Judgment Day
The Lost Abbey

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #129
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,436
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
441
Ratings:
1,172
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The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of Tony210
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage.

Pours a murky clear brown color, minimal head. Has a raisiny aroma. Flavor is sweet, syrupy, dark fruits, raisins, tart finish. Fairly light bodied considering the abv. Overall a light bodied quad, aged pretty nicely.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Dark brown, lots of fine head, maybe from a too-aggressive pour. It does stick around, too.

Smell is clover and prunes. A little cinnamon. There's also olive oil, even though I thought it wasn't aged for a particularly long time.

Rum and lightly charred barrel are the main tastes. It even has a little mineral element, which ties in okay with the rum and (once more) prunes. The dried fruit motif extends to raisins. There's a slight metallic taste, so maybe I did let it sit a little too long. Still within a reasonable range for consumption.

The aftertaste is mostly the good stuff. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Pleasant medium weight. Carbonation is very well integrated, but it can be brought out with a hard swish around the mouth.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, Sep 22, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 9.53 (including tax)/corked and caged 750 mL bottle ($ 0.375/oz) from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 4/11/19.
“Bottled on 06/15/2019” on bottom of back label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Cork emerges with a medium “POP” and no overflow.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, some effervescence. When held to the light, areas of ruby translucence are present.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density with some surface rocks, average retention, diminishing to a five to ten mm ring and a heaped partial cap with three dimensional prominences remaining after head retraction.
Lacing – Good. Wide band of tiny to medium bubbles. Also, see above.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Dark fruit, no yeast phenolics, no alcohol.
Flavor – 3.75 - Begins sweet but not cloying with a dark fruit background flavor and raisin highlights. Becomes bitterer as it further warms, and the raisins increase their presence. No alcohol (10.5% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, somewhat syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Slightly above average for a US take, average or below for a true Belgian Quad.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Apr 11, 2019
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3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting from Lost Abbey. The 10.5% alcohol is hidden but the taste has more elements of a stout than a quad - and not an imperial one at that. And if it's a quad WITH RAISINS - as stated on the label, then I'm expecting a chewy element of dried fruit, which I do not pick up. Instead of a compound sweetness, there is a skanky flavor that hits me as I swallow followed by an unpleasant finish. Maybe I am being a little harsh, and perhaps it is due to my (previous) devotion to this brewery -- and to the fact that this 3/4 liter bottle cost me $15, but there it is. Ironic as it is trite, this is my judgement !

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Saint_Christopher from Pennsylvania, Nov 08, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear raisin color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong sweet malt, yeast, esters, slight citrus hops, and a hint of toffee. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable dryness. Tastes of alcohol, strong sweet malt, yeast, esters, slight citrus hops, and a hint of toffee. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, strong body, little too bitter, and slightly cloying.

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Tone from Missouri, Sep 27, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a medium hazy dark brown color, with 1 finger of creamy malt ball center colored head--------- the aromas are of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit--------- the flavors are of chocolate covered cherries, figs, raisins, spice, molasses, Carmel, plum and wheat bread, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a medium bitterness on the finish-------- overall this beer was very good - wow!!! What a big tasty beverage, for 10.2% abv this was super smooth and jam packed full of spice and dark fruits---

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dertyd from California, Sep 05, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(edit for 2017 vintage...)
It's such a delish one for my collection, quad fan that I be. Uncorked one from storage so as to compare a swig from a "competitor" to a just-quaffed, and oh-so-revered F-W Stickee Monkee. Now while it may not be the deep, dense, complex, somewhat apprehensively-appealing shock-to-the-senses of the aforementioned, JD is a noble quad to be gestating amongst the cellared St. B 12's & La Trappe Q's.

The welcoming tan root-beer-floatish 2-3 finger head receding into delightful lacing like melting snow on the windowpane, effervescent bubbles that are revived with every whirl & twirl of the snifter well after the pour, dark-fruity (it's the raisins, ya know) and even boozy to the nose, tongue & throat, with a yum-yum dessert-like finish, but not overly sugary. Nothing overbearing or out-of-balance to my detection whatsoever.

and lucky me... managed to snap up a forlorn cask with an already-aged bottling date (and bore a neglected film of surface dust on top) at a frequented distributor, to miserly hoard for future savorings.

A Treasure.

Postlude 2/13/2019: just purchased a newer vintage, and astonishingly-unfortunately did find it a bit lacking from my remembrance. More hoppy and bitter than the previously-impressed melange of raisins, caramel and toffee - pulled a cellared 2017 for a blind taste test, which only validated the notion. guess it's it's all in the aging?...

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Herbabee from Pennsylvania, Jul 30, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the libertine

Dark brown with a thin off white lacing

Nose: cocoa, oak, booze, plum

Taste: similar to the nose. Strong barrel character, dark fruit, finishes boozy.

Full-bodied, viscous.

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emyers from Illinois, Mar 10, 2018
Photo of Dzu
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.75 l bottle into snifter
L: pitch black, with a tan foam head.
S: plums, sweets.
T: plums, caramel, fruits, tasty.
F: oily body and low carbonation.
O: great one. Must taste.

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Dzu from Russian Federation, Feb 14, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the Pizza Parlor in the West Loop of Chicago. It poured an opaque dark with tan head that is leaving a nice ring lace. The scent had dark fruit presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with plum push. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's not a typical quad in my opinion....but it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of darktronica
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for raisin flavors in my potent potables, so Lost and Found and Judgment Day were some of the first Belgian-style beers I ever tried when first entering the craft world. The art style of Lost Abbey's labels was appealing, and "brewed with raisins" further sucked me in.

Now living in a state outside of Lost Abbey's distribution network, this is a rare treat. This bottle is of unknown age, but with the updated label stickers, so it must be somewhat recent. A good finger of head that quickly subsides, with plum, vanilla, raisin on the nose. A bit heated on the palate, with moderately high carbonation. Oaky, with more caramel and stonefruit than raisin. Worth grabbing another couple of bottles to age when next I see it on a shelf.

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Photo of Hunter
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque, dark nut brown ale. Caramel colored head, no tracing.

Raisins, alcohol, butter toffee in the nose.

Alcohol is strong on the palate. Notes of candied fruit, bread,

Thick, cloying on the tongue after the swallow. Aftertaste of alcohol, fruitcake.

Overall not bad. Quads are not my favorite style but this certainly represents well. A good winter warmer.

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Hunter from Arizona, Nov 21, 2017
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades slowly and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits, caramel and toffee with a hint of raisins
T: Taste is dark fruits and spicy yeast followed by caramel and toffee with a slight raising character. Hint of alcohol soaked cherry as well. Swallow is sticky caramel and dark fruits with more spice from the yeast and a slight raisin finish
M: The beer is on the heavier side of medium in body with a slightly sticky palate. Carbonation is low but effervescent from bottle conditioning. The beer has a drying finish which is nice and expected.
O: Overall this is a really solid quad with some great flavors and complexity. This could easily stand up to a couple years of aging which may help round out some flavors. No real rough edges but a little mellowing wouldn't hurt.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Sep 13, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a style of beer i love, and have been drinking like crazy lately, and this is a wonderful example of it. rich and chewy layered malty quad, loaded with raisins. the abv is sneaky strong, this is barely warming let alone boozy, it can sneak up on you quick. it smells and tastes more malty than yeasty, with a fruitcake sort of breadiness and the raisins, really nice back and forth there, notes of bran muffin, spice cake, and toffee are here. its got an earthiness in its concentrated sweetness too, and a spiced rum-like flavor element as well, a brick oven bready heartiness too. its rich and full bodied, but not as heavy as a lot of these, and its fairly carbonated which i love. i did not have the carbonation issues others have reported. the belgian yeast aspect is great with the raisins, and seems to amplify a dark candy syrup flavor too. subtle clove and rootbeer notes, lots happening. we unintentionally found ourselves drinking this one when a slow smoked pork came off the grill, and this stood up well to the heavy flavors of the meat. these guys are awesome, and i think we forget sometimes that beer like this is available to us every day at a reasonable price. i need to revisit some other lost abbey beers again, this surprised me for some reason in its overall quality. good use of the raisins, great beer overall!

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Photo of danasofia
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - Fantastic, hands down. A very dark brown, basically stout-like in appearance, that lets little light through. It has nice khaki head that holds to a 1/2 finger for the first few minutes but subsides to a solid ring and light lacing fairly quickly.

Smell - Fruity and musty, with a rich caramel and molasses malt presence. Incredibly rich and sweet, strong presence of the added raisins which is improved greatly by the earthy, outdoor musk that accompanies their flavor.

Taste - Incredibly rich raisin and plum flavors, strong caramel and molasses, but most interestingly all balanced against a rich dark, bitter chocolate flavor. Sweet, nutty (almonds and hazelnuts), fruity, and earthy, while also quite chocolaty and with a strong, boozy warmth that doesn't disturb the flavors. Delicious.

Feel - Smooth, with light spicy/earthy hops, followed by sweet and light caramel and molasses flavors, with chocolate mixed in. Incredibly rich and full flavors on the initial sip, which thin out and lighten as soon as you swallow. Not a ton of linger, which makes this beer somewhat refreshing as well, despite its heaviness and richness.

Overall - A pretty amazing and delicious quad, with unique elements thrown in (raisins, dark chocolate) to augment the solid base flavors. Well worth the buy.

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danasofia from California, Jun 25, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy sustaining head. Light lacing stuck around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet to spicy blend of dark fruits ( raisins, plums), slightly currants undertone. The taste blended sweet to spice. It definitely has the throaty dark fruity aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation was there and good. Overall, this was a pretty good Quad I could have again.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

aged 2012 bomber. pours an opaque dark tan/mahogany with a thick head that hangs around for a bit. nose; all manner of spicy dark fruit (raisins, dates, & figs), cocoa, molasses, toffee, & easy ethanol. taste; chocolate/caramel malt, toffee, dried dates, leather, dark bread, & mellow hops. dense carbonation & medium+ mouthfeel. complex, rich, & delic!

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jopezu from Georgia, Jun 03, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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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the_awesometeer from California, Apr 01, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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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StoutSnob40 from California, Mar 24, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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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3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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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spacecake9 from Illinois, Jan 10, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Radcpa from Washington, Nov 08, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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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bmeehan from Pennsylvania, Oct 03, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Buck89 from Tennessee, Aug 29, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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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hman43 from North Carolina, Jul 03, 2016
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