Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey
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3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-24-2012 05:08:27 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-24-2012 04:28:01 | More by John_M
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
12-23-2012 23:15:39 | More by barleywinefiend
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
12-23-2012 04:08:32 | More by LiquidAmber
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
12-22-2012 13:10:07 | More by donkeyrunner
2.95/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
12-22-2012 09:52:14 | More by harrymel
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Firestone walker tulip.
A: pours a deep cola brown with two finger of cola looking browned head, aggressive carbonation bu. les can be seen rushing up the sides of the glass and there is audible carbonation crackling if you hold the beer close enough... Seriously reminds me of a glass of coke.... Not much lacing to speak of.
S: I get raisins and darkfruit with a very faint hint of cinnamon along with some Belgian yeast aromas. A little bit of chilie pepper in there as well bit you have to really look for it.
T: a faint hint of chocolate along with some earthy vegativness from the peppers are what i pick up on up front, followed by some light raisin and dark fruit, the earthy Belgian yeast character seems to come in on the finish with some cinnamon notes and a very faint chile bite on the end. All the flavors work very well together here, alot of subtle complexity going on.
M: medium body with a bit of creamyness to it, very drinkable considering the abv, nice moderate carbonation, which kinda suprised me, from the sound and appearance I expected it to be very aggressive. Dry on the finish and a faint touch of heat, very faint, becomes noticeable towards the end of the glass.
O: this was pretty solid, I like that the spices and chili peppers didn't overhelm the brew, but were instead used to compliment it. I enjoyed this one And would not hesitate to drink it again in the future... Tasty.
12-22-2012 04:44:09 | More by PeterIngemi
2.98/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
12-21-2012 05:32:36 | More by kojevergas
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
A: Pours a deep brown color that looks almost black in the glass. A nice one finger tan head leaves tracks of lace down the glass.
S: Really great smell. Mexican chocolate, powdery serrano chiles, cinnamon, hints of plum, fig and caramel. I'm really digging this one.
T: A big malty hit right off the bat that slowly leads into some faint dark fruit, burnt raisin, cinnamon bread and some earthy Belgian yeast. Finish brings a bit of dryness with a creeping chili presence that leaves just a trace of heat. If the tamarind is in there, it's in the hint of sweetness that comes on the finish. I wasn't a huge fan of the regular Judgment Day, but this one is really tasty.
12-20-2012 23:05:01 | More by notchucknorris
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
On tap at Strong Ale.
A: Deep brown with a reddish tinge and a mountainous beige head. Lacing is scattered.
S: Pronounced raisin, plum, and date with rich bread-like notes. Light cinnamon presence and just a touch of chili pepper. There's a little chocolate as well. Rich malt and aromatic esters. Smells great.
T: Rich bready malt with strong Belgian yeast character. Firm dark fruit presence, reminiscent of raisin and grape. A dash of cinnamon and chili. There's some date in there as well. Rich malty finish.
M: Full body with upper medium to lower high draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with substantial warming.
Overall: A nice variation on Judgment Day. The chili and cinnamon are light but pleasant additions.
12-10-2012 05:21:37 | More by HopHead84
Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.