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

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 8/1/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black/purple hue.

HUGE tan head; decent lace.

Cinnamon, dark stone fruit & red wine nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Nutmeg & chocolate up front; coconut & mild spice as it warms, with a dry, champagne finish. Odd but interesting.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Muddy, murky brown and a little red with a tan, frothy blanket dying to a thin film and thick collar.

There is a lot more bourbon on the nose than I expected, with a little wine barrel too. I then get caramel, raisin, toffee, toast, chocolate chip cookie and a hint of chili pepper.

Chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookie dunked into brandy. That is exactly what I tasted at first sip. The sweet flavor is cut by hot oak and bourbon, with a little grape right away. A little burn is present on the finish and I'm unsure if it is the booze or chiles. As it warms, a little cinnamon and roasted coffee emerges.

Thin at first, with a frothy middle, and a semi-dry, slightly hot finish.

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Photo of Nates505craft
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Firestone Teku

Pours a dark brown color

Smells like cinnamon and bourbon with a small hint of Belgian yeast

Taste is amazing! I taste the cinnamon and belgian yeast upfront, as it sits on the tongue I taste more barrel character with vanilla and oak notes, not getting much chili from this bottle it has dropped off pretty significantly, the first bottle I had over a year ago had a noticeable flavor and light tingle from the chili.

Feels a little thin in the mouth which is the only thing I would improve about the beer

Overall an excellent offering from The Lost Abbey! Definitely would pick up again if I had the chance

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: After the gush from the cork, and the fizz of the pour quickly dissipates, this beer assumes an unappealing deep dark brown to black opaque color with sediment throughout and a tiny khaki crown of bubbles surrounding the rim.

A: Straight up bourbon and oak! I mean, I am digging deep to find those spices, but with the exception of maybe a hint of vanilla...just... bourbon... and... oak.

F: To my surprise, cinnamon is well noticed against the bourbon and oak, but the Chile (and its presumed spice) is nowhere to be found. From cold to warm, almist one dimensional.

F: Again, surprised to find despite its retention, a very soda like carbonation that stays with its entirety. Thinner than expected too, but oily and only and rich nonetheless.

O: I sat in this beer for a while, and feel it did not benefit from age. I can only assume the chiles were more present when younger, and would have loved to experience that. Don't get me wrong...This is a great, um, Belgian like stout-ish, er... whatever, but semi-dissappointed.


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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.07/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bourbon, raisins some vanilla, pepper heat and oaky tannins. All the makings of a beer I'd typically love... just fell short for me. The wickedly thin mouthfeel and $15/375ml pricetag didnt help either.

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Photo of BeerStud187
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yep. Oatmeal cookie. Warm, cinnamony goodness. Smooth and unique. Try rhis beer or your soul will weep. Better than track 10. I had one and then had to get another. Other "quads" can suck it.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: murky brown with a half finger of head that vanishes quickly
S: raisins, bourbon, brown sugar, cinnamon
T: oatmeal raisin cookies, bourbon, and the flavor of a dried chili pepper without the heat
F: nicely done, lower carbonation, slick, alcohol is present but not over powering
O: very good quad, very good bourbon barrel aged beer, very good use of raisins and chiles

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Photo of ccg
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Track #8

Look: A deep, dark brown, almost black body without much visible carbonation on the surface but nice lacing and thick legs. 4.0

Smell: Wow, really distinct notes from all the dominant players: bourbon, oak, cinnamon, chilies, and raisins. It smells sweet, layered, well balanced, and inviting. 4.25

Taste: The flavors are similarly balanced. The cinnamon is the first and last thing I notice. It leaves a lingering light burn of cinnamon. Lots of raisin and bourbon/oak in the middle. The chilies are somewhat subtle -- I feel their effect more than tasting them. It's definitely on the sweet side but the savory notes add balance. Nice. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Here's the one place where it falls a little short. I was expecting a bread-like chewiness, but it's a little watery -- a bit thin and flat feeling. Not bad, just not operating on the same level as everything else in this beer. 3.75.

Overall: Excellent dessert beer and a nice treat. 4.0

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Photo of robroc
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a loaf of freshly baked cinnamon raisin bread, with secondary notes from the barrel present. Barrel is more prominent when drinking, but the taste of raisin is still heavy. Everything is in balance. I wouldn't have this often, because of the price and because I'm not a big fan of raisins, but this was a nicely done barrel aged beer.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, 2 finger fine tan head, good retention, thin streams of bubbles
AR: Raisins, bourbon, hints of cinammon & vanilla, chocolate malt underneath
T: Raisins, bourbon, bready chocolate malt, bourbon on the finish, follows nose
M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slghtly sticky on finish, bourbon warmth on finish.

Enjoyed this overall. Alcohol cut through the aroma and taste at times. Price-point was a little painful.

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Photo of metter98
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color. It poured with a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla from the bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of vanilla and notes of bourbon (but less of the cinnamon). There are slight hints of chili peppers.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has some warmth from the bourbon and chili.
O: This beer is extremely complex and has lots of interesting aromas and flavors. IT is incredibly drinkable for a beer that is 13.7% abv. Compared to other quads, it's not as fruity and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- The quad was brownish black with little visible carbonation.

Smell - Syrupy chocolate makes an impression with some spice.

Taste - The quad's base makes me think of chocolate covered bananas. Their is a level of spice from cinnamon and peppers. Raisins, leather, and a hint of bourbon are also present. In the aftertaste, I noted rich fudge with slight heat lingering.

Mouthfeel - This is a nice sticky sweet quad that clings to the roof of the mouth.

Overall - I would like move heat and bourbon, but this is still delightful.

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Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, raisins and oatmeal. Basically like drinking booze in s bakery. Taste follows the nose, with some heat and cinnamon.


What did I see,
Can I believe..

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark brown color, not much head to speak of.
Smell - Bourbon, cinnamon, raisin, vanilla, figs
Taste - Bourbon, cola, cinnamon, raisin, figs, oak
Not getting the chilies

Overall - Blew me away! Love this beer. So incredibly easy drinking for 13.7%.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Much like Judgment Day, this beer looks rather blase. Brown pour, almost no head. Aroma was complex, bourbon, quad dark fruit, chilis in a small way.

Taste got better, the barrel really took this one over, and so much for the better. A little sweet, the bitterness is drowned out. The raisins and vanilla are nice, very minimal. Minor amount of char/smoke with cinnamon.

I liked it, but the price tag is a little much to become a repeat purchase if I saw it again.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2-18-16 - On tap at Monk's in Philly. Served in a tulip glass with a nice frothy head. Somewhat creamy feel and spectacular aromas. Bourbony and a bit sweet. A great quad, so I had a couple. Met some great folks from Tampa, Hershey, and Philly.
5-22-16 - Enjoyed in my backyard. Poured from a caged and corked bottle that I picked up from the brewery in early April. Poured into my teku tall stemmed logo glass (that I also picked up at the brewery in early April). Filled to the top due to the 1/2 inch head. Sweet and bourbon tones, but not too much. This is a great one. If not for the TSA, I would have brought home another bottle or two.

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Photo of Klourie
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Olde Hickory snifter, growler from Ale Yeah in Roswell, GA.
Color a really dark brown with zero head.
Nose is definitely a huge amount of raisins, figs, a little cinnamon, bourbon, and oatmeal cookies
The taste is fantastic, smooth bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and a little head from the chilies.
Mouth feel is really smooth, very well-balanced, very little carb, just perfect.
This beer as it warms up is amazing, one of the best BA quads I've had in awhile and in the group of the best ones I've ever had.

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Photo of macktbone
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thankfully this has great clarity or else it would be a bit murky.
Color is a nice red-brown
Awesome cinnamon banana bread peppermint aroma.
Taste is is along scotch Wisky for me rather than bourbon but it's still awesome.
Lots of caramel, raisin, dark fruits, lots of currant on the deep back end.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the Quad style!!

Great specialty brew shared in tasters to spread the love.

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Photo of smanson56
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a dark brown color into my snifter glass. Lots of wonderful aroma in the nose, cinnamon, raisin, and of course the wonderful bourbon smell. The taste follows the nose with raisin, cinnamon, the chiles each blending nicely with the bourbon in the taste. The mouth feel is smooth and not overly carbonated.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. This might be my first phenomenal drink ever. This dark red/brown beer hits you like a ton of bricks with a thick mouthfeel and a sharp pepper and spice taste, and relaxes into a caramel and coffee sweetness that lightens up until the smoky finish is over!! HOLY SHIT! this beer smells like saltwater taffy and cinnamon. I could drink this all day long! I wish I had some pumpernickel toast and sweet butter to eat with it. Great drink.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The square root of 443,556 is 666. In case you were wondering :)

Pours: brown black, a little head that dies down quickly
Nose: raisin bread, cinnamon. yeasty, sweet. powerful. coconut?
Tastes: pretty good. bitter aftertaste? is it heat from the chilis?

Maybe it's the beer talking but this beer is pretty good
UPDATE upon trying it a 2nd time: this is a really good beer! it's not just the beer talking.

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Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous milk chocolate color with no head. Dark fruit, booze, chili, cinnamon aroma. Flavor of dense sweet raisins and prunes. Hint of cinnamon. Smooth bourbon. Very well balanced. Dense, syrupy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All-around stellar beer.

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Photo of john0721
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Served at 55 degrees.

Black, off white head which mostly diminishes.

Nose had Cinnamon and cookie, which carried into the flavor. Raisin and chili peppers also in the flavor. The cinnamon and chili remain in the finish.

Initially it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with raisins. It improved as it warmed, with the raisin and the chili becoming more pronounced. The chili added just touch of flavor and warmth, which complements the other flavors.

The price point is a bit high on this one. But I did enjoy it and would buy it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/30/15 notes. 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a murky, medium brown color with high carbonation evident and two inches of dark tan head. Lots of cinnamon, light slice in the taste, some chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, raisins, figs, and dark fruits. Bourbon is super light. Peppers are definitely noticeable in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall too much cinnamon and raisins for me, and too little bourbon...good but reminds me very much of the normal Judgment Day because of the overwhelming amount of raisin. Cool to try but probably wouldn't seek it out often.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as an extra in a trade,what a treat!smell is amazing,sweet dark fruit and bourbon but somehow the aroma of toasted coconut is prevalent , taste is just as good, again dark fruits with toasted coconut flavour, subtle cinnamon and heat from the chiles,sweet finish with a woody bourbon twang and surprising carbonation...this is the type of beer I love, a sweet barrel aged quad, this is right up there with Stickee Monkee as the best in its class.

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