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 seanmugs
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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 DrStiffington
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer tried by Lost Abbey, which is new to NJ. The bottles all look cool, anyway. Dude at the beer store suggested that I try this one. Pours very dark with a thick head into my tulip glass. Head disappears quickly, lots of lacing on the side. Smells of booze, vanilla and raisins. Tastes of grape, raisins and booze. Very hot going down. Not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel somewhat thick. I have to say, I've had several better Quads, but this is still very good. It's getting better as I drink more of it. I bought the big stout of theirs. Can't wait to try that one.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance 4- Dark murky brown with a slight hint of a purple/red color. Small brown head that fizzles fast and leaves behind a slight film over the top of the beer.

Smell 4.5- Vanilla/whiskey, very boozy. Cherries, raisins, other dark fruits.

Taste 4- Black cherries, definitely some plum and BOOZE.

Mouthfeel 3.5- Fizzy carbonation, slightly syrupy.

Overall 4- I feel like it should have way less carbonation personally. The booze is very assaulting which I don't mind but could definitely be a turnoff to some. With a year or more of aging this beer would be 10x better. Definitely enjoyed but would not spend $12 on it again.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/2" head that quickly falls to a spotty surface foam. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: figs, raisins, and a nice malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: malty profile, with figs, raisins, hints of chocolate, nice bitterness, and a warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: nice slow sipping beer. Full of flavor, this one is great on a cold night in front of a fire.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bottle to globe glass. Great label ;)

A - The beer pours a brown color with a huge 2.5 finger bubbly cream colored head with good retention huge lacing.

S - The aroma has a hint of the alcohol with notes of licorice and fruit - not the raisin I expected but similar. Not all that powerful.

T/M - Loads of malt character immediately. The heavy fruit flavor: raisin, plum, fig mix wells with the chocolate roasted malt character. A bit of coffee notes as well with an earthy hop tone. The beer finishes with a bit of molasses but is surprisingly smooth without the alcohol heat you'd expect. Medium carbonated and smooth.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, I am new to the quad style and was told this might be a good one to start with. I liked it. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-10-2011 20:05:38

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stormking47 for this bottle; pulled out of a Shadowy Corner of the cellar where it had been kidnapped by the forces of Morrrr-dor. Over a year old. Big 750 ML, weapon-class glass.

Looks like this one might have leaked every-so-slightly, there's a bit of muck around the bottom of the cork. Seal is tight though. Wrestled off, the beer pours with a surfeit of carbonation that take a while to draw down to drinkability. Dark brown/red. Nose is sweet & fruity, with almost a syrupesque edge. Darker edge that seems likely to be raisin. Inferred.

Judgment Day has aged even better than the Pet Shop Boys. Lovely sweet malts are paired with nothing more than a passing fad of raisin that really complements it well. Brown sugar, or molasses, or some kissing cousin, adds another layer of complexity & sweet reason. Odd dark fruits limp through, cola underlay, with a sugary burst that sticks to the palate & leaves a lasting impression. Tasty, tasty, tasty, & appeals a bit too much to the sweet-tooth in me.

This is a very good quad that builds layer upon layer of a sweetness echo chamber. If you're allergic to sugar, or vaguely diabetic, don't even sniff this brew.

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Photo of dejrrma
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't find the date in the bottle but I bought it in February of 2011. 750 ml bottle for $9.99.

a- pours a dark brown color. very little head that disappears into a thin ring.

s- the most intense aroma is that of pineapples. Incredible. Then there's some raisins and malts. There's some definite boozeyness as well.

t- Tastes little like the intense pineapples I smelled. It tastes of raisins and roasted malts with chocolate undertones. A bit sugary with a slight soy taste.

m- medium body, and little carbonation, but since it's about year old, I don't expect otherwise. Slight soy after taste.

o- pretty good. i liked it as a beer that i was trying for the first time but i don't know if I've ever go out and seek this brew out.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ikantspel
2.41/5  rDev -38.5%
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 -19.6%
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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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,136 ratings
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