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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 65
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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

stakem, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  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.

dbrauneis, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical L.A. bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness/vintage info...pours light yellowy apricot, cloudy, huge off white head, rocky cap, merainge, tons of lace, the whole nine! nice...fruity, yeasty, flavorful on the nostrils..yummy..tasty, fruity, complex, flavorful, thoroughly enjoyable, pineapple, candied apricots, vanilla, honey, lemon/lime initially, then more hoppy, some alcohol and gin notes floating around...love the style, the Port beers in general, so this one is a natural for me...wish I could find Port offerings closer then Massachusetts!

Billolick, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pretty good initial head that ultimately fades to a thin ring. Smells quite fruity with tropical fruits, juicy and a bit sweet while maintaining a decent balance. Tastes quite nice. Smooth and even a bit waxy with some restrained fruitiness, some firm malt, a touch of sweetness and a bit of short, sharp bitterness that is pretty well integrated to the overall taste. Very smooth and even a touch soft in the mouth. Not at all too sweet. Very nice. Starts more like a tripel but mellows into a more Belgian pale taste as it opens up.

Georgiabeer, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to throwitallaway for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The ale is a straw yellow color , augmented with a few drops of orange food coloring. The orange-yellow combination yields a mild haze that hangs in the glass, partially obscuring the objects on the other side of the glass.

S: The nose is yeasty with a peppery flair. Pear and apple aromas come from the yeast. The overall scent is very sweet but from the yeast and not sugar additions.

T: The ale is very fruity, deliciously so. Berries and apples drive the initial sip with a pleasing kick. Peppery heat soon follows, acting as a palate-cleanser of sorts. After the fruitiness, a distinct doughiness follows, bready like a cookie dough, very sugary. Boozy strength is evident throughout. The combination of flavors makes this the bastard offspring of d'Achouffe's Gnomette and Duvel.

M: The mouthfeel is Belgian, devilishly good with a wicked finish that hits you about 5 minutes after your first glass. The yeast-driven berry flavors seal the deal with their sweetness.

D: The ale is only 8.5%? It feels like an 11% behemoth at the midpoint. I was looking forward to this beer but walk away underwhelmed (and with a B+ rating, that is sayin' something).

akorsak, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

....and I thought only a few of the Lost Abbey beers were bottled in 375 ml bottles. This bottle of Inferno is also a 375, bottled on 10/6/11. Let's give hell a taste. On to the beer:

Some Belgian blondes are a beautiful sight. Inferno is no different from that. With a fluffy bone white head, great retention, and a hazy goldenrod color, it looks almost like a Duvel (is it a coincidence that this is also being served in my Duvel tulip?). The nose offers dry aromas. Wild flowers. Soft yeasty background, bread dough. Gettin' thirsty now...

It's dry, and it's very appetizing. The taste is soft all around and well balanced. Just a little sweet pineapple runs through, cidery too. Floral. Slight pepper. Vague citrus. It also seems to have some funk as well. Not to be overshadowed is the texture, which is an airy full-bodied beer with a creamy feel, and a dry, bittersweet aftertaste.

We have yet another winner from the Lost Abbey line of beers. Now I'm a little upset at myself for purchasing the smaller bottle and not the larger 750.

DoubleJ, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored ale with a good white head, looks a lot like Duvel.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a spicy granny-smith apple aroma. Malty and spicy with a little coriander in the nose this is best summed up as spicy. Bit of herbal hops but really this is quite spicy.

The taste starts out malty and spicy but not as sweet as you would expect. Tart and herbal in the mouth this much more heavily hopped than expected it even numbs the mouth a bit. Spicy herbal and tart the apple seems to have gone hiding in the taste. An extremely spicy version of the beer style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a tasty beer and one of the better Lost Abbey beers. If you like a spicy and hoppy version of the style this is your beer.

Zorro, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger thick, white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy light amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is tart fruit, flavor is sweet and tart fruit, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ejimhof, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/4/2012. No carbonation pop upon opening. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a thin lace cap for a head that reduces to a ring. Minimal clinging bubbles on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, honey, wheat, candi sugar, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters and malt sweetness; with a great malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Zero carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall, despite having nearly zero carbonation; this was a very good Belgian strong golden. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Gonzoillini, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from d0gnate. Corked and caged. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Super-frothy head falls ever-so slowly, leaving a heavy coating of foam from top to bottom on the walls of the glass. Aroma is spicy, sweet, lightly tart.

Taste is lightly sweet to tart, lemony in the center, with spiciness coming in on the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent.

ppoitras, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -0.5%

brandoman63, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inferno Ale doesn't seem like it was brewed in a flame stoked cauldron. Its complexion is perfectly clear and is darkened only by a lucid and sharp-cut tone of gold. Its head is cottony smooth and snowy white although it doesn't posses quite the same body (or tack on the same lace) as an authentic Belgian ale. Still, this looks pristine and appetizing.

The aroma is potent and ripe with notes of orchard fruits and savory spices. In particular, I'm noting an abundance of apple and pear and a peppery, herbal spice coating them. The sensation of honey-coated grains seems to give it a little more maltiness than I recall from the traditional Belgian Strong Pales. I don't mind having this in front of my nose one bit!

'Delicious' is not typically a word I'd use to describe the style but Inferno Ale tastes better to me than most. Gentle, sweet honey-glazed grains, crisp straw and toasty biscuits are what make up the malt bill while a light zestiness unravels from the yeast and an herbal, earthy hoppiness comes compliments of the hoppiness. There's an almost garlicky flavour that leads me to believe this would suit a great number of dishes.

Don't bother getting out the fire extinguisher, Inferno Ale may be 8.5% but it certainly doesn't let on. In fact, this isn't 'hot' at all, rather it is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel seems to be just right (or how I like it, anyways) with maltiness, hoppiness and spiciness all evening each other out. It's far more biscuity (and even hoppy) and nowhere near as dry as most examples but that seems to work for me. Thank God for 750s!

Even if it was supposedly brewed by the Devil, you'd swear Inferno Ale was a gift from the heavens. It is tasty, palatable and refreshing. My mouth waters at the thought of how this would fair with a number of my favourite dishes. Tomme Arthur will surely go down as one of the most talented and inspirational brewers even in an era that knows no lack of talented and inspirational brewers. I hope we see this one again.

biegaman, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for the opportunity to try this "new to me" beer from Lost Abbey. Was told this is Port Brewing's take on Duvel, and one can definitely see the similarity in the two beers.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but there is some noticeable honey, white pepper and even sour funk. On the palate this beer is quite intriguing. While moderately sweet, there is considerable spice in the flavor profile with some noticeable white pepper in the finish. As a result, this beer has a fairly dry finish, and it really does remind me of the duvel. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, and for the most part the alcohol seems pretty well disguised in this beer.

A very interesting beer, with one of the more complex flavor profiles I've come across. While very good, I have to say that there are other Lost Abbey beers I've liked more then this one.

John_M, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like I haven't had this style in awhile, and my first Lost Abbey beer. Let's see how this goes poured into a tulip glass.

A nice golden light pale orange amber body, somewhat opaque but also some real nice column rising tiny white carbonation bubbles. Head forms nice and evenly with a rocky character, white and bright, clumpy and lumpy. Real nice looking.

Notes of pear and sweet green fruit seem to hit on first whiff. Some light sweetness and a sense of yeast. Smells fairly straight forward but good.

Tight noticeable carbonation but doesn't take away from the palate. Some slight thickness but a bit subdued, seems to bring the taste of a sweet malt and very prickly, fruit hints seem to turn to more lemon and citrus, but finish with a real nice crisp tang character. Dry as it mentions, but not nearly as bone dry as the bottle suggests. A nice lingering aftertaste mixing with a faint icing sugar.

Overall pretty solid beer and a fun one to drink. Carbonation seems to hint at a displeasure but even this big it's actually feels like an enhancement. I would have this again.

smakawhat, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Healthy loud aubile pop upon uncorking. A straw pour exit sits a bit more with an orange tint in the vessel. A glass consuming display of dirty white foam dominantes the vessel to near capacity taking its leisure to retreat, a sure sign of a wild yeast strain. Sloppy bubble bath smudges of lace adhore the glass wit a strong sense of micro-effervesce within.

S: Aroma of fresh greenery is light, small touch of peppery dry pear and dry straw.

T: Flavor of straw, bright tart oranges and sweet malt. Musky nature, fresh green hops with a hint of pepppery caramel on the trail end. A light mention of grapefruit, bready yeastiness and a dryn finish rounds things out.

M: Malty mouthful, good depth and feel as well resistance on the tongue. A nice carbonation presence.

O: Overall inferno? this is heavenly with a sweetly well balanced flavor that flows together oh so smoothly from start to finish. A lot of subtle notes bring out the complexity with a well toned nature.

beerthulhu, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Lost Abbey rastal glass. Pours orange in color with a fluffy white thick head. The head retreated to the edge of the glass but left decent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is strong with Belgian yeast flavors. There is a good amount of citrus, fruit and spice to it. Taste is similar in that it is dominated by the Belgian yeast. it's citrusy and spicy as you would expect from a Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very good tasting Belgian ale. Belgians beers are not my favorite style but this was a very good one.

billab914, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Kelp, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Viggo, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

DrJay, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 received from tradehops way back in July.. Thanks Eric.. I can't believe this one has lasted this long.. The bottle has been in the upstairs fridge for 6 months now!! I am sharing this one with my bro while we bitch about our new boss.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter... very nice 3 finger foamy white head.. the brew is a crystal clear gold.. great lace and cap for pretty much the entire glass.

Nose is very traditional BSPA with a nice punch of citrus hoppiness.. peppery and lite orange zest.

Flavor has all the expected BSPA elements.. pale malts with yeasty fruitiness and a great overall American hop component.. very nice and hugely drinkable.. the body is more thick than Duvel.. and the carbonation is lighter too..

Thanks again Eric.. I really appreciate the super cool trade.

JohnGalt1, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12.7oz popped for my birthday. 2010 vintage, into a tulip.

Poured a hazy brownish orange, immense offwhite head that's dense, soapy with huge lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity, quite Duvel-like. Great hop notes, light grassy and green apple notes. A bit of alcohol and general sweetness. Taste reflects the nose, great fruitiness, a little spice in the finish. Yeasty and lightly grainy finish. Dry and gentle effervescence. A very nice golden strong, stands up nicely to Duvel and I would revisit this regularly if available locally (yeah right). Impressive.

liamt07, Nov 22, 2011
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.