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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 635
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 23.2%
Wants: 120
Gots: 216 | FT: 31
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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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 Klourie
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Olde Hickory snifter, growler from Ale Yeah in Roswell, GA.
Color a really dark brown with zero head.
Nose is definitely a huge amount of raisins, figs, a little cinnamon, bourbon, and oatmeal cookies
The taste is fantastic, smooth bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and a little head from the chilies.
Mouth feel is really smooth, very well-balanced, very little carb, just perfect.
This beer as it warms up is amazing, one of the best BA quads I've had in awhile and in the group of the best ones I've ever had.

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Photo of macktbone
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thankfully this has great clarity or else it would be a bit murky.
Color is a nice red-brown
Awesome cinnamon banana bread peppermint aroma.
Taste is is along scotch Wisky for me rather than bourbon but it's still awesome.
Lots of caramel, raisin, dark fruits, lots of currant on the deep back end.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the Quad style!!

Great specialty brew shared in tasters to spread the love.

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Photo of smanson56
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark brown color into my snifter glass. Lots of wonderful aroma in the nose, cinnamon, raisin, and of course the wonderful bourbon smell. The taste follows the nose with raisin, cinnamon, the chiles each blending nicely with the bourbon in the taste. The mouth feel is smooth and not overly carbonated.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. This might be my first phenomenal drink ever. This dark red/brown beer hits you like a ton of bricks with a thick mouthfeel and a sharp pepper and spice taste, and relaxes into a caramel and coffee sweetness that lightens up until the smoky finish is over!! HOLY SHIT! this beer smells like saltwater taffy and cinnamon. I could drink this all day long! I wish I had some pumpernickel toast and sweet butter to eat with it. Great drink.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours: brown black, a little head that dies down quickly
Nose: raisin bread, cinnamon. yeasty, sweet. powerful. coconut?
Tastes: pretty good. bitter aftertaste? is it heat from the chilis?

Maybe it's the beer talking but this beer is pretty good

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Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous milk chocolate color with no head. Dark fruit, booze, chili, cinnamon aroma. Flavor of dense sweet raisins and prunes. Hint of cinnamon. Smooth bourbon. Very well balanced. Dense, syrupy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All-around stellar beer.

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Photo of john0721
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Served at 55 degrees.

Black, off white head which mostly diminishes.

Nose had Cinnamon and cookie, which carried into the flavor. Raisin and chili peppers also in the flavor. The cinnamon and chili remain in the finish.

Initially it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with raisins. It improved as it warmed, with the raisin and the chili becoming more pronounced. The chili added just touch of flavor and warmth, which complements the other flavors.

The price point is a bit high on this one. But I did enjoy it and would buy it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/15 notes. 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a murky, medium brown color with high carbonation evident and two inches of dark tan head. Lots of cinnamon, light slice in the taste, some chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, raisins, figs, and dark fruits. Bourbon is super light. Peppers are definitely noticeable in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall too much cinnamon and raisins for me, and too little bourbon...good but reminds me very much of the normal Judgment Day because of the overwhelming amount of raisin. Cool to try but probably wouldn't seek it out often.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as an extra in a trade,what a treat!smell is amazing,sweet dark fruit and bourbon but somehow the aroma of toasted coconut is prevalent , taste is just as good, again dark fruits with toasted coconut flavour, subtle cinnamon and heat from the chiles,sweet finish with a woody bourbon twang and surprising carbonation...this is the type of beer I love, a sweet barrel aged quad, this is right up there with Stickee Monkee as the best in its class.

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Photo of svenness
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle

L: Very dark, little carbonation, head faded quickly
S: The cinnamon and raisin are pleasant. Some alcohol heat.
T: Low alcohol taste, a nice amount of heat from the peppers, not bitter
F: Thin with some sweetness, low carbonation
O: Interesting beer. Easy to drink given the abv and adjuncts.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Original batch/bottling 375ml into a matching lost abbey teku. Big thanks to BA AnotherJoe for hooking me up with a couple of these track bottlings years ago. The cork is a bugger to get out. The brew pours nearly black in color with a slight khaki head. Some brown clarity is seen around the edges.

Smells of bourbon and slight metallic tin character. Oats, raison and earthy pepper breath out the glass. As I smell this more, vanilla and caramel come out.

Tastes bourbon upfront, boozy and warming with some raisony alcohol added. The barrel character is present with wood, caramel, vanilla and earth. The aftertaste is warming with both alcohol and peppery spice. All the while, there is an oat-like sweetness that really drives the feeling of oatmeal cookies.

This is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is a boozy sipper with a very unique combination of flavors that collectively make for a very familiar feeling flavor profile. This is a great, decadent beer. Its a shame they cost so much because if they were cheaper id drink them on the reg.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Cork and Craft side by side with Track 10. Rich dark and decadent. A great old ale quad that has some dark fruit raisney background flavors that merge with strains of figs, cinnamon stack and biscuit. Another complex beer bomb from LA. Would love to have a few of these laying down for a few years.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark sludgy Belgium beer with a thin head. Classic Belgium flavors, grape, raspberry, fig with a light tingling of warmth and dryness on the finish and fresh belle peppers, chillies done right.

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Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly light for the size of the beer. Tastes like bread pudding with extra bourbon sauce. Cinnamon, caramelized sugars, rum soaked raisins. Smooth bourbon finish with a touch of heat from the chilies. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of kristinc
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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 Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 ljjpowers
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid brew from Port. The cinnamon and dark fruits create a unique bouquet. This was quite enjoyable, but the chile (rather than amplifying) tended to mute some of the sweeter / more savory flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, plum, bourbon, etc. Not enough booze coming from the bourbon barrel.

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Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great brew. Pours opaque brown with espresso head which nicely clings to the glass. Smells like oats, brown sugar, raisins and bourbon. Taste follows the nose, bourbon up front followed by a kick of cinnamon with a dark sugary sweetness and a nice dry alcohol finish. Mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. A little thin for a 13% beer. Carbonation a little over stated. Overall exactly hits what they where going for. Reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies infused with bourbon.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of HopSavant
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of TruePerception
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Bobloblawlawblog11
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of yankeepride
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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