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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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867 Ratings
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 137 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Knapp85


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

05-11-2011 00:39:49 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a lovely, lovely deep dark chocolate brown color, totally opaque which gives it the illusion of being pure pitch black. The head is thick and tan, creamy, firm, plenty of stamina. I'm in awe already.

Nose is a heady mix of dark fruit/berry and mineral, with a fainter slash of milk chocolate. And for a 10.5% beer, amazing that alcohol is hardly detected in the nose. That could change with warming though...

First couple sips already reveal alcohol on the tongue, although nothing overbearing. Remarkable that it's not bigger in this department, actually, considering ABV and style. Otherwise there's a totally juicy dark fruit vibe, like grape/raisin and various berries; chili-spiked cocoa nibs; mineral/earth; nutty; sharp-and-sweet spices. An interesting and original take on the style, yet also true enough to style that you wouldn't mistake this for anything else but a Belgian quad.

Pretty effervescent in the mouth, though not prickly or sharp. Airy but not lacking in body. A bit sticky, which seems to keep the herbal/bitter/spicy finish going for awhile...

I like the raisin addition, and it drinks like raisins eat: sugary sweet, but not TOO sugary sweet. Just right. And the script on the back label is worth reading. Carpe Diem!

05-10-2011 22:56:24 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.9/5  rDev 0%

This beer pours a dark maron color, that becomes darker as it pours decent size head and a bit of lacing. The smell is weak, but is fruier and sweeter. The taste is on the malter side and deffently sweeter, deffently can taste the rasins. The flavor is strong and dose stay on the palette for a while. Overall this is a good quad, but could better, a little bit too much rasins; a stronger alchool taste may help.

05-07-2011 03:19:15 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a deep brown to black in color with a small tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and a dry alcohol note. In the taste, dark fruit, especially raisins, with just a small burn of alcohol. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry raisin like fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit thin, but great flavor and nose.

04-29-2011 20:50:16 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of thatguy183


4.72/5  rDev +21%

Me and the wife had done a beer tour in San Diego and visted Stone Brewing and Lost Abbey. This was above and beyond my favorite beer of the day and having this on tap as opposed to bottle was so much better.
Absolutely delicious. This was my first experience with this beer and since then have bought several bottles.
The brewery is well wortht the time if you're in the area and love a good pint.

04-26-2011 20:21:27 | More by thatguy183
Photo of doubleipa


4.9/5  rDev +25.6%

Appearancehad a frothy head, light brown with excellent lacing. almost black color
Aroma was heavy malt, roasted, chocolate, and strong coffee. Heavy yeast and a little bit of dough. Dates, charcoal, allspice, and nutmeg. Palate was creamy and soft. Long finish.
Really outstanding beer. Not much of an alcohol bite.

04-23-2011 22:29:33 | More by doubleipa
Photo of LittleDon


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A half pint at Urge gastropub in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA

Finally, I get to have a Lost Abbey brew with carbonation. Brown, a bit of haze, little head or lace. Medium roast malt and oak aroma. Soft up front with medium carbonation. Oaky with a touch of alcohol, and rich sweet back end. Mildly biter. The flavor builds gradually from start to finish.

04-21-2011 03:28:31 | More by LittleDon
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

04-18-2011 02:19:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of eric5bellies


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Drank on Tap at Mad Monk, Fremantle

A - Pours a dark mahogany very deep red almost purple colour, A beautiful ivory coloured head that retains all the way and laces.

S - Stewed dark fruit that is complimented by some caramel malt.

T - Stong dark fruits and dark candied sugar in this brew, has a sticky caramel flavour and a nice nutty flavourto it. It does resemble a Belgian Quad that is for sure.

M - Full body and minal carbonation, perhaps not enough.

O - A decent attempt at a quad but fall short of being authentic, Nowhere near the Rocky 10 or St Bernies Abt 12

04-16-2011 13:50:21 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of plfahey


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint

Appearance-Medium brown with amber highlights. Moderate haze. Thin trace of yellow cream head with fair retention.

Aroma-Rum, raisins, prunes, and figs. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Smell is heady and somewhat intoxicating.

Flavor-Very strong raisin flavor, with traces of dark molasses, figs, grapes, and licorice. Finishes with strong, drying alcohol, which is smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Smooth with substantial alcohol warmth.

Decent, but doesn’t stand out among other Belgian quads for me. I will say that the alcohol, while present in the flavor, is very well hidden and is well integrated into the flavor profile.

04-11-2011 06:18:27 | More by plfahey
Photo of russwbeck


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Shared with nhindian

A: Very dark pour, black or purple, with a creamy off white head. Lacing and retention are good.

S: The smell is great, tons of dark fruits for me, plums or grapes. No overwhelming booziness.

T: The dark fruits are there, with perhaps only muted candied sugar. Raisins are definitely noticeable, with a warming booziness at the end.

MF: Carbonated well, with a medium body. Very dry throughout. Lots of alcohol, the 10% is very evident.

O: Too much raisin, an other dark fruits, and alcohol for my taste. Really missing the typical Belgian sweetness.

04-05-2011 01:14:49 | More by russwbeck
Photo of nhindian


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Split with russwbeck.

A - Pours much darker than other Quads I've had, almost fringing on black. When sipping, it does have some nice ruby highlights. It opens with a nice pop and it shows in the head; a khaki-colored, 2-finger affair with pretty good retention. Lacing is very good, up there with some of the best Belgians.

S - The smell is much different than I would've anticipated. Most noticeably, it doesn't have that characteristic Belgian yeast smell or any of the candi sugar so prevalent in this style. Rather, it has a ton of grapes and raisins, and has quite a bit of malt in it. Not overly sweet, and much different than traditional Quads.

T - As in the nose, a Quad without the traditional Belgian influences just taste kind of awkward. It's not bad, just different in a not so tasty way. There is a bit too much grape and raisin in here. Without the sweetness from the yeast and candi sugar, there isn't much to cut the alcohol in this, unfortunately. Also, it comes off as a bit too dry for my tastes.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with surprisingly low carbonation given the pop and head on this beer. This is another aspect where I feel it falls a bit short in comparison to other Quads.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It smells and looks pretty good, but the taste is a bit of a departure from the style that I feel doesn't benefit this beer. It is too dry and doesn't have the signature sugar popular to other Quads.

04-05-2011 01:14:02 | More by nhindian
Photo of Beejay


4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: The cork came out without much of a pop, somewhat worrying.. The color is a deep murky brown color with red hues when held tot he light. There is a nice tan head on top, which relieves the worries I had about the cork.

S: Dark roasted malts come through right away. There is a chocolatey sweetness to this, that pairs well with some of the dark fruit smells I am picking up. There is a bit of a alcohol bite in there as well.

T: Bit malt flavors, followed by chocolate, and berries. There is some alcohol bite in there, though for the abv it is pretty smooth. There are some nice Belgian yeast qualities, but I am missing the complex flavors I associate with the style.

M: Fairly light overall. The carbonation seems a touch low, the finish is fairly dry.

O: Overall it is lacking the complexity I love and the carbonation I expect. It is good for sure, but does not go into the realm of great.

03-30-2011 01:12:38 | More by Beejay
Photo of FosterJM


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

347th review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
750 ML

App- Nice brown color almost a wood stain color with a decent 1 1/2 finger head.

Smell- Very light quad flavors. Raisins, very sweet dark fruits. Don't get a whole lost. A little raspberry vinegar.

Taste- A smaller tasting quad but still very good. I was expecting to be punched in the face by this one and it went 180 degrees on me. The sweetness is what got me. It was sweet, palatable, balanced and layered.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a nicely matching medium carbonation level. I have heard lost abbey having carb issues but I have had no issues. Leant itself towards a creamy feel with a nice fullness.

Drink- As I mentioned a 180 from what I thought this was. A nice quad with good flavors and a nice well masked ABV. Would have this again.

03-29-2011 03:55:30 | More by FosterJM
Photo of brotherloco


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

750ml bottled on 12/20/10.

Barely any pop when I got the cork out of this one. Uh oh... a vigorous pour produced a finger's head which settled to a thin ring. Glad to see some bubbles. Cola colored dark brown body.

Smell starts subtle, but grows to strongly sweet malt, caramel and chocolate. Rich fruit, belgian yeast. Port wine notes.

Taste is smooth, chocolate milk mixed with sour fruits. Gets more bitter through the middle and finish. Brown sugar, raisins, cherries and plums. Feel is creamy, but carbonation is too low.

Not my favorite Lost Abbey, but not my least favorite either. Decent. I'd be interested in trying an aged version of this.

03-29-2011 03:26:02 | More by brotherloco
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Received this one in the birthday BIF from jyounger30; thanks Jay! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Chimay chalice. Cork was tough to get off and no pop; hope it's carbonated.

a - Pours a deep brown color with a reddish tiny, moderate carbonation evident, and less than one inch of white head.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel malts, and alcohol. Raisins definitely come out, and maybe some bready malts as well. Alcohol is a little too prominent, but still pretty nice.

t - Taste definitely has raisins, figs, and alcohol up front. Also getting more roasted malts, caramel malts, light spices, bready and toasted malts, and light grapes. Again, alcohol is a little too prominent, thought as the beer warms up the taste gets better.

m - Medium body and very low carbonation, almost non existent. I had poured it aggressively into my chalice and gotten some carbonation at the beginning, but it quickly went away and is almost nonexistent now in the mouthfeel. Smooth body but the no carbonation hurt it.

o - Overall this is a decent quad, but the carbonation problem in the mouthfeel and the alcohol prominence in the nose and taste hurt it a bit. Would give another shot but would certainly want to share the bottle next time as opposed to tackling it by myself, and probably wouldn't seek out.

03-23-2011 23:28:14 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Thorpe429


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

03-20-2011 22:24:38 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A good friend of mine brought a bottle back from California and was kind enough to share. 750 ml. bottle poured into a Riedel glass.

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy dark copper hue with a thick cream-colored head that sticks nicely to the glass. Retention is good as well.

S: Aromas consist of caramel, some chocolate, spice, fig, and raisin. Some grassy hop notes linger in the backround.

T: Much like the smell, but with more going on. Caramel and spice show up front, with hints of fig, dried fruit, and a slight nutty character. Hops dry out the finish, while hints of raisin dance around the palate.

Notes: For a Quad, this beer was a bit lighter than I expected. However, it has a creamy mouthfeel, and is quite drinkable. Alcohol is present just enough to make this beer a good fireside sipper. Pretty tasty stuff!

03-16-2011 04:30:12 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a five+ finger, thick, light brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy dark brown color, some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is dark fruit, flavor is raisins and alcohol, smooth. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

03-12-2011 23:33:04 | More by jdhilt
Photo of hardy008


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Dark brown with a 3 finger foamy tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has brown sugar, raisins, dates, figs, and caramel. Nice aroma.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Sweet, fruity, and there is a light hop bitterness for balance. There is a bit of a sweet aftertaste, but this beer is not overly sweet. The level of sweetness is appropriate.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. There is a little bit of alcohol heat, but not bad for a beer at 10.50% abv. This is a very good Quadrupel, which I will need to buy again.

03-02-2011 02:21:27 | More by hardy008
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

appearance: Deep brown with a big off white head on the pour that settles down. Lacing is thick and frothy and settles down fast.
smell: Caramel green apples.
taste: starts with a little tart bitterness followed by a blossoming malty caramel that balances very nicely.
mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation. A full slick mouthfeel.
drinkability: Quite gentle for Judgment day. Very merciful.

02-27-2011 22:01:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of jhtipton


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from the nice corked 24.5 oz bottle into my Affligem chalice. Wonderful rich tan 2 inch head with ridges and peaks and valleys and a deep cloudy brown color. Smell the sweetness of figs and raisins and belgian yeast. Tastes fruity, sweet, raisiny and even some pears and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it retains its carbonation. Drinkability is good despite the high ABV. One bottle per sitting please. Will probably look for this again!

02-23-2011 17:15:52 | More by jhtipton
Photo of nickthegun12


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

poured into a chimay goblet...pours dark red black hell i can't tell....i put my laser pointer to it...the light doesn't make it through...the head is creamy and fades quickly....the lacing is splotchy....

smells almost a little smoky....with lots of dark fruits....smells a little chewy...and sweet....

wow the taste kinda kicks you in the ass!...intense metallic, dryness, fruity, chocolate, and alcohol....not bad after that first sip...and then you kinda get a good feel for this beer...

the feel is dry....but it taste like it should be creamy...if that makes any sense....

the drink ability isn't that great....its not bad beer at all...but to try to get through a whole big bottle of this beer is gonna be tough

02-16-2011 23:07:07 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of trappistlover


3.9/5  rDev 0%

(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Nice lacing. Lots of chocolate, caramel, and dried fruit in the nose. Taste is sweet like a tootsie roll. A little metallic note that is distracting and takes away from the nice flavor a bit. Full bodied with a creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Smooth finish with alcohol noticeable in the chest and throat. This is a nice beer.

02-12-2011 04:29:42 | More by trappistlover
Photo of JayS2629


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

A- Dark black with thin tan head that fades into a thin film. Sea foam lace, flat on carbonation.

S- Faint hint of cocoa underneath a bouquet of dark fruit. Cherries, figs, and raisins. Earthy and grassy notes with some metallic tones throughout.

T- Slightly spicy yeast, dark fruits, raisins, figs, cherries. Hints of chocolate and toasted bread. Metallic notes.

M- Kind of flat, medium body

D- Complex flavors, but metallic notes and flat body suffer it some. Alcohol hidden well. A definite sipper.

02-06-2011 03:19:12 | More by JayS2629
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