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 dmquinn
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of ikantspel
2.41/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled on 8 11 11

served into a duvel tulip

pours brown with a heavy head and a head that goes nowhere. thick globby lacing covers the glass

smells of dark fruits, raisins, and some slight malts

taste follows the nose. not too much going on here. kinda feel jipped what with all the nice artwork on the bottle.

mouthfeel is pretty light for a quad. its crisp, but falls flat at the end

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Photo of TaySuth
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Minimal head with moderate lacing. Dark brown/purple color.

Smell: Sweet with raisins and a hint of soy sauce. Also a touch of caramel.

Taste: Sweet with raisins, plum, dark fruit and caramel. Soy sauce. Similar to smell. It seems that the soy sauce taste builds on the palate and begins to mask the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and a thick body. Smooth finish.

Overall: This beer had some great qualities but unfortunately the salty, soy sauce flavor was the lasting trademark of this beer.

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Photo of gafferjohn
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mcgwire756
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ckapp
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brystmar
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany. Pours a thick tan head that fades extremely slowly. Tons of lacing.

Smell: raisins, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, boozy, brown sugar, estery.

Taste: dark fruits, toffee, raisins, plums, malty, nutty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A pretty good quad. The raisins are definitely prevalent. Drinkability is pretty high. The ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of effixx
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

Judgment Day pours a dark, mahogany brown color. It’s a little hazy. A few specks of floating yeast are noted. Backlighting reveals nice crimson and burgundy highlights. A tan head sits on top. It’s under a finger tall and recedes quickly. Maybe too much alcohol for it. Lacing was light.

The nose is just okay. It’s a tad weak and needs strength. It starts out with dark fruit notes. Smells like raisin to me. No shock there. There’s a hint of some chocolate malt. It’s definitely cocoa-ish. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn’t quite as pronounced as I’d like. There are some light spicy notes that could be attributed to the yeast. Light cherry and alcohol are noted on the tail. The alcohol doesn’t smell all that strong. Perhaps 3 years or so has integrated it quite well.

The flavor is good. Definitely a step up from the nose. It does start out with a nice dark fruit flavor. Tastes mostly like raisin. There’s a hint of cherry in there, as well. Light cocoa and very light caramel follow. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn’t very strong. It adds a light spicy character to the overall flavor. There’s a little clove and pepper there. I would like more Belgian yeast though. That’s a little bit of a setback. Alcohol has integrated well over time. It doesn’t seem like 10.5% at all.

Judgment Day has a body that’s on the very light side of medium. It definitely feels too thin. Carbonation is active, but it’s not buzzy. It’s not bad. Just needs a bit more heft. For a big beer, it goes down relatively easy. This bomber’s disappearing quickly.

Judgment Day is a pretty good Quad, but does have its shortcomings. The biggest issues are the light Belgian yeast presence and the body/mouthfeel. If those two issues were addressed, it’d likely be improved. Those aren’t huge problems though. It’s definitely good, and is worth your attention.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of CarolinaKevin
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of quantumcipher
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of chevre
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Giovacchini
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown color, decent head

S- dried fruits are the dominant smell along with some toasted maltiness.

T- very bitter sweet dried fruit taste. Strong alcohol flavor. Tastes like a headache in the morning...

M- very light carbonation. I felt like I was drinking a funky red wine.

O- I would never buy this beer again. I'm not a big fan of beer brewed with fruit but since having this beer I've had some of RR beers brewed with fruit and decided they are just different.
EDIT: I want to re-review this beer because it might of been stored improperly.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Cork broke off at the top which was a major pain in the ass.

3.0 A: Clear deep amber brown color. One finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves a tiny ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Tons of plum. After that fig, currant, and raisin. Caramel with perhaps a touch of toastiness. The yeast is a bit surprising in that there isn't really any Belgian spiciness going on. Still not bad.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, only there's a small charred component added and it's more vinous overall. Plum, raisin, fig, currant in that order. Caramel and toast.

2.5 M: The mouthfeel is the worst part about this. It's a bit undercarbonated, but worse, the carbonation is "dead" as opposed to spritzy like most of its bretheren. Otherwise, smooth.

3.0 D: This has some good and some bad qualities that put this right at the middle of average.

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Photo of Brianito
1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rpaul2012
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of evilkorova
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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