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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 64
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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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Photo of flayedandskinned
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10-26-12

Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellow. A thick, meringue like, 3 finger tall billowy white head spews forth from the bottom of the glass immediately. Great head retention and curtains of lace cling for life to the tulip as you imbibe. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Scents of lemon and fresh cut grass burst forth from the glass. Plenty of Belgian yeast character here; Pear, hay, faint banana, light pepper and some farmhouse funk for good measure. Makes me think they might have used a saison yeast for this brew. An interesting acidic tone surfaces as the beer warms in it's glass.

Taste: Huge, snappy citrus right out front with some saison-esque, peppery funk right behind it. Notes of pear surface as the chewy malts start to coat your tongue for a brief moment in time before the lively carbonation lifts them off of your palate. The 9% alcohol is very well masked. The beer finishes bone dry with a somewhat tart, lingering hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of this high ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and chewy, yet really crisp and refreshing with the high carbonation of this ale.

Overall: Definitely the best American brewed Strong Golden Ale I've had. Slightly Maltier than the original SGA, Duvel. Well balanced, and begs to be paired with some freshly grilled salmon and a green salad with a light champagne vinaigrette drizzled on top.

flayedandskinned, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -0.5%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden amber with a large head and good retention. A nice covering remains on the top of the brew. Lacing is decent. Mild carbonation is evident.

Smell is enticing. Pale malt with honey. A sweet yeasty fruitiness and mild Belgian yeast notes. Some citrus and Belgian spice.

Taste is quite good. More sweet malt with an apple and white grapiness. Some very faint banana tinged facets. Good hop dryness. Firm in its arrival but mild overall. Alcohol is undetectable. Feel is medium with a smooth carbonation and clean drying astringence.

Drinkability lends itself to sessioning except the abv prohibits that. Still a heavier brew that goes down with the ease of a pale ale. Impressive.

A fine beverage for just about any occasion. Thanks to WasTrinkenSie for a real nice one.

scootny, May 25, 2009
Photo of jgluck
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jgluck, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Unfiltered
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with ample head; impressive adhesion, the lace defies gravity! Abundant carbonation observed. Aroma is very floral and the taste features mild estery banana notes with a definite hop presence. Mouth feel is somewhat astringent but drinkability is high.

Unfiltered, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to throwitallaway for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The ale is a straw yellow color , augmented with a few drops of orange food coloring. The orange-yellow combination yields a mild haze that hangs in the glass, partially obscuring the objects on the other side of the glass.

S: The nose is yeasty with a peppery flair. Pear and apple aromas come from the yeast. The overall scent is very sweet but from the yeast and not sugar additions.

T: The ale is very fruity, deliciously so. Berries and apples drive the initial sip with a pleasing kick. Peppery heat soon follows, acting as a palate-cleanser of sorts. After the fruitiness, a distinct doughiness follows, bready like a cookie dough, very sugary. Boozy strength is evident throughout. The combination of flavors makes this the bastard offspring of d'Achouffe's Gnomette and Duvel.

M: The mouthfeel is Belgian, devilishly good with a wicked finish that hits you about 5 minutes after your first glass. The yeast-driven berry flavors seal the deal with their sweetness.

D: The ale is only 8.5%? It feels like an 11% behemoth at the midpoint. I was looking forward to this beer but walk away underwhelmed (and with a B+ rating, that is sayin' something).

akorsak, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev -0.5%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -0.5%

campfirebrew, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Absolut
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Absolut, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

st9647v3, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of alwaysplayin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

alwaysplayin, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Syracuse12
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Syracuse12, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of mbw314
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mbw314, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

calcnerd, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aside from the general rising prices today, there's nothing to complain about with this brew. It's a nice slightly hazy yellow belgian pale ale. flavor wise it comes across soft with light esters, grain and honey notes. It's delivers a kick but makes it a happy easy to accept kick. Worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of jaemeno3
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jaemeno3, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JaySchneider, May 28, 2013
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of NotDarkEnough
4/5  rDev -0.5%

NotDarkEnough, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DangerDawg, May 06, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured a light hazy golden orange colour with a few yeasty chunks. Big foamy head was slightly off white and poured big and fluffy. Large carbonation bubbles rushed to the surface... tons of sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots going on with this one.... Loads of spicy Belgian yeastiness to the fore, some soapiness, quite earthy, some light brett notes, tropical fruit (pineapples, also some pear and apple), sea salt, some faint dishwater traces, very peppery and spicy (coriander & ginger maybe ?), honey fresh bread, some cookie dough, hay...

Taste - Tart and spicy, lots of yeasty notes, sharp fruitiness (grapefruits, limes, pears and apples), some very faint candy sugar sweetness, very grassy and peppery, some earthy brett, some saltiness, anise medicinal notes, alcohol just noticeable, quite floral...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable but a little on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - Another very good brew from Lost Abbey although nothing groundbreaking... definitely worth a try though...

mdagnew, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev -0.5%

timotao, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Lantern, Dec 21, 2012
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.