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
Ratings:
785
Reviews:
350
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
119
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 785 |  Reviews: 350
Photo of tikk
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dan269605
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chriskohlen
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a Leute Bokbier glass (had 'em a couple months, needed to try them out).

A very hazy, bright yellow pour, with a big, foamy head. Very appealing. Smells peppery, yeasty, bready, some clove, a touch of banana. Taste is yeasty, a little funky, slightly sweet, with some malt and a little clove. Nice. Slight hop bitterness on the back end. Good body and feel. Dry. Nicely carbonated.

I love a good BSPA, and this certainly is one. Nothing unique or different about it, just really well made and very enjoyable. Would buy again.

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Photo of Lunatic_Runner
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just ok for me. Could be the style isn't my thing.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerridf6657
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little to carbonated for my taste, but a decent beer otherwise.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge white head, very rocky and slow settling. Yellow/golden body that's rather cloudy.
Largely malt aroma with a bready quality but the esters and phenols show in time with a soft spiciness, bits of fruit and a soft alcohol.
Hmmmm, complex of course. How many sips to get it all in? Certainly dries out quite a bit and lingers too. Sweet up front with fruit then the spices follow and grow to be a little heavy handed as the alcohol shows with some warmth and flavor. I'm finding some interesting hop taste in the middle. They seem grass and herbal. Malt flavors mingle between all the other flavors and offer some nice stabilizing influences.
Wow the drying is ...well...right there and noticeable. It holds a little hop flavor in time too. It's taking time to work through all that is going on, but he sum of the parts is coming together to be pleasing to my sense.
I like the corked 12.7oz bottle.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Merl77
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Brolo75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: First off, looks like carbonated orange juice with a big fluffy white head, lots of lacing, big bubbles on the top sticking to glass's side, looks very juicy.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, bread, no alcohol on the nose, nothing big.

T: Belgian yeast characteristics up front, spice, bananas, pears, there is a slight tartness to the beer, getting lots of heat from the alcohol, very good.

M: Dry, fluffy mouthfeel.

O: I've had this with some age on it and now fresh, it has more bright flavors fresh and more alcohol, going to let another age and see if the beer balances out with the alcohol.

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. No date on the bottle. Sampled in March 12, 2015. I picked it up about 2 months ago.

The color of the pour is a murky looking, bottle-conditioned straw yellow with a huge, puffy white head.

The aroma is full of Belgian characteristics including candied sugar. toasted bread, yeast, light spice, and a definite berry-like fruitiness in the background.

The body is medium.

The taste has a dry bite to it along with the toasted and juicy fruit characters already mentioned.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consume 3/10/15 bottled on 8/14 750ml
Beautiful golden appearance, great 2.5inch cloudy head, breaks down nicely after a few minutes.
Smell is a lil minimal, my sinus' are a lil stuffy, do pick up some wild yeast, maybe green apple.
Really nice taste, It reminds me more of a Belg tripel style, pear flavor in front,some banana in finish.
Really good mouthfeel, very carbonated but it wirks great with this beer.
Im glad I revisited this beer, havent had in a couple years, really great all around but only 7.99 @ Bevmo I had to grab with a fresh Carnevale last month.

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Photo of NT99
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At Monk's. Just not for me. Straight up Strong Pale Ale.

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

Photo of thampel09
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dcmchew
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a nice two-three finger fluffy white head that lasts quite some time.
Big spicy yeast in the smell, honey, sweet yellow apple, fresh hop, herbs, orange. Quite intense tho, with some acidity and alcohol floating up from the glass.
Crunchy fruit up front, with nice apple and pear, bringing in a bit of tartness. Some bitter orange peel, a bit of apricot sweetness too, laced with honey. Yeasts are really busy, but not doughy, bringing lots of white pepper, coriander seed, clove, crunchy herbs, faint lemongrass. Hops wrap it up, a bit grassy, floral, hinting some grapefruit too, with a really nice and surprisingly dry finish.
Aftertaste has spicy yeasts, a bit of sweetness, a bit of apple peel and bitter hops. Medium body and prickly carbonation, enriched by the overall spicy feel. Alcohol hidden impeccably.
A really great Belgian-styled beer from Lost Abbey, a drier, hoppier alternative to the original ones, without ignoring the rich yeasts.

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Photo of oldsailor
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.01 out of 5 based on 785 ratings.
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