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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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2.35/5  rDev -41.7%

Yuck....I had to force this beer down. Seriously, tastes like a mouthful of grass, hay and straw. I traded some good beer for this brew and unfortunately it was not good at all. Have had some of the same experience with lost abbey brews...they are hit or a big miss...some are great...some are the pits...and this one is the bottom of the pits of the lost abbey beers I have tried to date.

A: straw hay yellow with lots of foam and suds...drank a large bottle at about 48 degrees

S: more hay and straw, grass, some citrus notes, mostly bland and dull

T: like I said, a mouthful of grass...

M: dry and harsh

O: had to force this beer down....would have happily dumped it down the drain but did not want to waste the trade...yuck...I could be done with lost abbey beers...this was the pits!

09-12-2012 00:12:50 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

02-01-2012 23:25:41 | More by bonez05404
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

12-31-2011 16:13:36 | More by hawkmage
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2.56/5  rDev -36.5%

12 oz bottle from Beermasons.

No pop when removing the cork. Murky golden straw with a minimal white head that drops summarily to nix.

Hot ethanol off the bat, behind which lurks lots of citrus pith, tart green apple and honey. Bit of a dry grainy backdrop. Bit brutish and lacking in differentiation, a common outcome of poorly done Belgian ales.

Flavours are much sweeter, but pretty one-dimensional and uninspired. Powerful stewed pear, apple strudel and boozey honey

Very syrupy with nowhere near enough carbonation to offer relief from the booze heat.

Hmmm, could be the condition of this bottle, but this is far from Lost Abbey's finest. Comes across blunt and amateurish.

02-24-2013 08:28:46 | More by spicelab
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2.7/5  rDev -33%

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.

08-28-2008 06:58:37 | More by IntriqKen


2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

06-06-2013 14:06:31 | More by MCMASTERSANCHEZ
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2.9/5  rDev -28%

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Thanks to James at NEBCO for sharing this; the bottle is supposedly about a year old.

A: Hazy orange-gold body under an inch of fine, creamy eggshell head. Great retention and tons of lace. Lovely.

S: Heavily fruity, with apricot and prune really standing out. Some mild earthiness. Not terribly pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with a powerfully fruity, earthy, and mildly tart assault of esters and malts. The finish is a bit boozy, and somehow manages to be both dry and heavy at the same time. Unappetizing.

M: Frothy, lively, creamy, and generally terrific for the style.

O: This reminded me a bit of Goose Island Matilda, but was nowhere near as enjoyable. We washed it down with NEBCO's own BSPA, 668, and that beer could hardly have made a stronger (and more positive) contrast. Not recommended, but perhaps it would be better really fresh. Definitely no better than average for the style.


04-19-2012 00:16:07 | More by woosterbill
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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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2.95/5  rDev -26.8%

I had my second bottle of this thinking that the first was off, but turns out it wasn't. Pours a mostly cloudy straw yellow color with a light orange hue. A soft white head with some retention but limited lacing.

The nose is subtle with a light Belgian characteristic. The malt is more prominent than anything else. Some more generic pale notes with a hint of biscuit and . There are some yeast characteristics with just a hint of Belgian notes. Some soft esters and light fruit notes. Some banana and rose. Some minor butyric that was off setting.

The taste has more of a Belgian characteristics but hop for style. The malt has a muddle taste with some light wheat, bread and biscuit notes. A slight sugary note that is more along the lines of honey. Some hop citrus notes that is more US pale than Belgian. There is some orange peel and a touch of dirty dish water that doesn't mix well. The yeast character is subtle and really doesn't come out. Some light alcohol bite as well, but really everything is just not blended well.

The body is moderate to light moderate. Carbonation is light for style but ok. Overall disappointing. Some off notes with some really off blending tastes that don't work.

08-28-2008 21:38:18 | More by Oxymoron
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2.98/5  rDev -26.1%

Reviewed 1/1/2009 (bottle):

Pours a hazy yellow color body with a humongous craggy white head, very lasting. Extremely floral aroma. Sweet and Belgiany. Sweet spiciness present too, muted. Watery palate, some sweet spiciness. Some hotness present. A nice floral taste, but not a lot, more alcohol. Some alcohol in the nose as it warms up more.

01-15-2009 03:48:37 | More by jujubeast6000
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

05-15-2013 02:50:14 | More by Zbeetleman
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

07-13-2014 05:26:01 | More by Zizzlebtimbers
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

06-13-2013 18:41:08 | More by djre4orm
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

01-23-2013 04:51:16 | More by 2neardead
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

11-16-2011 06:23:43 | More by jerz
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3.03/5  rDev -24.8%

Chilled bomber into a shaker pint.

Look- Hazy honey-hued amber. Two fingers of loose, frothy head that sticks to the glass but falls to nothing fairly quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles indicate a well carbonated brew.

Smell- Classic. Not much more to say, it's what I'd expect from a Belgian ale. No off odors, but nothing stands out either. Maybe a bit of astringency.

Taste- Finally - something interesting. Hops are more prominent that I anticipated, Light graham cracker malt with touches of honey. Middle takes on a more savory spice flavor than I'm used to, almost peppery. Works well with the just-past-balancing herbal hops. Mellow, pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Harsh, prickly carbonation, medium body, boozy feel at the end, light burn.

Overall- Succeeds in some ways, fails in others. Pretty well executed, but it lacks anything to bring it out of the pack; perhaps cellaring would take it up a notch. The aggressive carbonation masks what subtler flavors there may have been, and the rest of what's going on is pretty standard. I think I may be spoiled by the excellent Belgian-style brews available in Central Texas.


Shortly after finishing this review, I realized that I had no desire to finish the bottle, and I've got too many good beers on hand to drink another pint of this one. When I realized I was about to drainpour half of a $10+ bomber, I also realized my rating of 3.5 was too high, so I've adjusted it accordingly.

06-22-2012 03:44:11 | More by Lawl3ss
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -23.1%

Light yellow body and lots of lasting white head, with lots of lace left in the glass. A funkly yeast that gives it a funky aroma. Medium mouthfeel, metallic taste. Kind of so-so for the brewer.I think this will become my next meat tenderizer. Thanks Dr. Jay.

12-28-2008 01:32:20 | More by Sammy
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3.13/5  rDev -22.3%

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's chalice.

A - Pours a hazy pale straw color, with an absurd amount of carbonation in it. I poured probably a finger's worth of beer before the glass was completely covered in foam. After scooping out the excess with a spoon, I carefully poured until about half the glass was full. The rest of the glass was filled with dense foam, snow-white in color. Retention is pretty good as well, and as it recedes, it is replaced by thick residual foam. Very nice looking.

S - The taste is a bit more mild than I was expecting given the appearance and label, but it is overall solid. Some grapes and apples, lots of bready yeast and pale malts. A decent amount of alcohol heat comes through near the end.

T - The taste is reminiscent of comparable Belgian pales, without being overly spicy. There is some black pepper, however, so bear that in mind. Besides that, the best adjective I'd used to describe this beer would be bready. From the malts to the yeast, it was always keeps that backbone. So much so, that it subdues the fruits that were so appetizing in the notes. After drinking half a glass, it's tough to get the lemon, apple, and grape notes.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Bone dry that leaves me feeling as if I have been breathing desert air.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The appearance, nose and mouthfeel were all great, but the breadiness is a bit much in the flavor. At the pricepoint, I would probably stick with something more balanced, like a Duvel.

08-16-2011 03:07:31 | More by nhindian
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3.15/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured from a 750 into my beermug...

Appearance: Cloudy yellow straw, foamy head, with fine bubbles. The lacing and foam lasted thru the whole bottle.
Smell: Weak floral and fruit notes. Nothing of note.
Taste: Very dry, some hoppy taste, a bit sour/bitter (weak lemon)? I really liked the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Decent, but not outstanding. Nothing for the whole mouth.
Drinkability and overall: A pretty decent beer. I liked this. The 8.5 ABV is surprising for a beer with this flavor and feel. I won't run out and get more, but if someone gave me some, I'd drink it.

11-27-2008 02:18:55 | More by andyinsdca
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District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%

I had this at a tasting. The person who brought it is not on BA so I cannot give them credit.

A: Poured a very cloudy, vanilla laced, yet bright Halloween orange, with about a 1-2 finger head that stayed somewhat foamy throughout the session.

S: Aspriny and citrusy for sure, but it also had good bit of yeastiness in the mix to keep this from being an utter fruit bomb.

T: Yeasty, citrusy, yet somewhat boozy. This went away after a few sips though. There was a fair hint of lemon here and I agree with what others have said about this being somewhat soapy.... that was distracting. Very dry finish.

M: Extremely creamy and well carbonated, yet the bitter soap taste linger to almost a point of no return.

D: This was my least favorite LA brew to date, however, I'd like to give this one another go in the future just to see if my taste buds were just off this night.

12-24-2010 13:49:57 | More by Chaney
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3.18/5  rDev -21.1%

Towering white head is an appropriate homage to Duvel. Thick retention the size of most heads. Over he golden straw color this beer looks like a lemon meringue pie in a glass. Great retention and sheets of lace. Bottle label has a depiction of hell with what appears to be a monorail running through it.

Spicy, dry white pepper aroma. Sweet Twinkie malt and golden pear becomes more prominent as the Inferno warms (ha, pun!).

"Bone dry" indeed. Somewhat husky and abrasive as well. Very little residual sweetness. The golden fruits I'd expect from this style are fairly subdued and lack the smooth, airy quality I want from this BSPA.

04-29-2011 01:20:09 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.2/5  rDev -20.6%

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth goblet. Body is a clear golden amber with huge amount of carbonation spinning up from the center. The head poured out at 1.5 fingers and stays that way forever in a rocky, creamy form that just refuses to recede. Gorgeous appearance.

Nose: Aroma is not as vibrant as one would assume, but hints of pitted fruits and dry, citrus acid make their way through. Some chalkiness prevails. Get some powdered-milk-meets-apricot stuff that is tempting and true to style, yet not overwhelmingly seductive.

Mouth: Original predominant flavors consist of soft notes of apricot, milky-slippery-butter not-so-nice flavors, and plenty of hops. Flavor ends far short of the back of my palate, leaving me wanting a supplement for the second half of my mouth. Feel is okay, maybe too much carbonation but it's not in a sharp, poignant way, but too foamy and explosive. After taste is bitter hops but without notable flavor.

I would conclude that this is a bit too hoppy and a bit too carbonated than my favorite examples of the style. Nice but difficult to make it through 750 mils.

11-24-2008 06:08:11 | More by clickpush
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

10-17-2013 18:39:41 | More by mkrass
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Look: Golden Yellow in color with a huge 2 inch head and great retention. There is an insane amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer. This beer is truly Alive

Smell: Subtle hints of orange grapefruit pine and a little bit of banana

Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell here. This beer was really sweet on the palate a lot of fruity notes. Pear banana grapefruit etc..

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation bubbles punching the roof of your mouth and a very dry finish

Overall: This beer is a tad bit sweet for me. There are just too many fruit flavors going on. This beer would go down very smoothly on a hot summer day or a relaxing day at the beach.

06-13-2011 20:06:20 | More by DarthKostrizer
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

11-09-2013 20:28:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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