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.

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

Pours a cloudy gold in color. Nice frothy head forms on the pour. Smell is very floral and fruity. A little bit of spice. Taste is much more floral. There is a good amount of bitterness in the flavor as well. Decent and good mouthfeel. Very easy drinking. Don't notice the ABV at all.

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

Pours a golden straw with huge pillowy head- sticks around for a bit. Big nose of Belgian yeast and hops. Almost a farm ale sweet/barnyard smell too. Big tufts of retained head as well.

Taste is of- well belgian yeast, not too malty, and hopish. Unfortunately, for me, the hop flavor tends to overpower the Belgian flavor. I think Raging Bitch does a much better job of balancing the two components. It is a fairly lighter bodied beer with lends itself to drinkability, though I can't really recommend it.

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Photo of litheum94
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1207 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed 8/28/11.

Pours a giant and rocky bone white head. Carbonation! Takes it's time settling. Straw yellow body with a deep murkiness.

Aromas of sour apples and grass. Lemon citrus and some floral hops. Coriander spicing. Earthy yeast. Pear brandy aromas develop.

Surprisingly fruity at first, with some bananas, berries and lemon zest. Transitions into an earthy dryness, with loads of carbonation. Alcohol heat shows up on the back end, leaving a strong burn. Some leafy hops dance in the background.

Great flavors, but the alcohol is a little much on the finish.

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

Really pretty straight forward. Nice notes of esters in the nose, some spice, light fruits, maybe a bit of candy or bubble gum but the hops really come through, not floral but rather stronger American hop notes of citrus. Nice tight fine carbonation with a lively head, good retention. Some bready malt notes that are overtaken by a combination of phenols and hop bitterness. Strong long lasting carbonation and a medium body are right in line and provide for good drinkability. There are many very solid beers in this style so it's a tough go. A good showing but not great.

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

Lost Abbey labels are really nice and the artwork on this is no exception. I heard this was similar to Duvel which I had for the first time two weeks ago. This is a nice golden straw color as the label states. The smell is very hard for me to describe but it is nice. This is easy to drink and I can see some similarities to Duvel but I think I like this better because it seems less carbonated. The only thing I don't like about this beer is the price. This seems more like an $8 beer (Red Barn and such) than an $11 beer.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inferno has a beautiful golden straw color. Clear as glass with lively carbonation rising to the top. The head on this is pretty big. It's white, dense, and frothy. As it descends back down it leaves a spongy lacing on the sides of the glass. A frothy hump sits in the middle almost like a large marshmallow sitting in a warm cup of hot chocolate. This beer is gorgeous to look at. But the head is a little too big.

After looking at the head I can only assume that this will smell and taste a bit hoppy. Fruity belgian characteristics rise up from the bubbles. Other luscious notes of grass, barnyard hay and lemon dance around your senses.

The taste is a lot smoother than I had imagined. There's a moderate-high hop bitterness for the style that opens up to a lemony floral flavor. The taste rounds out with some sweetness, spice and pepper. I'm not left wanting more though. The flavor doesn't last that long on your tongue.

I thought this beer would have a more carbonated mouthfeel than it actually did. It's still lively and right where it should be. It feels a little creamy and not too watery.

Sips later, and I start to taste the alcohol lingering after I swallow. I will definitely finish this 750ml. One should be enough though with this amount of alcohol. You really don't taste it at all in the beginning.

I went back for one last pour and with all the sediment in the bottle, a lot of it made it's way into my glass. I get a big taste of old cheese now, which is a good thing for me.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into my tulip glass. Appears a cloudy pale yellow color with about two fingers of fluffy, tight bone colored head. The nose contains notes of black pepper, orange peel, spicy yeast, caramelized candi sugar, bread, and cola. Tastes of black pepper, sour/bitter lemon (like the drink mixer), orange, spicy yeast, really bready as it warms. Bone dry finish, moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

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Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy apricot gold. Opened with an authoritative POP, now pouring carefully I still get a five finger head, my glass is mostly dense froth. Lacing is ridiculous.

Aroma is sweet with apples, white grapes, spices and yeast - smells great.

Taste is lively, the tongue tingles a bit. Considerable hop presence as well as strong warm alcohol. The best SPAs fade away better than this as the bitterness far exceeds the upfront sweetness.

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Photo of saccro
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - beautiful clear gold color with thick lasting foam. Lots of lace. Just beautiful.

S - even a foot from my nose I can smell the sweet pilsner malt. Getting my nose up in there, I can pick up some tart fruity aromas. Some musty corkiness. A bit of cardboard. Belgian phenolics.

T - Whoa. Alcohol. Hefty bitterness. More bitterness than a Belgian example. A bit too bitter in the aftertaste. Malty but not heavy. St. Bernardus-like phenolic profile.

M - not heavy like a Belgian should be. Lively carbonation as expected.

D - not bad. A bit too bitter for a belgian. I'm drinking it on it's own, so maybe with certain foods it could balance out.

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Photo of Crosling
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a long lasting foam, but it doesn't have the fun mountainous shapes of Duvel. Nose doesn't offer a lot up, but has a light hint of fruitiness. Flavor is similar to Duvel, but doesn't have quite the authenticity or depth. A lot of light fruit flavors are present. I like it pretty well. Well made and a nice American Belgian style.

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Photo of Brewlore
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy straw color (just like the label states). Has a nice 2-finger fluffy white head the soon turns into a thin layer and hovers a bit.

The scent is rather nice and mellow. A bit of fruit and a mostly banana scent. There's an underlying sweetness in the aroma and I can't place what it is. What I do know is that it's sweet and very enticing.

The taste is intriguing. First hit with a fist of hops that are quite resiny & spicy. A few sips in and the malt begins to show through as well as the clove/banana character. With the scent being so sweet I was expecting some heavy sweetness to pull through in the taste. That is not the case! (Not that it's bad!)

Medium bodied in the mouth with some light carbonation. It actually feels quite nice on the tongue. Finishes pretty dry and lures you in for further sips.

Drinkability? Coming in at 8.5% it's a powerhouse of a brew. Fairly easy to drink (if you enjoy hoppy beers) but should be careful of how much you imbibe.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into four chalices to share amongst friends.

A - Nice gold with a tint of red and a nice fluffy head on it. Cloudy through the glass, with some nice lacing down the sides.

S - Smells very nice. Some light fruits and spices, a bit of yeast. Definately get a little bread-grain smell in here as well. Smells delicious.

T - The fruit hits you right away, fades a little sour. Citris and spice at just the right amount on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, minimal carbonation on my bottle.

D - Decently easy to drink for an 8.5%, but just a bit too sweet for me to make a session out of. Good stuff.

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Photo of techguyale
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First, I prefer IPAs, the bitterer the betterer. Given that, I got this as a gift and had to try it. The color was a nice golden, the head was one finger floating above four in a snifter, slowing melting to a nice coat on the top. Ale was about 36-38 degrees F. (I like my IPAs cold) Smell was mild, fruity, typical of a belgian, with no individual overwhelming flavor. Taste was nice, extremely complex, sweet after-taste, but enough bitterness not to be cloying. Spices well mixed, several different fruity hints overlapped each other. Mouth feel was great - smooth, thick almost, left nice coating. Alcohol was nicely hidden by the complexity of the flavors, nice buzz after a while. I just might try some more of these unique belgians from now on.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 mL bottle into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Pale golden and hazy, it poured with a mountainous head that stuck.
S: Yeasty bread, orange juice and apricots, spicier hops (like grapefruit and grass), clove and coriander, and very spicy.
T: Apple juice sweetness behind everything else you'd expect from the aroma.
M: Very frothy, while slightly syrupy.
D: It's decent.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

486th review on BA
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@Lost Abbey

App- A nice clearer yellow with a good head to it even for a small glass. Left a little bit of lace as well.

Smell- A decent smelling beer inline with the style, a bit yeasty and a bit of sweet.

Taste- This to me as a bit all over the place. It was dry, it was yeasty and it was pretty tasty. A bit of peppery beer as well

Mouth- Light/Medium bodied and a bit of a high carbonation to it as well.

Drink- Pretty tasty little beer. Had good flavors and was pretty light at the same time. For a small bottle, ill come back to it.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange color, with visible carbonation. Nice 3/4-inch off-white head later becomes a thick film.

Smell: Not too strong an aroma, but there's some wheat, spices, yeast, and light fruit scents there.

Taste: The taste here is very light and mild at the start: yeast, spice, and grain. I don't really notice any fruit. The finish and aftertaste are a bit tough, though. There is a hint of pepper, but it is very skewed and rather unsavory; plus a good deal of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decadent! Seems to float in the mouth, as if defying gravity. So light and airy. Very smooth with a bit of gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: Great for a glass, but probably not more.

The mouthfeel here is really amazing, and the beer looks great too. It just feels a bit lacking a bit in the flavor department, and I wish that the alcohol and aftertaste could be toned down a bit. Still, I think it is worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very murky orange with gold tint when held to the light. Has a HUGE fluffy white head with substantial retention, which means it takes several pours to get this all into a 1L glass. Generous ivy lacing down the sides, with bubbles up the center. The head eventually dissolves into an ice cream scoop-style lump in the center of the brew. Fantastic look.

S: A lot of green apple and lemon rind, with a light spice (pepper?). Some earthy and grassy notes toward the end. It's not very pungent, which makes it really hard to pick out the individual elements.

T: Apple and lemon rind in the initial taste. Gives way to a light citrus and floral hop component in the mid-taste, and that segues nicely into a grainy, grassy, and earthy finish with a clove bite (so that's what was in the smell!). The flavors are very well blended. I don't really detect much Belgian yeast though.

M: Light body with active carbonation that gives it a crisp finish. Well-masked ABV, although it has a noticeable tummy warming that lets you know the alcohol is there.

D: This is a solid beer, but I've found a few better ones that I'd prefer in terms of flavor and especially in terms of price (going rate is around $10 I believe).

This was sent to me by Tomme Arthur directly (replacement for a flat bottle), and he was confident of its carbonation. BOY is this one carbonated. It's a damn shame their stuff is so inconsistent from beer to beer. But if they were all like this (that is, consistent and having the appropriate carbonation for the style), I'd be a damn happy customer.

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Photo of gestyr
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ML bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a thick long lasting head that finally gives way to lacing.

Smell: Grainy, yeast, spiciness, very slight frutiness

Taste: grainy, lightly malty, subdued hops, some bitterness in the aftertaste. Very pleasent.

Feel: light bodied and refreshing. A hint of alcohol and slight carbonation sting

Overall, I liked this beer. Not in your face, just pleasent and refreshing.

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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 Murrhey
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured with a side standard vigor. It came out with a massive five finger white head with large fluffiness. Light golden color, nice clarity. Wish the head wasn't so large because the retention is wonderful.

S- Golden malts, wild-ale sort of funk, yeast and earthiness yet light and fruity smelling. Golden delicious apples and other light fruits. Nice light smell.

T- Crisp apples, tartness that subsides into a yeasty biscuit sort of flavor. Bitter, yet sweet from the apple sort of flavor. The booze is present, but not overpowering. This is a well balanced Belgian. For someone who normally does not like the style, I'm pleased.

M- Light bodied, yet slightly vinous. Wet and light.

O- This is a wonderful beer. I only aged it for a few months, but it might be a candidate for much longer aging. The again, with the relatively normal ABV... The point is get this beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE, fluffy white head that takes forever to subside, eventually leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Crisp aromas of ripe apples and pears, coriander, bubblegum, banana, and yeast. Nice and fruity, come to think of it, this has a real "Juicyfruit Gum" thing going on.
T - Taste is quite similar to the nose, more ripe pear and apple dominates nicely. Lots of peppery spice and bubblegum yeast, too. Finish is nice and dry, this could easily take the place of champagne for cocktail hour.
M - Crisp and bubbly, with a medium mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, and the aforementioned dry finish.
O - Very solid BSPA, Duvel is still king, but this makes for a nice runner-up!

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy, doughy, Belgian yeast with hints of tropical fruit, vanilla, poached pear, and apple.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet and spicy flavor that reminds me of a cross between the Westmalle strain, and the Unibroue strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly spiced, and hoppy in the finish.

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Photo of paytoplay
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much like other posts this was an above average beer but didn't wow me. Should be some further development as bottle fermintation takes place over the next couple years. Minerals, some roasted banana leaf, mild oil citrus. Weird to have a "mineral" taste as they make their own reverse osmosis water, and don't run that water over any type of stone or rock to allow the water to pick up minerals and flavor. Though this beer still expresses minerals? I do enjoy that flavor in this beer. Would buy again but only a couple for the next couple years. $9 locall I believe, so not terrible expensive.

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during an August trip to Seattle from Bottleworks.

First off, great pics, great blurb on the back, just fantastic presentation. My wife & I have talked about it being a shame to throw the bottles away - it's like tossing a work of art.

This beer is Belgian to the core, color, nose, taste. There's an abject fizziness to the brew I could do without, reminds me of Shasta in the summer of my youth, a memory I didn't need to dredge up. Taste is sweet & light. Barring the cost, this is the kind of beer I could drink all night. Right up to the point my unsuspecting head smacked into the floor.

This is my first foray into Lost Abbey, although I have a couple more in the basement for a rainy day. Maybe it's just the stylish bomber, but I was expecting something a little more...radical. This is a solid beer, but not the hellion I was expecting.

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Photo of JCellars
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL btl into Duvel tulip at about 40 degrees. BIG three finger alabaster head. Nice retention with beautiful carbonation.

Bright yeast and malt aromas with a subtle undertone of apricots, orange peel, macadamia nuts, and very slight floral notes.

The flavor starts small with biscuit and almond, going into the delicate citrus, pear, and almost kiwi like flavors. Very easy going hop profile and not nearly as much carbonation as the pour would suggest.

Finish is lightly lingering with the hops bringing citrus and a little pine needle.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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