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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.

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker orange color with a one finger head with good retention.
Sweet aroma of overripe oranges and herbal hops.
Flavor of Cointreau liquor, pears, light tartness, herbal notes, pineapple and candi sugar, yeast, lemongrass, grapes and some spices.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is harmonic with the overall beer and it has a warming effect.
Good beer with good complexity, but not mind blowing, partially is due to the fact that we generally have high expectations on Lost Abbey’s brews.

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

1 PINT 9.4FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 12/4/12

A - This beer is pale yellow in color with a slight haze. It is topped with a mountain of fluffy, white head. Chunks of foam cling to the sides of the glass.

S - I get light fruit notes. Pear comes to mind. I smell some spices as well.

T - The taste follows the smell. I get spices and pear. I do get a little alcohol.

M - Moderate

O - It is a nice beer, but it is not outstanding for the style. The taste and smell are a bit on the weak side. It drinks easily though.

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Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Fair head retention.

Sharp citrussy aroma with distinct clove and pepper phenols. Nice balance of fruit and spice. Sweet with some alcohol notes too.

Soft, sweet malt with a sharpness that cleans it out. Solid fruitiness and touches of spice. A little musty. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Could be spritzier.

A solid Tripel. Good flavour even if there isn't a twist. Carbonation a little lacking.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Resembles Duvel in the pour with its light, milky golden color. Huge head, looks like a bubble bath. As many fingers thick as you want it to be, good retention and a thick, sticky lace.

A great combination of tropical fruits and peppery Belgian yeast. Lurking in the background, I have to admit there is something warming.

Dare I say, yeast forward? The fruits come across in the taste as well as the smell, but the yeast takes over quickly and never lets go. Somewhere along the way, the alcohol puts its stamp on things and dominates.

A duo of extremes...spice and heat. The yeast provides for extreme spiciness and the alcohol brings fire to the party. There's an instance of sweet and then it's nothing but spice followed by pain from the burn. My tongue is already ruined after just a few sips. The back of my tongue is starting to feel it and there's a tingle in the my throat. Inferno is appropriately named. It doesn't help that there's an amazing amount of carbonation to keep the hot going.

It's not all that easy to drink. It smells so good, but then it's just painful to finish. I have a whole bomber to get through and I have no idea how. This misses the mark.

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Photo of richj1970
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated 12/4/2012 into teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy sunshine yellow with a gigantic 4-5 finger soapy white head that seems to linger forever. Some decent resididual lacing.

S: Belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, and some nice earthy funk.

T: Some of the Belgian candy sugar sweetness mixed with some nice farmhouse funk. Slight citrus notes.

M: Crazy big head, and steady stream of bubbles even considering the age and ABV. Finishes a bit dry and crisp.

O: One of the best pale ales that I have had to date. Need to find some more of this one soon.

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Photo of dank203
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy yellow orange. lot of musty grain and alcohol on nose. flavor explosively earthy. wow this is a great beer. I right now prefer it to Russian river damnation. still the duvel is king of strong pales and will always be, but yea these American brewers know how to get it close

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.5% ABV, Bottled 9/26/13

A - A puffy thunderhead cloud of lumpy, sparkling, snow-white foam rests atop a beautiful pale yellow colored beer hazed over by unfiltered sediment. A billowing chimney of carbonation keeps the tall foam afloat for what seems like eternity while thick white suds clings to the glass, caking it in decorative lace.

S - Great Belgian yeast aromatics just flow from this beer effortlessly; lemongrass citrus, sticky-sweet clover honey, and sharp musty dryness all overlap the light malts kissed by wet wheat. White grape skin, clay, and wet rocks caress a sprinkling of spicy noble hops that finish out the spectacular aroma, complimented by tiny banana esters coming through after sipping.

T - Inferno Ale begins with a mellow candi sugar sweetness that evolves into a spicy twang from noble hops and yeast esters; light earthy clay, clove, lemongrass, Bartlett pear skin, and floral notes all congregate with a teeny banana hint along the back end.

M - As effervescent as champagne, foam tickles the lips as it's sipped and the bubbles lightly sting the throat as it's swallowed giving it a refreshing light body, balanced perfectly between the maltiness, light hop additions, and yeast esters. The only time any alcohol is noticeable in this brew is faint through retro nasal breathing, finishing with a slightly fusel warmth.

O - Complex and bold in aroma and flavor, Inferno Ale packs a wallop (of alcohol) that goes generally unnoticed through it's consumption, a trait sought after in this highly drinkable style. An incredible Belgian Strong Pale Ale from start to finish, The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale get as close to replicating the classics as possible, so close in fact, one might believe it straight from Belgium in a blind tasting! To top it off, every time I've experienced this beer it retains it's quality, which is more than I can say for one of the largest producers of this style. The Lost Abbey's Inferno Ale is a world-class beer that absolutely must be tried by any self-respecting beer lover.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled 11/26/11.

A: pours with decent clarity. a deep blonde. head is massive and has good retention. unfortunately limited lacing.

S: some light fruity sugars. pears. smells a little bit musty. barnyard and farm-y.

T: a slightly farmy taste. there is really a very slight tartness, that leads me to believe this is on the verge of spoilage. but not yet. a little bit of boozy heat, but certainly manageable. really, really, really dry.

M: a vivacious carb on a full bodied beer. well done bottle conditioning. pretty outstanding carb level for the style.

D: drinks pretty good after 3 years. a tasty Belgian strong blond, with some very interesting barnyard funky notes. really found this enjoyable and wonder if it is equally as barn-like fresh.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 12/??/2012 printed & smeared on the bottleneck. This is my 666th beer review on BeerAdvocate, and this was about as appropriate a beer I could find for the occasion. Vintage 2012, my bottle lists an 8.50% abv. Also, my first beer from The Lost Abbey.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Uncorks with a nice loud pop and pours a huge four plus fingers of foamy white head. Body is a hazed pale golden yellow. Excellent head retention for the high abv and age.

S - Smell is of big musty yeast derived fruitiness - apple, pear, white grapes, lightly vinous, grassy, slight alcohol fumes. Lots of apple juice / grape juice / wine like characteristics.

T - Taste is of banana, apple, pear, white grape, clove spice, and herbal / earthy yeast must. Again, lots of apple / grape / vinous wine character going on here.

M - Feel is lightly dry, earthy, and bitter. Full bodied with excellent carbonation that has held on well.

Overall, a nice Belgian. Warming alcohol. Lots of grape / apple / wine character. Glad to have tried it, and I look forward to more from The Lost Abbey.

The Lost Abbey Inferno Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours (from bottle with an epic label) golden with a foamy white head, clearly quite carbonated.

S: Coriander, orange, tripelesque spices in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, tart, tangy light fruit.

M: Medium bodied, and a bit carbonated, but smooth enough, with a warming alcoholic bite as it goes down the throat.

O: The Lost Abbey has yet to release a beer that I don't like, and I love how epically metal their labels are.

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

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast (peppery) and spices along with some lighter aromas of pale malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with moderate to strong flavors of peppery Belgian yeast and spices. There are light flavors of candi sugar sweetness and just a hint of citrus/orange zest hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present and linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and a moderate amount of prickliness (likely from the spices).

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - there is a decent amount of complexity. I found this one enjoyable and I would recommend checking this one out.

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Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large billowy white head. sticky on the sides as it recedes.... beautiful in appearance. very stately.... this one is really nice to pour
smell is like an old tank of beer, with some Belgian sugar. some floral notes... not much else....
taste is . . . . very floral. very 'belgian'-like. nice for 9%, but very rich. I've kind of burned out on the rich brews and the Belgians, but this is still very well crafted. it was my fault for going on an all-out Belgian-fest and getting tired of these beautiful rich brews... not sure why I even picked this one up.... but here I am, here it is, and I haven't officially logged a review on this one yet although I've had it many times.... I still love this one and appreciate the what they've done on this one....

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Photo of anon
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this years ago, but now giving it a proper review. Pours a very pale gold, almost yellow, fluffy, lush foam sits atop like clouds, fantastic retention and sticky lace all over the place.

Definitely picking up sour green apples on the nose up front, along with unripe pear, tons of yeastiness, banana, bubblegum, straw and white grapes. On the tongue, a dry blast of yeasty goodness. Straw, grain, banana, bubblegum, lemon candy, some light funk. Apple, pear, white grape, citrus zest, stone fruit, clove, hop bitterness, spice.

Finishes off medium bodied and dry. Easy drinking, ABV cloaked quite well. This was actually the first Lost Abby brew I ever tried and I've been a fan ever since. Excellent.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy bright golden orange. very bright. frothy 3 finger white head

s: nice Belgian yeast-like aroma right away. sweet lemons and oranges, clean caramel malt, coriander and clove. very refreshing smelling

t: follows the nose. clean and crisp. nice spicy Belgian yeast. pepper, clove, coriander. fresh baked bread, sweet citrus zest. finish is just the ever so slight earthy bitterness. nice and refreshing - nice amount of flavor without being heavy

m: medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

o: good stuff! nice mix of spice, yeast, and sweet malt and citrus flavors. all harmonized well. a real easy drinker. be careful though, the 9% is completely hidden

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles in between.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast and peppery spices are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of peppery spices from start to finish as well as complex notes of yeast and hints of candi sugars. A light amount of bitterness is present; little if any alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a bit prickly (from the spices) on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice amount of complexity and manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of janubio
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Hazy golden, almost pale colour, with a good head with a two figers head that goes quicly, big bubbles. Smell of tropical fruits, spices, bananas. It feels really good in the palate, soft but pungent, mild with a note of sweet and wild fruits and spices. Taste of tropical fruits, banana, spices, kind of hot spices, semisweet and dry finish... a lot of things that seem to change from aone moment to another. Brilliant.

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Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, dated 10/26/2011.

Orange-amber in color, slightly hazy. Head is comprised of 2+ fingers worth of sticky foam that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind. Very good head retention with a skin of white foam that lasts for ages. Typical aroma of a Belgian yeast strain at first, followed by a foreboding overall fruity and malty character that declares this to be more than a run of the mill Belgian pale ale. Candied apple and assorted ripe fruit notes. I wish these were less muted, then this would score higher in the aroma dept.

Flavor is semi-dry with a nice malt backbone. Becomes drier on the finish with a mild hop bitterness. Mild alcohol warmth, plus a bit of alcohol flavor on the finish. Fruity esters combine with malty sweetness to yield a robust flavor profile for a pale Belgian. Figs, dates, golden raisins, and ripened, dried apple are among the flavor notes. Texture is soft and smooth with abundant carbonation, though a bit prickly.

Another well-done Lost Abbey brew. I'm sure a year and half in the bottle did this some favors, so your mileage may vary with a young bottle.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, hazy golden hue. Even with a slow pour, two finger head is produced. Plenty of lacing.

S - Strong Belgian yeast scent right off the bat. Spicy, fruity, banana.

T - Poured pretty cold. Flavors come alive as it warms up. Yeasty spiciness. Not so much fruit. Alcohol is a present but integrated well.

M - Very good carbonation. Light mouthfeel with not much of a lingering finish. Very refreshing.

O - A good expression of a Belgian strong. Not a ton of depth but refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/29/12.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a chunky cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some peppery aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half head, half beer in a goblet. Duvel-like in that respect. Yellow to light orange color with slight haziness.

Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, really unmistakable. Banana and bubblegum but mostly bready dryness.

First sip was a little sweet but once those taste buds were saturated the dryness of the beer really showed through. Some surprising bitter flavors on the back end or if you take a very small sip, plus a hint of skunk. In a good way.

Crisp clean good medium+ carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Highly enjoyable Belgian strong pale. Easy to find here in SD too and a good price.

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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 dsuedbeck
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle aged a little over a year.

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish color, big two finger white head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Smells more of saison style, really interesting. Some grassy funky smells, along with some lemon. The Belgian yeast definitely comes through.

Taste: Great taste, you got a lot of your typical Belgian yeast flavors, there are some citrus notes, a little lemon and orange. High carbonation which helps high the high ABV. There isn't a huge hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Overall: Very tasty, could be an everyday kind of beer if I didn't have so many others to try first.

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Photo of tilopud_rye
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This January 2013 I review a bottle of Inferno bottled October 2011. This pours with the same thick head, but it dissipates faster and sticks around the sides of the glass above the beer. There are no bubbles rising in the orange liquid. the smell actually reminds me of wine- lots of fruit but a lot more alcohol in the smell than what I recall a young Inferno to have. I raised smell up to 5 after it warmed and the alcohol in the nose went down bring more of the raisin and pear and peach like smells out. Before the taste I will describe te mouthfeel as it is unique for how little bubble action we see: as soon as it's in my mouth it starts to lightly bubble and fizz. As if it was just waiting for me to taste it for it to come alive. First you get the fizz on your tongue - then you get the flavor. As the carbonation dies down in your mouth the different flavors of bread, fruits, and a metallic alcohol presence (that I associate with wine) come about. It isn't that it tasted different with each sip- it is well balanced between the bread and jam-like flavors with the alcohol resting underneath, but the way the flavor opens up in your mouth with the strong carbonation apparently starting to bubble in your mouth- then instantly ceasing to reveal a marvelously mixed flavor is something I don't recall at all from a young bottle, and it's quite an entertaining drinking experience. And it maintains that fizz-in-your-mouth quality to the end of the bottle. I would have liked to review alongside a fresh bottle but these are big bottles. Off my memory of a young bottle: main differences as far as flavor: the young bottle I remember had a somewhat sharp presence of yeast. It really stood out and brought a somewhat bitter funk flavor. Here that flavor is still present but is more entwined with the overallflavor rather than tasting like an element that stands out. You taste more of the fruity malt influence and a slightly dry metallic aftertaste. I didn't know what to expect- this is a first aged beer but damn it shows that it's worth the time.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw colored yellow body with pale hues beneath the rocky white head that quickly dissipates to leave a consistent ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of Belgian yeast and sour apples float from the glass with straw and grass hops. There may even be some floral hints odd as it may seem, but back to the fruit and yeast.

More sour fruit in the flavor like apple or pear with more hints of straw and grass as well as yeast. There is also a pepper or coriander spice presence before the tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with moderate carbonation and a sour drying finish.

An all around tasty Belgian Pale with great flavors and aromas traditional of the style.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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