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

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 579
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 113
Gots: 200 | FT: 33
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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 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 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 DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lucky to snag two of these at Whole Foods in Pasadena this weekend. Couldn't wait to pop one open. Surprisingly loud, carbonation pop when the cork came out. Very unlike most LA bottles. Pours a dark brownish-purple color with a medium, light-tan head. Looks highly carbonated to me. Scent is packed with dark fruits, mostly raisins. Lots of bourbon and hints of cinnamon. The cinnamon is HUGE in the aroma as the beer warms up a bit. Hints of lacto, but that could just be my nose playing tricks on me.Taste is much like the label and description... cinnamon oat meal cookies suits this beer well. There is a tickling zing from the chilies that dances around the tongue and throat for a bit. A ton of raisin and cinnamon. Subtle bourbon, but very tasty. Drinkability is fairly high for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is tad bit over-carbonated in my opinion (shocking, I know). I know quads are usually highly carbonated, but this beast could do with a tad less. Overall, this i a highly enjoyable beer that I am happy to have gotten the opportunity to try. I'm glad I have another bottle to see how this one develops with time.

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

a big rich delicious beer, that uses its special ingredients well. i get a lot of the raisin in this, and of course the cinnamon. often spiced beers dont make sense to me, or are overdone or dont have the body to uphold the big flavors. not the case with the gem, which i guess has been brewed for a second time now, since the box was ages ago. glad they did, big dark brown but pale stout looking brew with a frothing tan head. it smells like smoke and cinnamon, dried fruit (raisins no doubt) and a whole bunch of barrel. its complex, but each element makes a flash in the taste, with none being lost, and none dominating, great balance of difficult ingredients. chili is there in flavor, rich and earthy, smokey, and warming without ever getting hot on the palate. bourbon balances it brilliantly, and is rather intense. a good bottle to share, especially with this abv, it gets real hot as it warms. thick and creamy feeling through, never a drag. i am really impressed overall with the depth of flavors in this beer, and with the use of ingredients that dont always work well in beer, let alone together. top tier stuff. i hope we get to see the other tracks again too.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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