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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,022
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 105
Gots: 199 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 12-23-2006

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.
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Photo of Auraan
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (1,616 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (207 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of elektrikjester
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (217 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (184 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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! (1,045 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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 (1,123 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Bottle.
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. (302 characters)

Photo of HELMAD11
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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. (174 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,576 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,447 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours clear but near black with a white head that soon reduces to a ring but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: boozy aroma with some dark roasted grains and spicing.

Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.

Feel: medium-full body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: good, but ABV is too high and complexity is too low. (422 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served: On tap in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a short light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Faint yeast and malts.

Taste: Comes in waves. First is the very heavy malt and caramel taste, followed by slight bitterness, and ending sour with a very pronounced alcohol burn. Has some of that raw peanut flavor of a lot of Belgium-style beers, but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Thick and mildly carbonated. However, it does not leave a residual texture after the alcohol flavor kicks in.

Overall: Very good sipping beer. Complex flavor and well-suited mouthfeel. (583 characters)

Photo of micalj
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (649 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (528 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,644 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (567 characters)

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.