Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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
Ratings:
786
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
119
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 786 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Golden-orange color with massive frothy head and lots of lacing. Very inviting appearance.

Smell is fruity. Lemon and belgian yeast are present.

Taste is sweet up front with some lemon tartness. There is a little funk present. Cinnamon/spiciness as well. Mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with tons of carbonation but not as effervescent as others in this style. Very smooth and drinkable. A bit dry in the finish.

Overall this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Exploded out the bottle, losing about 10%. Pours a medium yellow-orange amber, lots of carbonation. Massive thick white head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian spices, yeast and light fruit. A light metallic component to the aroma. Flavor is dry, spicy with light fruit and a hint of Brett or wild yeast. Dry peppery finish. The wild yeast component is mild enough that I enjoyed this ale. I'd probably choose a Belgian over this because of the dryness, but it is well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of SpillyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: The cork was very difficult to remove, but rewarded my blisters with a very satisfying pop. Inferno pours with two to three fingers of stark white head. Clearish straw-yellow with lots of bubbles. Scattered lacing.

S: Fruity/estery yeast. A bit of dry grain. Slight citrus.

T: Very satisfying! Dry-sweet with white pepper, pineapple, banana, and lots of Belgian yeast. I don't have a lot to say about it, but it's definitely a solid example of the style, though reminiscent of a tripel as well.

M: Excellent. The perfect balance of spicy-dry and fruity-wet. Light grain and barely noticeable alcohol.

O: An unmitigated success that cements The Lost Abbey in my mind as an excellent brewery. Highly recommended if you like Belgian pale ales. I would drink again, despite the steep price tag. Drinkable and undeniably pleasant.

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Photo of lsfrontman
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. My bottle notes the ABV as 9.0%. Acquired yesterday at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $5.49 USD plus tax.

A: Pours a three finger head of no real cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow-orange.

Sm: Malty and yeasty. Sugars. A simple, moderate strength aroma.

T: Clean malts, pleasant biscuity yeast, buttery esters, no real hop flavour, cream on the open, and spices. Some light lemon/orange/clove. Pretty well balanced. Well built. Pleasant and enjoyable. Not layered, but complex enough.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a creamy delightful open. The finish is enjoyable. Enjoyable tingly.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for the ABV - which hardly comes out at all. I could drink this all night. It's a nice little beer, but Lost Abbey does better. Still, it's certainly worth checking out.

B-

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Slow, super slow pour, but the head still sprang up quickly to three fingers. But it still looks nice; cloudy straw colored. Great lacing.

Spicy smelling; tart orange and clove. So complex I can't pick them out but it's amazing.

All sorts of flavors, light malt, yeast, spicy (cardamon, clove, cinnamon), bitterness rolling over it all. Well put together.

Crisp and bubbly texture. Regal.

Wow. Amazing overall. Beyond earthly description.

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Photo of nasa258e
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of joex444
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

375 ml bottle (no bottle date) into a tulip

After a lengthy battle, the cork finally yields with a nice pop.

A - Pours mostly clear light orange color with a massive stream of carbonation rising from the center. A slow pour yields > 3 fingers of white head, no doubt due to the cork battle. Head has outstanding retention and coats the glass in lacing.

S - Heavy yeast presence with a bit of citrus and grape. Yeast has both bread and funk elements. Also has a bit of spiciness to it. Has kind of "thick" smell if such a thing is possible

T - Taste has more citrus than the aroma, but is still heavy on the yeast components. Nice bread and must, with a bit of pepper on the back end. Finishes earthy and dry with a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel with bright carbonation and a long earthy dry finish.

O - Very tasty. I bit heavier than Duvel,but not at all in a bad way. Nice depth of flavors.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me on Super Bowl Sunday as a pre-game snack! Bottle on 10/5/11! Served from bottle into a Bell’s stemmed tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a pure white five finger head that subsided to three fingers very slowly. It maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, floral hop, spices, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, fruit, floral, floral hop, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The appearance was pretty nice on this one. There was a lot going on in the flavor of this one that really made you guess on the style of this brew. The aroma was pretty complex too. Definitely worth trying if you have a chance to try it, but I know I would love to try this one on tap to be able to see how different this one is from the bottle.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of 12owls
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first things first, i inverted the bottle to get some of that yeasty goodness that had settled, i did notice what looked like long stick like sedament, which was kinda strange, i blamed the cork, but that was fully intact. so i poured it and got a nice fruit rind arouma, look is foggy golden with some roasted grains, again..cirus fruit rind(maybe lemon ad/or grapefrut) head retention is amazing. nice thick white foam, with good looking lacing. mouthfeel is robust, full bodied with slight bitterness. it does make you wana take a whiff with everysip. suttle spices in auroma. alcohol is noticeble, but not overpowering. great beer, i can see this stocked regulrly stocked in my fridge. big thanks to jay from stone liquor.

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Photo of bonez05404
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TouchOfEvil
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of biglobo8971
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tulip.
A - pale yellow, with a slight tinge of orange Nice carbonation, with a full 3/4 inch head with slight remnants of lacing
S - amazing, nice bready yeast with a slight smell of citrus notes. Makes me want to smell every time I take a sip.
T - solid, very pleasing. The smell is backed by the taste. Slight citrus peel, with a nice finish with an amazing yeast taste.
M - very light and easy to drink. The carbonation almost gives it a "dancin on the tongue" type of quality.
O - solid beer, not always a style I buy, but I am very happy to have had this beer

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.01 out of 5 based on 786 ratings.
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