Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by scottoale on 05-04-2008

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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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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very clear golden straw color, with a fat 2 and a half finger clumpy white head. Carbonation bubbles are present and jump up the center of the glass. Lacing is fairly present with soft patches left scattered around the glass.

Smell - Lite floral notes and some soft pear and apple. A spicy creaminess to the aroma as well. Not overly spicy, but just enough to give it a little edge.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Pretty dry, but noticeably sweet as well. Big wheat taste with a sticky honey flavor. Carbonation helps to keep it alive as this is an overall smooth beer. Spicyness as well as clove mixes in with the pear and apple melon taste.

Drinkability - First Lost Abbey i've had, and thought this one was a little too straight forward. Expected something bigger that would pop in your mouth more. Not a bad entrance into this brewery, and hoping to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with some light alcohol but no fruity ester as I had expected. Taste is a mix between some sweet Belgian malt with some hint of alcoholic phenols but no signs or fruity yeast ester or floral hops notes. Full body with good carbonation and some alcohol showing. I can't say that this is bad but it is still somewhat short from Duvel.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 white head.
S: Belgian spice, yeast, lemon, pear, apple...lighter aromatic fruit, but not very citrusy.
T: Crisp apple, grassy lemon, belgian spice, asian pear.
M: Honestly, a little watery on the mouthfeel. Doesn't coat and linger as well as most beers of this style.
D: ABV very well hidden. Very light and refreshing with not-too-sweet fruit notes. Probably would pair better with stronger or spicier food than on its own. Sure, it's drinkable, but I would enjoy drinking several dozen other beers more.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No pop when opened.

The complexity of the aroma surprised me. I was expecting a muddled whiff. I got a clear breakdown of apple, pears, pepper, tartness, orange peel and yeasty. Overall this reminded me of La Fin Du Monde (which I love). But there was something about this beer that "bored" me. I didn't finish my share (8.5% is a lot for something you're not enjoying). I can't put my finger on the why. The taste was pleasant with a good mix of flavors. Somewhere it didn't all come together for me.

I think maybe it needs a food pairing instead of solo drinking.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light yet slightly murky yellow hue with a nice foamy head. No lace noted.

S: Nice sweet apple and pear aromas with a nice blast of yeast. Light spice as well. Solid.

T: Just like the aroma. Tons of ripe apple with a touch of skinned pear. Citrus and yeast come next and a touch of Belgian yeast can be detected in the finish.

M: Medium in body with a nice dry finish.

D: Put the 750 ml down with no problem.

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Photo of bosco7
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale almost straw color with a huge bone white head.

Smells really good. Orange, lemon zest, mint, apple skin, pepper, and some clove.

Starts with apple and lemon skin with a hint of sweetness. There is a spearmint like flavor in the middle. Spicy yeast, bark, and more apple skin towards the finish. The finish is bone dry and extremely thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel is crisp and oh so quenching. The carbonation tickles the tongue and leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability is beyond exceptional. Balance. Duvel is the obvious inspiration for the this beer. I never tasted a beer that came as close to Duvel's complexity and perfect balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kkipple
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the mighty bgramer in a trade. Thanks man! Split with a friend.

Inferno packs a brilliant white, 5cm tall head that covers up the cloudy pale gold brew underneath. Good retention even though it falls a bit. Nice looking beer and very solid for the style.

Mmm.... classic strong pale goodness here. Very clean and unsurprising, I'm getting tart apples, lemon-citrus, vague peppery spice, and a solid, if muddled, blend of fruity esters and pungent phenols that don't quite get into Tripel territory but come close. Meaty and bold, upfront nose.

Taste is classic BSPA with an emphasis on the "strong". No mucking about here, this is an assertive pale malty brew with character to spare. Spicy and tart initially, but big malt sugars hold it together and finish off nicely, blending into the aftertaste. Alcohol is rather transparent. Sweeter than most of its brethren. Bottom line: if you like Duvel or La Fin Du Monde you'll love this.

Body is middling with a nice level of fine carbonation.

Inferno is very fine Belgian Strong from Tomme and the crew at Lost Abbey. While I wouldn't go out of my way to get this (it ain't miles better than the other classics of the style) if you see it you should certainly crack into one.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a hazy translucent yellow, with a big, white rocky head, good head retention, solid lacing.

S: Light overall, but get peppery spice, sourdough bread.

T: Interesting mix of flavours. Have the prerequsite peppery spice, definitely spicy for the style, light yellow apples as well. Secondarily, there is this wheat character at the back end that is quite tasty, not unlike a witibier.

M: Overall medium body, prickly carbonation, lightly chalky, light solvent.

D: A good BSPA, the flavour is tasty, though overall I found it kind of light to style, but still enjoyable - the actual content of the flavour profile makes it work. Another good one from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had my second bottle of this thinking that the first was off, but turns out it wasn't. Pours a mostly cloudy straw yellow color with a light orange hue. A soft white head with some retention but limited lacing.

The nose is subtle with a light Belgian characteristic. The malt is more prominent than anything else. Some more generic pale notes with a hint of biscuit and . There are some yeast characteristics with just a hint of Belgian notes. Some soft esters and light fruit notes. Some banana and rose. Some minor butyric that was off setting.

The taste has more of a Belgian characteristics but hop for style. The malt has a muddle taste with some light wheat, bread and biscuit notes. A slight sugary note that is more along the lines of honey. Some hop citrus notes that is more US pale than Belgian. There is some orange peel and a touch of dirty dish water that doesn't mix well. The yeast character is subtle and really doesn't come out. Some light alcohol bite as well, but really everything is just not blended well.

The body is moderate to light moderate. Carbonation is light for style but ok. Overall disappointing. Some off notes with some really off blending tastes that don't work.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow for a Belgian with a nice 2 fingers of white on top that melts rather quickly leaving only a very faint lace around the rim

Aroma is softly mellow...subdued soft fruits, a little banana, and a little warming funky yeast.

Taste is only lightly Belgian to me with some bready yeast notes and light malt with a touch of candied sugar but it is all extremely overpowered by intense citrus peel hops that become overly present as you swallow and finish the drink. Hot alcohol taste seems to want for more age and mellowing.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, mostly from the drying effect of the hops I suspect.

Aftertaste is bitter hops with little else.

Not what I would call a Belgian Strong Ale at all. Too much of a California Hops influence without a lot of complexity.

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

Served in a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

A: pours hazy, straw/orange color, with a 2 finger head, tightly beaded and very good lacing.

S: spicy Belgian yeast aroma with a slight indication of funk up front; combination of citrus, plums mixed with clovy spice.

T: The slight funk is evident in the first few sips. Interestingly chocolate and caramel follow, which was unexpected for a pale beer. Clove and coriander spice along with very slight estery fruit, and a dry finish.

M: viscous and sticky, but light body probably linked with higher effervescence and carbonation. Helps make this an easy drinker.

D: Another excellent example from this brewery, although as always watch your intake as it doesn't take much to push sobriety.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, pale gold, with a one inch head of white fluff.
Retention is moderate, and the foam cap sinks slowly to a solid skim coat, leaving behind spongy lacework.

Aromatics are slightly spicy, grassy, and earthy. Hints of white pepper, cloves, lemon zest, and flaked corn.

Light to medium bodied, crisp and effervescent. A quite lively mouthfeel.

Light malt, peppery spice, and clovey phenols lead off the pallet. Warming alcohol, earthy overtones, and hints of grapefruit, lemon and wet hay follow through.

Finishes fairly dry and quickly, with warming alcohol and peppery spice.

Another solid offering from Tommee, but coming up short at $14 per bottle.

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

Really pretty straight forward. Nice notes of esters in the nose, some spice, light fruits, maybe a bit of candy or bubble gum but the hops really come through, not floral but rather stronger American hop notes of citrus. Nice tight fine carbonation with a lively head, good retention. Some bready malt notes that are overtaken by a combination of phenols and hop bitterness. Strong long lasting carbonation and a medium body are right in line and provide for good drinkability. There are many very solid beers in this style so it's a tough go. A good showing but not great.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip, I figured it'd be most appropriate for a Duvel clone. First things first. I'm gonna compare this to Duvel, AND a BSPA. It doesn't have the head that Duvel normally has. That said, it's a nice looking brew with a frothy head atop a golden body with pretty ample carbonation throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Smell is pretty much dead on Duvel. Belgian yeast comes out mostly, with a spicy hop undertone.

T - Upon the first sip, the water quality is different than Duvel. It's obvious there's more minerals in this offering... at least it tastes like it. As for the rest of the beer, it's pretty much spot on, and a great example of the BSPA category. Malt plays a little more role in this, though. I would undoubtedly drink this again.

M - A little thicker than Duvel, and a little less carbonated. Not bad but nothing remarkable.

D - Easy drinking for one glass, should share a bomber though. I like it but I'd prefer Duvel in terms of price and taste.

Notes: Not bad by any means, but if you're gonna do a clone, make it at least as good... and cheaper.

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

750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a cloudy coppery orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention flares up to a full finger when swirled and leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant and nose tingling mix of sweet bready malts, spices, orange zest, grass, and yeast with just the tiniest amount of heat underneath it.

The taste is a little more mellow than the aroma is, with notes of bready toasted malts, citrus, spices, and an all around yeasty feel at times. Finishes with a medium dry feel that never gets to be quite bone dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and very easygoing feel considering the higher ABV.

A nice attempt at a Duvel clone, I really dug the prominant toasted malt character of this very much. Tasty and easy drinking for the size, I would revisit this again.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Joey @ South Bay Drugs-thanks! 750 into Coronado pint...

Golden honey color with moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.

Classic stylistic piney hop/malt sliage aroma with mellow yeast and spicing of orange zest and coriander. Some oily caramel malt as well-nice!

Citrus works with ample carbonation, yeast electricity and piney hops to make a very bright tasting ale. Quite complex, the beautiful chemistry working here, zest included.

Even-keeled mouthfeel from start to finish-oil, sweetness, yeast and carbonation in sync and all get better with a little warmth.

Shouldn't session this but I definitely cod-great stuff.

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

aside from the general rising prices today, there's nothing to complain about with this brew. It's a nice slightly hazy yellow belgian pale ale. flavor wise it comes across soft with light esters, grain and honey notes. It's delivers a kick but makes it a happy easy to accept kick. Worth a try.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with better than a full finger stiff white head of tiny bubbles that's gone fairly quickly, but is kept alive at the surface by the visible effervescence. A good amount of lacing left behind as it warms up. The nose is full and earthy Belgian yeast and a crispness of orchard fruit. Moderately sweet smelling. Medium-light bodied, the mouth feel tingles of carbonation. Full flavored, the taste matches up well with the nose. Bright, spicy and warming. The 8.5% ABV isn't hidden, but with a name like 'Inferno' what would you expect.
Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it!

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.