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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

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343 Reviews
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 759
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 74
Gots: 108 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Reviews: 343 | Hads: 759
Photo of litheum94
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of miromanyth
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty - Like glowing straw with carbonation streaming from the bottom - a gigantic pillowy head

S: Pears. Spice. The yeast gives off some fruity smells. A slight "bathroom cleaner" smell to it.

T: Black pepper. Honey. Apple-y. Has a nice bite! The yeast shines here.

M: Creamy and zingy on the tongue

O: I like it. I enjoy a drier Belgian-style ale after so many sweet American interpretations. Tasty

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

Pours a crisp, light golden color, with a huge, fluffy white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, apples, pears and some nice spice. On the palate, this one is light bodied, complex and refreshing, with flavors of freshly ground black pepper, crisp, juicy apples and pears, Belgian yeast and some sweet malt.

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Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled middle of 2010. Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky straw yellow with a robust white head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Decidedly Belgian with a fruity ester component and a strong Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Belgian funk and a very sweet malt flavor profile. No hops detected.

M - Very rich in carbonation with a medium body.

Not my favorite of the style. Very sweet. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fat two finger-width head, slick lacing, cloudy straw color

S: Light tropical fruits, herbal/flowery straw, Belgian yeast

T: Spicy fruitiness up front, finishes dry and slightly bitter, with a little tartness that lingers on the end

M: Medium-light thickness, lightly carbonated, dry finish

O: This is a very delicious Belgian Strong Pale, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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

A - A yellow cloudy straw color. Tons of head! 2 fingers worth. Lace sticks on the glass all the way down! It does not get much better than this...

S - Fruit..apples, and pears. Malt and yeast.

T - Wow. Apples, fruits, sweet, but so well balanced. Not too sweet. ABV is totally hidden. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Full body.

O - Now this is a great Belgian pale ale. this is up there with one of my favorites..the Horny Devil. I will be back for more...

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Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

25oz bottle. Surprisingly clear and light golden pour, with a medium white head. Yeasty and fruity. Very reminiscent of some staple belgium strong blonde offerings. Light tropical fruits balanced by a moderate hop presence. Nothing to freak out about, but good.

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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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty looking honey-amber hue with a huge fluffy white head that maintains very well.
S: Fruity esters and some lemon zest with a bit of grassyness and just a hint of breadiness.
T: starts off a bit sour with some lemony notes followed by some grassy hop notes . Lingering grassy and lemony flavor on the swallow. There are some intermittent banana and apricot flavors as well.
M: a bit thin with very delicate carbonation from bottle conditioning. a little on the prickly side but not overpoweringly so. Very smooth
O: Not quite what I was expecting but a tasty brew

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

Pours a clear yellow gold with a huge foamy white head. As it slowly fades lots of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Nice fruity nose with notes of sweet spice.

Tastes lightly dry and spicy. Bready malts and pepper stick out for me. Pronounced grape like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall is real good. Highly drinkable and yet another great Lost Abbey beer. Worth drinking again.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of JCellars
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL btl into Duvel tulip at about 40 degrees. BIG three finger alabaster head. Nice retention with beautiful carbonation.

Bright yeast and malt aromas with a subtle undertone of apricots, orange peel, macadamia nuts, and very slight floral notes.

The flavor starts small with biscuit and almond, going into the delicate citrus, pear, and almost kiwi like flavors. Very easy going hop profile and not nearly as much carbonation as the pour would suggest.

Finish is lightly lingering with the hops bringing citrus and a little pine needle.

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Photo of nhindian
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's chalice.

A - Pours a hazy pale straw color, with an absurd amount of carbonation in it. I poured probably a finger's worth of beer before the glass was completely covered in foam. After scooping out the excess with a spoon, I carefully poured until about half the glass was full. The rest of the glass was filled with dense foam, snow-white in color. Retention is pretty good as well, and as it recedes, it is replaced by thick residual foam. Very nice looking.

S - The taste is a bit more mild than I was expecting given the appearance and label, but it is overall solid. Some grapes and apples, lots of bready yeast and pale malts. A decent amount of alcohol heat comes through near the end.

T - The taste is reminiscent of comparable Belgian pales, without being overly spicy. There is some black pepper, however, so bear that in mind. Besides that, the best adjective I'd used to describe this beer would be bready. From the malts to the yeast, it was always keeps that backbone. So much so, that it subdues the fruits that were so appetizing in the notes. After drinking half a glass, it's tough to get the lemon, apple, and grape notes.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Bone dry that leaves me feeling as if I have been breathing desert air.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The appearance, nose and mouthfeel were all great, but the breadiness is a bit much in the flavor. At the pricepoint, I would probably stick with something more balanced, like a Duvel.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of quetzal013
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Good amount of carbonation that resulted in 2 to 3 fingers of head depending on the aggression of the pour.

The color was soothing like a chalky amber forest, very earthy.

The flavor profile was exactly what I would have expected, Belgium and pale with a touch of almost bitterness. EtOH was hard to discern, almost hidden in the complex pale flavors.

Overall, a very nice and comforting beer. Something I might drink if I was in Nosferatu's castle after a long journey through the canyon.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am seriously trying to get into Belgian beers. It is a hit or miss and this counts for both domestic and imported beers. After popping the cork and pouring into my snifter, it looked good but I was hoping for something less filtered. The smell was sweet and spicy but nothing special. The taste was a little better. I let it warm a bit and got a bit more spice but was not savoring every sip. I got bored with it pretty quick. The mouthfeel was pretty average. Nothing special. Overall this was good, but for a Belgian Strong Pale, I was left with my desires unsatisfied. The carbonation was there but did not clean the palate like I would have liked. The strong portions of the flavor stuck around a bit too long. Lost Abbey makes some good brews. Despite my warm buzz at the end of the entire bottle, I felt as if I was ripped off by the brewer. I'd rather have a Damnation or a Pranqster, which can be argued as a different classification. But for American brewed Belgian golden/pale ales, this one is not at the top of my list. However, many may think I am wrong.

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

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on 3/10/11. Light yellow hazy body with two-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing.

The first note in the aroma is the earthy funkiness typical of some Belgians. This is followed by some peppery spice, zesty lemon, apple, and light malt. The aroma seems to sweeten as it warms.

Tasty blend of flavors featuring many of those in the aroma. Spicy yeast notes, light maltiness, peppery spice, a bit of tart apple, and a little bit of hops.

Light to medium mouthfeel with nearly no notice of the alcohol. Hard not to compare this Duvel, but it does not really measure up to that level. But, good in it's own right with a different mix of flavors. Solid brew.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden Yellow in color with a huge 2 inch head and great retention. There is an insane amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer. This beer is truly Alive

Smell: Subtle hints of orange grapefruit pine and a little bit of banana

Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell here. This beer was really sweet on the palate a lot of fruity notes. Pear banana grapefruit etc..

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation bubbles punching the roof of your mouth and a very dry finish

Overall: This beer is a tad bit sweet for me. There are just too many fruit flavors going on. This beer would go down very smoothly on a hot summer day or a relaxing day at the beach.

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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%.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

486th review on BA
Bottle to taster
@Lost Abbey

App- A nice clearer yellow with a good head to it even for a small glass. Left a little bit of lace as well.

Smell- A decent smelling beer inline with the style, a bit yeasty and a bit of sweet.

Taste- This to me as a bit all over the place. It was dry, it was yeasty and it was pretty tasty. A bit of peppery beer as well

Mouth- Light/Medium bodied and a bit of a high carbonation to it as well.

Drink- Pretty tasty little beer. Had good flavors and was pretty light at the same time. For a small bottle, ill come back to it.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in October 2010, not sure the day. 375 poured into my lost abbey tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a large, pillowy white head and amazing retention. This is what the style should look like, if it wasn't cloudy.

Smells like spicy yeast, bread, apples and pears. It smells so dry it makes me think there is brett, but there is no funk.

Taste is bread and spice right off the bat that carries through to the end, with apples and pears mixed in. Its dry...no aftertaste, once again, I suspect brett, but where is the funk?

Mouthfeel is moderate with great carbonation.

Overall its good. Not Duvel good, but IIRC its a hell of a lot dryer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Towering white head is an appropriate homage to Duvel. Thick retention the size of most heads. Over he golden straw color this beer looks like a lemon meringue pie in a glass. Great retention and sheets of lace. Bottle label has a depiction of hell with what appears to be a monorail running through it.

Spicy, dry white pepper aroma. Sweet Twinkie malt and golden pear becomes more prominent as the Inferno warms (ha, pun!).

"Bone dry" indeed. Somewhat husky and abrasive as well. Very little residual sweetness. The golden fruits I'd expect from this style are fairly subdued and lack the smooth, airy quality I want from this BSPA.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.