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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 757
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 74
Gots: 107 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 05-04-2008

Corruption, Greed and Lust, they’re all represented on he books today. Tomorrow they’ll be stringing Gluttony, Desire and Sloth. Go ahead, tell yourself you’re better than all of them. But you can’t. Hell can be funny like that. Down here it’s all just sin. Everyone here is screwed just like you. They don’t care who you sliced, diced or cheated. No one is escaping this heinous place.

Your roommate is an axe murderer. Eerily, he’s not threatening. How can he be? The Fallen Angel owns your body, mind and soul. As such, no one can take your life. It’s already been taken. Or was it given? Neither matters. Did you seriously think you were living a virtuous life? At least Satan serves beer in Hell. He brews it himself right there in that flame stoked cauldron. Rumor has it the beer is straw yellow, bone dry and simply labeled Inferno.
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Photo of ZakFaruki
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is beyond carbonated, the cork shot off as it was sitting on the table uncaged! As the label says, it pours a straw yellow with a gigantic undying white head, thick amounts of lace coat the glass on the way down. Citrus and other fruits lead the nose, as well as clove and a bit of the Belgian funk. The taste leads with semi-sweet malt on the nose, that fades into a banana and yeast, finishes with a pinch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it feels filling due to the carbonation. Honestly, I will try other Lost Abbey beers, this one just seemed rather plain jane.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a HUGE HEAD. I cannot overstate this point, this head is massive and just does not die. The beer itself is a pale golden hay color with VERY apparent carbonation. The bottle that I had is quite carbonated. It is slightly opaque. The nose is slightly sweet smelling, definitely yeast esters (think rip stone fruit, pears, peaches, etc) and has no discernible hop odor. The taste is slightly chalky, lots of yeast, some booze. Upfront the flavor is mostly malty sweet and then fades to a yeasty, bready, slightly boozy note.

Overall very nice, not quite my stile (a little boozy) but is a beer I would definitely try again.

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3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off this is a carbonation bomb. With a light pour I get more head then beer. Three inches of egg shell white head stands like a rock. The nose is soft with tones of citrus zest and coriander. The flavors are carried by a nice carbonation level. Some sweet cherry tones team with a hint of vanilla all backed with some zesty rind notes. Somewhere between a Belgian saison and a strong ale for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Cork shot off hard into my hand upon uncaging. Took a while to fully pour. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked bottle. Straw yellow color, just as the labeling suggests. The head on this beer is as big as it gets.

Not much to the smell, and a very dry taste, but it works.

It's a solid beer. Nothing special.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3.75/4.25/4.25/4.5/4.25 for what I think the actual beer is, but I don't think this is actually Inferno.

So I'm a little confused here. I just cracked one of these open, and uh... I wonder if it's actually a different beer? Right off the bat, the label even lists it as being straw yellow and dry blah blah blah. This came straight out of the bottle a deep chestnut brown. Minimal head.
Nose is dark fruits and inviting sour notes. I'm not even that into sours, but this just begs to be imbibed. Smoothe.
Flavour continues in this vein; some plums and a touch of raisin and fig and a decent dose of sour dark cherries. Maybe even some tobacco buried somewhere in the guts and a bit of wood. Definitely sour. Very enjoyable, though. And that's coming from someone who's accepting of sours from time to time, but is by no means a fiend or even a big fan. Sour cherries and plums definitely run the show.
Finish is tart and smoothe. For something that is decidedly quite quite sour this is very drinkable. I'm conflicted on listing this review. I'm about 99% sure that this is not what it says on the bottle, but whatever it is is quite enjoyable, and more enjoyable than what I expected the labeled beer to be!!

EDIT: After reading through descriptions/reviews of their other beers, I suspect that this might be Red Poppy. I will follow up with a bottle of RP to compare, and move this over to RP if it seems like that's what it actually was.
FOLLOW UP: Don't think it's Red Poppy. Amazing Grace is my next guess or maybe Cuvee de Tomme.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

It doesn't matter if you have hands as soft as clouds, as disciplined as a Kensho master, and as quiet as a moth fart. When you pour this beer, you WILL get a five-finger head that lasts longer than Oprah's ego trips.

As for the taste, it's all right. This is probably what a witbier tastes like if someone cuts it with Everclear. It's very strong and boozy, but still highlights the coriander and banana you would expect.

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Photo of stortore
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a Leute Bokbier glass (had 'em a couple months, needed to try them out).

A very hazy, bright yellow pour, with a big, foamy head. Very appealing. Smells peppery, yeasty, bready, some clove, a touch of banana. Taste is yeasty, a little funky, slightly sweet, with some malt and a little clove. Nice. Slight hop bitterness on the back end. Good body and feel. Dry. Nicely carbonated.

I love a good BSPA, and this certainly is one. Nothing unique or different about it, just really well made and very enjoyable. Would buy again.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head, very rocky and slow settling. Yellow/golden body that's rather cloudy.
Largely malt aroma with a bready quality but the esters and phenols show in time with a soft spiciness, bits of fruit and a soft alcohol.
Hmmmm, complex of course. How many sips to get it all in? Certainly dries out quite a bit and lingers too. Sweet up front with fruit then the spices follow and grow to be a little heavy handed as the alcohol shows with some warmth and flavor. I'm finding some interesting hop taste in the middle. They seem grass and herbal. Malt flavors mingle between all the other flavors and offer some nice stabilizing influences.
Wow the drying is ...well...right there and noticeable. It holds a little hop flavor in time too. It's taking time to work through all that is going on, but he sum of the parts is coming together to be pleasing to my sense.
I like the corked 12.7oz bottle.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: First off, looks like carbonated orange juice with a big fluffy white head, lots of lacing, big bubbles on the top sticking to glass's side, looks very juicy.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, bread, no alcohol on the nose, nothing big.

T: Belgian yeast characteristics up front, spice, bananas, pears, there is a slight tartness to the beer, getting lots of heat from the alcohol, very good.

M: Dry, fluffy mouthfeel.

O: I've had this with some age on it and now fresh, it has more bright flavors fresh and more alcohol, going to let another age and see if the beer balances out with the alcohol.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. No date on the bottle. Sampled in March 12, 2015. I picked it up about 2 months ago.

The color of the pour is a murky looking, bottle-conditioned straw yellow with a huge, puffy white head.

The aroma is full of Belgian characteristics including candied sugar. toasted bread, yeast, light spice, and a definite berry-like fruitiness in the background.

The body is medium.

The taste has a dry bite to it along with the toasted and juicy fruit characters already mentioned.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consume 3/10/15 bottled on 8/14 750ml
Beautiful golden appearance, great 2.5inch cloudy head, breaks down nicely after a few minutes.
Smell is a lil minimal, my sinus' are a lil stuffy, do pick up some wild yeast, maybe green apple.
Really nice taste, It reminds me more of a Belg tripel style, pear flavor in front,some banana in finish.
Really good mouthfeel, very carbonated but it wirks great with this beer.
Im glad I revisited this beer, havent had in a couple years, really great all around but only 7.99 @ Bevmo I had to grab with a fresh Carnevale last month.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a nice two-three finger fluffy white head that lasts quite some time.
Big spicy yeast in the smell, honey, sweet yellow apple, fresh hop, herbs, orange. Quite intense tho, with some acidity and alcohol floating up from the glass.
Crunchy fruit up front, with nice apple and pear, bringing in a bit of tartness. Some bitter orange peel, a bit of apricot sweetness too, laced with honey. Yeasts are really busy, but not doughy, bringing lots of white pepper, coriander seed, clove, crunchy herbs, faint lemongrass. Hops wrap it up, a bit grassy, floral, hinting some grapefruit too, with a really nice and surprisingly dry finish.
Aftertaste has spicy yeasts, a bit of sweetness, a bit of apple peel and bitter hops. Medium body and prickly carbonation, enriched by the overall spicy feel. Alcohol hidden impeccably.
A really great Belgian-styled beer from Lost Abbey, a drier, hoppier alternative to the original ones, without ignoring the rich yeasts.

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Photo of gestyr
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ML bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a thick long lasting head that finally gives way to lacing.

Smell: Grainy, yeast, spiciness, very slight frutiness

Taste: grainy, lightly malty, subdued hops, some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very pleasent.

Feel: light bodied and refreshing. A hint of alcohol and slight carbonation sting

Overall, I liked this beer. Not in your face, just pleasent and refreshing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma initially sour, quickly ends then nothing
Head enormous (> 9 cm, careful pour), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to irregular frothy layer
Lacing poor – rare island of medium bubbles
Body light gold, clear
Flavor begins yeasty then not much; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no flavor at all!
Palate light, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.5
Best thing about this ale – it’s not offensive
Worst thing about this ale – over carbonated

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Photo of docoman
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Wasn't sure what to expect from this beer... poured very light, almost looked like a wit-beer... but the taste was great... paired with spiced chorizo sausage and cheese and spicy Gouda cheese and was great, brought out the flavor in this beer, perfect pairing...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottleneck's Bottled On Date is smeared but I can make out the "13" at the end.

A- From a gentle pour comes a massive three inches of off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center bump of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind. Once the sediment is introduced, it creates a murky, wispy cloud inside the body.

S- Effervescent Belgian yeast reminds me of a saison since there's a touch of soily funk.

T- Clean flavor of Belgian yeast brings notes of apple, pear and some banana. The alcohol is incredibly well-hidden. Almost has a white wine dryness to it.

M- Crisp and bright with medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- Definitely one of my new top 5 BSPAs. Has all the components that I look for in the style: Champagne-like carbonation, is dry yet still somewhat sweet and has a yeast presence that's almost perfectly balanced toward the malt flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +16%

Biscuit laced with funk and light fruit dominate the nose.
The beer pours hazy gold with a giant rocky off-white foam cap.
Ripe fruit first strikes the palate with a hint of sweetness, funk, some orange, a hint of bubble gum, and spice as the beer grows dry to finish slightly tart with a spicy bitter emphasis. The bitterness is a crisp quinine like bitterness rather than a heavier resiny or grapefruit rind bitterness.
The body is very creamy with a fine soft effervescence.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%

25.4 oz Bomber.Finally I get to review a Lost abbey product I have heard so much about.Inferno ale at 9.0 surely gets the job done but the taste is not quite there.A little Hoppy with a touch of grapefruit and a lot of carbonation.You can feel the alcohol burn when you drink it.Maybe better suited as a winter beer.Watch out for the heartburn.Ok beer but at 10.99 a bottle you want more than ok.Probably would not get this beer again.Not even Black Sabbath could make this and excellent beer.Motley out

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker orange color with a one finger head with good retention.
Sweet aroma of overripe oranges and herbal hops.
Flavor of Cointreau liquor, pears, light tartness, herbal notes, pineapple and candi sugar, yeast, lemongrass, grapes and some spices.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is harmonic with the overall beer and it has a warming effect.
Good beer with good complexity, but not mind blowing, partially is due to the fact that we generally have high expectations on Lost Abbey’s brews.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 9.4FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 12/4/12

A - This beer is pale yellow in color with a slight haze. It is topped with a mountain of fluffy, white head. Chunks of foam cling to the sides of the glass.

S - I get light fruit notes. Pear comes to mind. I smell some spices as well.

T - The taste follows the smell. I get spices and pear. I do get a little alcohol.

M - Moderate

O - It is a nice beer, but it is not outstanding for the style. The taste and smell are a bit on the weak side. It drinks easily though.

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Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Fair head retention.

Sharp citrussy aroma with distinct clove and pepper phenols. Nice balance of fruit and spice. Sweet with some alcohol notes too.

Soft, sweet malt with a sharpness that cleans it out. Solid fruitiness and touches of spice. A little musty. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Could be spritzier.

A solid Tripel. Good flavour even if there isn't a twist. Carbonation a little lacking.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Resembles Duvel in the pour with its light, milky golden color. Huge head, looks like a bubble bath. As many fingers thick as you want it to be, good retention and a thick, sticky lace.

A great combination of tropical fruits and peppery Belgian yeast. Lurking in the background, I have to admit there is something warming.

Dare I say, yeast forward? The fruits come across in the taste as well as the smell, but the yeast takes over quickly and never lets go. Somewhere along the way, the alcohol puts its stamp on things and dominates.

A duo of extremes...spice and heat. The yeast provides for extreme spiciness and the alcohol brings fire to the party. There's an instance of sweet and then it's nothing but spice followed by pain from the burn. My tongue is already ruined after just a few sips. The back of my tongue is starting to feel it and there's a tingle in the my throat. Inferno is appropriately named. It doesn't help that there's an amazing amount of carbonation to keep the hot going.

It's not all that easy to drink. It smells so good, but then it's just painful to finish. I have a whole bomber to get through and I have no idea how. This misses the mark.

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Photo of richj1970
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated 12/4/2012 into teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with a gigantic 4-5 finger soapy white head that seems to linger forever. Some decent resididual lacing.

S: Belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, and some nice earthy funk.

T: Some of the Belgian candy sugar sweetness mixed with some nice farmhouse funk. Slight citrus notes.

M: Crazy big head, and steady stream of bubbles even considering the age and ABV. Finishes a bit dry and crisp.

O: One of the best pale ales that I have had to date. Need to find some more of this one soon.

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Photo of dank203
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy yellow orange. lot of musty grain and alcohol on nose. flavor explosively earthy. wow this is a great beer. I right now prefer it to Russian river damnation. still the duvel is king of strong pales and will always be, but yea these American brewers know how to get it close

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.