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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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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:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 anteater
4/5  rDev -0.5%

anteater, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of JohanB
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JohanB, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +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.

flagmantho, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

sbanacho, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.35/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yuck....I had to force this beer down. Seriously, tastes like a mouthful of grass, hay and straw. I traded some good beer for this brew and unfortunately it was not good at all. Have had some of the same experience with lost abbey brews...they are hit or a big miss...some are great...some are the pits...and this one is the bottom of the pits of the lost abbey beers I have tried to date.

A: straw hay yellow with lots of foam and suds...drank a large bottle at about 48 degrees

S: more hay and straw, grass, some citrus notes, mostly bland and dull

T: like I said, a mouthful of grass...

M: dry and harsh

O: had to force this beer down....would have happily dumped it down the drain but did not want to waste the trade...yuck...I could be done with lost abbey beers...this was the pits!

4thelvofbeer, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice bottle for about 10 bucks. pours a fuzzy pale straw color with some suspended yeast and a growing white head that seems to stay a few inches tall the whole time. it smells fresh like cut grass and meadow flowers. theres some fruity pep from the yeast, and a waft of alcohol indicating the strength of this one. it tastes similar to the nose, more springtime than fall, with some floral notes as well as that grassy hop complexion. it finishes very quickly and is bone dry. its not bitter, but there is a strong hop presence in the finish as well. the mouthfeel is great, excited carbonation from the belgian yeast, a deep medium body, and a moderate alcohol sting. i love the dry finish too, perfect for this type of brew. while this certainly isnt my favorite lost abbey selection, its one im glad i purchased. its different than many other beers in this genre, and it was the perfect (if ironic) choice of beer for making my annual hot sauce for canning. just right.

StonedTrippin, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bluerabbit, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Aschap
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aschap, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Eureka
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Eureka, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

iL0VEbeer, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to a fantastic co-worker for picking this guy up for me in San Diego.

A. Pours a pale, cloudy, golden straw color. About a five finger eggshell white head explodes from the brew. Lacing is thick, coating, and uniform. Head quickly settles to a finger and lingers nicely throughout the session. Quite excellent.

S. Smell is of apple, banana, clove, yeast, light hops, mild phenols. MMMMmmm....

T. Banana, clove, loads of Belgian yeast, grape skin, some mild hop bitterness. Good amount of residual sugar and a faint corny flavor. Quite pleasing.

M. Light-moderate bodied with some medium carbonation and light fruitiness, just enough to keep it mildly refreshing. Flavors are balanced and well-integrated.

O. A fantastic BPA. One of the best I have had. This should be a go-to for fans of the style. Spectacular achievement, very much enjoyed.

siege06nd, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bones2009, Aug 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

thegerm87, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

jpcool9, Aug 16, 2012
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 BeerManDan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured into a pint glass was a hazy yellow with a reddish hue, with a load of white foam and a load of lace on the side of the glass from top to bottom. The smell of carbonated yeasty bread and spices was evident in to aroma. The flavor had a very carbonated yeasty, spicy and fruity finish. Well balanced and a very pleasant aftertaste.

BeerManDan, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got the 375ml bottle! They are so cute, I had to get it. These bottles will make any beer seem good, besides Mo Betta Bretta though...meh. Let's soo how the format affects the taste.

It's highly carbonated, which I like. It's a cloudy golden yellow/ orange color.

It smells really nice, some spices from the yeast and a nice amount of tartness; like granny smith apples and green grapes.

It tastes mostly yeasty and bready, with a hint a alcohol. It is not too complex, but as it warms, the alcohol starts to compliment the spice of the yeast.

Not bad, I kind of like it!

raynmoon, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

twelveinches, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Suds
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a corked 750, this beer is a straw yellow with bright clarity on the first pour (with some subsequent yeast haze). The head is tall, firm, and white. It's aroma very spicy...Belgian...phenolic and grassy. Some malt, but it takes a backseat to the complex yeastiness and pepper. The flavor is very bitter, with some alcohol warmth. No real sweetness...dry and firm. Full and enjoyable.

Suds, Aug 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

luvbier, Aug 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MarkyMOD, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a white head. Very nice citrus note on the nose, yeast, and some spiciness to it as well. A touch of alcohol, some floral hops, just a light malt sweetness. The citrus really comes through on the nose. A bit citric, some yest, some spices, and a touch of booze. Lightly floral, quite dry, and a light sweetness in the middle.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Chugs13, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Archemedies, Aug 03, 2012
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.