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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 61
Gots: 69 | 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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, received from largadeer in MetalBIF.

Pours a cloudy amber/light orange, very nice colour, thick white head forms, quickly drops down to a thin ring and layer around the glass, a lot of lacing is stuck on the glass, nice pattern, great looking beer. Smell is nice, sweet and fruity, honey, very fruity, nice peachy aroma, honey and caramel, some candi sugar, apricots, toast, yeast and light spice, some floral hoppiness, not spectacular but enjoyable. Taste is similar, very sweet at first, honey and candi sugar, very fruity, floral, grapefruit tartness, apricots, wheat, quite dry in the finish, very tart fruitiness, touch of yeasty spice, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, , nice dry finish, some warmth from the alcohol but it is pretty well hidden. Quite a nice BSPA, great fruitiness and really dry in the fnish. Thanks Chris!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 22:16:15 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled feb 8/09.

pours hazy dark gold with a thick cap of white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. floral hops. cracker and white bread. orange peel and a touch of citrus sweetness. slightly spicy too.

taste is good. just under medium bitterness level. bit of alcohol. floral and slightly perfumey hops. bit of caramel. orange peel. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced and tasty. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:59:26 | More by grub
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 750ml in Chicago at Binny's in the South Loop.

A: It poured sort of an opaque straw color. Head comprised of tiny bubbles and big. Head burns down to a thin layer that drops off a little lacing here and there.

S: Interesting stuff going on...I'm picking up spicy white pepper, bananas, and (I swear) pineapple.

T: More bananas but with coriander on the palate. With a nice smooth malty taste that border-lines on wheat.

M: Definitely full, slightly fluffy, but with a nice clean finish.

Very drinkable and tasty Belgian Strong .. it was sold to me as a "saison" and I see how it'd be pitched that way. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 23:59:58 | More by davedahl
Photo of kmeves


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy and disappearing off white head. Aroma is medium sweet, nicely spiced, yeasty and citric. Flavor is mild spice, yeasty, doughy malt and light alcohol. Finish is dry and very yeasty. lMedium to full bodied, a very enjoyable beer to share with a coupple friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 14:59:50 | More by kmeves
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 received from tradehops way back in July.. Thanks Eric.. I can't believe this one has lasted this long.. The bottle has been in the upstairs fridge for 6 months now!! I am sharing this one with my bro while we bitch about our new boss.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter... very nice 3 finger foamy white head.. the brew is a crystal clear gold.. great lace and cap for pretty much the entire glass.

Nose is very traditional BSPA with a nice punch of citrus hoppiness.. peppery and lite orange zest.

Flavor has all the expected BSPA elements.. pale malts with yeasty fruitiness and a great overall American hop component.. very nice and hugely drinkable.. the body is more thick than Duvel.. and the carbonation is lighter too..

Thanks again Eric.. I really appreciate the super cool trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 08:45:25 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, golden hue. Capping this is a bright-white, one-finger head that retains for ages and leaves behind some sticky, sticky lace webbing.

S: Aromas of citrus, dirty yeast, toasty malt, spice, and earthy/floral hops. Has a bit of a funky, dirty edge to it that we enjoyed.

T: See above. Yeasty (spicy & dirty), dry toasty malt, spices, bright citrus, fresh cut flowers, earthy hops, white pepper, and ginger.

M: Full and creamy with a nicely dry/spicy finish. Finishes oily and peppery. Coats well!

D: So far this is the most impressive of the year-round LA beers that we've tried so far. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:32:49 | More by GbVDave
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 18 Sep 2008.

Medium white head. Cloudy hazy golden color. Strong aroma of yeast, vinegary sweet-tart, apple cider. Starts dry and yeasty becoming fruitier through the middle and end. Almost like a semi dry champagne, honey in the aftertaste. Medium chewy body. Alcohol becomes noticeable through the finish.

Very nicely done, would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:49:58 | More by htomsirveaux
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent pour. Honey yellow with an okay head but oddly clear, almost filtered looking (this couldn't be, though, the sediment was a centimeter thick at the bottom of the bottle).

Very nice, layered aroma. Smells a lot more like a Saison than a BSPA. Big flowers, weediness, pollen, lemongrass, alcoholic yeast. Very sweet and crisp, just plain old wonderful.

Tastes fantabulous. Excellent balance. Starts off saisony, very crisp and sweet with lots of flowers and lemon. This moves into a honey sweet middle that's lightly peppery and strongly, wonderfully alcoholic. Normally things would fizzle out after that, but here we move into a tremendous yeast profile that lingers long after the beer's been swallowed, sweet fruit and burny booze. The yeast tastes like a blend between west coast USA and straight-up Belgian and it really, really works.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:25:07 | More by mynie
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2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/1/2009 (bottle):

Pours a hazy yellow color body with a humongous craggy white head, very lasting. Extremely floral aroma. Sweet and Belgiany. Sweet spiciness present too, muted. Watery palate, some sweet spiciness. Some hotness present. A nice floral taste, but not a lot, more alcohol. Some alcohol in the nose as it warms up more.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 03:48:37 | More by jujubeast6000
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml., 8.5% ABV. Pours a hazy gold color, with a thick white fluffy head. Excellent head retention, and lots of lace left on the glass. Some very fine streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. What a looker.

Lots of juicy fruit, apples, and citrus up front. Maybe even some banana with a hint of yeasty notes. Very clean, but wonderful fruit.

Pale malt, with a bit of tartness. Nice amount of fruit. A bit of yeasty character, and some earthy bitterness.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. Almost too easy to drink. This one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:54:10 | More by Bierguy5
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle had at dinner a couple of nights back.

A: The first two pours (into my smallish wine glass) are crystal clear golden yellow with a gorgeous white head with excellent retention.

S: On the nose, this is quite awesome. Dry, spicy with a hint of white pepper and some ginger. Mildly fruity with some pear.

T: The palate is a replication of the nose, with a mild sweetness present. All told, the balance between the spicy character from the yeast and the fruitiness coupled with dryness of the finish make for one very refreshing beer.

M: Light with excellent carbonation and an awesome finish

D: I had no issues polishing off a bottle but it is a bit telling...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 20:55:56 | More by DefenCorps
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy unfiltered almost orange juice looking elixir with a rocky off white head that leaves a rockier lace albeit spotty. Great retention as well.

Tart stone fruity nose with candy sugar and great yeast character. Nectarine and peach at the forefront with a bit of hop character as well. A fruity monster that is nice to ole-factor.

I could almost guess they add fruit juice to this beer. It is just so juicy and full of complex layered fruit flavors. Very peachy in the mouth with nectarine as well ad a grapefruit with some alcohol burn in the chest. Some spice with great yeasty finish and a hop bitterness on the finish as well. A perfumey finish. Hell just a long complex interestig finish. Good carbonation and slightly creamy in the middle. Great beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:53:08 | More by mcallister
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me as a Xmas gift from my girlfriend. Thanks, babe! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours straw-colored with decent head that doesn't linger, even in the tulip. Keeps its crown, though, and offers light to moderate lacing.

S: Pronounced citrus notes, along with a grassy aroma.

T: Mmm, tasty! The citrus notes come through in the taste, along with some funk. Hoppy bitterness comes through in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, with the carbonation helping to create a crisp feel.

D: Would definitely have again. I'm sorry it only comes in 750ml. Would love to have another 12oz or so to top off the bottle for the night.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:16:35 | More by sacullen
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the caged & corked 750ml into a 500ml goblet.

Fairly slow to foam up, a smallish white head builds atop the murkey golden colored body. Retention is decent, and leaves big gobs of lace in it's wake. Smell is dry and spicy. Floral, fops dominate with a touch of malt sweetness in the back ground. some yeasty profiles wisp through. Tast is much like the smell, with peppery dryness from the yeast taking a fore front in the mouth. A bit sweeter in the finish, but that doesn't last long as the hops quickly snuff out everything leaving only a desire for another sip. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for 8.5% A.B.V.
Smooth and even a little watery with a prickly mouth tingling carbonation, it matches well with the flavors, and overall theme of this fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 23:08:01 | More by Bobikel
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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: very hazy golden in color, with a well-retained surface coating of white carbonation

s: soft yeasty aromas over a pale malt body, delicate spice, a little flowery

m: delicate carbonation, medium body

t: full yeasty flavors with undercurrents of cracked white pepper on a base of simple pale Belgian malts, mild aged hop flavours

d: good

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:58:33 | More by blackie
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, obtained via some sort of recent bif/secret santa, split with the lady and the prince of ebony

appearance: cloudy golden body, big frothy white cap and strong lacing, appearance similar to a tangerine/grapefruit juice with a foamy cap...cool bottle as well

smell: light tones of yeast, white/black pepper, apple/pear...lacking any sort of standout aroma

taste: unfortunately the first taster had a puzzled look as she sipped this "inferno" and proclaimed that it just "doesnt taste like much of anything". i cant entirely disagree with that statement - this has some nice pear/apple notes coming from the yeast profile, and a little bit of a fiery pepper kick. mild citrus and lemon flavors with a touch of barnyard funk. i'm sad to not love this, as i love lost abbey

mouthfeel: a little bit of spice, creamy, medium-light

drinkability: fine

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:59:34 | More by dirtylou
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to throwitallaway for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The ale is a straw yellow color , augmented with a few drops of orange food coloring. The orange-yellow combination yields a mild haze that hangs in the glass, partially obscuring the objects on the other side of the glass.

S: The nose is yeasty with a peppery flair. Pear and apple aromas come from the yeast. The overall scent is very sweet but from the yeast and not sugar additions.

T: The ale is very fruity, deliciously so. Berries and apples drive the initial sip with a pleasing kick. Peppery heat soon follows, acting as a palate-cleanser of sorts. After the fruitiness, a distinct doughiness follows, bready like a cookie dough, very sugary. Boozy strength is evident throughout. The combination of flavors makes this the bastard offspring of d'Achouffe's Gnomette and Duvel.

M: The mouthfeel is Belgian, devilishly good with a wicked finish that hits you about 5 minutes after your first glass. The yeast-driven berry flavors seal the deal with their sweetness.

D: The ale is only 8.5%? It feels like an 11% behemoth at the midpoint. I was looking forward to this beer but walk away underwhelmed (and with a B+ rating, that is sayin' something).

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 16:25:11 | More by akorsak
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3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This beer poured a clear pale yellow color with a 1.5" snow white head. Loads of carbonation release helped retain the head for some time.

S= The aroma was very muted and consisted mainly of pears, a cracker thin maltiness, and some dry yeastiness. Plus some alcohol of course.

T= This ale tasted of thin bakery malts, fruity and peppery yeast, a hard-to-describe chalky dryness, and a dry alcohol finish. Not great but not bad either.

MF= Lighter medium body which is lifted a lot by the effervescent carbonation.

D= I wanted to like this beer, and it was not bad by any means, it just left me not caring about it. Sort of a "meh" experience for me. I don't regret trying it and will do so again someday, but this time I was not very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 04:20:19 | More by spointon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow body and lots of lasting white head, with lots of lace left in the glass. A funkly yeast that gives it a funky aroma. Medium mouthfeel, metallic taste. Kind of so-so for the brewer.I think this will become my next meat tenderizer. Thanks Dr. Jay.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 01:32:20 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/3/08. Bottle courtesy of inkubus27. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small disappearing white head. Aroma of raisin, light fruits, brown sugar. Flavor initially of lemony/citrusy hops, melon rind, slight raisin, alcohol, Belgian yeast, some vegetal notes. Very complex and dry (as advertised). Smooth drinking and delicious.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 16:51:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Perfectly clear light golden, tons of carbonation bubbles, fairly large foamy head.

S- Pear is the predominant fruit, a little earthy Belgian yeast products but not overpowering. Smell seemed pretty potent at the start but now I'm having to search for it.

T- hits with a little earthiness. That classic Belgian earthiness. Peppery. Lingering fruitiness as well as that peppery finish. Sometimes the fruit hits first, it depends on how you sip it.

M- Very good, light, carbonation is pretty prevalent but the bubbles are fine in texture. Finishes quite dry.

D- easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 03:35:31 | More by MiScusi
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a light yellow orange with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, some tart fruitiness and some musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet malts and citric fruits (lemon and orange) with a touch of tart sourness and some slightly bitter yeast funk. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian. It's lighter and fruitier than expected, but the sweetness is offset well by the yeast. It is nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 07:12:37 | More by Beaver13
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Lemon, citrus, and spice in the nose. Fair amount of the same in the taste, but with honey and earthy farmhouse notes. Taverner made a great call with the Sangria-like flavor of this one. A bit too carbonated, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:27:19 | More by magictrokini
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that lingers for ages and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is big on Belgian yeast and lots of spices. There is also lots of lemon zest in there as well as all kinds of other light fruits - apricot, oranges, pineapples.

Belgian yeast dominates the taste as well but with a big hoppy kick up front with lemons and apricot. The finish is dry and slightly spicy with pepper and cloves.

The mouthfeel is very creamy with great carbonation.

This is an extremely drinkable Belgian pale that opened up nicely as it warmed. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 00:42:09 | More by gford217
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy, doughy, Belgian yeast with hints of tropical fruit, vanilla, poached pear, and apple.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet and spicy flavor that reminds me of a cross between the Westmalle strain, and the Unibroue strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced, and hoppy in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 03:35:58 | More by weeare138
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.