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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast | The Lost Abbey

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4.34/5
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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve never released a Bourbon Barrel version of our Judgment Day. So we thought it might be interesting to take the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme age in first fill Bourbon Barrels and let mother nature take over. Of course, because this is a Rock and Roll inspired Box Set beer, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone.

Upon sampling the base beer, it became apparent that the raisins used to brew the base beer were going to drive the flavor bus of this beer. The conversations turned to Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the essence of a freshly baked treat. So we added some cinnamon sticks to the barrels and threw in some dried chiles as well.

Added by MasterSki on 08-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#452
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
786
pDev:
8.29%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
238
Trade:
31
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Ratings: 786 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Bottle

A: Dark caramel malts, moderate vanilla, bourbon, raisins, and light spices. Vanilla, spices and bourbon.

A: Brown color, super murky, with almost no head at all.

T: Raisins, figs, rich bourbon vanilla, with moderately light cinnamon redolent of an oatmeal cookie, followed by light oak and faint chili pepper heat on the finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. The beer hides its alcoholic strength well and is lightly boozy, but not hot.

O: Awesome; while ugly in appearance the beer balances a lot of components to create an oatmeal cookie like character with a flavor that really lingers.

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Photo of Avitra
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Yet another super beer, by what might be the best brewery in the world - Lost Abbey. This one lingers on for ages. It almost has stouty tastes, with being everything but a stout. You feel the chocolate and vanilla but in a very different way. There's also some malt, some black currant, some blessed booziness, but mostly - it's just long, which is beautiful.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and limited lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt notes with some residual sugar notes and some dry fruits with hints of cinnamon and chili. Taste is a mix of caramelized malt with some well-balanced residual sugar notes with hints of cinnamon and chili with dry raisins notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Interesting and good sipper without being necessarily true to the style.

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Photo of socon67
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoreyC
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Such a cool beer; not sure how else to sum it up. It’s complex, smooth, delicious, ugly as sin, boozy and totally unique. Hard to find peers to compare it to because of all the different component parts but it stands tall regardless.

Ugly out of the bottle. Drink this in low light if possible - brown like a muddy puddle. Murky. Thin white head disappears quickly. Floaties. Like someone showing up to a wedding in pajamas. Pull yourself together, for gods sake! From here on out, however, it’s fantastic.

Aroma is fig, rich malt, vanilla, toffee, oak, spice, baked goods. Boozy, sweet and robust.

Taste is dark fruit, like raisins and figs and dates, followed by a rich creamy bourbon and oak stew - toffee, light vanilla and charred oak. The oatmeal raisin cookie is strong, and I get more cinnamon-spice than chili peppers. Perhaps it’s there more in essence than taste.

Creamy and soft on the palate. ABV is so well hidden. Sweet but not cloying, boozy but not hot. Wonderful, delicious and ugly sipper.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It poured murkey brown with a white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma is heavy on raisins and plums! Smells almost like prune juice. As it warmed up, the bourbon became noticeable, it's alcohol and floral notes. The flavors were the same, tasted a lot of raisins and plums with its tart skin. It's also very sweet, with candied dry fruit. The warmth of the bourbon carried over at the finish. Can't really taste the cinnamon and chilies. Can't even tell if the heat is from the alcohol itself or the added chilies. Mouthfeel is full bodied with some warmth. Overall I liked it, but it is not worth the price tag. So many great quads out there at the fraction of the cost.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anon
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste at the brewery. Opaque mahogany body, tan coloured head with some good retention. Smell is sweet vanilla, spices and bourbon. Dark malts, caramel and raisin.

Taste is dark malts and bourbon, with some nice touches of vanilla, cinnamon, clove. Raisin, fig, oats. Like others say, reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie. Chile is definitely there and mingles perfectly with the other flavours.

Full-bodied finish, very smooth and drinkable considering the high ABV. Great brew.

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3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of brown around most of the rim and in tiny patches on the top. The head entirely dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma is of cinnamon, sweet bourbon, raisins, and chiles. I'm tasting very aggressive sweet bourbon, raisins, and cinnamon. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and lightly warm from the chiles and alcohol.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thoglund
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtk21351
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of czillmer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cinnamon nose and flavor is cinnamon and bourbon, any chilies are buried, high ABV, 13.7%, is hidden. Beyond expensive at $18.95 for a 375ml caged & corked bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Nunya
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine #123 (April 2017):

I was damn lucky to try Track #8 from the box set years ago, and here and there over the years at fests. It was one of my favorites from the brewery, and I’m a sucker for chiles, so I was stoked when a new sample made it to my doorstep.

The dark, opaque brown body with a creamy tan head sets the mood, while the aroma smells exactly like a freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookie, complete with cinnamon, spice, baked oats, and childhood memories. There’s a good dose of oak, too. The texture is very smooth with a slight syrupy feel and a bit of chew, but it's not thick. It definitely has that boozy and dark grape-like Quad base that's sweet, not cloying. Then delicious layers of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coconut fold into charred raisin notes and a spicy, peppery hit from the chiles. The finish has a dry doughiness to it, which reinforces the perception of a cookie. And despite its high alcohol, Track #8 is an insanely drinkable beast of a beer that's been tamed for your enjoyment.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle.
pour is a murky dark brown. bubbly head is brown hued and big to start. decent retention, limited lacing. huge cinnamon aromas. you can smell the chili peppers as well. raisins, brown sugar, molasses. warming. sweetness in the finish for sure, but very pleasant. really does remind you of a cookie. cinnamon and spice dominate the tail end of the drink, but not in an overbearing way.
well done combining these flavors to form a well balanced beer. usually when I see a label that is this busy, I get concerned it will be too busy and muddy in the beer. this is a well made balanced beer with a lot of flavor. also, very happy to see how well this has held on being a couple years old. not sure if it lessened the blow of the booze, but it drinks pretty smooth for almost 14%!

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
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