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

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

248 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 60
Gots: 88 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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
Photo of Rlhinson2104
2.32/5  rDev -46.4%

Rlhinson2104, Today at 01:08 PM
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a goblet

The dark chestnut brown liquid was topped by a short-lived, one-finger tall, khaki colored head. No lacing whatsoever. The crackling crown quickly faded to a thin, lasting film and eventually transitioned into a clingy ring.

The aroma was solid but somewhat muted. Dark fruits were noticeable, along with generic spice notes. Malty and rich. There was a rummy quality as well that reminded me of rum raisin ice cream. As the beer warmed, a touch of powdered cocoa also came forward. Moderately tart, red wine-like notes appeared as well. Slightly woody.

On the palate, the beer was much punchier. A rich, caramel malt base was accented by strong raisins and plum notes. Lots of dark candy sugar flavor. Perhaps some brown sugar too. Touch of cola. Somewhat spicy, yet I did not pick out the cinnamon per se. A moderately boozy, rummy alcohol kick came through on the finish. The chili notes might have also been present in the finish, but they were definitely lost in the booziness. Despite its alcohol prowess, this beer still drank remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was really impressive. Super frothy and fluffy. The liquid contained an ultra fine, zippy effervescence. Although the beer was rather light on the palate, it was still rich and silky smooth. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Track #8 is a solid offering from The Lost Abbey, but it definitely was not worth $18 a bottle. Although the flavor profile was interesting and well melded, I would have preferred something a bit more exciting, along with a more flavor from the adjuncts.

Damian, Yesterday at 05:45 PM
Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Tasting 9/9/14

This is a deep ruby red-brown color, translucent due to the color but showing a reasonably full body without haze. The head is an off-white cap of foam between half a finger and one finger tall. It keeps up well, depositing pretty strong patching as it falls.
Fruit shows first on the nose, dark fruit and lots of it. Strong notes of raisin, purple grape and maybe fig fill out main body of the aroma all the way through. Underneath is a bit of sweet spicing, some heat (more ethanol than pepper) and maybe a woody sort of dryness behind all the sweetness keeping it checked.
The flavor is sweeter, and the main aspect of it seems to be tons of brown sugar. There's still a bit of spicing to it, and in the middle there's a lightly sour note to the dark fruits. I'd like to be able to pick out a little more chili heat, but there's not too much to pull out. The sweetness is balanced by thicker, heavier sort of barley-like malts. Overall, the sweetness, spiciness, fruits and heat work together very well, and balance is fantastic with nothing overdone. I'd like a few of the main aspects to show a bit more strongly, but it does straddle the highest level.
The body is medium-full, not too thick or sticky and not thinning out as the alcohol works through. It has a dryness pulling into the middle with a crisp bite but still some smoothness even as a gentle sting tingles.

Brenden, Monday at 07:49 PM
Photo of Big_Dave
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Big_Dave, Monday at 06:32 AM
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

KangarooRat, Monday at 04:05 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

st9647v3, Saturday at 07:57 PM
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3.6/5  rDev -16.9%

user785335, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Ristaccia, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jklecko2, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

tpacek, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mattreitz49, Sep 07, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

ComatoseGI, Sep 07, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

SadMachine, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

threedaggers, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jriggins6, Sep 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

MEW, Sep 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

thatoneguymike, Sep 01, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%

fpreh1957, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

thereal_adam, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ColForbinBC, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

2014 B

A: Dark, dark brown pour with a tall medium brown head. Head is very fizzy and soda-like. It fizzes out very quickly, within seconds in fact. Zero lacing. Almost no head retention at all.

S: Sweet caramel from the bourbon. Lots of raisins. Heat from the cinnamon. Reminds me a lot of raisin bread with a sweet syrup added to it. Light hints of toffee and oak.

T: Immediately reminds me of raisin bread. Very bready with lots of raisins and cinnamon. Up front there is a sharp bourbon with lots of caramel and toffee. Decent amount of oak too. Following that is a whole lot of dark fruit (primarily raisins of course). Almost get two waves of raisins, up front and in the middle. Maybe the adjunct and then the belgian yeast? Heavy dark bread malt. Earthy, lightly chalky in the finish with a bunch of charred oak and hints of toffee.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Lower carbonation. Fairly sweet.

O: One meaty quad. Lots of flavors in here. No real sign of the chili peppers unfortunately, no taste or heat. And really only very light on the cinnamon. Still, it's quite a nice, complex and heavy barrel-aged quad. Honestly, funnily enough I think I enjoy the aroma more than the flavor.

Dope, Aug 30, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

Flaherbear, Aug 30, 2014
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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
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