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

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 562
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 3.53%
Wants: 113
Gots: 198 | 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 DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, better than the bottled version. Very drinkable for such a massive brew, nice spices and chocolate aroma. The spice is not too heavy. But a Quad? This is something completely different. (232 characters)

Photo of HopSavant
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A drunkard's oatmeal raisin cookie...

Look: Murky, watery brown--not a pretty looking beer by any means. This is forgivable; I can cloak it in a brown paper bag.

Smell: Somewhat muted at first. Really opens up while it warms with cinnamon and very slight maple.

Taste: Bursting with raisin, brown sugar, and cinnamon flavors with a touch of sweetness from the barrel. Some barrel qualities outshined by the adjuncts, but the balance is superb. Finishes with a pleasant burst of chile in the throat, which really keeps your taste buds reeling . A very tasty brew: complex and balanced.

Feel: Probably the most lackluster quality: moderately thin and carby.

Overall: I certainly would not guess this was a Quad if I was interrogated about the style--I would have put my money on it being a Strong Ale of sorts. But this is an excellently balanced brew with a lot of flavors popping out to keep you interested the whole way. Even with its most redeeming qualities, however, sharing one of the 375ml bottles two-ways is plenty.

Vintage 2015 (1,047 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lost Abbey's Track #8, ale brewed with raisins, aged in Bourbon barrels with cinnamon and chilies. 13.7% ABV.

A: About a finger and a half of tan head; slightly lopsided at the start. Black in the glass. Brown in the dimple. Some sediment throughout. Pretty solid sheeting. Decent lacing.

S: Creamy Mexican hot chocolate with a noticeable bit of cinnamon. Bourbon toffee. Slight pepper waxiness. Just a touch of pepper spice.

T/MF: Mmm. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of sweet char and dark toffee. A touch of powdered cocoa on the tip of the tongue. A bit of raisin, seed, and stem on the back. A slight alcohol burn in the throat on the swallow, but nothing overmuch. Mexican hot chocolate coming out more as it warms. As is the waxy character of the peppers.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (824 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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. . (314 characters)

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown/blackish in color. Small head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet and bourbony with hints of cinimon. Tastes similar to smell, lots of cinnimon, not as sticky sweet as expected. lots of carbonation in mouthfeel. Overall very tasty beer. (247 characters)

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smells sweet with traces of cinnamon.

First tastes of chocolate and fruit which quickly gives way to the cinnamon and coffee bite. The chili hides a bit but darts in and out, and leaves a bit of heat on the back of the tongue.

A fun drink! (305 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Didn't really get any heat, but the cinnamon pops out of this one. Not a super viscous quad by any stretch, but enough body to hold up under the heavy weight of such a strong flavor addition. Bourbon flavor was present, but not overpowering. Nicely balanced mix of flavors, but was a bit disappointed to not get any pepper, even mildly. (336 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz corked and caged poured into snifter

A: nice about inch head loose bubbles settles to about a quarter inch head. Almost a brown/black brackish in color.

S: right on the cusp almost a toothpaste smell, then it starts to clarify into cinnamon and some light bourbon lots of cinnamon

T: Lots of deep cinnamon roll taste with a little bit of that doughy cinnamon taste then maybe hints of toffee and vanilla but the cinnamon is huge I can get a little raisin mixed in with the cinnamon on the finish

M: the mouth on it is very carbonated more so then I would have thought on a BB beer makes the beer very tingly and feel full on the palate and its got a little bit of a dryness on the very.

O: This is a tasty beer the cinnamon is huge but it seems to work with this beer I don't know if its the bourbon that makes it not over powering or what. The bourbon is well hidden. Unfortunately, I cant taste any chili peppers but it does have a little bit of heat on the end very slight. Could be what contributes to the tingly mouth feel. (1,042 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Brent619
2.89/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very sweet. Raisins are over powering. Chilies don't go with the raisin flavor. Alcohol is too strong. I love angel share and the bourbon barrel aged version but not this one. (175 characters)

Photo of BWood
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (310 characters)

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (598 characters)

Photo of mychalg9
1.88/5  rDev -55.8%
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. (163 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -12%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (629 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (608 characters)

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.