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Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,669
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
787
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
118
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.38/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yuck....I had to force this beer down. Seriously, tastes like a mouthful of grass, hay and straw. I traded some good beer for this brew and unfortunately it was not good at all. Have had some of the same experience with lost abbey brews...they are hit or a big miss...some are great...some are the pits...and this one is the bottom of the pits of the lost abbey beers I have tried to date.

A: straw hay yellow with lots of foam and suds...drank a large bottle at about 48 degrees

S: more hay and straw, grass, some citrus notes, mostly bland and dull

T: like I said, a mouthful of grass...

M: dry and harsh

O: had to force this beer down....would have happily dumped it down the drain but did not want to waste the trade...yuck...I could be done with lost abbey beers...this was the pits!

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Photo of bonez05404
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of spicelab
2.56/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle from Beermasons.

No pop when removing the cork. Murky golden straw with a minimal white head that drops summarily to nix.

Hot ethanol off the bat, behind which lurks lots of citrus pith, tart green apple and honey. Bit of a dry grainy backdrop. Bit brutish and lacking in differentiation, a common outcome of poorly done Belgian ales.

Flavours are much sweeter, but pretty one-dimensional and uninspired. Powerful stewed pear, apple strudel and boozey honey

Very syrupy with nowhere near enough carbonation to offer relief from the booze heat.

Hmmm, could be the condition of this bottle, but this is far from Lost Abbey's finest. Comes across blunt and amateurish.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow for a Belgian with a nice 2 fingers of white on top that melts rather quickly leaving only a very faint lace around the rim

Aroma is softly mellow...subdued soft fruits, a little banana, and a little warming funky yeast.

Taste is only lightly Belgian to me with some bready yeast notes and light malt with a touch of candied sugar but it is all extremely overpowered by intense citrus peel hops that become overly present as you swallow and finish the drink. Hot alcohol taste seems to want for more age and mellowing.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, mostly from the drying effect of the hops I suspect.

Aftertaste is bitter hops with little else.

Not what I would call a Belgian Strong Ale at all. Too much of a California Hops influence without a lot of complexity.

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2.74/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of woosterbill
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Thanks to James at NEBCO for sharing this; the bottle is supposedly about a year old.

A: Hazy orange-gold body under an inch of fine, creamy eggshell head. Great retention and tons of lace. Lovely.

S: Heavily fruity, with apricot and prune really standing out. Some mild earthiness. Not terribly pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with a powerfully fruity, earthy, and mildly tart assault of esters and malts. The finish is a bit boozy, and somehow manages to be both dry and heavy at the same time. Unappetizing.

M: Frothy, lively, creamy, and generally terrific for the style.

O: This reminded me a bit of Goose Island Matilda, but was nowhere near as enjoyable. We washed it down with NEBCO's own BSPA, 668, and that beer could hardly have made a stronger (and more positive) contrast. Not recommended, but perhaps it would be better really fresh. Definitely no better than average for the style.

Cheers!

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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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Photo of Oxymoron
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had my second bottle of this thinking that the first was off, but turns out it wasn't. Pours a mostly cloudy straw yellow color with a light orange hue. A soft white head with some retention but limited lacing.

The nose is subtle with a light Belgian characteristic. The malt is more prominent than anything else. Some more generic pale notes with a hint of biscuit and . There are some yeast characteristics with just a hint of Belgian notes. Some soft esters and light fruit notes. Some banana and rose. Some minor butyric that was off setting.

The taste has more of a Belgian characteristics but hop for style. The malt has a muddle taste with some light wheat, bread and biscuit notes. A slight sugary note that is more along the lines of honey. Some hop citrus notes that is more US pale than Belgian. There is some orange peel and a touch of dirty dish water that doesn't mix well. The yeast character is subtle and really doesn't come out. Some light alcohol bite as well, but really everything is just not blended well.

The body is moderate to light moderate. Carbonation is light for style but ok. Overall disappointing. Some off notes with some really off blending tastes that don't work.

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Photo of fenlop54
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At Monk's. Just not for me. Straight up Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty fitting name because this beer is hot. Lots of yellow color and plenty of haze, big time carbonation and head formation, solid 1". Aroma was alcohol almost exclusively.

Damn, a little sweet, but a lot of hot alcohol. Such an "inferno". Clove. Not as dry as the commercial handjob would lead you to believe. I dunno, mouth feel is too carbonated, too hot, (too hot baby, gotta run for shelter. . . ) too much yeast/clove/spice rack.

One of the lesser Lost Abbey beers.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of CA_Jim
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a shaker pint.

Look- Hazy honey-hued amber. Two fingers of loose, frothy head that sticks to the glass but falls to nothing fairly quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Plenty of rising bubbles indicate a well carbonated brew.

Smell- Classic. Not much more to say, it's what I'd expect from a Belgian ale. No off odors, but nothing stands out either. Maybe a bit of astringency.

Taste- Finally - something interesting. Hops are more prominent that I anticipated, Light graham cracker malt with touches of honey. Middle takes on a more savory spice flavor than I'm used to, almost peppery. Works well with the just-past-balancing herbal hops. Mellow, pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Harsh, prickly carbonation, medium body, boozy feel at the end, light burn.

Overall- Succeeds in some ways, fails in others. Pretty well executed, but it lacks anything to bring it out of the pack; perhaps cellaring would take it up a notch. The aggressive carbonation masks what subtler flavors there may have been, and the rest of what's going on is pretty standard. I think I may be spoiled by the excellent Belgian-style brews available in Central Texas.

*edit*

Shortly after finishing this review, I realized that I had no desire to finish the bottle, and I've got too many good beers on hand to drink another pint of this one. When I realized I was about to drainpour half of a $10+ bomber, I also realized my rating of 3.5 was too high, so I've adjusted it accordingly.

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Photo of Zizzlebtimbers
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just ok for me. Could be the style isn't my thing.

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Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Jerridf6657
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little to carbonated for my taste, but a decent beer otherwise.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/1/2009 (bottle):

Pours a hazy yellow color body with a humongous craggy white head, very lasting. Extremely floral aroma. Sweet and Belgiany. Sweet spiciness present too, muted. Watery palate, some sweet spiciness. Some hotness present. A nice floral taste, but not a lot, more alcohol. Some alcohol in the nose as it warms up more.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow body and lots of lasting white head, with lots of lace left in the glass. A funkly yeast that gives it a funky aroma. Medium mouthfeel, metallic taste. Kind of so-so for the brewer.I think this will become my next meat tenderizer. Thanks Dr. Jay.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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