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

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 580
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 113
Gots: 200 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of winningwes91
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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. Pours a dark, murky brown color. Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a slight pepper quality in the background. Taste is exactly that, and it's very intense! Wow. Just wow. My favorite LA beer, point blank, period.

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Photo of slackattack
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appears pitch black in the glass, but tinges of chocolate brown show around the edges when held up to light. Head is small and quick to make an exit. Nose is chocolate, bourbon barrel, maple, raisins. Taste is lots of chocolate, cinnamon, raisin, fig. Where's the alcohol! How is this 13%! Body is full, lots of carbonation initially, but mellows as it warms. Overall....a damn spectacular beer. An instant favorite, now to find more....as this beer warms it opens up like a fine wine...very nice.

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Photo of BWood
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: dark with slight light show through. Small carbonation coming from the center.

S: great bourbon with raisin on the back end.

T: amazing. Bourbon up front then comes the ale/raisin back with the chile bringing up the rear with some mid tongue bite. Boozy on the back end with the heat you would want from 13%.

F: all over the mouth. The spice and bourbon hit all over at different times. Smooth with a good bite.

O: amazing beer. With the added flavors this beer brings to the table it is hard to pass up. Price is steep ($16.99 for 375ml). But worth it. I recommend everyone to try this.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

A 12.7oz bottle picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy. This one went quickly..

A - Dark purple/black with no clarity. 1 finger of head and no lacing.

A - Raisons and Bourbon, like chocolate notes. Heaven!

T - Cinnamon and spices up front gets walloped like a wave with the Belgian quad and bourbon splash to your senses. HUGE flavor! Wow!

M - Medium bodied, smooth, oily, perfect

O - An incredible bourbon barrel aged Quad. Just perfect. Drink it if you can find it!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Dark clear ruby. Smattering of a head but at 13.7, no worries.
smell: A quad plus predictably mellow rich raisins and a hint of cinnamon. A really nice nose.
taste: Amazingly mellow. No hint of the 13+ ABV. Oatmeal Raison Cookies indeed with a slight spicy heat in the finish. Just delicious.

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Photo of kristinc
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really great use of cinnamon and chillies; subtle and well incorporated. big dried dark fruit and vanilla notes, nicely underscored by spices and rounded, earthy tannins. full, creamy mouthfeel. deceptively smooth considering the high ABV.

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Photo of stumac
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Immediately greeted by bourbon on the nose. Followed by big roasted malts, toffee, spices (assuming from the chiles), cinnamon, some oak and vanilla coming from the barrels. In the light, it appears a dark black with a brownish magenta foam rim and subtle alcohol legs. Taste is Immediate chile spice and cinnamon followed by big toffee, oak, raisins, nougat, molasses, candy sweetness, slick malt syrup and some faint barrel wood. Finish is residual chile spiciness which works well with the heat of the bourbon/alcohol content. Another home-run from lost abbey. Really rich and dark fruit forward beer. A+ rating.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has the 2014 vintage on tap at a Santa Clara valley beer week event.

The pour was small, but it was very dark in color, some light brown coming through the sides of the glass. It tasted of fresh, cinnamon, raisin cookies (if those are even a thing). Very light carbonation, very full mouthfeel, very enjoyable. .

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Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle at Lost Abbey in stemware at the Lost Abbey & Churchill's pre Stone Anniversary Brunch.

A: Near black with a finger of beige froth.

S: Smells like a bourbon soaked oatmeal raisin cookie initially. Very nice chili pepper notes with aromatic cinnamon. Vanilla is pronounced, with coconut (strong), oak, prune, and plum. Lots of chocolate. Killer aroma.

T: Big bourbon and caramel notes with vanilla, coconut, and oak. Dark fruit reminds me of prune and plum. The Bourbon Judgment day is great with the cinnamon and pepper, bringing to mind Mexican chocolate. The peppers provide a touch of spiciness.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and silky with alcohol warming and a bit of spiciness on the palate from the peppers.

Overall: Very good. Can't say I've had anything like this before. Another great addition to an excellent series. I'm interested to see what this turns into when the Box Set is released.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Jjski
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of ehammond1
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a 375ml corked bottle into a tulip snifter. Temp about 45*F.

A: pours thick and dark, dark brown. Head is a mix between medium and fine bubbles, medium, about one and a half fingers, and a medium khaki color. Dissipated quickly to slight lacing around the glass.
S: bourbon aromas are apparent, as are the raisins. Neither is overpowering, both are rich and inviting. Some alcohol warmth is noticed. Some fig, plum, and sweetness also.
T: strong malt, very little hop bitterness if any. Bourbon up front and in the middle with some sweetness and raisin, especially in the finish.
M: rich, full body with alcohol warmth throughout. High carbonation provides balance to the rich sweet malty flavors. Alcohol warmth again in the finish.
O: very nice beer with some complex malt flavors complimented by the raisin and bourbon additions. Could use some aging to reduce the heat of the high alcohol content. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must be some variability on bottles because the ratings are all over the place. I'll say my bottle was astounding. Poured with a big head that fizzed out to a little ring around the fringe. Plenty of carbonation though - a quick swirl is all it takes to reactivate the fizz. Aroma is coconut first, with a chili spice, some raisin and toffe, a touch of leather, oak and vanilla in the back. It's beautiful and one of the most coconut forward beers I've smelled. Flavor delivers. With some age this has become a coconut bomb. Some chil heat and fruitiness builds as you work your way through the bottle. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy. Absolutely brilliant stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of jeonseh
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.46/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a a very dark brown in color with pale brown highlights when held to the light with a thin khaki colored head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: bourbon barrel notes are noticeable on the first whiff with a bit of cinnamon spice, hints of the oatmeal cookie, signs of dark fruit, brown sugar, booze heat, very mild chile notes and subtle chocolate.

T: you definitely tell cuvee de tomme is the base beer but with more apparent dark fruit flavor, cinnamon spice is more pronounced on the palate alongside oatmeal cookie accents, a touch of brown sugar with a good boozy presence, mild chile burn and nice underlying chocolate notes; pretty complex.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bready, dark fruity, mild chile spice, cinnamon spice, boozy and silky finish.

O: definitely a very well done variation of the cuvee de tomme and was very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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