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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 86
Gots: 138 | 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 GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with cork and cage. Served cool, around 45 degrees, into a chalice.

Judgment Day is a very dark redish brown. When held to the light, only a little sneaks through the edges. It appears to have good clarity and the head has fair retention.

Aroma is sweet and malty with nice Belgian yeast character. A little bit of roast, some dark fruit, and spice.

Flavor is rich and full with toffee, caramel, dark malts, brown sugar, dark fruits. Raisins, figs, and clove are all in there. Good depth and balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and well carbonated. Alcohol is strong but not overpowering or hot. Definately noticible after a few sips.

Overall a solid quadrupel but clearly not up there with the best. A very good Californian version though.

GilGarp, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of musicman575
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big, thick head immediately. The nose had a very distinct pineapple juice smell. My first impression was that it tastes like New Belgium's 1554 on crack. Chocolate malt is definitely the dominant flavor. I was expecting something a little more balanced. High alcohol is apparent and warm. This heavy beer is good, but not my fave from Lost Abbey.

musicman575, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a grape juice color with a thick white head.

Smell- pleasant belgian smell thick malt with a hint of raisins.

Taste- chewy malt stands out with kicks of raisins that bring tons of character to this beer. This is one of the few beers I feel like I should chew before I swallow, its that thick.

Overall- very pleasant to drink with no hint of the 10% abv. I love this beer and it's one of the few quads I could drink regularly.

badboyrsl84, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark mahogany with a fairly thick light tan head. Aroma is malty and slighty sweet with a decided raisin undertone and a hint of yeast. Malty and slightly syrupy flavor has tones of fruit and raisin with a hint of caramel and a bit of an alcohol nip. Silky smooth texture has a subtle tingle and leaves a slightly rough and fizzy finish.

Cyberkedi, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one while out in Cali for the Bruery Reserve Society Party. Big thanks to womencantsail for shipping this one to me after I left! Shared this one with the Columbia Homebrew Club on our last stop during our tour of all things beer in Charleston on 'the bus'. Toasted to this one at 6PM on May 21, 2011 in celebration of the predicted Judgement Day. Served from bottle into a pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a one and a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raisins, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, raisins, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The raisins really made their presence known for sure and were quite enjoyable. They really mixed well with the roastiness going on here. The alcohol was just a touch and not overwhelming at all. If I could do it again, I would choose another beer to crack on Judgement Day, but this one just felt right.

thagr81us, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish red with a beautiful 1 inch tan head and good retention and lacing

Smell: Prunes dates and of course raisins. A little bit of sweetness also from the yeast

Taste: There is a very interesting dark fruit flavor profile going on here with Raisin definately standing out as the main flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really high amounts of carbonation typical of Lost Abbey beers

Overall: I really dont care for Lost Abbey and their high levels of carbonation in their beers. Apart from that I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I thought it had a great flavor was pretty easy to drink.

DarthKostrizer, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark plum colored with a massive 3 finger tan head that doesn't surrender.

S: Grapes, both purple and green, booziness, champagnish yeast

T: Purple grapes, dark fruit, and some earthy hops on the back end. Pretty simple.

O: This one is okay. Better than pretty things, far lacking against rochefort 10. My quad quest continues.

Krakistophales, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 25th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a cloudy yeast brown, two finger tan head, little lacing

S - booze, wine barrels, cherries, lots of dark and dried fruits, toasted everything, nice yeast note, earth and very sweet smelling

T - very boozey, nice bitterness, cherries, oak, wine barrels, lots of fruit, toasted malt, dried fruits, sweet and sour yeast and some serious earth

M - very chewy, huge body, lots of complexity, high acidity and decently balanced

D - this is for the serious beer drinker. If you like a good craft brew, this is for you. If you like light beers and Stella, this is not for you

Final thought - $5 and 10%+ ABV, this is a beer, I love. Huge and you only need one! Thanks lost abbey!

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.73/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown, purple hue (or was it the label?), without much head, didn't look inviting at all. Aroma was largely muted, didn't take much away from it.

What is this? Equal parts prune juice and Bud Light with a boilermakeresque shot in it? Ugh. Alcohol soaked prunes. Massive alcohol on the tongue. Maybe some fig or other dark fruit to it, but I just can't get passed the prunes and hard liquor. Carbonation wasn't helping.

I'm sorry, but I thought this beer was downright terrible. Can't recommend it.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Chimay chalice; could not find any dating on the bottle. Looks dark brown in the glass, bordering on black. No light gets through. Big two-finger tan head that has decent retention and leaves nice creamy lacing along the glass.

The aroma definitely reminds me of a quad, with perhaps a little more fruitiness, especially raisin, which would be expected from the ingredients. I also get a little toffee and chocolate.

Excellent flavor mix, very rich and tasty. Prominent flavors of dark fruit and chocolate. Enough spiciness from the yeast and a hint of tartness to give a nice balance.

Medium mouthfeel, but drinks very smoothly. My first Lost Abbey brew and I am definitely impressed. Highly recommend this one and now I'm very much looking forward to more from this brewery.

FanofHefe, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I traded this beer with Sean (claaarck13) and his wife Amber for some westy beer. We had a great time in Belgium when we met in may 2011.

I poured out this bottles during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

Poured out in a wineglass the fluid is darkbrown to darkambercoloured. A sweet beer where the alcohol is very noticable, a bit too much. Some bitterness of the hops in the back of my mouth.

Good qaud, not the best but good.

Brabander, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Cola brown with chestnut highlights. Light khaki head pours well, but hangs around with sub-par retention and leaves a poor lace.

S – Soft booze into sweet prune, molasses, and tart black cherries. Touch of roasted chestnut.

T – Prune note is flat throughout most of the profile. Opens with a caramel sweetness. Oak and mineral notes meet the fruit mid profile, then over take it, rendering the finish dry. The backend plays out with hints of coffee, candided plum, woody bitters, and booze.

M – Medium body. Dry finish lingers with booze. Nice carbonation.

O – Touch too dry. Nice nose.

vfgccp, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was much better on tap at the brewery compared to my bottle of this beer.)

Dark brown and amber. Thin head. Wonderful lacing down the glass. Carbonated! Hip hip! Hooray!

A pungent, pleasant smell. The dark fruits take center stage which include both dark raisins and burnt cherries, though I wish there was more than just the fruit--and that's all I smell here really.

The initial taste is spicy, malty, and fruity. The Belgian yeast is present and the raisin flavor stays throughout. A tasty, yet relatively simple quad.

Big, thick, and heavy in the mouth, which is welcome. Bring it on! Plenty of carbonation makes this a pleasure to drink.

I expect a lot out of my quads, and that being said, this is very good beer; however, this one falls just short of the great and world-class quads. All in all, a delicious beer.

ehammond1, May 30, 2011
Photo of rand
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle to Delirium tulip glass

Belgian Quadruple with added raisin

Ah yes, Judgment Day. The pending end of all that is. The modern prophets have studied the ancient texts and discovered, with scientific precision, the world must end on May 21st, else the prophecies be false. And we - the collective sane - scoff at the seeming lunacy of it all, citing legions of foolish predecessors predicting their own time of demise. But a million false omens can't negate the fact that, on this day, a moonbat's prophecy need be right just once. And nothing makes a beer more exciting than the possibility that it could be your last. Thankfully, Lost Abbey prepared for such occasion.

The beer pours oily and viscous, deep-mahogany in color, forming a frothy, 2-inch head. Wafts of maple syrup and raisin bread hit the nose, ushered by alcohol volatiles. Notes of holiday spice round the bouquet, gently lingering.

Belgian Quads typically taste of raisin, but the added raisin accents and resonates with the brew's base flavors. Huge malty character yields a bready, chewy texture, providing a backdrop for the beer's rich and complex taste. Hey, if this is it, it might as well make you sip-and-ponder. A touch of caramel meets orange zest. Nutmeg, cinnamon mask the warming alcohol. Creamy chocolate combines with the raisin-y overtone, closing with a sweet finish.

Judgment Day demands to be sipped, but is completely delicious. Nothing is off-putting. But tread carefully! Quads are not a beginner's brew, and this beer doesn't take half-steps to accommodate the masses. Maybe that was the point? Only the chosen few can find salvation in an ale? Well, I don't know if Judgment Day's powerful flavors are enough to stave off God's wrath, but they definitely go down swinging. Amen!

rand, May 28, 2011
Photo of nataku00
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2009 bottle poured into a tulip glass, for fun. Beer pours a dark brown, hazy, with some reds and orange at the edge of the glass. A half a finger of tan color foamy head with a few small bubbles that leaves a lot of lingering sticky lacing on the glass. Recedes after a few minutes to a thin layer of foam all along the surface of the beer. Plenty of carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, small and fast.

Nose is sweet dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar and molasses, spicy clove and light cinnamon, and dark baked bread. A little alcohol on the nose, though not that strong.

Taking a sip, sweet booze soaked dried dark fruits, dark bread, and yeast spiciness, with wine like astringency on the tongue. Finishes dry with a bit of the dark fruits.

Light bodied and well carbonated, prickly on the tongue. Still a bit of alcohol in this one.

nataku00, May 22, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Tim. No idea the vintage, but I've had it in the basement for about 9 months. Seems like the perfect beer to drink while waiting for the rapture.

Appearance: Hazy brown pour in the snifter-- I expect it will clear with warming, and it does-- significantly. Light tan colored head is attractive and tightly bubbled, but not the equivalent of some quads. Good retention though, and really good lacing.

Smell: Big dark fruit aromas. Raisins (obviously), sugared dates, prune juice. Rich maltiness-- gotta be some special B in there. There is a very slight nail polish aroma, but the layers of fruit and malt win out.

Taste: Its great. Heavy, rich malt flavors and sweet dark fruit esters swirl together almost perfectly. A hint of roasted malt really rounds out the palate and seems to help hide the alcohol. A little vinous or port-like without being hot. No sign of the off nail polish aroma in the flavor. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: I think its carbonated perfectly and it feels soft and slightly creamy as a result. Its big without being overly sticky.

rapidsequence, May 22, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and murky brown color with slightly reddish tinges and a light brown cap of foam.

S: Raisin skins, yeast and a slight bit of brown sugar. The yeast definitely comes out more as the beer warms.

T: A bit of prickly carbonation and slight malt sweetness upfront. Brown sugar and a tiny bit of raisin and prune in the middle and then a slightly earthy finish that's bitter and a bit off for me. The finish really doesn't leave me wanting more. This is probably my least favorite of the Lost Abbey offerings I've had to date.

notchucknorris, May 19, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this bottle back from Chicago, shared at the first Central Ohio Beer Tasting.

I really love the label art on all the the LA offerings, regardless of the hype (or anti-hype!) the brews have been getting of late.

A dark ruby color, cloudy but with good lace and long-lasting head retention.

Smells sweet, mild brown sugar and other typical quad qualities - nondescript dark candied fruit and bread. The yeast is very apparent, lending a spicy Belgian aroma.

Tasted of mild clover honey, citrus orange, and medium toasted malt. Medium bodied and decently drinkable. I'd like to try this again sometime in a larger quantity, though the price on this one is a little steep imo.

Spider889, May 13, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fellow BA (thanks bigturo) brought a bottle of this recently to a small gathering, and shared with me and a few others.

A: Poured from the corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy dark cola brown, with some reddish hues on the edges. The head rose about a inch, then receded down to about a quarter inch, then just a ring of bubbles

S: Pleasant aroma, dark cherries, raisins, some brown and candy sugar. yeast comes through a bit too.

T: Dried dark fruits, flavors of figs, raisins, with some mild earthy herbs in the middle. The alcohol is pretty potent on the finish though, but it’s a sipper at 10.5 to be sure.

M: Medium to light carbonation, a bit viscous, and a chewy mouth feel on the palate.

O: Decent. Not bad, but not great either. Tend to be hesitant with some LA beers, due to past carbonation issues, unless I'm sure it is at least a 2010 bottle release. Since this was shared with me, no loss even if it was flat, but thankfully it was just fine. A sipper to be sure, and I only had about a quarter of the bottle, which was just enough.

Retsinis, May 12, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Knapp85, May 11, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Metalmonk, May 10, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

vette2006c5r, May 07, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of thatguy183
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

thatguy183, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of doubleipa
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

doubleipa, Apr 23, 2011
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.