Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 755
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 74
Gots: 106 | 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 PittBeerGirl
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Route66pubs for this one in a trade! 750ml bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a very dynamic, cloudy golden yellow. Pours with a nice 1-2 finger head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Smell isn't as strong as I would like it to be-but still good overall. Some citrus fruit, floral hops, and a bit of yeast funk.

T- The initial flavor is a healthy dose of tart citrus sourness. Beyond this is a good amount of floral hop flavor and some spicy yeast looming in the background. The floral hops come out a bit for the finish but its pretty clean overall. The flavor is mild yet complex in character compared to similar beers I have had.

M- Medium to high carbonation and light body. Some yeast is detectable but isn't prominent. Doesn't have the exceptional yeasty mouthfeel that I expect a good Belgian to have.

D- This is wonderful, light, and very drinkable. The ABV is not at all noticeable. While sipping I was really enjoying the complexity of the flavor with its different layers. The only complaint that I have is the mouthfeel could be much more smooth and yeasty. Good beer and would buy or trade for it again.

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

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head. the head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a citrusy, lemony aroma. I smell some spices, but the citrus dominates. A slight earthy yeast aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells, but the spicy flavor is more dominate. Some lemony citrus flavor is present. It has a slight grainy flavor as well.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a lemony aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and the flavor might be just a bit aggressive.

Overall: This is a good beer. Nothing special, but a solid Lost Abbey beer.

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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.

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Photo of andyinsdca
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into my beermug...

Appearance: Cloudy yellow straw, foamy head, with fine bubbles. The lacing and foam lasted thru the whole bottle.
Smell: Weak floral and fruit notes. Nothing of note.
Taste: Very dry, some hoppy taste, a bit sour/bitter (weak lemon)? I really liked the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Decent, but not outstanding. Nothing for the whole mouth.
Drinkability and overall: A pretty decent beer. I liked this. The 8.5 ABV is surprising for a beer with this flavor and feel. I won't run out and get more, but if someone gave me some, I'd drink it.

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Photo of clickpush
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth goblet. Body is a clear golden amber with huge amount of carbonation spinning up from the center. The head poured out at 1.5 fingers and stays that way forever in a rocky, creamy form that just refuses to recede. Gorgeous appearance.

Nose: Aroma is not as vibrant as one would assume, but hints of pitted fruits and dry, citrus acid make their way through. Some chalkiness prevails. Get some powdered-milk-meets-apricot stuff that is tempting and true to style, yet not overwhelmingly seductive.

Mouth: Original predominant flavors consist of soft notes of apricot, milky-slippery-butter not-so-nice flavors, and plenty of hops. Flavor ends far short of the back of my palate, leaving me wanting a supplement for the second half of my mouth. Feel is okay, maybe too much carbonation but it's not in a sharp, poignant way, but too foamy and explosive. After taste is bitter hops but without notable flavor.

I would conclude that this is a bit too hoppy and a bit too carbonated than my favorite examples of the style. Nice but difficult to make it through 750 mils.

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

Serving Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Serving Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Inferno pours a strong white foamy head that is reddish and yellow with a clarity underneath a whipped egg white of foam along the glass.
A wafting of lemon and white grapes and a dash of spice and some vanilla aroma is present.
Dry pears and coriander along with some white spices dance across the tongue. Overall mouthfeel is medium.

Anyone got any cheesecake?


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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FINALLY we got Lost Abbey here in Chicago!

Pours a nice golden body with a head that retains for quite a while! I cant wait to taste this brew!

The smell is very light and hoppy. It has notes of citris and bubblegum!

Finally, what does Lost Abbey taste like?
It's lite and bubblegummy. Its very reminecent of Tripel Karmeliet. It's very light and refreshing. I got a feeling this will however give me a headache!

Oh well its so good let it happen!


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Photo of deereless
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A touch of haze to the beer, a light straw color, a fair amount of cottony head - 4.50, S: Lots of zest and some spice, the Belgian yeast is very apparent, a dry crispness to the nose - 4.50, T: Quite hoppy and tart, some green apple to the beer, what I assume are noble hops, slightly earthy, this does a good job of masking the high alcohol which I can tell is there - 4.00, M: Quite light and smooth - 4.25, D: An excellent sample of the style - 4.25

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

750ml corked and caged bottle.

This one poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruity, some breadiness, and citrus. Tastes of fruitiness, yeast, spices, and citrus. Body a little on the lighter side.

Notes from 8/13/08

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


Appearance: Pours a light-golden/yellow color, sort of like a thick grapefruit juice with a few bubbles rising to the surface. Has a huge three-finger head which seems to last forever! When it finally goes down, it leaves some foamy lacing behind.

Smell: Heavy on the citrus fruits (espcially orange and grapefruit) and hops. Has some caramel and sugar thrown in for good measure. It's a sweet smell with a bitter undertone.

Taste: The taste is very close to what the smell would lead to believe, it's heavy on the citrus and hops. The orange and grapefruit are predominant, with a little malt as well. A suttle, refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, with good carbonation that doesn't tingle. Aftertaste is similar to the actual taste with a little bit more bitterness.

Drinkability: This is an excellent strong ale that has a soothing, refreshing taste and feel. Drink this while relaxing after work, while watching tv, during a meal (especially chicken or meat), or any time you choose. A beer this good has no limit on when to enjoy it. Get some now.

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Photo of BWH3
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL served in a goblet

A: Clear yellow gold crowned by a rocky massive white head. The head starts a fine bubbly fizz but refines itself as a thick mouse like foam. This foam clings to everything and laces beautifully.

S: Fruity ester scent reminiscent of pear, lemon zest, and a slight banana. Hops provide a floral aroma.

T: Many a light citrus zest and floral flavor. Alcohol and spicy phenols merge into a moderate bitterness that ends well. Could use more spicy notes. Not sweet or dry in terms of finish.

M: Light bodied. Not as effervescent as the style should be. Love the head retention.

D: Lost Abbey is an amazing brewery that is changing the shape of American brewing from a hop head and macro lager dominated arena to one heavy influenced by the Belgian and French brewing traditions. Every one of their beers deserves a tasting and sharing among friends.

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

Thanks to Imstillthegman

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a nice golden blond with a slight bit of haze, nice bright white two finger head with nice lacing.

S: Nice caramel aroma with good hop presence nice and spicey with citrus notes.

T: Very similar to the aroma of this beer the taste starts with a nice hoppy citrus flavor with the most apparent being grapefruit. There is also a nice yeasty/esters flavor profile with this beer.

MF/D: Very smooth and lightly carbonated. It is very light for the 8.5% ABV tag. Could drink these all night before you knew what hit you.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had one of these earlier in the summer, but was in no position to review it. I decided to crack open another one to give it a proper run through. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a chalice. This one was consumed on 10/30/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, deep hazy golden yellow color that was very evident right of the bat. Nice carbonation was easily apparent as champagne like bubbles reached skyward, constantly refreshing a large pillow of white on top. Very slow receded here left behind tons of thick and sticky side glass lace that really just coated the entire inside of the glass.

The aroma was light, airy and nice and hoppy with a great presence to it. Nice light pepper like notes that really punched through as it warmed, allowing that nice, light hoppy bite to really take hold. Some light bread like notes lying underneath o that. The flavor was very well done. Light, with most all of the alcohol very well hidden. It started with a nice lemon zest like hop bite that quickly melded into a spicy and peppery mix of yeast and spices. Some nice touches of light fruit and a really nice and mellow finish, left a clean, dry flavor in it. Smooth, with a champagne like feel to it, this was easy to put down, but at over 8% was nothing to just throw down.

In the end, while not my favorite thing from Lost Abbey, it was definitely solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day. It seems like it makes a very nice addition to their regular lineup.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a solid head that leaves a decent amount of lace

Smell: Bready, with a lot of yeasty phenols that provide stone fruits, white pepper and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Opens with the bready yeast flavor, but adds a tangerine element and then gets really peppery and hoppy by mid-palate, with some pear and pith; after the swallow, the pithiness becomes more herbal, although there are fruity and sweet, candi sugar notes that add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: If you like a hoppy Belgian, then you will enjoy this beer; to my palate, however, there are others in this series I prefer

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at BevMo, which was a bit of a surprise...they don't always get the TLA seasonals. Great bottle art...probably my favorite from this brewery to date. Poured into my tulip.

A: Hazy mustard color, maybe even a bit more orange than mustard. Huge pitted head, white and a good two fingers, with very nice retention and massive lacing. Tons and tons of bubbles rising from the bottom, even after the pour.

S: Allergies are making this tough, but a strong bready smell complemented by some spices, coriander and pepper. A bit of fruitiness to the smell, perhaps figs or pears or something.

T: Nice mellow flavor-good amount of spice, same as the scent. A bit of apple or pear and honey in the flavor as well, along with a slightly funky/bready yeast flavor. Finish is just the right amount of hoppy-it's there but just as a pleasant afterthought.

MF: A bit sticky or syrupy and super super carbonated. It almost distracts from the flavor a bit, the assault on the tongue nearly overwhelms the taste buds. Not much warming, and the finish is not particularly dry. Despite the high carbonation, this is oddly smooth.

D: A tasty beer...not quite to the level of a Damnation or Delirium Tremens, but a damn enjoyable brew. I wish the flavor were just a bit more overstated. They do avoid the over-hoppiness that Devotion seems to suffer from though, which is a bonus. Alcohol is enough to get a buzz, but doesn't really smack you in the face. Combined with the relative smoothness, this is a frighteningly drinkable beer. Lost Abbey rarely disappoints.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light golden color with one finger white head.

Scent of yeast, citrus, and hops. Simple, and well balanced, while it isn't particularly complex or robust it is very good in its simplicity.

Taste of yeast, hops, candi sugar, and earthy malts wash through the mouth initially. Some alcohol comes in early but blends with the stronger flavors in the finish. Finishes with pretty strong malts and a bit of hops leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and slightly smooth.

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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 the style, the Port beers in general, so this one is a natural for me...wish I could find Port offerings closer then Massachusetts!

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

Thanks to a very patient Wetpaperbag for this one.

Pours a clear and carbonated yellow gold with a nice big white head that recedes unusually quickly and leaves ok lacing. Roiling carbonation.

Nose is belgian yeast right off the bat, with some pepper and apple. Grain.

Taste follows. Belgian yeast, pepper and spice. Apples and pears come through just before the finish. Hop profile is moderate but noticeable. An akward soapiness on the finish, but nothing too abrasive. Dry saison like finish, pepper lingers. Some chalkiness. Kind of strange graininess, the finish here is kind of messy.

Mouthfeel is solid for the style, i would like a tiny bit less carbonation, just a tiny bit, and the chalkiness on the finish is a bit odd.

Drinkability is very nice for the abv, and is hampered only by flaws in the mouthfeel and finish.

Overall a solid representatioin of style. Defenitely a decent introductory belgian. I would like some more light fruit flavor and a bit less pepperiness here, but overall a good beer. For some reason Lost abbey belgian pales/goldens kind of rub me slightly the wrong way. Mostly good, but something slightly off. Dont get me wrong tho, as this is good beer, and i would probably revisit it on occasion if LA would send us more than 4 styles! Good beer, and thanks again to my man Wetpaperbag.

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Photo of pwoods
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a light golden color, a few shades darker than Duvel. A disappointingly short head forms but holds for a bit. Some ok lacing.

S: Nice yeasty nose with some decent fruit esters and light phenolic notes. Plenty of sweetness from the Belgian candi sugar.

T/M: The yeast gets a little more spicy in the taste but still maintains a good fruity level. Clove definitely builds up and really comes through in the finish. Still plenty sweet with enough wheat coming through. Body is medium light with good carbonation.

D: Not a spot on Duvel clone but kinda close and tasty nonetheless. Drinks pretty easy with minimal alcohol showing through.

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during an August trip to Seattle from Bottleworks.

First off, great pics, great blurb on the back, just fantastic presentation. My wife & I have talked about it being a shame to throw the bottles away - it's like tossing a work of art.

This beer is Belgian to the core, color, nose, taste. There's an abject fizziness to the brew I could do without, reminds me of Shasta in the summer of my youth, a memory I didn't need to dredge up. Taste is sweet & light. Barring the cost, this is the kind of beer I could drink all night. Right up to the point my unsuspecting head smacked into the floor.

This is my first foray into Lost Abbey, although I have a couple more in the basement for a rainy day. Maybe it's just the stylish bomber, but I was expecting something a little more...radical. This is a solid beer, but not the hellion I was expecting.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: A slow and steady pour yielded a pale, straw-colored, hazy hue with rising carbonation, and a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Smell: True-to-the style aroma, replete with fruit spices, candied sugars, and a touch of vanilla...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing flavor that strongly complements the aroma... Tons of fruit, spices, sugars, and plenty of depth... A well crafted and constructed beer and definitely a good American depiction of this Belgian style...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability for a hefty, 8.5% ABV...
Good stuff...

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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle is beautiful to look at but a bitch to open. I've opened many champagne/belgian corked beers and this was by far the most difficult. Rather than a simple twist, I had to rock it back and forth, nervous as hell it might just break off in my hand. Speaking of my hand, it still aches.

Opens, finally, with barely a pop. Pours into a globe glass with a pale hazy yellow color and lots of nice fluffy white head. Not much retention on the head but it does leave some nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity, spicy, and everything a good Belgian style pale ale should be.

Flavor is complex with loads of spice, banana, pear, and cloves. The spice and bitterness are extreme and it ends super dry. All of this leads to a pretty harsh mouthfeel and drinkability suffers as a result.

It's good overall but maybe not as subtle as I would prefer. I definately need some cheese and crackers to take the edge off. And an ice pack to numb my sore hand.

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Photo of Talisker
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. I think I got this as part of the 2008 Patron Saints or Sinners Clubs, but might have bought it at retail.

I could go through and describe each aspect of this beer in boring detail, but at the end of the day it's a very respectable Duvel clone. Looks similar, smells similar, tastes very similar. And those are all Good Things.

But there's a bit of stickiness here that Duvel doesn't have, and that hangs around for minutes after each drink. That's the only knock I've got on Inferno.

There would be a place for this beer if the world were running out of Duvel, or if Duvel were at all hard to find. Fortunately neither of those is the case. And given Lost Abbey's usurious prices, there's no cost advantage here.

Great work from Lost Abbey. But as a drinker, I'll just stick to the real thing.

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

Pours a cloudy gold in color. Nice frothy head forms on the pour. Smell is very floral and fruity. A little bit of spice. Taste is much more floral. There is a good amount of bitterness in the flavor as well. Decent and good mouthfeel. Very easy drinking. Don't notice the ABV at all.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazy gold with a sliver of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemons that fade quickly. Appleskins & honey creep through as this warms

T: Grapefruitty hops, breadyness & apricots up front. Coriander, a touch of honey dryness & some white pepper & pineapple as this warms. Finishes peppery with grainyness, plus some lemongrass

MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation; skews spicy

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, a descent shot at the style. This would go great with Thai, Sushi, & or Indian IMO

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.