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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cross-style Belgian strong, as all their beers. Black with a thin head, lace on the glass. Chocolate nose, tastes like a barleywine. Tastes a bit like an imperial stout, with chocolate, a bit of roasted barley. Cherry fruity. Significant carbonation that tingles the palate. Sampled at Modiale 2007.
After 6 years Peter FM brings a bottle. Some sourness and lots of sweetness. Pepper, cloves n taste, a unique invigorating aroma of spice, fruit.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky prune juice color with a puffy 2 inch light tan color that lasts. Kind of dirty looking overall. Good rings of lace on the glass on the way down. Smells of raisins, prunes/plums, dark malt, and yeast. Taste is of raisin puree, prune juice, and dark bready malts. Beer seems excessively carbonated (soda like) and prickles on the way down the throat. Slight alcohol burn too. Overall, a good beer that would be better if the carbonation levels were dialed down.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The one pours out as a reddish brown color with a very little head. No lacing on this one really. Smells like yeast and dark dried fruits, doesn't really give off the aroma I was expecting from a Quad. Tastes alcohol, bread and fruits throughout this brew. Thin mouthfeel not overly complex found this brew to be a little disappointing.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark malts, dark fruits and wood in the nose along with some notes of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits, spices and wood. Some notes of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer could use a fuller body, more fruit flavors and some sweetness. The taste seems to improve a bit as it begins to warm up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually when Derby Day rolls around it's all about the bourbon for me. But when a good friend brings over Lost Abbey, an exception has to be made.

The beer pours with a deep mohogany color with hues of brown, ruby, and purple. Rich carbonation rises but eventually falls while leaving a good amount of lacing behind. The first pour brings pretty good clarity but later pours have significant haze due to the jostling of the bottle and arousing the sediment.

Very bold aromas of dehydrated fruits (particularly raisons and figs) while a lot of peppery yeasty phenols, rich maltiness, and a lot of candied sweetness. Alcohols come across sweet and tickle the nose.

Very fruity flavors of raisons become forefront all the way through the session. Backup notes of figs, plumbs, prunes, dates, and nuts alternate with each sip. Very sweet maltiness takes the shape of confections and at times become too much. A balance of hops and phenols struggle to keep up, also making the beer overly sweet. Pepper and spices play along side of the intense alcohols but do little to curb the sweetness.

Quite sweet and nearly syrupy at times. Thinning by the alcohol helps but also make the beer a bit too fusal and hot. Numbing and prickling the the mouth, this beer might benifit from some aging.

This is a nicely flavored beer especially for the malt fans and those that prefer sweeter beers. It takes some resemblance to Raison De Etra. Even with the intense sweetness and heat the beer is quite enjoyable when sharing the bottle.

Thanks again Clvand0

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Paired with cheap greasy pizza. Expectations are very high given both the brewery and style. Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $5.49 USD.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm as it was consumed. Poured without vigor as (in spite of the brewery) I don't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a light solid black. It's inviting, but not quite as much as other quadrupels. I think the colour is less than ideal.

Sm: Raisins, dried fruit, berries, cream, caramel, vanilla, maybe plums. Complex malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dried fruits - some berry, nice yeast, cream, caramelized malts, raisins, and plums. Complex and layered, to good effect. The cream is present mainly towards the open, the plums almost entirely about the climax. It's a bit biscuity on account of the well-handled yeast. Overall, the fermented dark berries are what come through the most. I quite enjoy it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with pleasant cream. A bit too thick. Also too dry for a quad, likely from the raisins and yeast. It's forgivable. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Don't pour the yeast into your glass! It really dries up the beer. Otherwise, it's very drinkable for a quad and hides its ABV very well. I quite fancy it.

B- (Maybe a B pre-yeast pour)

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with not much retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry figs and plums with some subtle notes of alcohol. Taste of dry figs and plums is dominating with some rich and sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. A bit too sweet overall for my liking and it is missing something complexity-wise. Not bad but definitely not what I was expecting from this well renowned brewer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky, brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of figs, raisin and plum. Some nice caramel notes.

T - Great dried fruit flavor with notes of fig, raisin and plum. Some yeasty bite with a backbone of caramel and chocolate malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty quadrupel. I'm glad I picked this one up at Binny's.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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