Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by dahlen22:
3.1/5 rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I have been drinking craft beers for almost 20 years now (even when craft beers were far and few between), but I can safely say that it is a glorious time for beer folk, but it has also gotten a bit out of hand. The talk of the town is Lost Abbey beers, and I too fell into line with the hype. But to be honest, this one did not impress me at all...
Appearance: Black with a 1/4 inch thick head.
Aroma: Raisins,figs, and other dark fruits.
Taste: On par with the aroma. But after the dark fruits, a subtle coffee taste comes through followed by a slight spice and some hops. Starts dry and finishes a bit on the spicy side.
Overall: I get what they are going for here and it is a nice beer and a sipper for sure at 10.5% abv. This (to me) is a nice beer to have after a good meal or by the fireplace in the cooler months. In May, this one was a pre-dinner crusher that left me looking for the bread sticks. Good variety of flavors, but I once again realize that the Belgians just do this so much better at the price. Cheers!!
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2012 21:33:05 | More by dahlen22
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3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 01:18:32 | More by mick303
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.