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

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BA SCORE
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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 74
Gots: 106 | FT: 19
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: MasterSki on 08-16-2012)
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4.49/5  rDev +3%

tbone1384, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of jhawkvol
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%

jhawkvol, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

largadeer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Mike
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Mike, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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 prunes. Or perhaps bourbon with an oatmeal raisin cookie better describes it.

Taste – Bourbon, chili, oatmeal raisin cookie, with a hint of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – Very nicely carbonated and smooth. No bad aftertaste, thought the chili lingers for a few seconds.

Drinkability – A nice quadrupel. A little different with the raisin/bourbon, but it works.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of earljones199
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

earljones199, Oct 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Btip1969, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission and a two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by dark fruit and bourbon, with dark sweet caramel malt and slight spicing. Flavor is dark sweet malt, dark dried fruit, bourbon, light oak and just the right light touch of chili pepper. Chile and cinnamon become more evident in the rich finish, but do not dominate. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. An incredibly well balanced and integrated dark strong ale that doesn’t seem to me to have much quad character, leaning to the dark malt strong ale family. But who's arguing? This is a rich, smooth dark ale with delicious, well melded flavors. Probably my favorite Lost Abbey to date. Alcohol is dangerously well covered, I wanted to drink this like a liquid dessert. I really liked the interplay of the chili with the other flavors.

LiquidAmber, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of TK5150
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Pours a dense brown with a small beige head that sticks around. Sprtizy carbonation and great lacing on the glass.

S- Caramel and raisin aromas dominate the nose.

T- Big and sweet. Lots of caramel, raisins, molasses and sugary sweetness. Barrel presence (while there, is not intense) enhances the caramel flavor. A slight sense of heat and spice on the finish (possibly a combination of the barrel, cinnamon and chile). Very tasty stuff.

M- Full bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

O- Great; a very enjoyable sipper.

TK5150, Sep 25, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Svyturys30, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with a fizzy tan head that dissapears instantly.

Smell gas notes of rich sweet molasses like malt forward with some hints of stone fruit, mainly plum. Finishes with hints of toffee aromas.

Taste is where this has great complexity. Malt is forward with flavors of toffee, molasses and caramel. Sweet raisen balances nicely with a oaky bourbon presence in the mid section. Finishes with very faint hints of spicy phenols, mainly cinnamon and clove.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body however intense carbonation cut through the thickness leaving it feeling light. Finishes with an encompassing numbing alcohol.

Fcolle2, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DovaliHops, Jul 07, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very quick head. Light brown. Has a nice bubble from inside a pitch black beer. Very dark. A little redness to it.

S: has almost a combination of a bourbon and a red wine barrel smell. Almost smells a little like Cherrys. Actually originally rated 4.25 but changed it to 4.75 because it smells fantastic.

T: very boozy forward, then sweet plum hits you. Finish has a lot of bourbon. But the taste, not the bite.

F: has a lot of burn at first but smooths out a lot after 1/2 a second or so. Similar to the head.

O: a decent brew. I saw it and saw bourbon aged and had to try it, even at $17. It is a little pricey for the product but it is a good experience. MAYBE get one more to let it age. Might mellow on the front a bit. But the smell is the best part in my opinion.

Mightykingmalard, Oct 10, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%

xedous, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of More_betterness
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black stout-like body. Two finger khaki head recedes to one finger after half a minute and stays there due to persistent streams of carbonation up the glass.

S: Potent sweet caramel and baking spices initially, follow by hints of vanilla and cola. Vegetal spiciness closes things out.

T: Bourbon soaked dark cherry, spicy cinnamon, and vanilla. Raisin notes. Minor chile heat becomes noticeable about halfway through the bottle.

M: Medium bodies and highly carbonated. Lingering tannic finish carries flavors long after each sip.

O: Well balanced and composed brew. No trace of booze for the ABV. Glad they re-released this one.

More_betterness, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Bung, Oct 08, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

wethorseblanket, Sep 30, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

straightlambic, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a goblet

The dark chestnut brown liquid was topped by a short-lived, one-finger tall, khaki colored head. No lacing whatsoever. The crackling crown quickly faded to a thin, lasting film and eventually transitioned into a clingy ring.

The aroma was solid but somewhat muted. Dark fruits were noticeable, along with generic spice notes. Malty and rich. There was a rummy quality as well that reminded me of rum raisin ice cream. As the beer warmed, a touch of powdered cocoa also came forward. Moderately tart, red wine-like notes appeared as well. Slightly woody.

On the palate, the beer was much punchier. A rich, caramel malt base was accented by strong raisins and plum notes. Lots of dark candy sugar flavor. Perhaps some brown sugar too. Touch of cola. Somewhat spicy, yet I did not pick out the cinnamon per se. A moderately boozy, rummy alcohol kick came through on the finish. The chili notes might have also been present in the finish, but they were definitely lost in the booziness. Despite its alcohol prowess, this beer still drank remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was really impressive. Super frothy and fluffy. The liquid contained an ultra fine, zippy effervescence. Although the beer was rather light on the palate, it was still rich and silky smooth. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Track #8 is a solid offering from The Lost Abbey, but it definitely was not worth $18 a bottle. Although the flavor profile was interesting and well melded, I would have preferred something a bit more exciting, along with a more flavor from the adjuncts.

Damian, Sep 18, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 21, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Oakhtar, Oct 31, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

funkel81, Aug 31, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 02, 2014
Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
97 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.