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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 67
Gots: 79 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 05-04-2008)
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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a gigantic head. As the foam head breaks down, it never really collapses, just chunks of bubbles break, leaving a big cavernous swiss-cheese structure that eventually turns to lace. Great retention, good lace, and furious carbonation. Beautiful beer.

Nice aroma of grain and some sweet fruit. You get the chemical alcohol no question.

Some fruit up front, with pear and some tropical notes. But this just moves aside to alcohol and some grainy bitterness. Never really out of balance, this one remains burly and aggressive in flavors, with sweet, bitter, and alcoholic all battling it out. Finishes drier than expected, and some stone fruit-pit bitterness as well.

Fuller bodied and very carbonated.

Wonderful version of the style. Less fruity than many others, including those from Belgium. Who cares. This one is a winner.

OtherShoe2, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of jesseparker1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jesseparker1, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, bottled on 10/6/11, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden blond color, produces an inch of creamy white head that leaves lots of delicate lacing on the glass.

S- Light aroma of bready funk, pear, some pepper and boozy phenols and fruity esters, alcohol is nicely restrained for 9%.

T- Bold flavors of dry, crispy pear, light grain, and warm, fruity alcohol. Finish is dry and a bit spicy with clove. Very nice overall.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, moderate to high carbonation, dry, spicy finish.

O- A very nice spicy, Belgian-style beer, it's damn drinkable for 9%, I basically pounded this bottle pretty quickly, tasty stuff.

WillCarrera, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy marigold color. Very foamy. Needs time to settle. Thick moose like white foam eventually settles and slowly declines leaving thick give of lacing on the glass.

S - nose is very bready/yeasty. Lots of fruit too. Notes of apples, pears and banana peel. Some notes of peppery spice and hints of clove round out the nose.

T - soft bready dough flavors up front with a bit of sweetness. Sublet apple and pear fruit character along with a zippy lemony acidity in the middle. Spicy pepper and clove are bright on the back palate. Finishes quick and dry.

M - high carbonation with lots of tight bubbles. Body is medium with a texture somewhere inbetween watery and creamy.

O - good beer. Nice interpretation of the style. For a beer called inferno I find it quite refreshing.

Teleweizen2, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of fpreh1957
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

fpreh1957, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Duskskater
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Duskskater, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of redliner8
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

redliner8, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009/2010 vintage (didn't mark the bottle)

A slight gush upon opening, but not bad. Tons of carbonation and foam upon pouring. Clear pale gold with a massive cap of fluffy white foam. Excellent retention and some fair lacing.

A very fruity and floral nose with lots of pear and apple coming out.

Much like the nose, the taste lends lots of pear and apple with white pepper and coriander. Light spice and warmth from the alcohol. Moderate sweetness with a mild hop bitterness going on. Very tasty and refreshing at the same time.

Very dry and medium bodied. The carbonation is more subdued in the body than what sits on top.

A very well crafted brew that is so nice to drink. Solid belgian here.

jera1350, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +24.4%

msarver16, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bubbalito, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed pale straw color beer with tons of bubbles making their way to the top to feed the mammoth head. Even the slightest pour possible produced a huge fluffy four finger head, white in color and dissapating very slowly. The cool label and paragraph on the back should be mentioned as well. The head releases nice yeasty notes that mingle well with a bright spiciness and finally a lightly toasted malt way in the background. The fruity notes are pleasant with hints of banana and clove as well as fresh green apples mixed with orange peel and a modest earthy hop character. Just a hint of booze to round out the aroma. Great nose on this one, could sniff on it all day.

At once its both complex and drinkable, while still delivering a big punch. The fresh fruits come out and work nicely with the light biscuit malt. I still taste a mild tartness of green apples, as well as some orange zest that moves this beer into a quick bone dry finish. Lively and light while still being boozy, losing a bit in the body but not too much. Definitely has that belgian yeasty character throughout, mixing with the booze to create a big, spicy, and flavorful ale. The spiciness is clove like in nature and a welcome addition to the depth of this character-filled beer.

Very good ale here. I really enjoyed it for the complexity of the several flavors working together. I would put this up there with other big names of the style for sure.

chodinheaven, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
5/5  rDev +24.4%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Philousa, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev -0.5%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly yellow cloudy liquid with two fingers of white creamy suds. Some lacing.
Smell is sugar banana and clove with other belgian spices in the background. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is mild crisp ale with belgian yeast at the forefront. Sugar and yeast and a slight bitterness that makes this drink very refreshing.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but still finishes clean. The alcohol is very well hidden all the way through this beer.
Overall I will buy this again instead of La Fin Du monde. Just as good and one heck of a lot cheaper.

peabody, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a shaker pint.

Look- Hazy honey-hued amber. Two fingers of loose, frothy head that sticks to the glass but falls to nothing fairly quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles indicate a well carbonated brew.

Smell- Classic. Not much more to say, it's what I'd expect from a Belgian ale. No off odors, but nothing stands out either. Maybe a bit of astringency.

Taste- Finally - something interesting. Hops are more prominent that I anticipated, Light graham cracker malt with touches of honey. Middle takes on a more savory spice flavor than I'm used to, almost peppery. Works well with the just-past-balancing herbal hops. Mellow, pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Harsh, prickly carbonation, medium body, boozy feel at the end, light burn.

Overall- Succeeds in some ways, fails in others. Pretty well executed, but it lacks anything to bring it out of the pack; perhaps cellaring would take it up a notch. The aggressive carbonation masks what subtler flavors there may have been, and the rest of what's going on is pretty standard. I think I may be spoiled by the excellent Belgian-style brews available in Central Texas.


Shortly after finishing this review, I realized that I had no desire to finish the bottle, and I've got too many good beers on hand to drink another pint of this one. When I realized I was about to drainpour half of a $10+ bomber, I also realized my rating of 3.5 was too high, so I've adjusted it accordingly.

Lawl3ss, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

hickmancase, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -0.5%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of miked234
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

miked234, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of joesc230
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

joesc230, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of outlaw1323
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

outlaw1323, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -0.5%

klipper, May 29, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 750mL bottle of Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale, a Belgian-style strong pale ale, poured into my trusty Dogfish head snifter, on Sunday, May 27. I picked this bottle up at the excellent Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA (anyone in the Greater Boston area who loves beer must make a visit). Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): First pour (a very careful, slow one) produces a massive three-finger white head that recedes slowly. I knew this beer had to be poured carefully from the get-go, since right after popping the cork foam rushed into the neck of the bottle--thankfully, it wasn't a "gusher." The light, bubbly head sits atop a clear, light amber-colored body, a color typical to the beer's style. The beer looks great, even though the impressive head means the first sip is delayed.

Smell (4.5/5): Right after popping the cork you can smell an excellent sweet, fruity aroma wafting from the bottle. When poured into the glass, it becomes much more pronounced. It smells of pear and green apple and sugar. Despite this brew's strength, not a hint of alcohol can be detected in the nose. While Inferno Ale smells sweet and fruity, it's not overdone; rather it has an exceptional and impressive balance. Honestly, this American-made ale has one of the best aromas I've ever come across in a beer. Simply excellent.

Taste (4.5/5):, A spicy, coriander-like flavor from the yeast dominates the foretaste. It give way to, and melds with, the fruity flavors of apple and pear that the beer's aroma so invitingly hinted at. This sweetness fades in the finish--the hops subdue that sweetness and the coriander-like flavor from the yeast comes back to dominate. A slight warming from the alcohol comes through in the back. I am also very impressed by how well the beer warms. As time passes, the beer's aroma and flavor are both subtly changed and enhanced.

Mouthfeel (4/5): The mouthfeel is medium-light and features appropriate carbonation (medium-low) for a strong Belgian pale ale. The mouthfeel doesn't blow me away, but then again, it seems to do everything right. Absolutely no complaints.

Overall (4.5/5): The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale is one of the best American takes on a Belgian ale of ANY style that I have had the pleasure of drinking. Its aroma and taste are both top notch; its appearance and mouthfeel both help to enhance the former two and the overall drinking experience. This is another great ale from Tomme and the gang at The Lost Abbey. If you're into strong Belgian pale ales, seek it out.

hagbergl, May 29, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a massive four finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits excellent staying power and when it finally settles it leaves excellent lace.

S - Notes of pepper, pear, and coriander with sweet, pilsner malt.

T - Soft, sweet malt up front with notes of pepper and pear. Notes of honey in the middle with more pear, coriander and black pepper. The beer finishes with vanilla, black pepper, and some lightly herbal hops with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and an appropriately dry finish.

D - Very well done. The bottle conditioning really shows here and helps with both body and carbonation, making this one of if not the best American made Belgians that I have had to date.

nickfl, May 25, 2012
Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.