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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
Ranking:
#3,664
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
787
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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76
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of Patrick999
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one, haven't had a beer all week. My 150th review.

A - Not as much foam as I expected. Second pour is better, but even then I needed some coaxing and a hard pour. Decent retention and lacing, though not reminiscent of Duvel or La Chouffe. Second pour nice and cloudy.

S - I am hard pressed to find much in the nose beyond a light, pleasant flowery hop. I almost get a little smokiness, though perhaps I'm reaching.

T - Hoppy, similar to RR Damnation with a light woodiness and a slight sweetness that's muffled by the hop. Belgian phenols there but don't smack you. No indication whatsoever of 8.5% alcohol.

F - Very good, softly carbonated and smooth.

D - Appropriately dangerous for a beer named Inferno, if you were not limited to a 750ml bottle, many could be had in one sitting.

Very good beer, though I feel the appearance and aroma are weak for a BSPA.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of rudylaw
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Lost Abbey brew. Very excited as I popped the cork and poured...

The label said to expect a straw color and that's exactly what I got. A modest 1/2 inch white head that left behind equally modest lacing.

The nose caught hops, honey and banana. Nothing I haven't smelled before, but pleasant nonetheless.

I caught a lot of those hops and banana in my first sip all the way to the last. Gosh was this a dry beer. Immediately vacant of any kind of moisture in my mouth. Like a lemon chill that actually tastes good!

The drinkability is amazing. I finished the entire bottle in about 30 minutes. A great strong pale for a 85 degree day. I will definitely be visiting Lost Abbey again!

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Photo of Taverner420
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome wicked golden cloudy ale with all kinds of fruity esters in the flavor - Finishes dry and clean. One of my favorite Tripels (or whatever its trying to be) Little bitterness there wavering in the background, but in the end the dry beats the bitter or the sweet. Sweet!

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Photo of Jay888
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the Costco closest to the brewery. So yeah, probably best value possible. Opened with a corkscrew - couldn't wrestle the cork out by hand - and poured into a snifter. Date unreadable but probably 4 mos old.
Mine was light on carbonation, and I consider that a plus for the style. Pure, clear straw yellow at first but plenty of sediment so cloudy later. Tons of bright fruit yet dry, some grass/hay and spice. Sweetness in the nose yet actual sweetness gobbled up by the yeast. Will pair well with food, especially cheese, like many in the Lost Abbey repertoire. Perfect for one beer with a meal. Not sessionable and I would never touch this after anything with serious hops. Share a bottle with a cheese plate.

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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 Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden hue that produced a huge 2+ finger white billowy head. It initially dissipated quickly but is now staying right at around 1 finger. It left tiny webs of lacing behind as it dissipated.

(S)- Crisp lemon peel and rich sweet banana biscuits with a yeasty yet wheaty barnyard clay funk. Velvety fruits that dance around the funky wheat.

(T)- Light lemon wheat with a thicker banana and clove with a dense barnyard funk bitterness of clay, yeast, and hay on the finish. Very light but present hop dryness in the middle and increases in presence on the finish. Complex and damn tasty!

(M)- Very delicate and complex with a flurry of different things going on. Just a tiny bit sweet, bitter, and funky. Really smooth with a spot on carbonation level.

(D)- Incredibly smooth and balanced yet ridiculously complex that keeps you guessing. Its criminal to not consider this a sipper though due to how nice and complex this beer is. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a gigantic head. As the foam head breaks down, it never really collapses, just chunks of bubbles break, leaving a big cavernous swiss-cheese structure that eventually turns to lace. Great retention, good lace, and furious carbonation. Beautiful beer.

Nice aroma of grain and some sweet fruit. You get the chemical alcohol no question.

Some fruit up front, with pear and some tropical notes. But this just moves aside to alcohol and some grainy bitterness. Never really out of balance, this one remains burly and aggressive in flavors, with sweet, bitter, and alcoholic all battling it out. Finishes drier than expected, and some stone fruit-pit bitterness as well.

Fuller bodied and very carbonated.

Wonderful version of the style. Less fruity than many others, including those from Belgium. Who cares. This one is a winner.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy, medium-golden color with an active, bright white head. Good retention on the head.

S: Bright fruitiness up front, with some interesting yeast character. A light bread note in the background. Very sweet overall.

T: Strong malt and fruity notes dominate. Yeast character is also quite noticeable. Only slightly bitter. Alcohol warms from start to finish.

M: Very nice feel with a medium-to-full body and a moderate carbonation level. A pleasant prickliness on the way down, as it finishes clean and quite dry.

D: A sipper that gets more mellow and complex with each sip.

Having not had many Belgian strong pales, this one was pretty damn solid. It was well-constructed and flavorful enough to hold my interest for the whole bottle (yes, I finished the entire bottle myself). Given my limited exposure to quality Belgian ales, I'd rate this as a decent stab at the style, and a pretty tasty one at that!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger thick, white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy light amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is tart fruit, flavor is sweet and tart fruit, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Bottled on date is too scraped up to read.

Pours with a very thick meringue-y white head and cloudy golden color.

Aroma is bright with Belgian yeast, lemony spice, and sweet floral scents. Finishes with crusty baked bread.

Taste is sweet and zesty, well balanced. The sweetness makes this taste like a blend of a dry Golden and a sweet Dark ale. Terrific creamy mouthfeel and pleasantly sweet and bitter finish make it quite drinkable.

The ABV is really well hidden on this one, you don't taste it at all, but of course you do feel it as you work your way through the bottle. I'm a big fan of these C&C 375ml bottles for the bigger ABV beers.

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Photo of Talisker
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. I think I got this as part of the 2008 Patron Saints or Sinners Clubs, but might have bought it at retail.

I could go through and describe each aspect of this beer in boring detail, but at the end of the day it's a very respectable Duvel clone. Looks similar, smells similar, tastes very similar. And those are all Good Things.

But there's a bit of stickiness here that Duvel doesn't have, and that hangs around for minutes after each drink. That's the only knock I've got on Inferno.

There would be a place for this beer if the world were running out of Duvel, or if Duvel were at all hard to find. Fortunately neither of those is the case. And given Lost Abbey's usurious prices, there's no cost advantage here.

Great work from Lost Abbey. But as a drinker, I'll just stick to the real thing.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to find this Lost Abbey Beer at my local pub. I poured into a Duvel snifter; since i had been told it was a lovely Duvel style strong pale Belgian. Poured out as hazy pale goldenish yellow with a head a bit short of two fingers worth of white creamy head. The head crowns and lingers for a while.

The aroma is a very nice; yeast, hops a touch of malt. One can really smell the hops and yeast characteristic within the beer. As time goes by and the beer warms more floral/citrus notes appear.

Even dryness from begin to a linger afterwards, a bit of sweetness balanced with a hop greenness. Smell is a big thing when tasting this beer; one will find that the yeast and spiciness found within the aroma are also within the taste.

Mouthfeel is where i get sad. It's a medium bodied beer with a oddly soft carbonation for the style, but please note my bottle had the wire a bit lose from the cork. My tongue keep wanting more out of the dry bitterness; flavor!

The alcohol isn't present as many had noted, but i do drink a lot of Belgian beers. Honestly this is a daily drinker type beer for me, i would age but i see no point. The beer was release in April, two months later i wonder rather it piked or did i just catch it late?

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Photo of ncvbc
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear and golden, fluffy white head with pretty good retention and lively carbonation. Nice smell that is well rounded. Some peppery scents along with hops. Fruity scents, more tart than sweet smelling. Light biscuity bread and honey. Taste is much of the same. Apple skins, pear, grape. Very well balanced and not much alcohol coming through. Good bitterness level with a tartness that keep it in check. Lightly sweet but not very much so at all. Nice crisp mouthfeel with an excellent carbonation. Overall, this was a joy to drink. Not much you can dislike here.

Thanks to Kempleton and gford217 for a bottle of this!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice bottle for about 10 bucks. pours a fuzzy pale straw color with some suspended yeast and a growing white head that seems to stay a few inches tall the whole time. it smells fresh like cut grass and meadow flowers. theres some fruity pep from the yeast, and a waft of alcohol indicating the strength of this one. it tastes similar to the nose, more springtime than fall, with some floral notes as well as that grassy hop complexion. it finishes very quickly and is bone dry. its not bitter, but there is a strong hop presence in the finish as well. the mouthfeel is great, excited carbonation from the belgian yeast, a deep medium body, and a moderate alcohol sting. i love the dry finish too, perfect for this type of brew. while this certainly isnt my favorite lost abbey selection, its one im glad i purchased. its different than many other beers in this genre, and it was the perfect (if ironic) choice of beer for making my annual hot sauce for canning. just right.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A slightly muted amber color with an extremely carbonated fluffy white head. Smells of green apples, yeast, and champagne. Taste follows and lingers with the slightest funk and alcohol presence and warmth, then finishes very dry. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles in between.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast and peppery spices are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of peppery spices from start to finish as well as complex notes of yeast and hints of candi sugars. A light amount of bitterness is present; little if any alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a bit prickly (from the spices) on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice amount of complexity and manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of JandJMD
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Akora
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, glowing, golden hue. Capping this is a bright-white, one-finger head that retains for ages and leaves behind some sticky, sticky lace webbing.

S: Aromas of citrus, dirty yeast, toasty malt, spice, and earthy/floral hops. Has a bit of a funky, dirty edge to it that we enjoyed.

T: See above. Yeasty (spicy & dirty), dry toasty malt, spices, bright citrus, fresh cut flowers, earthy hops, white pepper, and ginger.

M: Full and creamy with a nicely dry/spicy finish. Finishes oily and peppery. Coats well!

D: So far this is the most impressive of the year-round LA beers that we've tried so far. Very nice.

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Photo of thebooyakid
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a three-finger head of bubbly, long-lasting head of white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of pear and apple. Nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It had a spicy bite with a yeasty kick. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor. Nice pear and apple flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. Another good one from The Lost Abbey.

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