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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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867 Ratings
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 137 | 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 SPThirtyThree:
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Corked and caged in a bottle with a terrifying scene and some motivating advice. The cork requires rocking and some strenuous effort to remove.

A: Judgment Day pours cola brown with a massive 5-finger head. Held up to a light, some red streaks through, but otherwise the color is clear maple.

JD's tan head is both a blessing and a curse. Because the carbonation is so high, it takes a 5-minute settling time and a repour to get a decent fill. Then, the head forces more wait time to access the beer. However, the head is persistent, and moussy, and leaves giant globs of foam on glass. I can think of no beer that's left this much head behind - cocoons of cream adorn the sides of glass, clinging on to the end.

S: Peppery, Begian spices provide a complex and delightful nose. The smell is very sweet and spicy, and includes caramel, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, banana, toffee, raisins, figs, dates, a hint of chocolate, grapefruit, and cloves. Absolutely perfect.

T: I suppose this is what Judgment Day would taste like: very hot. The alcohol burns, both going down, and again as the vapors come back up. At cooler temperatures, below 45 or 50°F, it's smoother, but the heat is magnified at higher temperatures. The flavors from the nose are present, but hidden behind the shield of heat. Toffee, nuts, juniper, dates, cloves, and sulfur can all be found, but require patience.

M: The heat is reflected in the mouthfeel, which is hot, sharp, and prickly on the back sides of the tongue. The body is somewhat thin from the high alcohol. Although this style calls for high carbonation, the carbonation here seems a little too extreme.

D: Drinkability is certainly limited in this style, and this strength, and the excess heat pushes drinkability to the lower end of the scale.

Judgement Day falls short of perfection, but that doesn't stop it from being an exceptional beer.

12-09-2010 23:58:53 | More by SPThirtyThree
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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.

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Smell: raisin, dark fruit, and toasted malt

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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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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.

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.