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Judgment Day | The Lost Abbey

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Judgment DayJudgment Day

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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.

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Reviews: 418 | Ratings: 1,094
Photo of doubleipa
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearancehad a frothy head, light brown with excellent lacing. almost black color
Aroma was heavy malt, roasted, chocolate, and strong coffee. Heavy yeast and a little bit of dough. Dates, charcoal, allspice, and nutmeg. Palate was creamy and soft. Long finish.
Really outstanding beer. Not much of an alcohol bite.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark Brown. 1 finger head that fades pretty quick. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity raisin an caramel scents. Slight alcoholic. Almost like rum raisin ice cream

T: Raisiny and biscuit. nice malt and molasses or maple.

M: Smooth with mild carbonation.

O: Great overall beer. I would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a two ounce tasting glass. Served at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston.

A. Tan head...very dark brown body

S. Chocolate and roast grain

T. Sweet grain...chocolate ...vanilla

M.full.medium and thick

D. Very nice and surprisingly drinkable. Really like this alot. Would drink again.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip it forms an easily managed loose tan head. Good retention above a dark brown body.

Plenty of dark fruits but what impressed me the most is this one gets back to the spicy side of the house. THANK YOU. This can be a cloying style and that is what sometimes turns me in the other direction. The peppered angle brings me back. Think of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru and put a more aggressive spiced side and you have Judgement day. Probably the second best Belgian Strong Dark Ale I've ever had and if I had a side by side this could easily take top honors. Fantastic, well brewed beer regardless of wether you like the style or not this is a must try.

Notes: 750ML bottle corked and caged. I have been in a Belgian Strong funk lately so to speak. This has revived my interest in the style. Not as sweet as most. This is complex and a 6 month spell in the cellar may be the key to perfection here.

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Photo of basica
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Craftheads in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan http://craftheads.jp

A - Jet black pour into a Lost Abbey chalice yielding a thick foamy, milky tan head wiith good retention and nice lacing (4.5)

S - Loads of dark fruits pleasantly blended with caramel on the nose along with some liquorice (4.5)

T - Sweet caramel flavors upfront, exploding into tonnes of dark fruits and chocolate flavors, nicely blended in with the alcohol phenols in the middle and lasting well into the finish where the familiar Lost Abbey belgian yeast (that was also present in the 10 commandments) could be discerned; complex and delectable (5)

M - Medium bodied thickness with slightly high carbonation and a foamy smooth texture, thus going down very easily (4.5)

D - Great flavors, ever so smooth and deceptively easy drinking at 10.5% ABV (4.5)

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a very dark ruby color. There was about no head on it. This one has a big nose. Raisins, some alcohol, some toffee, caramel, bready, and lots of other stuff. It has a very rich taste. toffee, caramel, raisin, dark fruits, slight alcohol, brown sugar, and lots of other good stuff. I would definitely have this one again (and again).

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Photo of thatguy183
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Me and the wife had done a beer tour in San Diego and visted Stone Brewing and Lost Abbey. This was above and beyond my favorite beer of the day and having this on tap as opposed to bottle was so much better.
Absolutely delicious. This was my first experience with this beer and since then have bought several bottles.
The brewery is well wortht the time if you're in the area and love a good pint.

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Photo of rallison
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown with a nice bit of red. 1 finger semi-fizzy off-white head that does kind of die down (as this gets warmer, the head gets less fizzy and sticks around longer).

S: Smells wonderful. Raisins, dates, plums and other delicious dark fruits. Some sweetness, and maybe a touch of port-like alcohol.

T: Again, wonderful. Lots of dark fruits here - the raisins used in the brewing are definitely noticeable, and in a good way. Nice touch of port sort of flavor, with a bit of alcohol back there - just enough to nicely back up the body. Initially, this also has a bit of a carbonation bite, but as it warms (this was initially served at just under cellar temp), the beer gets smoother and more refined. Candi sugar sort of sweetness is here too, but is nicely tempered by the other flavors. Some nice spices back there also really help to keep this from being a malt bomb.

M: Delicious, especially after the carbonation dies down a bit. Rich and full, but not syrupy - just how the good Belgians are. Very nice.

D: This was a 10.5% bomber that I had to pace myself on - I could have easily finished it in 10 minutes. That should say something for the drinkability of a beer of the strength.

Highly recommended. My favorite so far of the Lost Abbey offerings. I'll be picking up some more of this.

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Photo of bosco7
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, pretty much opaque. The head thin even after a vigorous pour. Head retention is none existent. Still pretty attractive though.

I take a big whiff and chocolate, raisin, fig, vinous, cinnamon and boozey aromas are immediately apparent. Similar to Lost & Found in the nose.

Substantial amounts of chocolate in the beginning, middle and finish. Raisins, figs, and other assorted dried fruit present, however more subtle than Lost & Found. Black pepper, cherry, some concord grape, and plum round off the chocolate notes. Finishes with a very elegant caramel/toffee flavor that is very hard to explain.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and well attenuated. This is a beer that inspires deep and concentrated thought. Complex and very flavorful. My third Lost Abbey brew and I am extremely impressed. Highly recommended.

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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 jophish17
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle, served in a goblet for dinner with plain cheese pasta

Aroma: The smell is heavy in chocolate, with some toasted grain, dark fruits (grapes, figs) and alcohol

Appearance: Thick, black look with a modest head that dissipates rather quickly. Not the best looking quad, but still a decent looking beer

Taste: Chocolate continues to dominate the taste, and I really like it. A chocolate-dominated quadrupel? It really makes me happy :) Toasty malt with raisins, figs, sugars and a small touch of bitterness (hops? coffee? its very subtle)

Feel: oh-so good! the thick, full-bodied, malty body slides across the palate ever so nicely --it comes together very well.

Drinkability: super drinkable since its so delicious, and though the alcohol is there it isn't much of a hurdle

Lost Abbey has a winner here. Judgement Day really impressed on all levels, and is sinfully drinkable for such a big beer. Highly recommended variant to the typical Belgian quads

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Photo of walshclimb
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Thin, tan head that dissipates quickly to a rim around the glass. Nearly black body with tiny bubbles streaming up the glass. Dark and almost intimidating. Looking up through the beer, you can tell it is clear, despite the darkness, and this perspective shows a dark chestnut color. Warm fruity aroma with notes of prune, brown sugar, spice, and alcohol. Nice roasted malt with a hint of milk chocolate initial flavor with light bitter aftertaste that is relatively long lived with an alcohol finish. This brew comes across almost as a strong stout/barley wine cross. It is full bodied with slightly syruppy feel that coats the side of your tongue and the back of your throat. The lively, almost fizzy carbonation keeps it ffrom feeling too heavy. Overall, this beer has a nice subtle aroma that is reliatively complex and pleasant. THe taste is excellent and the mouthfeel is nicely balanced with a full body that is lightened a little by the carbonation. I would definitely purchase again.

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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 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 jgap
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with little head. Sweet smell of plumbs fills the nostrells without even lifting the glass. A closer take reveals a refined blend of spices. Taste is very, very complex. Easily the most complex dark beer I've taste, and one of the best. Dark plumbs, raisins, and old prunes. Sweetness balanced by spices and a wonderfull, ripe fruit aftertaste. Alcohol hidden very well. Amazing brew!

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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 liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jon as part of the QuadShowdown. 750ml bottle into a tulip, 2009 vintage.

Pours a dark brown with some lighter browns around the edges. Huge tan head of several fingers, great lacing and retention. Nose has loads of dark fruit notes, some berries, rich chocolate notes and some brown sugar. Boozy vanilla notes too, but this only adds to the complexity of this. Taste is rich, boozy and caramel-ly dark fruits, lots of chocolate there too. Hints of brown sugar and vanilla as per the nose. Mouthfeel has a light and peppery carbonation initially, and melts over the tongue with a creamy and smooth texture. Subtle alcohol in the finish. An excellent quad, my second favourite on the day. Really some fantastic flavours and aroma.

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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 BabySnakes
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown with a hint of ruby.Giant tan head that lasted a few minutes and dissapated to lacing

Aroma of coffee, raisin, slight chocolate malts, dark caramel

Deep dark flavors, very intense. Alcohol melds very nicely with the other flavors coffee, more raisin (special B grain?), toffee, but the coffee really dominates this quad. Hints of fig also.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Super carbonated in a great way for this beer. The alcohol,dense flavors and high carbonation make it nice and balanced.

Overall, an excellent beer. An extremely well balanced big beer. Savor and enjoy.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Predictably dark abbey. Good color, terrible head. The smell is very port-like. Very robust and raisiny. Taste follows suit, big, malty, huge dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is much thinner than one would expect, which belies the whopping 10.5% alcohol content. The drinkablility of this is therefore very high. It goes down like a session beer with a much bigger flavor. Take this into account when consuming this big, bad quad. I look forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I deserve some type of indulgence from the "monks" for having to remove the cork from this bottle! Took forever! Anyway, on with the beer.

-Appearance 3.5: An interesting dark brown with amber highlights. Very nice one inch, tan head dissipated slowly and left lots of foam at the edges. Really nothing special in appearance.

-Smell 4.5: Oh, wow! Very seldom have I sampled a beer that has this depth of bouquet. I smell the usual (not a bad thing!) Belgian candy sugar, but also malt, wood resins, toasted barley. So promising.

-Taste 4.5: Sweet and sour up front, with a huge (and delicious) malt and barley wave of flavor in the middle. Finish is all toasted barley and alkaline hops and a slight taste of smoky caramel. Aftertaste is malt and yeasty goodness. Awesome.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Just about perfect. Carbonation is the right level and the liquid feel of the beer is a perfect median level; in other words everything is set up to showcase the taste and smell of the brew.

-Overall 4.5: If this is "Judgment Day" my ruling is, "well done, my good and faithful servant." Amazing beer that the label calls a "Belgian Dark Quad Ale." Call it whatever you want, $8.99 for 750 ML (that's 25.36 U.S. ounces) is a bargain. If you are lucky enough to find it...BUY IT!

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Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*2008 vintage.

Poured from a beautifully labeled 750 bottle thanks to my Patron Saints uh, patronage.

A. Judgment Day is a rich dirty brown brew with a fat head that lays low and boasts great retention. So far so good.

S. Exceptional. Ultra sweet, Raisins, toasted marshmallows, alcohol, dark fruit, grain, coffee, chocolate, sweet, tart, just flat-out luscious. Yes please!

T. Mostly as advertised, but not *quite* as complex as the nose suggests. Still darn good. It's very sweet and fruity, with raisins at the fore. Warm alcohol and cocoa swirl... a mild grainy character is present. It seems to have more roasted grain than most Quads. Burnt dates and fruitcake raisins, rum, hint of wood. Tasty! Bit of medicinal bitter.

M. Fine. Mid-high carb, finish is all sweet raisins and alcohol with a medium dry finish.

D. Actually surprisingly drinkable for the flavor and alcohol. I had to fight to savor it. Judgment Day is simply delicious and a fine take on an American Quad. If it comes your way make sure to wave down a horseman and snag a bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a weak head that quickly fades to a ringlet; leaves a few dots of lace on the chalice

Smell: Rum-soaked raisins, dates and figs; dark chocolate and burnt caramel

Taste: Starts out with a raisin and date character that is joined by plum at mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate and caramel flavors dominate though the fruit hangs around to add complexity

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Having learned my lesson regarding carbonation with the LA beers, I let my second bottle age for a couple of years before re-sampling this beer; the carbonation was modest, but adequate, this time around; very interesting quad that has some RIS elements to the flavor profile; the aging bumped up my scores considerably

Note: Trying it again, mid-2011, and while the carbonation is gentle, it is much more developed than in my previous two tastings of this beer

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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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