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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
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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 99
Gots: 148 | FT: 23
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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:
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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 ehammond1
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Lost Abbey Track Set Dinner with Tomme Arthur
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark, murky brown, nearly black in color, though not truly, with moderate dark brown foam. Leaves the glass oily. Thick and substantial in the glass.

As advertised. This one delivers. A wonderful concoction: warm, fresh baked goods (oatmeal raisin cookie/zucchini bread), with vanilla and biting bourbon, distinct chile character, and dark fruits. Fantastic aroma.

The flavor is just as successful with all the individual ingredients making their presence known in distinct, discernible, delicious ways. Oatmeal raisin cookie, earthy and warming chile character, coconut notes. Fantastic. Well integrated.

Full in body with low carbonation. Decadent.

An outstanding achievement. Curious to see how this one ages, but it's so delicious hanging on to it would prove to be a challenge.

Photo of jeonseh
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by nasty31 @ NWI Bottle Share

A - Raisin brown with a hazy body

S - Raisin, brown sugar, light cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper spice that makes a nice nose

T - Nice raisins, good cinnamon and pepper spice. There is a good malt base in this as well that gives it a nice sweetness. Cinnamon and slight spice remains on the finish. Really a nice and complex beer that brings together a multitude of flavors very well

M - Light and slightly watery. Has a slight warming presence from the peppers and cinnamon. The finish has a light spice and oak that leaves a tingling on the tongue

O - Overall, a really solid beer that blends together a variety of flavors really well. This good blend of flavor that lets everything shine without overpowering anything else is what makes the best tracks standout

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of timc100
3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not very aromatic - a little cinnamon, dark fruits, light barrel. Taste is fairly dry - some richer fruits, nice marriage of cinnamon and chile with a very slight warming sensation. Do not get much rich bourbon booze or any booze at all off of this.

Enjoyable barrel aged beer, but leaves much to be desired.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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 McMatt7
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Great

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Brown with a few bubbles. Just a thin white collar.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, a ton of caramel. Smells like it's going to be sweet. Cinnamon is strong.

Taste - Yeah, it's sweet. A ton of caramel and cinnamon. Barrel lends a nice bit of bourbon and oak. Spicy bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Very sweet for a quad, if that's what we're calling it.

Overall - It's too sweet for a quad, but the flavors otherwise blend quite well.

Photo of Jjski
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights
Smells of vanilla cinnamon raisin bread with presently smooth bourbon. Dark cherries
Taste same. Lots of raisins and bourbon. Sounds odd but tastes splendid
Feels a little too fizzy, so I stirred my a few times to reduce carbonation.
Epic, experimental, extreme, and enjoyable

Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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 -0.2%
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.

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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 LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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 largadeer
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown body with light carbonation. The nose is remarkably close to an oatmeal raisin cookie, just with chili heat and big bourbon overtones. The palate shows an awesome balance of chili, cinnamon, raisin and bourbon. Sweet with a medium-full body. Has a hint of dark fruit tartness in the finish. Delicious, I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of stumac
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Scored this on my Cali trip. And the square root of 443,556 is 666. Some believe that to be the Mark of the Beast. Some believe the mark to be 616. Google it...

Pours up ruby brown, faded dark khaki head, no lacing, lots of little yeasties floatin around. Nose is bourbon, raisins, alky heat. Tastes of red wine, concord grapes, chocolate malts, a hint of cinnamon, faint pepper rind, a little pepper spice in the finish (these guys aren't from Texas so of coarse they don't specify which pepper they used), oak, watered down bourbon, booze heat. Full bodied, very active carbo (soda-ish), slightly sticky mouthfeel. Im a fan.

You know, I was en route to this brewery and we stopped at Stone Brewery along the way... and that's where our night became lights out. Got pretty hammered at Stone, didn't make it to the Abbey. Buuut, there will be a next time. Soon. We have family out there in San Diego and LA.

Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black stout-like body. Two finger khaki head recedes to one finger after half a minute and stays there due to persistent streams of carbonation up the glass.

S: Potent sweet caramel and baking spices initially, follow by hints of vanilla and cola. Vegetal spiciness closes things out.

T: Bourbon soaked dark cherry, spicy cinnamon, and vanilla. Raisin notes. Minor chile heat becomes noticeable about halfway through the bottle.

M: Medium bodies and highly carbonated. Lingering tannic finish carries flavors long after each sip.

O: Well balanced and composed brew. No trace of booze for the ABV. Glad they re-released this one.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -8%

Bottle from Whole Paycheck, Devon, PA.

The cork came out with an unexpected bang. Poured into a snifter, a dark brown color, with a full three fingers of frothy tan head. This is a Lost Abbey beer? I feared infection at first, but fortunately that was not the case. Just uncharacteristically overcarbonated. Once the head dwindled down to a manageable level, there was an aroma of fruitcake and brown sugar, very mild bourbon notes. In the taste, roasty malts and dry toasted bread, raisin, mid-palate bringing in more dark fruits, yeast, hints of vanilla and fairly tamed bourbon. As the beer warmed, I got more of the "oatmeal raisin cookie" sensation on the finish, but it wasn't like drinking a liquid cookie, as some other people have noted. Cinnamon was also very subtle, and there was only a slight chili burn in there and again only when the beer had warmed. There was a lot going on in this brew, and with a recipe like this, the potential for a huge mess is high, but everything here was in pretty good balance, with no one characteristic really fully taking dominance. Medium-full body, a little overcarbonated, but a few swirls took care of that. Overall a good beer. I wouldn't buy a case of it, but I'd definitely like to have it again.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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 TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pop the cork and cage, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It murks about the glass, holding onto a dense chocolate sienna coloring. It puts up a brief half finger tall head of tight mocha colored bubbles that quickly spread into a creamy, ephemeral film across the top of the beer. Lacing is intermittent, like small islands that are too far away from each other to swim between. A thick haze is present, but no sediment is otherwise found. Carbonation appears to be quite active. The first thing noticeable about the nose is an undeniable mint aroma that brings an early winter’s frost to the nares. This flows above warm and buttery oatmeal raisin cookies, melted milk chocolate, heavy creamer, boozy bourbon woodiness, rice vinegar, caramel and deeply roasted English brown malts, black pepper, cinnamon, and gingerbread spiciness, green grapes, soured unsweetened almond butter, nickel, and phenolic plastics. The taste gives harsh vodka and bourbon booziness, soy sauce saltiness, thickly sweet and sugary raisins and black cherries, fig jam, dusty raw cocoa nibs, light mint leaf freshness, mole chocolate sauce metallics and bitterness, soured oak, aluminum, harsh chemical phenols, chocolate, caramel, and soured brown malts, and cloying candy apple sweetness. The body is full and rather chewy, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice froth and cream to the lip, but preceding slurp and smack are both slightly less present. Glug and pop are really muted, but this isn’t that type of beer. The mouth, like the lips, is coated with a sheen of sugary syrupiness, with no real dryness or tightness of puck or astringency creeping up anytime soon. The abv is big, and this, among other things, limits drinkability.

Overall, this is one of the most intriguing-sounding beers we’ve come across in a while. There is nothing on that list of featured ingredients that we aren’t down for. From the first whiff we knew this was going to be an interesting one. Holy mint!! Was there even mint added her?! Don’t think so. Right when you pour it you are met by this intense, fresh mint leafiness. Think mint schnapps, mint. Wow. This is likely a manifestation of the cinnamon and the high alcohol content, but the likeness is uncanny. The tastes comes out much, much more like you’d expect. The only thing missing was the chilies. I can’t tell if we’re thinking they’re there way on the back, or if it’s just the tacos we had earlier. Perhaps they are what’s giving the chocolate maltiness a rich mole flavoring. Either way, the taste is a mix between cloying sugary sweetness and intense, fusel alcohol. The flavors are mostly there, as we said, but lost a bit to this struggle. Even the malts are lost, and that’s the beer’s biggest detriment. This is a decent Quad, as a base, but it does seem to have a bit too much going on.

Photo of mychalg9
1.88/5  rDev -56.8%
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 Damian
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.