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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 175
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
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 +10.4%
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 spoony
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
2.58/5  rDev -31%
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 VelvetExtract
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +1.9%
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 Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev +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 barleywinefiend
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +5.6%
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 donkeyrunner
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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 notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
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