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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 748
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 73
Gots: 105 | 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 Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  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. (543 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice bottle for about 10 bucks. pours a fuzzy pale straw color with some suspended yeast and a growing white head that seems to stay a few inches tall the whole time. it smells fresh like cut grass and meadow flowers. theres some fruity pep from the yeast, and a waft of alcohol indicating the strength of this one. it tastes similar to the nose, more springtime than fall, with some floral notes as well as that grassy hop complexion. it finishes very quickly and is bone dry. its not bitter, but there is a strong hop presence in the finish as well. the mouthfeel is great, excited carbonation from the belgian yeast, a deep medium body, and a moderate alcohol sting. i love the dry finish too, perfect for this type of brew. while this certainly isnt my favorite lost abbey selection, its one im glad i purchased. its different than many other beers in this genre, and it was the perfect (if ironic) choice of beer for making my annual hot sauce for canning. just right. (975 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (683 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -10%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (2,027 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a three-finger head of bubbly, long-lasting head of white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of pear and apple. Nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It had a spicy bite with a yeasty kick. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor. Nice pear and apple flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. Another good one from The Lost Abbey. (536 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,509 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a massive four finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits excellent staying power and when it finally settles it leaves excellent lace.

S - Notes of pepper, pear, and coriander with sweet, pilsner malt.

T - Soft, sweet malt up front with notes of pepper and pear. Notes of honey in the middle with more pear, coriander and black pepper. The beer finishes with vanilla, black pepper, and some lightly herbal hops with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and an appropriately dry finish.

D - Very well done. The bottle conditioning really shows here and helps with both body and carbonation, making this one of if not the best American made Belgians that I have had to date. (751 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a cloudy coppery orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention flares up to a full finger when swirled and leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant and nose tingling mix of sweet bready malts, spices, orange zest, grass, and yeast with just the tiniest amount of heat underneath it.

The taste is a little more mellow than the aroma is, with notes of bready toasted malts, citrus, spices, and an all around yeasty feel at times. Finishes with a medium dry feel that never gets to be quite bone dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and very easygoing feel considering the higher ABV.

A nice attempt at a Duvel clone, I really dug the prominant toasted malt character of this very much. Tasty and easy drinking for the size, I would revisit this again. (889 characters)

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

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a thin white head. Nose is dough and a very minimal yeasty funk. Flavor is smooth with a dough and citrus edge and a bit of an earthy bite on the backside, but the flavor doesn't stay that long really. What's there is good though. Feel has a full carbonation and a good liquid feel. This is a nice enough Belgian Pale Ale. Fairly easy to drink and unobtrusive. Best paired with food I think. (425 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazy gold with a sliver of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemons that fade quickly. Appleskins & honey creep through as this warms

T: Grapefruitty hops, breadyness & apricots up front. Coriander, a touch of honey dryness & some white pepper & pineapple as this warms. Finishes peppery with grainyness, plus some lemongrass

MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation; skews spicy

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, a descent shot at the style. This would go great with Thai, Sushi, & or Indian IMO (566 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. My bottle notes the ABV as 9.0%. Acquired yesterday at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $5.49 USD plus tax.

A: Pours a three finger head of no real cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow-orange.

Sm: Malty and yeasty. Sugars. A simple, moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean malts, pleasant biscuity yeast, buttery esters, no real hop flavour, cream on the open, and spices. Some light lemon/orange/clove. Pretty well balanced. Well built. Pleasant and enjoyable. Not layered, but complex enough.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a creamy delightful open. The finish is enjoyable. Enjoyable tingly.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for the ABV - which hardly comes out at all. I could drink this all night. It's a nice little beer, but Lost Abbey does better. Still, it's certainly worth checking out.

B- (1,052 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow-golden color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, spices, grain, citrus, and bready malts. Smells great, just like a Belgian style ale should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, cloves, bananas, Belgian yeast, light apples, and bready malts. Good, but too much epper and spice up front for me. I prefer to get more bananas and yeast up front, like they were in the smell. EDIT: As this warmed up, the taste got a lot better. More bananas came out.

m - Medium body and moderaye to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and the alcohol doesn't come out too much.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style pale ale. I loved the smell; the mix of cloves, Belgian yeast, and bananas was exactly what I like in a Belgian ale. While the taste was fine, it just had too much pepper and spice for me. I enjoyed it more as it warmed up, and it is something I would certainly give another shot to. My advice is to let this one warm up a little bit so more comes out in the taste. (1,213 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Cork shot off hard into my hand upon uncaging. Took a while to fully pour. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,675 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast (peppery) and spices along with some lighter aromas of pale malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with moderate to strong flavors of peppery Belgian yeast and spices. There are light flavors of candi sugar sweetness and just a hint of citrus/orange zest hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present and linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and a moderate amount of prickliness (likely from the spices).

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - there is a decent amount of complexity. I found this one enjoyable and I would recommend checking this one out. (1,153 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a monstrous amount of fluffy white head despite the most careful pour. Corked and caged bottle started to puke as soon as the cork was removed. Aroma is at first a bit disappointing as it comes across as just sulfur and hops. However, after taking a sip it goes in a completely different direction offeeing up sweet fruit reminiscent of pear and apple. Lacing along the glassware is quite frankly out of control. Not many beers leave your glass this thickly coated. Light feel and highly carbed but overall very drinkable and enjoyable. This was my first experience with Lost Abbey and it certainly left me wanting to try more.

Review from notes taken 1/15 (690 characters)

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.