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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 66
Gots: 79 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-04-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Sammy, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.5%

t0rin0, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/29/12.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a chunky cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some peppery aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL

A: Poured a slightly-hazy golden color with a nice, big white head.

S: Lots of citrus and yeastiness as well as sweetness from the malt; almost a light touch of honey.

T: Sweetness with lots of yeast--banana, citrus, and spice.

M: Very carbonated and quite light.

D: Very, very drinkable. This was my introduction to Lost Abbey and absolutely did not disappoint.

Thorpe429, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles in between.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast and peppery spices are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of peppery spices from start to finish as well as complex notes of yeast and hints of candi sugars. A light amount of bitterness is present; little if any alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a bit prickly (from the spices) on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice amount of complexity and manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a very good representation of the style.

metter98, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a solid head that leaves a decent amount of lace

Smell: Bready, with a lot of yeasty phenols that provide stone fruits, white pepper and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Opens with the bready yeast flavor, but adds a tangerine element and then gets really peppery and hoppy by mid-palate, with some pear and pith; after the swallow, the pithiness becomes more herbal, although there are fruity and sweet, candi sugar notes that add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a hoppy Belgian, then you will enjoy this beer; to my palate, however, there are others in this series I prefer

brentk56, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with some light alcohol but no fruity ester as I had expected. Taste is a mix between some sweet Belgian malt with some hint of alcoholic phenols but no signs or fruity yeast ester or floral hops notes. Full body with good carbonation and some alcohol showing. I can't say that this is bad but it is still somewhat short from Duvel.

Phyl21ca, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kruggerand gold with a small splash of orange and a fine yeasty haze. The ivory colored crown does its damndest to give Belgian foam a run for its money (and almost pulls it off). It's melted marshmallow sticky and is beginning to coat the glass with impressive sheets of shotgun-blasted lace.

The nose is almost everything that a good BSPA nose should be. It's redolent of golden fruit and assorted spices, with a hint of herbal hoppiness as well. So far it doesn't appear as if The Lost Abbey has colored very far outside the lines. Which is fine.

Tomme Arthur has been quoted as saying that Inferno Ale is an homage to Duvel (that isn't a direct quote), which I consider the best BSPA in the world... and one of the best beers of any style. It isn't that good, not even close, but it's a tasty brew that should satisfy those who love big Belgians.

One minor quibble is that Inferno is too hop-focused for the style. Sweet is fine, dry is fine and balanced is fine. Bitterness, which I usually love, is out of place in a beer of this sort. Depth and complexity is a little lacking as well, although not to such an extent that the taste score deserves to be lowered.

Flavors include crisp pears and apples, herbal-grassy hops and a yeasty spiciness akin to white pepper, cardamom and clove. Again, nothing out the ordinary. This is a solid brew from top to bottom, but it doesn't have that *certain something* that would allow it to compete with the best of style.

A better mouthfeel might have increased the scores on either side of it. It's light-medium in heft and is too gently bubbled. The result (other than a pathetic pop on cork removal) is a beer that doesn't have much mouthfilling creaminess and doesn't bathe the taste buds as long as it should.

Inferno Ale falls far short of Duvel, but then every other BSPA on the planet does as well. In the end, this is a semi-impressive ale from a brewery that produces far more hits than misses. If you have any interest in the style, it's also an easy recommendation.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had one of these earlier in the summer, but was in no position to review it. I decided to crack open another one to give it a proper run through. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a chalice. This one was consumed on 10/30/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, deep hazy golden yellow color that was very evident right of the bat. Nice carbonation was easily apparent as champagne like bubbles reached skyward, constantly refreshing a large pillow of white on top. Very slow receded here left behind tons of thick and sticky side glass lace that really just coated the entire inside of the glass.

The aroma was light, airy and nice and hoppy with a great presence to it. Nice light pepper like notes that really punched through as it warmed, allowing that nice, light hoppy bite to really take hold. Some light bread like notes lying underneath o that. The flavor was very well done. Light, with most all of the alcohol very well hidden. It started with a nice lemon zest like hop bite that quickly melded into a spicy and peppery mix of yeast and spices. Some nice touches of light fruit and a really nice and mellow finish, left a clean, dry flavor in it. Smooth, with a champagne like feel to it, this was easy to put down, but at over 8% was nothing to just throw down.

In the end, while not my favorite thing from Lost Abbey, it was definitely solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day. It seems like it makes a very nice addition to their regular lineup.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large three finger head on a pale hazy golden body.

S: very fruity, mostly lemon and banana, nice yeast presence.

T: corriander and strong herbal presencse with tropical fruit sweetness in the finish. avergae yeast presence. nicely tangy. The flavor is near perfect in blance, sweetness and belgian yeast character.

M: light body and high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is very well rounded and very drinkable. The rating is high but this one deserves it.

kylehay2004, May 25, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a white head. Very nice citrus note on the nose, yeast, and some spiciness to it as well. A touch of alcohol, some floral hops, just a light malt sweetness. The citrus really comes through on the nose. A bit citric, some yest, some spices, and a touch of booze. Lightly floral, quite dry, and a light sweetness in the middle.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a pretty nice looking hazy yellow color. Not really what I expected when I read the name of the beer. The head that formed as I poured this one out was big, rocky and white. Pretty good lacing on this one. The smell of the beer gave off a decent amount of Belgian yeast aromas and some sweet malts. The taste of the beer was rather mild also, I thought that maybe there would be a touch of peppery spice in there but I wasn't getting any from what I could tell. The mouthfeel of this brew is pretty smooth, a very easy going drink. Overall I liked it, I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again one day.

Knapp85, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, pale ornage-gold body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Peppery spices and fresh herbs opposite a scent of honey ladled over ripe fruit.

Taste: Slight toasted biscuity malt character with a mild honeylike sweetness. Blend of pear and citrus juices. A touch floral, spicy. Restrained bitterness. A bit peppery. Light bitterness lingers into the particularly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another quality release from Lost Abbey.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-colored with a bit of haze. The thick and frothy two finger head retains very nicely.

Smell: Some spicy phenols, a bit of herbal hop and fruit (mainly banana and apple).

Taste/mouthfeel: Similar to the nose; mild phenols of banana and spice with a bready backbone. Slight sweetness initially, but it dries up quickly, revealing a minty and citric hop bite. Pretty light in body despite the high ABV.

Notes: A damn good Summer thirst-quencher, though it'll get you drunk pretty quickly if you're not careful. Bonus points for the awesome front and back labels - this is one seriously metal beer. Heavy metal, that is.

largadeer, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle for under $6. Bright gold body, billowing white head, sticky chunks of lacing inside the glass. Visible trails of carbonation rising from the center. Lasting ring and skim action.

Dusty wafer candy sweetness, fruity Belgian yeast.

Effervescent body, light and bubbly, dry aftertaste. Dried apricot and pear flavors, some floral notes also. Crisp with some dusty sweetness lingering, yeast esters, very slight hint of alcohol as it warms. Decent, but probably not something i'd go for again as the sweetness limits the appeal personally.

emerge077, Oct 10, 2011
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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.