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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 92
Gots: 165 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cross-style Belgian strong, as all their beers. Black with a thin head, lace on the glass. Chocolate nose, tastes like a barleywine. Tastes a bit like an imperial stout, with chocolate, a bit of roasted barley. Cherry fruity. Significant carbonation that tingles the palate. Sampled at Modiale 2007.
After 6 years Peter FM brings a bottle. Some sourness and lots of sweetness. Pepper, cloves n taste, a unique invigorating aroma of spice, fruit.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky prune juice color with a puffy 2 inch light tan color that lasts. Kind of dirty looking overall. Good rings of lace on the glass on the way down. Smells of raisins, prunes/plums, dark malt, and yeast. Taste is of raisin puree, prune juice, and dark bready malts. Beer seems excessively carbonated (soda like) and prickles on the way down the throat. Slight alcohol burn too. Overall, a good beer that would be better if the carbonation levels were dialed down.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bmanning. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Good white head and a bit of lacing as it fell. The nose was really heavy on the fruit character, actually too much so. There was a large amount of raisins in the forefront along with a bit of red grape and dark fruits in the background. The flavor was still really heavy on the raisin character along with a heavy dosing of sweetness. Other dark fruits in the background. Feel was sweet, though luckily not cloying. Just a bit too one dimensional as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark malts, dark fruits and wood in the nose along with some notes of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits, spices and wood. Some notes of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer could use a fuller body, more fruit flavors and some sweetness. The taste seems to improve a bit as it begins to warm up.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a weak head that quickly fades to a ringlet; leaves a few dots of lace on the chalice

Smell: Rum-soaked raisins, dates and figs; dark chocolate and burnt caramel

Taste: Starts out with a raisin and date character that is joined by plum at mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate and caramel flavors dominate though the fruit hangs around to add complexity

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Having learned my lesson regarding carbonation with the LA beers, I let my second bottle age for a couple of years before re-sampling this beer; the carbonation was modest, but adequate, this time around; very interesting quad that has some RIS elements to the flavor profile; the aging bumped up my scores considerably

Note: Trying it again, mid-2011, and while the carbonation is gentle, it is much more developed than in my previous two tastings of this beer

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually when Derby Day rolls around it's all about the bourbon for me. But when a good friend brings over Lost Abbey, an exception has to be made.

The beer pours with a deep mohogany color with hues of brown, ruby, and purple. Rich carbonation rises but eventually falls while leaving a good amount of lacing behind. The first pour brings pretty good clarity but later pours have significant haze due to the jostling of the bottle and arousing the sediment.

Very bold aromas of dehydrated fruits (particularly raisons and figs) while a lot of peppery yeasty phenols, rich maltiness, and a lot of candied sweetness. Alcohols come across sweet and tickle the nose.

Very fruity flavors of raisons become forefront all the way through the session. Backup notes of figs, plumbs, prunes, dates, and nuts alternate with each sip. Very sweet maltiness takes the shape of confections and at times become too much. A balance of hops and phenols struggle to keep up, also making the beer overly sweet. Pepper and spices play along side of the intense alcohols but do little to curb the sweetness.

Quite sweet and nearly syrupy at times. Thinning by the alcohol helps but also make the beer a bit too fusal and hot. Numbing and prickling the the mouth, this beer might benifit from some aging.

This is a nicely flavored beer especially for the malt fans and those that prefer sweeter beers. It takes some resemblance to Raison De Etra. Even with the intense sweetness and heat the beer is quite enjoyable when sharing the bottle.

Thanks again Clvand0

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with not much retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry figs and plums with some subtle notes of alcohol. Taste of dry figs and plums is dominating with some rich and sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. A bit too sweet overall for my liking and it is missing something complexity-wise. Not bad but definitely not what I was expecting from this well renowned brewer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt walnut that becomes dusky garnet with bright tangerine highlights when sunlight is allowed to enter the glass. After an anemic pop on cork extraction, two fingers of golden beige colored foam are a surprise. The head looks no better than decent and deposits no more than a few scattered splotches of soapy lace.

The aroma is solid without being spectacular. JD smells like a more fruity, less spicy Belgian strong dark ale. That isn't surprising given an ingredients list that includes dark crystal and chocolate malt, as well as a Belgian ale yeast strain. The fruitiness is reminiscent of raisins (which were added) and cherries (which weren't).

Judgment Day is a potentially world-class quad that is held back, in this bottle anyway, by a less than wonderful mouthfeel. I find it interesting that the brewery considers this beer Lost And Found's bigger brother... and I had the same issues with the mouthfeel on that offering.

It feels like there isn't enough barley present, but it may be a lack of creamy fullness that's giving that impression. I like the combination of dark caramel, chocolate covered figs, raisin paste, anise and ground cloves. Warming results in even more flavor intensity and allows what alcohol was appreciated at the start to fade into oblivion. Well... almost.

The beer tastes barrel-aged as well, though I don't think it is. More layers are revealed as times passes and ounces continue to disappear. A certain vinousness brings tawny port comparisons to mind. Screw the mouthfeel, deliciousness is deliciousness no matter how you slice it.

Despite initial concerns, all is not lost on the body/mouthfeel front. The beer firms up just enough over time to keep the score above average. Candi sugar gives it a lightly syrupy feel that keeps it in contact with the tongue long enough for the flavors to take firm hold. Besides, too few bubbles are almost always better than too many.

It's strange to think of a beer that earns a 4.5 for flavor as an opportunity lost, but that's how I feel about Judgment Day. Having said that, I have a world of faith in Tomme Arthur and will buy beaucoup bottles of this beautiful brew whenever the opporutunity presents itself.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle, aged at 55 degrees for 8 months and served at cellar temperature in a New Belgium Snifter

A – Poured a deep dark and thick reddish tinted brown with a large tan colored head of foam rising up from the bottom and cresting about three inches above the top giving it a very full refined look. Very nice retention let the head stay around for a good few minutes before finally relinquishing its hold on it and letting drop back down to the surface leaving behind copious concentric rings of side glass lace that completely coated the inside of the glass as well as a nice one finger high layer across the top that thoroughly lasted until the very last drop was left.

S – The aroma on this was big, as I new it would be. The first whiff that I received was of big rum soaked raisins that really let you know that you were in for it here. This was balanced by a nice touch of alcohol and thick walloping of yeast that gave off all sorts of fruity like esters. The hints of fig, and pear were big as was the nice amount of sweetness that was added in to try and pull it all together. Definitely a bit of a sugary push on this one leading it to be a nicely balanced, albeit very big brew.

T – Where to begin on this one. I was soo looking forward to trying this that I ended up with enormous expectations on what to expect and what I was going to end up with. The first flavor I picked up on was a nice spicy rum like flavor that was intermingled and laced with lots of dark fruits. Nice flavors of raisins, figs, and prunes were evident as was a decent amount of sweetness added to the mix. Very profound and interesting profile, this was not something to be taken lightly. Quite a bit different then any Quad like strong Belgian I have had in the past. This was definitely more fruity if that makes sense, it was not soo heavy on flavors as others, and explored a different side to the style while still staying true to the original intent.

M – Very luscious and creamy feel, this nice medium bodied ale just would not quit. The carbonation was perfect, and gave it the rich feeling that really let the flavors pop and explore. Very strong finish here with a long lasting feeling of fullness and a taste of spiciness that stayed around for a good minute or so begging you to go in and take another sip of it before it was too late. This was just about as good as it gets.

D – This was an ideal sipper, due to the high ABV and the rich flavors, not something you are going to take lightly, nor is it something you are going to try and have a ton of. I wound up finishing the bottle, however that was about all she wrote for me that night, but then I remembered it was new years, so I trudged forward. This was great to warm you up and let you enjoy the evening.

Overall I would have to say this was excellent. Really a stunning brew and I was glad I was able to try it. I had not had anything really big from Lost Abbey before and this was a very nice introduction to their crafts. I look forward to being able to try everything they offer and really being able to explore a lot of these great flavors. Definitely would have to recommend this one.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The one pours out as a reddish brown color with a very little head. No lacing on this one really. Smells like yeast and dark dried fruits, doesn't really give off the aroma I was expecting from a Quad. Tastes alcohol, bread and fruits throughout this brew. Thin mouthfeel not overly complex found this brew to be a little disappointing.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark reddish-brown in color, maybe even a bit...purple. Not much head to speak of. Unfortunately, it was in a plastic cup at Christmas in July.

S: Lots of dark fruits, especially figs, raisins, and plums. Some spice in there as well.

T: The figs, raisins, and plums make their appearance here, also some chocolate flavors. A bit of booze as well.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, very little carbonation.

D: It's very tasty, but the booze takes away from the drinkability a bit. Still a great beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark mahogany-hued body with, well, actually there's practically no head. Moving on!

Smell: Aroma of stewed plums and prunes in a simple syrup reduction topped with brown sugar and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a taste of sugary dark fruitiness and a pop of acidity on the tongue. Brown sugar and some warming alcohol follow. Just the faintest taste of chocolate. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, well-crafted quad from Lost Abbey. I certainly had no trouble emptying my glass.

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky, brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of figs, raisin and plum. Some nice caramel notes.

T - Great dried fruit flavor with notes of fig, raisin and plum. Some yeasty bite with a backbone of caramel and chocolate malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty quadrupel. I'm glad I picked this one up at Binny's.

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.