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

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

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.

Added by MasterSki on 08-16-2012

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Photo of jeonseh
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Dark, nice tan head that dissipated fairly quick, tiny bubbles streaming up the glass, very nice looking beer.

A: Cinnamon, chiles, slight bourbon aroma, slight alcohol on the finish, getting a slight raisin aroma, very nice aroma.

T: Get a big hit of cinnamon, spice, raisins, Belgian yeast flavors, very complex, alcohol on the finish, delicious.

M: Medium mouthfeel, has that bready Belgian quad mouthfeel.

O: World-class, reminds of Rochefort 8 with cinnamon, spice, raisins added, didn't get a whole lot of bourbon, but a really complex beer, very delicious, worth $15

Cellar check: aged this one for a year, still has tons of flavor, cinnamon, spice, yeast, dark fruits, hint of bourbon in the aftertaste, still a little hot from the alcohol, but very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2-18-16 - On tap at Monk's in Philly. Served in a tulip glass with a nice frothy head. Somewhat creamy feel and spectacular aromas. Bourbony and a bit sweet. A great quad, so I had a couple. Met some great folks from Tampa, Hershey, and Philly.

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Photo of largadeer
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 jcruelty
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The square root of 443,556 is 666. In case you were wondering :)

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
UPDATE upon trying it a 2nd time: this is a really good beer! it's not just the beer talking.

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Photo of metter98
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color. It poured with a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla from the bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of vanilla and notes of bourbon (but less of the cinnamon). There are slight hints of chili peppers.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has some warmth from the bourbon and chili.
O: This beer is extremely complex and has lots of interesting aromas and flavors. IT is incredibly drinkable for a beer that is 13.7% abv. Compared to other quads, it's not as fruity and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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 an oatmeal raisin cookie.

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

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

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

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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 Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, raisins and oatmeal. Basically like drinking booze in s bakery. Taste follows the nose, with some heat and cinnamon.

Wonderful

What did I see,
Can I believe..

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the recent 13th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest at Avery in Colorado. I'd say this was my favorite of the entire beer fest. It has a ton of complexity and really stood out among a lot of awesome heavy hitters. I'm also a big fan of Judgement day and was happy that they did this version of the beer.

L: dark, dark brown, very little carbonation, leaves a slight lingering tan lace to the glass

S: Booze up front, some spice, belgian and malty esters. A bit of heat, assuming that is from the peppers.

T: Awesome and complex! More booze up front, could start your car with this stuff. Malty sweetness, but dry enough to expertly balance the beer. Some dark fruit and plum character. Slight roast. Peppers on the back end, really did not expect that and it adds a ton to the taste and experience.

F: Medium to heavy body, lightly carbonated, silky going down

O: Overall a great offering and one they should bring back year round. Loved it and would easily pay for this anytime. Would love to set some aside for a few years.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz corked and caged poured into snifter

A: nice about inch head loose bubbles settles to about a quarter inch head. Almost a brown/black brackish in color.

S: right on the cusp almost a toothpaste smell, then it starts to clarify into cinnamon and some light bourbon lots of cinnamon

T: Lots of deep cinnamon roll taste with a little bit of that doughy cinnamon taste then maybe hints of toffee and vanilla but the cinnamon is huge I can get a little raisin mixed in with the cinnamon on the finish

M: the mouth on it is very carbonated more so then I would have thought on a BB beer makes the beer very tingly and feel full on the palate and its got a little bit of a dryness on the very.

O: This is a tasty beer the cinnamon is huge but it seems to work with this beer I don't know if its the bourbon that makes it not over powering or what. The bourbon is well hidden. Unfortunately, I cant taste any chili peppers but it does have a little bit of heat on the end very slight. Could be what contributes to the tingly mouth feel.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Perhaps the last bottle I dragged home from my September work trip to CA, found dusty & abandoned in an outta-the-way store. 375ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is in the ninetieth percentile of dark, and has a pleasantly low amount of carbonation (woo-hoo for bubbles!). I believe my nose has taken the night off, because it’s smelling weak to me, but my wife thinks I’m nuts. Burying myself in the glass, I get only faint whiffs of vanilla, bourbon, & black licorice.

Lost Track #8 – Number of the Beast is like a tasting cornucopia: wow. The Wal-Mart greeter is big bourbon notes, backed up by black licorice & vanilla. Mid-palate is the balance of the ingredient list: the cinnamon & chiles emerge as the beer warms up. There some caramel & sugared sweetness in there too, & the alcohol gives me a liver-punch about half way through. Belly: warmed. The finish is a gorgeous integration of the flavors, with the chile & bourbon clasping hands to take one more bow. Half a 375? I could have taken a bomber of this with joy in my heart; slick, hot, tasty.

I still can’t justify the $17.99 price tag, but damn, this brew tried hard. The tastes are integrated closer than the sax riffs in a Morphine jag. Excellent beer & damn close to elite.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of TK5150
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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

Appearance- The quad was brownish black with little visible carbonation.

Smell - Syrupy chocolate makes an impression with some spice.

Taste - The quad's base makes me think of chocolate covered bananas. Their is a level of spice from cinnamon and peppers. Raisins, leather, and a hint of bourbon are also present. In the aftertaste, I noted rich fudge with slight heat lingering.

Mouthfeel - This is a nice sticky sweet quad that clings to the roof of the mouth.

Overall - I would like move heat and bourbon, but this is still delightful.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.34/5  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.

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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 More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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