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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
87
very good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%


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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Drinkerofales

California

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

Pours opaque brown with some golden highlights. A huge light mocha head forms from a very mellow pour, but dissipates quickly with no retention.

The bottle claims it's brewed with raisins, and it shows in the aroma. Dark fruity raisins are the first impression, with some of the malt coming through, a bit of yeast and some booze round it out.

Taste is tart grape tannins right off the bat. Allowing the beer to relax a little, gets me some smooth roasted malts in the middle, and a deep bitter tart finish.

While the beer is medium to heavy bodied, it's quite carbonated and bubbly. The acid from the tannins leave a bit a strange texture.

A nice beer, and a good take on the quad, but overall, just not quite the pure beer I want from such a special category of brew. The malts are a little covered up for me, and I was wanting some the missing malt complexity.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 09:13:36 | More by Drinkerofales
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ManLikeBeer


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- good, thick head and carbonation. Dark brown color.

S- malty sweet aroma. Reminds me of the wort-ish smell.

T- syrup-y sweet. Long in the finish with astringency. Raisins are sweet and up-front. Hops are nicely balanced and an aftertaste.

M- full bodied. Disappears in your mouth.

O- originally, I was trepidatious about fruit in my beer. However, the raisin seemed to add a dark sweetness that complimented the style. Really enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:59:59 | More by ManLikeBeer
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Souleman

California

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- not just dark, kinda filmy and unclear. Head bubbles were way to big, showing that there was a lot of carbonation in this brew
S- Courant, raisin, malty notes
T- The flavors matched the smell, so no hidden flavors in this one. Very tasty, would say that taste is the strong point of the beer (and the fact that it's under $10) and would really like this level of complexity for a beer that doesn't need too much attention.
M- Liitle more carbonation than I'd like for this type of ale, though it's not offputting, and actually grows on you as you drink the bottle.

Overall, I would put this one on the low end of the Lost Abbey pool of beers I would pick from, but that means I would still pick it over 70% of beers out there. Good value for the $ and worth taking a taste of if you get the chance. I think it is one of those beers in the LA evolution that led to bigger, badder beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:51:58 | More by Souleman
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep, dark almost purply color - practically black. A thinner crop of beige head rests on top, slowly dissipating into some webbed lacing on the glass.

Rich in the nose with dark fruits and raisin. Some candied notes with a light touch of anise. Boozy warmth with some malty tones and plums.

Slightly sweet up front with a plethora of dark fruits. Candied with some syrupy notes. Plums, raisins and dates with a smack of boozy warmth. Rich, thick malt backbone with multiple layers of flavor. Bready with caramel and a hint of molasses. Finishes warm and a bit sweet.

Fuller body, well carbonated, sticky and full on the tongue. This is a pretty nice quad - I thought the alcohol might be a little overwhelming, but it was actually pretty balanced after a little time resting in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:19:36 | More by xnicknj
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Nuke77

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice it develops a nice dark tan head. The appearance is dark mahogany brown. Scent is all dark fruit and yeasty bread. The taste while good is VERY sweet to my palate and is a bit off putting. Not quite as much carbonation as would be expected for a brew this sweet. I was hoping that this would be a good sub for some of the Belgian quads that I love since it's price is better but it's not quiet up to par for that purpose for me. Not a bad brew at all just a bit disappointing. Too sweet for my liking. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 17:57:21 | More by Nuke77
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:31:19 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy brownish amber with a half finger tall beige head. The head on this beer reduces to a very thin layer over the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There is definitely some alcohol in the nose of this beer but that is combined with some malt sweetness (but not a lot of sweetness). There is also some really light hints of some kind of spice, possibly contributed by the yeast.

T: The flavor of this beer is more malty and woody and not as much dark fruit as I was expecting with the style. There is very little sweetness but I can definitely taste some spicy notes from the yeast. A little dark fruit as it really warms up but with a lot more alcohol taste.

M: Just slightly more than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. A little bit of alcohol heat.

O: Tastes more like a Belgian strong dark ale than a quad - not as much sweetness as I would have expected. Not sure I really want another of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 22:00:55 | More by dbrauneis
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very dark brown with white head that persists, very dark brown and at first good carbonation can be seen

Smell- the smell of this beer is just amazing, tons of sweet malts, raisins and lots of malt just really appetizing nose,

Taste- the taste if also very sweet with some roasted notes on the back adding little smokiness keeping things in check, very tasty beer if anything maybe just touch sweet

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied with little bit of heat on the finish

Drinkability/overall- this beer was a bit sweet to really drink a ton of but that being said did enjoy the flavor profile, was pretty decent first try from the much known lost abbey brand, not sure something would rush for again but if in mood for good quad worth shot, the brightest point for this beer was the nose really good

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:48:29 | More by Stunner97
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank to my buddy beerman207 for picking this one up for me a couple of summers ago when he was back in PA. Review is from notes taken on 3/17/2012 (a Belgian quad on St. Patrick's Day? Why not?) and poured from the bottle to a chalice.

Appearance: Pour is a dark murky brown and it starts with a short, 1 finger light tan head that fades pretty quickly to a nearly full, but thin skim; body is cloudy and nearly opaque due to the murk; looks a little thick and syrupy on the pour; a couple patches and small spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Malt forward with tons and tons of some Belgian candi sugar -- candy-like sweetness with a fair amount of ripe, dark grape and plenty of the raisins that the beer was brewed with; faint presence of alcohol lingering in the back.

Taste: A lot like the smell would lead me to believe, thins of malt, Belgian candi, deep dark grapes (possibly over-ripe) and raisins; definitely Belgian spiciness that comes along with the style; alcohol is definitely stronger in the mouth than I did expect though, however, it's pretty well blended and I don't mind considering the style and ABV.

Mouthfeel: Body is definitely on the thicker side of the scale and has a syrupy aspect to it (maybe like the consistency of cough syrup -- but not in a bad kind of way); plenty of thick and sticky coating; gums are left very tingly from the ABV and the belly is left warm from it as well.

Overall: A nice treat, but not something that would be a regular in my fridge -- perhaps once or twice a year, kind of like a Rochefort 10. Good weight and plenty of sweetness would make this a great dessert beer, but I don't think I'd want to drink it while eating due to the weight.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:55:45 | More by bamadog
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I deserve some type of indulgence from the "monks" for having to remove the cork from this bottle! Took forever! Anyway, on with the beer.

-Appearance 3.5: An interesting dark brown with amber highlights. Very nice one inch, tan head dissipated slowly and left lots of foam at the edges. Really nothing special in appearance.

-Smell 4.5: Oh, wow! Very seldom have I sampled a beer that has this depth of bouquet. I smell the usual (not a bad thing!) Belgian candy sugar, but also malt, wood resins, toasted barley. So promising.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet and sour up front, with a huge (and delicious) malt and barley wave of flavor in the middle. Finish is all toasted barley and alkaline hops and a slight taste of smoky caramel. Aftertaste is malt and yeasty goodness. Awesome.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Just about perfect. Carbonation is the right level and the liquid feel of the beer is a perfect median level; in other words everything is set up to showcase the taste and smell of the brew.

-Overall 4.5: If this is "Judgment Day" my ruling is, "well done, my good and faithful servant." Amazing beer that the label calls a "Belgian Dark Quad Ale." Call it whatever you want, $8.99 for 750 ML (that's 25.36 U.S. ounces) is a bargain. If you are lucky enough to find it...BUY IT!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 05:16:40 | More by BeerDocT
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

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

Poured into a Chimay Chalice glass, Judgment Day, has a dark almost-opaque ruddy brown color, a fizzy tan head that recedes to spotty surface foam, and good chunks of lacing. The aroma is very boozy, lots of sweet alcohol, lots of sweet dark fruit like figs, raisins (it is brewed with raisins after all…), black cherries, some vanilla, spice, and a hint of bananas. This thing smells like a beast.

The taste starts with big malt sweetness, and a definite alcohol presence, but not nearly as boozy as the aroma hints at. Again, fruit flavors of figs, raisins, plums, etc. There's tons of rich maltiness in this thing; biscuity, chewy, and just really tasty. The finish gives a taste of some spicy yeast mixing with the sweetness that lingers for a while after each sip. Definite alcohol warmth with this one.

Speaking of sipping, Judgment Day is not a beer you want to drink fast. At 10.5% ABV, and the insane amounts of malt and fruit flavor, this beer is a monster. This would be an excellent beer to cellar for a while, as the bold malt and high ABV will lend to a smoother more rum-like product over time. If I had more self control I would age this one, but I know it wouldn't last more than a month. Sure would be nice to see what some time will do to this beast though.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:52:20 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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kojevergas

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Paired with cheap greasy pizza. Expectations are very high given both the brewery and style. Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $5.49 USD.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm as it was consumed. Poured without vigor as (in spite of the brewery) I don't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a light solid black. It's inviting, but not quite as much as other quadrupels. I think the colour is less than ideal.

Sm: Raisins, dried fruit, berries, cream, caramel, vanilla, maybe plums. Complex malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dried fruits - some berry, nice yeast, cream, caramelized malts, raisins, and plums. Complex and layered, to good effect. The cream is present mainly towards the open, the plums almost entirely about the climax. It's a bit biscuity on account of the well-handled yeast. Overall, the fermented dark berries are what come through the most. I quite enjoy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with pleasant cream. A bit too thick. Also too dry for a quad, likely from the raisins and yeast. It's forgivable. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Don't pour the yeast into your glass! It really dries up the beer. Otherwise, it's very drinkable for a quad and hides its ABV very well. I quite fancy it.

B- (Maybe a B pre-yeast pour)

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 07:40:17 | More by kojevergas
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer tried by Lost Abbey, which is new to NJ. The bottles all look cool, anyway. Dude at the beer store suggested that I try this one. Pours very dark with a thick head into my tulip glass. Head disappears quickly, lots of lacing on the side. Smells of booze, vanilla and raisins. Tastes of grape, raisins and booze. Very hot going down. Not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel somewhat thick. I have to say, I've had several better Quads, but this is still very good. It's getting better as I drink more of it. I bought the big stout of theirs. Can't wait to try that one.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:19:08 | More by DrStiffington
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance 4- Dark murky brown with a slight hint of a purple/red color. Small brown head that fizzles fast and leaves behind a slight film over the top of the beer.

Smell 4.5- Vanilla/whiskey, very boozy. Cherries, raisins, other dark fruits.

Taste 4- Black cherries, definitely some plum and BOOZE.

Mouthfeel 3.5- Fizzy carbonation, slightly syrupy.

Overall 4- I feel like it should have way less carbonation personally. The booze is very assaulting which I don't mind but could definitely be a turnoff to some. With a year or more of aging this beer would be 10x better. Definitely enjoyed but would not spend $12 on it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:01:29 | More by RyanLigeia
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/2" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: figs, raisins, and a nice malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: malty profile, with figs, raisins, hints of chocolate, nice bitterness, and a warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: nice slow sipping beer. Full of flavor, this one is great on a cold night in front of a fire.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:12:27 | More by Gavage
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bottle to globe glass. Great label ;)

A - The beer pours a brown color with a huge 2.5 finger bubbly cream colored head with good retention huge lacing.

S - The aroma has a hint of the alcohol with notes of licorice and fruit - not the raisin I expected but similar. Not all that powerful.

T/M - Loads of malt character immediately. The heavy fruit flavor: raisin, plum, fig mix wells with the chocolate roasted malt character. A bit of coffee notes as well with an earthy hop tone. The beer finishes with a bit of molasses but is surprisingly smooth without the alcohol heat you'd expect. Medium carbonated and smooth.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, I am new to the quad style and was told this might be a good one to start with. I liked it. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-10-2011 20:05:38

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:46:19 | More by hopfacebrew
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle; pulled out of a Shadowy Corner of the cellar where it had been kidnapped by the forces of Morrrr-dor. Over a year old. Big 750 ML, weapon-class glass.

Looks like this one might have leaked every-so-slightly, there's a bit of muck around the bottom of the cork. Seal is tight though. Wrestled off, the beer pours with a surfeit of carbonation that take a while to draw down to drinkability. Dark brown/red. Nose is sweet & fruity, with almost a syrupesque edge. Darker edge that seems likely to be raisin. Inferred.

Judgment Day has aged even better than the Pet Shop Boys. Lovely sweet malts are paired with nothing more than a passing fad of raisin that really complements it well. Brown sugar, or molasses, or some kissing cousin, adds another layer of complexity & sweet reason. Odd dark fruits limp through, cola underlay, with a sugary burst that sticks to the palate & leaves a lasting impression. Tasty, tasty, tasty, & appeals a bit too much to the sweet-tooth in me.

This is a very good quad that builds layer upon layer of a sweetness echo chamber. If you're allergic to sugar, or vaguely diabetic, don't even sniff this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:35:29 | More by maximum12
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dejrrma

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't find the date in the bottle but I bought it in February of 2011. 750 ml bottle for $9.99.

a- pours a dark brown color. very little head that disappears into a thin ring.

s- the most intense aroma is that of pineapples. Incredible. Then there's some raisins and malts. There's some definite boozeyness as well.

t- Tastes little like the intense pineapples I smelled. It tastes of raisins and roasted malts with chocolate undertones. A bit sugary with a slight soy taste.

m- medium body, and little carbonation, but since it's about year old, I don't expect otherwise. Slight soy after taste.

o- pretty good. i liked it as a beer that i was trying for the first time but i don't know if I've ever go out and seek this brew out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:01:44 | More by dejrrma
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ikantspel

California

2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled on 8 11 11

served into a duvel tulip

pours brown with a heavy head and a head that goes nowhere. thick globby lacing covers the glass

smells of dark fruits, raisins, and some slight malts

taste follows the nose. not too much going on here. kinda feel jipped what with all the nice artwork on the bottle.

mouthfeel is pretty light for a quad. its crisp, but falls flat at the end

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:41:01 | More by ikantspel
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TaySuth

California

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Minimal head with moderate lacing. Dark brown/purple color.

Smell: Sweet with raisins and a hint of soy sauce. Also a touch of caramel.

Taste: Sweet with raisins, plum, dark fruit and caramel. Soy sauce. Similar to smell. It seems that the soy sauce taste builds on the palate and begins to mask the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and a thick body. Smooth finish.

Overall: This beer had some great qualities but unfortunately the salty, soy sauce flavor was the lasting trademark of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:58:59 | More by TaySuth
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phichifiji00

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany. Pours a thick tan head that fades extremely slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: raisins, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, boozy, brown sugar, estery.

Taste: dark fruits, toffee, raisins, plums, malty, nutty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A pretty good quad. The raisins are definitely prevalent. Drinkability is pretty high. The ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:50:56 | More by phichifiji00
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prototypic

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

Judgment Day pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It’s a little hazy. A few specks of floating yeast are noted. Backlighting reveals nice crimson and burgundy highlights. A tan head sits on top. It’s under a finger tall and recedes quickly. Maybe too much alcohol for it. Lacing was light.

The nose is just okay. It’s a tad weak and needs strength. It starts out with dark fruit notes. Smells like raisin to me. No shock there. There’s a hint of some chocolate malt. It’s definitely cocoa-ish. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn’t quite as pronounced as I’d like. There are some light spicy notes that could be attributed to the yeast. Light cherry and alcohol are noted on the tail. The alcohol doesn’t smell all that strong. Perhaps 3 years or so has integrated it quite well.

The flavor is good. Definitely a step up from the nose. It does start out with a nice dark fruit flavor. Tastes mostly like raisin. There’s a hint of cherry in there, as well. Light cocoa and very light caramel follow. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn’t very strong. It adds a light spicy character to the overall flavor. There’s a little clove and pepper there. I would like more Belgian yeast though. That’s a little bit of a setback. Alcohol has integrated well over time. It doesn’t seem like 10.5% at all.

Judgment Day has a body that’s on the very light side of medium. It definitely feels too thin. Carbonation is active, but it’s not buzzy. It’s not bad. Just needs a bit more heft. For a big beer, it goes down relatively easy. This bomber’s disappearing quickly.

Judgment Day is a pretty good Quad, but does have its shortcomings. The biggest issues are the light Belgian yeast presence and the body/mouthfeel. If those two issues were addressed, it’d likely be improved. Those aren’t huge problems though. It’s definitely good, and is worth your attention.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:46:29 | More by prototypic
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Giovacchini

California

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown color, decent head

S- dried fruits are the dominant smell along with some toasted maltiness.

T- very bitter sweet dried fruit taste. Strong alcohol flavor. Tastes like a headache in the morning...

M- very light carbonation. I felt like I was drinking a funky red wine.

O- I would never buy this beer again. I'm not a big fan of beer brewed with fruit but since having this beer I've had some of RR beers brewed with fruit and decided they are just different.
EDIT: I want to re-review this beer because it might of been stored improperly.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 08:35:33 | More by Giovacchini
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Cork broke off at the top which was a major pain in the ass.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber brown color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves a tiny ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Tons of plum. After that fig, currant, and raisin. Caramel with perhaps a touch of toastiness. The yeast is a bit surprising in that there isn't really any Belgian spiciness going on. Still not bad.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, only there's a small charred component added and it's more vinous overall. Plum, raisin, fig, currant in that order. Caramel and toast.

2.5 M: The mouthfeel is the worst part about this. It's a bit undercarbonated, but worse, the carbonation is "dead" as opposed to spritzy like most of its bretheren. Otherwise, smooth.

3.0 D: This has some good and some bad qualities that put this right at the middle of average.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 06:11:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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BabySnakes

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown with a hint of ruby.Giant tan head that lasted a few minutes and dissapated to lacing

Aroma of coffee, raisin, slight chocolate malts, dark caramel

Deep dark flavors, very intense. Alcohol melds very nicely with the other flavors coffee, more raisin (special B grain?), toffee, but the coffee really dominates this quad. Hints of fig also.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Super carbonated in a great way for this beer. The alcohol,dense flavors and high carbonation make it nice and balanced.

Overall, an excellent beer. An extremely well balanced big beer. Savor and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:48:59 | More by BabySnakes
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.