The Lost Abbey has only been distributing to New Jersey since January 1st of this year, and ours is only the seventh state to which they’ve expanded distribution. We should consider ourselves lucky, because I’ve been very impressed by each new beer that arrives. They are primarily focused on brewing Belgian styles with the inventiveness that has come to typify American breweries. Inferno is their take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
The beer pours a hazy golden color, with a huge, tight white head that absolutely refuses to go away. If you’ve ever poured a Duvel, you’ll have a good idea of what kind of head to expect off of this beer.
The nose is a mélange of aromas. You can pick up fresh pear and green apple notes with lemon and spice coming through. Though prevalent, the fruity notes all play second fiddle to the earthy, peppery aroma of the Belgian yeast strain.
The beer is medium-bodied with prevalent carbonation. It’s quite dry, not quite as bone-dry as the back label may suggest, but the residual sweetness isn’t terribly noticeable. There’s a zesty lemon taste on the front of the palate with some mild tartness and some barnyard funkiness. It wouldn’t surprise me if some brettanomyces had found their way into this beer, but I could be mistaken. After the citrus and tart flavors have passed, you get the yeast and bready qualities on the mid-palate. It finishes very dry, and just a bit tart. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms, but it’s negated well by the fizzy carbonation. Given the beer’s dryness and the high carbonation, it’s dangerously drinkable for its 8.5% ABV.
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