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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-04-2008)
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Reviews by jasonjlewis:
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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

pours a big initial head with decent lacing and a pale yellow color.

smell is of lemon pepper and some grainy pils with faint saaz hops and a big healthy dose of clove with a minimal banana undertone.

taste is dry and grainy from pils malt. incredibly clovey with a mild noble hop flavor and bitterness.

this beer is incredibly dry and effervescent.

the huge clove and dry body make this beer a little less drinkable. still a good example of the style.

04-11-2010 03:30:32 | More by jasonjlewis
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-18-2014 02:42:29 | More by CavemanRamblin
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear golden yellow pour with a half inch of bone white head on top of the brew. Active carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spicy crisp malts with nice Belgian yeast accents.

Sweet and spicy malts upfront that moves into some earth yeast tones along with a dry finish. A touch fruity with a mellow bitterness on the way down. A tasty golden Belgian brew with a good yeast kick.

Pretty damn drinkable with good carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and came come up to bite you! I would grab this one again if I'm looking for an easy drinking Belgian golden ale.

08-31-2009 02:39:23 | More by orbitalr0x
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-16-2013 03:16:17 | More by supa0525
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

375 ml bottle (no bottle date) into a tulip

After a lengthy battle, the cork finally yields with a nice pop.

A - Pours mostly clear light orange color with a massive stream of carbonation rising from the center. A slow pour yields > 3 fingers of white head, no doubt due to the cork battle. Head has outstanding retention and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Heavy yeast presence with a bit of citrus and grape. Yeast has both bread and funk elements. Also has a bit of spiciness to it. Has kind of "thick" smell if such a thing is possible

T - Taste has more citrus than the aroma, but is still heavy on the yeast components. Nice bread and must, with a bit of pepper on the back end. Finishes earthy and dry with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with bright carbonation and a long earthy dry finish.

O - Very tasty. I bit heavier than Duvel,but not at all in a bad way. Nice depth of flavors.

02-11-2012 00:13:45 | More by warnerry
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

750ml bottle. Pours a light yellow orange with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, some tart fruitiness and some musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet malts and citric fruits (lemon and orange) with a touch of tart sourness and some slightly bitter yeast funk. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian. It's lighter and fruitier than expected, but the sweetness is offset well by the yeast. It is nice and drinkable.

12-23-2008 07:12:37 | More by Beaver13
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

Typical L.A. bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness/vintage info...pours light yellowy apricot, cloudy, huge off white head, rocky cap, merainge, tons of lace, the whole nine! nice...fruity, yeasty, flavorful on the nostrils..yummy..tasty, fruity, complex, flavorful, thoroughly enjoyable, pineapple, candied apricots, vanilla, honey, lemon/lime initially, then more hoppy, some alcohol and gin notes floating around...love the style, the Port beers in general, so this one is a natural for me...wish I could find Port offerings closer then Massachusetts!

10-14-2008 22:16:13 | More by Billolick
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: 1 inch head, bright yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: straw, lemon, and some funk

Taste: straw, lemon, earthly-peppery hops, apple, some funk, with alcohol noticable on the finish

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly sweet with some funk, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable, dry, Belgian that has saison qualities to it. While I do want this again, I would sooner choose other Lost Abbey beers first. A very good, nice and fruity/funky beer.

04-20-2010 14:09:58 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very different. I get some smoke, caramel and biscuit malts as well as wheat. The flavor is Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, wheat, honey, caramel and toffee. I didn't expect the caramel and toffee notes in this beer since it was yellow in color, but they are a welcome surprise. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

06-01-2010 04:03:10 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-28-2013 04:53:00 | More by Altenor
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Lemon, citrus, and spice in the nose. Fair amount of the same in the taste, but with honey and earthy farmhouse notes. Taverner made a great call with the Sangria-like flavor of this one. A bit too carbonated, but still enjoyable.

12-12-2008 21:27:19 | More by magictrokini
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-01-2014 02:00:38 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

10-17-2013 18:39:41 | More by mkrass
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-04-2014 00:54:38 | More by TKEbeerman
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-27-2012 22:35:08 | More by KyleMA
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-10-2014 21:44:12 | More by yhoshijima
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2%

A: Very pretty - Like glowing straw with carbonation streaming from the bottom - a gigantic pillowy head

S: Pears. Spice. The yeast gives off some fruity smells. A slight "bathroom cleaner" smell to it.

T: Black pepper. Honey. Apple-y. Has a nice bite! The yeast shines here.

M: Creamy and zingy on the tongue

O: I like it. I enjoy a drier Belgian-style ale after so many sweet American interpretations. Tasty

09-30-2011 03:00:54 | More by miromanyth
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2.94/5  rDev -27%

Poured way more yellow than I was hoping for, very cloudy. Shit. Aroma was sweet and strong alcohol wise.

Taste, ugh, sweet alcohol overpowers. I thought this might be a little hoppy like Mischief. Its a little peppery, maybe plum. Getting clove in the mouthfeel of this. Ah, so glad I didn't buy a whole bottle and waited to check it out at the SDIBF. Finishes too 'hot' no pun intended. Can't recommend.

07-23-2010 21:25:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

My first Lost Abbey brew. Very excited as I popped the cork and poured...

The label said to expect a straw color and that's exactly what I got. A modest 1/2 inch white head that left behind equally modest lacing.

The nose caught hops, honey and banana. Nothing I haven't smelled before, but pleasant nonetheless.

I caught a lot of those hops and banana in my first sip all the way to the last. Gosh was this a dry beer. Immediately vacant of any kind of moisture in my mouth. Like a lemon chill that actually tastes good!

The drinkability is amazing. I finished the entire bottle in about 30 minutes. A great strong pale for a 85 degree day. I will definitely be visiting Lost Abbey again!

06-07-2008 00:11:17 | More by rudylaw
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head. the head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a citrusy, lemony aroma. I smell some spices, but the citrus dominates. A slight earthy yeast aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells, but the spicy flavor is more dominate. Some lemony citrus flavor is present. It has a slight grainy flavor as well.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a lemony aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and the flavor might be just a bit aggressive.

Overall: This is a good beer. Nothing special, but a solid Lost Abbey beer.

11-28-2008 05:25:29 | More by OStrungT
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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Enjoyed a 750mL bottle of Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale, a Belgian-style strong pale ale, poured into my trusty Dogfish head snifter, on Sunday, May 27. I picked this bottle up at the excellent Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA (anyone in the Greater Boston area who loves beer must make a visit). Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): First pour (a very careful, slow one) produces a massive three-finger white head that recedes slowly. I knew this beer had to be poured carefully from the get-go, since right after popping the cork foam rushed into the neck of the bottle--thankfully, it wasn't a "gusher." The light, bubbly head sits atop a clear, light amber-colored body, a color typical to the beer's style. The beer looks great, even though the impressive head means the first sip is delayed.

Smell (4.5/5): Right after popping the cork you can smell an excellent sweet, fruity aroma wafting from the bottle. When poured into the glass, it becomes much more pronounced. It smells of pear and green apple and sugar. Despite this brew's strength, not a hint of alcohol can be detected in the nose. While Inferno Ale smells sweet and fruity, it's not overdone; rather it has an exceptional and impressive balance. Honestly, this American-made ale has one of the best aromas I've ever come across in a beer. Simply excellent.

Taste (4.5/5):, A spicy, coriander-like flavor from the yeast dominates the foretaste. It give way to, and melds with, the fruity flavors of apple and pear that the beer's aroma so invitingly hinted at. This sweetness fades in the finish--the hops subdue that sweetness and the coriander-like flavor from the yeast comes back to dominate. A slight warming from the alcohol comes through in the back. I am also very impressed by how well the beer warms. As time passes, the beer's aroma and flavor are both subtly changed and enhanced.

Mouthfeel (4/5): The mouthfeel is medium-light and features appropriate carbonation (medium-low) for a strong Belgian pale ale. The mouthfeel doesn't blow me away, but then again, it seems to do everything right. Absolutely no complaints.

Overall (4.5/5): The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale is one of the best American takes on a Belgian ale of ANY style that I have had the pleasure of drinking. Its aroma and taste are both top notch; its appearance and mouthfeel both help to enhance the former two and the overall drinking experience. This is another great ale from Tomme and the gang at The Lost Abbey. If you're into strong Belgian pale ales, seek it out.

05-29-2012 14:02:58 | More by hagbergl
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a clear yellow gold with a huge foamy white head. As it slowly fades lots of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Nice fruity nose with notes of sweet spice.

Tastes lightly dry and spicy. Bready malts and pepper stick out for me. Pronounced grape like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall is real good. Highly drinkable and yet another great Lost Abbey beer. Worth drinking again.

09-02-2011 21:10:56 | More by daveytheformer
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Had this courtesy of ATLbeerDog - thanks!

Pours a straw color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated orange and lemon peels - lots of citrus zest. Hints of pears and a very light grassiness from the hops are also present.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus flavors backed by sweet malts and Belgian candi sugar. The hops don't seem to have as much influence on the taste as they did on the smell, but they're still lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass relatively quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is a tasty BSPA that's on the lighter side of things. Definitely worth a shot.

EDIT 11/9/2010

Tasted again recently and got a slightly more pilsner malt and much more pear aroma and flavor than previously. Adjusted the drinkability up a notch but other than that things are fairly similar. Still worth a shot.

04-13-2009 16:16:48 | More by glid02
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-19-2014 22:39:00 | More by Beer21
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a light golden color, a few shades darker than Duvel. A disappointingly short head forms but holds for a bit. Some ok lacing.

S: Nice yeasty nose with some decent fruit esters and light phenolic notes. Plenty of sweetness from the Belgian candi sugar.

T/M: The yeast gets a little more spicy in the taste but still maintains a good fruity level. Clove definitely builds up and really comes through in the finish. Still plenty sweet with enough wheat coming through. Body is medium light with good carbonation.

D: Not a spot on Duvel clone but kinda close and tasty nonetheless. Drinks pretty easy with minimal alcohol showing through.

10-09-2008 03:21:21 | More by pwoods
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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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