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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 64
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Archemedies, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

wonothesane42, Dec 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, unfortunately I had to use a plastic cup since that's all that was in my hotel room.
A: Pale yellow color with a generous two finger head that lingers at that level for some time. Some of the best retention I've seen.
S: Flowers, spices, dried apricot, a spritz of citrus and a hint of bread.
T: This has a nice pizzazz to it. Lemon and spices. A malty midpalate, slightly bitter on the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied; the carbonation adds a pleasant touch.
O: I wish there was also a scoring button for the label because this one is epic. The beer in the bottle is pretty darn good too, I enjoyed it.

ONUMello, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of litheum94
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1207 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed 8/28/11.

Pours a giant and rocky bone white head. Carbonation! Takes it's time settling. Straw yellow body with a deep murkiness.

Aromas of sour apples and grass. Lemon citrus and some floral hops. Coriander spicing. Earthy yeast. Pear brandy aromas develop.

Surprisingly fruity at first, with some bananas, berries and lemon zest. Transitions into an earthy dryness, with loads of carbonation. Alcohol heat shows up on the back end, leaving a strong burn. Some leafy hops dance in the background.

Great flavors, but the alcohol is a little much on the finish.

litheum94, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden amber with a large head and good retention. A nice covering remains on the top of the brew. Lacing is decent. Mild carbonation is evident.

Smell is enticing. Pale malt with honey. A sweet yeasty fruitiness and mild Belgian yeast notes. Some citrus and Belgian spice.

Taste is quite good. More sweet malt with an apple and white grapiness. Some very faint banana tinged facets. Good hop dryness. Firm in its arrival but mild overall. Alcohol is undetectable. Feel is medium with a smooth carbonation and clean drying astringence.

Drinkability lends itself to sessioning except the abv prohibits that. Still a heavier brew that goes down with the ease of a pale ale. Impressive.

A fine beverage for just about any occasion. Thanks to WasTrinkenSie for a real nice one.

scootny, May 25, 2009
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 666

This beer pours a clear golden color with a huge 2.5 inch bright white head on it. There is excellent head retention and some thick lacing.

The aroma is great. It's definitely reminiscient of a good Belgian ale. It kind of reminds me of Duvel. Pale malt and candi sugar provide a sweetness and light grain. There is a light citrus aroma as well with a touch of spice. Really nice.

The taste is interesting. There is a light pale malt presnce providing a touch of sweetness. This is followed by a very light bitterness on the finish. I'm actually having a very hard time figuring out how to describe this beer. It is quite good though.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied with a light carbonation bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. Pleasing aroma and taste and easy to drink. I don't have much negative to say really.

Goliath, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange color, with visible carbonation. Nice 3/4-inch off-white head later becomes a thick film.

Smell: Not too strong an aroma, but there's some wheat, spices, yeast, and light fruit scents there.

Taste: The taste here is very light and mild at the start: yeast, spice, and grain. I don't really notice any fruit. The finish and aftertaste are a bit tough, though. There is a hint of pepper, but it is very skewed and rather unsavory; plus a good deal of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decadent! Seems to float in the mouth, as if defying gravity. So light and airy. Very smooth with a bit of gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: Great for a glass, but probably not more.

The mouthfeel here is really amazing, and the beer looks great too. It just feels a bit lacking a bit in the flavor department, and I wish that the alcohol and aftertaste could be toned down a bit. Still, I think it is worth a try if you get the chance.

mithrascruor, Aug 04, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a booming, frothy white head over a fairly murky golden to brown body. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are full of yeasty Belgian-spice over apples and plums.

Fairly crisp on the palate, with a lot of natural yeasty spice dominating. Bitter, earthy/leafy aftertaste stuck with me for a while. Mouthfeel was exceptionally dry - really good for the style.

The bitterness could've used a touch more sweet balance, but it's a really nice beer overall.

Updated Notes: 5/8/14:
From corked and caged 375ml that was bottled 5/29/12... nearly 2 years ago.

Carbonation is way down from my first review, as there was barely any head, and virtually no prickly carbonation in the body. Much fruitier and sweeter than my original review. Still plenty of yeasty spiciness, and reminded me of a fiery hell when I first took a sip of this one. Bitterness is way down. Must've mellowed after sitting for two years.

BeerImmediately, Apr 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

TKEbeerman, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured with a side standard vigor. It came out with a massive five finger white head with large fluffiness. Light golden color, nice clarity. Wish the head wasn't so large because the retention is wonderful.

S- Golden malts, wild-ale sort of funk, yeast and earthiness yet light and fruity smelling. Golden delicious apples and other light fruits. Nice light smell.

T- Crisp apples, tartness that subsides into a yeasty biscuit sort of flavor. Bitter, yet sweet from the apple sort of flavor. The booze is present, but not overpowering. This is a well balanced Belgian. For someone who normally does not like the style, I'm pleased.

M- Light bodied, yet slightly vinous. Wet and light.

O- This is a wonderful beer. I only aged it for a few months, but it might be a candidate for much longer aging. The again, with the relatively normal ABV... The point is get this beer.

Murrhey, May 24, 2012
Photo of kkipple
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the mighty bgramer in a trade. Thanks man! Split with a friend.

Inferno packs a brilliant white, 5cm tall head that covers up the cloudy pale gold brew underneath. Good retention even though it falls a bit. Nice looking beer and very solid for the style.

Mmm.... classic strong pale goodness here. Very clean and unsurprising, I'm getting tart apples, lemon-citrus, vague peppery spice, and a solid, if muddled, blend of fruity esters and pungent phenols that don't quite get into Tripel territory but come close. Meaty and bold, upfront nose.

Taste is classic BSPA with an emphasis on the "strong". No mucking about here, this is an assertive pale malty brew with character to spare. Spicy and tart initially, but big malt sugars hold it together and finish off nicely, blending into the aftertaste. Alcohol is rather transparent. Sweeter than most of its brethren. Bottom line: if you like Duvel or La Fin Du Monde you'll love this.

Body is middling with a nice level of fine carbonation.

Inferno is very fine Belgian Strong from Tomme and the crew at Lost Abbey. While I wouldn't go out of my way to get this (it ain't miles better than the other classics of the style) if you see it you should certainly crack into one.

kkipple, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle:

The beer poured a very nice cloudy orange color, with a huge, fluffy white head. The head was retained well, eventually dissolving into about a half finger cap that lasted throughout the drink and it also produced a nice amount of lacing.

The aroma was good, exactly what I would expect from a well-crafted Belgian brew. The beer had a big Belgian yeast aroma with hints of citrus, banana and some spices.

The taste of the beer was excellent and followed the nose very well. A big Belgian yeast flavor with hint of bread and some citrus and a bit of pepper. Definitely more on the sweet side and the alcohol started to come through as the beer warmed.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel to it with excellent carbonation. The beer was smooth and easier to drink than I expected, given the higher ABV.

Overall, definitely one of the better Belgian Strong Pale Ales around. I would recommend this beer to anyone and suspect that I will be buying and drink many more.

PhillyStyle, Apr 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

StArnoldFan, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

moonknight31, May 16, 2013
Photo of scottoale
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first release of this ale...750ml. brown bomber with cork finish. The label depicting a view of the firey depths of hell.

Poured into a Duvel tulip a slightly hazed golden straw yellow with a finger and a half of white floamy head. Constant lively carbonation thickens the head and keeps it aloft till the end, while leaving only minimal clumps of lace clinging to the glass.

Light spicy clean malt nose with a whisper of alcohol and black pepper. Smells like a Belgian ale?!

Sweet pale malt, crisp and spicy clean as enters, while turning nicley bitter and dry almost instantaniously. A warming dry finish with a lingering spice of yeast and hop.

A light-medium body that fluffs in the mouth and thins to a dry warming finish demanding another sip for the crispness and taste.

Too drinkable for this strength of brew...not a problem for a strong ale drinkin fool. Damn tasty Duvel clone...my favorite type of Belgian...still!

I must try this side-by-side with Duvel next time to see which one I prefer most. Cheers!

scottoale, May 04, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DangerDawg, May 06, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Celtics76, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Beer21, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw colored yellow body with pale hues beneath the rocky white head that quickly dissipates to leave a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of Belgian yeast and sour apples float from the glass with straw and grass hops. There may even be some floral hints odd as it may seem, but back to the fruit and yeast.

More sour fruit in the flavor like apple or pear with more hints of straw and grass as well as yeast. There is also a pepper or coriander spice presence before the tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with moderate carbonation and a sour drying finish.

An all around tasty Belgian Pale with great flavors and aromas traditional of the style.

CHADMC3, Jan 06, 2013
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.