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Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Corruption, Greed and Lust, they’re all represented on he books today. Tomorrow they’ll be stringing Gluttony, Desire and Sloth. Go ahead, tell yourself you’re better than all of them. But you can’t. Hell can be funny like that. Down here it’s all just sin. Everyone here is screwed just like you. They don’t care who you sliced, diced or cheated. No one is escaping this heinous place.

Your roommate is an axe murderer. Eerily, he’s not threatening. How can he be? The Fallen Angel owns your body, mind and soul. As such, no one can take your life. It’s already been taken. Or was it given? Neither matters. Did you seriously think you were living a virtuous life? At least Satan serves beer in Hell. He brews it himself right there in that flame stoked cauldron. Rumor has it the beer is straw yellow, bone dry and simply labeled Inferno.

Added by scottoale on 05-04-2008

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Reviews by alexw:
Photo of alexw
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this tasty treat courtesy of my buddy who works with the Lost Abbey crew -- thanks Kenan!

A: Hazy, cloudy straw/pale gold color to Inferno, with big-time carbonation. I may have poured a little over-zelously, but the head was big, frothy & very slow to subside. As others noted, even after the head recedes, there was still a solid lacy topping of bubbles.

S: A very spicy bouquet - definitely get the clove & coriander others have noted, but also almost a hot pepper or papprika smell to it. There's definitely a strong wheaty/bready smell to it as well.

T: The pepper comes out in the taste as well -- almost like someone sprinkled some on top of the beer. Quite a lot of different tastes came out, but overall the bitterness overpowers all. The malt that is there is very dry & subdued -- like it was beat into submission by some wild wheat or something.

M: Surprisingly light body, given the smells I got from this beer. After all the spices & adjuncts I smelled, I expected a big heavy taste, but this is light, almost crisp.

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: First off, looks like carbonated orange juice with a big fluffy white head, lots of lacing, big bubbles on the top sticking to glass's side, looks very juicy.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, bread, no alcohol on the nose, nothing big.

T: Belgian yeast characteristics up front, spice, bananas, pears, there is a slight tartness to the beer, getting lots of heat from the alcohol, very good.

M: Dry, fluffy mouthfeel.

O: I've had this with some age on it and now fresh, it has more bright flavors fresh and more alcohol, going to let another age and see if the beer balances out with the alcohol.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head, very rocky and slow settling. Yellow/golden body that's rather cloudy.
Largely malt aroma with a bready quality but the esters and phenols show in time with a soft spiciness, bits of fruit and a soft alcohol.
Hmmmm, complex of course. How many sips to get it all in? Certainly dries out quite a bit and lingers too. Sweet up front with fruit then the spices follow and grow to be a little heavy handed as the alcohol shows with some warmth and flavor. I'm finding some interesting hop taste in the middle. They seem grass and herbal. Malt flavors mingle between all the other flavors and offer some nice stabilizing influences.
Wow the drying is ...well...right there and noticeable. It holds a little hop flavor in time too. It's taking time to work through all that is going on, but he sum of the parts is coming together to be pleasing to my sense.
I like the corked 12.7oz bottle.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow pour with a half inch of bone white head on top of the brew. Active carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of spicy crisp malts with nice Belgian yeast accents.

Sweet and spicy malts upfront that moves into some earth yeast tones along with a dry finish. A touch fruity with a mellow bitterness on the way down. A tasty golden Belgian brew with a good yeast kick.

Pretty damn drinkable with good carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and came come up to bite you! I would grab this one again if I'm looking for an easy drinking Belgian golden ale.

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Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle (no bottle date) into a tulip

After a lengthy battle, the cork finally yields with a nice pop.

A - Pours mostly clear light orange color with a massive stream of carbonation rising from the center. A slow pour yields > 3 fingers of white head, no doubt due to the cork battle. Head has outstanding retention and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Heavy yeast presence with a bit of citrus and grape. Yeast has both bread and funk elements. Also has a bit of spiciness to it. Has kind of "thick" smell if such a thing is possible

T - Taste has more citrus than the aroma, but is still heavy on the yeast components. Nice bread and must, with a bit of pepper on the back end. Finishes earthy and dry with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with bright carbonation and a long earthy dry finish.

O - Very tasty. I bit heavier than Duvel,but not at all in a bad way. Nice depth of flavors.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a light yellow orange with a large creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, some tart fruitiness and some musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet malts and citric fruits (lemon and orange) with a touch of tart sourness and some slightly bitter yeast funk. The mouthfeel is medium to full with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian. It's lighter and fruitier than expected, but the sweetness is offset well by the yeast. It is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical L.A. bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness/vintage info...pours light yellowy apricot, cloudy, huge off white head, rocky cap, merainge, tons of lace, the whole nine! nice...fruity, yeasty, flavorful on the nostrils..yummy..tasty, fruity, complex, flavorful, thoroughly enjoyable, pineapple, candied apricots, vanilla, honey, lemon/lime initially, then more hoppy, some alcohol and gin notes floating around...love the style, the Port beers in general, so this one is a natural for me...wish I could find Port offerings closer then Massachusetts!

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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, bright yellow in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: straw, lemon, and some funk

Taste: straw, lemon, earthly-peppery hops, apple, some funk, with alcohol noticable on the finish

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly sweet with some funk, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable, dry, Belgian that has saison qualities to it. While I do want this again, I would sooner choose other Lost Abbey beers first. A very good, nice and fruity/funky beer.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%

25.4 oz Bomber.Finally I get to review a Lost abbey product I have heard so much about.Inferno ale at 9.0 surely gets the job done but the taste is not quite there.A little Hoppy with a touch of grapefruit and a lot of carbonation.You can feel the alcohol burn when you drink it.Maybe better suited as a winter beer.Watch out for the heartburn.Ok beer but at 10.99 a bottle you want more than ok.Probably would not get this beer again.Not even Black Sabbath could make this and excellent beer.Motley out

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very different. I get some smoke, caramel and biscuit malts as well as wheat. The flavor is Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, wheat, honey, caramel and toffee. I didn't expect the caramel and toffee notes in this beer since it was yellow in color, but they are a welcome surprise. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of fenlop54
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Altenor
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Lemon, citrus, and spice in the nose. Fair amount of the same in the taste, but with honey and earthy farmhouse notes. Taverner made a great call with the Sangria-like flavor of this one. A bit too carbonated, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +16%

Biscuit laced with funk and light fruit dominate the nose.
The beer pours hazy gold with a giant rocky off-white foam cap.
Ripe fruit first strikes the palate with a hint of sweetness, funk, some orange, a hint of bubble gum, and spice as the beer grows dry to finish slightly tart with a spicy bitter emphasis. The bitterness is a crisp quinine like bitterness rather than a heavier resiny or grapefruit rind bitterness.
The body is very creamy with a fine soft effervescence.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of yhoshijima
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of miromanyth
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty - Like glowing straw with carbonation streaming from the bottom - a gigantic pillowy head

S: Pears. Spice. The yeast gives off some fruity smells. A slight "bathroom cleaner" smell to it.

T: Black pepper. Honey. Apple-y. Has a nice bite! The yeast shines here.

M: Creamy and zingy on the tongue

O: I like it. I enjoy a drier Belgian-style ale after so many sweet American interpretations. Tasty

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured way more yellow than I was hoping for, very cloudy. Shit. Aroma was sweet and strong alcohol wise.

Taste, ugh, sweet alcohol overpowers. I thought this might be a little hoppy like Mischief. Its a little peppery, maybe plum. Getting clove in the mouthfeel of this. Ah, so glad I didn't buy a whole bottle and waited to check it out at the SDIBF. Finishes too 'hot' no pun intended. Can't recommend.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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