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Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
777
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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Photo of gregb13
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(reviewed from notes)

I live very close to San Diego and yet the only other Lost Abbey brew I'd tried before this one was their Red Barn Ale (an excellent saison). Well, where to begin...

No real need to break down this review into separate parts, as the beer scored near perfect in all aspects on the BA scale for me. The highlight would definitely be the taste. There is a wonderful spicy undercurrent that I enjoyed immensely.

Mouthfeel is also delightful; effervescent with perfect carbonation. Reminiscent of a very nice, carbonated holiday cider.

Overall a fantastic brew. Would seek it out for sure.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncorks with a sound like a gunshot, surprising, as up until the point at which it uncorked it was difficult to pry out.

Pours a pale golden colour, with a slight haze from the voluminous sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I poured off the top of this, but still some managed to be agitated enough to enter the glass. Head is a crackling mess of white, voluminous and exciting. Lace is excellent as this crackles down. Body is extremely slippery and fluid, although it looks like it has a bit of heft to it. Overall, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is crisp and dry, with hints of crackling champagne yeast and a dry sweetness like apple cider. Some spicier Belgian yeast notes come through, giving a slight phenol and pepper note to the mix. Very distinguished, if extremely dry.

Taste is smoother than I expected, with more pepper notes on the back. On the front we get a surprising sweetness from the apple characters, matched with a cutting segment of Belgian yeast phenols. The spicy bite on the back is pleasant enough to cleanse the palate, but never gets too brash or astringent.

Feel is great. Incredibly smooth, but staying light throughout.

This was a very nice beer, and a great Belgian-from-a-non-Belgian. This had style and sophistication far above its genesis. Good work.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold color with a billowing white bubbly head. Retains very well with patches of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Sweet and phenolic clove in the front. Citrus builds with lemon rind flowing throughout. Slightly bready/yeasty with a spicy and peppery finish.

T- Malty front before the phenols come in. The middle brings a herbal and medicinal flavor, maybe rosemary? The citrus falls behind the herbal flavor while an underlining bread is retained throughout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

O- Good first review for Lost Abbery. I could have done without some o the herbal character, but nonetheless a solid 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 emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle for under $6. Bright gold body, billowing white head, sticky chunks of lacing inside the glass. Visible trails of carbonation rising from the center. Lasting ring and skim action.

Dusty wafer candy sweetness, fruity Belgian yeast.

Effervescent body, light and bubbly, dry aftertaste. Dried apricot and pear flavors, some floral notes also. Crisp with some dusty sweetness lingering, yeast esters, very slight hint of alcohol as it warms. Decent, but probably not something i'd go for again as the sweetness limits the appeal personally.

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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 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 emmasdad
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, light golden color, with a huge, fluffy white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, apples, pears and some nice spice. On the palate, this one is light bodied, complex and refreshing, with flavors of freshly ground black pepper, crisp, juicy apples and pears, Belgian yeast and some sweet malt.

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Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled middle of 2010. Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky straw yellow with a robust white head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Decidedly Belgian with a fruity ester component and a strong Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Belgian funk and a very sweet malt flavor profile. No hops detected.

M - Very rich in carbonation with a medium body.

Not my favorite of the style. Very sweet. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fat two finger-width head, slick lacing, cloudy straw color

S: Light tropical fruits, herbal/flowery straw, Belgian yeast

T: Spicy fruitiness up front, finishes dry and slightly bitter, with a little tartness that lingers on the end

M: Medium-light thickness, lightly carbonated, dry finish

O: This is a very delicious Belgian Strong Pale, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A yellow cloudy straw color. Tons of head! 2 fingers worth. Lace sticks on the glass all the way down! It does not get much better than this...

S - Fruit..apples, and pears. Malt and yeast.

T - Wow. Apples, fruits, sweet, but so well balanced. Not too sweet. ABV is totally hidden. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Full body.

O - Now this is a great Belgian pale ale. this is up there with one of my favorites..the Horny Devil. I will be back for more...

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Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

25oz bottle. Surprisingly clear and light golden pour, with a medium white head. Yeasty and fruity. Very reminiscent of some staple belgium strong blonde offerings. Light tropical fruits balanced by a moderate hop presence. Nothing to freak out about, but good.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color. Poured a 3 finger frothy white head with excellent retention to a 2 lumpy fingers. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Bready malt. Light-colored fruits; pear and green apple.

T: Much like the nose (malt and fruit). Yeast esters very pronounced. Pronounced peppery finish that was not evident in the nose (hiding under the foam?).

M: Medium-to-full body. Ample carbonation; active on the palate and in the glass. Smooth, warming and dry.

O: Very balanced malt and yeast character. Nice looking beer too.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty looking honey-amber hue with a huge fluffy white head that maintains very well.
S: Fruity esters and some lemon zest with a bit of grassyness and just a hint of breadiness.
T: starts off a bit sour with some lemony notes followed by some grassy hop notes . Lingering grassy and lemony flavor on the swallow. There are some intermittent banana and apricot flavors as well.
M: a bit thin with very delicate carbonation from bottle conditioning. a little on the prickly side but not overpoweringly so. Very smooth
O: Not quite what I was expecting but a tasty brew

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a huge foamy white head. As it slowly fades lots of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Nice fruity nose with notes of sweet spice.

Tastes lightly dry and spicy. Bready malts and pepper stick out for me. Pronounced grape like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall is real good. Highly drinkable and yet another great Lost Abbey beer. Worth drinking again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a pretty nice looking hazy yellow color. Not really what I expected when I read the name of the beer. The head that formed as I poured this one out was big, rocky and white. Pretty good lacing on this one. The smell of the beer gave off a decent amount of Belgian yeast aromas and some sweet malts. The taste of the beer was rather mild also, I thought that maybe there would be a touch of peppery spice in there but I wasn't getting any from what I could tell. The mouthfeel of this brew is pretty smooth, a very easy going drink. Overall I liked it, I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again one day.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a three-finger head of bubbly, long-lasting head of white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of pear and apple. Nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It had a spicy bite with a yeasty kick. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor. Nice pear and apple flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. Another good one from The Lost Abbey.

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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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Photo of nhindian
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's chalice.

A - Pours a hazy pale straw color, with an absurd amount of carbonation in it. I poured probably a finger's worth of beer before the glass was completely covered in foam. After scooping out the excess with a spoon, I carefully poured until about half the glass was full. The rest of the glass was filled with dense foam, snow-white in color. Retention is pretty good as well, and as it recedes, it is replaced by thick residual foam. Very nice looking.

S - The taste is a bit more mild than I was expecting given the appearance and label, but it is overall solid. Some grapes and apples, lots of bready yeast and pale malts. A decent amount of alcohol heat comes through near the end.

T - The taste is reminiscent of comparable Belgian pales, without being overly spicy. There is some black pepper, however, so bear that in mind. Besides that, the best adjective I'd used to describe this beer would be bready. From the malts to the yeast, it was always keeps that backbone. So much so, that it subdues the fruits that were so appetizing in the notes. After drinking half a glass, it's tough to get the lemon, apple, and grape notes.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Bone dry that leaves me feeling as if I have been breathing desert air.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The appearance, nose and mouthfeel were all great, but the breadiness is a bit much in the flavor. At the pricepoint, I would probably stick with something more balanced, like a Duvel.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 666

This beer pours a clear golden color with a huge 2.5 inch bright white head on it. There is excellent head retention and some thick lacing.

The aroma is great. It's definitely reminiscient of a good Belgian ale. It kind of reminds me of Duvel. Pale malt and candi sugar provide a sweetness and light grain. There is a light citrus aroma as well with a touch of spice. Really nice.

The taste is interesting. There is a light pale malt presnce providing a touch of sweetness. This is followed by a very light bitterness on the finish. I'm actually having a very hard time figuring out how to describe this beer. It is quite good though.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied with a light carbonation bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. Pleasing aroma and taste and easy to drink. I don't have much negative to say really.

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Photo of blincoln
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this one so slowly…and it just kept on foaming. The head peeked around four fingers worth. You could just see the carbonation rushing up from the bottom making adding to the large soapy bubble head. Its a moderately clouded honey color filled with carbonation…damn. The head leaves soap like lacing.

Aroma: Smells rather malty and fruity with a yeasty sweetness. As it warms the yeast smell grows.

Taste: Soft sweet fruits taste with bread and spices mixed in. As it warms the wild yeast starts to come through but without the funk. Not a really strong taste, but a great balance of flavors thats really easy to drink especially being 9% ABV.

Palette: Real soft with a lot of carbonation. Dry with almost no after taste.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this beer. Not overly complex, but a wonderful blend of subtle flavors make a sweet, interesting, easy to drink strong ale.

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Photo of quetzal013
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Good amount of carbonation that resulted in 2 to 3 fingers of head depending on the aggression of the pour.

The color was soothing like a chalky amber forest, very earthy.

The flavor profile was exactly what I would have expected, Belgium and pale with a touch of almost bitterness. EtOH was hard to discern, almost hidden in the complex pale flavors.

Overall, a very nice and comforting beer. Something I might drink if I was in Nosferatu's castle after a long journey through the canyon.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am seriously trying to get into Belgian beers. It is a hit or miss and this counts for both domestic and imported beers. After popping the cork and pouring into my snifter, it looked good but I was hoping for something less filtered. The smell was sweet and spicy but nothing special. The taste was a little better. I let it warm a bit and got a bit more spice but was not savoring every sip. I got bored with it pretty quick. The mouthfeel was pretty average. Nothing special. Overall this was good, but for a Belgian Strong Pale, I was left with my desires unsatisfied. The carbonation was there but did not clean the palate like I would have liked. The strong portions of the flavor stuck around a bit too long. Lost Abbey makes some good brews. Despite my warm buzz at the end of the entire bottle, I felt as if I was ripped off by the brewer. I'd rather have a Damnation or a Pranqster, which can be argued as a different classification. But for American brewed Belgian golden/pale ales, this one is not at the top of my list. However, many may think I am wrong.

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

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on 3/10/11. Light yellow hazy body with two-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing.

The first note in the aroma is the earthy funkiness typical of some Belgians. This is followed by some peppery spice, zesty lemon, apple, and light malt. The aroma seems to sweeten as it warms.

Tasty blend of flavors featuring many of those in the aroma. Spicy yeast notes, light maltiness, peppery spice, a bit of tart apple, and a little bit of hops.

Light to medium mouthfeel with nearly no notice of the alcohol. Hard not to compare this Duvel, but it does not really measure up to that level. But, good in it's own right with a different mix of flavors. Solid brew.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden Yellow in color with a huge 2 inch head and great retention. There is an insane amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer. This beer is truly Alive

Smell: Subtle hints of orange grapefruit pine and a little bit of banana

Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell here. This beer was really sweet on the palate a lot of fruity notes. Pear banana grapefruit etc..

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation bubbles punching the roof of your mouth and a very dry finish

Overall: This beer is a tad bit sweet for me. There are just too many fruit flavors going on. This beer would go down very smoothly on a hot summer day or a relaxing day at the beach.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.
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