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

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 98
Gots: 147 | FT: 24
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-16-2012

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.
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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the recent 13th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest at Avery in Colorado. I'd say this was my favorite of the entire beer fest. It has a ton of complexity and really stood out among a lot of awesome heavy hitters. I'm also a big fan of Judgement day and was happy that they did this version of the beer.

L: dark, dark brown, very little carbonation, leaves a slight lingering tan lace to the glass

S: Booze up front, some spice, belgian and malty esters. A bit of heat, assuming that is from the peppers.

T: Awesome and complex! More booze up front, could start your car with this stuff. Malty sweetness, but dry enough to expertly balance the beer. Some dark fruit and plum character. Slight roast. Peppers on the back end, really did not expect that and it adds a ton to the taste and experience.

F: Medium to heavy body, lightly carbonated, silky going down

O: Overall a great offering and one they should bring back year round. Loved it and would easily pay for this anytime. Would love to set some aside for a few years.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud, and thanks to him for finding this pack.

Absolutely no carbonation or head, dark molasses brown, murky pond water, not even much for legs.

Nose from a distance is nice, nice bourbon and vanilla barrel, light cinnamon, raisiny, fruit, light chili peppers, chewy cocoa, then up close it gets very messy, boozy, big sweet candy syrup and candi sugar, more cinnamon, light chili,

Taste brings thick but watery like still syrup, boozy, fusel alcohol, chewy molasses and candi sugar, etc. Nice barrel, coconut and toasted oak barrel, light bourbon, sweet candied raisins and fig, brown sugar, decent cinnamon, faint faint chili,

Mouth med to fuller bod but feels thin and watery thanks to zero carb. Light booze warmth.

Overall decent, but if there was carbonation it would probably be a lot better, it would pop more, and lack of brightness, and nice characters have a tough time coming through.

Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Original track from a VIP box. Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a still super dark mahogany hue. No head no lacing.

S - Aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, raisins....from a distance. Up close it is very sweet, sticky and cloy, boozy too.

T - Taste is really sweet, raisins, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, booze, faint bourbon. Light chocolate. Harmed by how flat it is.

M - Mouthfeel is flat as water, lightly boozy.

O - Overall this beer was really mediocre. The appearance and mouthfeel were both awful, which hindered the taste. Nose was weak too.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of timshaw013
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome brew. Get some. Plain and simple.

Photo of mychalg9
1.88/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This tastes gross until the absolute finish and then it sweetens up and tastes like the base beer. Really disappointed by this one as I love regular Judgment Day.

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer offers a rich sweet aroma with tons of bourbon.

The flavor follows with that sweetness and thin alcohol flavor. The beer moves onto some cinnamon and spice, but very light. Then onto a finish of caramel, but the beer is generally lacking in its ABV with mouthfeel or balance.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, a small format LA bottle that was carbonated, sadly, a bit too much. Lots of booze but melded well, good amount of spice, little chile but a nice treat and a sipper.

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Dark, nice tan head that dissipated fairly quick, tiny bubbles streaming up the glass, very nice looking beer.

A: Cinnamon, chiles, slight bourbon aroma, slight alcohol on the finish, getting a slight raisin aroma, very nice aroma.

T: Get a big hit of cinnamon, spice, raisins, Belgian yeast flavors, very complex, alcohol on the finish, delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel, has that bready Belgian quad mouthfeel.

O: World-class, reminds of Rochefort 8 with cinnamon, spice, raisins added, didn't get a whole lot of bourbon, but a really complex beer, very delicious, worth $15

Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass.

A: Significant, loose foamy head atop an opaque, dark mahogany beer.

S: Spices (cinnamon?). Cookie dough! Sweet caramelized sugar. Almost too sweet. Pretty boozy.

T/M: Very good! Rich, spicy, and complex. The alcohol doesn't come in hot, but gives the beer nice depth and warmth. Not too sweet after all (thanks chilies), instead the raisins come through clear and bright. The finish is lightly dry and scintillating, more-ish and compelling.

O: Better colder, strangely. Sippable, fun, and engaging. Highly recommended. Stellar.

Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Pours a nice dark brown with quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell - Beautiful aroma of raisins, cinnamon, maple syrup, and chiles. I am not getting much bourbon on the nose.

Taste - Lots of raisin, with definite hints of the chiles. This beer reminds me of Huna. Quite amazing. Can't tell that it's almost 14% alcohol - not at all. Very smooth. Gorgeous mouth feel as well. Overall, this is amazing. One of the best beers that I have had in a while.

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark cola brown with a finger of fizzy dark tan head that quickly faded into nothingness.
S: The nose is an interesting mixture of sweet raisin and musty, roasted chilies. I didn’t like the scent at first, still not sure I do, but it starts to grow on you. I get hints of cinnamon, and powdery chocolate.
T: Sticky raisin hits first but is immediately cut by spicy flavors of cinnamon and roasted chili. The chili is mildly spicy and lingers into the aftertaste. The bourbon is sweet and mildly boozy. I get hints of caramel and slight chocolate in there as well.
M: Full body but not a super heavy mouthfeel. The carbonation is fairly soft, but much frothier and soda-like than expected. The mouthfeel is warming with a kiss of booze.
O: Much better once you burn off some of the carbonation. The flavors are definitely love it or hate it. I enjoyed this for what it was, but probably would never go out of my way to drink it again.

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Minimum white head, dark dark beer, thinly coating lace, but plenty of it.

S - Boozy, cocoa, dark fruit.

T - Taste matches very close to smell, only better. Rich malt is wonderful.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb and balance.

D - HUGE! Way too big to have more than one small one or so.

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to receive this beer in a trade.
Pours black with a small fizzy head that dies quickly.
Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol.
Flavor is complex. Definitely taste the raisins, cinnamon & chiles as well as molasses.
Mouth feel = alcohol.
There is a lot going on with this beer. It is awesome and complex. A little hot (alcohol), I wish I had a few more so I could lay them down for a year or too.

Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Opened Dec 2014.

A - Deep cranberry mahogany body with jewel-tone highlights. Loose white head pours a finger high and settles quickly with low retention and lace.

S - Wow, really nice complexity. Cinnamon, tequila anejo, mellow chili, roasted raisins, dark chocolate, fresh nutmeg, vanilla, and soft oak.

T - Coconut macaroons, oatmeal raisin cookies, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, and red grapes. Semi-sweet oat and coconut milk finish with a soft residual chili heat.

M - Thick, creamy, smooth.

O - Delicious, complex and well balanced. A heavyweight in the arms race of huge beers.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big raisin character, with some heat in the finish.

Photo of bondra76
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Like the beer - I thought the raisin was a little too much. The bourbon flavor is definitely there and a smooth compliment to the rest of the flavors.

Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Tried this for the second time last night (the first time was a few months ago). Equally as impressed this time around. This is an excellent beer. Lots going on in this one, and all of the flavors that are advertised were present. It didn't seem to me that this beer lost anything at all over the few months that I had it.

The first time I tried it, I wrote on Untappd that I tasted bourbon, raisins and coconut, but not so much cinnamon. Last night, I picked up more spiciness from the chilies. We drank this one for the second beer of the night so my palate was pretty clean when we opened this up. That might be why the spiciness was more apparent. We agreed that the spiciness was a great addition to the beer.

Both times that I tried this, I rated it 4.5 on UT and am sticking with that.

Photo of winningwes91
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Mind-blowing stuff. Take stickee monkee and hunahpu and put them together and you have this bad boy.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Great overall flavor. Not getting any chili heat. Maybe a chili sweetness? Whatever the hell this beer is supposed to be it's delicious.

Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Perhaps the last bottle I dragged home from my September work trip to CA, found dusty & abandoned in an outta-the-way store. 375ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is in the ninetieth percentile of dark, and has a pleasantly low amount of carbonation (woo-hoo for bubbles!). I believe my nose has taken the night off, because it’s smelling weak to me, but my wife thinks I’m nuts. Burying myself in the glass, I get only faint whiffs of vanilla, bourbon, & black licorice.

Lost Track #8 – Number of the Beast is like a tasting cornucopia: wow. The Wal-Mart greeter is big bourbon notes, backed up by black licorice & vanilla. Mid-palate is the balance of the ingredient list: the cinnamon & chiles emerge as the beer warms up. There some caramel & sugared sweetness in there too, & the alcohol gives me a liver-punch about half way through. Belly: warmed. The finish is a gorgeous integration of the flavors, with the chile & bourbon clasping hands to take one more bow. Half a 375? I could have taken a bomber of this with joy in my heart; slick, hot, tasty.

I still can’t justify the $17.99 price tag, but damn, this brew tried hard. The tastes are integrated closer than the sax riffs in a Morphine jag. Excellent beer & damn close to elite.

Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a reasonably impressive head (particularly for a BA beer at 13.7%) that leaves a few shards

Smell: Bourbon and vanilla dominant, with oak, dark fruit and cinnamon

Taste: Cinnamon raisin bread, up front, with the Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit tones building into the middle; the finish is oaky and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: It's been a while since I have had a barrel-aged beers from Lost Abbey and it appears that they have put the carbonation problems behind them; this Quad is a real treat

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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 an oatmeal raisin cookie.

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

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

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Look: Deep opaque black with an egg shell aggressive head. Very active especially for a BA beer

Smells: Big bourbon and vanilla on the nose followed by black licorice, oak, espresso, some light pitted fruit notes, more oak, slight cinnamon, getting hints if orange zest, and more bourbon. Smells pungent and deep.

Taste: Big bourbon on the attack followed by a slight cinnamon dusting, then comes a wave of bourbon soaked cinnamon raisin bread that just dominates the palate. The comes a nice vanilla warmth with some fig and honey covered dates followed by a just barely there chili bite mixed with a oak dryness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and big bodied. Coats the entire mouth but still goes down surprisingly well considering the cinnamon, chilies, and high ABV. Alcohol is just barely there as a slight heat in the chest and the chili heat is just barely there on the oak dry finish. Very drinkable.

Overall: This is one beast of an offering from Lost Abbey. I really enjoyed how all the elements worked together to create one very solid and tasty brew. With all of these ingredients it could have come out a mess but instead it came out incredibly cohesive and very tasty

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very quick head. Light brown. Has a nice bubble from inside a pitch black beer. Very dark. A little redness to it.

S: has almost a combination of a bourbon and a red wine barrel smell. Almost smells a little like Cherrys. Actually originally rated 4.25 but changed it to 4.75 because it smells fantastic.

T: very boozy forward, then sweet plum hits you. Finish has a lot of bourbon. But the taste, not the bite.

F: has a lot of burn at first but smooths out a lot after 1/2 a second or so. Similar to the head.

O: a decent brew. I saw it and saw bourbon aged and had to try it, even at $17. It is a little pricey for the product but it is a good experience. MAYBE get one more to let it age. Might mellow on the front a bit. But the smell is the best part in my opinion.

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
97 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.