Judgment Day | The Lost Abbey

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Judgment DayJudgment Day

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. And, since none of us knows when the end of the world is coming, we suggest you stock up with lots of Lost Abbey beers so that when the end of the world magically appears from no where, you’ll have a beer or two on hand for even the stingiest of angels.

Added by scottoale on 12-23-2006

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Reviews: 423 | Ratings: 1,108
Photo of the_awesometeer
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a dark brown and has a white foamy head. I get a huge aroma of raisins and dark fruits. There is a lot of sweetness to this beer There is also a hint of spices in their, those sometimes associated with holiday beers. The beer tastes like it smells, lots of dark fruit notes and sweetness then it moves into a more bitter and dry flavor to round it out. I really dont know how to describe this beer it feels like a Quad mated with a Holiday beer and had a baby. The beer has a nice carbonation and a warmth of alcohol to it.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is crazy smoky. Like, smoked meat on the nose, and in the very end of the flavor. Almost smells like a Schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is divine. Super smooth and silky. Good, but it would be difficult to drink more than 6-8 ounces.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: brown, dark ruby
SMELL: sharp raisins, sweet dark fruit, yeasty breadiness
TASTE: typical belgian quad - sweet dark fruits topped off with raisin. You get the belgian yeast and some alcohol as well. Very slight hints of burnt sugar as it warms.
FEEL: not quite chewy, but definitely a bold-medium mouthfeel if that makes sense.
OVERALL: Good beer, but nothing mind blowing. At the end of the day, it is a solid quad for a reasonable price. Not sure I will buy again, but glad I tired. Would be curious to try the BA version.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.
A - The beer is clear, dark reddish-brown with a small head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.
S - The aroma is earthy and raisins.
T - Flavor is earthy with dark fruits. Not as sweet as expected. Somewhat bitter on finish.
M - Mouth feel average with medium carbonation.
O - I was disappointed in this one. A quad + raisins sounded fantastic but ultimately the beer did not deliver for me.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with little head and just the right amount of carbination. Mild molasses and fruit aroma. Taste is also mild molasses and fruit with very little alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is as strong as you'd expect, but not nearly as heavy. The smell of raisins is evident, but it doesn't overpower the taste and it comes in lighter than you'd expect when you actually drink it. A very good quad.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is a hazy, deep ruby-brown color with a thick light tan head. Aromas of ripe raisins, figs, plums, and tawny port. Taste follows the nose, with bright raisin notes up front, evolving into a fruity, complex palate with dark fruit, red wine, caramel, and coffee on the finish. There is a nice warming at the end but this does not taste boozy.

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Photo of hman43
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours dark brown with ruby hues. It has legs and a moderate head that produces significant lacing.

Smell: It has pronounced raisin aromas. In addition there is a vinous quality to it with various earthly elements.

Taste: There are flavors of raisins, vinous qualities, dark fruits, and spices. The flavors are sweet and highlighted by a sugary punch in the middle of various complex flavors.

Feel: It has a full body with plenty of alochol warming.

Overall, this is an awesome beer especially to any that is a fan of raisins. It has multiple complex flavors and aromas.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with about a half finger of head. The nose has a bready essence to go with a slightly sweet note. The flavor is predominately malty with a dry finish.

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Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with some reddish hues intermingled. Has a sticky tan froth that won't give up.

Redolent with plum, raisin, black grape followed by a hint of grain, burnt sugar and

Taste is bold with plenty more dark fruits and tannin up front, a burnt sugar in the middle and a very dry finish. Some caramel, chocolate and spice is noticed in the aftertaste.

Always on the lookout for a quad I've not tried, and this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Some dark brown pour, almost nothing for a head. Flat abbey. Aroma was meh, I didn't really find anything to speak of or objectionable.

Taste was super hot alcohol and prune/raisin juice. How this can be the base beer for a really good beer, I have no idea. It just tastes like hot unsweetened juice of a shitty nature.

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Photo of anon
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky burgundy colour on the pour, akin to muddy water, just the way I like 'em. Two finger head with good retention and nice smooth lacing.

Candy and dark fruit sweetness on the sniffer. Very sweet up front on the tongue. Candied malt, raisin, fig, prune, plum, red grape, apricot. A bit bready and resiny. Some slight roasty bitterness in the backbone of this brew, along with touches of woody oak that I really enjoyed. Devilishly delicious. Medium bodied, smooth with a slight chewiness.

Excellent brew. May have to pick up a few more before judgement day.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark beer, fig, cherry cola, raspberry. Great beer, nothing spectacular but a solid quad offering. Traditional Trappist tastes, the raisin doesn't shin through anymore than a regular quad.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours that classic belgian burgundy red color and foamy head.

Raisins, dark fruit and malts come through on the nose.

Taste is malt, raisins, dark bitter fruit.

The bottle art perfectly represents this dark belgian beer.
Most definitely dark in appearance and taste, worthy of judgment day.

After drinking more of this, it tastes like a dark red wine. Not a bad thing. POTENT!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with some red highlights, very mild tan foam head with little to no retention. Aroma is great, lots of fruits and malts, no hops. Taste is complex, rich and balanced, not sweet and not too bitter, very good. Bold body with low carbonation. Great Beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Bottled 04/17/15. Sampled on November 4, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking chestnut brown under a modest, lingering tan head. Opaque all the way through.

Enticing aroma of dark sweet malts, raisins, plum, dates, black licorice, and a light spice character.

Bold body.

Sweet dark malt taste with an alcohol burn but not an alcohol taste. This was one beautiful beer. I guess I liked it more than earlier ratings but this is a style that I love.

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Photo of mchegash
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Fabulous dark red brown with many fingers of light brown head.

S: Smells very sweet, with notes of fruit, particularly grape/raisin. Also some typical Belgian candy-like sugar notes.

T: Delicious delicious fruit, mainly raisins and berries. Tastes almost like a Fruit Roll Up (do they still make those?). Very good

F: Soft and smooth, medium body, medium-light to medium carbonation. Leaves a tingling sensation on your tongue.

O: A fantastic beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an excellent deep brown body, so dark it almost reaches black, with reddish highlights and one finger of thick tan head that lingered. Overall impression of appearance is of one of the best looking quadrupels I have seen. Scents of raisin and sweet bready malt, with other fruity esters of dried cherry and prune apparent, light apple and plum and very light spicy phenols that are peppery. Light aromas of chocolate and toast are also imparted by the malt and a moderate spicy and warming alcohol presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a fantastic quadrupel, very well executed and extremely complex with a wealth of aromas. Flavor begins rich, malty, and fruity with notes of toast-like malt, raisin, prune, and plum, and light peppery phenols in the background. Middle opens up flavors of bready and caramel-like malt, alongside the continuing fruity esters and a more pronounced toast flavor. Finish is medium-dry with notes of toast, raisin, prune, dried cherry and dark chocolate. Aftertaste is lightly dry with notes of toast, peppery phenols and raisin. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic quadrupel, with a rich, complex character bringing malt and esters together beautifully. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, with high carbonation that nonetheless lacks any bite and a low warming alcohol character. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent quadrupel. Very true to style. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel. It has the rich, complex aroma and flavor that defines the style and combines it with a fantastic mouthfeel. One of the best American examples of the style.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mahogany coloured body with massive tan coloured head

I wasn't getting any big aromas, muted tobacco & caramel

It tastes like a nicely flamed Italian dessert, burnt sugar and sweet spice
not hard to drink

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours opaque chestnut under a 1” cream to tan foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates but grips the side of the glass as it goes down. S: Fruit and yeast aromas with raisins and dried fruit. T: Rich malt flavors, raisins, dried fruit, slight chocolate, F: Medium body and slightly above average carbonation, creamy. O: Big beer that is easy to drink. Does not taste like 10.5% abv.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a teku glass

A: Dark brown with a tan colored head, head died down but there remains a good amount, decent amount of bubbles streaming up, looks really good.

A: Right up front, Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, figs, not getting any alcohol, smells like a really good quad.

T: Belgian yeast, some spice, figs, brown sugar sweetness, finishes slightly bitter, very complex, lots of flavors.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish, I was expecting more carbonation, it was slightly flat.

O: Judgment Day has great aroma, great taste but I was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel, I was expecting more carbonation, however it was kind of flat. There are better quads out there.

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Photo of elektrikjester
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/17/14 and consumed on 3/14/15. Decanted into three glasses in a single pour.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red-brown with a rocky, beige head. The large head dissipates into a small cap that remains throughout.

Aroma: Yeast spice is noticeable at first but quickly disappears. Aroma of cherry and grape juice mingled with sugar and a trace of alcohol. Fruity, but more sugary than sweet. Juice bordering on syrup.

Taste: Simplistic fruit juice aromas give way to more complex tastes of dried fruit (raisin and dried cherry). There is a certain vinous quality, but it is closer to brandy than wine. Leathery notes of fruit skins. Malt and fruit vie against one another.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Thick but not syrupy, and a notably dry finish.

Overall: Think of this less as a Belgian quad and more of an American-style quad, reinforced by the addition of raisins. In that sense, it holds its own. While it may not be at the top of the list for American quads, I have to imagine it's somewhere in the top five. It's clear that Lost and Found is this beer's antecedent.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely excellent. Tastes of apple pie, with notes of citrus. Excellent Belgian taste, with no feeling of alcohol. You could guess the ABV was 4% not 10. Absolutely excellent quad and well done across the board.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Raisiny aroma, with big clove and lightly vinous notes.

Flavor is slightly vinous, as well, with loads of raisin character, modest sweetness, and a toasted, bready malt, spicy finish.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. It was hard to peg this tape-wrapped bottle. Dark red-brown in body with a small tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is raisins, figs, plums, chocolate malt, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is strong dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of cherry, light cocoa and spice bitterness, and alcohol on the swallow. Medium-plus body, syrupy thick texture, average to soft carbonation, alcohol and spice finish. I have read that newer bottles may be too carbonated, but think this bottle was aged some, so that may have affected the profile. I quite enjoyed this style-bending quad.

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