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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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of Norvelljeff
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hashmads
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw gold with a giant head that lasted for the whole beer. Globs of lacing everywhere. Smells like yeast, bananas, and bubblegum. The taste is yeast, banana, clove and bubblegum with a bitter finish and a warming alcohol feel. Nice body. Nice tasty beer.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CarlChitwood
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminded me a lot of a dry Champagne. I have never had a beer like that and, surprisingly, I liked it. Honestly just wish I had more than the one because it put me in the mood for more of them.

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

This beer is beyond carbonated, the cork shot off as it was sitting on the table uncaged! As the label says, it pours a straw yellow with a gigantic undying white head, thick amounts of lace coat the glass on the way down. Citrus and other fruits lead the nose, as well as clove and a bit of the Belgian funk. The taste leads with semi-sweet malt on the nose, that fades into a banana and yeast, finishes with a pinch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it feels filling due to the carbonation. Honestly, I will try other Lost Abbey beers, this one just seemed rather plain jane.

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Photo of Bilco
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a HUGE HEAD. I cannot overstate this point, this head is massive and just does not die. The beer itself is a pale golden hay color with VERY apparent carbonation. The bottle that I had is quite carbonated. It is slightly opaque. The nose is slightly sweet smelling, definitely yeast esters (think rip stone fruit, pears, peaches, etc) and has no discernible hop odor. The taste is slightly chalky, lots of yeast, some booze. Upfront the flavor is mostly malty sweet and then fades to a yeasty, bready, slightly boozy note.

Overall very nice, not quite my stile (a little boozy) but is a beer I would definitely try again.

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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 Keananmichael5
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off this is a carbonation bomb. With a light pour I get more head then beer. Three inches of egg shell white head stands like a rock. The nose is soft with tones of citrus zest and coriander. The flavors are carried by a nice carbonation level. Some sweet cherry tones team with a hint of vanilla all backed with some zesty rind notes. Somewhere between a Belgian saison and a strong ale for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Cork shot off hard into my hand upon uncaging. Took a while to fully pour. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked bottle. Straw yellow color, just as the labeling suggests. The head on this beer is as big as it gets.

Not much to the smell, and a very dry taste, but it works.

It's a solid beer. Nothing special.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3.75/4.25/4.25/4.5/4.25 for what I think the actual beer is, but I don't think this is actually Inferno.

So I'm a little confused here. I just cracked one of these open, and uh... I wonder if it's actually a different beer? Right off the bat, the label even lists it as being straw yellow and dry blah blah blah. This came straight out of the bottle a deep chestnut brown. Minimal head.
Nose is dark fruits and inviting sour notes. I'm not even that into sours, but this just begs to be imbibed. Smoothe.
Flavour continues in this vein; some plums and a touch of raisin and fig and a decent dose of sour dark cherries. Maybe even some tobacco buried somewhere in the guts and a bit of wood. Definitely sour. Very enjoyable, though. And that's coming from someone who's accepting of sours from time to time, but is by no means a fiend or even a big fan. Sour cherries and plums definitely run the show.
Finish is tart and smoothe. For something that is decidedly quite quite sour this is very drinkable. I'm conflicted on listing this review. I'm about 99% sure that this is not what it says on the bottle, but whatever it is is quite enjoyable, and more enjoyable than what I expected the labeled beer to be!!

EDIT: After reading through descriptions/reviews of their other beers, I suspect that this might be Red Poppy. I will follow up with a bottle of RP to compare, and move this over to RP if it seems like that's what it actually was.
FOLLOW UP: Don't think it's Red Poppy. Amazing Grace is my next guess or maybe Cuvee de Tomme.

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Photo of Nick29
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jak
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pugbutter
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

It doesn't matter if you have hands as soft as clouds, as disciplined as a Kensho master, and as quiet as a moth fart. When you pour this beer, you WILL get a five-finger head that lasts longer than Oprah's ego trips.

As for the taste, it's all right. This is probably what a witbier tastes like if someone cuts it with Everclear. It's very strong and boozy, but still highlights the coriander and banana you would expect.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 787 ratings