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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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339 Reviews
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Reviews: 339
Hads: 748
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 73
Gots: 105 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of raynmoon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got the 375ml bottle! They are so cute, I had to get it. These bottles will make any beer seem good, besides Mo Betta Bretta though...meh. Let's soo how the format affects the taste.

It's highly carbonated, which I like. It's a cloudy golden yellow/ orange color.

It smells really nice, some spices from the yeast and a nice amount of tartness; like granny smith apples and green grapes.

It tastes mostly yeasty and bready, with a hint a alcohol. It is not too complex, but as it warms, the alcohol starts to compliment the spice of the yeast.

Not bad, I kind of like it! (580 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a corked 750, this beer is a straw yellow with bright clarity on the first pour (with some subsequent yeast haze). The head is tall, firm, and white. It's aroma very spicy...Belgian...phenolic and grassy. Some malt, but it takes a backseat to the complex yeastiness and pepper. The flavor is very bitter, with some alcohol warmth. No real sweetness...dry and firm. Full and enjoyable. (389 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a white head. Very nice citrus note on the nose, yeast, and some spiciness to it as well. A touch of alcohol, some floral hops, just a light malt sweetness. The citrus really comes through on the nose. A bit citric, some yest, some spices, and a touch of booze. Lightly floral, quite dry, and a light sweetness in the middle. (394 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a gigantic head. As the foam head breaks down, it never really collapses, just chunks of bubbles break, leaving a big cavernous swiss-cheese structure that eventually turns to lace. Great retention, good lace, and furious carbonation. Beautiful beer.

Nice aroma of grain and some sweet fruit. You get the chemical alcohol no question.

Some fruit up front, with pear and some tropical notes. But this just moves aside to alcohol and some grainy bitterness. Never really out of balance, this one remains burly and aggressive in flavors, with sweet, bitter, and alcoholic all battling it out. Finishes drier than expected, and some stone fruit-pit bitterness as well.

Fuller bodied and very carbonated.

Wonderful version of the style. Less fruity than many others, including those from Belgium. Who cares. This one is a winner. (851 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, bottled on 10/6/11, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden blond color, produces an inch of creamy white head that leaves lots of delicate lacing on the glass.

S- Light aroma of bready funk, pear, some pepper and boozy phenols and fruity esters, alcohol is nicely restrained for 9%.

T- Bold flavors of dry, crispy pear, light grain, and warm, fruity alcohol. Finish is dry and a bit spicy with clove. Very nice overall.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, moderate to high carbonation, dry, spicy finish.

O- A very nice spicy, Belgian-style beer, it's damn drinkable for 9%, I basically pounded this bottle pretty quickly, tasty stuff. (668 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy marigold color. Very foamy. Needs time to settle. Thick moose like white foam eventually settles and slowly declines leaving thick give of lacing on the glass.

S - nose is very bready/yeasty. Lots of fruit too. Notes of apples, pears and banana peel. Some notes of peppery spice and hints of clove round out the nose.

T - soft bready dough flavors up front with a bit of sweetness. Sublet apple and pear fruit character along with a zippy lemony acidity in the middle. Spicy pepper and clove are bright on the back palate. Finishes quick and dry.

M - high carbonation with lots of tight bubbles. Body is medium with a texture somewhere inbetween watery and creamy.

O - good beer. Nice interpretation of the style. For a beer called inferno I find it quite refreshing. (790 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009/2010 vintage (didn't mark the bottle)

A slight gush upon opening, but not bad. Tons of carbonation and foam upon pouring. Clear pale gold with a massive cap of fluffy white foam. Excellent retention and some fair lacing.

A very fruity and floral nose with lots of pear and apple coming out.

Much like the nose, the taste lends lots of pear and apple with white pepper and coriander. Light spice and warmth from the alcohol. Moderate sweetness with a mild hop bitterness going on. Very tasty and refreshing at the same time.

Very dry and medium bodied. The carbonation is more subdued in the body than what sits on top.

A very well crafted brew that is so nice to drink. Solid belgian here. (700 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed pale straw color beer with tons of bubbles making their way to the top to feed the mammoth head. Even the slightest pour possible produced a huge fluffy four finger head, white in color and dissapating very slowly. The cool label and paragraph on the back should be mentioned as well. The head releases nice yeasty notes that mingle well with a bright spiciness and finally a lightly toasted malt way in the background. The fruity notes are pleasant with hints of banana and clove as well as fresh green apples mixed with orange peel and a modest earthy hop character. Just a hint of booze to round out the aroma. Great nose on this one, could sniff on it all day.

At once its both complex and drinkable, while still delivering a big punch. The fresh fruits come out and work nicely with the light biscuit malt. I still taste a mild tartness of green apples, as well as some orange zest that moves this beer into a quick bone dry finish. Lively and light while still being boozy, losing a bit in the body but not too much. Definitely has that belgian yeasty character throughout, mixing with the booze to create a big, spicy, and flavorful ale. The spiciness is clove like in nature and a welcome addition to the depth of this character-filled beer.

Very good ale here. I really enjoyed it for the complexity of the several flavors working together. I would put this up there with other big names of the style for sure. (1,435 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy straw color in the sunlight. The head is a monstrous white cap of four fingers. It reminds me of a cappuccino made by an over-zealous milk frother. The carbonation is bubbling up furiously from the laser etched bottom as well. Takes some patience to enjoy (kinda reminiscent of a The Bruery Saison). Aroma is light and refreshing. Pepper and allspice with some lemon from the yeast accent the light Belgian malt. Honey kissed and nectar-like are descriptors that come to mind for the malt.Taste starts out with zesty esters of pepper, banana, and citrus, followed by malty bitterness and ends dry as a bone. The body is meaty, but not overbearing. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and super dry. It's almost like there is a ghost of the beer I just drank.

This beer ain't messing around. It knows what it wants and does it well: Deliver a serious tasting Belgian Strong Pale to your taste buds and get the heck out of there! This would be refreshing on a hot day or a cold winter night. I'll have to pick this one up again when I see it. (1,063 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly yellow cloudy liquid with two fingers of white creamy suds. Some lacing.
Smell is sugar banana and clove with other belgian spices in the background. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is mild crisp ale with belgian yeast at the forefront. Sugar and yeast and a slight bitterness that makes this drink very refreshing.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but still finishes clean. The alcohol is very well hidden all the way through this beer.
Overall I will buy this again instead of La Fin Du monde. Just as good and one heck of a lot cheaper. (554 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a shaker pint.

Look- Hazy honey-hued amber. Two fingers of loose, frothy head that sticks to the glass but falls to nothing fairly quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles indicate a well carbonated brew.

Smell- Classic. Not much more to say, it's what I'd expect from a Belgian ale. No off odors, but nothing stands out either. Maybe a bit of astringency.

Taste- Finally - something interesting. Hops are more prominent that I anticipated, Light graham cracker malt with touches of honey. Middle takes on a more savory spice flavor than I'm used to, almost peppery. Works well with the just-past-balancing herbal hops. Mellow, pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Harsh, prickly carbonation, medium body, boozy feel at the end, light burn.

Overall- Succeeds in some ways, fails in others. Pretty well executed, but it lacks anything to bring it out of the pack; perhaps cellaring would take it up a notch. The aggressive carbonation masks what subtler flavors there may have been, and the rest of what's going on is pretty standard. I think I may be spoiled by the excellent Belgian-style brews available in Central Texas.

*edit*

Shortly after finishing this review, I realized that I had no desire to finish the bottle, and I've got too many good beers on hand to drink another pint of this one. When I realized I was about to drainpour half of a $10+ bomber, I also realized my rating of 3.5 was too high, so I've adjusted it accordingly. (1,489 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750mL bottle of Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale, a Belgian-style strong pale ale, poured into my trusty Dogfish head snifter, on Sunday, May 27. I picked this bottle up at the excellent Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA (anyone in the Greater Boston area who loves beer must make a visit). Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): First pour (a very careful, slow one) produces a massive three-finger white head that recedes slowly. I knew this beer had to be poured carefully from the get-go, since right after popping the cork foam rushed into the neck of the bottle--thankfully, it wasn't a "gusher." The light, bubbly head sits atop a clear, light amber-colored body, a color typical to the beer's style. The beer looks great, even though the impressive head means the first sip is delayed.

Smell (4.5/5): Right after popping the cork you can smell an excellent sweet, fruity aroma wafting from the bottle. When poured into the glass, it becomes much more pronounced. It smells of pear and green apple and sugar. Despite this brew's strength, not a hint of alcohol can be detected in the nose. While Inferno Ale smells sweet and fruity, it's not overdone; rather it has an exceptional and impressive balance. Honestly, this American-made ale has one of the best aromas I've ever come across in a beer. Simply excellent.

Taste (4.5/5):, A spicy, coriander-like flavor from the yeast dominates the foretaste. It give way to, and melds with, the fruity flavors of apple and pear that the beer's aroma so invitingly hinted at. This sweetness fades in the finish--the hops subdue that sweetness and the coriander-like flavor from the yeast comes back to dominate. A slight warming from the alcohol comes through in the back. I am also very impressed by how well the beer warms. As time passes, the beer's aroma and flavor are both subtly changed and enhanced.

Mouthfeel (4/5): The mouthfeel is medium-light and features appropriate carbonation (medium-low) for a strong Belgian pale ale. The mouthfeel doesn't blow me away, but then again, it seems to do everything right. Absolutely no complaints.

Overall (4.5/5): The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale is one of the best American takes on a Belgian ale of ANY style that I have had the pleasure of drinking. Its aroma and taste are both top notch; its appearance and mouthfeel both help to enhance the former two and the overall drinking experience. This is another great ale from Tomme and the gang at The Lost Abbey. If you're into strong Belgian pale ales, seek it out. (2,525 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.78/5  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. (957 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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! (483 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Cheers! (952 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

DOA (522 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Golden-orange color with massive frothy head and lots of lacing. Very inviting appearance.

Smell is fruity. Lemon and belgian yeast are present.

Taste is sweet up front with some lemon tartness. There is a little funk present. Cinnamon/spiciness as well. Mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with tons of carbonation but not as effervescent as others in this style. Very smooth and drinkable. A bit dry in the finish.

Overall this was very enjoyable. (494 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Exploded out the bottle, losing about 10%. Pours a medium yellow-orange amber, lots of carbonation. Massive thick white head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian spices, yeast and light fruit. A light metallic component to the aroma. Flavor is dry, spicy with light fruit and a hint of Brett or wild yeast. Dry peppery finish. The wild yeast component is mild enough that I enjoyed this ale. I'd probably choose a Belgian over this because of the dryness, but it is well made and enjoyable. (520 characters)

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.