Judgment Day
The Lost Abbey

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From:
The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #114
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,104
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
736
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 15, 2022
Added:
Dec 23, 2006
Wants:
  120
Gots:
  253
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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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A murky clouded brown ale, a tan head that leaves little lacing, but good curtains.

The smell is sweet and fruity, raspberry marmalade, dry fruits and some yeast.

Sweet brown spicy bread, blackberries, soy sauce and anisette and some yeast.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, oily and sticky texture, a slightly dry finish.

A complex and nice brew, sweet and potent.
Oct 30, 2011
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by irishevans from California

Nov 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.62 by QuintusHorace from California

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.86 by mig100 from Texas

Jan 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by edthehead from New York

Jan 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.39 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
May 31, 2020
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Rated by sunsjammer from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz mason jar from Craft Beer Quick Stop. Poured 5/7/20.
May 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jan 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by Avitra from Switzerland

Oct 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by Commandophile from Illinois

Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.
Sep 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by Mike_Garber from Florida

Jul 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.
Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Saint_Christopher from Pennsylvania

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 !
Nov 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by Antwon616 from California

Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by antihero404 from California

Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by Eduarte78 from Massachusetts

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

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.
Sep 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by BerryKumquat from California

Sep 16, 2018
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Reviewed by dertyd from California

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---
Sep 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.65 by Birdlegs from Washington

Aug 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Herbabee from Pennsylvania

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?...
Jul 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by EldiabloNegrote from California

Jun 04, 2018
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Rated by GratefulFC from Arizona

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.
May 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by XicanoBeerRun from Texas

Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by scottiethebody from California

Mar 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Afeo from Colorado

Mar 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by zstamper from California

Mar 18, 2018
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

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.
Mar 10, 2018
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1178 ratings