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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 64
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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 DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden Yellow in color with a huge 2 inch head and great retention. There is an insane amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer. This beer is truly Alive

Smell: Subtle hints of orange grapefruit pine and a little bit of banana

Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell here. This beer was really sweet on the palate a lot of fruity notes. Pear banana grapefruit etc..

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation bubbles punching the roof of your mouth and a very dry finish

Overall: This beer is a tad bit sweet for me. There are just too many fruit flavors going on. This beer would go down very smoothly on a hot summer day or a relaxing day at the beach.

DarthKostrizer, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Fluffy white head with great retention and lace. Pale yellow gold with a nice visual effervescence.

S – Soft citrus: more pineapple than orange. Malt and honey sweetness, zesty lemon and sage, and a touch of pepper spice. Smooth and beautifully integrated.

T – Opens crisp with cracked black pepper and lemon, into a light, almost pita-bread like malt. Bright herbal middle with sage and tarragon. The herbal note dries in the finish with a soft bitterness, and pulls back to reveal a mineral and lightly acidic foundation.

M – Lively carbonation. Crisp, medium body.

O – Herbal throughout. Does an incredible job of hiding it’s booze at 8.5%.

vfgccp, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

486th review on BA
Bottle to taster
@Lost Abbey

App- A nice clearer yellow with a good head to it even for a small glass. Left a little bit of lace as well.

Smell- A decent smelling beer inline with the style, a bit yeasty and a bit of sweet.

Taste- This to me as a bit all over the place. It was dry, it was yeasty and it was pretty tasty. A bit of peppery beer as well

Mouth- Light/Medium bodied and a bit of a high carbonation to it as well.

Drink- Pretty tasty little beer. Had good flavors and was pretty light at the same time. For a small bottle, ill come back to it.

FosterJM, May 20, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in October 2010, not sure the day. 375 poured into my lost abbey tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a large, pillowy white head and amazing retention. This is what the style should look like, if it wasn't cloudy.

Smells like spicy yeast, bread, apples and pears. It smells so dry it makes me think there is brett, but there is no funk.

Taste is bread and spice right off the bat that carries through to the end, with apples and pears mixed in. Its dry...no aftertaste, once again, I suspect brett, but where is the funk?

Mouthfeel is moderate with great carbonation.

Overall its good. Not Duvel good, but IIRC its a hell of a lot dryer.

bs870621345, May 02, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Towering white head is an appropriate homage to Duvel. Thick retention the size of most heads. Over he golden straw color this beer looks like a lemon meringue pie in a glass. Great retention and sheets of lace. Bottle label has a depiction of hell with what appears to be a monorail running through it.

Spicy, dry white pepper aroma. Sweet Twinkie malt and golden pear becomes more prominent as the Inferno warms (ha, pun!).

"Bone dry" indeed. Somewhat husky and abrasive as well. Very little residual sweetness. The golden fruits I'd expect from this style are fairly subdued and lack the smooth, airy quality I want from this BSPA.

donkeyrunner, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle:

The beer poured a very nice cloudy orange color, with a huge, fluffy white head. The head was retained well, eventually dissolving into about a half finger cap that lasted throughout the drink and it also produced a nice amount of lacing.

The aroma was good, exactly what I would expect from a well-crafted Belgian brew. The beer had a big Belgian yeast aroma with hints of citrus, banana and some spices.

The taste of the beer was excellent and followed the nose very well. A big Belgian yeast flavor with hint of bread and some citrus and a bit of pepper. Definitely more on the sweet side and the alcohol started to come through as the beer warmed.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel to it with excellent carbonation. The beer was smooth and easier to drink than I expected, given the higher ABV.

Overall, definitely one of the better Belgian Strong Pale Ales around. I would recommend this beer to anyone and suspect that I will be buying and drink many more.

PhillyStyle, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy honey hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and some nice clingy lacing,the smell is a mixture of aromas of pepperoni,avacadoes,barley wheat and herbal hops,it has a light-medium bodied nicely carbonated mouthfeel which allows the tastes of honeydew,mini-wheats,pepperoni and grapefruit all to combine nicely before being infused with a nice hit of herbal hoppy bitterness and overall an enjoyable ale that hides its ABV very well cheers.

ADZA, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a moderately clear yellow with an aggressive amount of white head. Color could be a BMC if I didn't know better, but the head certainly screams BSPA.

S - Belgian yeast is the first thing off the bat. An odd, slightly funky, slightly sweet wheat is what follows soon after. A nice smelling beer, totally in line with style.

T - Sweet and peppery is what really stands out to me. the yeast is there, and the carbonation nearly overpowers. A little funky, but quite dry.

M - Very, very effervescent. The bubbles nearly overwhelm, as I said before. The finish is very dry and crisp, which seems very in line with the style.

Overall, this is a very well done beer. Very spicy and it fills the mouth to an extreme. First ever beer from the Lost Abbey I think, and I like what they did with it.

gdrydenc, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date was stamped on bottle put has been rubbed away to a point where it's unreadable. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, golden yellow/orange color with a huge. fluffy white head. Head retains nicely, eventually becoming a half finger, fluffy white cap that leaves excellent foamy lacing on the glass. Carbonation is also very evident.

The nose is right in line with a beer of the style. Huge yeast characteristics along with some ripe light fruit, banana, some spice (clove and pepper stand out) and a bit of a citrus zest.

The taste is a bit sweeter than the nose lets on but it's definitely not a bad thing. The fruity characteristics come though as ripe green apples, pears and maybe some apricot. The yeast is here as is the peppery spice aspect on the back end. The alcohol does come through a bit but not much at all. The citrus zest that was in the nose is also here and presents itself as a lemon-like flavor.

The body is on the lighter end of medium with ample carbonation. The carbonation can actually feel quick prickly and bring a slight numbing sensation to the tongue. The finish dries out considerably.

Overall this beer has some of my favorite characteristics for the style. I like the yeast and spice but when the green apple and pear fruit flavors are allowed to shine through and lend a hint of sweetness to the taste it works best for me. This beer hits on those counts. A bit of alcohol comes through in the taste but it's easy drinking for the most part. Definitely very enjoyable and refreshing for a beer with an ABV of 8.5%.

ms11781, Apr 20, 2011
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
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.