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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 69
Gots: 89 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. No bottle date.

A: Medium clarity, deep gold body. Fairly large white head, dense bubbles, reasonable retention and lacing.

S: Incredibly yeasty, bready aroma, with a certain fruitiness I can't put my finger on. Maybe overripe strawberries?

T: High carbonation hits your first, followed by a flood of yeast flavors. Modest bitterness at the end barely balances the sweetness. No sense of the alcohol.

M: Big carbonation, fairly dry, refreshing. Fits the style nicely.

O: Overall this beer is more interesting than many others in this style. Powerful yeast driven flavor make this one a standout.

Photo of jgluck
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of AApparel
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of hansenme
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Bottled on 10-26-12

Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellow. A thick, meringue like, 3 finger tall billowy white head spews forth from the bottom of the glass immediately. Great head retention and curtains of lace cling for life to the tulip as you imbibe. Gorgeous.

Aroma: Scents of lemon and fresh cut grass burst forth from the glass. Plenty of Belgian yeast character here; Pear, hay, faint banana, light pepper and some farmhouse funk for good measure. Makes me think they might have used a saison yeast for this brew. An interesting acidic tone surfaces as the beer warms in it's glass.

Taste: Huge, snappy citrus right out front with some saison-esque, peppery funk right behind it. Notes of pear surface as the chewy malts start to coat your tongue for a brief moment in time before the lively carbonation lifts them off of your palate. The 9% alcohol is very well masked. The beer finishes bone dry with a somewhat tart, lingering hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of this high ABV brew.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and chewy, yet really crisp and refreshing with the high carbonation of this ale.

Overall: Definitely the best American brewed Strong Golden Ale I've had. Slightly Maltier than the original SGA, Duvel. Well balanced, and begs to be paired with some freshly grilled salmon and a green salad with a light champagne vinaigrette drizzled on top.

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Grant35
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of TidalDave
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Healthy loud aubile pop upon uncorking. A straw pour exit sits a bit more with an orange tint in the vessel. A glass consuming display of dirty white foam dominantes the vessel to near capacity taking its leisure to retreat, a sure sign of a wild yeast strain. Sloppy bubble bath smudges of lace adhore the glass wit a strong sense of micro-effervesce within.

S: Aroma of fresh greenery is light, small touch of peppery dry pear and dry straw.

T: Flavor of straw, bright tart oranges and sweet malt. Musky nature, fresh green hops with a hint of pepppery caramel on the trail end. A light mention of grapefruit, bready yeastiness and a dryn finish rounds things out.

M: Malty mouthful, good depth and feel as well resistance on the tongue. A nice carbonation presence.

O: Overall inferno? this is heavenly with a sweetly well balanced flavor that flows together oh so smoothly from start to finish. A lot of subtle notes bring out the complexity with a well toned nature.

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ScottP
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of jlkaufm
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JohanB
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.38/5  rDev -40.6%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.