Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

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

Not Rated.
Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast

Educational use only; do not reuse.

69 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 69
Hads: 580
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 112
Gots: 200 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 69 | Hads: 580
Photo of mychalg9
1.88/5  rDev -56.2%
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 Brent619
2.89/5  rDev -32.6%
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 scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
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 TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

 2,914 characters

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
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 timc100
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

 310 characters

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. This one is in the middle low part of the series compared to the others.

No head to this beer, and no lacing, almost like a spirit when poured into the glass, and the mouthfeel sort of echos that as it is a little thin.

Lots of cinnamon and dark fruits in the smell, just a touch of the spirit. VERY spice forward, but it reminds me of a warm holiday pie dessert with some vanilla bean ice cream on it, which is inviting.

The taste is more subtle in flavor than the aroma suggested, but definitely very cinnamon heavy...a touch of borubon soaked malts, not really much of these flavors are in the quad realm of flavors but it's still relatively tasty.

Feel is thin, but not boozy and low carbonation. Pretty good, overly cinnamon and needs more body.

 867 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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 -9.3%
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 CommanderOfAwesome
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pretty much swore off LA beers due to carb and cost quality. I somehow got sucked into this beer, like guy going back to a gal that doesn't appreciate him but the allure of her in the sack clouds his judgement.

I cracked this and was shocked at the sound of the loud pop. I went with the LA beer bc I was sure the lack of carb would mean the beer would open quietly and not wake my GF who decided to turn in early for the evening. Welp, no such luck, so thanks a lot LA. You blew my cover. I will say though, first carbed BA lost abbey beer I have ever had. So well done, only took you 7 yrs to figure it out! Wonderfully carbed beer at that making this an appealing beer to look at.

Aroma was highlighted by the continuing bubbles from the beer. I'm still in shock at my first LA carbed beer. Holy shit, things that most breweries take for granted only took LA like forever to get the basics down. Incredible. Getting the boozy raisins, plums. About it.

Taste initially was a wonderful jam, thick and boozy. This goes away quickly and turns into a very nice albeit not that incredible jam the first sip or 2 were, great raisin with spice bourbon juice. The cinnamon adds a nice layer and for once, a beer with chilies that I don't hate.

Overall, solid beer and glad LA is in the 21st century. However, $18 for this beer? Excuse me while I LOL. LA track #8 for $18 or FSW 22oz Stickee Monkee for $14? Hmmm gee let me think. Better off going with the FSW.

 1,464 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with a cinnamon flavor that lingers on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

 609 characters

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Edit: Had this on draft for GABF weekend (2015) and it was insanely delicious. Like the best boozey cinnamon roll with a slight kick

 308 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

 1,251 characters

Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy black coffee, no head, syrupy appearance.

Burnt raspberries and other fruits, twinge of funk, light milk chocolate.

Burnt berries appears again in the taste, rich, burnt cornocopia, light chocolate and coffee. Sweetness.

Minimal carbonation, ABV done well, smooth mouthfeel.

Good. Yum. A la Van.

 305 characters

Photo of bondra76
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Like the beer - I thought the raisin was a little too much. The bourbon flavor is definitely there and a smooth compliment to the rest of the flavors.

 150 characters

Photo of ljjpowers
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

 295 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

 520 characters

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

 1,196 characters

Photo of yankeepride
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

Side by side with Judgment Day.

The beer is a similar color to the base beer, with more head and longer retention. That's what she said! The aroma brings cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg, oak, booze. The flavor is quite nice, and a noticeable improvement over the base beer. Well balanced and silky smooth on the palate. Lingering malt with a bouquet of spices. Tasty beer.

 400 characters

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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 starrdogg
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. Smell is really nice, a great mix of vanilla from the bourbon, cinnamon and sweetness - a bit like a cookie. Flavor is heavily cinnamon up front and finishes a little sweet and chocolatey. I'm not getting much from the chiles here, disappointingly. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is a tasty, very creative beer. I wish it was a little more chile-forward, but I can't complain - well done and tasty.

 474 characters

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Rollzroyce21
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 2013 vintage
- 375mL bottle poured into Anchorage Teku on 6-Jun-14

Uncorked with a loud pop. I had to look at the bottle again to make sure it was a Lost Abbey brew. Nice head retention too, which I wouldn't have expected for a brew aged in barrels already.

Aromas of sweet figs and booze. A lot of booze that I believe is preventing the other aromas to come through. Unfortunate, I hope that the taste doesn't follow suit.

Oooh.. that's quite nice! I want to say that this is a true Bourbon barrel quad (as opposed to Stickee Monkey, but that's a different story), where I get everything expected out of both a Belgian quad and an ale aged in Bourbon barrels. The cinnamon is a nice character as well. I get some heat from the chiles, but not much in terms of flavor.

The only thing I would've preferred without is the sprite carbonation, which prevents the smooth body to take over. How ironic. The booze is there in the finish, but as others have mentioned, it shouldn't deter anyone to uncork a bottle now.

One of the more interesting quads I've had. I'd like to see how this one ages. Too bad it's got the LA price tag.

EDIT: My glass warmed up to just below room temp and man... what a difference! The carbo's gone and the mouthfeel is great. The flavors are shining and gelling more. I'm enjoying the heat in the finish. Whether it's from the chile peppers or the alcohol, I don't know. I pulled it out of my cellar that's kept at around 50 degrees. I recommend drinking this @ 60 degrees or higher. Solid brew.

 1,528 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Todd for enabling my chile beer addiction.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar and no lacing. Dark raisin-brown body.

S - Loads of cinnamon here, with some spicy Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruits, raisins, icing sugar malts, and only faint chiles.

T - The taste is quite similar, with bready and lightly phenolic Belgian yeast notes, mild cocoa, light candi sugar, raisins, anise, and less present cinnamon. Again, the chiles are a bit understated. There's an unexpected spruce character in the finish that makes this evocative of Christmas cakes. A bit of alcohol warmth as well, but nothing excessive - bourbon is surprisingly dialed down here.

M - Smooth, medium body that seems a bit lighter than the listed 13.7%. Dry and tannic, with minimal alcohol heat to it.

D - Surprisingly good - I was expecting a mess with all the listed adjuncts but this turned out quite nicely. Could perhaps a bit more chile heat, but otherwise things are in balance and integrate well. Very much like a cinnamon-dusted and glazed oatmeal raisin cookie.

 1,067 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.