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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
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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 theopholis


3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown that is nearing black. The head is light tan head and is 2 fingers with good head retention

Smell- Lots of dark fruits, raisins, molasses, with an earthy, slightly spicy note.

Taste- Lots of dark fruits and molasses up front. A hint of earthiness. Balanced out by a nice but mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied. A tad high on carbonation.

Drinkability- Easy drinking for a Belgian quad. Kind of pricey tho.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 06:34:55 | More by theopholis
Photo of Lunch


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

Served from a 750ml bottle purchased from Julio's Liquors in Westboro, MA into my Lost Abbey Signature glass at the appropriate temperature (02/27/10).

A: Pours a very dark shade of chestnut brown that is nearing black. Capped with a light tan head that stands about 2 fingers leaving some lace behind.

S: Aroma consists of dark fruits, raisins, molasses, figs, prunes, malt, earthy spice and some Belgian yeast.

T: The palate is hit with some full and rich flavors of raisins, figs, prunes, dark fruits, and molasses. Lost of interesting Belgian yeast going on with some earthy spice and hints of brown sugar.

M: Fuller-bodied with some creaminess and lower carbonation.

D: For a Belgian Quad this one a fairly easy to drink, but the fuller of flavor holds it back a bit. The 10.5% abv. is hidden quite well.

Overall was another solid offering from Lost Abbey and an interesting Belgian Quadrupel. I would certainly drink this again, but its price is certainly a bit high and with similarly priced Belgians I would most likely reach for something else. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 19:59:08 | More by Lunch
Photo of mmva321


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

Poured into a goblet.

Extra points for the appearance for having the best cover art ever.

Pours a dark brown that is nearly black and is inpenetrable. A very strong body. Gives off about a finger of tan head that dissapates rather quickly.

Earthy yeast tones add depth to the auroma that is otherwise dominated by the sweetness of dried fruits like raisens and prunes and also sugar.

The taste is overpowered by the sweeter aspects of the beer. The dried fruits, once again mostly raisens and prunes, are really the dominant flavor here. But there is a strong earthy taste that adds robustness and acts as a nice counterpoint to the sweetness especially as you let the taste sit in your mouth a while. A beer of strong flavors.

The feel is perhaps a little like syrup, which I never like, but it has a good amount of carbonation and is appropriate for the taste.

The strong flavors of the beer mask the high alcohol content and, at the same time, make this beer a unique experience but also make it trying to drink at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:48:49 | More by mmva321
Photo of Gehrig


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

Stopping by the Piccadilly at The Crossing in Champaign, it didn't take much to talk me into trying Judgment Day, for I was in a sampling mood. The 750 mL bottle was pricey ($10.99) but worth a go.

Deep chestnut brown body with two creamy, mocha frothy fingers; scant lacing, modest duration. Nice aromas--plenty of the advertised raisin, but caramel and dark chocolate, as well as some grape and cherry. The taste brings out the raisin and fig, as well as tart fruit, dark chocolate malt, with a somewhat sour, dry finish. For a Quad, I'd prefer more fruit--not simply sweet fruit but a richer, bolder fruit taste. Cherry and apple would be especially welcome. Still, this is good and distinct, an unusual quad that challenges the palate. Boozy but not overwhelmingly so despite the high ABV (10.5%).

Not my favorite Quad, and not my favorite offering from The Lost Abbey. Nonetheless, Judgment Day is a fine, quirky Quad worth filling and emptying a glass. Solid, not spectacular, but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 00:58:02 | More by Gehrig
Photo of JamisonM


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip

A: its dark brown with a decent head nothing like Trappist beers that often have great head also head dies down fairly fast

S: dark fruit and you can smell the raisins in there

T: its a good taste a sweet beer with the 10.5% abv masked very well

M: its a good mouth not too thick med for sure

D: if you take your time you can get down 1 750 ml beer yourself its pretty drinkable just not the best quad I have had its good not great

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 01:05:22 | More by JamisonM
Photo of nickd717


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado SF. Finally making my way through the rest of Lost Abbey's standard lineup - just a couple more to go. Did not realize this was the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme. The sweetness really gets annihilated at some point in producing the Cuvee I guess.

Pours dark purplish brown (the label color on the bottle is not inappropriate) with a well-formed off-white head and good lacing.

Nice fruity and vinous aroma, with perfume and a little booze.

Flavor is pretty sweet and dominated by dark fruits - sweet red grapes, figs, raisins, and plums. Not surprised to hear that it's brewed with raisins.

Medium-full and mildly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation (but not flat, as this brewery's bottled offerings have been at times in the past).

Drinkability is solid. Overall pretty good, but not quite at the top tier of Belgian quads out there.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 17:30:37 | More by nickd717
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Toronado SF -- incredible value at $4, I might add.

a - pours a deep brown with burgundy highlights, pretty cloudy, one-finger ivory head with decent retention and lacing

s - dark fruits and candy sugar, definitely pick up on the raisins, some plum and port wine as well, a bit of oak and booze

t - big raisin and prune flavors up front, fairly sweet, candy sugar and more dark fruits on the mid-palate, somewhat sweet and mildly boozy on the finish, lingering candy sugar and raisin with earthy notes adding depth

m - medium-to-full bodied and moderately carbonated, coats the mouth very well, nice alcohol warming, sweet finish but not overly so

d - definitely a sipper, but something I could have a few glasses of, not overly interesting taste, however

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 06:25:27 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of ShadesOfGray


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. This is my second attempt at rating this beer. The first one I had was super flat/no carbonation...I didn't think it was right to review under said conditions. Pours a dark DARK brown with a slight reddish hue. Nice size tannish head, creamy and frothy. Slowly dissipates to a nice creamy layer and ring. Lacing is sticky and slowly slides down the glass.

Aroma is strong, especially while pouring. Very inviting and sweet smell. Crisp...apple, grape...in fact reminds me of grape fruit aroma. Roasted malts...small notes of raisins.

Wow...so much better than last time. Very good! Nicely carbonated, lots of sweet fruits...good complexity. Reminds me a little of wine. Creamy mouthfeel. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 19:10:45 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of mynie


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat bottle, reasonably priced (arguable, yes, but I don't mind paying ten bucks for a bottle of something so long as it tastes good and will get me reasonably drunk. At any rate it's still cheaper than wine).

Pours a little flat. Cork came out without any aspiration in the pop. I was gonna say "hey, come on now, little fella, let's see some energy!" But I didn't say that because corks cannot talk.

Smells potent. It's similar to the resiny fruitness of very strong, malty RISes like Abyss and Dark Lord. Sometimes I say a beer smells like raisins, but, man, this is the most raisiniest raisin beer I've ever smelt. It's like wet leather if leather was made out of pelts of grapes.

Tastes a little less complex than the aroma had led me to anticipate. Big raisins are followed by a generic, overripe fruit and then a very light tingle of yeast and alcohol.

This wants to be a quad--it'd be better if it were a quad--and while it's certainly got the sugar and booze punch of a quad, it's lacking the yeast and spice complexities. It tastes like more like fantastically expired juice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 04:25:08 | More by mynie
Photo of Boto


4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a very dark ruby color. There was about no head on it. This one has a big nose. Raisins, some alcohol, some toffee, caramel, bready, and lots of other stuff. It has a very rich taste. toffee, caramel, raisin, dark fruits, slight alcohol, brown sugar, and lots of other good stuff. I would definitely have this one again (and again).

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:58:23 | More by Boto
Photo of DoubleJ


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haven Gastropub, on to the beer:

Its dark, though the head doesn't retain well. The aroma is hot at first, though as it warms, lots of raisins and prunes emerge. The same could also be said about the taste. Somewhat what at first, with the prunes and raisins dominant. As it warms, the booze cools. Lots of pure maltiness in this one. Some yeast. Medium-heavy in the mouth, but most of the alcohol is shielded. Soft. It's a good one, especially as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 05:21:15 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A interesting quad with a twist of raisin to enhance the dark fruitiness of the style. A very dark brown with a dense cloudiness from the yeast. Smell is rich and fruity with notes of raisins, dates, figs, chocolate, dark sweet breads and yeasty dough. Taste is full of the above. Caramel malt backbone is delicious. There is a light alcohol edge. Well integrated so as not to upset the balance. Finish is full of cocoa with mild and complex hops, bitter but gentle. They give a somewhat clean profile to the finish but it lingers with caramel, graham, chocolate, and subtle coffee. A tasty biscuit flavor as well. Feel is full and chewy with a creamy carbonation. This is what makes it a quad versus a BSDA IMHO. A good sipper for the winter nights. It brings you back again and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 05:29:30 | More by scootny
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hi-Times in CA.

Pours a dark brownish-purple color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bread and dark fruits - raisins and plums - with hints of toffee and caramel.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt and toffee flavors up front segue quickly into dark fruit flavors - raisins and plums - that are a bit sweeter than the smell intimates. Midway through the sip hints of brown sugar enter into the flavor profile before fading back to let the fruit flavors shine through to a crisp and sweet finish. The alcohol is well-hidden however it is noticeable as it warms on its way down.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could certainly have another.

Overall this is a well done beer however I think it may be more up the alley of a BSDA more so than a quad. Regardless it's tasty and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:20:40 | More by glid02
Photo of coldmeat23


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a very dark, opaque, brown color. It has a one-finger head of dark tan colored foam. This recedes to leave a spotty surface covering film. The lacing is rope-like and quite sticky.
Very good appearance for a quad, in my book.

This has a huge biscuit-like yeastiness going on. A big presence of candi sugars. Huge jam notes, filled with dark fruits. A mild level of spices. Good caramel notes.

The flavor continues the big, dark fruit, jam on bread kind of thing. Loads of raisins. Lots of plums, dark cherries and a touch of dates. Nice notes of caramels and candi sugars. A mild spice profile, kind of on the underside of it all.
Definitely sweet, but not cloying.

This is full-bodied, without doubt. It has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. While it is enjoyable, I prefer my quads to be more active and creamy. This one is extremely smooth, but has only a tiny touch of creaminess.

I could certainly drink my share of this one. Hell, this 750ml has gone down quite easily. At 10.50%abv though, it's certainly one to be careful with.
This drinks way easier than it should.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 05:03:10 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of Arbitrator


1.4/5  rDev -64%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My first review (of a flat bottle): 1.5 / 4.0 / 2.5 / 1.0 / 1.0

My second review is here. Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. This has been stored at room temperature since its Dec. 2008 release.

A: It pours a clear maroon / ruby color with burgundy highlights when held to a light. It darkens to opaque in the center, but the edges reveal stunning translucence. No head, no carbonation. Of all styles, quads are supposed to have high carbonation. Not a good sign.

S: Surprisingly pungent for a brew with no life. Lots of dark fruits: raisins, figs, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of muscat grapes. Attractive.

T: This tastes like a phenomenal quad, at first. Lots of raisins, candied figs, and dates. Biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar malts in the mid-taste. There is also some warming clove throughout. The finish is pretty boozy though, and it winds up dominating the taste unpleasantly, especially as the beer warms.

M: Medium-full bodied, with zero carbonation. Sticky taste, poorly masked ABV.

D: So much potential, but it came off as really disgusting with the poorly blended ABV and complete lack of head. I paid about $10 per bottle. My first, in March, was flat. My second, a year after release, is also flat. Christ.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 21:15:27 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of k3punk


2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've heard many a good thing about the Lost Abbey brews so I had high expectations for this brutal concoction.
A - Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle in to a tulip. The color is dark and a little murky, some sediment is obvious on the bottom. A fair amount of head that stuck around for a minute and left some legs.

S - A strong and delicious smell from this brew. Chocolote and fruity. A bit of an oaky earth tone.

T - I flinched a little. The fruit stands out much more than expected. The raisin flavor is a little more than I like, it comes off like a batch of bad Dr. Pepper. Don't get me wrong, I finished the bottle, but as far as a quad goes this is not very impresive.

M/D - A decent mouthfeel. Lost points on drinability due to the taste. All and all I don't think I will try this one again. The 10+ ABV doesn't justify the suffering.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:29:29 | More by k3punk
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steven brought this over.. Thanks brother.. poured into my Delirium goblet.. Cork doesn't really POP too much.. uhhh ohhh!!

Thankfully the pour showed nice carbonation.. Descent looking lite tan head.. the brew is a polished walnut brown.. the head dropped really fast.

Aroma initially has a bunch of stuff going on, but seems sorta scattered.. caramel and toasty malts.. a good amount of estery fruitiness... and some spiciness too.. but it doesn't really mesh.

Flavor is better.. the yeasty phenols and esters hold hands to the malty elements throughout.. prunes and raisins.. toffee.. and some pepper and maybe cloves.. Good body.. lite carbonation.. could probably use another 6 months in the bottle.

Glad I finally got to try this one.. I will trade for a few... I would like to put them away for a while and see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 07:59:55 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Deuane


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

A-Slightly hazed, deep, dark reddish brown copper with the thinnest wisp of a light tan head, no lace.

S-rich plum and prune puree with a nice dose of caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar and spicy pumpernickel bread?

T-Musty biscuit malt with a nice dose of brown sugar, plum/prune, dark cherry and light dose of chocolate.

M-Medium bodied with a nice smoothness and lingering flavours.

D-Nice stuff, nicely complex with an interesting collection of flavours. Certainly not a "classic" quad but well crafted and interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 22:30:38 | More by Deuane
Photo of Anthony1


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep french onion soup color, maybe a weak cherry cough syrup color. Pours completely flat. No sign of any head. Same goes for the lacing, zippo. Really quite lifeless. Knew when I popped the cork and there was no sound that something may not be right. Scent is quite nice though. Lots of dark fruit including raisins, dates and figs. A touch of alcohol as well. There does happen to be a bit of carbonation left, but not much. Just enough to keep it from becoming a drain pour. Almost cask style. Flavor mirrors the nose. Lots of raisin flavors, make that booze soaked raisins. Really a one flavor shop here.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 12:51:25 | More by Anthony1
Photo of pwoods


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice. Notes.

A: Pours a deep dark woody brown with ruby highlights on the edges. Moderate head on the pour with a fat skim of creamy retention. Decent lacing.

S: Rich dark fruits with caramel, toffee and a bit of chocolate. A moderate amount of booziness. Pretty straight forward but right on.

T/M: More of the dark fruits with a defined raisin note from the brewing addition. More of teh rich caramel and toffee with some light, milky chocolate. Hops are there but muted. Plenty of boozy but not too much as to get in the way. Body is medium full to full with somewhat weak carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for 10.5%, even with obvious alcoholic notes. I think the carbonation needs to be a bit higher, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 23:47:47 | More by pwoods
Photo of Beerenauslese


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

Poured a dark brown with a modest head. This beer needs to be poured with force (as many Lost Abbeys do) to create a decent head.

Smells of sour wet horseblanket and dark raisins.

The taste is remarkable: chocolate, raisins, coffee, with just a little acidity to make it all interesting.

The mouthfeel is moderately full, although lacking a bit in carbonation (as do Most Lost Abbeys) but in this case, it works.

This is a good beer to put away a 750 milliliter slowly on a dark winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:59:07 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of jrallen34


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours with lots of carbonation, a huge at least 3 finger tab head that lasts several minutes. The beer itself is a dark brown. Lacing is very think and stays on the sides in a foamy seawater consistency.

The aroma is light for a quad, mostly sweet malts present themsevles with light toffee and a hint of bananna.

The taste is nice and complex has a nice bitter and sweet taste. There is light chocolate, tofee, and small hops.

Mouthfeel is good and very drinkable for this ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 20:33:28 | More by jrallen34
Photo of tang3nt


2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this into a Trappist glass. The pour had very little carbonation with a very small light brown head around the edge(almost none at all). The beer itself was a dark brown almost black color to it.

The smell was the first indication just how boozy this one is. It had hints of what seemed like chocolate but the alcohol smell definitely overpowered it.

The taste had hints of deep chocolate with almost nutty touches, with dark fruit overtones. Also very malty - although once again the alcohol overpowers.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium to flat for me. The texture is a little thick but the lack carbonation for me doesn't bring it up to par. It has a bit of a bitter dry finish.

Overall not bad but for what it is I'd find another alternative.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:45:48 | More by tang3nt
Photo of Vixie


2.05/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel glass. Very little carbonation, and no head at all. There was some light lacing at the edges, and that's all.

Smell was boozy, there is no doubt this is a high alcohol beer. There was a bit of fruit in there as well, and a slight bit of pepper.

Taste was very much on the boozy side. There is some fruit in there, probably due to the raisins used in brewing. Also considerable alcohol warming in the back on the throat. Finishes very dry.

The mouthfeel suffers from the lack of carbonation, it comes across as thin. The hop bitterness lingers a bit at the end.

This is very much a sipper, I had a hard time drinking more than small sips at a time. The equivalent alcohol beer and style to this one for me is LaTerrible by Unibroue, which to me is much more drinkable. I expected more from this one, and overall wasn't too impressed. Usually I can drink a bottle in one sitting, not sure I can with this one.

After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to edit my review a bit. I figured I was too generous the first time around. Not sure if it was due to getting a bad bottle, but this beer was basically undrinkable. I described it to co workers as tasting like paint thinner. I try my hardest to finish beer I buy, as I don't like to be wasteful, but most of this went down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:19:32 | More by Vixie
Photo of orbitalr0x


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

1st bottle release.

Deep cola brown pour with garnet highlights. Not much carbonation but a few bubbles. Aromas of dark malts with a mix of caramel, raisins and lots of dark fruits. Cocoa and spice with an earthy yeast undertone.

First sip brings smooth dark malts upfront with molasses, caramel and raisin flavors. Dark fruits mix through. Cocoa and bready undertones move into spicy yeast accents as it flows down. Mildly roasted with sweetness on the finish. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Mellow carbonation works well here IMHO and this bottle is far from flat. Overall tasty but it's still not near what I remember Mother of All Beers being. Will need to snag another fresh bottle sometime.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 17:36:29 | More by orbitalr0x
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.