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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
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2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml corked bottle. Poured into a chalice glass.

A: Pours a quite opaque dark brown color with, no joke, no head of any sort to speak of, whatsoever. Considering the rumors I've read, this worries me...

S: If not for a pleasant, Belgian caramel/sugary aroma and some bread-like yeast qualities, this would smell like grape juice. The label claims that it is brewed with raisins, but this is bordering on wine. Still, it's not too bad.

T: Oh man, does this taste sweet, and not in a good way. Definitely strong sugar/molasses and raisin characteristics, both of which lend a sweetness that borders on sickly so. Other dark fruit notes like plums and even some pomegranate lend some complexity. However, there is still this nagging, grape juice quality that I can't shake.

M: Where do I begin? Pretty full-bodied and the aftertaste is of dark fruit, which I mildly enjoyed. That being said, there is next to ZERO carbonation in this beer, which gives it a sort of wine-like quality that I did not appreciate. If this beer had even a modicum of the carbonation that their Inferno Ale possessed, this would be a very solid beer.

D: Again, the lack of carbonation is a real deal-breaker, and does not endear itself to me.

Oh dear... Given what I've read in several posts about this brewery, I can't help but wonder if this bottle was the result of some inconsistency on their end. Considering the fact that I paid about $11 for this bottle, I had really high hopes for this beer, and the utter absence of carbonation practically nullified all the good qualities it had going for it. The label claims that it has an ABV of 10.5%, but God bless America, I've enjoyed beers of higher alcohol content that poured with pretty downright respectable heads. I may try this again in the future, as I'm quite certain that this beer was supposed to have a bit of carbonation to it, but I will be then, as I am now, EXTREMELY skeptical.

PirateUlf73, Apr 07, 2009
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1st bottle release.

Deep cola brown pour with garnet highlights. Not much carbonation but a few bubbles. Aromas of dark malts with a mix of caramel, raisins and lots of dark fruits. Cocoa and spice with an earthy yeast undertone.

First sip brings smooth dark malts upfront with molasses, caramel and raisin flavors. Dark fruits mix through. Cocoa and bready undertones move into spicy yeast accents as it flows down. Mildly roasted with sweetness on the finish. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Mellow carbonation works well here IMHO and this bottle is far from flat. Overall tasty but it's still not near what I remember Mother of All Beers being. Will need to snag another fresh bottle sometime.

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Belgian style bomber, caged and corked w/o freshness info. This one opened with a whimpy "poof" and then poured w/ next to no carbonation, no head and no lacing, hmmm..things pick up with the raisiny nose and then full throttle, tasty, raisiny notes picked up in the early sips. Malty sweet, some Belgian yeasty, nutty notes, rum soaked raisins, brandy whiffs, yum. More quality brew from L.A./Port brewing

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Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark red/brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: raisin, dark fruit, and toasted malt

Taste: raisin, pumpernickel bread, cinnamon, dark fruit, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and complex quad that is very raisin friendly. I do like raisin and bread combination. I would get this again but have other favorites from the brewery.

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Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is raisins, alcohol and brown sugar. The flavor is awesome with raisins, brown sugar, milk chocolate, alcohol and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was much better on tap at the brewery compared to my bottle of this beer.)

Dark brown and amber. Thin head. Wonderful lacing down the glass. Carbonated! Hip hip! Hooray!

A pungent, pleasant smell. The dark fruits take center stage which include both dark raisins and burnt cherries, though I wish there was more than just the fruit--and that's all I smell here really.

The initial taste is spicy, malty, and fruity. The Belgian yeast is present and the raisin flavor stays throughout. A tasty, yet relatively simple quad.

Big, thick, and heavy in the mouth, which is welcome. Bring it on! Plenty of carbonation makes this a pleasure to drink.

I expect a lot out of my quads, and that being said, this is very good beer; however, this one falls just short of the great and world-class quads. All in all, a delicious beer.

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.