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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 65
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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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 BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a booming, frothy white head over a fairly murky golden to brown body. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are full of yeasty Belgian-spice over apples and plums.

Fairly crisp on the palate, with a lot of natural yeasty spice dominating. Bitter, earthy/leafy aftertaste stuck with me for a while. Mouthfeel was exceptionally dry - really good for the style.

The bitterness could've used a touch more sweet balance, but it's a really nice beer overall.

Updated Notes: 5/8/14:
From corked and caged 375ml that was bottled 5/29/12... nearly 2 years ago.

Carbonation is way down from my first review, as there was barely any head, and virtually no prickly carbonation in the body. Much fruitier and sweeter than my original review. Still plenty of yeasty spiciness, and reminded me of a fiery hell when I first took a sip of this one. Bitterness is way down. Must've mellowed after sitting for two years.

BeerImmediately, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this beer for a couple of months. With the fourth snowfall in as many weeks, I figured that it was time to pull out a special beer to celebrate such a special occasion. Cork was a little tough to pull out, so I was concerned about a yeasty pour, but this is actually relatively clear, with nice carbonation. Color is a pale golden yellow. Smells super fruity, with a pleasant, almost cherry aroma. There's light cereal in the background, too. Smells pretty damn good. No head retention, but then again I'm using a Chimay glass, so there's really none needed. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but there's a ton of flavor hitting the mouth at once. Trying to catalog the tastes is a fool's errand. There's a slight sour funkiness that starts, followed by by some surprising levels of spice. The spice recedes and there's this wonderful Belgian fruitiness in the middle of the beer, with some light citrus, melon, and pear notes bleeding through. Mild citrus hop character helps to usher in a bone dry finish. Simply wonderful, and it only gets better as you let the beer warm up. The high ABV is never really all that noticeable, and the light body with the dry finish means you want to drink a whole bunch of it ... even if you probably shouldn't. Very good and would easily make it into my usual rotation if I could find it more often around here.

eclaycamp, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow-golden color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, spices, grain, citrus, and bready malts. Smells great, just like a Belgian style ale should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, cloves, bananas, Belgian yeast, light apples, and bready malts. Good, but too much epper and spice up front for me. I prefer to get more bananas and yeast up front, like they were in the smell. EDIT: As this warmed up, the taste got a lot better. More bananas came out.

m - Medium body and moderaye to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and the alcohol doesn't come out too much.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style pale ale. I loved the smell; the mix of cloves, Belgian yeast, and bananas was exactly what I like in a Belgian ale. While the taste was fine, it just had too much pepper and spice for me. I enjoyed it more as it warmed up, and it is something I would certainly give another shot to. My advice is to let this one warm up a little bit so more comes out in the taste.

mdfb79, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of chaz410
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy light amber body with a very assertive, thick, white head.
Smells of musty belgian yeast, banana, german spicy hops, and some citrus notes. There's faint notes of horse blanket, prune, sweet red apple, and dates.
Taste of crisp pilsner malt, light caramel, musky belgian fruit notes, and finishes with a dry, hoppy finish.
Mouth feel is thick and then thin at the finish.
Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV

chaz410, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy brass golden beer, small bubbles, a large white head with hints of yellow, settles slowly and uvenly, leaves lacing and has curtains.

Earthy aromas, dirt, leather, fruits, apricots and pears, a whiff of sour cream, yeast nuances.

Sweet dextrose and fruity notes initially, then sour milk, bitter cherry seeds.

Medium small carbonation, very small bubbles, a smooth and slightly alcoholic texture, a coarse dry finish.

A bit raw, but a good representative for the style anyway.

rarbring, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Bottled on date is too scraped up to read.

Pours with a very thick meringue-y white head and cloudy golden color.

Aroma is bright with Belgian yeast, lemony spice, and sweet floral scents. Finishes with crusty baked bread.

Taste is sweet and zesty, well balanced. The sweetness makes this taste like a blend of a dry Golden and a sweet Dark ale. Terrific creamy mouthfeel and pleasantly sweet and bitter finish make it quite drinkable.

The ABV is really well hidden on this one, you don't taste it at all, but of course you do feel it as you work your way through the bottle. I'm a big fan of these C&C 375ml bottles for the bigger ABV beers.

brotherloco, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger thick, white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy light amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is tart fruit, flavor is sweet and tart fruit, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of mexikrainian
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Samuel Smith tulip.

Appearance: orange straw yellow with thick, foamy white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: citrus, honey, floral and cloves.

Flavor: alcoholic, caramel, honey and

Mouthfeel: champagne-esk. bubbly medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: high alcohol and tasty, this is a great beer!

mexikrainian, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of goldmind
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out the bottle a golden belgian with a nice head and lace. Not much on the aroma front balanced but nothing stands out. Given I am not the biggest fan of belgians the taste of this brew is outstanding. The balance of flavor and alcohol content leaving your tongue with a nice little after taste that only make you want to drink more. Overall definitely one of the better strong belgians I've had.

goldmind, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Jay888
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jay888, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Cyberkedi, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of micmillon18
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

micmillon18, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Taverner420
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Taverner420, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Neffbeer, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of DPFRD
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DPFRD, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of coastie04
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

coastie04, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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!

DovaliHops, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of PhxHorn
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PhxHorn, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Chaney, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cpetrone84, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gobzilla, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of daledeee
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

daledeee, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ckeegan04, Oct 21, 2010
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.