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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
Ranking:
#3,630
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
787
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
118
Trade:
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 352
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like I haven't had this style in awhile, and my first Lost Abbey beer. Let's see how this goes poured into a tulip glass.

A nice golden light pale orange amber body, somewhat opaque but also some real nice column rising tiny white carbonation bubbles. Head forms nice and evenly with a rocky character, white and bright, clumpy and lumpy. Real nice looking.

Notes of pear and sweet green fruit seem to hit on first whiff. Some light sweetness and a sense of yeast. Smells fairly straight forward but good.

Tight noticeable carbonation but doesn't take away from the palate. Some slight thickness but a bit subdued, seems to bring the taste of a sweet malt and very prickly, fruit hints seem to turn to more lemon and citrus, but finish with a real nice crisp tang character. Dry as it mentions, but not nearly as bone dry as the bottle suggests. A nice lingering aftertaste mixing with a faint icing sugar.

Overall pretty solid beer and a fun one to drink. Carbonation seems to hint at a displeasure but even this big it's actually feels like an enhancement. I would have this again.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical L.A. bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness/vintage info...pours light yellowy apricot, cloudy, huge off white head, rocky cap, merainge, tons of lace, the whole nine! nice...fruity, yeasty, flavorful on the nostrils..yummy..tasty, fruity, complex, flavorful, thoroughly enjoyable, pineapple, candied apricots, vanilla, honey, lemon/lime initially, then more hoppy, some alcohol and gin notes floating around...love the style, the Port beers in general, so this one is a natural for me...wish I could find Port offerings closer then Massachusetts!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a thin white head. Nose is dough and a very minimal yeasty funk. Flavor is smooth with a dough and citrus edge and a bit of an earthy bite on the backside, but the flavor doesn't stay that long really. What's there is good though. Feel has a full carbonation and a good liquid feel. This is a nice enough Belgian Pale Ale. Fairly easy to drink and unobtrusive. Best paired with food I think.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy golden-orange with almost brown tones in the deepest parts. There is a large, foamy, light head, approx 2". The beer has citrus notes on the smell, with a hint of some spices to balance. The flavors are of very light citrus, with a blended spice tasting of coriander and nutmeg. Very smooth in mouth, and a crisp, light finish. The alcohol helps balance the sweet and spice flavors, and the spice follows through to the aftertaste. Almost peppery notes on the aftertaste, also. Very tasty, and very easy to drink. Kind of wishing I had grabbed a few more bottles of it while we were at the brewery.

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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/09/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Didn't happen to look for freshness info. It is, however, a 2008 release.

Appearance- Lightly clouded and golden colored pour. Good one inch plus creamy style head that leaves behind fine lace chunks and patchwork.

Smell- Duvel-like in the nose, but quite sweet with a confectioniers sugar nose along with corriander, white pepper and some mild citrus fruits.

Taste- As told it tasted like Duvel, I would have to agree, but with considerable more citrus and sugar in the flavor. Just a wee touch too much sugar kept it from being about perfect. A good amount of corriander and a nice orange-lemon fused flavor throughout the entire beer.

Mouthfeel- Not as highly carbonated as would have thought. Medium level at best...which works out perfect for me. Mild sugary mouthfeel, but very crisp and easy drinking.

Drinkability- I will be getting one of these again. Wonderful output from Port Brewing.

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

Bottle shared by Steve, 12.7oz popped for my birthday. 2010 vintage, into a tulip.

Poured a hazy brownish orange, immense offwhite head that's dense, soapy with huge lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity, quite Duvel-like. Great hop notes, light grassy and green apple notes. A bit of alcohol and general sweetness. Taste reflects the nose, great fruitiness, a little spice in the finish. Yeasty and lightly grainy finish. Dry and gentle effervescence. A very nice golden strong, stands up nicely to Duvel and I would revisit this regularly if available locally (yeah right). Impressive.

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

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Exploded out the bottle, losing about 10%. Pours a medium yellow-orange amber, lots of carbonation. Massive thick white head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian spices, yeast and light fruit. A light metallic component to the aroma. Flavor is dry, spicy with light fruit and a hint of Brett or wild yeast. Dry peppery finish. The wild yeast component is mild enough that I enjoyed this ale. I'd probably choose a Belgian over this because of the dryness, but it is well made and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Poured a hazy pale golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thick finger of head and left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty fruity belgian yeast upfront alongside citrus, slight spice, apple esters, and mild hop notes. It also had a good malty presence. The taste was also pretty fruity from the belgian yeast with clove spice, apple, pear, and citrus accents. There was plenty of malts and a touch of underlying hops to cap off the flavor. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, spice, citrusy, and malty finish. It drank real good and really did some justice for the style. I've had this brew a few times know and each time has been solid without the LA carbonation issues.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

Active bottle foams upon popping of the cork. Yeast and citrus fruit dominate the aroma. Pours with high bubbly, foamy head, cloudy pale golden body. Taste is mostly grapefruit and citrus, list and bubbly mouthfeel, effervescent , some yeast on the finish.

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

Split a 750 ml bottle with friends.

This is a well-balanced Belgian that shows a good range of phenol-produced spice flavors. The appearance is a mostly clear gold with a short, white head and the aroma has a hint of bubblrgum that the flavor lacks. Otherwise the taste and smell share a slew of white and black pepper notes with a touch of clove. The beer finishes with a bit of herbal, slightly grapefruit hops. All in all, a tasty and spicy beer. Worth a try for something a little different.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pour resulted in about one finger of beer and four fingers of thick, pillowy white foam. Quite inconvenient, although somewhat attractive. Beer is a light golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a highly active effervescence.

Smell: sweet malty backbone with a fair helping of funkiness. I don't know if this is a Brettanomyces beer, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that based on the aroma. That assumed, this beer is nicely balanced with a sweet, funky and lightly tart character.

Taste: horse blanket funk with a hint of tartness work well with the sweet, sticky malt. Sticky, perhaps, but not overwhelmingly so; this beer is certainly not under-attenuated. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big fluffy creaminess. I was expecting more, based on the mammoth head and big apparent effervescence, but the texture is rather evanescent. Disappointing, perhaps, but still objectively pretty good.

Overall: as I said, objectively this is a good beer. But it has a je ne sais quoi that really appeals to me: the light funk, perhaps, or the annoying head. In any case, I like this beer a lot and would gladly have it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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