Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 68
Gots: 83 | FT: 4
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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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 BeerManDan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color when poured into a pint glass was a hazy yellow with a reddish hue, with a load of white foam and a load of lace on the side of the glass from top to bottom. The smell of carbonated yeasty bread and spices was evident in to aroma. The flavor had a very carbonated yeasty, spicy and fruity finish. Well balanced and a very pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of raynmoon
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got the 375ml bottle! They are so cute, I had to get it. These bottles will make any beer seem good, besides Mo Betta Bretta though...meh. Let's soo how the format affects the taste.

It's highly carbonated, which I like. It's a cloudy golden yellow/ orange color.

It smells really nice, some spices from the yeast and a nice amount of tartness; like granny smith apples and green grapes.

It tastes mostly yeasty and bready, with a hint a alcohol. It is not too complex, but as it warms, the alcohol starts to compliment the spice of the yeast.

Not bad, I kind of like it!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Suds
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a white head. Very nice citrus note on the nose, yeast, and some spiciness to it as well. A touch of alcohol, some floral hops, just a light malt sweetness. The citrus really comes through on the nose. A bit citric, some yest, some spices, and a touch of booze. Lightly floral, quite dry, and a light sweetness in the middle.

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Photo of jesseparker1
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.