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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
83
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An end of the world version of our year-round Judgment Day. Made with cinnamon, chiles and tamarind.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-10-2012)
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375ml bottle $5. I had high hopes for this based on the cinnamon and chiles but it was a huge disappointment. Appearance was terrible with huge loogie like chunks of yeast sliding into my glass, no head. Aroma was mild cinnamon and then belgian yeast and raisins, very close to regular Judgment Day. Flavor was almost just like regular Judgment Day with the mildest hints of the new adjuncts. The mouthfeel was sort of watery. Overall, this sucked and I poured 3/4 of the glass down the drain, yuck.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:56:32 | More by ArrogantB
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DocJitsu

California

2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a indescribably huge caramel colored head that is as stubborn as any you've ever seen on a root beer float--and then some. Aromas of cola, Belgian spice, and a little sorghum. The mouthfeel is sort of pleasant. Lubricating around the edges with a carbonated center. When it gets first pulled into the mouth, I get the sense that the beer is going to be fun. Sort of presents like a decent quad. Then something happens. That flavor goes away, leaving a bitter alcohol flavor. A little bit of a burnt flavor then emerges. Not sure what they were trying to do with this one, but I'm going to guess it didn't work out.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:48:20 | More by DocJitsu
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the bottle share.

Got a bit of dregs, but a colleagues glass has a good amber body with chestnut brown edges and hues. Not head presented and no collar.

Nose is just bizarre. This smells like a fish market. Hints of spicy character and some sort of strange sweetness, it comes off as sticky sour grape mixed with cola nuts. It's just flat out weird.

Palate gets slightly better, but one word keeps repeating in my head and it's the word "off". Sweetness seems to dominate with a mix of caramel and coca cola. Funny. Odd. Palate feels somewhat wet but is perfectly fine letting the weirdness carry through.

Noticing that this has chile and specifically tamarind, that explains it. I really don't like tamarind and it's fishy character on this can be strong, depending on your pour (another persons glass did not have as strong a fish smell on it). Still the brew is just to flat out all over the place for me to enjoy, and it totally seems out of kilter. This really wasn't enjoyable, considering I really dig much of the regular offerings of Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 21:49:21 | More by smakawhat
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harrymel

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best after 12/21/12

Pours dark brown with a rim of light yellow foam. Smells of candy sugar, dark malts, belgian esters, a touch of cinnamon and a little ever so slight chili pepper character. Taste is sweet and belgian yeasty with malts, clay, grass, slight heat, raisin and oranges. Full bodied with an almost cotton candy tackiness, medium carb and dry finish. This is a meh beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 09:52:14 | More by harrymel
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kojevergas

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up because I love quads and Lost Abbey. Although I wasn't a big fan of the regular Judgement Day. I pulled this from the fridge because it seemed timely; reviewed live on 12/20/12. Cost was $5.50 in Los Angeles. 12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor because (in spite of the brewery's reputation) no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Jesus! It took me a strained full three minutes just to get the damn cork out. I ended up having to use a corkscrew and was pulling obscenely hard. What gives?

A: Pours a two finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV (4+ minutes). Not as frothy as I'd like. Lacing is thin and lackluster. Body colour is a solid black, but not quite a jet black. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible, nor did I notice any while carefully pouring.

Sm: Dark fruit including plum and raisin (maybe fig too), caramelized sugar, spice (nutmeg sticks out), hints of sticky licorice, and dry biscuity spicy yeast. A dry aroma all around. Raisin is dominant. I also get lees. Very much more towards the Unibroue dry raisin school of brewing quads than the soft wet rich fruit approach of many of the Trappist quads. An average strength aroma, but an inviting one.

T/Mf: Raisin and caramelization are dominant, with some hints of brown sugar and dying dark fruits on the climax. Lees. Spice (mainly cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg). No real yeast character. The dark fruits are too muted. Raisin was a poor choice here and really dries out the mouthfeel. Lots of cinnamon for the style. Tamarind when I look for it (per the label). Poor palate presence; the thickness is off. Has too much body and not enough complexity. Malty backbone is standard fare, not tailored to the more refined flavours. Imbalanced and underwhelming. The carbonation is good. I'm disappointed. Poorly layered. No detectable hop character - as it should be.

Dr: Drinkable but very mundane for the style, which is one of my favourites. As much as I love Lost Abbey, trappist style beers are not their strong suit. I'll be sticking with Pannepot as my off-the-shelf quad; this isn't worth trifling with again. That said, it's not awful. At this price point, I'd sooner reach for Boulevard's Sixth Glass. A disappointment from Lost Abbey, but not a bad beer in its own right.

High C

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 05:32:36 | More by kojevergas
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz C&C bottle nice big pop when cork came out of the bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer. This beer is a foam bomb resulting from a hard pour. Easily 4 fingers of head of tan head. Looks like a rootbeer float head. Drops down to a thin ring.

Smell: Cola, vegital, and spicy. Overripe dark fruits. belgian yeast spiciness. Thats different...

Taste: raisins, spice, smokey, dark fruits and earthy. Metallic and vinous. Cola. Peppers. A little better than the nose.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think that there is too much going on in this beer. Is okay, but I have a tough time calling this a good beer. It a bit too much of a hodge podge beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:53:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian... A 4 finger brown head took forever to die back... nice lacing... the brew is a turbid dark dark dark brown.

Nose is spicy with both cinnamon and chili and some Belgian phenols.

Flavor is a little flimsy, the aromas are better... a bit of brown maltiness with the accompanying cinnamon and something that I guess is the tamarind.... chili flavor builds along with a little head. Belgian character is there, but a bit lost in the other flavors... could use more malt flavor IMO

Body is light and is punctuated by a big carbonation.

Decent brew... 3rd time I've had it... Doubt it will get better, but I like it and will buy a couple more for the cellar if I find them.

3.75/3.5/3.25/3.25/3.5

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:29:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Uncorking leads to a concussive pop. The pour births a huge, tan head. The head has no true substance as is boils away to a thin film atop the brew. Body is very dark brown.

S-Very yeasty with notes of cola and dried dark fruit. Spicy notes too. Some softer notes of cocoa.

T-The yeast is still quite intense. The added chiles make this one a bit hot. Cinnamon is noticeable too. Plentiful amounts of dark, dried fruit (brewed with raisins). Not exactly sure what tamarind tastes like but I assume its the flavor I am sensing but having trouble describing. Flat root beer.

M-Medium bodied. Yeast makes my teeth feel fuzzy. Plentiful, soft carbonation. Booze hidden well enough.

O/D-Not my glass of beer. Seemed interesting enough to drop 6 bucks on it. Dark Belgians are apparently not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:28:13 | More by VelvetExtract
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany color with a soda like, tan head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits with some bready yeast.

Tastes of some sweet dark fruits with some spices thrown in. Dark fruits lead off with notes of raisins, cherries, and figs with a pleasant underlying sweetness. This leads to a bit of cinnamon to add depth to the fruits. Touches of chocolate come through as well as some of the chiles and bready yeast. Don't pick up any tamarind which is generally quite tart, but I think would detract anyway. Ends with a little booziness and leaves my belly warm.

Mouthfeel is medium with a frothy amount of carbonation, a little thin to me.

Overall, this is decent, but not worth $6 a 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:51:40 | More by ocelot2500
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Drink after 21/12/2013

I was very sad to wake up on the 22nd of December last year to find that the world hadn't been overrun by zombies and in fact this year would have been a whole lot better had there been zombies to shoot :p Lets hope this beer can cheer me up.

Appearance: The beer appears a dark brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour and bright golden-amber edges. A rough pour results in a massive tan coloured head that displays great retention and coats the glass in thick clumps of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The initial nose seems very yeasty and is not all that good, but thankfully a little warming yields a big improvement. Big dark fruit notes (figs, raisins and plums) combine with dark bready malts, some lightly tart yeasty notes, sweet brown sugar, maybe a hint of cinnamon, a touch of chocolate and a little booze. As the beer reaches room temperature an odd sweetish note appears; I am guessing it is due to the tamarind as it is reminiscent of a dreadful tamarind beer I had a few years ago.

Taste: The flavour is sweet upfront with notes of dark fruits (figs, plums and raisins), bready malt and brown sugar, this fades into big yeasty notes (almost tart) and an out of place bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer is initially way over carbonated for my tastes, but a few vigorous swirls sorts it out. The body is medium and lightly sticky.

Overall: I really enjoyed the original Judgement Day, but this version is nowhere near as good. The additives are barely noticed and there was far too much yeast character (the beer was allowed to settle and the yeast wasn't poured into the glass) and a very out of place bitterness in the finish. I will certainly not be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:40:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a murky deep brown caramel color witha whispy white head, some lacing but not much oin head retention

S: Raisins, dates, figs, cinnamon, chocolate and tamarind

T: Initial Belgian yeast with moderate chile presence is warming blended with chocolate and dark fruits. The tamarind is really is pronounced but not overpowering. That was my biggest fear; to much chile and tamarind. The finish is chile, booze sting, sticky and layers of chocolate and ripened dark fruits.

M: Full body, perhaps something funky going on here? Overcarbed? I found myself belching alot, like its young or something.

O: The original Judgement Day is better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 23:15:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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Piddmeista

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a deep ruby, brown khaki color. not a ton coming through on the nose besides a quad-like smell - some toffee, raisin, dark fruit, bread. taste matches the smell, pretty bland unfortunately but still a nice take on a quad. some cinnamon comes across on the taste though, but it seems like the other "mayan" flavors didn't last. I had this on tap months ago and remember a more pronounced chili and cinnamon aspect. I believe that was in February and brewed in late December, so it was a roughly 6/7 month old bottle. glad I got to try it again though. Thanks NurseBri

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 20:31:46 | More by Piddmeista
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tut2528

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best after 12/21/12 .. ha
Poured into a GI Tulip/Flute

A: pours a incredibly dark brown color with some massive 2-3 fingers worth of head formation that is light tan in color. the bubbles that form the head formation are huge and actually resembles a bubble bath. label is pretty badass.

S: big bread notes, Belgian yeasts, light raisins, and a light coriander and clove presence too. lacks complexity

T: much different that the nose, and there's a lot going on here that it is hard to decipher everything my taste buds are getting bombarded with.

more raisin presence here, some sweet brown sugar and caramel, spices and more spices, big burnt and smokey malt, cocoa nibs, alcohol, sugar candy (even bubblegum), and more spices.

M: quite nice actually. solid medium bodied, leaves a nice coating along the palate and the gums that leaves me feeling alcohol heat and tasting some various spices.

O: definitely a very complex brew as far as the taste goes. but its all over the place. and the spices. my goodness! it throws the brew off balances in my opinion. (Glad this is bottled in a smaller format)

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:06:23 | More by tut2528
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with an eggshell tan head. Quick to skim into a lazy swirl. It hurts my eyes to read the small, mildly smudged print on these tiny LA bottles. My wife bought this to ward of the apocalypse.

Mexican hot chocolate spices, brown sugar coated raisin and root beer aroma.

Dry raisin and brown sugar with a mildly dry, roasted and crusty lean. The chiles and cinnamon are obvious but I can only find the tamarind if I go searching. Flavors come on all at once rather that being layered.

A dryer BSDA vs. juicy dark fruit versions. While I think I prefer the former it was a somewhat disappointing beer. Was it good? Yes. Was it Lost Abbey good? No. At least the world didn't end.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 13:10:07 | More by donkeyrunner
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Phelps

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Screw you, Mayans. I was SO ready for the apocalypse. I stocked up on canned goods and toilet paper. I spent months mapping out the best path to take after the skies rained down fire and turned our planet into a sun-torched hellscape. I took all my money out of the bank and used it to buy ninja stars.

And for what?! Now I look like a dummy, and you're probably just laughing your asses off in the 13th level of Tamoanchan. I haven't been this upset since Y2K.

Well, this doomsday prepper will have his Mayan Apocalypse -- one way or another.

Luckily, I wasn't the only person who presumed the end was nigh. As the world spiraled toward its last days and people began to panic in earnest, the brewers at The Lost Abbey thought it a perfect time to tweak the recipe for their Belgian-style quadrupel, Judgement Day. While the OG version of this rapturous beer is made with raisins, the Mayan edition adds dried chiles, cinnamon and tamarind to the mix.

The result is a brew that's both thicker and darker than before. Deep purple-black in hue, the apocalyptic brew lets zero light in. A cocoa powder-colored head locks in aromas of raisins, brown sugar and maple, along with a touch of cinnamon. A chile-derived earthiness is here as well, though in a much smaller amount than I'd like.

In the flavor, the chile bite is more noticeable, planting an earthy grip on the back of the tongue. If left on the tongue for a while, you can detect just a bit of the pepper's heat. Big, fruity raisins, cinnamon and bitter dark chocolate swirl amidst a shot of alcohol. The alcohol bite is almost too big here, getting in the way of the underlying flavors somewhat. It does add, however, to the body, which is a big, syrupy medium that's enhanced by mild, gooey carbonation.

I find the standard Judgment Day a bit too boozy. Mayan Apocalypse, with its unique adjuncts, combats this a little, but it would've been great if the beer had just a bit more of the South American flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 22:01:48 | More by Phelps
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, Lost Abbey oddity on draft at a restaurant. Beer is dark brown and hazy with a thin head of small bubbles, served in a huge fuck off chalice of a glass.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet, smells like a Belgian ale.

Beer is medium in body and served way too cold, the yeast in there and there is some other flavor that I can't really describe, maybe they added chiles to this beer? It is hard to tell, it is pretty drinkable but there is an after taste that I don't appreciate. Probably not a repeat but worth a look.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 16:59:42 | More by drabmuh
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rawfish

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cola brown with a two finger high clumpy mocha head. Lots of clumpy yeast at the base of the glass, slightly pinkish maybe full of chilies. Decent retention but no lacing.

Base malt is very sweet with chocolate, toffee, brown sugar. Hints of spices and holiday cookies. Hefty alcohol mingles with the sweetness of this not a hint of any chilies.

Brown sugar, cinnamon, dark chocolate, molasses and licorice. Flavor evolves some with hints of gingerbread spice and chilies towards the back end. Finishes a bit acidic and sweet. Alot of the chilies is stuck in the yeast, agitating the settled yeast increases the spice and helps the balance of this brew.

Sticky, medium bodied Belgian strong ale, good carbonation and alcohol is integrated well. This beer really depends on the chilies to keep the sweetness from overpowering it entirely.

More interesting than normal Judgement Day, pretty good but also very sweet. Complex as this beer is, nothing really stands out, the cinnamon and the chilies are subtle at best. Tasty but I don't see this really evolving much, also agitate that yeast so that the chiles aren't ignored.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:04:19 | More by rawfish
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Big fluffy and effervescent light brown head. Fades pretty quickly, excellent head retention. Not really any lacing though, just little dots here and there.

S: Dark fruits; primarily raisin and grape. A touch of chile pepper is notable. Decent caramel.

T: Up front there is primarily raisin and caramel. Get some smoky chipotle heat (just a bit), then a BIG burst of cinnamon. Cinnamon slowly fades away, leaving a bitter charred finish. Long lingering char finish with hints of spices (mainly cinnamon). Maybe just a bit of heat from the chile pepper.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Does not feel like a 10.5% by a long shot. Maybe 7%.

O: A unique but odd beer. Has some quad-like characteristics but is overshadowed by a mountain of cinnamon. Less cinnamon and more chile heat could have made for a tasty, balanced brew. As it stands, this is basically a cinnamon/spice bomb. And I'm a big fan of spicy stuff. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:54:06 | More by Dope
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spoony

Colorado

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml (best after 12/21/12...) into a chalice.

A-The brew is nearly pitch black. Opaque. The head is decently sized for the ABV, nearly two fingers of dense, mocha-colored foam. The head is slow to fade, but doesn't leave any lacing.

S-The smell is quite sweet with a little warming alcohol. I pick up little hints of tamarind and chile and light whiffs of dark, malty fruit.

T-The taste tracks the smell. It is quite sweet with mildly malty, SWEET dark fruits. I did not pick up much of the chile or tamarind on the palate, unfortunately. Not unpleasant, but not particularly thrilling.

M-The brew is medium to full bodied with a good kick of carbonation that may be a touch aggressive for the style.

O-I had high hopes for this beer after pouring it and giving it a whiff. It sort of let me down by being a bit simple and one dimensional. That being said, it wasn't a bad-tasting beer, and it had a pleasing aroma and it hid the taste of 10.5% alcohol admirably if you're into that.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:04:03 | More by spoony
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Benny for bringing this one to the tasting. Pours dark brown with some deep, ruby-red along the edges, topped off with a light-tan colored head that settles quickly and doesn't leave much behind. This one's a bit tart on the nose and pretty sweet otherwise, full of deeper fruits, raisins, plums, and black cherries. Light caramel and bready sweetness from the malts, as well as a bit of spice - expected from a Belgian style ale. The nose leaves a bit to be desired; this one is labeled as a BSDA, so naturally I'm expected a super-huge and complex aromatic profile - perhaps I've come to expect to much. But this one seems a bit lacking and not as up-front, robust, and/or complex as it could be.

Light, sweet caramel malts lay the base for this brew, along with some mild molasses and maybe even light cocoa powder notes. Boozy raisins take center stage, starting off sweet, but quickly jetting into a light tartness; black cherries and plums enter as well. As with most Belgian style ales, the presence of spices does not go unnoticed - I'm picking up some clove and maybe even light coriander and mild chili powder (similar to that found in the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti). This one was a bit warm with a noticeable alcohol character, woody and boozy on the finish with the dying tartness and lasting sweetness of the raisins and plums. Medium-thick body with a hefty dose of carbonation.

I think I was expecting a little bit more from this one and I was slightly let down by it. Still a very good, solid brew, but doesn't quite take me back like I've come to expect from most Belgian strongs.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:58:37 | More by tectactoe
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the impending end of the world imperial blizzard, I might as well crack the apocalypse beer.

Pours a big fizzy fluffy 2 finger slight brown colored head fades at a med pace with some foamy lacing, super dark beer with very faint hints of ruby light barely finding a way through, pretty much the color I expect the sky to be at the apocalypse.

Nose is a big Belgian dark beer, lots of booze at first, with more Belgian esters and phenols galore, followed quickly by fruits, dark fruits with booze soaked raisins, hint of fig paste, some brown sugar and toasty brown malts, English like biscuit malts, chewy like, little caramel and molasses, faint hint of cocoa dust. There is also an interesting herbal hop aroma, grassy earthy herbal like and with the booze and phenols slightly vegetal perhaps.

Taste starts with the herbal earthy flavors, slight vegetal like but not much, which blends into the phenols again, plenty of phenols and esters, booze is fairly strong and slightly fuesel. Bitterness is there with those herbal grassy hops, U.K. style, and that leads to light biscuit flavors, chewy toasty brown malts, and into molasses, and syrupy sweetness, fairly sweet, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, faint cocoa powder. Then fruits, brandy soaked raisins, fig paste, and faint baking spices. It's fairly over carbonated too, so it's harder to swish around the mouth and get all the complex flavors. Finish is sticky sweet, little booze and some phenols lingering, as well as more earthy grassy hops, little herbal, semi bitter, more of the brandy soaked raisins and fig fruits, and plenty of dark brown malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, way too much carbonation, and plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but not what I was expecting. Aside from the over carbonation, I think a couple years of sitting would really benefit this, except I would expect it to be a gusher at that point with the already huge carbonation level. Also booze is a bit high although it is a 10.5% beer. The dark fruits, faint spices and sweet flavors, malts, etc, are quite nice though, so it has potential if it's tweaked a little.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:17:40 | More by jlindros
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle poured into a stemmed wide mouth glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a huge off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with bo clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy, malty, yeasty, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Cinnamon is a but more noticeacle on the palate. Alcohol and dark fruits in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, spicy, boozy, low to medium carbonation, and medium to full bodied.

Overall: Well the apocalypse didn't happen, but the Bruins need to win tonight. Nice quad on a steamy Boston summer day. Solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 23:33:25 | More by Flounder57
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.23.12

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a foamy two inch light brown head.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, slight chile.

T - Roasted malt, subtle coffee with a spce kick - cinnamin, chile finish.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body and a spice finish.

O - Spices added to the Judgement Day, ok, a subtle chile tingle at the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 07:38:05 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque black with a somewhat fizzy off-white head. Some good thick lace, solid head retention.

S: Notes of orange peel and citrus, some nice raisin character I'm assuming from the quad base. Soft undercurrent of cinnamon as well.

T: Lots of cinnamon and dark malt, almost a Belgian Christmas beer feel. Christmas cookie, slight hint of chile, like a chile chocolate mix (Dagoba Xocolatl), there is a nice spice on the back end. Good mix of flavours, not going crazy, but a real nice change from some of the beers I've been drinking lately, I like the complexity.

M: Full-bodied with a frothy carbonation, crisp biting feel at the end,bit of cloying sugar doesn't help it, but that should go away with time.

O: Really a completely different beer from regular Judgment Day, the spices/adjuncts really make their presence felt. The price is still pretty good, so fans of Mexican chocolate especially should try to find a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:08:27 | More by Halcyondays
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

A - Certainly no lack of carbonation here...a slow and careful pour yields a foamy explosion of tan colored head that rapidly fills the glass and threatens to overflow its confines. After a lengthy pour requiring several stages and intermediate rests, a body of extremely dark brown settles in the glass with a massive, rocky, tan head that just won't quit. Requires a bit of patience, but the end result is a truly beautiful beer in the glass.

S - Spicy with cinnamon taking center stage, Belgian yeasty spiciness too with some cloves, chile pepper that shows subtlely.

T - Peppers make a stronger statement in the flavor. Pepper flavor with some warmth up front. Sweet malt, caramelly sugar in character. Cinnamon spiciness. Bittering elements balance things very well, giving a bit of a dry impression on the finish.

M - The maltiness of the base quad comes thru, but is masked by the peppers and the spices. Overall, there is a dryness to this beer with the peppers taming the malty sugars. Body is medium full with an assertive carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth comes thru past the peppers.

O - Interesting interpretation of the style Peppers and spices really balance and/or cover up the sweetness of the malts in the base beer. Makes this a little more drinkable...although I think I'm gonna regret this one in the morning...or more likely in the middle of the night - heartburn seems inevitable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:11:56 | More by portia99
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