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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

Judgment DayJudgment Day

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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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Reviews by kkipple:
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South Carolina

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

*2008 vintage.

Poured from a beautifully labeled 750 bottle thanks to my Patron Saints uh, patronage.

A. Judgment Day is a rich dirty brown brew with a fat head that lays low and boasts great retention. So far so good.

S. Exceptional. Ultra sweet, Raisins, toasted marshmallows, alcohol, dark fruit, grain, coffee, chocolate, sweet, tart, just flat-out luscious. Yes please!

T. Mostly as advertised, but not *quite* as complex as the nose suggests. Still darn good. It's very sweet and fruity, with raisins at the fore. Warm alcohol and cocoa swirl... a mild grainy character is present. It seems to have more roasted grain than most Quads. Burnt dates and fruitcake raisins, rum, hint of wood. Tasty! Bit of medicinal bitter.

M. Fine. Mid-high carb, finish is all sweet raisins and alcohol with a medium dry finish.

D. Actually surprisingly drinkable for the flavor and alcohol. I had to fight to savor it. Judgment Day is simply delicious and a fine take on an American Quad. If it comes your way make sure to wave down a horseman and snag a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 04:33:15 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-10-2014 01:10:47 | More by ZEB89
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-07-2014 22:50:13 | More by greenspointexas
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-06-2014 23:20:32 | More by locustking
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-05-2014 00:42:04 | More by jhlosito75
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-02-2014 05:23:09 | More by gueuzegossage
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-31-2014 01:47:16 | More by MarshallBirdhouse
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-24-2014 13:22:52 | More by Beerbuddy21
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-22-2014 20:08:41 | More by afsdan
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-17-2014 20:58:21 | More by mrquartetman
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-16-2014 22:35:23 | More by jkane101
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-14-2014 22:20:28 | More by kmanjohnson
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-13-2014 11:45:55 | More by huysmans
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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-11-2014 05:40:14 | More by CreativeJeenyus
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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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-09-2014 01:34:01 | More by HoppyBastard2
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-07-2014 04:29:32 | More by harpus
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-06-2014 23:05:51 | More by pinnser
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-06-2014 18:55:20 | More by Zach122
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

03-02-2014 17:21:37 | More by aasher
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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
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