Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

Inferno AleInferno Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
786 Ratings
Inferno AleInferno Ale
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
Ranking:
#3,530
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
786
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
118
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 786 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Purchased this bottle based on the recommendation of several beer geeks. Poured from bottle to snifter.

A - Crystal clear perfectly golden color. Beer poured with 2 finger brilliant white head that very slowly fades down to a 1/4 inch film which last throughout the drink. Very nice lacing.

S - The yeast is prevalent with a fruity character with a very limited banana scent with some apples and slight citrus with floral character. Also noticeable are notes of clove and even coriander.

T - The flavor somewhat caught me off guard due to the complex nature. It hits pretty hard immediately with the fruit and spices. Almost a peppery tone as well. The taste transitions and mellows would with a full flavored spice and finishes dry with very mild bitterness and clove.

M - Full body though it seems slightly over carbonated. However the smooth finish of the beer seems to overcome the carbonation and is quite pleasant.

D - The complex nature of the beer hides the strength remarkable well. It is easy to drink though will knock you on your face.

Overall, this was quite good and coming in without any knowledge I was pleased. I would recommend to anyone!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-22-2011 22:29:57

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

25.4 fl oz brown bottle, caged & corked, served in a chalice.

Bottled on 03/18/2011.

Glowing, bright gold in color with a considerable haze and noticeable carbonation. Pillow like foam that mellows to a strong, creamy 1/2" head. The lacing can only be described as thick wall around the entire chalice.

Fresh, bright fruit aromas: lemon, lime, apricot, orange, and melon. Mild, candied sugar sweetness. Clean, mild floral hops which add a nice, mellow earthen tone.

Earthen, musty flavors up front with notes of black pepper, licorice, and rosemary. A healthy dose of citrus brightens things a bit. The candied sweetness is rather mild throughout with the herbs and spices as the primary flavor contributors. Stiff, warming alcohol follows a moderate burst of carbonation and a dry finish.

Medium in body. Active on account of the carbonation, but primarily dry due to the flavor profile.

I know that this 'style' is attempted a lot by domestic brewers, but in my opinion it is seldom done without numerous flaws; however, not this offering. Flavorful yet balanced and well in line with a traditional Belgian Strong Pale.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

This beer pours a nice honey straw color with hints of orange and amber popping through with a massive fluffy white head that surges to the top of the glass. Nice cloudy texture, lots of sediment floating around, right on cue for this style. The aroma is really pleasant, nice and light, lots of yeasty funk and lots of clove, some faint vanilla comes in, earthy with some grains coming through, definitely reminiscent of a fine hefeweizen but with a bigger yeast component. The flavors are just as pleasant as the aroma, big yeast funk element, nice clove flavors, but what’s nice is the addition of a citrus hop profile, subtle grains, vanilla, coriander, a bit of faint oak or sweet earth flavors, but very bark like. Very complex flavors, some cannibalization at times, but overall, really nice and enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation, just crisp enough without a bite, big full grainy body that goes down exceptionally smoothly with the alcohol completely hidden.

Verdict: Really great Belgian style pale ale, big aromas and flavors, great body, really well crafted all around and at $5 a pretty good value in comparison to other beers in this style like La Chouffe or Duvel.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jneiswender
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 750ml bottle of this around the Stonybrook T station in Boston. Served cool out of a Belgian goblet.

Very clear, well filtered beer that is gold in color for the body and a very fluffy white head. Carbonation just keeps coming and coming. Yeast is pronounced in the front of this. Earthy, herbal, cloves, almost masala like. Taste is vanilla, herbal and floral. Yeast is still very much there. Nice alcohol burn to finish. Carbonation is high which give the impression of being a light beer. I really like this beer. Very versatile. I had several sips of this to begin and felt that is a great stand alone beer. However, I had to sit down for lunch and wasn't finished with it yet. Had it with some Nepali food. Great combo. Pairs well with food in spite of the alcohol. Would have this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

750ml Bottle - my first lost abbey beer thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance – Hazy yellow colour with a gigantic size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some gorgeous lacing. The head lasted for 10 minutes before is disappeared.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons (juice and zest) and yeast mixed with coriander/cloves. There is also a bit of heat from the alcohol and lots of yeasty/floral notes. It ends with a spicy lemon/clove/yeast aftertaste.

Overall – My first lost abbey beer and I am impressed. The lemon flavour is very fresh and vibrant and the spicy notes give it a very interesting taste. It has a great dry aftertaste that keeps you wanting more. Worth seeking out.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 786 ratings
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