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Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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886 Ratings
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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 pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

pwoods, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Beerenauslese, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

jrallen34, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of tang3nt
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

tang3nt, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Vixie
2.05/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Vixie, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark cloudy brown with a one finger yellow head. Smells of figs and raisins, an intense aroma. Tastes of figs, grapes, raisins, and malt in a pleasing if not overly complex flavor. Carbonation is fine, and I'd love to rate drinkability higher, but this is a pretty heavy beer that you have to take your time with. Overall, a fine American version of the style.

PhxHorn, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of bobjonesSD
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml into an alesmith pint

A - Dark brown, not very translucent

S - Definite raisins and dark cherries

T - Sweet with figs, raisins and lots of fruit. Some heat from the alcohol as well.

M - Moderately carbonated, slightly sticky-sweet to the palate and throat

D - A little too sweet for much more than a half-bottle of this one.

bobjonesSD, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of kappldav123
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle looks really good (I like those stories in the backside), the beer in the glass also. Very dark, almost black. Velvet aroma, modest alcoholic. Tastes strong and malty, a little bit prickly, soft-velvet finish, notes of cinnamon. Very drinkable for its strenght. Great beer!

Big thanks to Kaggie97 for the bottle!

kappldav123, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Pours hardly any tan head. Very, very thin level. Good retention for the little amount of head. Not a lot of lace. Color is a dark caramel bark brown. I can't see through this beer very much.

Aroma: The raisins are the first thing I smell. A lot of dark dried fruits, plums, grapes, and cranberries. This beast is malty. I also get sweet cherries and chocolate.

Taste: A lot like the aroma, but a big booze taste mixed in. A lot of dark dried fruits. Plums, grapes, cherries, cranberries. Big raisin taste and chocolate. A lot of malts. For the aftertaste, I get a touch of coffee. A pretty good and complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, and creamy. Decent amount of carbonation. Full bodied. Leaves a boozy, dark dried fruit aftertaste. I am diggin this part of the beer.

Overall, this is more of a sipper for me, but I do like it. A lot of flavor. I wouldn't like drinking the entire bottle by myself, but half was a great amount.

mothman, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark reddish-brown in color, maybe even a bit...purple. Not much head to speak of. Unfortunately, it was in a plastic cup at Christmas in July.

S: Lots of dark fruits, especially figs, raisins, and plums. Some spice in there as well.

T: The figs, raisins, and plums make their appearance here, also some chocolate flavors. A bit of booze as well.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, very little carbonation.

D: It's very tasty, but the booze takes away from the drinkability a bit. Still a great beer.

womencantsail, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of tyanow
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

As with all of the Lost Abbey beers that I've tried, Judgement Day is bold, fruity, and complex.

A - Dark purplish amber

S - full fruit, spice, and a hint on cognac

T - dark fruit, plums, raisins (interesting because Lost Abbey has "brewed with raisins" on several other of their brews but not this one), slight notes of chocolate, spices and maybe cognac.

M - A little syroppy, devours the entire tongue and lingers in the throat.

D - It's a big beer. It's nice to drink but I can't see anyone plowing back multiple bottles.

tyanow, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tburkhart
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of many bottles from Lost Abbey that I've needed to get to for some time, and that time is now!

Pours a dark brown with mild red hues. Slight carbonation leaving next to no lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells of dark fruits, figs and raisins.

Taste is almost chocolate like. Very slight roasted notes.

Excellent mouthfeel. This beer sticks around the palate.

This beer would be more drinkable, if it wasn't for the 10.5% alcohol. After awhile you definitely know the alcohol is there.

tburkhart, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1,000th Review for BA
Thanks to Weedchugger for the bottle!

A) Deep black/amber glass shows some clear edges.

S) Belgian yeast is strong in the nose, dark fruit, a touch funky, rum raisin base.

T) Vinous, red wine characteristics, minor tannin, fig, plum, raisin, dark fruit compote. Sweet wins the balance game with the alcohol getting a touch head and hot toward the end.

M) Low carbonation, practically flat. Body is a bit thin with a drying alcoholic finish.

D) Nice flavors, but didn't blow me away. The alcohol is a bit hot and the carbonation level a bit low, both that may have been helped by more aging, but I held this a good year plus. Glad to have the bottle and glad to hit 1,000 reviews.

HardTarget, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is mostly dark fruit.Taste is fig,raisin and booze.A tasty warming beer that was really not meant to be drunk in the summer,even so it was an overall positive experience.I would recommend and would purchase again in the colder months.

matty, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ding, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are kind of floral, of stewed dark fruits, breads, and a touch of sourness.

Taste is a bit chocolate like. With some dark dark fruit flavors, almost a little like a red wine. There is also a bready like quality, with some spices, and a bit of sourness also noted on the finish. It's a pretty complex beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice and well rounded, and it feels thick and smooth. A little prickly though. Maybe from the head of the alcohol. But it is not overpowering.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's an interesting and complex beer, but it's also a bit much. It's going to take me a while to get through the bottle. Still well worth trying though.

flexabull, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of kmeves
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber/brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet with raisin, prune and light alcohol. Flavor is raisin, plum, pomegranate, caramel and dark chocolate. Sticky full body with low carbonation. Finish is dry and very woody.

kmeves, May 29, 2009
Photo of quinlin
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber, almost no light gets through, pours almost no head.

S - smells of banana, dried fruits, dates, prunes, raisin

T - raisin liqueur, dried fruit, very complex, i couldnt pick out much else but could tell there was a lot going on.

M - bold with a full body. dry finish.

D - I would love to try this one again

quinlin, May 29, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 750ml corked bottle split with psycohops. I knew something was a muck when I opened the bottle. The cork was loose and slid out willingly. I was greeted by a slight hiccup upon removal. Kinda equivalent to the mighty roar of a tit mouse. Appears the color of root beer with barely half an inch of light ecru foam. The foam vanished within seconds leaving no trace. Aroma / flavor - prunes, raisins, dark cherries, yeast, candied apples. Decent body but quite lacking in the carbonation dept. The low carbonation makes this one a bit hard to drink and enjoy.

ClockworkOrange, May 29, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome looking 750 corked and caged

Appearance: Just slightly hazy dark walnut beer with medium dark ivory cap which fades pretty quickly to a medium/thick film

Smell: Sweet dark bread, light chocolate, touches of dark rum and fruit

Taste: Big kick of dark fruit and rum alcohol up front, with lots of toasty crystal malt and burnt caramel on the finish...ends a bit dry and bready...alcohol is present but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and slick

Drinkability: High for the style, though splitting this 750 between two people was perfect

Conclusion: This was quite nice; a drinkable Quad full of character...this really shone with pairings, however. It was great as a dessert course with German Butterkase cheese, dried figs, and dark Belgian chocolate.

BedetheVenerable, May 26, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

750 ml cage-corked bottle (with a very cool label of the Apocolypse):

Pours hazed brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to a swirling patch. Some spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of raisins, chocolate, bread (pumpernickel). Sweet, though with a hint of smoke.

The taste is of raisins (not "artificial" at all), chocolate, dark bread, caramel/toffee - chocolate-ish maltiness with a touch of smoke. A nice tartness balances it. There is well-incorporated alcohol. Finishes dry. Sweet, touch of tart, then dry. Very nice.

Full-bodied, but not thick or syrupy. Carbonation just enough to give a "Belgian-esque" character.

A wonderfully complex brew that, although the alcohol is present, drinks quite easily (for abv). A unique brew that is raisin-y, but balanced. Very well-done!

jwc215, May 19, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus chalices. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottle purchased during the Tomme Arthur hosted Port Brewing/LA launch party at Dobby's Liquors Palatine, IL Nov. 2008.

A: The cork slid out of the bottle with a sickly, barely audible "pop". First uh-oh. I poured the first glass and got absolutely no head. Second uh-oh. I slammed the beer into the second glass and got just the barest minimum of fizzy foam that disappeared immediately. Third uh-oh. What was left was a murky cola brown with no head, lace, or carbonation.

S: Very nice aromas of plums, rum-raisin bread pudding, vanilla, chocolate liqueur, caramel, cherry, and pan roasted nuts.

T: See above. Flavors of toffee, tootsie rolls, dark chocolate, vanilla glaze, cinnamon, and coconut round out the taste.

M: Sweeet. Too damn sweet...and syrupy. No carbonation to provide any zing. Even the well hidden alcohol adds just a modicum of spiciness.

D: At this launch party I remember Tomme saying that the first batch of Port/LA beer intended for Chicago had been bottled and sitting for two months already and not to judge his beer based on the initial offerings...like he was apologizing for it or something. Why bring your beer to a new market if ot's not firing on all cylinders? So far, everything I've tried that I bought that night has been good-but not worthy of the hushed, reverent tones that people gush over their products in. Don't know if I'll spend any more $ on their beer.

GbVDave, May 17, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulips. Thanks to Bitterbill for this one.

A = Bottle opened with almost no "pop" but carbonation forms upon pour. It is weird though, bubbling up like root beer and quickly fizzing away until only a thin ring around the edge and a small spot in the middle of the surface is all that remains. Color is a slightly hazy dark reddish brown.

S = Prunes, chocolate, root beer. Kind of funky, but not in a typical quad, Belgian yeast funk way, more in a soft drink kind of way.

T & M = This is like drinking syrup with chocolate malt and sugar added to it. It has a nice creamy feel to it, though perhaps that is due to only a very, very light carbonation, it doe have excellent mouthcoating, too. It does get cloying though, perhaps because it coats the mouth so well but is like a thick sugary confection. It's got various dark fruits and chocolates, but all in it's hard to say it is above average for a beer of the style.

D = About a glass is all I want and I'm not sure I will seek it out again, though it might be an excellent dessert drink.

Traquairlover, May 15, 2009
Photo of bensiff
1.7/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What the hell Lost Abbey? Sure I can start by saying it poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights. That it had absolutely no carbonation. There were flavors of raisins, figs, leather, and sweet alcohol.

However, the main point here is that this thing was cloyingly sweet like my first attempt at brewing a barley wine before I understand concepts of residual sweetness resulting in me dumping that batch down the drain. This thing was so sweet I thought it did not get properly fermented so I logged onto Lost Abbey's web site and got their beginning and finishing gravities and checked it with my hydrometer. It was, to my surprise, attenuated as advertised. Sickingly sweet and no carbonation. I can only hope this was some experiment batch or there are quality control issues going on at Lost Abbey because it was horrible. I'll stick to the other quads in the future.

bensiff, May 13, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a deep mahogony bordering on black. Thin tan head that didn't last long. Aroma of raisins, belgian yeast and vanilla. Also plenty of vanilla in the flavor, with other sweet malt flavor. Some warming alcohol burn. Packs a punch. Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Another good Lost Abbey beer.

bigbelcher, May 07, 2009
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.