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
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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 largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice bottle for about 10 bucks. pours a fuzzy pale straw color with some suspended yeast and a growing white head that seems to stay a few inches tall the whole time. it smells fresh like cut grass and meadow flowers. theres some fruity pep from the yeast, and a waft of alcohol indicating the strength of this one. it tastes similar to the nose, more springtime than fall, with some floral notes as well as that grassy hop complexion. it finishes very quickly and is bone dry. its not bitter, but there is a strong hop presence in the finish as well. the mouthfeel is great, excited carbonation from the belgian yeast, a deep medium body, and a moderate alcohol sting. i love the dry finish too, perfect for this type of brew. while this certainly isnt my favorite lost abbey selection, its one im glad i purchased. its different than many other beers in this genre, and it was the perfect (if ironic) choice of beer for making my annual hot sauce for canning. just right.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a three-finger head of bubbly, long-lasting head of white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of pear and apple. Nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It had a spicy bite with a yeasty kick. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor. Nice pear and apple flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. Another good one from The Lost Abbey.

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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a cloudy coppery orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention flares up to a full finger when swirled and leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant and nose tingling mix of sweet bready malts, spices, orange zest, grass, and yeast with just the tiniest amount of heat underneath it.

The taste is a little more mellow than the aroma is, with notes of bready toasted malts, citrus, spices, and an all around yeasty feel at times. Finishes with a medium dry feel that never gets to be quite bone dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and very easygoing feel considering the higher ABV.

A nice attempt at a Duvel clone, I really dug the prominant toasted malt character of this very much. Tasty and easy drinking for the size, I would revisit this again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a thin white head. Nose is dough and a very minimal yeasty funk. Flavor is smooth with a dough and citrus edge and a bit of an earthy bite on the backside, but the flavor doesn't stay that long really. What's there is good though. Feel has a full carbonation and a good liquid feel. This is a nice enough Belgian Pale Ale. Fairly easy to drink and unobtrusive. Best paired with food I think.

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazy gold with a sliver of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemons that fade quickly. Appleskins & honey creep through as this warms

T: Grapefruitty hops, breadyness & apricots up front. Coriander, a touch of honey dryness & some white pepper & pineapple as this warms. Finishes peppery with grainyness, plus some lemongrass

MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation; skews spicy

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, a descent shot at the style. This would go great with Thai, Sushi, & or Indian IMO

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow-golden color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, spices, grain, citrus, and bready malts. Smells great, just like a Belgian style ale should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, cloves, bananas, Belgian yeast, light apples, and bready malts. Good, but too much epper and spice up front for me. I prefer to get more bananas and yeast up front, like they were in the smell. EDIT: As this warmed up, the taste got a lot better. More bananas came out.

m - Medium body and moderaye to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and the alcohol doesn't come out too much.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style pale ale. I loved the smell; the mix of cloves, Belgian yeast, and bananas was exactly what I like in a Belgian ale. While the taste was fine, it just had too much pepper and spice for me. I enjoyed it more as it warmed up, and it is something I would certainly give another shot to. My advice is to let this one warm up a little bit so more comes out in the taste.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very different. I get some smoke, caramel and biscuit malts as well as wheat. The flavor is Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, wheat, honey, caramel and toffee. I didn't expect the caramel and toffee notes in this beer since it was yellow in color, but they are a welcome surprise. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

B-

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft pour produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a hazy honey color and shows a fully hazed (the haze is substantially, though not completely contributed by chill-haze), yellow-gold color when held up to the light showing a fair amount of carbonation winding its way up through the haze. The head leaves some spotty, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The aroma has a light floral character to it that is evocative of light honey notes, soft pear, a touch of sour plum and apple aromatics and a touch of an herbal edge. Sweet grain aromatics combine with a touch of a cracker-like, lightly toasty grain character. A touch of spicy phenolics and esters seem to contribute more to the floral character than being particularly noticeable in and of themselves, though there is a soft vanilla note here.

Pretty dry tasting, but there is a touch of malt & alcohol sweetness towards the finish. The flavor is led in by a dry, cracker like grain character, then some honey like malt, some warming & spicy higher alcohols, including a bit of sharpness (not quite harshness) of alcohol in the finish. While pretty light bodied, it does have a touch of weight to it that clings just a bit to the palate, the carbonation adds a nice persistent tickle of texture. Some fruitiness comes in towards the finish where a mix of green apple, aromatic pear, a touch of almost-ripe honeydew melon and perhaps a hint of star-fruit. The finish definitely has a pepper character to it, it is also slightly phenolic with a light turpene-leaning clove character and a touch of dried ginger.

As the beer warms up the aroma opens up quite a bit; I really like the mix of substantial pale malt aromatics and how they mix with the aromatic floral notes, honey aromas and substantial pear-like fruitiness. The general fruitiness seems to pick up in the flavor over time as well. This definitely is a good Duvel-inspired interpretation, it captures quite a bit of the best characteristics of the style, though it can be a touch hot at times. I still prefer Vinnie's interpretation (Damnation), but this could probably use 6 months to a year of bottle age before it peaks.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a hazy translucent yellow, with a big, white rocky head, good head retention, solid lacing.

S: Light overall, but get peppery spice, sourdough bread.

T: Interesting mix of flavours. Have the prerequsite peppery spice, definitely spicy for the style, light yellow apples as well. Secondarily, there is this wheat character at the back end that is quite tasty, not unlike a witibier.

M: Overall medium body, prickly carbonation, lightly chalky, light solvent.

D: A good BSPA, the flavour is tasty, though overall I found it kind of light to style, but still enjoyable - the actual content of the flavour profile makes it work. Another good one from Lost Abbey.

Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast (peppery) and spices along with some lighter aromas of pale malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with moderate to strong flavors of peppery Belgian yeast and spices. There are light flavors of candi sugar sweetness and just a hint of citrus/orange zest hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present and linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and a moderate amount of prickliness (likely from the spices).

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - there is a decent amount of complexity. I found this one enjoyable and I would recommend checking this one out.

Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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