101. Lost Abbey Inferno Ale

Lost Abbey Inferno Ale

I went out yesterday during the start of the storm to do really exciting things, like go to the dentist, and to fill up my growler with some Cape Cod Beer Old Man Winter. There’s something about hunkering down with some candles and a hot chocolate or a good winter warmer while the wind whips around outside, and drifts slowly cover up the windows, But when I walked out of the dentists office (still cavity-free!), I found out the governor had put the first driving ban in place since 1978, and I had an hour to drive home. This drive normally takes an hour on a good day, let alone during the start of a blizzard. So my growler went unfilled.

No Old Man Winter, just Nemo.

No Old Man Winter, just Nemo.

But this isn’t a tragedy!

Because see, I’m slowly trying to convert my boyfriend into a craft beer aficionado as well. So last week he picked up a pretty good haul of beers for future reviews, one of which was Lost Abbey Inferno Ale (8.5% abv) from San Marco, CA. Lost Abbey uses a lot of iconographic imagery, which is fitting as their Belgian style beers are made for “sinners and saints alike”. The label conjures to mind Dantes Inferno and the Inquisition. I was wishing I had a wooden chalice or stein to drink this beer from. I also wish there was a coven surrounding me, and maybe imps. Succubus. Bonfires.

The beer poured a very light, straw color, with notable carbonation. It was very cloudy, nearly opaque, with only enough light let through to give the beer a glow. The beer initially had a one-inch white head, which after a few moments went down to about 1/4 inch, leaving a ring and lacing.

It smelt like a saison, with the yeast having some green apple notes. There were hints of citrus  from the hops, and some bready malts.

As for the taste, this beer promised to be bone dry, and dry it was. The medium body, peppered with carbonation, started off with the yeast first being noticeable- slightly sour, like I said earlier, reminiscent of a saison. The malts kick in next, and are biscuity, with a hoppy finish, which leaves you with a bit of a fresh citrus/grassy note. The 8.5% is masked very well in this beer, it’s not noticeable at all, so I’m glad I read the ABV beforehand, otherwise  I could really see this beer sneaking up on you.

I look forward to trying more of their releases when I celebrate with the local minister after burning some heretics at the stake next week.

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