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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

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343 Reviews
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Reviews: 343
Hads: 759
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 74
Gots: 109 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 343 | Hads: 759
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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: The cork was very difficult to remove, but rewarded my blisters with a very satisfying pop. Inferno pours with two to three fingers of stark white head. Clearish straw-yellow with lots of bubbles. Scattered lacing.

S: Fruity/estery yeast. A bit of dry grain. Slight citrus.

T: Very satisfying! Dry-sweet with white pepper, pineapple, banana, and lots of Belgian yeast. I don't have a lot to say about it, but it's definitely a solid example of the style, though reminiscent of a tripel as well.

M: Excellent. The perfect balance of spicy-dry and fruity-wet. Light grain and barely noticeable alcohol.

O: An unmitigated success that cements The Lost Abbey in my mind as an excellent brewery. Highly recommended if you like Belgian pale ales. I would drink again, despite the steep price tag. Drinkable and undeniably pleasant.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. My bottle notes the ABV as 9.0%. Acquired yesterday at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $5.49 USD plus tax.

A: Pours a three finger head of no real cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow-orange.

Sm: Malty and yeasty. Sugars. A simple, moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean malts, pleasant biscuity yeast, buttery esters, no real hop flavour, cream on the open, and spices. Some light lemon/orange/clove. Pretty well balanced. Well built. Pleasant and enjoyable. Not layered, but complex enough.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a creamy delightful open. The finish is enjoyable. Enjoyable tingly.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for the ABV - which hardly comes out at all. I could drink this all night. It's a nice little beer, but Lost Abbey does better. Still, it's certainly worth checking out.


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Photo of Fatehunter
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Slow, super slow pour, but the head still sprang up quickly to three fingers. But it still looks nice; cloudy straw colored. Great lacing.

Spicy smelling; tart orange and clove. So complex I can't pick them out but it's amazing.

All sorts of flavors, light malt, yeast, spicy (cardamon, clove, cinnamon), bitterness rolling over it all. Well put together.

Crisp and bubbly texture. Regal.

Wow. Amazing overall. Beyond earthly description.

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

375 ml bottle (no bottle date) into a tulip

After a lengthy battle, the cork finally yields with a nice pop.

A - Pours mostly clear light orange color with a massive stream of carbonation rising from the center. A slow pour yields > 3 fingers of white head, no doubt due to the cork battle. Head has outstanding retention and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Heavy yeast presence with a bit of citrus and grape. Yeast has both bread and funk elements. Also has a bit of spiciness to it. Has kind of "thick" smell if such a thing is possible

T - Taste has more citrus than the aroma, but is still heavy on the yeast components. Nice bread and must, with a bit of pepper on the back end. Finishes earthy and dry with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with bright carbonation and a long earthy dry finish.

O - Very tasty. I bit heavier than Duvel,but not at all in a bad way. Nice depth of flavors.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me on Super Bowl Sunday as a pre-game snack! Bottle on 10/5/11! Served from bottle into a Bell’s stemmed tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a pure white five finger head that subsided to three fingers very slowly. It maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, floral hop, spices, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, fruit, floral, floral hop, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The appearance was pretty nice on this one. There was a lot going on in the flavor of this one that really made you guess on the style of this brew. The aroma was pretty complex too. Definitely worth trying if you have a chance to try it, but I know I would love to try this one on tap to be able to see how different this one is from the bottle.

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Photo of 12owls
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first things first, i inverted the bottle to get some of that yeasty goodness that had settled, i did notice what looked like long stick like sedament, which was kinda strange, i blamed the cork, but that was fully intact. so i poured it and got a nice fruit rind arouma, look is foggy golden with some roasted grains, again..cirus fruit rind(maybe lemon ad/or grapefrut) head retention is amazing. nice thick white foam, with good looking lacing. mouthfeel is robust, full bodied with slight bitterness. it does make you wana take a whiff with everysip. suttle spices in auroma. alcohol is noticeble, but not overpowering. great beer, i can see this stocked regulrly stocked in my fridge. big thanks to jay from stone liquor.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tulip.
A - pale yellow, with a slight tinge of orange Nice carbonation, with a full 3/4 inch head with slight remnants of lacing
S - amazing, nice bready yeast with a slight smell of citrus notes. Makes me want to smell every time I take a sip.
T - solid, very pleasing. The smell is backed by the taste. Slight citrus peel, with a nice finish with an amazing yeast taste.
M - very light and easy to drink. The carbonation almost gives it a "dancin on the tongue" type of quality.
O - solid beer, not always a style I buy, but I am very happy to have had this beer

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Purchased this bottle based on the recommendation of several beer geeks. Poured from bottle to snifter.

A - Crystal clear perfectly golden color. Beer poured with 2 finger brilliant white head that very slowly fades down to a 1/4 inch film which last throughout the drink. Very nice lacing.

S - The yeast is prevalent with a fruity character with a very limited banana scent with some apples and slight citrus with floral character. Also noticeable are notes of clove and even coriander.

T - The flavor somewhat caught me off guard due to the complex nature. It hits pretty hard immediately with the fruit and spices. Almost a peppery tone as well. The taste transitions and mellows would with a full flavored spice and finishes dry with very mild bitterness and clove.

M - Full body though it seems slightly over carbonated. However the smooth finish of the beer seems to overcome the carbonation and is quite pleasant.

D - The complex nature of the beer hides the strength remarkable well. It is easy to drink though will knock you on your face.

Overall, this was quite good and coming in without any knowledge I was pleased. I would recommend to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-22-2011 22:29:57

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Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz brown bottle, caged & corked, served in a chalice.

Bottled on 03/18/2011.

Glowing, bright gold in color with a considerable haze and noticeable carbonation. Pillow like foam that mellows to a strong, creamy 1/2" head. The lacing can only be described as thick wall around the entire chalice.

Fresh, bright fruit aromas: lemon, lime, apricot, orange, and melon. Mild, candied sugar sweetness. Clean, mild floral hops which add a nice, mellow earthen tone.

Earthen, musty flavors up front with notes of black pepper, licorice, and rosemary. A healthy dose of citrus brightens things a bit. The candied sweetness is rather mild throughout with the herbs and spices as the primary flavor contributors. Stiff, warming alcohol follows a moderate burst of carbonation and a dry finish.

Medium in body. Active on account of the carbonation, but primarily dry due to the flavor profile.

I know that this 'style' is attempted a lot by domestic brewers, but in my opinion it is seldom done without numerous flaws; however, not this offering. Flavorful yet balanced and well in line with a traditional Belgian Strong Pale.

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Photo of kevanb
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice honey straw color with hints of orange and amber popping through with a massive fluffy white head that surges to the top of the glass. Nice cloudy texture, lots of sediment floating around, right on cue for this style. The aroma is really pleasant, nice and light, lots of yeasty funk and lots of clove, some faint vanilla comes in, earthy with some grains coming through, definitely reminiscent of a fine hefeweizen but with a bigger yeast component. The flavors are just as pleasant as the aroma, big yeast funk element, nice clove flavors, but what’s nice is the addition of a citrus hop profile, subtle grains, vanilla, coriander, a bit of faint oak or sweet earth flavors, but very bark like. Very complex flavors, some cannibalization at times, but overall, really nice and enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation, just crisp enough without a bite, big full grainy body that goes down exceptionally smoothly with the alcohol completely hidden.

Verdict: Really great Belgian style pale ale, big aromas and flavors, great body, really well crafted all around and at $5 a pretty good value in comparison to other beers in this style like La Chouffe or Duvel.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 750ml bottle of this around the Stonybrook T station in Boston. Served cool out of a Belgian goblet.

Very clear, well filtered beer that is gold in color for the body and a very fluffy white head. Carbonation just keeps coming and coming. Yeast is pronounced in the front of this. Earthy, herbal, cloves, almost masala like. Taste is vanilla, herbal and floral. Yeast is still very much there. Nice alcohol burn to finish. Carbonation is high which give the impression of being a light beer. I really like this beer. Very versatile. I had several sips of this to begin and felt that is a great stand alone beer. However, I had to sit down for lunch and wasn't finished with it yet. Had it with some Nepali food. Great combo. Pairs well with food in spite of the alcohol. Would have this again.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle - my first lost abbey beer thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a gigantic size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some gorgeous lacing. The head lasted for 10 minutes before is disappeared.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons (juice and zest) and yeast mixed with coriander/cloves. There is also a bit of heat from the alcohol and lots of yeasty/floral notes. It ends with a spicy lemon/clove/yeast aftertaste.

Overall – My first lost abbey beer and I am impressed. The lemon flavour is very fresh and vibrant and the spicy notes give it a very interesting taste. It has a great dry aftertaste that keeps you wanting more. Worth seeking out.

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


A - nice cloudy sunset color, four finger fluffy white head that stays around for around 10min and nice lacing

S - super fruity, lots of flowers, sweet malts, very nice sweet yeast, lots of sweetened citrus, very Belgian in every way, candy sugar, no booze on the nose and lots of wheat and grains

T - so much sweetness, nice balancing booze, hoppy, lots of green earth, Terrior, wet oak, beautiful orange, citrus, lots of honey, very fragrant flowers, amazing belgian yeast, grains, wheat and nice

M - full bodied, low acidity, great balance and complexity and long finish

D - this is very refreshing, great tasting and amazing smell and one bottle = a decent buzz, haha. If you like any craft ale, Belgian or German style beers give this one and this brand a look

Final thought - $5 and 9% abv this is a great ale. Very lovely indeed

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up about a year ago in MA.

a - opened the bottle and filled my lost abbey tulip. opened with a nice pop (and a wonderful bubblegum smell). brew poured a crisp straw yellow, but it settled almost a soft yellow orange in the glass with a generous nice frothy yeasty head. intense visible carbonation raced to the surface throughout the glass' base. very attractive and to style.

s - very nice. somewhat saison-like with clove, sweet tart, bubblegum, wheat. strong orange peel and lemon. fresh fruit. pretty intense.

t - a fruit kick that finishes with a tart sourness. orange peel and lemon. the tartness in the finish was intense at first...with some bitterness in the middle...but as i got adjusted to it, the beer was quite pleasant.

m - mouth is good. well carbonated, leaves a bit of a dry tingle.

o - overall a solid beer and a nice take on the style. has an earthy quality to it.

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Photo of liamt07
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12.7oz popped for my birthday. 2010 vintage, into a tulip.

Poured a hazy brownish orange, immense offwhite head that's dense, soapy with huge lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity, quite Duvel-like. Great hop notes, light grassy and green apple notes. A bit of alcohol and general sweetness. Taste reflects the nose, great fruitiness, a little spice in the finish. Yeasty and lightly grainy finish. Dry and gentle effervescence. A very nice golden strong, stands up nicely to Duvel and I would revisit this regularly if available locally (yeah right). Impressive.

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

Pours a shiny golden colour, lotza head (lotza head), fluffy and white and sinking in nice, uneven craters. Lacing is very nice as well. That's a good amount of head.

Smells very funky. A real mustiness to it with a touch of mulch and gravel, but a nice acidic edge, giving lemon zest and green apples. It's been a while since I've had a good funky Belgian smell, so it's a welcome return to my olfactory. Could lean heavier on the sour though, 'tis a bit mouldy-bitter-smelling.

Taste is fairly funky as well, with a slightly sour, organic flavour on the front. Develops some lemon, ginger and mint notes midway that all blend with that organic barnyard mulchy kind of flavour, and the latter takes over the finish; idiosyncratically bitter and fairly mild for all that. Very nice.

Nice foamy texture, a bit dry on the back but leaves you feeling warm and loved.

Great beer, with a well-handled funky palate. Slightly off flavours are far from off-putting.

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Photo of gregb13
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(reviewed from notes)

I live very close to San Diego and yet the only other Lost Abbey brew I'd tried before this one was their Red Barn Ale (an excellent saison). Well, where to begin...

No real need to break down this review into separate parts, as the beer scored near perfect in all aspects on the BA scale for me. The highlight would definitely be the taste. There is a wonderful spicy undercurrent that I enjoyed immensely.

Mouthfeel is also delightful; effervescent with perfect carbonation. Reminiscent of a very nice, carbonated holiday cider.

Overall a fantastic brew. Would seek it out for sure.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncorks with a sound like a gunshot, surprising, as up until the point at which it uncorked it was difficult to pry out.

Pours a pale golden colour, with a slight haze from the voluminous sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I poured off the top of this, but still some managed to be agitated enough to enter the glass. Head is a crackling mess of white, voluminous and exciting. Lace is excellent as this crackles down. Body is extremely slippery and fluid, although it looks like it has a bit of heft to it. Overall, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is crisp and dry, with hints of crackling champagne yeast and a dry sweetness like apple cider. Some spicier Belgian yeast notes come through, giving a slight phenol and pepper note to the mix. Very distinguished, if extremely dry.

Taste is smoother than I expected, with more pepper notes on the back. On the front we get a surprising sweetness from the apple characters, matched with a cutting segment of Belgian yeast phenols. The spicy bite on the back is pleasant enough to cleanse the palate, but never gets too brash or astringent.

Feel is great. Incredibly smooth, but staying light throughout.

This was a very nice beer, and a great Belgian-from-a-non-Belgian. This had style and sophistication far above its genesis. Good work.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold color with a billowing white bubbly head. Retains very well with patches of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Sweet and phenolic clove in the front. Citrus builds with lemon rind flowing throughout. Slightly bready/yeasty with a spicy and peppery finish.

T- Malty front before the phenols come in. The middle brings a herbal and medicinal flavor, maybe rosemary? The citrus falls behind the herbal flavor while an underlining bread is retained throughout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

O- Good first review for Lost Abbery. I could have done without some o the herbal character, but nonetheless a solid beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE, fluffy white head that takes forever to subside, eventually leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Crisp aromas of ripe apples and pears, coriander, bubblegum, banana, and yeast. Nice and fruity, come to think of it, this has a real "Juicyfruit Gum" thing going on.
T - Taste is quite similar to the nose, more ripe pear and apple dominates nicely. Lots of peppery spice and bubblegum yeast, too. Finish is nice and dry, this could easily take the place of champagne for cocktail hour.
M - Crisp and bubbly, with a medium mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, and the aforementioned dry finish.
O - Very solid BSPA, Duvel is still king, but this makes for a nice runner-up!

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle for under $6. Bright gold body, billowing white head, sticky chunks of lacing inside the glass. Visible trails of carbonation rising from the center. Lasting ring and skim action.

Dusty wafer candy sweetness, fruity Belgian yeast.

Effervescent body, light and bubbly, dry aftertaste. Dried apricot and pear flavors, some floral notes also. Crisp with some dusty sweetness lingering, yeast esters, very slight hint of alcohol as it warms. Decent, but probably not something i'd go for again as the sweetness limits the appeal personally.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.