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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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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -13.3%
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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Photo of evanwoertz
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of goopy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GravityKills
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of spoony
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of danasofia
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +21.2%
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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Photo of txx675rx
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
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