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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Photo of brdc
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Large corked bottle, fresh 2008 version, poured into a goblet.

Dark reddish brown, with some shiny highlights, and a rather small light tan head that dissipates fast and leaves little lacing behind.
Aroma is mostly dark fruits, a hint of caramel, and too much raisin.
Medium, almost full bodied, the taste shows the same dark fruits, but again the raisins take center stage, and can get quite annoying at times, along with a hint of caramel, and still manages to finish somewhat dry.
Decent at best for a lighter belgian style ale, it is far from a quadrupel, except in alcohol content. If I am going to rate this as a quadrupel, it might be one of the worst.

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Photo of ASymon13
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick tan head on it that leaves some decent lacing. The smell is of alcohol, chocolate, and an interesting dark fruity sourness.

The sourness in the smell is nowhere to be found in the taste. The dark fruit flavors are there but they do not have the sourness or even any real sweetness to them. There are also some slightly roasted malt notes, but the prevaling flavors are tha distinct belgian spiciness and alcohol. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel, and the carbonation is pleasant. Overall, it is certainly not the best belgian quad around. The alcohol overpowers any of the more intricate flavors and the result is not entirely positive.

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Photo of Franchise
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Port Brewing pours a cloudy dark red plum leaving a thin off white lace with little retention. The aroma is very complex chocolate, raisins, alcohol, plums, dark pitted fruits.

The taste is dark chocolate, very boozey, raisins, plums, brown sugar with a syrupy mouthfeel the taste mirrors the nose. The hops take a back seat in thie quad some bitterness is apparent but this is a sweet beer. Overall I liked this offering I would perhaps aged this beer and see what might happen.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from unholy2, cheers mike!

Pours a red tinged chestnut with one finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Fruity (dark fruits)& earthy notes

T: Dark fruits, a touch of licorice & oaky dryness up front. A touch of chocolate, then raisins, vanilla & figs are on show as this warms, plus just a bit of booze. Finished oaky, with nice chocolate & dark fruit

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, became very warming as this opened up

Drank very easy for the style & ABV, a good, not great Quad. Could get better with time, but seems pretty much peaked out to me

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Disappointing one finger head that quickly dissipated which made it seem kinda flat. The color was a dark grape wine color but a little browner than that.

S: Smelled like a winter festive smell with cinnamon and nutmeg spices with dried raisin and citrus aromas working in the mix.

T: It sported a hazelnut taste but no raisin like I was expecting. After airing out for a while it had an alcoholic bread pudding taste which went well with the festive winter smells.

M/D: Alcoholic feel all the down the throat but kinda bland on the tongue. It had an ok drinkability not my favorite though I highly recommend as that Christmas beer the whole family can enjoy around the fire

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Photo of aquatonex
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do appreciate the ABV, but altogether this beer is pretty average for a quad.

Pours opque brown with a swirly brownish head. Nose is dominated by funky heavy fruit (raisin). Taste is pretty funky also, no sweetness, just heavy and bitter. Also, I get that gagging feeling I get whenever I eat mediocre raisins. But, after you down the first glass it really doesn't matter because the ABV creeps up.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black with very slight brown highlights when held to light. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma hits first with dried fruits, figs, some light chocolate, then some yeast. Taste brings some more fruits, some malt, a bit of alcohol, and spicy yeast. A few sips in and I'm hit with some sweet rum and hints of chocolate. Some phenolic tastes hidden under there too. Lots of sweetness in the aftertaste as well. Thick body, crisp carbonation, definitely a sipper. Nice big bold Belgian style ale.

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Photo of HopHeadLouie
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark as hell, think root beer with decent head and good lacing. Yeasty on the nose, definetly smells like a Belgian. Oddly enough the yeast does not come through on the buds. Malt, malt and more malt with sugary sweet plumb raisin toffee notes. Slight alcohol warmth well integrated for a 10 percenter. This one is a tough call, if you are into strong dark Belgians a more than solid offering, but overall nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't judge me! Pours a darker amber red hue that is boarder line purple in color. Some what hazy. A light pour left a small amount of foam with very limited about of retention. Not much lacing as well.

The nose is complex with good representation. Some malty notes mix with some solvent alcohol. Noticable plum/raisin aromas with a rum like twist. More of a alcohol mixer than anything. Some yeasty notes, but more of an American feel (versus Belgian). Nice fig and come pear notes on the back end. Some sugary notes. Hints of metallic that becomes more present as it warms.

The taste is a bit different with more of a sugary backing and stronger alcohol notes. Some limited malty caramel notes but more phenols. Some darker fruites, raisins, figs and prunes mostly. Some light woody and cherry notes as well. There is a underling rum flavor throughout but more of a cheaper rum (Captain Morgan esk). The metallic continues with some blood like flavors. Also more of an American feel with not much of the Belgian yeast notes.

The body is big and very solvent with alcohol. More of a sipping beer with all the complexity and huge alcohol notes. Feels like it should be twice the gravity it is. Overall not bad but I could see how people would not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Dark mahogany color, with ruby highlights against light, relatively clear. Slow pour still produces a two finger thick light tan head that quickly dissipates to a splotchy thin film and thick ring. No lacing.
S: Sweet, but not overly or sickening. Brown sugar, toffee, raisins, plums, dark fruit, typical Belgian yeast and subdued smell of alcohol.
T: Very malty and slightly sweet. A little lacking in the crispness, but very creamy and sweet. Dark fruits, like raisins and plums are up front as well as candied fruit, brown sugar, molasses, etc. Strong alcohol presence in the finish, but well balanced and never really burns.
M: Very thick and full bodied. Creamy and smooth very little carbonation. Finish has strong taste and burn of alcohol.
D: Great sipping beer, but a little strong on the alcohol and a little too sweet by the end of a glass. Would have again, interesting take on a quad.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

04/29/08- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. 2007 release. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep french onion soup color, maybe a weak cherry cough syrup color. Pours completely flat. No sign of any head. Same goes for the lacing, zippo. Really quite lifeless. Knew when I popped the cork and there was no sound that something may not be right.

Smell- Scent is quite nice though. Lots of dark fruit including raisins, dates and figs. A touch of alcohol as well.

Taste- There does happen to be a bit of carbonation left, but not much. Just enough to keep it from becoming a drain pour. Almost cask style. Flavor mirrors the nose. Lots of raisin flavors, make that booze soaked raisins. Really a one flavor shop here.

Mouthfeel- Minute carbonation, like alcohol flavor left in afteretaste.

Drinkability- Need to get my hands on a fresh one of these. Tried to imagine I was drinking a cask version, but it just wasn't happening. Good flavor kept it from being a drain pour. If fresh this is probably damn tasty.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dark mahogany-hued body with, well, actually there's practically no head. Moving on!

Smell: Aroma of stewed plums and prunes in a simple syrup reduction topped with brown sugar and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a taste of sugary dark fruitiness and a pop of acidity on the tongue. Brown sugar and some warming alcohol follow. Just the faintest taste of chocolate. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, well-crafted quad from Lost Abbey. I certainly had no trouble emptying my glass.

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Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey for nine dollars, split with my dad two nights ago, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Dark brown with some dark red highlights, absolutely no head, retention, or lacing

S-Raisins, plums, dates, figs, plums, funky spices, soda, bread, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel

T-Sweet taste that was filled with raisins, faint chewy malt in the middle, finish had a ton of booze in it, syrupy the entire time, alcohol taste got stronger and stronger, became even sweeter as time went by, something felt missing, not much going on except for booze and fruit here

M-This beer is in desperate need of carbonation, full bodied but syrupy, sweet and boozy mouthfeel, taste lingered way too long

D-Could not dirnk more than a few ounces, super heavy on the stomach, too hot for me, alcohol was not hidden at all, least smooth quad I have tasted

My least favorite beer from Lost Abbey, lacks the complexity an uniqueness that their other beers have, could drink any more beer after having this other night, would not drink again, only worth trying if you were curious like me

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, from tayner

A: Deep purpled hued black under no head, but a cool little spiral to look at on top. No retention, no lace.

S: Smells of candied dark fruit, very sweet, mild chocolate, tobacco.

T: Malty, sweet, spicy alcohol, a little dry, mild chocolate and tobacco make another appearance. Fruity, a bit more citrus then the smell. Pretty bitter as well.

M/D: Full bodied, but slightly thin, alcohol is there. Drinkability is OK, it's a sipper. A solid beer but nothing overly redeeming about it.

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Photo of Atron67
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bdchung52077 for the trade!!!

P- sweet logo on the front, exectly as it is in the BA pic, apocalypse etc...., was refridgerated than let sit for 20-30 min before opening

A- poured a dark brown, clear body, strong red hues to it, almost bronze through the light. light thin offwhite head built up on the pour and slowly fell down, but wasnt ever that impressive, but thats not exactly where this beer was going either. little to no lacing was left on the glass

S- pretty fusel alcohol scents, strong harsh, maltiness underneath, low hop charachter, in fact i cant really notice it, other than the lack of sweetness. the raisens are pretty strong. maybe bordering on astringent, but not really in a bad way, in my head i feel more like its a forboding of the intensity of the beer

T- phew, i was a little worried from the smell how it might turn out, its delicious, cant really notice any type of astringincy anymore. the carbonation on the tongue helps the dark raisen character burst on the tongue, the malt is very heavy, but not harsh in anyway. a very intense beer. lingers on the tongue as it leaves, slightly sweet finish, which i usually dislike but i'll give it a pass this time because it seems to work for it

M- thick thick body, light carbonation, sticky to the tongue

D- great sipper

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled multiple times from the bottle.

I liket this brew, it is very solid.

Dark fizzy cola brown, small tan head of foam dies quickly. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, figs, candy sugar, and yeast. Pretty straight forward and one dimensional but solid. Taste is a bit heavy, dark ruum, boozy raisins, fig (again), candi sugar, etc. Smooth and easy on the tongue, velvet like heavy mouthfeel very well executed carbonation level. Drinkability is good. Not the best brew ever, but certainly a respectable stab at the style.

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Photo of AndySR15
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I am having this beer. First time was at the Toronado, the next day we went to City Beer Store and I picked up a bottle.

A: Poured with about one finger of head, which dissapated quickly, into a Duvel glass. It is almost black but when held up to a light it has a beautiful red hue.

S: Malty sweetness, I also get a good deal of rasin coming through. THe aromas of the high alcohol are also present. Basically smells really BIG.

T: Very interesting. Starts out fruity, then gets kind of dry and bitter and finishes with coffee notes. Once again the alcohol is present but not overbearing.

M: Starts out nice and light with a perfect amount of carbonation, the malty thickness really came out in the end for me.

D: This is deffinately an intense beer, GREAT but a little intense. I'm not sure how many of these I would want to drink in a row but I know I will have one again some day.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticed a bottle of Judgment Day sitting in the fridge, had it while watching an episode or Reaper, go figure.

In to a Maudite tulip it poured a deep dark amber, bubbly but no real head. Small bubbles everywhere, during the pour, after sitting for a while, dancing on the tongue during sips. A rim of light brown bubbles congregated at the edge of the brew.

Tastes of malt, but obvious presence of the Lost Abbey plum/raisin base... sort of a dulled fruit sweetness. Not overly sweet but sleight. Constant tiny bubbles cleanse the palette after every sip. Slightly hot, and I notice the alcohol fairly quick.

Aroma seems to be a less malty but blandy sweet (i.e. raisin) waft.

After part of a glass, I had it with some grilled (no sauce) chicken but found it matched amazingly with some artisan multigrain/hearty bread.

Interesting, fun to drink with food, but perplexing by itself. It looks for complexity but leaves you with prune/raisin/plum.

After enjoying a bottle I realized that I should not be driving nor operating heavy machinery. Beware the Judgement Day!

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle 2007 reserve.

Apperance- Poured a reddish,purple almost dark plum color with an sandy color head that stuck around for a while. Decent lacing

Smell- Grainy malts,fruit,chocolate and coffee scents.

Taste,Mouthfeel-Fruity malts and chocolate at first smoothly transitioning as it got warmer into a mild coffee and grainy taste.

Drinkability- Lost Abbey makes good beer, thats all there is to it!! If you dont believe me try some for yourself.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A perfect brown body almost has a blackened effect to it as it lets through no light. Head reaches about an inch and a half of rich tan fuzz that has decent retention. Nose has a nice mix of soured dark fruits with hints of banana bread, and seet figs. As this beer enters the mouth it gels to a solid mix of dark fruit of bitter dryness is the result of a balanced pairing of soft spiceness and rich burnt, carmalized malts. The darkness that this beer creates really paints the mouth. Alchol is hidden quite well. This beer really punishes the mouth and the drinkability is slightly hurt by this.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, no dating evident.

Appearance: deep amber to light brown, somewhat hazy, moderately dense light-brown head leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma: intense woody maple syrup stonefruit, alcohol evident. Slight smoked wood/campfire notes.

Taste: deep stonefruit raisin wood leather and deep syrupy malt. Yummy, full, sweet dark candy.

Mouth: Moderately thick, but not what you might expect for the gravity and sweetness. Deep warming alcohol, borders on hot.

Overall: Damn, damn delicious. Reminds me a lot of a vintage Thomas Hardys. I don't get a lot of Belgian character. Okay, almost none. But it's still damned tasty.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel. Looks as thick and cloudy as melted caramel. Has a fizzy thin head that discipates fast.

SMells boozey and sweet.

Taste of burnt malts, and boozey raisens in
alcohol. Very very robust and strong in flavor and mouthfeel. An alcohol burn that is similar to brandy in the aftertaste. Other dark fruits abound.

SOmewhat hard to drink this one as it is so intence in flavors and alcohol. A nice sipper it became. But did eventually finish to 3 episodes of mash.

I love Port San Marcos brewery. I had this one on tap and there, Judgement day seemed a little less boozey.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a chalice a deep black color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, not much sticky lacing at all, but some oil slicks. The nose is malty, slight yeast, figs, prunes, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, dark fruit, slight alcohol, and caramel. Medium body, slightly chewy, complex brew. Very drinkable, a nice brew, there is a slight twist on the style though with this one.

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Photo of mnapier
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temp. 50 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Raisins that are used with 'de Tomme, sure I'll try.

Appearance, is dark brown & with little or no light. The beer itself pours a strong light brown head that dissolves quickly, leaving no lace behind.
Aroma, is roasted, with medium raisin, some figs, and a honey sweetness.
As I swallow this I detect strong to medium alcohol, medium raisins, strong roasted, some dark spices and a medium mouthfeel.


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Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a brown color with slight reddish hint. Head is tan and rather thin, becomes a slight film after a short period of time.

Smell: Lots of spicy alcohol, and fruit like figs and raisins.

Taste: Again, spicy alcohol, dark fruits, hints of chololate and heavier red wines (like Chianti).

Mouthfeel: Smooth with minimal carbonation, but a bit of burning sensation from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Alcohol flavor is a bit excessive, masking the other flavors.

Not particularly impressive. Seems that a lot of breweries in the US have trouble when their Belgian-style beers go over 10% ABV. The flavors are nice, but are overshadowed by the alcohol taste.

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,104 ratings.
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