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

Juicy unfiltered almost orange juice looking elixir with a rocky off white head that leaves a rockier lace albeit spotty. Great retention as well.

Tart stone fruity nose with candy sugar and great yeast character. Nectarine and peach at the forefront with a bit of hop character as well. A fruity monster that is nice to ole-factor.

I could almost guess they add fruit juice to this beer. It is just so juicy and full of complex layered fruit flavors. Very peachy in the mouth with nectarine as well ad a grapefruit with some alcohol burn in the chest. Some spice with great yeasty finish and a hop bitterness on the finish as well. A perfumey finish. Hell just a long complex interestig finish. Good carbonation and slightly creamy in the middle. Great beer here.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to a fantastic co-worker for picking this guy up for me in San Diego.

A. Pours a pale, cloudy, golden straw color. About a five finger eggshell white head explodes from the brew. Lacing is thick, coating, and uniform. Head quickly settles to a finger and lingers nicely throughout the session. Quite excellent.

S. Smell is of apple, banana, clove, yeast, light hops, mild phenols. MMMMmmm....

T. Banana, clove, loads of Belgian yeast, grape skin, some mild hop bitterness. Good amount of residual sugar and a faint corny flavor. Quite pleasing.

M. Light-moderate bodied with some medium carbonation and light fruitiness, just enough to keep it mildly refreshing. Flavors are balanced and well-integrated.

O. A fantastic BPA. One of the best I have had. This should be a go-to for fans of the style. Spectacular achievement, very much enjoyed.

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

Bottle into red wine glass. Big thanks to Dan (CoalCellar) for the bottle!

Pours cloudy straw, bit of orange peeking through, with a big, pillowy white head that clings to the sides of the glass desperately as it slowly settles into a white cap. Looks fantastic.

Nose is peppery, earthy, dry tropical fruit, grassy, just a bit bready, a bit soapy as well at lower temps, though that tends to recede as it warms.

Taste is dry - peppery up front, with underlying notes of tropical fruits (pineapple) sans anything but a hint of sweetness; flavor comes through without the sugar. Peaches and pears come through as well, more prominently when the temperature gets closer to 50 degrees and up. Zesty yeast lends a beautiful spiciness, and a light, pale bready malt note is present as well. Grassy hops prominent towards the very dry, peppery finish. Hints of dry honey come through there as well. Superb.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, with a great fluffiness, light and airy. Dry and well done.

Drinkability is, again, fantastic. No hint of alcohol, dryness lends a refreshing quality, and the mouthfeel is lighter than expected, meaning this one slides right in effortlessly. Beautiful beer.

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

Poured from the caged & corked 750ml into a 500ml goblet.

Fairly slow to foam up, a smallish white head builds atop the murkey golden colored body. Retention is decent, and leaves big gobs of lace in it's wake. Smell is dry and spicy. Floral, fops dominate with a touch of malt sweetness in the back ground. some yeasty profiles wisp through. Tast is much like the smell, with peppery dryness from the yeast taking a fore front in the mouth. A bit sweeter in the finish, but that doesn't last long as the hops quickly snuff out everything leaving only a desire for another sip. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light for 8.5% A.B.V.
Smooth and even a little watery with a prickly mouth tingling carbonation, it matches well with the flavors, and overall theme of this fine ale.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy bright golden orange. very bright. frothy 3 finger white head

s: nice Belgian yeast-like aroma right away. sweet lemons and oranges, clean caramel malt, coriander and clove. very refreshing smelling

t: follows the nose. clean and crisp. nice spicy Belgian yeast. pepper, clove, coriander. fresh baked bread, sweet citrus zest. finish is just the ever so slight earthy bitterness. nice and refreshing - nice amount of flavor without being heavy

m: medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

o: good stuff! nice mix of spice, yeast, and sweet malt and citrus flavors. all harmonized well. a real easy drinker. be careful though, the 9% is completely hidden

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a moderately clear yellow with an aggressive amount of white head. Color could be a BMC if I didn't know better, but the head certainly screams BSPA.

S - Belgian yeast is the first thing off the bat. An odd, slightly funky, slightly sweet wheat is what follows soon after. A nice smelling beer, totally in line with style.

T - Sweet and peppery is what really stands out to me. the yeast is there, and the carbonation nearly overpowers. A little funky, but quite dry.

M - Very, very effervescent. The bubbles nearly overwhelm, as I said before. The finish is very dry and crisp, which seems very in line with the style.

Overall, this is a very well done beer. Very spicy and it fills the mouth to an extreme. First ever beer from the Lost Abbey I think, and I like what they did with it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a pretty good initial head that ultimately fades to a thin ring. Smells quite fruity with tropical fruits, juicy and a bit sweet while maintaining a decent balance. Tastes quite nice. Smooth and even a bit waxy with some restrained fruitiness, some firm malt, a touch of sweetness and a bit of short, sharp bitterness that is pretty well integrated to the overall taste. Very smooth and even a touch soft in the mouth. Not at all too sweet. Very nice. Starts more like a tripel but mellows into a more Belgian pale taste as it opens up.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Fluffy white head with great retention and lace. Pale yellow gold with a nice visual effervescence.

S – Soft citrus: more pineapple than orange. Malt and honey sweetness, zesty lemon and sage, and a touch of pepper spice. Smooth and beautifully integrated.

T – Opens crisp with cracked black pepper and lemon, into a light, almost pita-bread like malt. Bright herbal middle with sage and tarragon. The herbal note dries in the finish with a soft bitterness, and pulls back to reveal a mineral and lightly acidic foundation.

M – Lively carbonation. Crisp, medium body.

O – Herbal throughout. Does an incredible job of hiding it’s booze at 8.5%.

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Photo of mexikrainian
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

720ml poured into a Samuel Smith tulip.

Appearance: orange straw yellow with thick, foamy white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: citrus, honey, floral and cloves.

Flavor: alcoholic, caramel, honey and

Mouthfeel: champagne-esk. bubbly medium body with high carbonation.

Overall impression: high alcohol and tasty, this is a great beer!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow that looks just like grapefruit juice. Smells of beautiful funky wild yeast. First sip is funky and yeasty that is on the mellow side and not too over the top. There some grapefruit notes present but again...not over the top. A tad on the bready side. With a noticeable hop presence this puppy is easy to drink and a pleasure to boot.

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Photo of mhewes
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice hazy straw colored with a good white head that sticks around for a little bit.

S : I get some nice spicy hops, some floral, and a little fruit

T : Good hops, not overpowering. It's got a little citrus flavor along with some spice (mainly pepper)

M : Really nice with a nice dryness to it

D : Really good and another great beer from them that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of sloejams
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to see this on the shelf at my local (Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles). Haven't been lead wrong yet by the good people at Pizza Port / Lost Abbey.

It pours a straw color with the slightest of head. Aroma is clove, Belgian yeast and maybe even elderberry. The sweetness in the nose was far more subtle and complex in the taste. I got some lemon zest and honey in the mouth.

For the alchohol content, this was extremely drinkable - I wonder how this would age.

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Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy deep yellow with a thick off white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Has a nice clean smell with a lots of musty belgian yeast, vanilla, and spices.

Has a nice mild yet complex flavor with spices and citrus along with some mild grain and a bit of yeast and a lightly piney bit of hops.

The mouthfeel is very light and dry with a bit zippy carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth.

Very solid, I am definitely liking my first Lost Abbey Offering.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 received from tradehops way back in July.. Thanks Eric.. I can't believe this one has lasted this long.. The bottle has been in the upstairs fridge for 6 months now!! I am sharing this one with my bro while we bitch about our new boss.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter... very nice 3 finger foamy white head.. the brew is a crystal clear gold.. great lace and cap for pretty much the entire glass.

Nose is very traditional BSPA with a nice punch of citrus hoppiness.. peppery and lite orange zest.

Flavor has all the expected BSPA elements.. pale malts with yeasty fruitiness and a great overall American hop component.. very nice and hugely drinkable.. the body is more thick than Duvel.. and the carbonation is lighter too..

Thanks again Eric.. I really appreciate the super cool trade.

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Photo of Plenum
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow is an accurate description of this beer. Very dry beer, which leaves you wanting more.

Minor lacing on the glass. Bit on the sweet side, with the hops and some spices making it through.

Overall a solid beer. One that I'll be getting again!

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Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very nice duvel-style ale...with a cool bottle too.

pours bubbly and light golden with a thick head that stays around for a while.

smell is nice, yeasty, fruity with some spicey cloves.

taste is mellow smooth bananas, cloves and ripe, bright fruit...then finishes nice and bitter, but still very clean with a bubbly, light mouthfeel and a very very high drinkability.
another nice beer from lost abbey.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to afatty for including an extra for me in his order of Lost Abbey beers. 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Hopus glass pours a nice bubbly, hazy dark yellow with a frothy pale, almost yellow head that takes its time dying down to a thin layer that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is loads of pale malts and spices such as coriander and lemon zest. Taste is an absolutely wonderful plethora of citrus hops, pale malts and spices all dancing together in perfect harmony on the tongue. Sweet fruits, pepper, clove and lemon all add a nice accent to an already complex brew. The beer is medium bodied with nice smooth carbonation. This is a great beer to wrap up a hot Summer day, one I would certainly love to have again.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled 11/26/11.

A: pours with decent clarity. a deep blonde. head is massive and has good retention. unfortunately limited lacing.

S: some light fruity sugars. pears. smells a little bit musty. barnyard and farm-y.

T: a slightly farmy taste. there is really a very slight tartness, that leads me to believe this is on the verge of spoilage. but not yet. a little bit of boozy heat, but certainly manageable. really, really, really dry.

M: a vivacious carb on a full bodied beer. well done bottle conditioning. pretty outstanding carb level for the style.

D: drinks pretty good after 3 years. a tasty Belgian strong blond, with some very interesting barnyard funky notes. really found this enjoyable and wonder if it is equally as barn-like fresh.

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Photo of WeeObese
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Sweet malt and fruit (pear?) on the nose
Appearance: Cloudy for the style. dark golden color (not straw), a little dark for the style?
Taste: Great malt flavor, with a fruity middle (pear?) and a nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A little undercarbonated, but still bright. Great dry finish!
Drinkability: Very tasty easy to drink beer. Great for the summer. The alcohol (8.5%) is very well hidden. The hops used are a little too long lasting in the finish and not my favorite varietal.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml., 8.5% ABV. Pours a hazy gold color, with a thick white fluffy head. Excellent head retention, and lots of lace left on the glass. Some very fine streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. What a looker.

Lots of juicy fruit, apples, and citrus up front. Maybe even some banana with a hint of yeasty notes. Very clean, but wonderful fruit.

Pale malt, with a bit of tartness. Nice amount of fruit. A bit of yeasty character, and some earthy bitterness.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol hidden very well. Almost too easy to drink. This one is a winner.

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Photo of rdickey
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale gold rougly rocky head after a very rough pour; the original cautious pour produced nothing and I needed to shake it up.

Smell: Fruit up front -- prunes and honey. Some mellow hops, too, but I can't identify them, and a slight citrus edge.

Taste: Nice balance immediately - hops are there throughout but there's no overpowering hop bitterness (which I often like but I recognize others do not). The citrus that was a hint in the nose comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, very dry and especially down easy considering the significant ABV. As I'mstillthegman (Mike Gminski?) noted, I'm not sure how long the other 2 bottles will last, especially with summer on the way - this is a good summer quaffer (so long as you're intelligent about it).

Drinkability: Very high. I'd like to line this up against a few of my other favorites from this style and then update the reviews - Duvel, Fin du Monde, Brooklyn One and maybe Mathilda if I have a bottle left.

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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 superspak
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Cork shot off hard into my hand upon uncaging. Took a while to fully pour. Pours hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a rich honey gold color with a huge head the head is off white

S: Belgian yeast with some sweet malts and bitter hops mix in to create a a very complex smell also this really smells like duvel wow

T: taste is a more rich version of Duvel if you like or love Duvel you must try this alcohol is masked oh so very well and you get some orange zest with a bunch of Belgian yeast

M: light mouth with high carbonation just like Duvel

D: Very drinkable for any time of the year

overall: this is a wow beer for me its just great! if you like Orval or Duvel you need to try this and it is worth trading for!

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.01 out of 5 based on 784 ratings.
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