Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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
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349
Ratings:
779
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey labels are really nice and the artwork on this is no exception. I heard this was similar to Duvel which I had for the first time two weeks ago. This is a nice golden straw color as the label states. The smell is very hard for me to describe but it is nice. This is easy to drink and I can see some similarities to Duvel but I think I like this better because it seems less carbonated. The only thing I don't like about this beer is the price. This seems more like an $8 beer (Red Barn and such) than an $11 beer.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer betrays the name bestowed upon it. Pours out clearly, very light and vibrant, with a citrus scent. However, It is not an inferno of taste, smell, or sight. A good Belgian, but not a great beer. The taste is fairly good, with a lot of background flavors. Lots of malt and hops, which is balanced out by the carbonation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a hazy translucent yellow, with a big, white rocky head, good head retention, solid lacing.

S: Light overall, but get peppery spice, sourdough bread.

T: Interesting mix of flavours. Have the prerequsite peppery spice, definitely spicy for the style, light yellow apples as well. Secondarily, there is this wheat character at the back end that is quite tasty, not unlike a witibier.

M: Overall medium body, prickly carbonation, lightly chalky, light solvent.

D: A good BSPA, the flavour is tasty, though overall I found it kind of light to style, but still enjoyable - the actual content of the flavour profile makes it work. Another good one from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of kappldav123
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle looks incredible, the beer in the glass is okay. Very complex aroma. The beer starts very complex, too. Spicy, notes of wood and clove, the alcohol is well hidden. Also a little bit sweet for a moment. The finish is a bit drier and a little bit moldy. Great beer!

Big thanks to cletus for the bottle!

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy darker orange color with a one finger head with good retention.
Sweet aroma of overripe oranges and herbal hops.
Flavor of Cointreau liquor, pears, light tartness, herbal notes, pineapple and candi sugar, yeast, lemongrass, grapes and some spices.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is harmonic with the overall beer and it has a warming effect.
Good beer with good complexity, but not mind blowing, partially is due to the fact that we generally have high expectations on Lost Abbey’s brews.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, pale ornage-gold body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Peppery spices and fresh herbs opposite a scent of honey ladled over ripe fruit.

Taste: Slight toasted biscuity malt character with a mild honeylike sweetness. Blend of pear and citrus juices. A touch floral, spicy. Restrained bitterness. A bit peppery. Light bitterness lingers into the particularly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Another quality release from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy marigold color. Very foamy. Needs time to settle. Thick moose like white foam eventually settles and slowly declines leaving thick give of lacing on the glass.

S - nose is very bready/yeasty. Lots of fruit too. Notes of apples, pears and banana peel. Some notes of peppery spice and hints of clove round out the nose.

T - soft bready dough flavors up front with a bit of sweetness. Sublet apple and pear fruit character along with a zippy lemony acidity in the middle. Spicy pepper and clove are bright on the back palate. Finishes quick and dry.

M - high carbonation with lots of tight bubbles. Body is medium with a texture somewhere inbetween watery and creamy.

O - good beer. Nice interpretation of the style. For a beer called inferno I find it quite refreshing.

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Photo of dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Fair head retention.

Sharp citrussy aroma with distinct clove and pepper phenols. Nice balance of fruit and spice. Sweet with some alcohol notes too.

Soft, sweet malt with a sharpness that cleans it out. Solid fruitiness and touches of spice. A little musty. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Could be spritzier.

A solid Tripel. Good flavour even if there isn't a twist. Carbonation a little lacking.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 750ml caged and corked bottle. Cost me $9.99 at Lone Hill Liquors. Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: clear golden color, vigorous carbonation, topped with a fluffy white head that settled down to a half inch head with nice sheets of lace.
Smell: a bit boozy which is a bit surprising since Inferno weighed in at 8.5%ABV. Other than that, it struck me as a bit bland with only modest spicy or floral aromas and a mild bready maltiness.
Taste: again, nothing here really jumped out and "wow'd" me. The malt bill was rather subdued and had a bit of hay and bread aspect. The hops side of the equation was equally moderate with a slight peppery spiciness. The alcohol flavor asserted itself and left a slight warmth down the throat with each swallow, especially as it neared room temp.
Feel: creamy, full with a dry finish.
Overall, not as spectacular as I had envisioned. A decent take on the style but my wife ended up liking Inferno better than I did. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a big initial head with decent lacing and a pale yellow color.

smell is of lemon pepper and some grainy pils with faint saaz hops and a big healthy dose of clove with a minimal banana undertone.

taste is dry and grainy from pils malt. incredibly clovey with a mild noble hop flavor and bitterness.

this beer is incredibly dry and effervescent.

the huge clove and dry body make this beer a little less drinkable. still a good example of the style.

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Photo of craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw-lemon-sun-honey-yellow with about one inch of white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Funky yeast with some bananas, floral character, light honey, poached pear, green apple, vanilla, coriander

Taste: Funky yeast, bananas, a little honey, poached pear, green apples, some white pepper. Very bready. Lots of reviewers got hops, but I barely tasted any.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, a little more carbonation than I would like

Drinkability: Didn't finish the whole bomber. It only says 8.5%, but I only had a glass and it felt like 15%.

Decent, but Duvel is much, much better.

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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 BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a booming, frothy white head over a fairly murky golden to brown body. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are full of yeasty Belgian-spice over apples and plums.

Fairly crisp on the palate, with a lot of natural yeasty spice dominating. Bitter, earthy/leafy aftertaste stuck with me for a while. Mouthfeel was exceptionally dry - really good for the style.

The bitterness could've used a touch more sweet balance, but it's a really nice beer overall.

Updated Notes: 5/8/14:
From corked and caged 375ml that was bottled 5/29/12... nearly 2 years ago.

Carbonation is way down from my first review, as there was barely any head, and virtually no prickly carbonation in the body. Much fruitier and sweeter than my original review. Still plenty of yeasty spiciness, and reminded me of a fiery hell when I first took a sip of this one. Bitterness is way down. Must've mellowed after sitting for two years.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Resembles Duvel in the pour with its light, milky golden color. Huge head, looks like a bubble bath. As many fingers thick as you want it to be, good retention and a thick, sticky lace.

A great combination of tropical fruits and peppery Belgian yeast. Lurking in the background, I have to admit there is something warming.

Dare I say, yeast forward? The fruits come across in the taste as well as the smell, but the yeast takes over quickly and never lets go. Somewhere along the way, the alcohol puts its stamp on things and dominates.

A duo of extremes...spice and heat. The yeast provides for extreme spiciness and the alcohol brings fire to the party. There's an instance of sweet and then it's nothing but spice followed by pain from the burn. My tongue is already ruined after just a few sips. The back of my tongue is starting to feel it and there's a tingle in the my throat. Inferno is appropriately named. It doesn't help that there's an amazing amount of carbonation to keep the hot going.

It's not all that easy to drink. It smells so good, but then it's just painful to finish. I have a whole bomber to get through and I have no idea how. This misses the mark.

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Photo of ccrida
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a cervoise, Inferno Ale is a murky gold with lots streamers forming a large, very rocky white head that leaves lots of spidery lace. Wow, very nice.

Smell is semi-sweet, dusty and almost sour - wheat like and a bit grainy, but with some soft fruity esters to open more as it warms.

Taste sweeter, fruity, dry, some graininess and herbal hops on the finish. Nothing to crazy or complex, just a nice little BSPA. The lingering aftertaste isn't my favorite, I don't care for the hop used, fuggles or EKGs maybe?

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, perhaps a touch heavier then I'd prefer, but I'm really nit-picking.

Drinkability isn't too bad, it's tasty and fairly digestible. Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed. But since it's more expensive and much less available then it's inspiration, there's really no need for me to bother with this again when I'm in the mood for such a beer. I also think it's a bit rougher then Duvel, and reminds me that I haven't had one of those in way too long.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very clear golden straw color, with a fat 2 and a half finger clumpy white head. Carbonation bubbles are present and jump up the center of the glass. Lacing is fairly present with soft patches left scattered around the glass.

Smell - Lite floral notes and some soft pear and apple. A spicy creaminess to the aroma as well. Not overly spicy, but just enough to give it a little edge.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Pretty dry, but noticeably sweet as well. Big wheat taste with a sticky honey flavor. Carbonation helps to keep it alive as this is an overall smooth beer. Spicyness as well as clove mixes in with the pear and apple melon taste.

Drinkability - First Lost Abbey i've had, and thought this one was a little too straight forward. Expected something bigger that would pop in your mouth more. Not a bad entrance into this brewery, and hoping to try more of their offerings.

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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 DovaliHops
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky golden orange color with a medium white head that is very fluffy and hangs around for a bit. Aroma is EXTREMELY spicy! Probably the spiciest scents I've ever gotten in a beer. There are also hints of green apple and Belgian yeast, but the spice overpowers by a lot. Taste is initially lemon and green apples followed by tons of spice and pepper with hints of banana and a lot of yeasty flavors. There are also light bread flavors. Beer finishes with very boozy. Strong alcohol flavor...like vodka. Mouthfeel is nice, and clean...very crisp and full. Drinkability is fair...this is no Duvel, that's for sure!

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Photo of pugbutter
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

It doesn't matter if you have hands as soft as clouds, as disciplined as a Kensho master, and as quiet as a moth fart. When you pour this beer, you WILL get a five-finger head that lasts longer than Oprah's ego trips.

As for the taste, it's all right. This is probably what a witbier tastes like if someone cuts it with Everclear. It's very strong and boozy, but still highlights the coriander and banana you would expect.

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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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a pretty nice looking hazy yellow color. Not really what I expected when I read the name of the beer. The head that formed as I poured this one out was big, rocky and white. Pretty good lacing on this one. The smell of the beer gave off a decent amount of Belgian yeast aromas and some sweet malts. The taste of the beer was rather mild also, I thought that maybe there would be a touch of peppery spice in there but I wasn't getting any from what I could tell. The mouthfeel of this brew is pretty smooth, a very easy going drink. Overall I liked it, I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again one day.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No pop when opened.

The complexity of the aroma surprised me. I was expecting a muddled whiff. I got a clear breakdown of apple, pears, pepper, tartness, orange peel and yeasty. Overall this reminded me of La Fin Du Monde (which I love). But there was something about this beer that "bored" me. I didn't finish my share (8.5% is a lot for something you're not enjoying). I can't put my finger on the why. The taste was pleasant with a good mix of flavors. Somewhere it didn't all come together for me.

I think maybe it needs a food pairing instead of solo drinking.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with some light alcohol but no fruity ester as I had expected. Taste is a mix between some sweet Belgian malt with some hint of alcoholic phenols but no signs or fruity yeast ester or floral hops notes. Full body with good carbonation and some alcohol showing. I can't say that this is bad but it is still somewhat short from Duvel.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle.

This one poured a medium and hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruity, some breadiness, and citrus. Tastes of fruitiness, yeast, spices, and citrus. Body a little on the lighter side.

Notes from 8/13/08

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Photo of spointon
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This beer poured a clear pale yellow color with a 1.5" snow white head. Loads of carbonation release helped retain the head for some time.

S= The aroma was very muted and consisted mainly of pears, a cracker thin maltiness, and some dry yeastiness. Plus some alcohol of course.

T= This ale tasted of thin bakery malts, fruity and peppery yeast, a hard-to-describe chalky dryness, and a dry alcohol finish. Not great but not bad either.

MF= Lighter medium body which is lifted a lot by the effervescent carbonation.

D= I wanted to like this beer, and it was not bad by any means, it just left me not caring about it. Sort of a "meh" experience for me. I don't regret trying it and will do so again someday, but this time I was not very impressed.

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
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