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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a frothy, light, filmy, clingy, light tan head. Nose of earth and tannins, grapes, cherries, date and fig, a touch of roast, and a touch of booze. Flavors of bold, rich date and fig sweetness, with boozey overtones throughout. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Roastiness on the tongue with more of the rich flavors leading into a boozey, oaky, earthy aftertaste. Very light, slightly filmy finish, despite all of the heaviness throughout. Very tasty, and this one is a big, chewy sipper. Glad I was able to get my hands on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 02:31:42 | More by GarthDanielson
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 05:23:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eastside club tavern today.

The beer pours a somewhat murky dark brown color with very good head retention and light lacing. The nose is exotic, as I pick up considerable fig, dates, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, and the melange of flavor is pretty interesting and impressive. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet, spice infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

A nice enough beer, though I'm not sure it's some I need to try again any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 04:28:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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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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HopHead84

California

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/08/2012

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 05:21:37 | More by HopHead84
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:30:21 | More by DrinkSlurm
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:58:21 | More by srhoadsy
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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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hopsputin

California

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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).

Serving type: growler

08-16-2013 04:27:28 | More by hopsputin
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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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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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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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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml cork and caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Made quite a pop when the cork came out of this one. Huge amount of carbonation requiring multiple rests to get the entire contents into my tulip. Thick tan head on top of a very dark muddy brown liquid looks amazing in the glass.

Smell: First thing I get is cinnamon, and a lot of it. Going back for a second sniff, I get a bit of the malt sweetness from the base quad and just a touch of the peppers. As the beer warms, the sweet candy sugar smell comes through over the spices a bit more.

Taste: Peppery spices are the first thing noticed on the tip of the tongue, but that quickly gives way to the sweet caramel malt flavors of the quad. I get some dark fruit flavors in the middle of the tongue. the beer finishes dry, with the spices (not sure if it is pepper or pure cinnamon) coming back and leaving a tingle on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit strange in the mouth with the huge mix of spices and the abundance of carbonation. A little thin for what I would expect from such a big beer.

Overall: I'm not as impressed with this as I'd hoped to be, but it was by no means a let down. I think this could have been a real winner, but it seems they went a little overboard on the spices which drowned out the base beer a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:48:11 | More by Mattyb79
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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katan

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml into a goblet

A- Brown with amber highlights. Super huge head formation, mocha in color. Looks to be very thick.

S - Dark fruits, cherries, somewhat earthy. Hops are fairly well hidden. Belgian yeast strain sneaks in there somewhere, some esters.

T - Starts off fruity, sweet, with a backdrop of some spices like cinnamon. Mid-stream the belgian esters take over, along with a more grainy undertone. Finishes a bit hot, with more dark fruits, grapes, almost wine like.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Seems to be well carbonated but just doesn't hold up the heft. Some alcohol warmth and some retained stickiness.

O/D - An interesting beer that doesn't neccesarily distinguish itself in any one way. Good belgian strong ale, although it could hide its booziness a little bit better. Certainly a slow sipper in both terms of ABV and how filling it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 19:47:29 | More by katan
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dogfishandi

New York

4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:05:53 | More by dogfishandi
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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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