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 JohnnyHopps
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cellared this bottle for about a year and a half. The quad was poured into a snifter, with an appearance that was black with some degree of cloudiness. The aroma was that of malt and dark fruit. In the initial taste, one gets a high level of dark fruit such as raisin, prunes, and dates. Even before identifying the initial taste, one notices the warmth on this one. Dark fruit are heavily involved. Burnt malt, molasses, and dark chocolate notes are also present. The malts become more noticeable in the aftertaste. The warming sensation continues throughout each seem. Though this is a year-round brew, quads are great on a cold winter night.

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Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Pours a translucent prune brown with glints of cola color around the edges of the glass. The head is HUGE, foamy, and dark tan. A bouquet of tart grape, raisin, cherry coke, and notes of chocolate. Mouthfeel is full, nearly thick, wet, with a bit of carbonation burn that interacts with the spiciness. Some vanilla, more raisin and brown sugar, and chocolate flavors. Sweet and tart occurring simultaneously. Not an off-putting amount of spiciness, for which I am grateful. A bit (just the slightest) boozy at the finish. A pretty clever beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers sweet malt, raisins, prunes, yeast, caramels, toffee. The flavor is sweet, with an abundance of toffee. Caramel candies with a touch of Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Perhaps a bit out of balance with an over abundance of sweetness and toffee. A tasty beer in small quantities.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

A: Poured a dark, murky brown with a nice one inch tan cap with good head retention

S: Nice nose. Strong booze, raisins, figs, chocolate and molasses

T: Initially very good with some dark fruits mainly in the way of raisins, figs, purple grapes and light chocolate, caramel and molasses which has a stinging but dry finish

M: Medium to big body. Somewhat smooth mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this Quad. Classic and well done for a non Trappist Quad.

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Photo of deesfrank
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled 1/10/2012) into a chalice. An appropriate choice for Election Day I think.

Pours a deep brown mahogany w/ a thick khaki head that settles like a pillow, leaving behind a uniform film of lace.

Aroma is fruity and sweet with notes of coffee, molasses, and chocolate. A pretty strong booze presence too. Unique.

Taste is sugary sweet and fruity. Grape juice beer? Also picking up the unexpected bitter coffee and molasses I got on the nose. Kind of a weird combination, not sure it's working so well.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy with a somewhat bitter, almost harsh finish.

Overall a sweet, powerful quad that lacks the finesse of the better ones. An interesting effort, but one I probably won't revisit.

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Photo of BrettD
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed goblet.

A: Dark brown sugar body with a dark amber hue. Thin leather colored head with excellent retention staying put the entire sipping experience.

S: Rich toffee, raw leather, sugary red licorice candy, slightly tart fruits, crisp and clean without any noticeable boozy aroma.

T/M: Warming sensation on the throat. Slight metallic aftertaste takes away from really enjoying the malts. Warm, inviting malt profile smoothly slides without being astringent, harsh or too heavy. Mild carbonation. Hint of peppery spice on the back end.

O: Would not have guessed raisins were used even though all the tart, juicy, fruity tastes are there. What I expect from a Quad with tons of complex caramel malt flavor and little booze taste for strength.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jules11788
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown color; finger-width head, light lacing

S: Dark fruits, tart wine, raisins, figs, wood, toffee, caramel, malt. Smells amazing

T: Starts off with a sweet raisiny/woody character, opens up along the middle to reveal subtle flavors of dark fruits with a little hint of Belgian yeast; finishes smooth with some sweet woody flavors

M: Very smooth and buttery; light carbonation, medium viscosity

O: This beer was quite delicious, I would definitely buy this again

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a big creamy beige head. Good retention and lots of lacings formed and left. Quite clean. I could not see any particles or remains in the bottom of the bottle

S: Quite fruity and bready with notes of coffee. Oak, caramel, caramel malts and yeasts. Despite of the high ABV, I could not feel the alcohol

T: Sweet profile, as expected for the style. Quite malty too. Notes of dark fruits, oak, caramel, bready yeasts. Strong notes of coffee which differentiate it from a Belgian Quad. End is bitter, but not much. Good bittersweet balance

M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. My fist American made Quad. My second Lost Abbey after the Angel's Share. Not as good as the first one but still a good beer. Recommended

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,113 ratings.
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