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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 639
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 23.2%
Wants: 123
Gots: 215 | FT: 31
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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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 DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, better than the bottled version. Very drinkable for such a massive brew, nice spices and chocolate aroma. The spice is not too heavy. But a Quad? This is something completely different.

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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 StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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 srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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 starrdogg
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Bobloblawlawblog11
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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 yankeepride
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly light for the size of the beer. Tastes like bread pudding with extra bourbon sauce. Cinnamon, caramelized sugars, rum soaked raisins. Smooth bourbon finish with a touch of heat from the chilies. Great dessert beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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 stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Original batch/bottling 375ml into a matching lost abbey teku. Big thanks to BA AnotherJoe for hooking me up with a couple of these track bottlings years ago. The cork is a bugger to get out. The brew pours nearly black in color with a slight khaki head. Some brown clarity is seen around the edges.

Smells of bourbon and slight metallic tin character. Oats, raison and earthy pepper breath out the glass. As I smell this more, vanilla and caramel come out.

Tastes bourbon upfront, boozy and warming with some raisony alcohol added. The barrel character is present with wood, caramel, vanilla and earth. The aftertaste is warming with both alcohol and peppery spice. All the while, there is an oat-like sweetness that really drives the feeling of oatmeal cookies.

This is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is a boozy sipper with a very unique combination of flavors that collectively make for a very familiar feeling flavor profile. This is a great, decadent beer. Its a shame they cost so much because if they were cheaper id drink them on the reg.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 bondra76
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

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Photo of svenness
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle

L: Very dark, little carbonation, head faded quickly
S: The cinnamon and raisin are pleasant. Some alcohol heat.
T: Low alcohol taste, a nice amount of heat from the peppers, not bitter
F: Thin with some sweetness, low carbonation
O: Interesting beer. Easy to drink given the abv and adjuncts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/15 notes. 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a murky, medium brown color with high carbonation evident and two inches of dark tan head. Lots of cinnamon, light slice in the taste, some chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, raisins, figs, and dark fruits. Bourbon is super light. Peppers are definitely noticeable in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall too much cinnamon and raisins for me, and too little bourbon...good but reminds me very much of the normal Judgment Day because of the overwhelming amount of raisin. Cool to try but probably wouldn't seek it out often.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
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

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.