Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,019
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 103
Gots: 197 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 Atron67
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bdchung52077 for the trade!!!

P- sweet logo on the front, exectly as it is in the BA pic, apocalypse etc...., was refridgerated than let sit for 20-30 min before opening

A- poured a dark brown, clear body, strong red hues to it, almost bronze through the light. light thin offwhite head built up on the pour and slowly fell down, but wasnt ever that impressive, but thats not exactly where this beer was going either. little to no lacing was left on the glass

S- pretty fusel alcohol scents, strong harsh, maltiness underneath, low hop charachter, in fact i cant really notice it, other than the lack of sweetness. the raisens are pretty strong. maybe bordering on astringent, but not really in a bad way, in my head i feel more like its a forboding of the intensity of the beer

T- phew, i was a little worried from the smell how it might turn out, its delicious, cant really notice any type of astringincy anymore. the carbonation on the tongue helps the dark raisen character burst on the tongue, the malt is very heavy, but not harsh in anyway. a very intense beer. lingers on the tongue as it leaves, slightly sweet finish, which i usually dislike but i'll give it a pass this time because it seems to work for it

M- thick thick body, light carbonation, sticky to the tongue

D- great sipper (1,310 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled multiple times from the bottle.

I liket this brew, it is very solid.

Dark fizzy cola brown, small tan head of foam dies quickly. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, figs, candy sugar, and yeast. Pretty straight forward and one dimensional but solid. Taste is a bit heavy, dark ruum, boozy raisins, fig (again), candi sugar, etc. Smooth and easy on the tongue, velvet like heavy mouthfeel very well executed carbonation level. Drinkability is good. Not the best brew ever, but certainly a respectable stab at the style. (524 characters)

Photo of AndySR15
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I am having this beer. First time was at the Toronado, the next day we went to City Beer Store and I picked up a bottle.

A: Poured with about one finger of head, which dissapated quickly, into a Duvel glass. It is almost black but when held up to a light it has a beautiful red hue.

S: Malty sweetness, I also get a good deal of rasin coming through. THe aromas of the high alcohol are also present. Basically smells really BIG.

T: Very interesting. Starts out fruity, then gets kind of dry and bitter and finishes with coffee notes. Once again the alcohol is present but not overbearing.

M: Starts out nice and light with a perfect amount of carbonation, the malty thickness really came out in the end for me.

D: This is deffinately an intense beer, GREAT but a little intense. I'm not sure how many of these I would want to drink in a row but I know I will have one again some day. (912 characters)

Photo of mrkrispy
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticed a bottle of Judgment Day sitting in the fridge, had it while watching an episode or Reaper, go figure.

In to a Maudite tulip it poured a deep dark amber, bubbly but no real head. Small bubbles everywhere, during the pour, after sitting for a while, dancing on the tongue during sips. A rim of light brown bubbles congregated at the edge of the brew.

Tastes of malt, but obvious presence of the Lost Abbey plum/raisin base... sort of a dulled fruit sweetness. Not overly sweet but sleight. Constant tiny bubbles cleanse the palette after every sip. Slightly hot, and I notice the alcohol fairly quick.

Aroma seems to be a less malty but blandy sweet (i.e. raisin) waft.

After part of a glass, I had it with some grilled (no sauce) chicken but found it matched amazingly with some artisan multigrain/hearty bread.

Interesting, fun to drink with food, but perplexing by itself. It looks for complexity but leaves you with prune/raisin/plum.

After enjoying a bottle I realized that I should not be driving nor operating heavy machinery. Beware the Judgement Day! (1,075 characters)

Photo of johnnyirishman
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle 2007 reserve.

Apperance- Poured a reddish,purple almost dark plum color with an sandy color head that stuck around for a while. Decent lacing

Smell- Grainy malts,fruit,chocolate and coffee scents.

Taste,Mouthfeel-Fruity malts and chocolate at first smoothly transitioning as it got warmer into a mild coffee and grainy taste.

Drinkability- Lost Abbey makes good beer, thats all there is to it!! If you dont believe me try some for yourself. (471 characters)

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A perfect brown body almost has a blackened effect to it as it lets through no light. Head reaches about an inch and a half of rich tan fuzz that has decent retention. Nose has a nice mix of soured dark fruits with hints of banana bread, and seet figs. As this beer enters the mouth it gels to a solid mix of dark fruit of bitter dryness is the result of a balanced pairing of soft spiceness and rich burnt, carmalized malts. The darkness that this beer creates really paints the mouth. Alchol is hidden quite well. This beer really punishes the mouth and the drinkability is slightly hurt by this. (598 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, no dating evident.

Appearance: deep amber to light brown, somewhat hazy, moderately dense light-brown head leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma: intense woody maple syrup stonefruit, alcohol evident. Slight smoked wood/campfire notes.

Taste: deep stonefruit raisin wood leather and deep syrupy malt. Yummy, full, sweet dark candy.

Mouth: Moderately thick, but not what you might expect for the gravity and sweetness. Deep warming alcohol, borders on hot.

Overall: Damn, damn delicious. Reminds me a lot of a vintage Thomas Hardys. I don't get a lot of Belgian character. Okay, almost none. But it's still damned tasty. (636 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel. Looks as thick and cloudy as melted caramel. Has a fizzy thin head that discipates fast.

SMells boozey and sweet.

Taste of burnt malts, and boozey raisens in
alcohol. Very very robust and strong in flavor and mouthfeel. An alcohol burn that is similar to brandy in the aftertaste. Other dark fruits abound.

SOmewhat hard to drink this one as it is so intence in flavors and alcohol. A nice sipper it became. But did eventually finish to 3 episodes of mash.

I love Port San Marcos brewery. I had this one on tap and there, Judgement day seemed a little less boozey. (594 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a chalice a deep black color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, not much sticky lacing at all, but some oil slicks. The nose is malty, slight yeast, figs, prunes, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, dark fruit, slight alcohol, and caramel. Medium body, slightly chewy, complex brew. Very drinkable, a nice brew, there is a slight twist on the style though with this one. (443 characters)

Photo of mnapier
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temp. 50 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Raisins that are used with 'de Tomme, sure I'll try.

Appearance, is dark brown & with little or no light. The beer itself pours a strong light brown head that dissolves quickly, leaving no lace behind.
Aroma, is roasted, with medium raisin, some figs, and a honey sweetness.
As I swallow this I detect strong to medium alcohol, medium raisins, strong roasted, some dark spices and a medium mouthfeel.

Cheers (472 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a brown color with slight reddish hint. Head is tan and rather thin, becomes a slight film after a short period of time.

Smell: Lots of spicy alcohol, and fruit like figs and raisins.

Taste: Again, spicy alcohol, dark fruits, hints of chololate and heavier red wines (like Chianti).

Mouthfeel: Smooth with minimal carbonation, but a bit of burning sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Alcohol flavor is a bit excessive, masking the other flavors.

Not particularly impressive. Seems that a lot of breweries in the US have trouble when their Belgian-style beers go over 10% ABV. The flavors are nice, but are overshadowed by the alcohol taste. (707 characters)

Photo of Monsone
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for mikesgroove for this one.

A - A ruby brown with a small head. That quickly dissapears into a thin tan head.

S - Smells of dark fruit with a sweet malty tang. Slight alcohol in there too.

T - Sweet and malty with a dark fruit tang. Toffee and plum with a spicy aftertaste. Alcohol warmth and nice bitterness.

M - Thick and smooth. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for the strength. Nothing overpowering. Very pleasant.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I have had better Quads, but this is still worth trying. I would get it again if it was available here. (583 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biergotter brewday beer drinking marathon, DrJay brought this one. Kept labeling it as Judgment Night!

Pours a hazy reddish brown, thin off white head forms, settles to a solid ring, and a decent layer, nice retention. Smell is nice, toffee, dates, chocolate, alcohol, very caramelized raisins aroma, quite rich, nice oak, very good. Taste is similar, lots of toffee, raisins, figs, oak, some chocolate, bit of roast, very rich flavour, the raisins really add a neat element, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink and great flavour. Thanks Jay! (597 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from AJ's in late July for $11.99.

Beer poured agressively into a Duvel tulip that produced a momentary head. It is a very interesting color combination of a brownish purple. Nose is of alcohol soaked sweet dark fruits and has hints of chocolate in the background. Taste was initially strong of booze soaked raisins but with subsequent sips is somewhat chocolately up front with the dark fruit light hopped finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would expect and does not have the classic Belgian feel to it. Drinkability is good as it has quite the nice taste profile with a slight warming alcohol back burn. This is a very nice beer, like all the others I have had from Port/Lost Abbey. Recommend that you try this at least once. (754 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively yields a thin ring of tiny bubbles around the edge. Almost no lacing. The smell is amazing; rich chocolate, cherries, and gooey raisins. The mouth feel lacks the effervescent character of the best Belgian variety of this style, but overall this one is a winner. The tang from the alcohol invokes defensive involuntary "sipping" mechanisms in the brain. It has a lighter body but the rich, full dark fruit flavor combined with the cherry-vanilla aspect of the alcohol keep your senses occupied. Wow! I will not pass this one up if i see it again. Really enjoyed this one from Table & Vine in Springfield, MA. Highly recommended. (647 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a clear ruby red, nearly purple, with a thin ring of very fine beige bubbles. Spotty lacing. Nice aroma with a lot of grainy malt, dried fruits and raisins, tobacco and a bit of alcohol. Light bitterness with a lot of cocoa and raisin flavour, some semisweet chocolate and roast. Pleasant warmth in the finish. Medium to full bodied with well-integrated carbonation. This stuff is smooth and tasty. (414 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly aggressive pour into Tulip glass.

A - Small, creamy light coffee head, leaves quickly. Lacing sparce. Body deep reddish brown.

S - Dark fruit, raisins, alcohol - like a rum, sweet.

T- Big coating of creamy boozy dark fruit, mingled with coffee notes.

M - Creamy, coating, low carbonation, big body.

D- A solid specimen. (333 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (3,182 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with no head. Nose is raisins, touch of antiseptic wood and just a funky edge to it, but not an overpowering one. Flavor is smooth. Nice even qualities to it with a minor sweet edge. Feel is smooth with a good carbonation to it. Easily drinkable. A well balanced quad with a sufficient enough edge to make it interesting. (343 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with dark crimson edges when held to the light. A light, fizzy head quickly fizzles away.
Smell is of huge chocolate up front, prunes, and cherries, along with notes of spices and mild astringency and roasted malt.
The flavor mimics the aromas with the huge abundance of chocolate with notes of port wine and abrasive, graininess that may, or may not mellow with aging.
The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, lowly carbonated, with some astringency coming through and making this one less interesting.
I've got another bottle of this that I'll be sitting on...perhaps not until Judgement Day but for a few more years anyway. (643 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: (3.5) Poured into a snifter, pours a dark brown clear liquid. There was no pop upon uncorking the bottle and only a few sparse bubbles popped up upon a real aggressive pour.

S: (4) Raisins as advertised. Very sweet sugar too.

T: (4) Raisins and just a bunch of dark malts that are hard to pick out anything specific about.

M: (4) Pretty thin mouthfeel which I think actually benefits this beer and the flavor profile. I don't think I'd want to drink a real thick version of this.

D: (3.5) I can only really enjoy this is small amounts. (542 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a Quad, not sure if this is accurate or not.

A-Pours a deep dark mahogany with a two finger cream coloure head. Retention is a bit weak but the lacing is above average.

S-Potent smell. Dark rich rum soaked raisins, licorice, and some more booze.

T-Sweetish on first sip which comes out as a raisiny sweetish taste. Even if this didn't have raisins on the label that is what would jump out at me. The bitterness comes in the form of roasted coffee flavours which is a bit unexpected from the smell. The booze is evident in the smell as well as in how it warms the stomach. There are a lot of other notes to pick up, vanilla, licorice, and chocolate malt.

M-Syrupy with a mild carbonation.

D-The alcohol is a bit too noticeable which drops this down a little. Perhaps a bit more aging would tone it down. That said, this is a complex and tasty brew just not one I would have everyday. The toasted bitterness is a nice surprise and plays well with the dark fruity sweetness. (996 characters)

Photo of grub
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biergotter club brew/tasting 2007. DrJay brought this one. thanks jay!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours very deep red, almost brown, with no head. an aggressive swirl brings up a bit of very find tan head, but it disappears again almost instantly.

aroma is great. light alcohol. demerrara? cherry and date. bit of raisin. bit of floral notes. bit of dark chocolate. smells very fresh and refreshing. i don't even need to drink it - i could just smell it all night.

taste is good, but not as great as the aroma. lots of dark chocolate. date and raisin. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. caramel. bit of toffee. bread and a bit of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. bit of warmth from the alcohol, but still balanced and very drinkable. (801 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (406 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (464 characters)

Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
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