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 Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a cloudy coppery orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention flares up to a full finger when swirled and leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant and nose tingling mix of sweet bready malts, spices, orange zest, grass, and yeast with just the tiniest amount of heat underneath it.

The taste is a little more mellow than the aroma is, with notes of bready toasted malts, citrus, spices, and an all around yeasty feel at times. Finishes with a medium dry feel that never gets to be quite bone dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and very easygoing feel considering the higher ABV.

A nice attempt at a Duvel clone, I really dug the prominant toasted malt character of this very much. Tasty and easy drinking for the size, I would revisit this again.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Joey @ South Bay Drugs-thanks! 750 into Coronado pint...

Golden honey color with moderate carbonation and sparse lacing.

Classic stylistic piney hop/malt sliage aroma with mellow yeast and spicing of orange zest and coriander. Some oily caramel malt as well-nice!

Citrus works with ample carbonation, yeast electricity and piney hops to make a very bright tasting ale. Quite complex, the beautiful chemistry working here, zest included.

Even-keeled mouthfeel from start to finish-oil, sweetness, yeast and carbonation in sync and all get better with a little warmth.

Shouldn't session this but I definitely cod-great stuff.

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

aside from the general rising prices today, there's nothing to complain about with this brew. It's a nice slightly hazy yellow belgian pale ale. flavor wise it comes across soft with light esters, grain and honey notes. It's delivers a kick but makes it a happy easy to accept kick. Worth a try.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with better than a full finger stiff white head of tiny bubbles that's gone fairly quickly, but is kept alive at the surface by the visible effervescence. A good amount of lacing left behind as it warms up. The nose is full and earthy Belgian yeast and a crispness of orchard fruit. Moderately sweet smelling. Medium-light bodied, the mouth feel tingles of carbonation. Full flavored, the taste matches up well with the nose. Bright, spicy and warming. The 8.5% ABV isn't hidden, but with a name like 'Inferno' what would you expect.
Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a thin white head. Nose is dough and a very minimal yeasty funk. Flavor is smooth with a dough and citrus edge and a bit of an earthy bite on the backside, but the flavor doesn't stay that long really. What's there is good though. Feel has a full carbonation and a good liquid feel. This is a nice enough Belgian Pale Ale. Fairly easy to drink and unobtrusive. Best paired with food I think.

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

08/09/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Didn't happen to look for freshness info. It is, however, a 2008 release.

Appearance- Lightly clouded and golden colored pour. Good one inch plus creamy style head that leaves behind fine lace chunks and patchwork.

Smell- Duvel-like in the nose, but quite sweet with a confectioniers sugar nose along with corriander, white pepper and some mild citrus fruits.

Taste- As told it tasted like Duvel, I would have to agree, but with considerable more citrus and sugar in the flavor. Just a wee touch too much sugar kept it from being about perfect. A good amount of corriander and a nice orange-lemon fused flavor throughout the entire beer.

Mouthfeel- Not as highly carbonated as would have thought. Medium level at best...which works out perfect for me. Mild sugary mouthfeel, but very crisp and easy drinking.

Drinkability- I will be getting one of these again. Wonderful output from Port Brewing.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this with me.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with lots of frothy white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of fruit, bread, spices, and light grass tones. Tastes of apples and pears up front followed by spices, honey, bread, and light barnyard yeastiness. Finishes with nice dry grass and citrus notes as well a hint of alcohol. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Smooth, bready with some spiciness and good fruit flavors. Just enough alcohol warmth. Not the best Belgian Pale Ale out there, but a pretty nice attempt that I won't mind drinking again.

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Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.

large cork and cage bottle.

pours a semi-hazy pale yellow with a large egg-shell head, very good lacing.

smell of yeast, touch spice, some citrus.

taste is grain, spice, lagerish, some citrus, finishes somewhat dry.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml bottle with friends.

This is a well-balanced Belgian that shows a good range of phenol-produced spice flavors. The appearance is a mostly clear gold with a short, white head and the aroma has a hint of bubblrgum that the flavor lacks. Otherwise the taste and smell share a slew of white and black pepper notes with a touch of clove. The beer finishes with a bit of herbal, slightly grapefruit hops. All in all, a tasty and spicy beer. Worth a try for something a little different.

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Photo of ccrida
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a cervoise, Inferno Ale is a murky gold with lots streamers forming a large, very rocky white head that leaves lots of spidery lace. Wow, very nice.

Smell is semi-sweet, dusty and almost sour - wheat like and a bit grainy, but with some soft fruity esters to open more as it warms.

Taste sweeter, fruity, dry, some graininess and herbal hops on the finish. Nothing to crazy or complex, just a nice little BSPA. The lingering aftertaste isn't my favorite, I don't care for the hop used, fuggles or EKGs maybe?

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, perhaps a touch heavier then I'd prefer, but I'm really nit-picking.

Drinkability isn't too bad, it's tasty and fairly digestible. Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed. But since it's more expensive and much less available then it's inspiration, there's really no need for me to bother with this again when I'm in the mood for such a beer. I also think it's a bit rougher then Duvel, and reminds me that I haven't had one of those in way too long.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 750ml caged and corked bottle. Cost me $9.99 at Lone Hill Liquors. Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: clear golden color, vigorous carbonation, topped with a fluffy white head that settled down to a half inch head with nice sheets of lace.
Smell: a bit boozy which is a bit surprising since Inferno weighed in at 8.5%ABV. Other than that, it struck me as a bit bland with only modest spicy or floral aromas and a mild bready maltiness.
Taste: again, nothing here really jumped out and "wow'd" me. The malt bill was rather subdued and had a bit of hay and bread aspect. The hops side of the equation was equally moderate with a slight peppery spiciness. The alcohol flavor asserted itself and left a slight warmth down the throat with each swallow, especially as it neared room temp.
Feel: creamy, full with a dry finish.
Overall, not as spectacular as I had envisioned. A decent take on the style but my wife ended up liking Inferno better than I did. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: hazy pale orange body, thin white head.

s: a mild aroma of honey and spice.

t: pale malt, honey, mild floral and spice notes. Light bitterness in the finish. very balanced.

m: light with a smooth and creamy texture and a dry finish.

d: a nice belgian ale. well made and easy drinking. not nearly as sinful as the label suggests.

thanks to psprings for the bottle

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

A- Great hazy yellow golden color, almost like a German hefe.

S- A nice sweet fruit smell with a slight bit of bread smell as well. Very fragrant.

T- A slight sour taste that comes through, with a good golden raisin taste. There is a bread taste that was present in the smell, and is present in the taste. There is a slight soapy taste there as well.

M- Feels good on the mouth, the carbination is there in your mouth and can add some bite to the tongue.

D- Easy to drink. I will have to get some more.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a one-inch foamy white head with tiny ringlet craters embedded in the cap. Eventually settles into a thin, consistent skim with some webs of lacing that adhere as the volume of the brew diminishes. Scent of citrus, belgian yeast, pepper and spice. Taste is tart up-front with light fruity esters in the mix (perhaps pear and melon), a hint of candi sugar and a hops presence detectable at the finish. Mouthfeel is light- to medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that tingles throughout the mouth and a slightly tart finish that lingers between quaffs. Alcohol was well-hidden and there is a nice complexity to this offering.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear and golden, fluffy white head with pretty good retention and lively carbonation. Nice smell that is well rounded. Some peppery scents along with hops. Fruity scents, more tart than sweet smelling. Light biscuity bread and honey. Taste is much of the same. Apple skins, pear, grape. Very well balanced and not much alcohol coming through. Good bitterness level with a tartness that keep it in check. Lightly sweet but not very much so at all. Nice crisp mouthfeel with an excellent carbonation. Overall, this was a joy to drink. Not much you can dislike here.

Thanks to Kempleton and gford217 for a bottle of this!

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

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice. Love the artwork.

Pours a cloudy golden hue with a fluffy two finger head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Swirling the glass leaves some nice webbing on the sides of the glass. Smell consists of spices, yeast, and pepper up front. Pear, apple, and grapes lightly tickle the nose as well. Some honey and hops can be detected too, nice smelling brew. Taste begins with sweet citrus quickly followed by white bread and honey. Midway some pale malts and dry hops emerge on the tongue with a touch of booze. Aftertaste is light and fruity with a good amount of grapes and banana leaving the mouth somewhat dry. Medium body with a soft feel to it. Carbonation is strong and plays well into this style of beer. Nothing about this beer is too over the top and that's what I like about it. The 8.5% abv is pretty difficult to find, so be careful with this one. Anoter chart topper for Lost Abbey, keep 'em comin'!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pretty good initial head that ultimately fades to a thin ring. Smells quite fruity with tropical fruits, juicy and a bit sweet while maintaining a decent balance. Tastes quite nice. Smooth and even a bit waxy with some restrained fruitiness, some firm malt, a touch of sweetness and a bit of short, sharp bitterness that is pretty well integrated to the overall taste. Very smooth and even a touch soft in the mouth. Not at all too sweet. Very nice. Starts more like a tripel but mellows into a more Belgian pale taste as it opens up.

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Photo of WeeObese
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit (pear?) on the nose
Appearance: Cloudy for the style. dark golden color (not straw), a little dark for the style?
Taste: Great malt flavor, with a fruity middle (pear?) and a nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A little undercarbonated, but still bright. Great dry finish!
Drinkability: Very tasty easy to drink beer. Great for the summer. The alcohol (8.5%) is very well hidden. The hops used are a little too long lasting in the finish and not my favorite varietal.

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Photo of JRed
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hmmm...hmmmm...What does this taste like?...Sweet?...Sour?...Bitter?...Tart? Wait, wait, let me try to convey the taste of this amazing renaissance man of beer. The Inferno Ale must just be the greatest, most diverse beer I have ever had. I keep taking sips from my tulip glass just to make sure I'm not going crazy. This beer really is sweet, sour, bitter, and tart at the same time. Wait a minute, I'm on sensory overload again. I apologize but I feel like the cop at the end of The Usual Suspects. I just can't get my head around this beer. There's definitely orange slice taste to this brew as well as hop attack. The cloudy color doesn't give you hints of what's about to enter your mouth. Most likely, you haven't tasted anything like this before; I don't mean just beer, I mean ANYTHING. The alcohol isn't too overpowering but you definitely know it's there like skeletons in your closet. Oh maybe I haven't tried enough beer yet and this is just like puppy love and what do I know? But this is as real as it gets from my perspective, I'll keep this one as one of the fondest memories I've ever had drinking.

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

Many thanks to Dyan for the opportunity to try this "new to me" beer from Lost Abbey. Was told this is Port Brewing's take on Duvel, and one can definitely see the similarity in the two beers.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but there is some noticeable honey, white pepper and even sour funk. On the palate this beer is quite intriguing. While moderately sweet, there is considerable spice in the flavor profile with some noticeable white pepper in the finish. As a result, this beer has a fairly dry finish, and it really does remind me of the duvel. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, and for the most part the alcohol seems pretty well disguised in this beer.

A very interesting beer, with one of the more complex flavor profiles I've come across. While very good, I have to say that there are other Lost Abbey beers I've liked more then this one.

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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 joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This is another great brew I get the opportunity to try thanks to BitterBill, thanks again Bill! Inferno pours a glowing setting sun golden. The head was a little more tamed than what I expected. I expected Duvel-esque but instead got something along the lines of any other great pale Belgian. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a skim coat with a solid ring around the glass. Carbonation bubbles rush along the side of the glass to keep the ring alive and well. A sticky patchwork of carbonation is left behind after each drink. The second pour leaves nonstop sheet lacing down the glass.

The aroma instantly draws me in. The first thing I'm hit with is a basket full of sunshine ripe orchard fruits, pear, green apple, apricot, and peach all in that order from most to least. There's a strong yeast presence floating back and forth that is a bit dusty with a sprinkling of white pepper. My guess would be that candi sugar is used in this brew from the sweet pale maltiness that abounds and makes this beer mouthwatering. This smells like it's going to be a real treat.

The flavor is there but falls just short of the aroma. A mildly sweet alcohol soaked pear leads the way in the flavor department. There's a nice spiciness to this beer that includes a mild but grassy hoppiness, white pepper, and maybe even something along the lines of bitter orange peel, although that may be a yeast byproduct. The green apple and apricots also make a nice showing to support the already deep fruity flavor of this beer.

The body is nice and soft with a quick moving carbonation that fits the rather loose style very well. The spiciness gets left behind briefly as the beer works its way over my tongue quickly. Although there's lively carbonation it's very soft on the tongue and in no way aggressive.

Inferno goes down very easily. I could see the alcohol catching up to me very easily. The flavors are good, refreshing, and deep with only the smallest hint of alcohol.

Yet another quality brew from Lost Abbey. I'm a big fan of the Duvel style Belgian Strong Pales and this is quite a good version. The fruitiness is all over the place and I dig it. Thanks again for the treat Bill!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale gold. Foam holds steadily backed by streamy carbonation. Maybe a faint chill haze.

Bready malt aroma with sugary sweet edge to it. Mild spiciness mixed in, smells like it would not be that alcoholic. Decent hop backbone for a Belgian style.

The taste has a light dryness. It is initially peppery with a floral hop tinge, balanced by the breadiness of the malt. Again this doesn't seem like 8.5% ABV, which is nice, so be careful. Finishes with light bitterness, the mouthfeel is overall solid.

One must learn to accept that Lost Abbey beers build up a lot of expectation. This one was not amazing, but overall I find it's a good Belgian Pale, and I would try it again...

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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 beachbum1975
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these on a VERY RECENT trade with jakekohut (Got the box and cracked this yesterday)!!! Thanks again, Jake! This is my first opportunity trying the revered "Lost Abbey" series of beer. I actually split this one with pimpp last night at my place and took notes - cheers!

The label, bottle, cork & cage are all 5 out of 5 for me, I love the presentation.

A: She poured a murky straw color into my chalice. A few copper/reddish highlights can be seen as well with no sediment on the pour. It had a nice creamy off-white head on the pour, but after the pour settled, no bubbles can be seen fizzing to the top.

S: A mix of light % indiscernible spices, honey and alcohol and maybe a pinch of clove.

T/M: Light amounts of candied sweets, citrus, honey and bready malts. Medium-bodied and very dry throughout the entire pour. Mild hops are present, but do not really add bitterness. The nose is a good representation of the taste of this one. Not overly complex, but definitely a nice sipper - one you should sit back, contemplate and enjoy.

D: This is in my top 5 of favorite American crafted Belgian-style beers. Well crafted, I am ready to try more!

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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