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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 64
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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 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
Photo of twelveinches
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
Photo of luvbier
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

luvbier, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
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
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a gigantic head. As the foam head breaks down, it never really collapses, just chunks of bubbles break, leaving a big cavernous swiss-cheese structure that eventually turns to lace. Great retention, good lace, and furious carbonation. Beautiful beer.

Nice aroma of grain and some sweet fruit. You get the chemical alcohol no question.

Some fruit up front, with pear and some tropical notes. But this just moves aside to alcohol and some grainy bitterness. Never really out of balance, this one remains burly and aggressive in flavors, with sweet, bitter, and alcoholic all battling it out. Finishes drier than expected, and some stone fruit-pit bitterness as well.

Fuller bodied and very carbonated.

Wonderful version of the style. Less fruity than many others, including those from Belgium. Who cares. This one is a winner.

OtherShoe2, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of jesseparker1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jesseparker1, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, bottled on 10/6/11, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden blond color, produces an inch of creamy white head that leaves lots of delicate lacing on the glass.

S- Light aroma of bready funk, pear, some pepper and boozy phenols and fruity esters, alcohol is nicely restrained for 9%.

T- Bold flavors of dry, crispy pear, light grain, and warm, fruity alcohol. Finish is dry and a bit spicy with clove. Very nice overall.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, moderate to high carbonation, dry, spicy finish.

O- A very nice spicy, Belgian-style beer, it's damn drinkable for 9%, I basically pounded this bottle pretty quickly, tasty stuff.

WillCarrera, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy marigold color. Very foamy. Needs time to settle. Thick moose like white foam eventually settles and slowly declines leaving thick give of lacing on the glass.

S - nose is very bready/yeasty. Lots of fruit too. Notes of apples, pears and banana peel. Some notes of peppery spice and hints of clove round out the nose.

T - soft bready dough flavors up front with a bit of sweetness. Sublet apple and pear fruit character along with a zippy lemony acidity in the middle. Spicy pepper and clove are bright on the back palate. Finishes quick and dry.

M - high carbonation with lots of tight bubbles. Body is medium with a texture somewhere inbetween watery and creamy.

O - good beer. Nice interpretation of the style. For a beer called inferno I find it quite refreshing.

Teleweizen2, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of fpreh1957
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

fpreh1957, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Duskskater
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Duskskater, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of redliner8
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

redliner8, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009/2010 vintage (didn't mark the bottle)

A slight gush upon opening, but not bad. Tons of carbonation and foam upon pouring. Clear pale gold with a massive cap of fluffy white foam. Excellent retention and some fair lacing.

A very fruity and floral nose with lots of pear and apple coming out.

Much like the nose, the taste lends lots of pear and apple with white pepper and coriander. Light spice and warmth from the alcohol. Moderate sweetness with a mild hop bitterness going on. Very tasty and refreshing at the same time.

Very dry and medium bodied. The carbonation is more subdued in the body than what sits on top.

A very well crafted brew that is so nice to drink. Solid belgian here.

jera1350, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +24.4%

msarver16, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bubbalito, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed pale straw color beer with tons of bubbles making their way to the top to feed the mammoth head. Even the slightest pour possible produced a huge fluffy four finger head, white in color and dissapating very slowly. The cool label and paragraph on the back should be mentioned as well. The head releases nice yeasty notes that mingle well with a bright spiciness and finally a lightly toasted malt way in the background. The fruity notes are pleasant with hints of banana and clove as well as fresh green apples mixed with orange peel and a modest earthy hop character. Just a hint of booze to round out the aroma. Great nose on this one, could sniff on it all day.

At once its both complex and drinkable, while still delivering a big punch. The fresh fruits come out and work nicely with the light biscuit malt. I still taste a mild tartness of green apples, as well as some orange zest that moves this beer into a quick bone dry finish. Lively and light while still being boozy, losing a bit in the body but not too much. Definitely has that belgian yeasty character throughout, mixing with the booze to create a big, spicy, and flavorful ale. The spiciness is clove like in nature and a welcome addition to the depth of this character-filled beer.

Very good ale here. I really enjoyed it for the complexity of the several flavors working together. I would put this up there with other big names of the style for sure.

chodinheaven, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
5/5  rDev +24.4%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy straw color in the sunlight. The head is a monstrous white cap of four fingers. It reminds me of a cappuccino made by an over-zealous milk frother. The carbonation is bubbling up furiously from the laser etched bottom as well. Takes some patience to enjoy (kinda reminiscent of a The Bruery Saison). Aroma is light and refreshing. Pepper and allspice with some lemon from the yeast accent the light Belgian malt. Honey kissed and nectar-like are descriptors that come to mind for the malt.Taste starts out with zesty esters of pepper, banana, and citrus, followed by malty bitterness and ends dry as a bone. The body is meaty, but not overbearing. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and super dry. It's almost like there is a ghost of the beer I just drank.

This beer ain't messing around. It knows what it wants and does it well: Deliver a serious tasting Belgian Strong Pale to your taste buds and get the heck out of there! This would be refreshing on a hot day or a cold winter night. I'll have to pick this one up again when I see it.

Philousa, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev -0.5%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly yellow cloudy liquid with two fingers of white creamy suds. Some lacing.
Smell is sugar banana and clove with other belgian spices in the background. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is mild crisp ale with belgian yeast at the forefront. Sugar and yeast and a slight bitterness that makes this drink very refreshing.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but still finishes clean. The alcohol is very well hidden all the way through this beer.
Overall I will buy this again instead of La Fin Du monde. Just as good and one heck of a lot cheaper.

peabody, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a shaker pint.

Look- Hazy honey-hued amber. Two fingers of loose, frothy head that sticks to the glass but falls to nothing fairly quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles indicate a well carbonated brew.

Smell- Classic. Not much more to say, it's what I'd expect from a Belgian ale. No off odors, but nothing stands out either. Maybe a bit of astringency.

Taste- Finally - something interesting. Hops are more prominent that I anticipated, Light graham cracker malt with touches of honey. Middle takes on a more savory spice flavor than I'm used to, almost peppery. Works well with the just-past-balancing herbal hops. Mellow, pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Harsh, prickly carbonation, medium body, boozy feel at the end, light burn.

Overall- Succeeds in some ways, fails in others. Pretty well executed, but it lacks anything to bring it out of the pack; perhaps cellaring would take it up a notch. The aggressive carbonation masks what subtler flavors there may have been, and the rest of what's going on is pretty standard. I think I may be spoiled by the excellent Belgian-style brews available in Central Texas.


Shortly after finishing this review, I realized that I had no desire to finish the bottle, and I've got too many good beers on hand to drink another pint of this one. When I realized I was about to drainpour half of a $10+ bomber, I also realized my rating of 3.5 was too high, so I've adjusted it accordingly.

Lawl3ss, Jun 22, 2012
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.