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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 172 | FT: 9
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of dejrrma
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ikantspel
2.41/5  rDev -38.2%
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

Photo of TaySuth
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.