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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 748
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 73
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of thirdeye11
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Smason for sending me this in a trade.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bomber into 2 Duvel tulip glasses. zdk9 and I shared this one.

A: Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with a huge 2-3 finger head with huge bubbles. Coats the glass pretty well with lacing as well. Nice bubbles creeping from the bottom.

S: Smell is extremely complex and in a great way. I get hops, fruity aromas, some spiciness like maybe coriander, perhaps bitter orange zest, bready yeast notes. Just very complex and awesome.

T: Taste follows what the nose indicates. Very complex all the way around. You can't find an aspect of this beer that's not balanced. It's superbly spicy, with hops to add a bitter component that doesn't linger, and sweetness to add another complex layer. It's all working in concert together to form a delicious beverage. There is some spicy fruit here, and a biscuity maltness to balance it all out well too. I have no complaints whatsoever. One of my favorites.

M: Carbonation is about perfect, weight is just right for the style, oilyness is right where I like it. It's also creamy. Would be hard to improve although not impossible.

D: I could drink it all night. It is never overpowering in any aspect so even with the high ABV I love it.

For me this was "the beer that started it all". I had always enjoyed beer quite highly but this pushed it to another level for me. I got it originally at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop as a recommendation from Sean and he probably has no clue to this day what he started but this was my first beer that night, and I finally got to have another. I will definitely trade for this again as it's my favorite BSPA that I know of. Better than Duvel for me because it's more spicy and less sweet.

Highly recommended. (1,770 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(reviewed from notes)

I live very close to San Diego and yet the only other Lost Abbey brew I'd tried before this one was their Red Barn Ale (an excellent saison). Well, where to begin...

No real need to break down this review into separate parts, as the beer scored near perfect in all aspects on the BA scale for me. The highlight would definitely be the taste. There is a wonderful spicy undercurrent that I enjoyed immensely.

Mouthfeel is also delightful; effervescent with perfect carbonation. Reminiscent of a very nice, carbonated holiday cider.

Overall a fantastic brew. Would seek it out for sure. (611 characters)

Photo of Bobikel
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the caged & corked 750ml into a 500ml goblet.

Fairly slow to foam up, a smallish white head builds atop the murkey golden colored body. Retention is decent, and leaves big gobs of lace in it's wake. Smell is dry and spicy. Floral, fops dominate with a touch of malt sweetness in the back ground. some yeasty profiles wisp through. Tast is much like the smell, with peppery dryness from the yeast taking a fore front in the mouth. A bit sweeter in the finish, but that doesn't last long as the hops quickly snuff out everything leaving only a desire for another sip. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for 8.5% A.B.V.
Smooth and even a little watery with a prickly mouth tingling carbonation, it matches well with the flavors, and overall theme of this fine ale. (770 characters)

Photo of tittymcj
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer betrays the name bestowed upon it. Pours out clearly, very light and vibrant, with a citrus scent. However, It is not an inferno of taste, smell, or sight. A good Belgian, but not a great beer. The taste is fairly good, with a lot of background flavors. Lots of malt and hops, which is balanced out by the carbonation. (328 characters)

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. (635 characters)

Photo of k3n
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged. Poured into a Delirim tulip.

A: Dusky amber colored. 1" of finely packed bubbles, leaving wispy trails of lace.

S: Yeasty. Fruity. Slight spice.

T: Sweet fruit and caramel flavors, with some hop astringency at the end. The taste is difficult for me to describe, but it does remind me of both Duvel and Damnation in terms of flavor profile.

M: Creamy texture, very filling in the mouth. Rolls around nicely.

D: A very refreshing brew. Alcohol is hidden very well. (487 characters)

Photo of mexikrainian
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Samuel Smith tulip.

Appearance: orange straw yellow with thick, foamy white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: citrus, honey, floral and cloves.

Flavor: alcoholic, caramel, honey and

Mouthfeel: champagne-esk. bubbly medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: high alcohol and tasty, this is a great beer! (339 characters)

Photo of DPFRD
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Cloudy and golden. Head Is nice, doesn't lace much but is substantial, creamy and has nice retention.

S- Smells, Like a tripel. Pear, some coriander and a hint of banana... yeast is there if you look for it.

T- Very surprised with this beer. To date the best done Belgian style beer from any American brewery I have had. Has nice banana notes, some bitterness, and a little sour. Yeast is there, and the sour/bitter notes close the endeavor.

M- Perfect for the style medium and creamy. Good carbonation.

O- I really like this beer. It is American and it tastes Belgian, but it sells it self better than some belgys. I'm sitting over it smelling it, get a chimay white feel. It's there and it's good. In relation to it's relatives in Belgium, you can get better beers for a buck less; however, I found this beer hard to acquire and I really like it. It has it's own persona, but yet I taste Belgium.

I have had other Lost Abbey stuff and have been impressed by what was done, but those never really paid homage to the "Abbey" like this one has. I was looking for it, I found it, and it was worth it. Experience the west coast of America bring you a true flavor from Belgium. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%

25.4 oz Bomber.Finally I get to review a Lost abbey product I have heard so much about.Inferno ale at 9.0 surely gets the job done but the taste is not quite there.A little Hoppy with a touch of grapefruit and a lot of carbonation.You can feel the alcohol burn when you drink it.Maybe better suited as a winter beer.Watch out for the heartburn.Ok beer but at 10.99 a bottle you want more than ok.Probably would not get this beer again.Not even Black Sabbath could make this and excellent beer.Motley out (505 characters)

Photo of gwood
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really pretty straight forward. Nice notes of esters in the nose, some spice, light fruits, maybe a bit of candy or bubble gum but the hops really come through, not floral but rather stronger American hop notes of citrus. Nice tight fine carbonation with a lively head, good retention. Some bready malt notes that are overtaken by a combination of phenols and hop bitterness. Strong long lasting carbonation and a medium body are right in line and provide for good drinkability. There are many very solid beers in this style so it's a tough go. A good showing but not great. (574 characters)

Photo of micmillon18
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. No born on date.

A - Straw yellow. Huge chunky head. Extremely carbonated from the looks of it. The lacing is abound, following the beer all the way down the glass.

S - Spicy, funky tangy. Sour apples, pears, hops.

T - Spicy and funky upfront with a very mellow hoppy finish. It tastes like half ripe oranges; citrus flavors and orange peel. Pears seem to be the prevalent taste, making for a tasty brew. Melons of some sort are also roaming around in here.

M - Fuzzy, medium body. Carbonation was a little over the top but it doesn't hurt the beer. Dry.

D - It's drinkable considering the ABV but you obviously wouldn't look to this for refreshment. Overall its very tasty and finishing the bottle was no problem. (752 characters)

Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked bottle. Straw yellow color, just as the labeling suggests. The head on this beer is as big as it gets.

Not much to the smell, and a very dry taste, but it works.

It's a solid beer. Nothing special. (219 characters)

Photo of saccro
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful clear gold color with thick lasting foam. Lots of lace. Just beautiful.

S - even a foot from my nose I can smell the sweet pilsner malt. Getting my nose up in there, I can pick up some tart fruity aromas. Some musty corkiness. A bit of cardboard. Belgian phenolics.

T - Whoa. Alcohol. Hefty bitterness. More bitterness than a Belgian example. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste. Malty but not heavy. St. Bernardus-like phenolic profile.

M - not heavy like a Belgian should be. Lively carbonation as expected.

D - not bad. A bit too bitter for a belgian. I'm drinking it on it's own, so maybe with certain foods it could balance out. (650 characters)

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


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. (1,107 characters)

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

Given to me as a Xmas gift from my girlfriend. Thanks, babe! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours straw-colored with decent head that doesn't linger, even in the tulip. Keeps its crown, though, and offers light to moderate lacing.

S: Pronounced citrus notes, along with a grassy aroma.

T: Mmm, tasty! The citrus notes come through in the taste, along with some funk. Hoppy bitterness comes through in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, with the carbonation helping to create a crisp feel.

D: Would definitely have again. I'm sorry it only comes in 750ml. Would love to have another 12oz or so to top off the bottle for the night. (634 characters)

Photo of lifebeer
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a. pours a cloudy copper/orange with short, white head of non-uniform bubbles that dissipates rapidly

s. effervescent, bitter-smelling, champagne

t. wheat, spicy (coriander?), dry finish is made of bitter hops, and can really taste water minerals

m. mouthfeel is light, slightly watery

d. very drinkable, perfect as a summer porch brew

this is a belgian-style pale, with emphasis on pale--the hops dominate the flavor, with little malt balance, missing that great fluffy floating head that i love so much (509 characters)

Photo of Brewlore
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy straw color (just like the label states). Has a nice 2-finger fluffy white head the soon turns into a thin layer and hovers a bit.

The scent is rather nice and mellow. A bit of fruit and a mostly banana scent. There's an underlying sweetness in the aroma and I can't place what it is. What I do know is that it's sweet and very enticing.

The taste is intriguing. First hit with a fist of hops that are quite resiny & spicy. A few sips in and the malt begins to show through as well as the clove/banana character. With the scent being so sweet I was expecting some heavy sweetness to pull through in the taste. That is not the case! (Not that it's bad!)

Medium bodied in the mouth with some light carbonation. It actually feels quite nice on the tongue. Finishes pretty dry and lures you in for further sips.

Drinkability? Coming in at 8.5% it's a powerhouse of a brew. Fairly easy to drink (if you enjoy hoppy beers) but should be careful of how much you imbibe. (987 characters)

Photo of digr
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork Caged Bottle

A- Pours a nice golden yellow with a 3 cm fluffy head. After about 5 minutes the head dissipates.

S- Yum, a familiar fruity smell, not quite bananas, but fruity with a mild bitter note of hops. A bit of spicy floral notes also.

T - good. Familiar taste of biscuity yeasty warm flavors. A very mild sweetness and finish of slight bitterness to round it out. Aftertaste lingers with a taste of clean bitterness leaving you looking for the next sip to start over again. A very mild astringent effect waiting for the next sip. There might even be a very small amount of funk on the front end, but it is so mild it is hard to tell.

M - Not bad, but a little thinner than I like for a Belgian Strong Ale.

D- Easy to drink. Deceptive in that you would not know it is 8.5 % ABV. Well hidden with finshed dryness and mild hop flavor

Overall, a nice BSA. A little less than my favorite Belgian version, but nice indeed. (935 characters)

Photo of kappldav123
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle looks incredible, the beer in the glass is okay. Very complex aroma. The beer starts very complex, too. Spicy, notes of wood and clove, the alcohol is well hidden. Also a little bit sweet for a moment. The finish is a bit drier and a little bit moldy. Great beer!

Big thanks to cletus for the bottle! (312 characters)

Photo of WeeObese
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit (pear?) on the nose
Appearance: Cloudy for the style. dark golden color (not straw), a little dark for the style?
Taste: Great malt flavor, with a fruity middle (pear?) and a nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A little undercarbonated, but still bright. Great dry finish!
Drinkability: Very tasty easy to drink beer. Great for the summer. The alcohol (8.5%) is very well hidden. The hops used are a little too long lasting in the finish and not my favorite varietal. (505 characters)

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to find this Lost Abbey Beer at my local pub. I poured into a Duvel snifter; since i had been told it was a lovely Duvel style strong pale Belgian. Poured out as hazy pale goldenish yellow with a head a bit short of two fingers worth of white creamy head. The head crowns and lingers for a while.

The aroma is a very nice; yeast, hops a touch of malt. One can really smell the hops and yeast characteristic within the beer. As time goes by and the beer warms more floral/citrus notes appear.

Even dryness from begin to a linger afterwards, a bit of sweetness balanced with a hop greenness. Smell is a big thing when tasting this beer; one will find that the yeast and spiciness found within the aroma are also within the taste.

Mouthfeel is where i get sad. It's a medium bodied beer with a oddly soft carbonation for the style, but please note my bottle had the wire a bit lose from the cork. My tongue keep wanting more out of the dry bitterness; flavor!

The alcohol isn't present as many had noted, but i do drink a lot of Belgian beers. Honestly this is a daily drinker type beer for me, i would age but i see no point. The beer was release in April, two months later i wonder rather it piked or did i just catch it late? (1,252 characters)

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. (476 characters)

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. (686 characters)

Photo of blincoln
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this one so slowly…and it just kept on foaming. The head peeked around four fingers worth. You could just see the carbonation rushing up from the bottom making adding to the large soapy bubble head. Its a moderately clouded honey color filled with carbonation…damn. The head leaves soap like lacing.

Aroma: Smells rather malty and fruity with a yeasty sweetness. As it warms the yeast smell grows.

Taste: Soft sweet fruits taste with bread and spices mixed in. As it warms the wild yeast starts to come through but without the funk. Not a really strong taste, but a great balance of flavors thats really easy to drink especially being 9% ABV.

Palette: Real soft with a lot of carbonation. Dry with almost no after taste.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this beer. Not overly complex, but a wonderful blend of subtle flavors make a sweet, interesting, easy to drink strong ale. (928 characters)

Photo of andyinsdca
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (568 characters)

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