Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey
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4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.
A - Pours an almost opaque dark brown lightening to ruby around the edges. One finger khaki colored head. Leaves some lacing, but it doesnt stick.
S - Nice healthy aroma of raisin/prune, dark chocolate, and spice (getting both cinnamon and chile). A hint of Belgian yeast funk. Smells really complex and inviting.
T - Taste follows the nose pretty well, with raisin, prune, date, and fig leading the charge. Big cinnamon and white pepper hit in the mid-palate. Chiles carry the finish, with the chile taste being a hot "green" chile (tastes like poblano or hatch). Chile heat builds as you sip. Sublte Begian yeasts play a supporting role. Hint of sweet dark chocolate throughout. Complex and challenging. Also, delicious!
M - Medium body, with velvety spot-on "high side of medium" carbonation. Slightly drying, which works well with the sweet tastes because honestly a syrupy finish would have ruined it.
O - I really dug this, and found it to be WAY better than the standard Judgement Day. The spice blend really complements the base beer perfectly. Crap, I've fallen in love with a one-off beer. How am I going to get more when it's gone? :)
01-06-2013 22:11:14 | More by TempeBeerMan
4.33/5 rDev +17%
Served chilled into a fluted tulip.
Pours a rich mahogany brown with an inch plus of dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving heavy surface layer and moderate lacing.
Aromas of dried fruits, coconut and cola.
Flavors are a combination of marzipan and Malibu rum. Dried fruits, caramelized sugars, coconut and spice. As it warmed I got hints of pepper, sour cherry and bittersweet chocolate.
Medium bodied and sweet with a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Moderate carbonation and a lingering but pleasant aftertaste.
Surprised to see some of the lower marks for this beer. It was simply one of the most complex and flavorful beers I've had. I have yet to be disappointed by The Lost Abbey.
11-15-2013 00:58:21 | More by srhoadsy
4.33/5 rDev +17%
A - Uncorking the bottle leads to a loud POP! Luckily, it didn't lead to a mess. Pours an opaque black hue, with a persisting single-finger tan head. Lacing is excellent.
S - Smell is of dates, figs, plus/other dark fruits, Belgian yeast/candi sugar, and spices (cinnamon is most noticeable).
T - Taste is of a thick, malt-forward profile. Lots of complex dark fruit flavors, with hints of cocoa. Aggressive yeast and candi sugar is present. The spices are most noticeable in the finish, with the cinnamon being most dominant, and the chiles offering a unique flavor, without making it too hot or spicy. Very nice twist on this style!
M - Full bodied beer, with slightly above average carbonation for the style. This is a sipper for sure, but appropriately so with the flavors going on here.
O - I seem to like this one more than some of the others on here. Maybe it's been too long since I've had a good BSDA, or maybe I'm so hooked on spicy food that the slight kick in this beer makes me love it more. Either way, this was obviously a limited release we will probably not see again. So - I will savor every last sip of this one, and try to find the regular Judgement Day in the near future! But if you come across this version, don't pass it up.
01-12-2013 12:09:51 | More by Flightoficarus
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
A: Pours a deep brown color that looks almost black in the glass. A nice one finger tan head leaves tracks of lace down the glass.
S: Really great smell. Mexican chocolate, powdery serrano chiles, cinnamon, hints of plum, fig and caramel. I'm really digging this one.
T: A big malty hit right off the bat that slowly leads into some faint dark fruit, burnt raisin, cinnamon bread and some earthy Belgian yeast. Finish brings a bit of dryness with a creeping chili presence that leaves just a trace of heat. If the tamarind is in there, it's in the hint of sweetness that comes on the finish. I wasn't a huge fan of the regular Judgment Day, but this one is really tasty.
12-20-2012 23:05:01 | More by notchucknorris
4.24/5 rDev +14.6%
a: creamy dark chocolate looking with some purple and nutty brown notes
s: plums, raisins, sweet fig, dark chocolate, some chili spice, sweet malt, toffee, nice roasted malt smells in here too
t: follows the nose pretty well. immediately hit with raisins, figs, dark chocolate, and some chili spice. following up are the roasted malts, some nuttiness, as well as a leathery/slightly tobacco notes. it ends smooth and almost creamy. the flavors are well balanced between sweet, fruity, and earthy. alcohol is there to provide some heat, but not too much in the flavor (though as i'm drinking this it is a little chilled) - which makes it dangerous.
m: medium. i've had this growler in the fridge for about 6 days before opening and there is still enough carbonation to push the flavors through
o: really nice stuff. if you like Judgement Day, you should like this. you can definitely taste the chili spice, but it is in no way dominant and provides some nice undertones. also a bit more chocolaty and leather-like flavors in this (which i enjoy).
08-16-2013 04:27:28 | More by hopsputin
4.21/5 rDev +13.8%
"Enjoy after 12/21/12" printed on the bottle. Purchased in the summer of 2012 and it stayed in my cellar since. Figured 1 year old and it was ready, but after opening, this could have aged nicely for a much longer time im thinking.
Corked bottle poured into my crooked stave tulip (yes, prob should have been my westy chalice...but whatever).
Pours a deep black ruby color with a finger of tan head, that shrinks into thin floating lacing. Aromas of chocolate a huge, dried fruit/date/raison with a hint of heat in the nose. Flavor is dried fruit/raison, chocolate, clove, with a great spicey finish. Wow...this is really nice. Super smooth and full bodied. The dried fruit really shines here but what separates this from most quads is the slight heat in the finish. Really a great brew.
Based on reviews, it seems like this one needs age. Well, regardless, I really enjoyed this one.
12-24-2013 02:30:21 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.19/5 rDev +13.2%
Thanks to Grant35 for the bottle.
12.7 oz. cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "Best After 10/21/12" stamped on the neck of the bottle.
Pours out a very dark ruby color, almost appears black. A small light tan colored head that keeps about a 1/4 inch the whole glass, decent head retention, just a small spot or two of lace. Just a little bit of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass after awhile.
Not a huge aroma when compared to the taste. Lots of plum like dark fruits, phenoly Belgian yeast esters, a bit raisin and grape.
Lots of complex flavors. Every kind of dark fruit, mainly plum, raisins, grapes and figs. Phenoly Belgian yeast, hints of a cinnamon like spice, dark candied sugar syrup, molasses, a bit on the sweet side.
Medium to almost heavy in body with a slightly sticky sweet feel with just a bit of alcohol heat.
A really nice Belgian dark, one of the better ones I've had in awhile. You can't really detect any of the extras put into this beer (chilies, cinnamon, raisin, tamarind, etc.) but I'm sure they definatly add to the beer as I've never had the base Judgement Day. A worthy brew that I'd drink again if it wasn't so hard for me to get. I've yet to have a bad beer from Lost Abbey.
02-08-2013 23:05:53 | More by dogfishandi
4.11/5 rDev +11.1%
The wife got me a 12.7 OZ bottle from Olive Tree Market to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar - I finally got around to crackin it - poured into a Plan Nine Alehouse stemmed tulip.
A: Pours dark as sh*t - like a stout with a fatty tan head that sticks around a while leaving good amounts of lacing from start to finish.
S: Spicy roasted malt - black pepper, ginger - dark chocolate, cherry and plum - earthy grass and a hint of booze.
T: On point with the nose - dark chocolate is dominant with hints of espresso and red chili.
M: Barely medium-bodied ale with vigorous carbonation...wish it was a bit more "meaty" - seems a bit watery for the style...although an extremely easy drinker for a 10.5 % ABV.
Overall tasty ale and a clever in regards to the Mayan theme with the Mexican chocolate flavor that is dominant and hides the high ABV. Wish it had a bit more body to it. This would be outstanding if aged a bit in a barrel. No complaints though! Would definitely revisit.
01-27-2013 06:09:40 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, cinnamon, and spices. Taste is much the same with a cinnamon and slight chile flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and tasty flavors.
01-21-2013 05:23:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.09/5 rDev +10.5%
judgment day brewed with chilies, cinnamon, and tamarind for the 12-21-12 mayan calendar thing. looks like we made it. pours chalky dark brown color with just patchy tan foam spots throughout, no real head. the nose is cinnamon, dark malt, cocoa powder, and something oddly citrusy, and the flavor is identical, just add a touch of chili pepper without any head, and some smokiness. turns out the citrus aroma is coming from the tamarind, a bitter tree pod fruit i associated with india more than the mayans, but ya learn something new every day. its got a semisweet acidic bitterness to it, and a texture like a gummyworm, and all of those elements manifest themselves in the taste of this brew, much to my liking. the finish is dry and not too sweet, which surprises me. there is a powdery sort of dryness though, which i think hurts the feel a little bit. mellow carbonation is adequate, and the body is quite full. the alcohol is hidden well, and would not have placed this one at 10.5%. overall a cool beer, and an affordable on by lost abbey standards. we'll see what they come up with for the next apocalypse.
02-02-2013 21:03:03 | More by StonedTrippin
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
On tap at Strong Ale.
A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge and a mountainous beige head. Lacing is scattered.
S: Pronounced raisin, plum, and date with rich bread-like notes. Light cinnamon presence and just a touch of chili pepper. There's a little chocolate as well. Rich malt and aromatic esters. Smells great.
T: Rich bready malt with strong Belgian yeast character. Firm dark fruit presence, reminiscent of raisin and grape. A dash of cinnamon and chili. There's some date in there as well. Rich malty finish.
M: Full body with upper medium to lower high draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with substantial warming.
Overall: A nice variation on Judgment Day. The chili and cinnamon are light but pleasant additions.
12-10-2012 05:21:37 | More by HopHead84
Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.