Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 338
Hads: 745
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 72
Gots: 103 | 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 vfgccp
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Fluffy white head with great retention and lace. Pale yellow gold with a nice visual effervescence.

S – Soft citrus: more pineapple than orange. Malt and honey sweetness, zesty lemon and sage, and a touch of pepper spice. Smooth and beautifully integrated.

T – Opens crisp with cracked black pepper and lemon, into a light, almost pita-bread like malt. Bright herbal middle with sage and tarragon. The herbal note dries in the finish with a soft bitterness, and pulls back to reveal a mineral and lightly acidic foundation.

M – Lively carbonation. Crisp, medium body.

O – Herbal throughout. Does an incredible job of hiding it’s booze at 8.5%. (666 characters)

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

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pour resulted in about one finger of beer and four fingers of thick, pillowy white foam. Quite inconvenient, although somewhat attractive. Beer is a light golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a highly active effervescence.

Smell: sweet malty backbone with a fair helping of funkiness. I don't know if this is a Brettanomyces beer, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that based on the aroma. That assumed, this beer is nicely balanced with a sweet, funky and lightly tart character.

Taste: horse blanket funk with a hint of tartness work well with the sweet, sticky malt. Sticky, perhaps, but not overwhelmingly so; this beer is certainly not under-attenuated. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big fluffy creaminess. I was expecting more, based on the mammoth head and big apparent effervescence, but the texture is rather evanescent. Disappointing, perhaps, but still objectively pretty good.

Overall: as I said, objectively this is a good beer. But it has a je ne sais quoi that really appeals to me: the light funk, perhaps, or the annoying head. In any case, I like this beer a lot and would gladly have it again. (1,209 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thick finger of head and left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty fruity belgian yeast upfront alongside citrus, slight spice, apple esters, and mild hop notes. It also had a good malty presence. The taste was also pretty fruity from the belgian yeast with clove spice, apple, pear, and citrus accents. There was plenty of malts and a touch of underlying hops to cap off the flavor. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, spice, citrusy, and malty finish. It drank real good and really did some justice for the style. I've had this brew a few times know and each time has been solid without the LA carbonation issues. (775 characters)

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

Poured into a chalice. Cloudy peach gold colour with a thin layer of fine white bubbles that stuck around for a long time. Just a bit of lace. Very fruity aroma, yellow grapes, white wine, crackers, bread and yeast, cloves and a hint of lemon zest. Good balance. Bitterness was present throughout, but remains restrained. The fruity character so prominent in the aroma was pulled back a bit (and was more of the pear and apple variety), allowing the malt to add some smoothness and honey sweetness. Spice and alcohol appeared towards the end and lingered into the finish, along with light citrus. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation, some dryness (not bone dry like the label warned). Nice texture. This one's pretty drinkable, quite thirst quenching. (754 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, received from largadeer in MetalBIF.

Pours a cloudy amber/light orange, very nice colour, thick white head forms, quickly drops down to a thin ring and layer around the glass, a lot of lacing is stuck on the glass, nice pattern, great looking beer. Smell is nice, sweet and fruity, honey, very fruity, nice peachy aroma, honey and caramel, some candi sugar, apricots, toast, yeast and light spice, some floral hoppiness, not spectacular but enjoyable. Taste is similar, very sweet at first, honey and candi sugar, very fruity, floral, grapefruit tartness, apricots, wheat, quite dry in the finish, very tart fruitiness, touch of yeasty spice, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, , nice dry finish, some warmth from the alcohol but it is pretty well hidden. Quite a nice BSPA, great fruitiness and really dry in the fnish. Thanks Chris! (881 characters)

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

I bought this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquor for US$10. Thanks Joey!

The ususal caged and corked 750ml bottle, it pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam and plenty of lacing.

The smell has notes of yeast, lemon, pepper, and a bit of clove. It's nice and I think, right for the style.

The taste is...yummy. Plenty of pepper and lemony flavour along with notes of yeast, banana, and some sweet and bready malt. I don't notice any of the clove that I mentioned in the smell but it's not really needed as the flavours do fine without it. It finishes very dry and, despite its abv, this is a very refreshing and quite drinkable BSPA.

It has a medium mouthfeel to me and the carbonation is also medium.

Hey, if I was given this in a blindfold test, I'd swear that this was made in Belgium...or by Russian River.;^) I'd love to do a side by side with this and RR Damnation! I doubt that there would be a loser.

Bottom line: Excellent example of the style and it is one that I'd seek out again. Highly recommended! (1,043 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured way more yellow than I was hoping for, very cloudy. Shit. Aroma was sweet and strong alcohol wise.

Taste, ugh, sweet alcohol overpowers. I thought this might be a little hoppy like Mischief. Its a little peppery, maybe plum. Getting clove in the mouthfeel of this. Ah, so glad I didn't buy a whole bottle and waited to check it out at the SDIBF. Finishes too 'hot' no pun intended. Can't recommend. (407 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Fair head retention.

Sharp citrussy aroma with distinct clove and pepper phenols. Nice balance of fruit and spice. Sweet with some alcohol notes too.

Soft, sweet malt with a sharpness that cleans it out. Solid fruitiness and touches of spice. A little musty. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Could be spritzier.

A solid Tripel. Good flavour even if there isn't a twist. Carbonation a little lacking. (468 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. No date on the bottle. Sampled in March 12, 2015. I picked it up about 2 months ago.

The color of the pour is a murky looking, bottle-conditioned straw yellow with a huge, puffy white head.

The aroma is full of Belgian characteristics including candied sugar. toasted bread, yeast, light spice, and a definite berry-like fruitiness in the background.

The body is medium.

The taste has a dry bite to it along with the toasted and juicy fruit characters already mentioned. (515 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sunshiney amber golden sunshine amber, Only gets opaquer the deeper you get into this 750ml bottle. Good, spritzy one finger head that slowly recedes to a film o' foam, to nothing. Sporadic, small bubbles slowly make their way to the top of this bubbly brew. Yeasty nectarines and some soft, hoppy grass clippings make up the brunt of this brews nose. Dried citrus fruts in a bag as far as the taste goes. Nectarines, mandarin oranges, limes, and even some grapefruits. The finish is an herbal, grassy, yet slightly sugary hop. Pretty dry palate, a little sweetness, and more of a pronounced hop profile for a Belgian beer than I'm used to. Very easy to drink, cosidering the high abv. (693 characters)

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

A: Hazy straw color. Poured a 3 finger frothy white head with excellent retention to a 2 lumpy fingers. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Bready malt. Light-colored fruits; pear and green apple.

T: Much like the nose (malt and fruit). Yeast esters very pronounced. Pronounced peppery finish that was not evident in the nose (hiding under the foam?).

M: Medium-to-full body. Ample carbonation; active on the palate and in the glass. Smooth, warming and dry.

O: Very balanced malt and yeast character. Nice looking beer too. (539 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ATLbeerDog - thanks!

Pours a straw color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated orange and lemon peels - lots of citrus zest. Hints of pears and a very light grassiness from the hops are also present.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of citrus flavors backed by sweet malts and Belgian candi sugar. The hops don't seem to have as much influence on the taste as they did on the smell, but they're still lurking in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass relatively quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is a tasty BSPA that's on the lighter side of things. Definitely worth a shot.

EDIT 11/9/2010

Tasted again recently and got a slightly more pilsner malt and much more pear aroma and flavor than previously. Adjusted the drinkability up a notch but other than that things are fairly similar. Still worth a shot. (1,090 characters)

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

750ml Bottle - my first lost abbey beer thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a gigantic size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some gorgeous lacing. The head lasted for 10 minutes before is disappeared.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons (juice and zest) and yeast mixed with coriander/cloves. There is also a bit of heat from the alcohol and lots of yeasty/floral notes. It ends with a spicy lemon/clove/yeast aftertaste.

Overall – My first lost abbey beer and I am impressed. The lemon flavour is very fresh and vibrant and the spicy notes give it a very interesting taste. It has a great dry aftertaste that keeps you wanting more. Worth seeking out. (850 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium cloudy gold with a huge (at least 4 fingers) white head that lasts several minutues. The lacing is strong and chunky and there is tons and tons of carbonation.

The aroma makes me think I'm drinking a trippel, same kind of senses. There is light sweet hops and light apricots.

The taste is nice and light. There is sweet orangy start with a nice light hop finish. Pretty complex taste that sticks to your tongue. Nice mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink. (519 characters)

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

750ml bottle, obtained via some sort of recent bif/secret santa, split with the lady and the prince of ebony

appearance: cloudy golden body, big frothy white cap and strong lacing, appearance similar to a tangerine/grapefruit juice with a foamy bottle as well

smell: light tones of yeast, white/black pepper, apple/pear...lacking any sort of standout aroma

taste: unfortunately the first taster had a puzzled look as she sipped this "inferno" and proclaimed that it just "doesnt taste like much of anything". i cant entirely disagree with that statement - this has some nice pear/apple notes coming from the yeast profile, and a little bit of a fiery pepper kick. mild citrus and lemon flavors with a touch of barnyard funk. i'm sad to not love this, as i love lost abbey

mouthfeel: a little bit of spice, creamy, medium-light

drinkability: fine (861 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a cervoise, Inferno Ale is a murky gold with lots streamers forming a large, very rocky white head that leaves lots of spidery lace. Wow, very nice.

Smell is semi-sweet, dusty and almost sour - wheat like and a bit grainy, but with some soft fruity esters to open more as it warms.

Taste sweeter, fruity, dry, some graininess and herbal hops on the finish. Nothing to crazy or complex, just a nice little BSPA. The lingering aftertaste isn't my favorite, I don't care for the hop used, fuggles or EKGs maybe?

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, perhaps a touch heavier then I'd prefer, but I'm really nit-picking.

Drinkability isn't too bad, it's tasty and fairly digestible. Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed. But since it's more expensive and much less available then it's inspiration, there's really no need for me to bother with this again when I'm in the mood for such a beer. I also think it's a bit rougher then Duvel, and reminds me that I haven't had one of those in way too long. (1,027 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle had at dinner a couple of nights back.

A: The first two pours (into my smallish wine glass) are crystal clear golden yellow with a gorgeous white head with excellent retention.

S: On the nose, this is quite awesome. Dry, spicy with a hint of white pepper and some ginger. Mildly fruity with some pear.

T: The palate is a replication of the nose, with a mild sweetness present. All told, the balance between the spicy character from the yeast and the fruitiness coupled with dryness of the finish make for one very refreshing beer.

M: Light with excellent carbonation and an awesome finish

D: I had no issues polishing off a bottle but it is a bit telling... (676 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.5% ABV, Bottled 9/26/13

A - A puffy thunderhead cloud of lumpy, sparkling, snow-white foam rests atop a beautiful pale yellow colored beer hazed over by unfiltered sediment. A billowing chimney of carbonation keeps the tall foam afloat for what seems like eternity while thick white suds clings to the glass, caking it in decorative lace.

S - Great Belgian yeast aromatics just flow from this beer effortlessly; lemongrass citrus, sticky-sweet clover honey, and sharp musty dryness all overlap the light malts kissed by wet wheat. White grape skin, clay, and wet rocks caress a sprinkling of spicy noble hops that finish out the spectacular aroma, complimented by tiny banana esters coming through after sipping.

T - Inferno Ale begins with a mellow candi sugar sweetness that evolves into a spicy twang from noble hops and yeast esters; light earthy clay, clove, lemongrass, Bartlett pear skin, and floral notes all congregate with a teeny banana hint along the back end.

M - As effervescent as champagne, foam tickles the lips as it's sipped and the bubbles lightly sting the throat as it's swallowed giving it a refreshing light body, balanced perfectly between the maltiness, light hop additions, and yeast esters. The only time any alcohol is noticeable in this brew is faint through retro nasal breathing, finishing with a slightly fusel warmth.

O - Complex and bold in aroma and flavor, Inferno Ale packs a wallop (of alcohol) that goes generally unnoticed through it's consumption, a trait sought after in this highly drinkable style. An incredible Belgian Strong Pale Ale from start to finish, The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale get as close to replicating the classics as possible, so close in fact, one might believe it straight from Belgium in a blind tasting! To top it off, every time I've experienced this beer it retains it's quality, which is more than I can say for one of the largest producers of this style. The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale is a world-class beer that absolutely must be tried by any self-respecting beer lover. (2,101 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is not strong, but is fruity and a little malty with a nice crisp edge, slightly sweet and fairly inviting. It pours a hazy solar yellow with a very thick, white, persistent head that leaves some thick lacing. Flavor is malty and fruity, mainly pear with a little apple, a hint of honey and a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is very smooth, somewhat thick, and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle. (406 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the coolest labels for a beer, very nice. Pours a fairly clear medium gold color with a frothy, bubbly head that fades pretty fast for a BSPA. Leaves a moderate amount of sticky lace on the glass.

Smells like an open grassy mountain meadow. Hallertau/Saaz hoppy aroma with some clean light malts and a fair amount of Belgian yeasty breadiness.

Taste is pretty mild with a noticeable alcohol bite. Has a light and airy feel to it and the hops are nice and plentiful. Tastes like a finely crafted Belgian ale. Has a welcoming yeasty funk with the last few dregs swirled in there. It's a good beer that is true to the style, but didn't quite live up to my expectations for popping my Lost Abbey cherry. (708 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a one-inch foamy white head with tiny ringlet craters embedded in the cap. Eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim with some webs of lacing that adhere as the volume of the brew diminishes. Scent of citrus, belgian yeast, pepper and spice. Taste is tart up-front with light fruity esters in the mix (perhaps pear and melon), a hint of candi sugar and a hops presence detectable at the finish. Mouthfeel is light- to medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that tingles throughout the mouth and a slightly tart finish that lingers between quaffs. Alcohol was well-hidden and there is a nice complexity to this offering. (702 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a touch of orange. Nice puff of head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and belgian yeast. A little breadyness to it with hints of black pepper.

T: Great balance of sweet malts, yeast and citrus notes. Slight alcohol and peppery tastes linger.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nice warmth and drying.

D: Complex flavors with an overall mellow vibe. (407 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-deeper in color than I had anticipated, golden straw color with an orange center. the head is robust and fluffy, very bubbly and light sitting on top for some time.

S-the nose is very perfumy with a strong soapy yeast to it. hints of dry cracker with a fair bit of citrusy hops in the back with a bitter cut to the nose.

T-the flavor is a little less yeasty and soapy, the hops really stick out. it is still rather perfumy up front, it has the touch of dry cracker showing the malt body with the hops taking over in the back. citrusy, with strong notes of juicy lemon,and very soapy hops with an assertive bitterness in the finish.

M-lighter in body, soft on the palate, very fluffy feel to it, light but creamy and all there. moderate carbonation tingles the back of the throat with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-the huge soapy flavors and the assertive bitterness make this somewhat off putting. the flavors are all there but they don't seem to work that well together. it isn't bad, the malt body is still nicely done and the assertive hop finish is different just too soapy. (1,081 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me on Super Bowl Sunday as a pre-game snack! Bottle on 10/5/11! Served from bottle into a Bell’s stemmed tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a pure white five finger head that subsided to three fingers very slowly. It maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, floral hop, spices, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, fruit, floral, floral hop, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The appearance was pretty nice on this one. There was a lot going on in the flavor of this one that really made you guess on the style of this brew. The aroma was pretty complex too. Definitely worth trying if you have a chance to try it, but I know I would love to try this one on tap to be able to see how different this one is from the bottle. (959 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a chilled golden honey color with a huge, fluffy, root beer float style head. Great retention and lacing. The nucleation site of the tulip maintains an iceberg style lump of foam in the middle of the glass.

This is a hoppy little number. Crisp and dry grassy hops with a hearty dose of lemon peel with some damp barnyard hay and band aids.

Crisp and dry, very succinct. The hops lay a nice lemon peel, grassy, bitter flavor over top of barnyard hay and band aids. Pretty much right on par with the nose.

Extremely light and dry. Bitter in the finish with grass and hay. I am really enjoying how light and playful this beer is.

The 8.5% is barely noticeable while drinking, but it creeps up on you. I felt it before I was midway through. Otherwise, this is light and crisp with a good dose of bitterness that makes this perfect year round. (890 characters)

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.