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Judgment Day | The Lost Abbey

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3.92/5
Very Good
1,163 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Belgian 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,148
Reviews:
438
Ratings:
1,163
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
257
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Saint_Christopher
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of Antwon616
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antihero404
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eduarte78
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of BerryKumquat
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Herbabee
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EldiabloNegrote
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulFC
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carmel and raisen. Alcohol is well hidden. Never would have thought it was such a high ABV. Plum after taste. Smells like it tastes.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Afeo
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zstamper
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emyers
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of trevorpost
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,163 ratings