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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 70
Gots: 91 | 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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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This January 2013 I review a bottle of Inferno bottled October 2011. This pours with the same thick head, but it dissipates faster and sticks around the sides of the glass above the beer. There are no bubbles rising in the orange liquid. the smell actually reminds me of wine- lots of fruit but a lot more alcohol in the smell than what I recall a young Inferno to have. I raised smell up to 5 after it warmed and the alcohol in the nose went down bring more of the raisin and pear and peach like smells out. Before the taste I will describe te mouthfeel as it is unique for how little bubble action we see: as soon as it's in my mouth it starts to lightly bubble and fizz. As if it was just waiting for me to taste it for it to come alive. First you get the fizz on your tongue - then you get the flavor. As the carbonation dies down in your mouth the different flavors of bread, fruits, and a metallic alcohol presence (that I associate with wine) come about. It isn't that it tasted different with each sip- it is well balanced between the bread and jam-like flavors with the alcohol resting underneath, but the way the flavor opens up in your mouth with the strong carbonation apparently starting to bubble in your mouth- then instantly ceasing to reveal a marvelously mixed flavor is something I don't recall at all from a young bottle, and it's quite an entertaining drinking experience. And it maintains that fizz-in-your-mouth quality to the end of the bottle. I would have liked to review alongside a fresh bottle but these are big bottles. Off my memory of a young bottle: main differences as far as flavor: the young bottle I remember had a somewhat sharp presence of yeast. It really stood out and brought a somewhat bitter funk flavor. Here that flavor is still present but is more entwined with the overallflavor rather than tasting like an element that stands out. You taste more of the fruity malt influence and a slightly dry metallic aftertaste. I didn't know what to expect- this is a first aged beer but damn it shows that it's worth the time.

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

Pours a straw colored yellow body with pale hues beneath the rocky white head that quickly dissipates to leave a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of Belgian yeast and sour apples float from the glass with straw and grass hops. There may even be some floral hints odd as it may seem, but back to the fruit and yeast.

More sour fruit in the flavor like apple or pear with more hints of straw and grass as well as yeast. There is also a pepper or coriander spice presence before the tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with moderate carbonation and a sour drying finish.

An all around tasty Belgian Pale with great flavors and aromas traditional of the style.

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

Poured from a 750ml into a duvel glass

A: pours a hazy straw golden with a touch of orange... A fat finger of white head after a gentle pour... Nice retention and some spots of lacing.

S: pungent apple and pear, along with a slight touch of sweetness, pleanty of Belgian yeastyness, light breadyness.... And a very slight lemon tartness towards the end .

T: pear with a touch of clove, going into apple, with a touch of sweetness, some hay and light barnyard... With a touch of citrus rind and funk on the finish... Complex and delicious.

M: heavy and creamy, lush with crisp and creamy medium carbonation.

O: this is a tasty strong Belgian pale ale, the alcohol is well hidden and all the flavors here are very well rounded... Deffiantly a good beer for the style...
Another very enjoyable Belgian from the lost abbey.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.