Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 71
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 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 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 orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 miromanyth
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rudylaw
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gregb13
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(reviewed from notes)

I live very close to San Diego and yet the only other Lost Abbey brew I'd tried before this one was their Red Barn Ale (an excellent saison). Well, where to begin...

No real need to break down this review into separate parts, as the beer scored near perfect in all aspects on the BA scale for me. The highlight would definitely be the taste. There is a wonderful spicy undercurrent that I enjoyed immensely.

Mouthfeel is also delightful; effervescent with perfect carbonation. Reminiscent of a very nice, carbonated holiday cider.

Overall a fantastic brew. Would seek it out for sure.

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

I was happy to see this on the shelf at my local (Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles). Haven't been lead wrong yet by the good people at Pizza Port / Lost Abbey.

It pours a straw color with the slightest of head. Aroma is clove, Belgian yeast and maybe even elderberry. The sweetness in the nose was far more subtle and complex in the taste. I got some lemon zest and honey in the mouth.

For the alchohol content, this was extremely drinkable - I wonder how this would age.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow for a Belgian with a nice 2 fingers of white on top that melts rather quickly leaving only a very faint lace around the rim

Aroma is softly mellow...subdued soft fruits, a little banana, and a little warming funky yeast.

Taste is only lightly Belgian to me with some bready yeast notes and light malt with a touch of candied sugar but it is all extremely overpowered by intense citrus peel hops that become overly present as you swallow and finish the drink. Hot alcohol taste seems to want for more age and mellowing.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, mostly from the drying effect of the hops I suspect.

Aftertaste is bitter hops with little else.

Not what I would call a Belgian Strong Ale at all. Too much of a California Hops influence without a lot of complexity.

Photo of jmz62565
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw/yellow with a ton of carbonation and a giant white foamy head that leaves fantastic lacing.I hardly ever give 5's for appearance,but this is a special beer. The smell is not as outstanding as the appearance. Some tart apple,pepper,lemon,and wheat are present,but it's not all that strong. The taste is crisp and refreshing with lemon,pepper,bread yeast,alcohol,tart fruit,and wheat. The m/f is light for a high octane brew and all the flavors mix well. All in all,a damn good beer that if you can find it,Try it.

Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle is beautiful to look at but a bitch to open. I've opened many champagne/belgian corked beers and this was by far the most difficult. Rather than a simple twist, I had to rock it back and forth, nervous as hell it might just break off in my hand. Speaking of my hand, it still aches.

Opens, finally, with barely a pop. Pours into a globe glass with a pale hazy yellow color and lots of nice fluffy white head. Not much retention on the head but it does leave some nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, and everything a good Belgian style pale ale should be.

Flavor is complex with loads of spice, banana, pear, and cloves. The spice and bitterness are extreme and it ends super dry. All of this leads to a pretty harsh mouthfeel and drinkability suffers as a result.

It's good overall but maybe not as subtle as I would prefer. I definately need some cheese and crackers to take the edge off. And an ice pack to numb my sore hand.

Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with an insane amount of bubbly just off-white foam. the beer is very clear, bright gold in color.

S - grainy and clean, some fruits of pears and apples in the middle, finishes with grassy and lemon hops. simple yet very nice.

T - sort of oddly begins with bright grassy and lemony hops, more mellow robust fruitiness in the middle with pears & apples. some yeast and just a very subtle tartness at the end. the hops are slightly stale but thats my fault as I've been holding onto this for almost a year now.

M - body is quite thin with strong & forceful carbonation which actually works pretty nicely. leaves the mouth feeling lightly sticky, with lingering fruits and light grassy hops.

D - very good, nothing stands out but just very well balanced and easy to drink...ABV barely noticeable. really grew on me after the first 8oz or so.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.