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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 125 | FT: 3
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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California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-26-2012 22:18:01 | More by BWH999
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-23-2012 23:18:55 | More by rolltide8425
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Jsenay

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into white wine glass

A - Pours tar black with moderate head that dwindles quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S - Slightly metallic smell that trails off eventually leaving the you with a strong smell of raisin, plums, molasses and some warm alcohol notes.

T - The flavor is similar to the nose. You get a nice zest to the palate up front with some grape and raisin flavors. Then it begins to smooth out as it warms on the palate and giving the stone fruit flavors of plum and apricot. It finishes with a bit of mouth drying, warming alcohol while leaving trace flavors of apricot and raisins on the palate.

M - Sharp acidity up front followed immediately by a caramel smoothness. Carbonation is light but strong enough to carry the flavor all the way through the taste.

O - This is a solid quadruple. However, it finishes a little too dry for my taste. I prefer quads that leave your tongue moist with those fruit flavors lingering but, that's just me. The alcohol is there but, it doesn't feel like a 10.5 there is a good sweetness that keeps it masked until the end. I wanted to give this beer a shot before I try the Cuvee de Tomme seeing as this is the base beer for that recipe. If you can get this bottle for ten and under it's definitely worth a try. Seeing as some have payed up to twenty and over for the 750ml I would advise against that. This shouldn't be over ten dollars.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:04:16 | More by Jsenay
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Grant35

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-18-2012 05:07:38 | More by Grant35
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jordanmckell

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-11-2012 23:32:07 | More by jordanmckell
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

07-06-2012 19:12:22 | More by hockeyfighter19
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DaMyth

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-03-2012 21:19:22 | More by DaMyth
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

07-01-2012 02:25:44 | More by LarryMyers
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KyleMA

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-27-2012 22:35:24 | More by KyleMA
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tziggy

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-21-2012 17:38:33 | More by tziggy
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing a side by side of two American made Quads. Blasphemy by Weyerbacher and Judgment Day by the Lost Abbey. I'm a huge fan of both breweries so I'm wondering which I'll prefer and I'm sure whichever one wins, they'll both be pretty good. I havent had too many American Quads that I've liked but I recall having weyerbachers Quad a few years back and being rather impressed. Both bottles are fresh so lets see how it goes.

As always, an incredibly hard to remove cork from the lost abbey. Dark purple/garnet color with no visibility and a massive sticky off white head.Lots of lacing. Ripe raisins on the nose with an overall musty and earthy scent. Touches of smoke, charcoal and molasses.

Impressive subtlety like Weyerbachers Blasphemy but with a much chewier body. Raisins on the front end of the tongue followed by deep roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, and finally finishes with a smokey character reminiscent of Dogfish heads Immort Ale. Compared to the Blasphemy there is no detection of alcohol what so ever but the smoked malt probably covers that. For being brewed with raisins it isn't overly sweet and you really only get a touch of their flavors. The Smoke really balances the beer out but dries out the mouth. For how big of beer it is though there just isn't enough depth. Their are a few things you can hone in on and not much else. Despite this, it still manages to be better than most American quads that try to go over the top. This beer is a bit simple but brewed very well.

Overall I preferred the Weyerbacher Blasphemy to the Lost Abbey Judgment day but this doesnt mean Judgment Day was bad in the least. While neither can really compete with true Belgian Quads, both breweries did a pretty damn good job of not destroying the style, in fact I'd have to say they both made progress of being truer to style than most. While I do chose Weyerbacher Blasphemy as the victor, it has had the advantage of having a bit of aging on it at the brewery letting the beer mellow out and become a bit more complex. If I recall, while weyerbacher quad was very good, it was a little sloppier than it's barrel aged counter part. Good show by both breweries though, I enjoyed them both.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 02:53:10 | More by jtierney89
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. I know I've had this bottle for a little while, I'd guess it's about a year old. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch frothy tan head that stays around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), peppery spice, molasses and some bready malt. It tastes like dark fruit (raisins, cherries, plums), molasses, caramel, bready malt and some chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. I think this is a good overall brew. I'd buy this one again at $10.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:05:53 | More by bluejacket74
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-10-2012 04:50:19 | More by mwayne
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, poured from a 750 ml corked bottle is a burgundy color with a rich tan head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but the beer retains a continuous stream of small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of intense malt...mildly roasted, with lots of bubblegum, spice, and sugar. Belgian, sweet...grape skins...hints of apple skins and cinnamon. Full in body. This is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 03:05:20 | More by Suds
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-07-2012 07:02:30 | More by rawfish
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-06-2012 14:01:22 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is about a year old now and decided it was time.

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a caramel color that collected in the glass several shades darker than that. It had a nice, bubbly carbonation bill and a mere mocha ring around the liquid posing as a head.

S: I got a strong, raisony, boozy, red wine scent as soon as the cork popped. Under closer inspection, I got some rich caramel thrown into the mix.

T: This was definitely a quad through and through: Thick, vicious, with tons of dark fruit notes, and a hint of brown sugar and caramel. I actually think a tad more sweetness would have added a bit more complexity, but that's just me.

M: Like I said before, thick and vicious, and with a pillowy enough carbonation bill. It wasn't as boozy as I thought it was going to be.

O: I wish this wasn't so expensive and that Lost Abbey wasn't so pretentious about this one. It was good, but not worth the $20+ price tag. Especially considering the many Belgian Quads on the immediate market in my area that are far superior.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 22:24:33 | More by Chaney
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Norway

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06-05-2012 07:05:38 | More by Chrily
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TimFoster0


3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-04-2012 06:30:53 | More by TimFoster0
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2012 23:33:24 | More by jnolan
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California

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-30-2012 05:50:06 | More by Mister_Joshy
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peabody

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slight reddish brown with tons of brown foamy suds.
Smell is raisin and date and mabey a fig newton.
No smell of alcohol here.
Taste is really strong dried fruit and a yeasty bread. Toasted raisin bread is what this brings to mind. There is very little alcohol in the taste here.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and you do get a boozy afterburn but it is very tolerable.
Overall I like this offering a lot. Will probably drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 14:17:36 | More by peabody
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Wamba

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-25-2012 16:27:08 | More by Wamba
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/24/2012

On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Dark reddish brown and opaque with a big light brown head. Lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate covered raisins accompany prune, plum, and grape. Lightly roasted with baked bread, earth, and a little caramel.

T: Light chocolate with pronounced dark fruit notes. Lots of raisin, plum, and prune. Malt is bready with a caramel note. Faint roast. Lower moderate earthy bitterness. Rich malty estery warming finish.

M: Full body with creamy moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice Quad. This batch has more chocolate and roast than usual.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 05:09:01 | More by HopHead84
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