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 Murrhey
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured with a side standard vigor. It came out with a massive five finger white head with large fluffiness. Light golden color, nice clarity. Wish the head wasn't so large because the retention is wonderful.

S- Golden malts, wild-ale sort of funk, yeast and earthiness yet light and fruity smelling. Golden delicious apples and other light fruits. Nice light smell.

T- Crisp apples, tartness that subsides into a yeasty biscuit sort of flavor. Bitter, yet sweet from the apple sort of flavor. The booze is present, but not overpowering. This is a well balanced Belgian. For someone who normally does not like the style, I'm pleased.

M- Light bodied, yet slightly vinous. Wet and light.

O- This is a wonderful beer. I only aged it for a few months, but it might be a candidate for much longer aging. The again, with the relatively normal ABV... The point is get this beer.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Inferno Ale is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color. A BIG fluffy white head caps the brew, which lasts quite a while and clings all over the glass as it dissipates. BIG aromas of yeasty funk slide into slight lemon an honey notes. Bready yeast and sweet malt flavors mix wonderfully with hints of pepper, citrus, and honey. 8.5% ABV, Inferno Ale is medium bodied and clean, with a medium-high level of carbonation. We LOVE this brewery!

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a nice fluffy 2" head. Mild lace appears.

Smell: lemon, fruit sweetness, and some spicy yeast creates a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt sweetness with some lemon zest, pepper, pear, green grapes, and golden apples. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: a very good belgian ale that is refreshing and very flavorful. Superb beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy pale straw color with a billowing fluffy pillow of head. Bright white giant with incredible lacing. Great looking beer. Subtle nose but unique. Some white peppercorn. Some earthy/grassy yeast and faint medicinal phenols.

Full body but clean and crisp. Big and complex yet subtle very much so like a true Belgian beer. Effervesenct carbonation and well blended flavors. Some clove, corriander, Orange peel, crisp lemon tart and grassy yeast. Can be enjoyed and dived into, picking our subtelties and flavors or just sipped on and enjoyed for the buzz. Alcohol hidden relatively well. Doesn't make it stand stand out incredibly but is extremely well brewed.

The spice of the yeast paired with the American hop presence is insane

Paired with sushi and spicy mayo, this beer really cleans the palate and clears the heat off the back of your tongue from spicy foods. Such an incredibly dry clean finish.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Micro bubbles on the side, creamy as could be frothy vanilla colored head. Hazy, completely cloudy. Tangerine/orange body. Positively inviting.

S: Candy sweetness, phenolic to say the least, soapy aroma as it warms up. Spicy clove yeast jumps out of the glass. Aroma of fresh orange peels.

T/M: Explosive notes of fruity esters. Zesty taste and mouthfeel is the key characteristic. Tangy/tartness, similar to a green apple, overwhelm the pallet for an invigorating sensation.

O: Well-balanced. Bold flavors, crisp. Highly recommended.

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

750ml bottle, unfortunately I had to use a plastic cup since that's all that was in my hotel room.
A: Pale yellow color with a generous two finger head that lingers at that level for some time. Some of the best retention I've seen.
S: Flowers, spices, dried apricot, a spritz of citrus and a hint of bread.
T: This has a nice pizzazz to it. Lemon and spices. A malty midpalate, slightly bitter on the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied; the carbonation adds a pleasant touch.
O: I wish there was also a scoring button for the label because this one is epic. The beer in the bottle is pretty darn good too, I enjoyed it.

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

Seems like I haven't had this style in awhile, and my first Lost Abbey beer. Let's see how this goes poured into a tulip glass.

A nice golden light pale orange amber body, somewhat opaque but also some real nice column rising tiny white carbonation bubbles. Head forms nice and evenly with a rocky character, white and bright, clumpy and lumpy. Real nice looking.

Notes of pear and sweet green fruit seem to hit on first whiff. Some light sweetness and a sense of yeast. Smells fairly straight forward but good.

Tight noticeable carbonation but doesn't take away from the palate. Some slight thickness but a bit subdued, seems to bring the taste of a sweet malt and very prickly, fruit hints seem to turn to more lemon and citrus, but finish with a real nice crisp tang character. Dry as it mentions, but not nearly as bone dry as the bottle suggests. A nice lingering aftertaste mixing with a faint icing sugar.

Overall pretty solid beer and a fun one to drink. Carbonation seems to hint at a displeasure but even this big it's actually feels like an enhancement. I would have this again.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Thanks to James at NEBCO for sharing this; the bottle is supposedly about a year old.

A: Hazy orange-gold body under an inch of fine, creamy eggshell head. Great retention and tons of lace. Lovely.

S: Heavily fruity, with apricot and prune really standing out. Some mild earthiness. Not terribly pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with a powerfully fruity, earthy, and mildly tart assault of esters and malts. The finish is a bit boozy, and somehow manages to be both dry and heavy at the same time. Unappetizing.

M: Frothy, lively, creamy, and generally terrific for the style.

O: This reminded me a bit of Goose Island Matilda, but was nowhere near as enjoyable. We washed it down with NEBCO's own BSPA, 668, and that beer could hardly have made a stronger (and more positive) contrast. Not recommended, but perhaps it would be better really fresh. Definitely no better than average for the style.


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

A hazy golden brown color fills the glass, with hints of orange highlights. A big light tan head left some wispy lacing and a nice ring.

Smells of apple skin, yeast, and a hint of the malts.

Taste is nicely fruity upfront, some malts in the middle, and yeasty tang finish. A bit bitter as well on the finish.

Taste is very smooth, and lightly bubbly. Great drinking.

Glad I could find this in a small bottle, as I didn't want to commit to the large one for over 10$. A great beer, glad to try, and worth drinking.


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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 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 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 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.


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


A - nice cloudy sunset color, four finger fluffy white head that stays around for around 10min and nice lacing

S - super fruity, lots of flowers, sweet malts, very nice sweet yeast, lots of sweetened citrus, very Belgian in every way, candy sugar, no booze on the nose and lots of wheat and grains

T - so much sweetness, nice balancing booze, hoppy, lots of green earth, Terrior, wet oak, beautiful orange, citrus, lots of honey, very fragrant flowers, amazing belgian yeast, grains, wheat and nice

M - full bodied, low acidity, great balance and complexity and long finish

D - this is very refreshing, great tasting and amazing smell and one bottle = a decent buzz, haha. If you like any craft ale, Belgian or German style beers give this one and this brand a look

Final thought - $5 and 9% abv this is a great ale. Very lovely indeed

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

picked this up about a year ago in MA.

a - opened the bottle and filled my lost abbey tulip. opened with a nice pop (and a wonderful bubblegum smell). brew poured a crisp straw yellow, but it settled almost a soft yellow orange in the glass with a generous nice frothy yeasty head. intense visible carbonation raced to the surface throughout the glass' base. very attractive and to style.

s - very nice. somewhat saison-like with clove, sweet tart, bubblegum, wheat. strong orange peel and lemon. fresh fruit. pretty intense.

t - a fruit kick that finishes with a tart sourness. orange peel and lemon. the tartness in the finish was intense at first...with some bitterness in the middle...but as i got adjusted to it, the beer was quite pleasant.

m - mouth is good. well carbonated, leaves a bit of a dry tingle.

o - overall a solid beer and a nice take on the style. has an earthy quality to it.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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