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
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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: 742 | Reviews: 341
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 davedahl
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 750ml in Chicago at Binny's in the South Loop.

A: It poured sort of an opaque straw color. Head comprised of tiny bubbles and big. Head burns down to a thin layer that drops off a little lacing here and there.

S: Interesting stuff going on...I'm picking up spicy white pepper, bananas, and (I swear) pineapple.

T: More bananas but with coriander on the palate. With a nice smooth malty taste that border-lines on wheat.

M: Definitely full, slightly fluffy, but with a nice clean finish.

Very drinkable and tasty Belgian Strong .. it was sold to me as a "saison" and I see how it'd be pitched that way. Good stuff.

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 GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/09/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Didn't happen to look for freshness info. It is, however, a 2008 release.

Appearance- Lightly clouded and golden colored pour. Good one inch plus creamy style head that leaves behind fine lace chunks and patchwork.

Smell- Duvel-like in the nose, but quite sweet with a confectioniers sugar nose along with corriander, white pepper and some mild citrus fruits.

Taste- As told it tasted like Duvel, I would have to agree, but with considerable more citrus and sugar in the flavor. Just a wee touch too much sugar kept it from being about perfect. A good amount of corriander and a nice orange-lemon fused flavor throughout the entire beer.

Mouthfeel- Not as highly carbonated as would have thought. Medium level at best...which works out perfect for me. Mild sugary mouthfeel, but very crisp and easy drinking.

Drinkability- I will be getting one of these again. Wonderful output from Port Brewing.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

....and I thought only a few of the Lost Abbey beers were bottled in 375 ml bottles. This bottle of Inferno is also a 375, bottled on 10/6/11. Let's give hell a taste. On to the beer:

Some Belgian blondes are a beautiful sight. Inferno is no different from that. With a fluffy bone white head, great retention, and a hazy goldenrod color, it looks almost like a Duvel (is it a coincidence that this is also being served in my Duvel tulip?). The nose offers dry aromas. Wild flowers. Soft yeasty background, bread dough. Gettin' thirsty now...

It's dry, and it's very appetizing. The taste is soft all around and well balanced. Just a little sweet pineapple runs through, cidery too. Floral. Slight pepper. Vague citrus. It also seems to have some funk as well. Not to be overshadowed is the texture, which is an airy full-bodied beer with a creamy feel, and a dry, bittersweet aftertaste.

We have yet another winner from the Lost Abbey line of beers. Now I'm a little upset at myself for purchasing the smaller bottle and not the larger 750.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange with a light haze. Off-white foamy cap, about three fingers thick, leaves chunks of foam behind on the glass.

S - Strong yeasty aromas of over ripe pears and apples along with a strong herbal bite and hints of white pepper. Some candi sugar sweetness lingers underneath.

T - Dry sweetness initially with hints of well ripened fruit. Pear, lemon and apple all come to mind. Peppery in the finish.

M/D - Crisp but full bodied. Very dry. Excellent BSPA.

Photo of fbinla
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice foamy head. clear amber color. spicy on the noise, pineapple, yeast, small hint of baked bread.

Taste is peppery up front then a nice yeasty profile giving me some apricot, biscuit and a nice bitter balanced finished. Low to medium sweetness, Carbonation is great with just med high.

It's controlled beer, easy to drink, hard to believe it's 8.5%, sneaks up on you. Instead of inferno is should be rogue as it silently takes you out when you think all is well.

Photo of Philousa
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy straw color in the sunlight. The head is a monstrous white cap of four fingers. It reminds me of a cappuccino made by an over-zealous milk frother. The carbonation is bubbling up furiously from the laser etched bottom as well. Takes some patience to enjoy (kinda reminiscent of a The Bruery Saison). Aroma is light and refreshing. Pepper and allspice with some lemon from the yeast accent the light Belgian malt. Honey kissed and nectar-like are descriptors that come to mind for the malt.Taste starts out with zesty esters of pepper, banana, and citrus, followed by malty bitterness and ends dry as a bone. The body is meaty, but not overbearing. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and super dry. It's almost like there is a ghost of the beer I just drank.

This beer ain't messing around. It knows what it wants and does it well: Deliver a serious tasting Belgian Strong Pale to your taste buds and get the heck out of there! This would be refreshing on a hot day or a cold winter night. I'll have to pick this one up again when I see it.

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 mynie
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent pour. Honey yellow with an okay head but oddly clear, almost filtered looking (this couldn't be, though, the sediment was a centimeter thick at the bottom of the bottle).

Very nice, layered aroma. Smells a lot more like a Saison than a BSPA. Big flowers, weediness, pollen, lemongrass, alcoholic yeast. Very sweet and crisp, just plain old wonderful.

Tastes fantabulous. Excellent balance. Starts off saisony, very crisp and sweet with lots of flowers and lemon. This moves into a honey sweet middle that's lightly peppery and strongly, wonderfully alcoholic. Normally things would fizzle out after that, but here we move into a tremendous yeast profile that lingers long after the beer's been swallowed, sweet fruit and burny booze. The yeast tastes like a blend between west coast USA and straight-up Belgian and it really, really works.

Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large billowy white head. sticky on the sides as it recedes.... beautiful in appearance. very stately.... this one is really nice to pour
smell is like an old tank of beer, with some Belgian sugar. some floral notes... not much else....
taste is . . . . very floral. very 'belgian'-like. nice for 9%, but very rich. I've kind of burned out on the rich brews and the Belgians, but this is still very well crafted. it was my fault for going on an all-out Belgian-fest and getting tired of these beautiful rich brews... not sure why I even picked this one up.... but here I am, here it is, and I haven't officially logged a review on this one yet although I've had it many times.... I still love this one and appreciate the what they've done on this one....

Photo of Goregazm
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

YOU WILL BURN IF YOU DON'T TRY THIS BEER!

Appearance: Pours a light-golden/yellow color, sort of like a thick grapefruit juice with a few bubbles rising to the surface. Has a huge three-finger head which seems to last forever! When it finally goes down, it leaves some foamy lacing behind.

Smell: Heavy on the citrus fruits (espcially orange and grapefruit) and hops. Has some caramel and sugar thrown in for good measure. It's a sweet smell with a bitter undertone.

Taste: The taste is very close to what the smell would lead to believe, it's heavy on the citrus and hops. The orange and grapefruit are predominant, with a little malt as well. A suttle, refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, with good carbonation that doesn't tingle. Aftertaste is similar to the actual taste with a little bit more bitterness.

Drinkability: This is an excellent strong ale that has a soothing, refreshing taste and feel. Drink this while relaxing after work, while watching tv, during a meal (especially chicken or meat), or any time you choose. A beer this good has no limit on when to enjoy it. Get some now.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A yellow cloudy straw color. Tons of head! 2 fingers worth. Lace sticks on the glass all the way down! It does not get much better than this...

S - Fruit..apples, and pears. Malt and yeast.

T - Wow. Apples, fruits, sweet, but so well balanced. Not too sweet. ABV is totally hidden. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Full body.

O - Now this is a great Belgian pale ale. this is up there with one of my favorites..the Horny Devil. I will be back for more...

Photo of dsuedbeck
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle aged a little over a year.

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish color, big two finger white head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Smells more of saison style, really interesting. Some grassy funky smells, along with some lemon. The Belgian yeast definitely comes through.

Taste: Great taste, you got a lot of your typical Belgian yeast flavors, there are some citrus notes, a little lemon and orange. High carbonation which helps high the high ABV. There isn't a huge hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Overall: Very tasty, could be an everyday kind of beer if I didn't have so many others to try first.

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

Pours into my snifter a hazy, pale golden-yellow with about a fingers worth of white head. Decent lacing is left behind.

The aroma is a very nice blend of yeast, floral hops, herbs, lemon, pepper, light citrus, and a touch of dry grass. Each sniff seems to bring out another new scent.

The flavor is as spicy as the aroma is, with some crisp citrus hops and a surprising sweetness to it. It's fairly drying from beginning to end...even with the liquid in my mouth. Touch of honey-iced sweetbread brings the malt out nicely to complement the hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a average carbonation for the style. Aftertaste is of tongue smacking dryness with a slightly bitter twist to it. The alcohol, to me, isn't noticeable. This one is going down very easy on this warm afternoon. I don't think there's much hope for three I stashed in the cellar.

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

FINALLY we got Lost Abbey here in Chicago!

Pours a nice golden body with a head that retains for quite a while! I cant wait to taste this brew!

The smell is very light and hoppy. It has notes of citris and bubblegum!

Finally, what does Lost Abbey taste like?
It's lite and bubblegummy. Its very reminecent of Tripel Karmeliet. It's very light and refreshing. I got a feeling this will however give me a headache!

Oh well its so good let it happen!

Cheers!

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had passed on buying this one as I heard only unenthusiastic reviews from my Belgian-loving friends, mainly around the lack of funkiness. I think time in the bottle has been kind because this defied my expectations.

Served with the dinner course at the Farmhouse's :Thanksgiving in Belgium" dinner.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin white head.

Smell is very aromatic with Belgian yeast, black pepper, green fruits and some nice funk.

The funkiness really shines in the taste. Pungent, sour, spciy and yeasty, all at the same time. A nice hop presence in the finish as well.

Light to medium bodied, crisp on the tongue.

Deliciously drinkable, the best beer of the night.

HV

Photo of MiScusi
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Perfectly clear light golden, tons of carbonation bubbles, fairly large foamy head.

S- Pear is the predominant fruit, a little earthy Belgian yeast products but not overpowering. Smell seemed pretty potent at the start but now I'm having to search for it.

T- hits with a little earthiness. That classic Belgian earthiness. Peppery. Lingering fruitiness as well as that peppery finish. Sometimes the fruit hits first, it depends on how you sip it.

M- Very good, light, carbonation is pretty prevalent but the bubbles are fine in texture. Finishes quite dry.

D- easy.

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 alexw
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this tasty treat courtesy of my buddy who works with the Lost Abbey crew -- thanks Kenan!

A: Hazy, cloudy straw/pale gold color to Inferno, with big-time carbonation. I may have poured a little over-zelously, but the head was big, frothy & very slow to subside. As others noted, even after the head recedes, there was still a solid lacy topping of bubbles.

S: A very spicy bouquet - definitely get the clove & coriander others have noted, but also almost a hot pepper or papprika smell to it. There's definitely a strong wheaty/bready smell to it as well.

T: The pepper comes out in the taste as well -- almost like someone sprinkled some on top of the beer. Quite a lot of different tastes came out, but overall the bitterness overpowers all. The malt that is there is very dry & subdued -- like it was beat into submission by some wild wheat or something.

M: Surprisingly light body, given the smells I got from this beer. After all the spices & adjuncts I smelled, I expected a big heavy taste, but this is light, almost crisp.

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

750 corked and caged bottle purchased from the brewery at Port's Second Anniversary Party for nine dollars, split with my friend last night, poured into a Guinness pub glass

A-Golden yellow with some orange tint, body is a little murky and hazy, big 1 1/4 inch foamy white head, stuck around for close to ten minutes, nice retention, good lacing at the beginning

S-Hoppiness, grassy accents, pineapple, strawberries, vanilla, bit of alcohol, other citrus, black pepper, other faint spices, bready malt, biscuit, hay, lemon juice, and orange peel

T-This brew tasted a lot lighter than it smelled the first few sips, once it warmed a little is when the flavor really popped out, some hops at first, then some chewy malt in the middle mixed with some subtle fruit, mostly apples, then some more hops in the finish along with lemon and oranges, aftertaste was dry from all the bitterness which is what separated this from other beers of its kind, very nice balance, enjoyable all the way through

M-Crisp, dry, slightly sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, the hops in this one provided a nice bitterness, body was medium, lots of carbonation and this one was certainly a gusher, taste lingered a good amount of time too

D-Could have drank this whole bottle but it would get heavy after that, not much sweetness and not too syrupy but it is still far from being light, alcohol is hidden very well though, goes down easily because of its smoothness

Was hoping this was going to be released to the general public after seeing it offered in Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club, very similar to Duvel and even better in some ways, like the hop profile more for sure, one of the better Belgian-style ales I have tasted lately, would definitely drink again, hope to see some in stores out here in the Inland Empire, recommended

Photo of TheNapkin
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer. Poured golden and extremely carbonated, perhaps as much as champagne. Even pouring the beer down the side of the glass created voluminous head that quickly bubbled out of the glass.

The aroma is full of sour fruits with only the slightest hint of sweetness. An intoxicating aroma. The taste follows in a similar vein--sour fruits (apple, pear, lemon). The brew was wildly carbonated and finished with a great dryness. Crisp and fruity, not altogether dissimilar from a sparkling wine but with a thicker body and fuller fruit explosion.

I've come to expect a lot from the Lost Abbey beers, but this one really blew me away. The best beer I've had by them hands down.

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