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Inferno Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
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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Photo of BeerImmediately


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours with a booming, frothy white head over a fairly murky golden to brown body. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are full of yeasty Belgian-spice over apples and plums.

Fairly crisp on the palate, with a lot of natural yeasty spice dominating. Bitter, earthy/leafy aftertaste stuck with me for a while. Mouthfeel was exceptionally dry - really good for the style.

The bitterness could've used a touch more sweet balance, but it's a really nice beer overall.

Updated Notes: 5/8/14:
From corked and caged 375ml that was bottled 5/29/12... nearly 2 years ago.

Carbonation is way down from my first review, as there was barely any head, and virtually no prickly carbonation in the body. Much fruitier and sweeter than my original review. Still plenty of yeasty spiciness, and reminded me of a fiery hell when I first took a sip of this one. Bitterness is way down. Must've mellowed after sitting for two years.

04-12-2011 22:40:43 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of scootny

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

A clear golden amber with a large head and good retention. A nice covering remains on the top of the brew. Lacing is decent. Mild carbonation is evident.

Smell is enticing. Pale malt with honey. A sweet yeasty fruitiness and mild Belgian yeast notes. Some citrus and Belgian spice.

Taste is quite good. More sweet malt with an apple and white grapiness. Some very faint banana tinged facets. Good hop dryness. Firm in its arrival but mild overall. Alcohol is undetectable. Feel is medium with a smooth carbonation and clean drying astringence.

Drinkability lends itself to sessioning except the abv prohibits that. Still a heavier brew that goes down with the ease of a pale ale. Impressive.

A fine beverage for just about any occasion. Thanks to WasTrinkenSie for a real nice one.

05-25-2009 04:25:30 | More by scootny
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

Got this from the mighty bgramer in a trade. Thanks man! Split with a friend.

Inferno packs a brilliant white, 5cm tall head that covers up the cloudy pale gold brew underneath. Good retention even though it falls a bit. Nice looking beer and very solid for the style.

Mmm.... classic strong pale goodness here. Very clean and unsurprising, I'm getting tart apples, lemon-citrus, vague peppery spice, and a solid, if muddled, blend of fruity esters and pungent phenols that don't quite get into Tripel territory but come close. Meaty and bold, upfront nose.

Taste is classic BSPA with an emphasis on the "strong". No mucking about here, this is an assertive pale malty brew with character to spare. Spicy and tart initially, but big malt sugars hold it together and finish off nicely, blending into the aftertaste. Alcohol is rather transparent. Sweeter than most of its brethren. Bottom line: if you like Duvel or La Fin Du Monde you'll love this.

Body is middling with a nice level of fine carbonation.

Inferno is very fine Belgian Strong from Tomme and the crew at Lost Abbey. While I wouldn't go out of my way to get this (it ain't miles better than the other classics of the style) if you see it you should certainly crack into one.

09-02-2008 03:24:58 | More by kkipple
Photo of Pecan


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-20-2012 08:49:14 | More by Pecan
Photo of Tom-Peters


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-29-2013 16:31:11 | More by Tom-Peters
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

04-26-2011 19:45:48 | More by PhillyStyle
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-16-2013 16:57:01 | More by moonknight31
Photo of scottoale


5/5  rDev +24.1%

The first release of this ale...750ml. brown bomber with cork finish. The label depicting a view of the firey depths of hell.

Poured into a Duvel tulip a slightly hazed golden straw yellow with a finger and a half of white floamy head. Constant lively carbonation thickens the head and keeps it aloft till the end, while leaving only minimal clumps of lace clinging to the glass.

Light spicy clean malt nose with a whisper of alcohol and black pepper. Smells like a Belgian ale?!

Sweet pale malt, crisp and spicy clean as enters, while turning nicley bitter and dry almost instantaniously. A warming dry finish with a lingering spice of yeast and hop.

A light-medium body that fluffs in the mouth and thins to a dry warming finish demanding another sip for the crispness and taste.

Too drinkable for this strength of brew...not a problem for a strong ale drinkin fool. Damn tasty Duvel clone...my favorite type of Belgian...still!

I must try this side-by-side with Duvel next time to see which one I prefer most. Cheers!

05-04-2008 20:41:11 | More by scottoale
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-20-2011 01:18:30 | More by Nightrain87
Photo of ONUMello


4.03/5  rDev 0%

750ml bottle, unfortunately I had to use a plastic cup since that's all that was in my hotel room.
A: Pale yellow color with a generous two finger head that lingers at that level for some time. Some of the best retention I've seen.
S: Flowers, spices, dried apricot, a spritz of citrus and a hint of bread.
T: This has a nice pizzazz to it. Lemon and spices. A malty midpalate, slightly bitter on the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied; the carbonation adds a pleasant touch.
O: I wish there was also a scoring button for the label because this one is epic. The beer in the bottle is pretty darn good too, I enjoyed it.

04-22-2012 02:43:58 | More by ONUMello
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

06-13-2013 18:41:08 | More by djre4orm
Photo of CHADMC3


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a straw colored yellow body with pale hues beneath the rocky white head that quickly dissipates to leave a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of Belgian yeast and sour apples float from the glass with straw and grass hops. There may even be some floral hints odd as it may seem, but back to the fruit and yeast.

More sour fruit in the flavor like apple or pear with more hints of straw and grass as well as yeast. There is also a pepper or coriander spice presence before the tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with moderate carbonation and a sour drying finish.

An all around tasty Belgian Pale with great flavors and aromas traditional of the style.

01-06-2013 02:26:03 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of deereless


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

A: A touch of haze to the beer, a light straw color, a fair amount of cottony head - 4.50, S: Lots of zest and some spice, the Belgian yeast is very apparent, a dry crispness to the nose - 4.50, T: Quite hoppy and tart, some green apple to the beer, what I assume are noble hops, slightly earthy, this does a good job of masking the high alcohol which I can tell is there - 4.00, M: Quite light and smooth - 4.25, D: An excellent sample of the style - 4.25

11-17-2008 00:31:33 | More by deereless
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-04-2014 00:54:38 | More by TKEbeerman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-05-2013 03:03:56 | More by wonothesane42
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 05:12:04 | More by patm1986
Photo of OStrungT


4/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head. the head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a citrusy, lemony aroma. I smell some spices, but the citrus dominates. A slight earthy yeast aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells, but the spicy flavor is more dominate. Some lemony citrus flavor is present. It has a slight grainy flavor as well.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a lemony aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and the flavor might be just a bit aggressive.

Overall: This is a good beer. Nothing special, but a solid Lost Abbey beer.

11-28-2008 05:25:29 | More by OStrungT
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

03-29-2012 01:47:16 | More by gleemonger


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-24-2012 23:12:24 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-06-2012 03:00:47 | More by DangerDawg
Photo of Celtics76

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-01-2013 20:29:18 | More by Celtics76
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

08-04-2013 20:34:41 | More by StArnoldFan
Photo of HopDerek


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this with me.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with lots of frothy white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of fruit, bread, spices, and light grass tones. Tastes of apples and pears up front followed by spices, honey, bread, and light barnyard yeastiness. Finishes with nice dry grass and citrus notes as well a hint of alcohol. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Smooth, bready with some spiciness and good fruit flavors. Just enough alcohol warmth. Not the best Belgian Pale Ale out there, but a pretty nice attempt that I won't mind drinking again.

08-11-2008 21:32:37 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Patrick999


4.15/5  rDev +3%

Excited to try this one, haven't had a beer all week. My 150th review.

A - Not as much foam as I expected. Second pour is better, but even then I needed some coaxing and a hard pour. Decent retention and lacing, though not reminiscent of Duvel or La Chouffe. Second pour nice and cloudy.

S - I am hard pressed to find much in the nose beyond a light, pleasant flowery hop. I almost get a little smokiness, though perhaps I'm reaching.

T - Hoppy, similar to RR Damnation with a light woodiness and a slight sweetness that's muffled by the hop. Belgian phenols there but don't smack you. No indication whatsoever of 8.5% alcohol.

F - Very good, softly carbonated and smooth.

D - Appropriately dangerous for a beer named Inferno, if you were not limited to a 750ml bottle, many could be had in one sitting.

Very good beer, though I feel the appearance and aroma are weak for a BSPA.

06-06-2008 21:35:12 | More by Patrick999
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

I was pleased to see that another Lost Abbey beer has made its way to the East Coast. This was bought at Marty's Liquors in Newton today. I love the Dante esq looking artwork on the bottle. Just a side note; this was tasted, as recommended by some, alongside some Duvel, which apparently shares some of the same features. Pour in to a sniffer resulted in an orange/amber color, with a moderately large white head. Nose is based in fruit, with a bit of a cinnamon gum aroma. Must and alcohol, similar to a farmhouse ale in some ways, also show themselves in the nose. Taste is wonderfully floral, with spices all around. It transitions from sweet, to tart to dry, to slightly spicy within the span of a single sip. Body is full, but the alcohol is not particularly noticeable in the taste, very well hidden in fact. This one is easy to sip as well, but be careful, as it is a decently strong ale. Overall this is a very solid offering from The Lost Abbey. Not my favorite, but still great. For those that are wondering on the side by side tasting, Duvel won by a tiny amount. Inferno is more concentrated on complex flavor and aroma, whereas Duvel is all about mastering the feel and drinkability. I highly recommend putting the two down against each other, as it was a very fun experience.

06-18-2008 23:41:58 | More by jamie2dope
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