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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 70
Gots: 91 | FT: 4
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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 PhxHorn
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of daledeee
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Unfiltered
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.
cheers
jd

Photo of Ghenna
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tedsox31
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of JamisonM
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TommyW
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal-clear gold body with a pillowy, white that sticks in big clumps. Very nice look.

S- Fruity aromas with lemon, lemon zest, coriander and some clean, grassy grains.

T- Lots of fruit (apricot, pear, ripe fruits), and intense herbal quality that's almost tobacco-like as it mixes with notes of toffee and caramel. The herbal-ness and fruit combine to make a dry but still a little sweet finish. Flavors overall are really big; and they linger on the palate for a while.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really a big-flavored beer; tastes wonderful with it takes a while to kick a bottle of this. Would probably be wonderful with some stinky, wash-rind cheeses.

Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with an insane amount of bubbly just off-white foam. the beer is very clear, bright gold in color.

S - grainy and clean, some fruits of pears and apples in the middle, finishes with grassy and lemon hops. simple yet very nice.

T - sort of oddly begins with bright grassy and lemony hops, more mellow robust fruitiness in the middle with pears & apples. some yeast and just a very subtle tartness at the end. the hops are slightly stale but thats my fault as I've been holding onto this for almost a year now.

M - body is quite thin with strong & forceful carbonation which actually works pretty nicely. leaves the mouth feeling lightly sticky, with lingering fruits and light grassy hops.

D - very good, nothing stands out but just very well balanced and easy to drink...ABV barely noticeable. really grew on me after the first 8oz or so.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Barley transparent/cloudy yellow and straw colored with a HUGE head that lasts forever thanks to the tremendous amount of cascading carbonation.

S - A little on the faint side but lots of yeasty funk, straw aromas, and phenols.

T - Starts out a little tart with flavors of lemon and green apple. Transitions pretty quick to a dry, ester, yeast off-flavors but retains some of the nice citrus/fruit flavors. Not much horseblanket or hay flavor which I thought would be in this one but I'm ok with that. Finishes very much with a green apple flavor.

M/D - Medium body with tons of carbonation that finshes a bit on the dry side. Wonderful refreshing flavor makes it real easy to drink and no hint of alcohol warmth adds to the characteristic.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very different. I get some smoke, caramel and biscuit malts as well as wheat. The flavor is Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, wheat, honey, caramel and toffee. I didn't expect the caramel and toffee notes in this beer since it was yellow in color, but they are a welcome surprise. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New arrival at a local liquor store, nice to see Lost Abbey.

Pours a bright and clear light gold color with a gigantic rocky white head.

Aromas are of light bubble gum, spices, floral, and bready.

Taste is dry, dry, dry. Bready, light creamy malts, spices, and some lemon zest. Finish is crisp, with a mineral hop bite, and some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. Quite smooth with a nice zing from the carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. This is bone dry, and I dig it, seems spot on for the style.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Pale golden and hazy, it poured with a mountainous head that stuck.
S: Yeasty bread, orange juice and apricots, spicier hops (like grapefruit and grass), clove and coriander, and very spicy.
T: Apple juice sweetness behind everything else you'd expect from the aroma.
M: Very frothy, while slightly syrupy.
D: It's decent.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Jessee
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of hoplover82
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.