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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
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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big raisin character, with some heat in the finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with a cinnamon flavor that lingers on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

a big rich delicious beer, that uses its special ingredients well. i get a lot of the raisin in this, and of course the cinnamon. often spiced beers dont make sense to me, or are overdone or dont have the body to uphold the big flavors. not the case with the gem, which i guess has been brewed for a second time now, since the box was ages ago. glad they did, big dark brown but pale stout looking brew with a frothing tan head. it smells like smoke and cinnamon, dried fruit (raisins no doubt) and a whole bunch of barrel. its complex, but each element makes a flash in the taste, with none being lost, and none dominating, great balance of difficult ingredients. chili is there in flavor, rich and earthy, smokey, and warming without ever getting hot on the palate. bourbon balances it brilliantly, and is rather intense. a good bottle to share, especially with this abv, it gets real hot as it warms. thick and creamy feeling through, never a drag. i am really impressed overall with the depth of flavors in this beer, and with the use of ingredients that dont always work well in beer, let alone together. top tier stuff. i hope we get to see the other tracks again too.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a hazy brown color with an off white head on it. The smell of the beer it really quite nice, it gives off a warming sensation with the cinnamon and raisin idea. The barrel aging also gives it some extra aroma too. The taste of the beer has a kick, the chili peppers that sneak up in there add an extra level of "WTF" to this beer. Overall it's a very unique Quad to say the least. I enjoyed it but definitely takes a step into a different direction than a traditional beer of this style does. It was fun to try.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of metter98
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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 biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12.7oz caged and corked bottle, courtesy of the good doktorzee. How retarded is this, having to 'submit' a rating, before I even crack this open? Whatever - back to the matter at hand - I like the inferred satanic nature here - and I don't see 'Number of the Beast' written anywhere on the label.

This beer pours a dark, murky russet brown colour, with a teeming tower of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of musty, boozy Bourbon, dried black fruit - so, prunes, raisins, and figs, mostly - gritty, bready caramel malt, an indistinct warming spiciness, and a further earthy, dusty essence. The taste is more sugary Bourbon up front - caramel, vanilla, alcohol heat, and a mild grainy spiciness - followed closely by a muddled and equally sweet dark fruitiness, dead yeast, ethereal chile pepper notes, and a sort of metallic edginess, which I'm going to attribute to the cinnamon, whose attendant savouriness probably just got lost in the morass.

The carbonation is quite active and anywhere from fizzy to frothy on my upper palate at the given moment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the sugary nature not really facing any sort of non-alcoholic (ha!) interference as such. It finishes on the sweet side, still, the barrel hooch, caramel malt, and fruity adjunct ruling the roost.

A pleasant enough rendering of a besotted wood-kissed Quad - the sweetness is somehow tempered, the booze even more so, such that any initial trepidation is gone by sip three or four. Neat trick, that. I'm not sure that the raisins, cinnamon, or chiles really have much blatant effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bourbon barrel aged brew from one of North America's best breweries? I had to buy it!

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz format. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Brown glass. Classy label art (in more ways than one).

13.70% ABV. "Ale brewed with raisins, [sic] aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon and chiles." My label calls it just "Track #8."

Served chilled into a Lost Abbey teku and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

APPEARANCE: Pours a pale khaki colour head which is somewhat creamy and soft, but fails to dazzle in either regard. Robust enough in spite of being a bit fluffy. The ~10 minute retention is impressive considering the high ABV, but aside from that there's little here to impress.

The body is better, albeit predictable - an opaque solid ink-black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

It's a decent appearance for its style, but nothing about it stands out and it isn't unique or special to any extent.

AROMA: Dry Belgian yeast pairs surprisingly well with a subdued American bourbon barrel presence in this Belgo-American ale, with subtle notes of dried raisin and stonefruit/dark fruit dueling with vanilla and white oak tones from the bourbon to good effect. The Belgian and American influences coalesce rather than clash, forming an interesting if somewhat uneven build that successfully marries the odd pairing.

One might think the introduction of Mexican chocolate elements like ancho chile and dried cinnamon (well, cassia) would further muddy this already eclectic brew, but they're subtle enough that they play well, and their dry powdery aromatics seem to fit the dry Belgian yeast well.

There's no chile (or alcohol) heat by any stretch, but that seems to work well for it.

It's quite the aroma, and suggests a shockingly well balanced beer that juggles multiple influences without really fitting neatly into any convenient style categorization. I guess it's closest to a Belgian strong ale by my estimation, but the American & Mexican influences make that a hard point to defend.

Aromatic intensity is moderate, with no off-flavours or overt hoppy aromatics.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The spices and yeast may be dry, but the beer is actually silky smooth and soft, helping coax out the vanilla/vanillin from the bourbon barrel and let it shine via a velvety luscious creamy texture.

Many cinnamon/cassia spiced beers suffer from that "stuck to the roof of your mouth" nastiness, but there's none of that here...just a tugging dryness that adds textural complexity to this surprisingly well balanced ale. A blip of welcome bourbon warmth sets off the dark malt backbone, but the apt attenuation of the Belgian ale yeast prevents this from ever feeling too sweet like many bourbon barrel beers.

Dark fruit is in there, but has a more moderate presence than you'd find in a quadrupel, landing in Belgian strong ale terrain. Raisin is chief among them, but there's some faint caramelized plum and date in there...many hints of fig or prune, but they aren't overt.

Ancho chile flavour adds some central American flair while keeping the heat minimal...there's just a scintilla thereof, and it plays well with the equally subtle bourbon warmth.

Turning more to a discussion of the bourbon barrel...boy does it work here. It doesn't eclipse the base but it's definitely present, lending rich white oak undertones, barrel sugars, and lovely vanilla. I might mistake the barrel vanillin for actual vanilla bean in a blind tasting; it's really evocative.

Given the ecletic intricacy of this brew, one might expect a chaotic imbalance of flavour, but true to form Lost Abbey manages to achieve an impressive harmony and balance of flavour without compromising in terms of subtlety or depth of flavour. Complex as this is, it is not a loud or big bold brew, and each part contributes to the whole to form a gestalt treat of a brew that's perplexingly well-executed.

OVERALL: Despite its dangerous ABV, this ale drinks a bit too easily, but remains a sipper if only because each sip is meant to be savored. Lost Abbey again defends its reputation as one of the U.S.A.'s finest breweries with this home run effort, and I'd happily recommend it to friends. One can nitpick; I guess the dryness on the finish does get a bit off-putting after a while and there's room for still more expressiveness of flavour and intricacy, but it's a successful execution of an incredibly tricky premise for an ale. How many breweries can pull off a balanced American bourbon barrel aged chile pepper Belgian strong dark ale brewed with cinnamon?

Pair with fig newtons, sharp cheese, and/or chocolate covered pomegranate.

B (3.68) / GOOD

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a reasonably impressive head (particularly for a BA beer at 13.7%) that leaves a few shards

Smell: Bourbon and vanilla dominant, with oak, dark fruit and cinnamon

Taste: Cinnamon raisin bread, up front, with the Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit tones building into the middle; the finish is oaky and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: It's been a while since I have had a barrel-aged beers from Lost Abbey and it appears that they have put the carbonation problems behind them; this Quad is a real treat

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown body with light carbonation. The nose is remarkably close to an oatmeal raisin cookie, just with chili heat and big bourbon overtones. The palate shows an awesome balance of chili, cinnamon, raisin and bourbon. Sweet with a medium-full body. Has a hint of dark fruit tartness in the finish. Delicious, I could drink a lot of this.

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

Must be some variability on bottles because the ratings are all over the place. I'll say my bottle was astounding. Poured with a big head that fizzed out to a little ring around the fringe. Plenty of carbonation though - a quick swirl is all it takes to reactivate the fizz. Aroma is coconut first, with a chili spice, some raisin and toffe, a touch of leather, oak and vanilla in the back. It's beautiful and one of the most coconut forward beers I've smelled. Flavor delivers. With some age this has become a coconut bomb. Some chil heat and fruitiness builds as you work your way through the bottle. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy. Absolutely brilliant stuff.

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