Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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89
very good
786 Ratings
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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
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Ratings: 786 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shiny golden colour, lotza head (lotza head), fluffy and white and sinking in nice, uneven craters. Lacing is very nice as well. That's a good amount of head.

Smells very funky. A real mustiness to it with a touch of mulch and gravel, but a nice acidic edge, giving lemon zest and green apples. It's been a while since I've had a good funky Belgian smell, so it's a welcome return to my olfactory. Could lean heavier on the sour though, 'tis a bit mouldy-bitter-smelling.

Taste is fairly funky as well, with a slightly sour, organic flavour on the front. Develops some lemon, ginger and mint notes midway that all blend with that organic barnyard mulchy kind of flavour, and the latter takes over the finish; idiosyncratically bitter and fairly mild for all that. Very nice.

Nice foamy texture, a bit dry on the back but leaves you feeling warm and loved.

Great beer, with a well-handled funky palate. Slightly off flavours are far from off-putting.

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Photo of ineva
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of claaark13
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of SourNotes
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gregb13
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(reviewed from notes)

I live very close to San Diego and yet the only other Lost Abbey brew I'd tried before this one was their Red Barn Ale (an excellent saison). Well, where to begin...

No real need to break down this review into separate parts, as the beer scored near perfect in all aspects on the BA scale for me. The highlight would definitely be the taste. There is a wonderful spicy undercurrent that I enjoyed immensely.

Mouthfeel is also delightful; effervescent with perfect carbonation. Reminiscent of a very nice, carbonated holiday cider.

Overall a fantastic brew. Would seek it out for sure.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncorks with a sound like a gunshot, surprising, as up until the point at which it uncorked it was difficult to pry out.

Pours a pale golden colour, with a slight haze from the voluminous sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I poured off the top of this, but still some managed to be agitated enough to enter the glass. Head is a crackling mess of white, voluminous and exciting. Lace is excellent as this crackles down. Body is extremely slippery and fluid, although it looks like it has a bit of heft to it. Overall, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is crisp and dry, with hints of crackling champagne yeast and a dry sweetness like apple cider. Some spicier Belgian yeast notes come through, giving a slight phenol and pepper note to the mix. Very distinguished, if extremely dry.

Taste is smoother than I expected, with more pepper notes on the back. On the front we get a surprising sweetness from the apple characters, matched with a cutting segment of Belgian yeast phenols. The spicy bite on the back is pleasant enough to cleanse the palate, but never gets too brash or astringent.

Feel is great. Incredibly smooth, but staying light throughout.

This was a very nice beer, and a great Belgian-from-a-non-Belgian. This had style and sophistication far above its genesis. Good work.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold color with a billowing white bubbly head. Retains very well with patches of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Sweet and phenolic clove in the front. Citrus builds with lemon rind flowing throughout. Slightly bready/yeasty with a spicy and peppery finish.

T- Malty front before the phenols come in. The middle brings a herbal and medicinal flavor, maybe rosemary? The citrus falls behind the herbal flavor while an underlining bread is retained throughout.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

O- Good first review for Lost Abbery. I could have done without some o the herbal character, but nonetheless a solid beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE, fluffy white head that takes forever to subside, eventually leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Crisp aromas of ripe apples and pears, coriander, bubblegum, banana, and yeast. Nice and fruity, come to think of it, this has a real "Juicyfruit Gum" thing going on.
T - Taste is quite similar to the nose, more ripe pear and apple dominates nicely. Lots of peppery spice and bubblegum yeast, too. Finish is nice and dry, this could easily take the place of champagne for cocktail hour.
M - Crisp and bubbly, with a medium mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, and the aforementioned dry finish.
O - Very solid BSPA, Duvel is still king, but this makes for a nice runner-up!

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle for under $6. Bright gold body, billowing white head, sticky chunks of lacing inside the glass. Visible trails of carbonation rising from the center. Lasting ring and skim action.

Dusty wafer candy sweetness, fruity Belgian yeast.

Effervescent body, light and bubbly, dry aftertaste. Dried apricot and pear flavors, some floral notes also. Crisp with some dusty sweetness lingering, yeast esters, very slight hint of alcohol as it warms. Decent, but probably not something i'd go for again as the sweetness limits the appeal personally.

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Photo of litheum94
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1207 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed 8/28/11.

Pours a giant and rocky bone white head. Carbonation! Takes it's time settling. Straw yellow body with a deep murkiness.

Aromas of sour apples and grass. Lemon citrus and some floral hops. Coriander spicing. Earthy yeast. Pear brandy aromas develop.

Surprisingly fruity at first, with some bananas, berries and lemon zest. Transitions into an earthy dryness, with loads of carbonation. Alcohol heat shows up on the back end, leaving a strong burn. Some leafy hops dance in the background.

Great flavors, but the alcohol is a little much on the finish.

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Photo of miromanyth
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pretty - Like glowing straw with carbonation streaming from the bottom - a gigantic pillowy head

S: Pears. Spice. The yeast gives off some fruity smells. A slight "bathroom cleaner" smell to it.

T: Black pepper. Honey. Apple-y. Has a nice bite! The yeast shines here.

M: Creamy and zingy on the tongue

O: I like it. I enjoy a drier Belgian-style ale after so many sweet American interpretations. Tasty

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

Pours a crisp, light golden color, with a huge, fluffy white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, apples, pears and some nice spice. On the palate, this one is light bodied, complex and refreshing, with flavors of freshly ground black pepper, crisp, juicy apples and pears, Belgian yeast and some sweet malt.

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Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled middle of 2010. Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky straw yellow with a robust white head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Decidedly Belgian with a fruity ester component and a strong Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Belgian funk and a very sweet malt flavor profile. No hops detected.

M - Very rich in carbonation with a medium body.

Not my favorite of the style. Very sweet. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fat two finger-width head, slick lacing, cloudy straw color

S: Light tropical fruits, herbal/flowery straw, Belgian yeast

T: Spicy fruitiness up front, finishes dry and slightly bitter, with a little tartness that lingers on the end

M: Medium-light thickness, lightly carbonated, dry finish

O: This is a very delicious Belgian Strong Pale, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A yellow cloudy straw color. Tons of head! 2 fingers worth. Lace sticks on the glass all the way down! It does not get much better than this...

S - Fruit..apples, and pears. Malt and yeast.

T - Wow. Apples, fruits, sweet, but so well balanced. Not too sweet. ABV is totally hidden. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Full body.

O - Now this is a great Belgian pale ale. this is up there with one of my favorites..the Horny Devil. I will be back for more...

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Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

25oz bottle. Surprisingly clear and light golden pour, with a medium white head. Yeasty and fruity. Very reminiscent of some staple belgium strong blonde offerings. Light tropical fruits balanced by a moderate hop presence. Nothing to freak out about, but good.

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