Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 71
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Ratings: 742 | Reviews: 341
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FINALLY we got Lost Abbey here in Chicago!

Pours a nice golden body with a head that retains for quite a while! I cant wait to taste this brew!

The smell is very light and hoppy. It has notes of citris and bubblegum!

Finally, what does Lost Abbey taste like?
It's lite and bubblegummy. Its very reminecent of Tripel Karmeliet. It's very light and refreshing. I got a feeling this will however give me a headache!

Oh well its so good let it happen!

Cheers!

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had passed on buying this one as I heard only unenthusiastic reviews from my Belgian-loving friends, mainly around the lack of funkiness. I think time in the bottle has been kind because this defied my expectations.

Served with the dinner course at the Farmhouse's :Thanksgiving in Belgium" dinner.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a thin white head.

Smell is very aromatic with Belgian yeast, black pepper, green fruits and some nice funk.

The funkiness really shines in the taste. Pungent, sour, spciy and yeasty, all at the same time. A nice hop presence in the finish as well.

Light to medium bodied, crisp on the tongue.

Deliciously drinkable, the best beer of the night.

HV

Photo of Goregazm
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

YOU WILL BURN IF YOU DON'T TRY THIS BEER!

Appearance: Pours a light-golden/yellow color, sort of like a thick grapefruit juice with a few bubbles rising to the surface. Has a huge three-finger head which seems to last forever! When it finally goes down, it leaves some foamy lacing behind.

Smell: Heavy on the citrus fruits (espcially orange and grapefruit) and hops. Has some caramel and sugar thrown in for good measure. It's a sweet smell with a bitter undertone.

Taste: The taste is very close to what the smell would lead to believe, it's heavy on the citrus and hops. The orange and grapefruit are predominant, with a little malt as well. A suttle, refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, with good carbonation that doesn't tingle. Aftertaste is similar to the actual taste with a little bit more bitterness.

Drinkability: This is an excellent strong ale that has a soothing, refreshing taste and feel. Drink this while relaxing after work, while watching tv, during a meal (especially chicken or meat), or any time you choose. A beer this good has no limit on when to enjoy it. Get some now.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A yellow cloudy straw color. Tons of head! 2 fingers worth. Lace sticks on the glass all the way down! It does not get much better than this...

S - Fruit..apples, and pears. Malt and yeast.

T - Wow. Apples, fruits, sweet, but so well balanced. Not too sweet. ABV is totally hidden. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Full body.

O - Now this is a great Belgian pale ale. this is up there with one of my favorites..the Horny Devil. I will be back for more...

Photo of dsuedbeck
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle aged a little over a year.

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish color, big two finger white head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Smells more of saison style, really interesting. Some grassy funky smells, along with some lemon. The Belgian yeast definitely comes through.

Taste: Great taste, you got a lot of your typical Belgian yeast flavors, there are some citrus notes, a little lemon and orange. High carbonation which helps high the high ABV. There isn't a huge hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Overall: Very tasty, could be an everyday kind of beer if I didn't have so many others to try first.

Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large billowy white head. sticky on the sides as it recedes.... beautiful in appearance. very stately.... this one is really nice to pour
smell is like an old tank of beer, with some Belgian sugar. some floral notes... not much else....
taste is . . . . very floral. very 'belgian'-like. nice for 9%, but very rich. I've kind of burned out on the rich brews and the Belgians, but this is still very well crafted. it was my fault for going on an all-out Belgian-fest and getting tired of these beautiful rich brews... not sure why I even picked this one up.... but here I am, here it is, and I haven't officially logged a review on this one yet although I've had it many times.... I still love this one and appreciate the what they've done on this one....

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consume 3/10/15 bottled on 8/14 750ml
Beautiful golden appearance, great 2.5inch cloudy head, breaks down nicely after a few minutes.
Smell is a lil minimal, my sinus' are a lil stuffy, do pick up some wild yeast, maybe green apple.
Really nice taste, It reminds me more of a Belg tripel style, pear flavor in front,some banana in finish.
Really good mouthfeel, very carbonated but it wirks great with this beer.
Im glad I revisited this beer, havent had in a couple years, really great all around but only 7.99 @ Bevmo I had to grab with a fresh Carnevale last month.

Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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

08/09/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Didn't happen to look for freshness info. It is, however, a 2008 release.

Appearance- Lightly clouded and golden colored pour. Good one inch plus creamy style head that leaves behind fine lace chunks and patchwork.

Smell- Duvel-like in the nose, but quite sweet with a confectioniers sugar nose along with corriander, white pepper and some mild citrus fruits.

Taste- As told it tasted like Duvel, I would have to agree, but with considerable more citrus and sugar in the flavor. Just a wee touch too much sugar kept it from being about perfect. A good amount of corriander and a nice orange-lemon fused flavor throughout the entire beer.

Mouthfeel- Not as highly carbonated as would have thought. Medium level at best...which works out perfect for me. Mild sugary mouthfeel, but very crisp and easy drinking.

Drinkability- I will be getting one of these again. Wonderful output from Port Brewing.

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

....and I thought only a few of the Lost Abbey beers were bottled in 375 ml bottles. This bottle of Inferno is also a 375, bottled on 10/6/11. Let's give hell a taste. On to the beer:

Some Belgian blondes are a beautiful sight. Inferno is no different from that. With a fluffy bone white head, great retention, and a hazy goldenrod color, it looks almost like a Duvel (is it a coincidence that this is also being served in my Duvel tulip?). The nose offers dry aromas. Wild flowers. Soft yeasty background, bread dough. Gettin' thirsty now...

It's dry, and it's very appetizing. The taste is soft all around and well balanced. Just a little sweet pineapple runs through, cidery too. Floral. Slight pepper. Vague citrus. It also seems to have some funk as well. Not to be overshadowed is the texture, which is an airy full-bodied beer with a creamy feel, and a dry, bittersweet aftertaste.

We have yet another winner from the Lost Abbey line of beers. Now I'm a little upset at myself for purchasing the smaller bottle and not the larger 750.

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

Pours a nice foamy head. clear amber color. spicy on the noise, pineapple, yeast, small hint of baked bread.

Taste is peppery up front then a nice yeasty profile giving me some apricot, biscuit and a nice bitter balanced finished. Low to medium sweetness, Carbonation is great with just med high.

It's controlled beer, easy to drink, hard to believe it's 8.5%, sneaks up on you. Instead of inferno is should be rogue as it silently takes you out when you think all is well.

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.

Photo of dank203
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy yellow orange. lot of musty grain and alcohol on nose. flavor explosively earthy. wow this is a great beer. I right now prefer it to Russian river damnation. still the duvel is king of strong pales and will always be, but yea these American brewers know how to get it close

Photo of davedahl
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a nice two-three finger fluffy white head that lasts quite some time.
Big spicy yeast in the smell, honey, sweet yellow apple, fresh hop, herbs, orange. Quite intense tho, with some acidity and alcohol floating up from the glass.
Crunchy fruit up front, with nice apple and pear, bringing in a bit of tartness. Some bitter orange peel, a bit of apricot sweetness too, laced with honey. Yeasts are really busy, but not doughy, bringing lots of white pepper, coriander seed, clove, crunchy herbs, faint lemongrass. Hops wrap it up, a bit grassy, floral, hinting some grapefruit too, with a really nice and surprisingly dry finish.
Aftertaste has spicy yeasts, a bit of sweetness, a bit of apple peel and bitter hops. Medium body and prickly carbonation, enriched by the overall spicy feel. Alcohol hidden impeccably.
A really great Belgian-styled beer from Lost Abbey, a drier, hoppier alternative to the original ones, without ignoring the rich yeasts.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Joey @ South Bay Drugs-thanks! 750 into Coronado pint...

Golden honey color with moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.

Classic stylistic piney hop/malt sliage aroma with mellow yeast and spicing of orange zest and coriander. Some oily caramel malt as well-nice!

Citrus works with ample carbonation, yeast electricity and piney hops to make a very bright tasting ale. Quite complex, the beautiful chemistry working here, zest included.

Even-keeled mouthfeel from start to finish-oil, sweetness, yeast and carbonation in sync and all get better with a little warmth.

Shouldn't session this but I definitely cod-great stuff.

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.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a 0.5L Duvel tulip. No bottle date.

A: Medium clarity, deep gold body. Fairly large white head, dense bubbles, reasonable retention and lacing.

S: Incredibly yeasty, bready aroma, with a certain fruitiness I can't put my finger on. Maybe overripe strawberries?

T: High carbonation hits your first, followed by a flood of yeast flavors. Modest bitterness at the end barely balances the sweetness. No sense of the alcohol.

M: Big carbonation, fairly dry, refreshing. Fits the style nicely.

O: Overall this beer is more interesting than many others in this style. Powerful yeast driven flavor make this one a standout.

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.

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

750ml corked bottle:

The beer poured a very nice cloudy orange color, with a huge, fluffy white head. The head was retained well, eventually dissolving into about a half finger cap that lasted throughout the drink and it also produced a nice amount of lacing.

The aroma was good, exactly what I would expect from a well-crafted Belgian brew. The beer had a big Belgian yeast aroma with hints of citrus, banana and some spices.

The taste of the beer was excellent and followed the nose very well. A big Belgian yeast flavor with hint of bread and some citrus and a bit of pepper. Definitely more on the sweet side and the alcohol started to come through as the beer warmed.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel to it with excellent carbonation. The beer was smooth and easier to drink than I expected, given the higher ABV.

Overall, definitely one of the better Belgian Strong Pale Ales around. I would recommend this beer to anyone and suspect that I will be buying and drink many more.

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.

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

750ml bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from d0gnate. Corked and caged. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Super-frothy head falls ever-so slowly, leaving a heavy coating of foam from top to bottom on the walls of the glass. Aroma is spicy, sweet, lightly tart.

Taste is lightly sweet to tart, lemony in the center, with spiciness coming in on the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent.

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.

Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.