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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.

Added by scottoale on 05-04-2008

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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of ckeegan04
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange with a light haze. Off-white foamy cap, about three fingers thick, leaves chunks of foam behind on the glass.

S - Strong yeasty aromas of over ripe pears and apples along with a strong herbal bite and hints of white pepper. Some candi sugar sweetness lingers underneath.

T - Dry sweetness initially with hints of well ripened fruit. Pear, lemon and apple all come to mind. Peppery in the finish.

M/D - Crisp but full bodied. Very dry. Excellent BSPA.

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Photo of kevanb
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice honey straw color with hints of orange and amber popping through with a massive fluffy white head that surges to the top of the glass. Nice cloudy texture, lots of sediment floating around, right on cue for this style. The aroma is really pleasant, nice and light, lots of yeasty funk and lots of clove, some faint vanilla comes in, earthy with some grains coming through, definitely reminiscent of a fine hefeweizen but with a bigger yeast component. The flavors are just as pleasant as the aroma, big yeast funk element, nice clove flavors, but what’s nice is the addition of a citrus hop profile, subtle grains, vanilla, coriander, a bit of faint oak or sweet earth flavors, but very bark like. Very complex flavors, some cannibalization at times, but overall, really nice and enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation, just crisp enough without a bite, big full grainy body that goes down exceptionally smoothly with the alcohol completely hidden.

Verdict: Really great Belgian style pale ale, big aromas and flavors, great body, really well crafted all around and at $5 a pretty good value in comparison to other beers in this style like La Chouffe or Duvel.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Lemon, citrus, and spice in the nose. Fair amount of the same in the taste, but with honey and earthy farmhouse notes. Taverner made a great call with the Sangria-like flavor of this one. A bit too carbonated, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A yellow cloudy straw color. Tons of head! 2 fingers worth. Lace sticks on the glass all the way down! It does not get much better than this...

S - Fruit..apples, and pears. Malt and yeast.

T - Wow. Apples, fruits, sweet, but so well balanced. Not too sweet. ABV is totally hidden. Damn good!

M - Well carbonated. Full body.

O - Now this is a great Belgian pale ale. this is up there with one of my favorites..the Horny Devil. I will be back for more...

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Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow for a Belgian with a nice 2 fingers of white on top that melts rather quickly leaving only a very faint lace around the rim

Aroma is softly mellow...subdued soft fruits, a little banana, and a little warming funky yeast.

Taste is only lightly Belgian to me with some bready yeast notes and light malt with a touch of candied sugar but it is all extremely overpowered by intense citrus peel hops that become overly present as you swallow and finish the drink. Hot alcohol taste seems to want for more age and mellowing.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, mostly from the drying effect of the hops I suspect.

Aftertaste is bitter hops with little else.

Not what I would call a Belgian Strong Ale at all. Too much of a California Hops influence without a lot of complexity.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, bottled on 10/6/11, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden blond color, produces an inch of creamy white head that leaves lots of delicate lacing on the glass.

S- Light aroma of bready funk, pear, some pepper and boozy phenols and fruity esters, alcohol is nicely restrained for 9%.

T- Bold flavors of dry, crispy pear, light grain, and warm, fruity alcohol. Finish is dry and a bit spicy with clove. Very nice overall.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp feel, moderate to high carbonation, dry, spicy finish.

O- A very nice spicy, Belgian-style beer, it's damn drinkable for 9%, I basically pounded this bottle pretty quickly, tasty stuff.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty looking honey-amber hue with a huge fluffy white head that maintains very well.
S: Fruity esters and some lemon zest with a bit of grassyness and just a hint of breadiness.
T: starts off a bit sour with some lemony notes followed by some grassy hop notes . Lingering grassy and lemony flavor on the swallow. There are some intermittent banana and apricot flavors as well.
M: a bit thin with very delicate carbonation from bottle conditioning. a little on the prickly side but not overpoweringly so. Very smooth
O: Not quite what I was expecting but a tasty brew

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ms11781
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date was stamped on bottle put has been rubbed away to a point where it's unreadable. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, golden yellow/orange color with a huge. fluffy white head. Head retains nicely, eventually becoming a half finger, fluffy white cap that leaves excellent foamy lacing on the glass. Carbonation is also very evident.

The nose is right in line with a beer of the style. Huge yeast characteristics along with some ripe light fruit, banana, some spice (clove and pepper stand out) and a bit of a citrus zest.

The taste is a bit sweeter than the nose lets on but it's definitely not a bad thing. The fruity characteristics come though as ripe green apples, pears and maybe some apricot. The yeast is here as is the peppery spice aspect on the back end. The alcohol does come through a bit but not much at all. The citrus zest that was in the nose is also here and presents itself as a lemon-like flavor.

The body is on the lighter end of medium with ample carbonation. The carbonation can actually feel quick prickly and bring a slight numbing sensation to the tongue. The finish dries out considerably.

Overall this beer has some of my favorite characteristics for the style. I like the yeast and spice but when the green apple and pear fruit flavors are allowed to shine through and lend a hint of sweetness to the taste it works best for me. This beer hits on those counts. A bit of alcohol comes through in the taste but it's easy drinking for the most part. Definitely very enjoyable and refreshing for a beer with an ABV of 8.5%.

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Photo of Mattyb79
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of impending
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy apricot gold. Opened with an authoritative POP, now pouring carefully I still get a five finger head, my glass is mostly dense froth. Lacing is ridiculous.

Aroma is sweet with apples, white grapes, spices and yeast - smells great.

Taste is lively, the tongue tingles a bit. Considerable hop presence as well as strong warm alcohol. The best SPAs fade away better than this as the bitterness far exceeds the upfront sweetness.

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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 ricecracker420
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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 Lantern
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Alpha309
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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