Beer Review: Inferno Ale from Lost Abbey

Beer Review: Inferno Ale from Lost Abbey

Emma Christensen
Feb 28, 2012

This beer definitely keeps you guessing. It trips across the tongue, first tasting of apricots and then brown sugar followed by a hit of lemon zest and a peppery bite. Grab a pint and get cozy, because this is one you'll want to sip slowly.

Beer Details: Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA (Belgian strong ale, 9% ABV)

Appearance: Hazy orange-lemon color with a massive head of sticky meringue-like foam.

Aroma: This brings to mind sun-ripened stone fruits: light and floral with a promise of juiciness.

Taste: This beer unfolds in layers like a gobstopper. My first impression is of those ripe summer fruits. I taste rich apricot, sweet peach, and tart nectarine. This gets tossed with a squeeze of lemon and sour orange.

Brown sugar sweetness sinks in mid-sip and mid-palate. A foamy, frothy mouthfeel makes this taste creamy and extra-rich. Herbal hops are left until the end, coriander and perhaps some white pepper to clean up the big malt flavors. Lemon zest hovers in the finish.

I had to check the bottle twice when I read that the ABV was 9%. That alcohol is very sneaky. You'll never know it's there until you stand up too fast.

Food Pairing: Try this with grilled white fish and a simple salad. Fresh, clean flavors will compliment this big beer very well.

Have you tried this one? What do you think?

Related: Quick and Dirty Guide to Belgian Beers

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