Lost Abbey Judgment Day

Lost Abbey Judgment Day

Rated 3.695 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

San Marcos, CA, United States

Style:  Abbey Quadrupel

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. And, since none of us knows when the end of the world is coming, we suggest you stock up with lots of Lost Abbey beers so that when the end of the world magically appears from no where, you’ll have a beer or two on hand for even the stingiest of angels. Available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations. OG 1.092 TG 1.014 10.5% ABV Malts- Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate Malt. Hops- Challenger and East Kent Golding Yeast- Proprietary Belgian Ale Strain Adjuncts- Dextrose and Raisins The Judgment Day story The story has been told and we and have been warned about this very moment- Judgment Day and the end of the world as we cease to know it. There will be but one instance where the sunny blue pastoral skies turn sickly black revealing the imminent demise of every soul caught between heaven and hell. From the skies the angels of heaven will race to rescue the virtuous souls before the thundering herd of the 4 Horsmen arrive from the depths of hell to claim more than their fair share. Each of us will ride a wave of terror or relief not knowing from which lot our souls have been cast. It is wholly possible that the Sinners and Saints alike will unite. For sure, each will thrash about in the tumultuous sea of uncertainty not knowing in this abyss whether they bear the mark of the Father or the mark of the Beast himself. There will be a litany of screams from the departing souls riding bareback on the shoulders of the Black Horse. Each of us will be examined and our lives will be scrutinized. It is decreed and so written. Life as we know it will one day cease to exist. Surely you will stand there having all your questions answered. Did you believe there would be a Judgment Day? Have you ever thought about what you’ll be doing when the Four Horsemen arrive? Perhaps you’ll be drinking this Belgian Dark Quad styled Ale when they appear? However, since we have no idea when our time will expire or when we’ll be forced to cash in our tickets, we offer this simple advice. Live an inspired life. Find opportunities in everything to make a difference. Seek out new and spontaneous adventures and when you find them, embrace them as if they were the devil’s song. For an interesting life is one worth living. Challenge yourself to embrace passion, persistence and a motivated way of life. So that when Judgment Day arrives from nowhere, you’ll go out knowing full well that you’ve lived your life on your terms and they can’t take that away from you.

ID: 26193 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank1114
Overall Percentile97.9
Style Rank16 of 247
Style Percentile93.5
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.811
Weighted Score3.695
Standard Deviation0.355

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  • SIGMUND 6229 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 10.5%. Very dark brown colour, large beige head. Intense malty aroma, notes of oak and vanilla, hints of spices. The flavour is oaky and spicy, notes of old sherry, decent bitterness in the finish.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a nice dark mahogany with a fairly thick light tan head. Aroma is malty and slighty sweet with a decided raisin undertone and a hint of yeast. Malty and slightly syrupy flavor has tones of fruit and raisin with a hint of caramel and a bit of an alcohol nip. Silky smooth texture has a subtle tingle and leaves a slightly rough and fizzy finish.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Body appears so very dark brown you can just call it black and be done with it, a nice tan colored skiff floats on top but seems small for the style. Aroma does have some hot alcohol that is perfumey and yummy. Taste and aroma are similar and an the average to mild side of things, banana, yeast, hints of coffee, and pepper. Brew starts to turn sweet after a while giving off flavours of brown sugar and cherries. Brew has a great thick malty flavor that coats as you swallow. Brew is high quality and very yummy but doesn’t stand out in my mind as a great beer but I’m very glad a tried it.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    pours near black with a dark fruit, yeast and licorice in the aroma. feel is a touch hot, but not bad. full bodied. suprising amount of raisiny chocolate in the flavor. quite tasty...not an everyday drinker, but nice.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Do you know what it's like to fall in the mud and get kicked... in the head... with an iron boot? Of course you don't, no one does. It never happens. Sorry, Ted, that's a dumb question... skip that.

  • RAGNAROK 110 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Fantastic head on the pour. Rich, light tan in color and hangs around for a while. Aroma is sweet malt, bitter apple and sour citrus. Spicy flavor with anise, fennel and ginger. Granny smith apple and clove and orange peel are quite present as well. Flavor is sharp and robust, but cloying rather than dominating. Artfully balanced. This is a quad to drink slowly. Warming a bit gives a sweeter profile. Bitter, dark chocolate and ginger with hints of sour citrus and a bit of pine. It is going to take time to enjoy this one, and definately a great brew to enjoy with a hearty steak. Excellent carbonation, cork launched 4 feet out the bottle. Finish is akin to a marching brass band with crashing cymbals on your tongue. The ginger and citrus are up front and then the earthy, oaky hints linger in the end. Amazingly well balanced. I am mostly a stout guy and hop-head. This has turned me into a fan of the style and interest in trying more tripples and quads has gone up because of this brew.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottled (thanks stoutlover72!). Deep amberybrown colour, small head. Aroma is raisins, plum, some alcohol and mild notes of fruits. Flavour is fruits, alcohol, raisins, ashes and liquorice as well as some spicyness. Dry bittery grass, coffee and some yeast as well. Complex and quite good beer in it’s style.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This abbey quad pours a dark brown color from a corked 750ml bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head with decent retention. The aroma is dark fruit, malts, some yeast and sweet. A full bodied Abbey Quad. The malts are caramel and sweet, with lots of dark fruit and roasty malts, combine nicely with some semi-sweet chocolate flavors. The hops are earthy and a touch bitter for a quad. Nice carbonation. Touch of yeast and a little funk?, but that could be the bitterness. The chocolate flavors intensify as it warms. Very nice sipping beer. Nice sweet malt finish. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    2008 bottling Batch 2; Sampled June 2008
    A stout pour produces a three finger thick, amber stained, darker tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is fruity smelling and perhaps a bit more subdued than I was expecting. Toasty grain notes are also noticeable as they mix with the more dominant notes of prunes and raisins. A spiciness starts to become noticeable as well providing notes of woody black pepper, an earthy-herbal note, some sweet clove phenolics and something that is a mix of fruit and spice, but reminds me of cola or Dr. Pepper. A touch of toasty, almost roasted, sort of nutty malt character comes through in the aroma as the beer warms up. I am not sure about the aroma here, not nearly as expressive or interesting as I was hoping, though it is certainly not bad.

    Sweet tasting up front, a bit viscous and chewy, though it is not cloying. Flavors of savory prunes, raisins and a fruity nutty note come through up front. The beer finishes with a mix of toasted malt, spicy phenolics and higher alcohols as well as a touch of tamarind like fruitiness and light tartness. Flavors of brown sugar, caramelized fruit, toffee, rum-soaked sugar and even a sort of cinnamon note (not really but something evocative of this spice). Spicy notes of clove, perhaps a hint of ginger, some pepper (from the medium carbonation as much as anything), a touch of cardamom and a smidgen of mace.

    The second pour of this brew yields a much more aromatic nose that takes on a very savor, concentrated malt and fruit character in addition to the rich spice notes mentioned previously. The flavor really develops a richness induced by the concentrated malt / raisin notes, but it is accented heavily by the underlying, fermentation derived, spice and fruit character. I really like the savory, lightly tart tamarind note that this beer has to it.

    This has definitely improved over last years vintage; I think this will age better and is currently much more integrated and drinkable. It still is not quite at the level I expect from this brewery though.

    First Release Sampled multiple times
    Total is equal to 3.7
    Pours with a frothy, initially half-finger thick, darkish, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark, purple tinged, ruby color when held up to the light, otherwise it is quite a dark, opaque, burn amber color. The aroma smell strongly of dark fruit with notes of figs, raisins and prunes all being present. Some dusty malt presence is also here, perhaps something like chocolate, but not really, perhaps more like toasted grain, or is this the signature of some blackened raisins. Some vibrant fruit notes become noticeable after a bit, with aromas of cherries and concentrated tropical fruit even.

    A rich body, yet without being overly sweet. The beer actually finishes quite dry because of an astringent, perhaps burnt quality. Up front though it does have a sweetness, which accentuates a dark fruit character. Quite a bit of dusty malt character is here it sort of tastes something like dusty cocoa powder, but other times like dusty astringent grain husks. As my palate gets used to this beer it loses some of the sweetness, and even picks up a touch of acidity (is that roast / dark grain derived).

    After stories of people getting off bottles of this, I can say that I have had four of these now, purchased from three different parts of the country, that have not been off. Having said that, this beer could use a bit of work. It is not at the level of excellence that the last bottle of MOAB that I had was.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Thanks to omhper. clear burgundy brown colour with a low grey head. Big fruity aroma of figs, prunes, cherries, caramel, leather and anise-seeds. Full, soft malty flavour of yeast, fudge, sweet licorice, cherries and alcohol. Full creamy mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of nuts, prunes, figs, mild spices and alcohol. Nice one.

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