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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

Inferno AleInferno Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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603 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%


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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WeeObese

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit (pear?) on the nose
Appearance: Cloudy for the style. dark golden color (not straw), a little dark for the style?
Taste: Great malt flavor, with a fruity middle (pear?) and a nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A little undercarbonated, but still bright. Great dry finish!
Drinkability: Very tasty easy to drink beer. Great for the summer. The alcohol (8.5%) is very well hidden. The hops used are a little too long lasting in the finish and not my favorite varietal.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 03:19:37 | More by WeeObese
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pretty good initial head that ultimately fades to a thin ring. Smells quite fruity with tropical fruits, juicy and a bit sweet while maintaining a decent balance. Tastes quite nice. Smooth and even a bit waxy with some restrained fruitiness, some firm malt, a touch of sweetness and a bit of short, sharp bitterness that is pretty well integrated to the overall taste. Very smooth and even a touch soft in the mouth. Not at all too sweet. Very nice. Starts more like a tripel but mellows into a more Belgian pale taste as it opens up.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:26:09 | More by Georgiabeer
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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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bashiba

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep yellow with a thick off white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Has a nice clean smell with a lots of musty belgian yeast, vanilla, and spices.

Has a nice mild yet complex flavor with spices and citrus along with some mild grain and a bit of yeast and a lightly piney bit of hops.

The mouthfeel is very light and dry with a bit zippy carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Very solid, I am definitely liking my first Lost Abbey Offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:56:48 | More by bashiba
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow that looks just like grapefruit juice. Smells of beautiful funky wild yeast. First sip is funky and yeasty that is on the mellow side and not too over the top. There some grapefruit notes present but again...not over the top. A tad on the bready side. With a noticeable hop presence this puppy is easy to drink and a pleasure to boot.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 04:28:55 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Plenum

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow is an accurate description of this beer. Very dry beer, which leaves you wanting more.

Minor lacing on the glass. Bit on the sweet side, with the hops and some spices making it through.

Overall a solid beer. One that I'll be getting again!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 13:39:23 | More by Plenum
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benclimbs

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:06:23 | More by benclimbs
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:28:25 | More by atsprings
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mexikrainian

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Samuel Smith tulip.

Appearance: orange straw yellow with thick, foamy white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: citrus, honey, floral and cloves.

Flavor: alcoholic, caramel, honey and

Mouthfeel: champagne-esk. bubbly medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: high alcohol and tasty, this is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 06:07:47 | More by mexikrainian
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vfgccp

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Fluffy white head with great retention and lace. Pale yellow gold with a nice visual effervescence.

S – Soft citrus: more pineapple than orange. Malt and honey sweetness, zesty lemon and sage, and a touch of pepper spice. Smooth and beautifully integrated.

T – Opens crisp with cracked black pepper and lemon, into a light, almost pita-bread like malt. Bright herbal middle with sage and tarragon. The herbal note dries in the finish with a soft bitterness, and pulls back to reveal a mineral and lightly acidic foundation.

M – Lively carbonation. Crisp, medium body.

O – Herbal throughout. Does an incredible job of hiding it’s booze at 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:21:10 | More by vfgccp
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled 11/26/11.

A: pours with decent clarity. a deep blonde. head is massive and has good retention. unfortunately limited lacing.

S: some light fruity sugars. pears. smells a little bit musty. barnyard and farm-y.

T: a slightly farmy taste. there is really a very slight tartness, that leads me to believe this is on the verge of spoilage. but not yet. a little bit of boozy heat, but certainly manageable. really, really, really dry.

M: a vivacious carb on a full bodied beer. well done bottle conditioning. pretty outstanding carb level for the style.

D: drinks pretty good after 3 years. a tasty Belgian strong blond, with some very interesting barnyard funky notes. really found this enjoyable and wonder if it is equally as barn-like fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:37:37 | More by Jimmys
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale gold rougly rocky head after a very rough pour; the original cautious pour produced nothing and I needed to shake it up.

Smell: Fruit up front -- prunes and honey. Some mellow hops, too, but I can't identify them, and a slight citrus edge.

Taste: Nice balance immediately - hops are there throughout but there's no overpowering hop bitterness (which I often like but I recognize others do not). The citrus that was a hint in the nose comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, very dry and especially down easy considering the significant ABV. As I'mstillthegman (Mike Gminski?) noted, I'm not sure how long the other 2 bottles will last, especially with summer on the way - this is a good summer quaffer (so long as you're intelligent about it).

Drinkability: Very high. I'd like to line this up against a few of my other favorites from this style and then update the reviews - Duvel, Fin du Monde, Brooklyn One and maybe Mathilda if I have a bottle left.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 01:35:57 | More by rdickey
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:29:41 | More by ppoitras
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a moderately clear yellow with an aggressive amount of white head. Color could be a BMC if I didn't know better, but the head certainly screams BSPA.

S - Belgian yeast is the first thing off the bat. An odd, slightly funky, slightly sweet wheat is what follows soon after. A nice smelling beer, totally in line with style.

T - Sweet and peppery is what really stands out to me. the yeast is there, and the carbonation nearly overpowers. A little funky, but quite dry.

M - Very, very effervescent. The bubbles nearly overwhelm, as I said before. The finish is very dry and crisp, which seems very in line with the style.

Overall, this is a very well done beer. Very spicy and it fills the mouth to an extreme. First ever beer from the Lost Abbey I think, and I like what they did with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 02:16:25 | More by gdrydenc
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw-colored with a bit of haze. The thick and frothy two finger head retains very nicely.

Smell: Some spicy phenols, a bit of herbal hop and fruit (mainly banana and apple).

Taste/mouthfeel: Similar to the nose; mild phenols of banana and spice with a bready backbone. Slight sweetness initially, but it dries up quickly, revealing a minty and citric hop bite. Pretty light in body despite the high ABV.

Notes: A damn good Summer thirst-quencher, though it'll get you drunk pretty quickly if you're not careful. Bonus points for the awesome front and back labels - this is one seriously metal beer. Heavy metal, that is.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 19:51:34 | More by largadeer
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 15:42:31 | More by TommyW
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.28/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 00:51:03 | More by JamisonM
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a touch of orange. Nice puff of head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and belgian yeast. A little breadyness to it with hints of black pepper.

T: Great balance of sweet malts, yeast and citrus notes. Slight alcohol and peppery tastes linger.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nice warmth and drying.

D: Complex flavors with an overall mellow vibe.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 13:50:09 | More by rfgetz
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bulletrain76

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 05:26:49 | More by bulletrain76
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 19:03:03 | More by stakem
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scottfrie

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 03:22:38 | More by scottfrie
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:58:58 | More by biglobo8971
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Chizoad

California

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half head, half beer in a goblet. Duvel-like in that respect. Yellow to light orange color with slight haziness.

Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, really unmistakable. Banana and bubblegum but mostly bready dryness.

First sip was a little sweet but once those taste buds were saturated the dryness of the beer really showed through. Some surprising bitter flavors on the back end or if you take a very small sip, plus a hint of skunk. In a good way.

Crisp clean good medium+ carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Highly enjoyable Belgian strong pale. Easy to find here in SD too and a good price.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 22:59:26 | More by Chizoad
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BierJager89

California

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours (from bottle with an epic label) golden with a foamy white head, clearly quite carbonated.

S: Coriander, orange, tripelesque spices in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, tart, tangy light fruit.

M: Medium bodied, and a bit carbonated, but smooth enough, with a warming alcoholic bite as it goes down the throat.

O: The Lost Abbey has yet to release a beer that I don't like, and I love how epically metal their labels are.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:00:02 | More by BierJager89
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