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Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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787 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
Ranking:
#3,672
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
787
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
118
Trade:
6
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +16%

Biscuit laced with funk and light fruit dominate the nose.
The beer pours hazy gold with a giant rocky off-white foam cap.
Ripe fruit first strikes the palate with a hint of sweetness, funk, some orange, a hint of bubble gum, and spice as the beer grows dry to finish slightly tart with a spicy bitter emphasis. The bitterness is a crisp quinine like bitterness rather than a heavier resiny or grapefruit rind bitterness.
The body is very creamy with a fine soft effervescence.

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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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4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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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4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: large three finger head on a pale hazy golden body.

S: very fruity, mostly lemon and banana, nice yeast presence.

T: corriander and strong herbal presencse with tropical fruit sweetness in the finish. avergae yeast presence. nicely tangy. The flavor is near perfect in blance, sweetness and belgian yeast character.

M: light body and high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: this one is very well rounded and very drinkable. The rating is high but this one deserves it.

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4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL

A: Poured a slightly-hazy golden color with a nice, big white head.

S: Lots of citrus and yeastiness as well as sweetness from the malt; almost a light touch of honey.

T: Sweetness with lots of yeast--banana, citrus, and spice.

M: Very carbonated and quite light.

D: Very, very drinkable. This was my introduction to Lost Abbey and absolutely did not disappoint.

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Photo of bosco7
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale almost straw color with a huge bone white head.

Smells really good. Orange, lemon zest, mint, apple skin, pepper, and some clove.

Starts with apple and lemon skin with a hint of sweetness. There is a spearmint like flavor in the middle. Spicy yeast, bark, and more apple skin towards the finish. The finish is bone dry and extremely thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel is crisp and oh so quenching. The carbonation tickles the tongue and leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability is beyond exceptional. Balance. Duvel is the obvious inspiration for the this beer. I never tasted a beer that came as close to Duvel's complexity and perfect balance. Highly recommended.

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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A translucent gold with a robust lace head
S: Clove, cinnamon, honey, melon fruit, and banana
T: Lots of spice--saison spices--with a little bitter hops at the end; I am thinking of a Saison Dupont, but a little bit richer and deeper flavors
M: Creamy and hoppy, coats the entire mouth very pleasantly, leaves a lingering hemp-like flavor from the hops on the tongue.
D: Lovely, very drinkable, one glass invites another; now where are my mussels and frites?

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4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a massive four finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head exhibits excellent staying power and when it finally settles it leaves excellent lace.

S - Notes of pepper, pear, and coriander with sweet, pilsner malt.

T - Soft, sweet malt up front with notes of pepper and pear. Notes of honey in the middle with more pear, coriander and black pepper. The beer finishes with vanilla, black pepper, and some lightly herbal hops with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and an appropriately dry finish.

D - Very well done. The bottle conditioning really shows here and helps with both body and carbonation, making this one of if not the best American made Belgians that I have had to date.

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 787 ratings
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