When I went back to Colorado, my dad picked up a bottle of Judgment Day that he and I jokingly split on Dec 21, the supposed end of the world. Tongue in cheek, we figured what better beer to imbibe on what some thought to be the last day on earth. Laughing, we each poured a glass and found it to be a very enjoyable and welcoming beer that would make any beer geek happy. Perhaps as the label suggests it would make even the stingiest of angels happy as they round up humanity for the final judgment.
As with all of the beers from The Lost Abbey, it is a serious beer that required serious contemplation. A Belgian Abt/Quad, it was rich and malty, begging to be sipped rather than quaffed with reckless abandon. But then, I am getting ahead of myself. If you are interested in more information on The Lost Abbey, check out my earlier post on Inferno Ale.
Without further ado, on with the review. On Beeradvocate, Judgment Day currently has a score of 87. Over at ratebeer, it has a score of 99 overall and a 95 for style. As is often the case, the two review sites offer very different opinions on a beer, yet another reason the scores should be taken with a grain of salt.
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.
Tomme’s Tasting Notes
From the Bottle
Do you believe there will be a Judgement Day? Have you ever thought about what you’ll be doing when the Four Horsemen arrive? Perhaps you’ll be drinking this Belgian-Style Dark Quad 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 worth living. Challenge yourself to embrace passion, persistence and a motivated way of life. So that when Judgment Day approaches from nowhere you’ll go out knowing you’ve lived your life on your own terms and they can’t take that away from you.
Judgment Day pours a deep mahogany, bordering on opaque black with a thick, creamy tan head that holds excellent retention throughout the glass and left behind exquisite lacing. The aroma is full of raisins, plums, figs, dark cherries, sweet malts, caramelized sugars, with hints of fresh banana and clove. Surprisingly there is very little alcohol in the aroma, given its 10.8% ABV.
The flavor is very big and bold with raisins, figs, sweet malts and caramelized sugars backed up by a strong, yet smooth alcohol notes. Judgment Day is medium to full-bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation that nicely tempers both the body and the alcohol notes.
This truly excellent beer is deserving of such a high-minded name. Be careful though, you may be judged unworthy to enjoy it. When the end of the world does come, this would be the perfect beer to have on hand.
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