1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
Inferno AleInferno Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

642 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 642
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 60
Gots: 69 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 323 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nickfl


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a massive four finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits excellent staying power and when it finally settles it leaves excellent lace.

S - Notes of pepper, pear, and coriander with sweet, pilsner malt.

T - Soft, sweet malt up front with notes of pepper and pear. Notes of honey in the middle with more pear, coriander and black pepper. The beer finishes with vanilla, black pepper, and some lightly herbal hops with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and an appropriately dry finish.

D - Very well done. The bottle conditioning really shows here and helps with both body and carbonation, making this one of if not the best American made Belgians that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:48:19 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large three finger head on a pale hazy golden body.

S: very fruity, mostly lemon and banana, nice yeast presence.

T: corriander and strong herbal presencse with tropical fruit sweetness in the finish. avergae yeast presence. nicely tangy. The flavor is near perfect in blance, sweetness and belgian yeast character.

M: light body and high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is very well rounded and very drinkable. The rating is high but this one deserves it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:46:17 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of rhhjr

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-24-2012 07:13:30 | More by rhhjr
Photo of Murrhey


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured with a side standard vigor. It came out with a massive five finger white head with large fluffiness. Light golden color, nice clarity. Wish the head wasn't so large because the retention is wonderful.

S- Golden malts, wild-ale sort of funk, yeast and earthiness yet light and fruity smelling. Golden delicious apples and other light fruits. Nice light smell.

T- Crisp apples, tartness that subsides into a yeasty biscuit sort of flavor. Bitter, yet sweet from the apple sort of flavor. The booze is present, but not overpowering. This is a well balanced Belgian. For someone who normally does not like the style, I'm pleased.

M- Light bodied, yet slightly vinous. Wet and light.

O- This is a wonderful beer. I only aged it for a few months, but it might be a candidate for much longer aging. The again, with the relatively normal ABV... The point is get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:07:33 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Deivos

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-18-2012 18:05:16 | More by Deivos
Photo of phishsihq


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Inferno Ale is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color. A BIG fluffy white head caps the brew, which lasts quite a while and clings all over the glass as it dissipates. BIG aromas of yeasty funk slide into slight lemon an honey notes. Bready yeast and sweet malt flavors mix wonderfully with hints of pepper, citrus, and honey. 8.5% ABV, Inferno Ale is medium bodied and clean, with a medium-high level of carbonation. We LOVE this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:00:53 | More by phishsihq
Photo of fenix1300


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-13-2012 02:19:49 | More by fenix1300
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a nice fluffy 2" head. Mild lace appears.

Smell: lemon, fruit sweetness, and some spicy yeast creates a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt sweetness with some lemon zest, pepper, pear, green grapes, and golden apples. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: a very good belgian ale that is refreshing and very flavorful. Superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:31:09 | More by Gavage
Photo of Vylo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

05-11-2012 03:29:21 | More by Vylo
Photo of barbellsNbeers


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-09-2012 03:01:14 | More by barbellsNbeers
Photo of scott2269


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-07-2012 14:18:47 | More by scott2269
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy pale straw color with a billowing fluffy pillow of head. Bright white giant with incredible lacing. Great looking beer. Subtle nose but unique. Some white peppercorn. Some earthy/grassy yeast and faint medicinal phenols.

Full body but clean and crisp. Big and complex yet subtle very much so like a true Belgian beer. Effervesenct carbonation and well blended flavors. Some clove, corriander, Orange peel, crisp lemon tart and grassy yeast. Can be enjoyed and dived into, picking our subtelties and flavors or just sipped on and enjoyed for the buzz. Alcohol hidden relatively well. Doesn't make it stand stand out incredibly but is extremely well brewed.

The spice of the yeast paired with the American hop presence is insane

Paired with sushi and spicy mayo, this beer really cleans the palate and clears the heat off the back of your tongue from spicy foods. Such an incredibly dry clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:19:30 | More by jtierney89
Photo of One2Remeber


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Micro bubbles on the side, creamy as could be frothy vanilla colored head. Hazy, completely cloudy. Tangerine/orange body. Positively inviting.

S: Candy sweetness, phenolic to say the least, soapy aroma as it warms up. Spicy clove yeast jumps out of the glass. Aroma of fresh orange peels.

T/M: Explosive notes of fruity esters. Zesty taste and mouthfeel is the key characteristic. Tangy/tartness, similar to a green apple, overwhelm the pallet for an invigorating sensation.

O: Well-balanced. Bold flavors, crisp. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:51:34 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of DangerDawg


4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-06-2012 03:00:47 | More by DangerDawg
Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

04-30-2012 04:54:40 | More by Elfastball7


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-24-2012 23:12:24 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
Photo of Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-23-2012 22:04:21 | More by Snellgg5
Photo of RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-23-2012 00:23:53 | More by RoryOMoore
Photo of ONUMello


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, unfortunately I had to use a plastic cup since that's all that was in my hotel room.
A: Pale yellow color with a generous two finger head that lingers at that level for some time. Some of the best retention I've seen.
S: Flowers, spices, dried apricot, a spritz of citrus and a hint of bread.
T: This has a nice pizzazz to it. Lemon and spices. A malty midpalate, slightly bitter on the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied; the carbonation adds a pleasant touch.
O: I wish there was also a scoring button for the label because this one is epic. The beer in the bottle is pretty darn good too, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:43:58 | More by ONUMello
Photo of SaneMan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-21-2012 04:49:35 | More by SaneMan
Photo of smakawhat


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like I haven't had this style in awhile, and my first Lost Abbey beer. Let's see how this goes poured into a tulip glass.

A nice golden light pale orange amber body, somewhat opaque but also some real nice column rising tiny white carbonation bubbles. Head forms nice and evenly with a rocky character, white and bright, clumpy and lumpy. Real nice looking.

Notes of pear and sweet green fruit seem to hit on first whiff. Some light sweetness and a sense of yeast. Smells fairly straight forward but good.

Tight noticeable carbonation but doesn't take away from the palate. Some slight thickness but a bit subdued, seems to bring the taste of a sweet malt and very prickly, fruit hints seem to turn to more lemon and citrus, but finish with a real nice crisp tang character. Dry as it mentions, but not nearly as bone dry as the bottle suggests. A nice lingering aftertaste mixing with a faint icing sugar.

Overall pretty solid beer and a fun one to drink. Carbonation seems to hint at a displeasure but even this big it's actually feels like an enhancement. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:16:52 | More by smakawhat
Photo of JstnP

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

04-19-2012 03:14:15 | More by JstnP
Photo of woosterbill


2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Thanks to James at NEBCO for sharing this; the bottle is supposedly about a year old.

A: Hazy orange-gold body under an inch of fine, creamy eggshell head. Great retention and tons of lace. Lovely.

S: Heavily fruity, with apricot and prune really standing out. Some mild earthiness. Not terribly pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with a powerfully fruity, earthy, and mildly tart assault of esters and malts. The finish is a bit boozy, and somehow manages to be both dry and heavy at the same time. Unappetizing.

M: Frothy, lively, creamy, and generally terrific for the style.

O: This reminded me a bit of Goose Island Matilda, but was nowhere near as enjoyable. We washed it down with NEBCO's own BSPA, 668, and that beer could hardly have made a stronger (and more positive) contrast. Not recommended, but perhaps it would be better really fresh. Definitely no better than average for the style.


Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:16:07 | More by woosterbill
Photo of DarthGuitarHero


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-16-2012 13:27:14 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden brown color fills the glass, with hints of orange highlights. A big light tan head left some wispy lacing and a nice ring.

Smells of apple skin, yeast, and a hint of the malts.

Taste is nicely fruity upfront, some malts in the middle, and yeasty tang finish. A bit bitter as well on the finish.

Taste is very smooth, and lightly bubbly. Great drinking.

Glad I could find this in a small bottle, as I didn't want to commit to the large one for over 10$. A great beer, glad to try, and worth drinking.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:12:58 | More by Drinkerofales
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.