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:
786
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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76
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119
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Ratings: 786 |  Reviews: 352
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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Thorpe429
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 nickfl
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast (peppery) and spices along with some lighter aromas of pale malts and citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with moderate to strong flavors of peppery Belgian yeast and spices. There are light flavors of candi sugar sweetness and just a hint of citrus/orange zest hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present and linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and a moderate amount of prickliness (likely from the spices).

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - there is a decent amount of complexity. I found this one enjoyable and I would recommend checking this one out.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a cloudy coppery orange with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. A solid 1/2 finger of creamy retention flares up to a full finger when swirled and leaves some great looking lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant and nose tingling mix of sweet bready malts, spices, orange zest, grass, and yeast with just the tiniest amount of heat underneath it.

The taste is a little more mellow than the aroma is, with notes of bready toasted malts, citrus, spices, and an all around yeasty feel at times. Finishes with a medium dry feel that never gets to be quite bone dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and very easygoing feel considering the higher ABV.

A nice attempt at a Duvel clone, I really dug the prominant toasted malt character of this very much. Tasty and easy drinking for the size, I would revisit this again.

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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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Lost Abbey rastal glass. Pours orange in color with a fluffy white thick head. The head retreated to the edge of the glass but left decent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is strong with Belgian yeast flavors. There is a good amount of citrus, fruit and spice to it. Taste is similar in that it is dominated by the Belgian yeast. it's citrusy and spicy as you would expect from a Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very good tasting Belgian ale. Belgians beers are not my favorite style but this was a very good one.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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 russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazy gold with a sliver of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & lemons that fade quickly. Appleskins & honey creep through as this warms

T: Grapefruitty hops, breadyness & apricots up front. Coriander, a touch of honey dryness & some white pepper & pineapple as this warms. Finishes peppery with grainyness, plus some lemongrass

MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation; skews spicy

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, a descent shot at the style. This would go great with Thai, Sushi, & or Indian IMO

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kruggerand gold with a small splash of orange and a fine yeasty haze. The ivory colored crown does its damndest to give Belgian foam a run for its money (and almost pulls it off). It's melted marshmallow sticky and is beginning to coat the glass with impressive sheets of shotgun-blasted lace.

The nose is almost everything that a good BSPA nose should be. It's redolent of golden fruit and assorted spices, with a hint of herbal hoppiness as well. So far it doesn't appear as if The Lost Abbey has colored very far outside the lines. Which is fine.

Tomme Arthur has been quoted as saying that Inferno Ale is an homage to Duvel (that isn't a direct quote), which I consider the best BSPA in the world... and one of the best beers of any style. It isn't that good, not even close, but it's a tasty brew that should satisfy those who love big Belgians.

One minor quibble is that Inferno is too hop-focused for the style. Sweet is fine, dry is fine and balanced is fine. Bitterness, which I usually love, is out of place in a beer of this sort. Depth and complexity is a little lacking as well, although not to such an extent that the taste score deserves to be lowered.

Flavors include crisp pears and apples, herbal-grassy hops and a yeasty spiciness akin to white pepper, cardamom and clove. Again, nothing out the ordinary. This is a solid brew from top to bottom, but it doesn't have that *certain something* that would allow it to compete with the best of style.

A better mouthfeel might have increased the scores on either side of it. It's light-medium in heft and is too gently bubbled. The result (other than a pathetic pop on cork removal) is a beer that doesn't have much mouthfilling creaminess and doesn't bathe the taste buds as long as it should.

Inferno Ale falls far short of Duvel, but then every other BSPA on the planet does as well. In the end, this is a semi-impressive ale from a brewery that produces far more hits than misses. If you have any interest in the style, it's also an easy recommendation.

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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 mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had one of these earlier in the summer, but was in no position to review it. I decided to crack open another one to give it a proper run through. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a chalice. This one was consumed on 10/30/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich, deep hazy golden yellow color that was very evident right of the bat. Nice carbonation was easily apparent as champagne like bubbles reached skyward, constantly refreshing a large pillow of white on top. Very slow receded here left behind tons of thick and sticky side glass lace that really just coated the entire inside of the glass.

The aroma was light, airy and nice and hoppy with a great presence to it. Nice light pepper like notes that really punched through as it warmed, allowing that nice, light hoppy bite to really take hold. Some light bread like notes lying underneath o that. The flavor was very well done. Light, with most all of the alcohol very well hidden. It started with a nice lemon zest like hop bite that quickly melded into a spicy and peppery mix of yeast and spices. Some nice touches of light fruit and a really nice and mellow finish, left a clean, dry flavor in it. Smooth, with a champagne like feel to it, this was easy to put down, but at over 8% was nothing to just throw down.

In the end, while not my favorite thing from Lost Abbey, it was definitely solid. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day. It seems like it makes a very nice addition to their regular lineup.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow-golden color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, spices, grain, citrus, and bready malts. Smells great, just like a Belgian style ale should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, cloves, bananas, Belgian yeast, light apples, and bready malts. Good, but too much epper and spice up front for me. I prefer to get more bananas and yeast up front, like they were in the smell. EDIT: As this warmed up, the taste got a lot better. More bananas came out.

m - Medium body and moderaye to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and the alcohol doesn't come out too much.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style pale ale. I loved the smell; the mix of cloves, Belgian yeast, and bananas was exactly what I like in a Belgian ale. While the taste was fine, it just had too much pepper and spice for me. I enjoyed it more as it warmed up, and it is something I would certainly give another shot to. My advice is to let this one warm up a little bit so more comes out in the taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a white head. Very nice citrus note on the nose, yeast, and some spiciness to it as well. A touch of alcohol, some floral hops, just a light malt sweetness. The citrus really comes through on the nose. A bit citric, some yest, some spices, and a touch of booze. Lightly floral, quite dry, and a light sweetness in the middle.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a monstrous amount of fluffy white head despite the most careful pour. Corked and caged bottle started to puke as soon as the cork was removed. Aroma is at first a bit disappointing as it comes across as just sulfur and hops. However, after taking a sip it goes in a completely different direction offeeing up sweet fruit reminiscent of pear and apple. Lacing along the glassware is quite frankly out of control. Not many beers leave your glass this thickly coated. Light feel and highly carbed but overall very drinkable and enjoyable. This was my first experience with Lost Abbey and it certainly left me wanting to try more.

Review from notes taken 1/15

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.01 out of 5 based on 786 ratings.
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