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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 22.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-10-2012

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Liz!

Burgundy / copper body with a small tan head. Dark fruits aroma with a hint of spice. Hints of red wine. Malty body with notes of sweet caramel. Sweet plums, a touch of cinnamon. Good stuff.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Nice khaki head. A few wisps. Islands atop a brown body.

Smell - Buckets of raisins. Cinnamon spice. Alcohol and dark fruits.

Taste - Lots of caramel malts and spices. Chocolatey. Finishes with dark fruits. Dry and raisiny.

Mouthfeel - Dry and boozy with high carbonation.

Overall - Dominated by spices and raisins. I don't get much from the peppers, though.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey pint glass. Pours dark, hazy, ruddy brown with a massive half glasss light brown head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spicing with cinnamon, pepper and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is earthy dark dried fruit, roasted malt, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, licorice and brown sugar. Finishes with dark malt, dried fruit and a slight bite from chili peppers. Medium bodied. A nice off beat dark ale with plenty of interesting flavors, well integrated.

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these while at Julio's. Well, got two actually.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice deep, dark cola hue with a nice thin one finger khaki head that faded away quickly to leave a very thin wisp of a halo. No real lacing to speak of here.

S - Aromas of chocolate, lots and lots of raisins, slight faint spice (peppers), and some booze. I do get that faint rootbeer aroma as well that someone else mentioned.

T - Taste is pretty good. Raisins, chocolate, faint peppery spice, and cinnamon. Not nearly as sweet as I would have thought it would be. The pepper spice offsets the alcohol nicely as well.

M - Wow! Who would have guessed a Lost Abby beer to have solid carbonation?! Very, very nicely carbonated here. Good sharpness here, brightly carbonated. Well done. Easily the high point of this beer for me.

O - Overall, I thought this was quite the enjoyable beer. not sure if it was a huge step up from the base beer, but the raisins, cinnamon, and spice mix things up quite nicely. Enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Desert for $8

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, fruit cake, dark fruits, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. There is also some raisins/plums/cherries, oranges, and an all spice mix.

Overall – Really complex and the flavours are integrated very well. I suspect that age has really helped this beer based on other reviews. If you have some of this tucked away, give it a try - I bet it's peaking.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.