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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 jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing a side by side of two American made Quads. Blasphemy by Weyerbacher and Judgment Day by the Lost Abbey. I'm a huge fan of both breweries so I'm wondering which I'll prefer and I'm sure whichever one wins, they'll both be pretty good. I havent had too many American Quads that I've liked but I recall having weyerbachers Quad a few years back and being rather impressed. Both bottles are fresh so lets see how it goes.

As always, an incredibly hard to remove cork from the lost abbey. Dark purple/garnet color with no visibility and a massive sticky off white head.Lots of lacing. Ripe raisins on the nose with an overall musty and earthy scent. Touches of smoke, charcoal and molasses.

Impressive subtlety like Weyerbachers Blasphemy but with a much chewier body. Raisins on the front end of the tongue followed by deep roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, and finally finishes with a smokey character reminiscent of Dogfish heads Immort Ale. Compared to the Blasphemy there is no detection of alcohol what so ever but the smoked malt probably covers that. For being brewed with raisins it isn't overly sweet and you really only get a touch of their flavors. The Smoke really balances the beer out but dries out the mouth. For how big of beer it is though there just isn't enough depth. Their are a few things you can hone in on and not much else. Despite this, it still manages to be better than most American quads that try to go over the top. This beer is a bit simple but brewed very well.

Overall I preferred the Weyerbacher Blasphemy to the Lost Abbey Judgment day but this doesnt mean Judgment Day was bad in the least. While neither can really compete with true Belgian Quads, both breweries did a pretty damn good job of not destroying the style, in fact I'd have to say they both made progress of being truer to style than most. While I do chose Weyerbacher Blasphemy as the victor, it has had the advantage of having a bit of aging on it at the brewery letting the beer mellow out and become a bit more complex. If I recall, while weyerbacher quad was very good, it was a little sloppier than it's barrel aged counter part. Good show by both breweries though, I enjoyed them both.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. I know I've had this bottle for a little while, I'd guess it's about a year old. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch frothy tan head that stays around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), peppery spice, molasses and some bready malt. It tastes like dark fruit (raisins, cherries, plums), molasses, caramel, bready malt and some chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. I think this is a good overall brew. I'd buy this one again at $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of mwayne
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer, poured from a 750 ml corked bottle is a burgundy color with a rich tan head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but the beer retains a continuous stream of small carbonation bubbles. The aroma is of intense malt...mildly roasted, with lots of bubblegum, spice, and sugar. Belgian, sweet...grape skins...hints of apple skins and cinnamon. Full in body. This is a fine beer.

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Photo of bkaj21
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Chaney
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is about a year old now and decided it was time.

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a caramel color that collected in the glass several shades darker than that. It had a nice, bubbly carbonation bill and a mere mocha ring around the liquid posing as a head.

S: I got a strong, raisony, boozy, red wine scent as soon as the cork popped. Under closer inspection, I got some rich caramel thrown into the mix.

T: This was definitely a quad through and through: Thick, vicious, with tons of dark fruit notes, and a hint of brown sugar and caramel. I actually think a tad more sweetness would have added a bit more complexity, but that's just me.

M: Like I said before, thick and vicious, and with a pillowy enough carbonation bill. It wasn't as boozy as I thought it was going to be.

O: I wish this wasn't so expensive and that Lost Abbey wasn't so pretentious about this one. It was good, but not worth the $20+ price tag. Especially considering the many Belgian Quads on the immediate market in my area that are far superior.

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Photo of Chrily
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TimFoster0
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jnolan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slight reddish brown with tons of brown foamy suds.
Smell is raisin and date and mabey a fig newton.
No smell of alcohol here.
Taste is really strong dried fruit and a yeasty bread. Toasted raisin bread is what this brings to mind. There is very little alcohol in the taste here.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and you do get a boozy afterburn but it is very tolerable.
Overall I like this offering a lot. Will probably drink this again.

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Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Dark reddish brown and opaque with a big light brown head. Lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate covered raisins accompany prune, plum, and grape. Lightly roasted with baked bread, earth, and a little caramel.

T: Light chocolate with pronounced dark fruit notes. Lots of raisin, plum, and prune. Malt is bready with a caramel note. Faint roast. Lower moderate earthy bitterness. Rich malty estery warming finish.

M: Full body with creamy moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice Quad. This batch has more chocolate and roast than usual.

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Photo of hagbergl
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MarkMorow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at my first hosted tasting event

A - Brown pour with red color along the edges. Slight brown foam head, and good clarity.

S - Smells like white grapes, raisins, and some peppery spice. Had a boozy smell that became stronger as the liquid settled.

T - Nice favor of fresh and dried fruit, that had a slight warming burn at the end. The spice tasted more sugary than it smelled.

M - Clearly a sipper, but one that seemed to e a bit more difficult to enjoy than some of the better belgian quads.

O - Fun beer, and my first try at Lost Abbey. While a nice quad, it is far from the very good ones that you can get much easier.

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Photo of SickNukes
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a dark brown-reddish color with a thin tan head. The head faded quite fast to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell- The aroma was sweet and delicious and mainly of darker fruits. A strong presence of grape, raisin, cherry and plum were present. These were mixed with lighter notes of a bready and yeasty aromas as well. There was furthermore a nice robust alcohol aroma which created a very pleasant boozy-fruit quality overall.

Taste – The taste started out with a heavy presence of a mix of darker fruits and biscuit. The fruits were largely of raisin and grape, but soon in the taste other fruit flavors started to join the profile. In the middle the presence of cherry and a very light tropical flavor came to the tongue and mixed nicely with the grape and raisin. The biscuit subsided a bit toward the middle with the entrance of the other fruit flavors. As these other flavors entered, so to did a good helping of the alcohol that was detected in the nose. The alcohol grew stronger as the taste advanced to the end but mingled well with the fruit flavors and left a satisfying sweet boozy fruit flavor on the tongue. Very pleasant and warming.

Mouthfeel – The thickness of the body was rather average with a slightly higher level of carbonation. Both did well to create more of a wine like feel to the beer, which in some ways was fitting as it suited the sweet flavors well, but in other ways prevented some of the robustness of the brew to be savored. It’s a tough call on the mouthfeel for this one.

Overall – This was sweet tasty beer that warms the body and tingles the tastebuds. Very nice.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of dahlen22
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have been drinking craft beers for almost 20 years now (even when craft beers were far and few between), but I can safely say that it is a glorious time for beer folk, but it has also gotten a bit out of hand. The talk of the town is Lost Abbey beers, and I too fell into line with the hype. But to be honest, this one did not impress me at all...

Appearance: Black with a 1/4 inch thick head.

Aroma: Raisins,figs, and other dark fruits.

Taste: On par with the aroma. But after the dark fruits, a subtle coffee taste comes through followed by a slight spice and some hops. Starts dry and finishes a bit on the spicy side.

Overall: I get what they are going for here and it is a nice beer and a sipper for sure at 10.5% abv. This (to me) is a nice beer to have after a good meal or by the fireplace in the cooler months. In May, this one was a pre-dinner crusher that left me looking for the bread sticks. Good variety of flavors, but I once again realize that the Belgians just do this so much better at the price. Cheers!!

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/10/12. Consumed 5/6/12.

A: Cola pour is a flat black in the vessel with a khaki colored head 2 fingers high and showed some resilience.

S: Rich coffee roast, after that things fall off a bit. Low to moderate level or aroma intensity, dark fruit, not bad, just expect more and better from this brewer. Average.

T: Sweet coffee roast flavor, plums, raisins, and dark chocolate. Spicy alcohol, tobacco, and some sweet dark fruitiness. Some pine and herbal hops mix in with some burnt cake. Warmth of coffee roast and alcohol on the close.

M: Lower end of medium body, frothy texture, spicy leave of pine-roast alcohol. Body was a bit lighter expected per style lacking a big malt presence.

O: Overall a flavor that showed some complexity, a manageable alcohol per bomber were its good points. A lack luster nose and mouthful were its weak points. Drinks like a strong ale rather quad, but a decent flavor despite the least for those who just want to have a good beer and not judge.

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Photo of KBennall
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,131 ratings
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