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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 74
Gots: 107 | FT: 18
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We’ve never released a Bourbon Barrel version of our Judgment Day. So we thought it might be interesting to take the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme age in first fill Bourbon Barrels and let mother nature take over. Of course, because this is a Rock and Roll inspired Box Set beer, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone.

Upon sampling the base beer, it became apparent that the raisins used to brew the base beer were going to drive the flavor bus of this beer. The conversations turned to Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the essence of a freshly baked treat. So we added some cinnamon sticks to the barrels and threw in some dried chiles as well.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-16-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12.7oz caged and corked bottle, courtesy of the good doktorzee. How retarded is this, having to 'submit' a rating, before I even crack this open? Whatever - back to the matter at hand - I like the inferred satanic nature here - and I don't see 'Number of the Beast' written anywhere on the label.

This beer pours a dark, murky russet brown colour, with a teeming tower of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of musty, boozy Bourbon, dried black fruit - so, prunes, raisins, and figs, mostly - gritty, bready caramel malt, an indistinct warming spiciness, and a further earthy, dusty essence. The taste is more sugary Bourbon up front - caramel, vanilla, alcohol heat, and a mild grainy spiciness - followed closely by a muddled and equally sweet dark fruitiness, dead yeast, ethereal chile pepper notes, and a sort of metallic edginess, which I'm going to attribute to the cinnamon, whose attendant savouriness probably just got lost in the morass.

The carbonation is quite active and anywhere from fizzy to frothy on my upper palate at the given moment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the sugary nature not really facing any sort of non-alcoholic (ha!) interference as such. It finishes on the sweet side, still, the barrel hooch, caramel malt, and fruity adjunct ruling the roost.

A pleasant enough rendering of a besotted wood-kissed Quad - the sweetness is somehow tempered, the booze even more so, such that any initial trepidation is gone by sip three or four. Neat trick, that. I'm not sure that the raisins, cinnamon, or chiles really have much blatant effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity.

biboergosum, Aug 15, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A super dark brown color, with a light brown head that soon disappears, with medium lacing.

Smell – Bourbon with prunes. Or perhaps bourbon with an oatmeal raisin cookie better describes it.

Taste – Bourbon, chili, oatmeal raisin cookie, with a hint of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – Very nicely carbonated and smooth. No bad aftertaste, thought the chili lingers for a few seconds.

Drinkability – A nice quadrupel. A little different with the raisin/bourbon, but it works.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission and a two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by dark fruit and bourbon, with dark sweet caramel malt and slight spicing. Flavor is dark sweet malt, dark dried fruit, bourbon, light oak and just the right light touch of chili pepper. Chile and cinnamon become more evident in the rich finish, but do not dominate. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. An incredibly well balanced and integrated dark strong ale that doesn’t seem to me to have much quad character, leaning to the dark malt strong ale family. But who's arguing? This is a rich, smooth dark ale with delicious, well melded flavors. Probably my favorite Lost Abbey to date. Alcohol is dangerously well covered, I wanted to drink this like a liquid dessert. I really liked the interplay of the chili with the other flavors.

LiquidAmber, Nov 15, 2014
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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
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