Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey
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3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
09-25-2013 21:40:25 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.24/5 rDev +14.6%
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).
08-16-2013 04:27:28 | More by hopsputin
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
07-11-2013 22:01:48 | More by Phelps
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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
07-11-2013 20:31:46 | More by Piddmeista
3.79/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-24-2013 23:33:25 | More by Flounder57
Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.