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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 71
Gots: 99 | 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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Ratings: 737 | Reviews: 340
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.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just ok for me. Could be the style isn't my thing.

Photo of Jerridf6657
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little to carbonated for my taste, but a decent beer otherwise.

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.

Photo of Catracho5
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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: Spice, banana bread sweetness, tart bitterness at the end that lingers, tartness turns into funk, kind of strange and off, definitely get the Belgian characteristics up front, something just doesn't seem right.

M: Dry, fluffy mouthfeel.

O: My biggest complaint, way too much carbonation, I'm not sure if the tart funk bitterness is a regular flavor in this style but it seems to not be, no bottle date, so it may be old. I would love to know the bottle date or try one fresh. It starts well but doesn't finish well.

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.

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.

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At Monk's. Just not for me. Straight up Strong Pale Ale.

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.

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.

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

Photo of JamesFowler
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

It's aight.

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...

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.5% ABV, Bottled 9/26/13

A - A puffy thunderhead cloud of lumpy, sparkling, snow-white foam rests atop a beautiful pale yellow colored beer hazed over by unfiltered sediment. A billowing chimney of carbonation keeps the tall foam afloat for what seems like eternity while thick white suds clings to the glass, caking it in decorative lace.

S - Great Belgian yeast aromatics just flow from this beer effortlessly; lemongrass citrus, sticky-sweet clover honey, and sharp musty dryness all overlap the light malts kissed by wet wheat. White grape skin, clay, and wet rocks caress a sprinkling of spicy noble hops that finish out the spectacular aroma, complimented by tiny banana esters coming through after sipping.

T - Inferno Ale begins with a mellow candi sugar sweetness that evolves into a spicy twang from noble hops and yeast esters; light earthy clay, clove, lemongrass, Bartlett pear skin, and floral notes all congregate with a teeny banana hint along the back end.

M - As effervescent as champagne, foam tickles the lips as it's sipped and the bubbles lightly sting the throat as it's swallowed giving it a refreshing light body, balanced perfectly between the maltiness, light hop additions, and yeast esters. The only time any alcohol is noticeable in this brew is faint through retro nasal breathing, finishing with a slightly fusel warmth.

O - Complex and bold in aroma and flavor, Inferno Ale packs a wallop (of alcohol) that goes generally unnoticed through it's consumption, a trait sought after in this highly drinkable style. An incredible Belgian Strong Pale Ale from start to finish, The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale get as close to replicating the classics as possible, so close in fact, one might believe it straight from Belgium in a blind tasting! To top it off, every time I've experienced this beer it retains it's quality, which is more than I can say for one of the largest producers of this style. The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale is a world-class beer that absolutely must be tried by any self-respecting beer lover.

Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled 11/26/11.

A: pours with decent clarity. a deep blonde. head is massive and has good retention. unfortunately limited lacing.

S: some light fruity sugars. pears. smells a little bit musty. barnyard and farm-y.

T: a slightly farmy taste. there is really a very slight tartness, that leads me to believe this is on the verge of spoilage. but not yet. a little bit of boozy heat, but certainly manageable. really, really, really dry.

M: a vivacious carb on a full bodied beer. well done bottle conditioning. pretty outstanding carb level for the style.

D: drinks pretty good after 3 years. a tasty Belgian strong blond, with some very interesting barnyard funky notes. really found this enjoyable and wonder if it is equally as barn-like fresh.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 12/??/2012 printed & smeared on the bottleneck. This is my 666th beer review on BeerAdvocate, and this was about as appropriate a beer I could find for the occasion. Vintage 2012, my bottle lists an 8.50% abv. Also, my first beer from The Lost Abbey.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Uncorks with a nice loud pop and pours a huge four plus fingers of foamy white head. Body is a hazed pale golden yellow. Excellent head retention for the high abv and age.

S - Smell is of big musty yeast derived fruitiness - apple, pear, white grapes, lightly vinous, grassy, slight alcohol fumes. Lots of apple juice / grape juice / wine like characteristics.

T - Taste is of banana, apple, pear, white grape, clove spice, and herbal / earthy yeast must. Again, lots of apple / grape / vinous wine character going on here.

M - Feel is lightly dry, earthy, and bitter. Full bodied with excellent carbonation that has held on well.

Overall, a nice Belgian. Warming alcohol. Lots of grape / apple / wine character. Glad to have tried it, and I look forward to more from The Lost Abbey.

The Lost Abbey Inferno Ale ---4/5.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.