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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
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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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 47
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
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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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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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4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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? :)

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.