forward bitter herbs with soft astringency, and a touch more hot booze, caramel, and more raisins. The aftertaste is soft bread and raisins in brown sugar. Stale green apple flavors hit the mouth throughout sip, and what feels like herbal tannins also make an appearance occasionally in the sip. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to full bodied. Carbonation is of middling strength, but the mouthfeel is velvety, smooth with a little harshness from the alcohol. Overall, this is a nice quad/Belgian strong ale that could use a little more time in the cellar. The alcoholic heat is a bit much and takes away from the rest of the beer. Flavors are rich, and the raisin is very dominant in the taste, but I want more of the phenols and esters from the yeast. The nose is also a bit weak in terms of the flavoring of the rest of the beer. This is a good beer that should be cellared for optimum flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:53:49 | More by Maxwell
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark almost opaque copper. Thick orange tan head which left mottled lacing on my chalice.

Smell is cider like, boozy, fruity esters.

Taste is full of dark fruits, plums, raisins, and figs. Sugary sweet with a hint of roasted malts. Bitter hop twang at the end which hits with the taste of green apples. Alcohol is very evident, a tad hot.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very good Quad. Not in the same class as some of the Belgian heavyweights, but quite respectable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:21:56 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7-24-13
Very dark, brown with red hues. A small off white head.

Raisins and wheat on the nose. some smoke, char and a hint of burnt sugar.

Taste is strong on the raisins. More of a rum raisin then a ripe grape raisin. A hint of alcohol. The malt is dry and breaddy. A touch of burnt sugar and wheat. A well blended bunch of flavors.

M- A fairly thick beer. on the sweeter side. Alcohol is well hidden in taste.

O- A solid quad. Very good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:58:33 | More by TwelveOunces
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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, corked and caged. Bottled 12/25/12 Christmas Day?

very dark brown with khaki colored creamy head which fades to thin covering. rich smells - aroma of pipe tobacco, leather, dark fruit, spicy, a bit of alcohol. tastes of complex malt flavors. I do pick up a bit of raisin. boozy herbal finish. medium body, but coats the tongue. lower, soft carbonation. overall - perhaps the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 05:30:07 | More by jmdrpi
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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: I could tell it was a big beer from the moment I popped the cork. There were strong Belgian aromas as I poured this dark brown cloudy beer that had lots of gorgeous settlement. This was a thick brew with very strong raisin, caramel and burnt sugar flavors with a slight bitter alcohol finish. This is a great American interpretation of a Belgian style and its obvious The Lost Abbey knows what they are doing. It’s a shame I only brought back one sample of their lineup and that you cannot get their great beers in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 20:15:35 | More by brurevu
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South Africa

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
Bottled on: 17/07/2012

Appearance: Judgement Day appears a deep brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour with bright golden edges. A medium pour yields a massive tan coloured head that lasts fantastically well and leaves some sticky lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells like a great quad, though somewhat sweeter than other examples of the style. Brown sugar and sweet toffee/caramel combine with both golden and dark raisins, figs, cherries, bready malt and a little bit of alcohol. As the beer warms, some clove, an earthy character and a vinous note become apparent.

Taste:As the nose suggested, Judgement Day is quite a lot sweeter than most other Quads, but that is a big plus for me! The initial flavour offers notes of brown sugar and sweet dark caramel, that are followed by rich dark fruit flavours of figs, raisins and plums as well as a touch of dark chocolate. The finish offers a light bitterness that helps to temper some of the sweetness as well as a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and lightly sticky, with a medium-high level of pleasantly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Judgement Day is not quite your typical quad, but is still a fantastic beer and one I'd love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:40:31 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of TruePerception


3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lost Abbey's Judgment Day: dark quad ale brewed with raisins, 10.5% ABV; decent haze; Appearance: black with dark reddish brown tint in light; Smell: strong raisin, a little cocoa, slight sour funk; Taste/Mouthfeel: very dark heavily-roasted malt, prune, raisin stem, burnt molasses, heavy cocoa/light coffee bean, blackened malt, slight tobacco, smooth feel; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 07:22:16 | More by TruePerception
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New York

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark mahogany with two fingers worth of a thick tan head

S-rich malt, slight roasted smell, dark fruity sweetness, raisins, chocolate, and light spices

T-taste has even more dark fruityness and rum raisin taste than the smell, full body of rich malt which gives way to a small amount of roast, caramel, a little bit of chocolate, and spices

M-medium body, medium carbonation, fruity finish

Overall this beer is really very good, one of the best of the style from an American brewery in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 22:05:57 | More by ksimons
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive dark brown shading to black in the tulip. On tap at Roseville Cuzhina in Liberty Station, next building east from Stone.

Nicely sudsy in the mouth with a decent head. Quite attractive. Flavors of licorice, dark raisins, and dates. It's all very aromatic and covers the cornucopia of dark fruits. It's sort of sweet and candied but not unpleasantly so. Not much of a bitter note. A hint of tartness. Burnt sugar and dark malts that are a little short of charred.

A mellow and nicely made mouthful of dark fruity flavors. Reminds me of a rich dark port wine.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 06:23:55 | More by mactrail
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/25/12. Bottled on xmas?

I got two and 1/2 fingers of foamy tan head. Body is a deep brown with a good froth retained and decent lace.

Caramel lays claim to your nose, then lets you smell the dark fruit.

This beer starts off with the sweetness of sugar and molasses. As you sip it, you can taste this slip in to dark fruit (mostly raisin), with a little caramel. A faint coffee gets in for a second before ending with a tart note that slips into pure booze.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It seems a little over carbonated. Leaves a little coating on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 21:57:32 | More by CFHMagnet
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2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip. I think this is a 2011 bottle, but there is no date anywhere to be found.

Right away I am kind of annoyed at this beer. With an aggressive pour, no head forms, and I am only able to create a few large bubbles that should not be confused for carbonation.

The aroma is sweet and raisin forward. Dates, molasses, caramel malts, and booze are present as well.

There is something a little bit strange in the taste. There are sweet, booze soaked raisins and dates up front, but there is a slightly tart and metallic apple cider flavor that throws me off a little bit. It does not seem infected, but it is not that good. Notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, and rum come through as well, with the finish still being quite sweet.

How it feels on the palate is definitely a weak spot. There is no carbonation, and overall it has a syrupy texture and flavor to go along with the medium to full body. There is a slightly tannic finish.

There is not much I really like about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:49:34 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4oz caged and corked bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $9.99, then forgotten for about six months. According to the date stamped on the bottleneck, this was bottled on July 17, 2012.

Poured a dark brown that actually looks like a dark brown when you look at it, not black. When held up to the light it takes on a pronounced reddish tint. Moderate, bubbly tan head disapears after a couple of minutes, though it is easy to agitate back to life.

The nose is of raisins, prunes and brown sugar. As it begins to warm up, a boozy scent becomes noticeable. Whatever hops are used do not stand out in the least.

The dark fruit aspect (raisins, prunes, etc) is the strongest flavor component. Although the brown sugar I noted in the nose is present, it’s further in the background than I expected. The flavor starts off with a bitter zap to the tastebuds. As it warms up, there’s a slightly different fruity taste, more along the lines of pears and apples. The whole thing is wrapped up in a cloak of alcohol. The alcohol flavor is somewhat hard to pin down - somewhere between wine and bourbon.

Lighter bodied than I expected, with a coating mouthfeel.

Things are slightly more bitter than I have found in most Belgian Quads. Part of that is due to the relative abdication of the sweeter elements of the beer that were in the nose, and part is due to the rather uncompromising nature of the booziness. While I am glad to have tried it, I would rather have had this in a 12oz bottle than the gargantuan bottle I have in front of me, as it would simply be a more reasonable amount.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:56:35 | More by woemad
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and lasting light tan head and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is surprisingly clear but dark. The beer's color is a dark brown with hints of purple.

Raisins dominate the nose with hints of dark fruits. I also get coffee notes that mix with the raisin with very light hints of Belgian sugar.

The raisins dominate the palate and mix with the coffee. The dark fruits get lost within the raisin taste. I get a slight hint of alcohol and hops as well.

Medium-bodied with biting carbonation. The beer goes down pretty dry.

A pretty decent quad. I have to admit that it was lighter than other quads that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:28:45 | More by HattedClassic
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Little corked bottle (maybe 12.7 oz or something?) poured into a big snifter

Pours dark brown, fizzes up a big coarse light beige head which fades into a clumpy layer with high edges. Medium amount of fine carbonation. Smell is funky, dark fruity (plums or dates), funky, yeasty.

Taste is actually dominated by coffee, which is a bit of a surprise. Then dark fruit and the funk. Still more yeast. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is dry and surprisingly light. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:47:36 | More by snaotheus
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3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a chalice.

A - Pours a deep brown hue with a thin head. Sub-par retention and lacing.

S - Sweet dark fruits, plums, raisin, some faint cocoa.

T - Follows the nose with sweet raisins and fruits and descends into a creamy ester-filled finish. I'm getting a touch of a metallic flavor on the end as well.

M - After the carbonation settles, a medium, slightly-creamy, body is all that is left. Wish it were bigger.

O - Feels like this lacks complexity for a style I'm quite fond of. The Belgian-brewed ones are just plain better than our American interpretations.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 02:52:18 | More by mscudder
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New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased Spring 2011, so about 2 years old.

Pours a deep dark, viscous burgundy / brown color with a small khaki colored head of foam that recedes to leave some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with tons of rum soaked raisins and dark caramelized sugars. Then you get some of the Belgian esters and phenols with some dark moist brown breadiness. Other lingering dark fruits emerge.

Flavors follow the nose but are a bit more abbrasive. Boozy raisins and sweet dark caramelized malts are in the forefront. Belgian yeast esters emerge to help counteract the alcohol but doesn't quite hide the booziness. Raisin and figs are present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Belgian carbonation levels help slightly but the two years have left a sense of flatness. Alcohol emerges more as it warms and it comes across as slightly syrupy in the end.

Overall I would have hoped 2 years would have helped to tone down the higher ABV and mesh the flavor profile as with most strong Belgian ales but this was not the case. Just too boozy and unbalanced; the kind of beer I would have loved in my craft beer infancy but a more developed palate merely passes this off as hot and way too raisin forward.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 13:04:17 | More by claspada
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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It has a big three finger of head on an almost black body.
The aroma has raisins, dark fruit and more raisins. It's great if you like raisins.
The taste has great depth and complexity. It has bread, raisins, plums, mild bitterness and alcohol. Though the alcohol hides well for being 10.5%.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:44:32 | More by Fatehunter
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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.