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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 542
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 116
Gots: 190 | 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 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 LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of TK5150
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%

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. (535 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,125 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 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 Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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. (1,694 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Tasting 9/9/14

This is a deep ruby red-brown color, translucent due to the color but showing a reasonably full body without haze. The head is an off-white cap of foam between half a finger and one finger tall. It keeps up well, depositing pretty strong patching as it falls.
Fruit shows first on the nose, dark fruit and lots of it. Strong notes of raisin, purple grape and maybe fig fill out main body of the aroma all the way through. Underneath is a bit of sweet spicing, some heat (more ethanol than pepper) and maybe a woody sort of dryness behind all the sweetness keeping it checked.
The flavor is sweeter, and the main aspect of it seems to be tons of brown sugar. There's still a bit of spicing to it, and in the middle there's a lightly sour note to the dark fruits. I'd like to be able to pick out a little more chili heat, but there's not too much to pull out. The sweetness is balanced by thicker, heavier sort of barley-like malts. Overall, the sweetness, spiciness, fruits and heat work together very well, and balance is fantastic with nothing overdone. I'd like a few of the main aspects to show a bit more strongly, but it does straddle the highest level.
The body is medium-full, not too thick or sticky and not thinning out as the alcohol works through. It has a dryness pulling into the middle with a crisp bite but still some smoothness even as a gentle sting tingles. (1,401 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev 0%

12.7oz caged and corked bottle, courtesy of the good doktorzee. How retarded is this, having to 'submit' a rating, before I even crack this open? Whatever - back to the matter at hand - I like the inferred satanic nature here - and I don't see 'Number of the Beast' written anywhere on the label.

This beer pours a dark, murky russet brown colour, with a teeming tower of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of musty, boozy Bourbon, dried black fruit - so, prunes, raisins, and figs, mostly - gritty, bready caramel malt, an indistinct warming spiciness, and a further earthy, dusty essence. The taste is more sugary Bourbon up front - caramel, vanilla, alcohol heat, and a mild grainy spiciness - followed closely by a muddled and equally sweet dark fruitiness, dead yeast, ethereal chile pepper notes, and a sort of metallic edginess, which I'm going to attribute to the cinnamon, whose attendant savouriness probably just got lost in the morass.

The carbonation is quite active and anywhere from fizzy to frothy on my upper palate at the given moment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the sugary nature not really facing any sort of non-alcoholic (ha!) interference as such. It finishes on the sweet side, still, the barrel hooch, caramel malt, and fruity adjunct ruling the roost.

A pleasant enough rendering of a besotted wood-kissed Quad - the sweetness is somehow tempered, the booze even more so, such that any initial trepidation is gone by sip three or four. Neat trick, that. I'm not sure that the raisins, cinnamon, or chiles really have much blatant effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity. (1,837 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,174 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 Rollzroyce21
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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 starrdogg
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 Dope
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

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 Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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 -5.9%
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 -5.9%

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)

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