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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | 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)
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Photo of Jay888


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle purchased at the Costco closest to the brewery. So yeah, probably best value possible. Opened with a corkscrew - couldn't wrestle the cork out by hand - and poured into a snifter. Date unreadable but probably 4 mos old.
Mine was light on carbonation, and I consider that a plus for the style. Pure, clear straw yellow at first but plenty of sediment so cloudy later. Tons of bright fruit yet dry, some grass/hay and spice. Sweetness in the nose yet actual sweetness gobbled up by the yeast. Will pair well with food, especially cheese, like many in the Lost Abbey repertoire. Perfect for one beer with a meal. Not sessionable and I would never touch this after anything with serious hops. Share a bottle with a cheese plate.

02-11-2011 22:36:26 | More by Jay888
Photo of Cyberkedi


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Aroma is not strong, but is fruity and a little malty with a nice crisp edge, slightly sweet and fairly inviting. It pours a hazy solar yellow with a very thick, white, persistent head that leaves some thick lacing. Flavor is malty and fruity, mainly pear with a little apple, a hint of honey and a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is very smooth, somewhat thick, and quite fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle.

02-04-2011 00:42:58 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of micmillon18


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. No born on date.

A - Straw yellow. Huge chunky head. Extremely carbonated from the looks of it. The lacing is abound, following the beer all the way down the glass.

S - Spicy, funky tangy. Sour apples, pears, hops.

T - Spicy and funky upfront with a very mellow hoppy finish. It tastes like half ripe oranges; citrus flavors and orange peel. Pears seem to be the prevalent taste, making for a tasty brew. Melons of some sort are also roaming around in here.

M - Fuzzy, medium body. Carbonation was a little over the top but it doesn't hurt the beer. Dry.

D - It's drinkable considering the ABV but you obviously wouldn't look to this for refreshment. Overall its very tasty and finishing the bottle was no problem.

01-27-2011 04:29:12 | More by micmillon18
Photo of Taverner420


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Awesome wicked golden cloudy ale with all kinds of fruity esters in the flavor - Finishes dry and clean. One of my favorite Tripels (or whatever its trying to be) Little bitterness there wavering in the background, but in the end the dry beats the bitter or the sweet. Sweet!

01-16-2011 23:46:50 | More by Taverner420
Photo of Neffbeer


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

750ml bottle dated 5/6/10
Poured into a Portsmouth brewery tulip

A: Beautiful golden yellow color with perfect clarity. The head is billowing and white with magnificent retention and lacing. This is a great start.

S: The belgian yeast reveals itself first. This is followed by a serious spice character of coriander, clove, and pepper. Apples and lemon are also there followed by a pronounced hop aroma (very floral).

T: This is very bright on the palate, bursting with spice and fruit. The coriander and pepper are quite noticeable along with a pithy lemon character. The hops reveal themselves in the finish, bitter and dry. Not so bitter that it leaves one reeling, just incredibly dry.

M: Luscious full mouthfeel that somehow feels incredible light and airy.

D: I have really enjoyed this beer from start to finish and would not hesitate to seek it out again. Cheers.

01-15-2011 01:08:42 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of DPFRD


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

750ml poured into a Westmalle Goblet.

A- Cloudy and golden. Head Is nice, doesn't lace much but is substantial, creamy and has nice retention.

S- Smells, Like a tripel. Pear, some coriander and a hint of banana... yeast is there if you look for it.

T- Very surprised with this beer. To date the best done Belgian style beer from any American brewery I have had. Has nice banana notes, some bitterness, and a little sour. Yeast is there, and the sour/bitter notes close the endeavor.

M- Perfect for the style medium and creamy. Good carbonation.

O- I really like this beer. It is American and it tastes Belgian, but it sells it self better than some belgys. I'm sitting over it smelling it, get a chimay white feel. It's there and it's good. In relation to it's relatives in Belgium, you can get better beers for a buck less; however, I found this beer hard to acquire and I really like it. It has it's own persona, but yet I taste Belgium.

I have had other Lost Abbey stuff and have been impressed by what was done, but those never really paid homage to the "Abbey" like this one has. I was looking for it, I found it, and it was worth it. Experience the west coast of America bring you a true flavor from Belgium.

01-13-2011 10:07:02 | More by DPFRD
Photo of coastie04


4.15/5  rDev +3%

A: Medium gold color, good clarity, white head has finer bubble structure but dissipates quickly leaving only a little lace on the glass. Served in a pint glass at the brewery, but likely not the right glass for maximum head retention and lacing.

S: Highly spicy and fruity aroma. Evokes citrus and stone-fruit aromas. Spiciness is peppery and clove. Low alcohol notes come through with a low perfumy hop character. Delicious smelling beer!

T: Some apple and pear fruit flavors are accompanied by moderate pilsner malt character. Spiciness creeps up on the finish with a peppery character that interplays with the alcohol. Not overly solventy, but there is a definite alcohol presence in the taste. Low hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Medium-high carbonation which falls flat on the highly effervescent character of other great Belgian Golden Strongs (namely Duvel). The lower carbonation creates a slightly denser mouthfeel and not as dry of a finish. The mouthfeel is medium light to medium on the tongue. Alcohol warming present.

D: I love a good Belgian Golden Strong and this one was good. It however was missing some carbonation characteristics relating to crispness of finish, head retention, and lacing that make it a notch lower than the stylistic examples. Good flavors that are balanced between spice and fruit. Will re-review after sampling it from a bottle with the appropriate glassware.

01-05-2011 18:23:53 | More by coastie04
Photo of DovaliHops


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a very murky golden orange color with a medium white head that is very fluffy and hangs around for a bit. Aroma is EXTREMELY spicy! Probably the spiciest scents I've ever gotten in a beer. There are also hints of green apple and Belgian yeast, but the spice overpowers by a lot. Taste is initially lemon and green apples followed by tons of spice and pepper with hints of banana and a lot of yeasty flavors. There are also light bread flavors. Beer finishes with very boozy. Strong alcohol flavor...like vodka. Mouthfeel is nice, and clean...very crisp and full. Drinkability is fair...this is no Duvel, that's for sure!

01-04-2011 06:20:50 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy golden-orange with almost brown tones in the deepest parts. There is a large, foamy, light head, approx 2". The beer has citrus notes on the smell, with a hint of some spices to balance. The flavors are of very light citrus, with a blended spice tasting of coriander and nutmeg. Very smooth in mouth, and a crisp, light finish. The alcohol helps balance the sweet and spice flavors, and the spice follows through to the aftertaste. Almost peppery notes on the aftertaste, also. Very tasty, and very easy to drink. Kind of wishing I had grabbed a few more bottles of it while we were at the brewery.

01-03-2011 02:33:46 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours an orange-darker orange with nice cloud white head and great lacing. Good start!

The nose produces nice aromas of lemon and straw, also some prune sweetness. grass hops also make an appearance. The taste follows the nose, straw and wheat thats dry as a bone. Banana and vegetable flavors abound.

The mouthfeel is really dry, as the awesome label says. Nice on the palate. The drinkability isn't too high for me its just a little hard to put down too long. Nice beer overall.

12-29-2010 01:07:39 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of PhxHorn


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

This one pours pale gold with a one inch head. Smells of apples and yeast, and tastes of apples, yeast, with a wee bit of sourness in there that was a little disappointing. Overall, the taste was a bit on the weak side, and the touch of sourness made this one slightly less than first rate, but still a pretty good beer.

12-25-2010 04:34:49 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -21.8%

I had this at a tasting. The person who brought it is not on BA so I cannot give them credit.

A: Poured a very cloudy, vanilla laced, yet bright Halloween orange, with about a 1-2 finger head that stayed somewhat foamy throughout the session.

S: Aspriny and citrusy for sure, but it also had good bit of yeastiness in the mix to keep this from being an utter fruit bomb.

T: Yeasty, citrusy, yet somewhat boozy. This went away after a few sips though. There was a fair hint of lemon here and I agree with what others have said about this being somewhat soapy.... that was distracting. Very dry finish.

M: Extremely creamy and well carbonated, yet the bitter soap taste linger to almost a point of no return.

D: This was my least favorite LA brew to date, however, I'd like to give this one another go in the future just to see if my taste buds were just off this night.

12-24-2010 13:49:57 | More by Chaney
Photo of cpetrone84


3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

A-deeper in color than I had anticipated, golden straw color with an orange center. the head is robust and fluffy, very bubbly and light sitting on top for some time.

S-the nose is very perfumy with a strong soapy yeast to it. hints of dry cracker with a fair bit of citrusy hops in the back with a bitter cut to the nose.

T-the flavor is a little less yeasty and soapy, the hops really stick out. it is still rather perfumy up front, it has the touch of dry cracker showing the malt body with the hops taking over in the back. citrusy, with strong notes of juicy lemon,and very soapy hops with an assertive bitterness in the finish.

M-lighter in body, soft on the palate, very fluffy feel to it, light but creamy and all there. moderate carbonation tingles the back of the throat with a crisp semi dry finish.

D-the huge soapy flavors and the assertive bitterness make this somewhat off putting. the flavors are all there but they don't seem to work that well together. it isn't bad, the malt body is still nicely done and the assertive hop finish is different just too soapy.

12-07-2010 23:16:34 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a hazy pale golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thick finger of head and left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty fruity belgian yeast upfront alongside citrus, slight spice, apple esters, and mild hop notes. It also had a good malty presence. The taste was also pretty fruity from the belgian yeast with clove spice, apple, pear, and citrus accents. There was plenty of malts and a touch of underlying hops to cap off the flavor. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, spice, citrusy, and malty finish. It drank real good and really did some justice for the style. I've had this brew a few times know and each time has been solid without the LA carbonation issues.

11-22-2010 18:54:28 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of daledeee


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

A 750ml bottle that's been in my frig for a couple months.

Poured this into my large wine glass and got a very clear bright yellow body with nice fluffy white head and some lacing to boot.

Nose is vanilla and citrus with some grain and floral.

Taste is clean with Belgian hops in a big way and a hint of sweetness. The finish is very strong citrus rind.

Mouth feel is really nice with a thicker tasting body yet lots of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden and I found the citrus rind a little overpowering which made it a little less drinkable.

10-26-2010 23:41:14 | More by daledeee
Photo of ckeegan04


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Golden orange with a light haze. Off-white foamy cap, about three fingers thick, leaves chunks of foam behind on the glass.

S - Strong yeasty aromas of over ripe pears and apples along with a strong herbal bite and hints of white pepper. Some candi sugar sweetness lingers underneath.

T - Dry sweetness initially with hints of well ripened fruit. Pear, lemon and apple all come to mind. Peppery in the finish.

M/D - Crisp but full bodied. Very dry. Excellent BSPA.

10-21-2010 20:30:48 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Unfiltered


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with ample head; impressive adhesion, the lace defies gravity! Abundant carbonation observed. Aroma is very floral and the taste features mild estery banana notes with a definite hop presence. Mouth feel is somewhat astringent but drinkability is high.

09-03-2010 05:44:03 | More by Unfiltered
Photo of impending


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

750 ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy apricot gold. Opened with an authoritative POP, now pouring carefully I still get a five finger head, my glass is mostly dense froth. Lacing is ridiculous.

Aroma is sweet with apples, white grapes, spices and yeast - smells great.

Taste is lively, the tongue tingles a bit. Considerable hop presence as well as strong warm alcohol. The best SPAs fade away better than this as the bitterness far exceeds the upfront sweetness.

08-29-2010 23:48:53 | More by impending
Photo of Ghenna


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a golden straw with huge pillowy head- sticks around for a bit. Big nose of Belgian yeast and hops. Almost a farm ale sweet/barnyard smell too. Big tufts of retained head as well.

Taste is of- well belgian yeast, not too malty, and hopish. Unfortunately, for me, the hop flavor tends to overpower the Belgian flavor. I think Raging Bitch does a much better job of balancing the two components. It is a fairly lighter bodied beer with lends itself to drinkability, though I can't really recommend it.

08-23-2010 02:31:50 | More by Ghenna
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Thanks to afatty for including an extra for me in his order of Lost Abbey beers. 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Hopus glass pours a nice bubbly, hazy dark yellow with a frothy pale, almost yellow head that takes its time dying down to a thin layer that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is loads of pale malts and spices such as coriander and lemon zest. Taste is an absolutely wonderful plethora of citrus hops, pale malts and spices all dancing together in perfect harmony on the tongue. Sweet fruits, pepper, clove and lemon all add a nice accent to an already complex brew. The beer is medium bodied with nice smooth carbonation. This is a great beer to wrap up a hot Summer day, one I would certainly love to have again.

08-15-2010 01:28:25 | More by atsprings
Photo of tedsox31


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. The appearance is a clear golden hue, with a frothy white head that sticks around. Some lacing.

The aroma is very citrusy, along with some slight grassy notes (presumably from the hop selection), and a whiff of spice, perhaps coriander?

The taste is as fruity as the aroma, most notably lemon, pear, and apricot. There is also a slight taste from the hops, grassy in my mind, also some malty notes in the very back of the background.

The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, although carbonated, and a slight bitterness lingers after I swallow.

This is quite a drinkable beer. There is a lot of flavor here, and is a great beer to linger upon. Highly recommended.

08-14-2010 19:32:58 | More by tedsox31
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.15/5  rDev +3%

A bottle thanks to sourbatchkid. Enjoyed with a nice dinner.

A- three huge fingers of billowy off white head from an easy pour. Head has some serious lasting ability but eventually subsides to a cm thick cap and tons of sticky foamy lace. Hazy sunset straw yellow in color with a nice glow. Gota say this looks amazing.

S- big fruity yeast with a bit of soap and dry funk. Some bananas and papaya. Hint of lemon.

T- yeasty fruity funk and butter milk biscuits. Bananas and a hint of clove. Honey and some earthy herbal hops.

M- medium bodied with a luscious slick feel. Very pleasant carb just right for the style I'd say.

D- this is one tasty beer! One of the better I've had of the style and certainly top of the pile for americans. Paired wonderfully with a bacon wrapped fillet with blue cheese on top, savory corn pudding and broccoli rabe. Ahhh!

08-13-2010 23:40:02 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of JamisonM


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

A: pours a rich honey gold color with a huge head the head is off white

S: Belgian yeast with some sweet malts and bitter hops mix in to create a a very complex smell also this really smells like duvel wow

T: taste is a more rich version of Duvel if you like or love Duvel you must try this alcohol is masked oh so very well and you get some orange zest with a bunch of Belgian yeast

M: light mouth with high carbonation just like Duvel

D: Very drinkable for any time of the year

overall: this is a wow beer for me its just great! if you like Orval or Duvel you need to try this and it is worth trading for!

08-07-2010 00:51:03 | More by JamisonM
Photo of benclimbs


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

a very nice duvel-style ale...with a cool bottle too.

pours bubbly and light golden with a thick head that stays around for a while.

smell is nice, yeasty, fruity with some spicey cloves.

taste is mellow smooth bananas, cloves and ripe, bright fruit...then finishes nice and bitter, but still very clean with a bubbly, light mouthfeel and a very very high drinkability.
another nice beer from lost abbey.

08-03-2010 22:06:23 | More by benclimbs
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.94/5  rDev -27%

Poured way more yellow than I was hoping for, very cloudy. Shit. Aroma was sweet and strong alcohol wise.

Taste, ugh, sweet alcohol overpowers. I thought this might be a little hoppy like Mischief. Its a little peppery, maybe plum. Getting clove in the mouthfeel of this. Ah, so glad I didn't buy a whole bottle and waited to check it out at the SDIBF. Finishes too 'hot' no pun intended. Can't recommend.

07-23-2010 21:25:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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