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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 675
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 RedBrewer83
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a constant stream of tiny champagne like bubbles rising in one solid stream from the center of the glass. Head is a massive 5 fingers, fills most of the glass despite the slow easy pour. Falls slowly in huge pockets leaving thick heavy lacing behind. Incredible appearance overall!

S: Faint lemon zest, earthy straw, white pepper, bready yeast.

T: Bready malt, lemon zest, earthy funk, floral hop presence, follows the nose but with added strength of flavor, light fruit presence as well. This is very good, but doesn't quite match up to the likes of Duvel...

M: Light medium bodied mouthfeel, dry finish with some faint lingering bitterness from the hops, no booze at all despite the 8.5%, and overall very clean.

D: Very drinkable for the style and for this beer in particular. Overall this was delish and I would buy it again in a second if they sold it in OR!

RedBrewer83, May 09, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, bright yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: straw, lemon, and some funk

Taste: straw, lemon, earthly-peppery hops, apple, some funk, with alcohol noticable on the finish

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly sweet with some funk, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable, dry, Belgian that has saison qualities to it. While I do want this again, I would sooner choose other Lost Abbey beers first. A very good, nice and fruity/funky beer.

tigg924, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Jessee
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, with a head that never left at all. The appearance was the most amazing thing to see, as many corked 750ml bottles seem to lose carbonation somewhat soon. But this bottle had the bubbles like champagne coming throughout the whole glass.

Very crisp on the tongue, with a nice but not overpowering nose. The yeast flavor was there, but also not overpowering, so you could still get a nice taste. The spices and light citrus combined came out well. Tomee did a great job on this one.

Jessee, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear (with a careful pour) yellow color with a white head that has ok retention and not so good lacing.

Smells of a balanced blend of pale malts and lemon pepper spice with some tart cloves.

The flavor mirrors the aroma very well with tart cloves and spicy hops and a slight grain flavor.

Medium body with a dry finish.

Pretty drinkable for a begiun beer. I suppose.

hoplover82, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a big initial head with decent lacing and a pale yellow color.

smell is of lemon pepper and some grainy pils with faint saaz hops and a big healthy dose of clove with a minimal banana undertone.

taste is dry and grainy from pils malt. incredibly clovey with a mild noble hop flavor and bitterness.

this beer is incredibly dry and effervescent.

the huge clove and dry body make this beer a little less drinkable. still a good example of the style.

jasonjlewis, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light citrusy honey color with a huge egg white whipped fluffy head that took its time reducing into a thick layer that left sticky rocky lacing.
S: Belgium yeasts and spices with notes of fruit and grassy hops.
T: Sharp flavors, very intense. Flavors follow the nose with lots of sweet spices and yeast. More sweet fruit and malt comes through in the mouth than the nose. Bitter hops are more present as well with a grassy bitter finish. Alcohol is present in the finish as well but doesn't burn and isn't uncomfortable.
M: High carbonation as expected with great powerful flavors. There is a great balance between the sweet body and the bitter finish.
D: A very good Belgium strong pale ale. Easy to drink but the alcohol will sneak up on you if you're not careful.

scottfrie, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

Pours a chilled golden honey color with a huge, fluffy, root beer float style head. Great retention and lacing. The nucleation site of the tulip maintains an iceberg style lump of foam in the middle of the glass.

This is a hoppy little number. Crisp and dry grassy hops with a hearty dose of lemon peel with some damp barnyard hay and band aids.

Crisp and dry, very succinct. The hops lay a nice lemon peel, grassy, bitter flavor over top of barnyard hay and band aids. Pretty much right on par with the nose.

Extremely light and dry. Bitter in the finish with grass and hay. I am really enjoying how light and playful this beer is.

The 8.5% is barely noticeable while drinking, but it creeps up on you. I felt it before I was midway through. Otherwise, this is light and crisp with a good dose of bitterness that makes this perfect year round.

ColForbinBC, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Popped the cork and poured into a Duvel tulip. It is a pale straw color with a towering white head. Retention is substantial as I had to wait five minutes before I took a drink.

S - The nose has a citrus aroma mixed with some mild hoppiness. A bready yeast smell is also noticeable.

T - Very citrusy with lemon and orange flavors. Nice mix of malt and yeast form a flavor similar to crackers. Alcohol comes through in the finish.

M - High carbonation and crisp on the tongue.

D - While the taste is pleasing, the alcohol is the only off putting piece. However, this is minor.

CMW, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inferno has a beautiful golden straw color. Clear as glass with lively carbonation rising to the top. The head on this is pretty big. It's white, dense, and frothy. As it descends back down it leaves a spongy lacing on the sides of the glass. A frothy hump sits in the middle almost like a large marshmallow sitting in a warm cup of hot chocolate. This beer is gorgeous to look at. But the head is a little too big.

After looking at the head I can only assume that this will smell and taste a bit hoppy. Fruity belgian characteristics rise up from the bubbles. Other luscious notes of grass, barnyard hay and lemon dance around your senses.

The taste is a lot smoother than I had imagined. There's a moderate-high hop bitterness for the style that opens up to a lemony floral flavor. The taste rounds out with some sweetness, spice and pepper. I'm not left wanting more though. The flavor doesn't last that long on your tongue.

I thought this beer would have a more carbonated mouthfeel than it actually did. It's still lively and right where it should be. It feels a little creamy and not too watery.

Sips later, and I start to taste the alcohol lingering after I swallow. I will definitely finish this 750ml. One should be enough though with this amount of alcohol. You really don't taste it at all in the beginning.

I went back for one last pour and with all the sediment in the bottle, a lot of it made it's way into my glass. I get a big taste of old cheese now, which is a good thing for me.

BearsOnAcid, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Lost Abbey rastal glass. Pours orange in color with a fluffy white thick head. The head retreated to the edge of the glass but left decent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is strong with Belgian yeast flavors. There is a good amount of citrus, fruit and spice to it. Taste is similar in that it is dominated by the Belgian yeast. it's citrusy and spicy as you would expect from a Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very good tasting Belgian ale. Belgians beers are not my favorite style but this was a very good one.

billab914, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a monstrous amount of fluffy white head despite the most careful pour. Corked and caged bottle started to puke as soon as the cork was removed. Aroma is at first a bit disappointing as it comes across as just sulfur and hops. However, after taking a sip it goes in a completely different direction offeeing up sweet fruit reminiscent of pear and apple. Lacing along the glassware is quite frankly out of control. Not many beers leave your glass this thickly coated. Light feel and highly carbed but overall very drinkable and enjoyable. This was my first experience with Lost Abbey and it certainly left me wanting to try more.

Review from notes taken 1/15

stakem, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of saccro
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful clear gold color with thick lasting foam. Lots of lace. Just beautiful.

S - even a foot from my nose I can smell the sweet pilsner malt. Getting my nose up in there, I can pick up some tart fruity aromas. Some musty corkiness. A bit of cardboard. Belgian phenolics.

T - Whoa. Alcohol. Hefty bitterness. More bitterness than a Belgian example. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste. Malty but not heavy. St. Bernardus-like phenolic profile.

M - not heavy like a Belgian should be. Lively carbonation as expected.

D - not bad. A bit too bitter for a belgian. I'm drinking it on it's own, so maybe with certain foods it could balance out.

saccro, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL

A: Poured a slightly-hazy golden color with a nice, big white head.

S: Lots of citrus and yeastiness as well as sweetness from the malt; almost a light touch of honey.

T: Sweetness with lots of yeast--banana, citrus, and spice.

M: Very carbonated and quite light.

D: Very, very drinkable. This was my introduction to Lost Abbey and absolutely did not disappoint.

Thorpe429, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of TheNapkin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer. Poured golden and extremely carbonated, perhaps as much as champagne. Even pouring the beer down the side of the glass created voluminous head that quickly bubbled out of the glass.

The aroma is full of sour fruits with only the slightest hint of sweetness. An intoxicating aroma. The taste follows in a similar vein--sour fruits (apple, pear, lemon). The brew was wildly carbonated and finished with a great dryness. Crisp and fruity, not altogether dissimilar from a sparkling wine but with a thicker body and fuller fruit explosion.

I've come to expect a lot from the Lost Abbey beers, but this one really blew me away. The best beer I've had by them hands down.

TheNapkin, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured a light hazy golden orange colour with a few yeasty chunks. Big foamy head was slightly off white and poured big and fluffy. Large carbonation bubbles rushed to the surface... tons of sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots going on with this one.... Loads of spicy Belgian yeastiness to the fore, some soapiness, quite earthy, some light brett notes, tropical fruit (pineapples, also some pear and apple), sea salt, some faint dishwater traces, very peppery and spicy (coriander & ginger maybe ?), honey fresh bread, some cookie dough, hay...

Taste - Tart and spicy, lots of yeasty notes, sharp fruitiness (grapefruits, limes, pears and apples), some very faint candy sugar sweetness, very grassy and peppery, some earthy brett, some saltiness, anise medicinal notes, alcohol just noticeable, quite floral...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty refreshing and drinkable but a little on the strong side to be sessionable...

Overall - Another very good brew from Lost Abbey although nothing groundbreaking... definitely worth a try though...

mdagnew, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

75cl bottle purchased early this summer down in Orange County. Crystal clear maybe a touch darker shade of gold than Duvel. They didn't really hide the fact that they were basing Inferno on the original devil of beers himself, so excuse the flagrant comparisons. The head almost lackadaisically rose to the rim of my Duvel tulip but manages to stay there for a few minutes, leaving a plethora of lace in it's wake and remaining as a nice pad of white foam for the duration of the beer's stay in the glass. ample carbonation trails up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma leaves an initial impression of doughy malt and yeast, with pear, strawberry, lemon, and spicy hops adding subtle complexity. In the mouth, there is an initial fruity sweetness that is quickly taken over by spicy hops and bitter fruit peel. Cracked grain and honey also seem to add the to the sweet quality, though the finish dries out pretty well with hops and alcohol. The body is light with carbonation on the higher side, and a dry feel on the back of the tongue. I love Duvel, and this may not be spot on, but is just as enjoyable. Seems like people are expecting something fro this beer that it never promises in the first place. I mean, the style was Belgium's answer to the pilsener, for what it's worth.

bulletrain76, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4fl. oz. bottle
Served in a tulip

Thanks to BrewerB for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, golden yellow color with a bubbly, bright white, one-finger head that slowly faded to thick dollop of foam surrounded by swirls of froth. Spotty blocks of lacing stuck along the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was distinctly Belgian. Super clean, crisp and smooth. Bright and citrusy with a subtle musty, earthy, brett-like character. Slightly grassy. Semi-sweet with indications of light candi sugar.

The taste was similar to the aroma except perhaps not as deep or as complex. Tart citrus (lemon) notes came through strong. Pale malts were noticeable in the center. Somewhat spicy and phenolic. The clean, tart, snappy finish was slightly musty and hoppy (in a grassy, Saaz hop sort of way). The hop notes intensified as the beer warmed. A bit of alcohol heat appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy, frothy and light on the palate with a crisp, bubbly carbonation. I found the beer to be a touch airy, even for the style.

Drinkability was impressive. This is a clean, crisp, refreshing beer that would make for a perfect aperitif.

Damian, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazed, copper tinted golden yellow with a small white head that leaves spotty lace..

S-Pepper and spicy yeast zip with a nice dose of herbal hops overlying a sweet biscuit malt base.

T-Sweet biscuit malt with a spicy zing and floral hop bite. Nice dose of apple/pear fruitiness and a dry finish.

M-Medium bodied sharp, dry and crisp with nice lingering bitterness and spicy zip.

D-A nice tribute to Duvel, certainly not as good, but then again nothing to drain pour.

Deuane, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden hue that produced a huge 2+ finger white billowy head. It initially dissipated quickly but is now staying right at around 1 finger. It left tiny webs of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- Crisp lemon peel and rich sweet banana biscuits with a yeasty yet wheaty barnyard clay funk. Velvety fruits that dance around the funky wheat.

(T)- Light lemon wheat with a thicker banana and clove with a dense barnyard funk bitterness of clay, yeast, and hay on the finish. Very light but present hop dryness in the middle and increases in presence on the finish. Complex and damn tasty!

(M)- Very delicate and complex with a flurry of different things going on. Just a tiny bit sweet, bitter, and funky. Really smooth with a spot on carbonation level.

(D)- Incredibly smooth and balanced yet ridiculously complex that keeps you guessing. Its criminal to not consider this a sipper though due to how nice and complex this beer is. Fantastic stuff!

sweemzander, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium cloudy gold with a huge (at least 4 fingers) white head that lasts several minutues. The lacing is strong and chunky and there is tons and tons of carbonation.

The aroma makes me think I'm drinking a trippel, same kind of senses. There is light sweet hops and light apricots.

The taste is nice and light. There is sweet orangy start with a nice light hop finish. Pretty complex taste that sticks to your tongue. Nice mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink.

jrallen34, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, a big thanks to my cousin for bringing this beer from out west during his journey from CA to RI.

With a big, aggressive name like Inferno, and given the impressive pedigree of the brewer making it, I had high hopes for this beer. And it didn't really meet these high hopes. A good beer, but hardly an exceptional one.

The body of this beer was a light straw color with a light and fluffy white head. Aroma was really light; biscuit-y with only a little bit of fruitiness. Flavor was really mild also...flavor was a touch disappointing just due to the mildness of it - more biscuit and very light fruit notes. Mouthfeel was light and pleasant.

I didn't really have any objection to this beer, but it didn't really do much for me either.

BeerBelcher, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer betrays the name bestowed upon it. Pours out clearly, very light and vibrant, with a citrus scent. However, It is not an inferno of taste, smell, or sight. A good Belgian, but not a great beer. The taste is fairly good, with a lot of background flavors. Lots of malt and hops, which is balanced out by the carbonation.

tittymcj, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into four chalices to share amongst friends.

A - Nice gold with a tint of red and a nice fluffy head on it. Cloudy through the glass, with some nice lacing down the sides.

S - Smells very nice. Some light fruits and spices, a bit of yeast. Definately get a little bread-grain smell in here as well. Smells delicious.

T - The fruit hits you right away, fades a little sour. Citris and spice at just the right amount on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, minimal carbonation on my bottle.

D - Decently easy to drink for an 8.5%, but just a bit too sweet for me to make a session out of. Good stuff.

AgentZero, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of digr
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork Caged Bottle

A- Pours a nice golden yellow with a 3 cm fluffy head. After about 5 minutes the head dissipates.

S- Yum, a familiar fruity smell, not quite bananas, but fruity with a mild bitter note of hops. A bit of spicy floral notes also.

T - good. Familiar taste of biscuity yeasty warm flavors. A very mild sweetness and finish of slight bitterness to round it out. Aftertaste lingers with a taste of clean bitterness leaving you looking for the next sip to start over again. A very mild astringent effect waiting for the next sip. There might even be a very small amount of funk on the front end, but it is so mild it is hard to tell.

M - Not bad, but a little thinner than I like for a Belgian Strong Ale.

D- Easy to drink. Deceptive in that you would not know it is 8.5 % ABV. Well hidden with finshed dryness and mild hop flavor

Overall, a nice BSA. A little less than my favorite Belgian version, but nice indeed.

digr, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow pour with a half inch of bone white head on top of the brew. Active carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spicy crisp malts with nice Belgian yeast accents.

Sweet and spicy malts upfront that moves into some earth yeast tones along with a dry finish. A touch fruity with a mellow bitterness on the way down. A tasty golden Belgian brew with a good yeast kick.

Pretty damn drinkable with good carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and came come up to bite you! I would grab this one again if I'm looking for an easy drinking Belgian golden ale.

orbitalr0x, Aug 31, 2009
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.