Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Modeled after the great Trappist and Monastic beers that inspired the founding of our brewery. A richly deep garnet colored ale created from a blend of Domestic and imported malts. As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer. Malts, raisins and a fantastic yeast strain working in harmony produce a beer of amazing complexity and depth.

Added by scottoale on 07-11-2006

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Photo of JoLight
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head is thin, soapy, almost khaki. The head does not last very long, but leaves a ring of foam a some light, light lacing. Body is light brown/copper in the light; dingy brown head on.

Aroma has that sweet characteristic of an Extra IPA, like Sierra Nevada. It's a little citrusy and quite aromatic with a tropical fruit character. Hint of raisin, Ike the aroma one might get from opening a box of raisins. A dark malt background.

The bitterness lingers a little bit, much more noticeably than do other examples of this style that I've had this far. When I breath out my nose with the beer in my mouth, I pick up the slightest hint of alcohol. The flavor is, as expected, malty (maybe caramel malts?). I can almost taste a raisin flavor or prune flavor, but I pick that up with many of these beers and would not guess that this beer is brewed with raisins prima facie.

Mouthfeel: just medium, and a fair amount of carbonation, but not all that much.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a teku glass

A: Pours a dark amber, reddish brown color with a tan head, lots of carbonation, lots of lacing, good amount of head retention, head is full and creamy, looks really nice.

A: Raisin, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, Belgian yeast, alcohol is coming through pretty strong.

T: Touch of raisins, caramel and toffee, Belgian yeast, very malty, touch of spice like cinnamon and clove, for an 8% beer it's pretty hot, has some depth and complexity, smooth, balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish, lots of carbonation.

O: This is a solid beer, nice touch of dark sweet fruits, some spice, malts, I'm not sure about the bottle date as it's drinking hot for 8% ABV, overall, a great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown lacking clarity pour, I guess that raisin puree won't help that. 1/3" tan head. Aroma was mild roasted nuts, red malts, brown malts, belgian yeast.

Dark fruit was more sweet than bitter thankfully. Alcohol presence higher than it should be. Better like raisins if you're gonna go down this road.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Colossal looking beer. Nice 3 finger oft-tan head which sticks around for awhile. Medium to deep ruby body. Scents of raisins, dark ripen fruit, and molasses on the nose. Explosion of esters including cinnamon, dark cherries, and chocolate. Plums shine through, as well. Easy to drink with a mild touch of hops rounding out the beer. Smooth and not sweet. Nice American version of a dubbel.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with almost no head. I can't tell if it's supposed to be that way or not.

Smells like raisins and bread.

Tastes like dark fruits and bread/crackers. A little vanilla at the back end. Good taste.

MF- where this beer loses me. Almost no carbonation and a oily texture. Not a fan.

Overall, great taste but the mouthfeel wasn't great. I prefer at least a little carbonation. I think it might have been something specific to the bottle. I might have stored it improperly or something because online pictures show this beer with a decent off white head. I will try again and hope there is more carbonation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy garnet and raisin color with a very thick raisin colored creamy layer of head, moderate carbonation.

S - Raisins galore up front with toasted Belgian candy sugar, figs, some alcohol, toasted caramel/toffee sweet malt, some banana.

T - Dark fruit from start to finish - raisins, figs, dates, oak, some and a minor touch of alcohol but overall pretty well hidden, some traces of spice and chocolate are also present. Pleasing and balanced finish of dark fruit, spice, and chocolate.

M - Heavy medium body with a slippery, velvet-like texture and the carbonation dissipates on the tongue to give a creamy sensation.

O - A solid Dubbel, not my favorite, glad to have tried it, pretty authentic!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dense opaque brown with ruby highlights crowned by a thin cream to tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Raisins, fig, fresh bread and hints of fruit cake.
T: Fresh bread, raisins, dark dried fruit, brown sugar, a light root beer note and traces of buble gum.
F: Medium high body but light for the alcohol and the flavor profile, medium high carbonation, very creamy smooth. A little warming on the end.
O: A big flavored yeast driven beer that nails the dubbel style.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours a cloudy reddish brown, eggshell film for a head.

Smell is faint, nutty with dark fruits like figs. Some caramel.

Taste is of walnut, fig, cardamom, bready malt, and a bit of vanilla.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An usual dubbel, but a very good beer. Very tasty and presents well. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the brewery. Nice and classic Belgian style dubbel ale. I thought it had all of the qualities that make up a dubbel: dark fruits, low hop profile, some residual sweetness, full body and nice carbonation. I ended up purchasing bottles of their Quad and BSDA instead but this is a wonderful dubbel.

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Photo of ARoman
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a rich, sharp fig and/or grape with a hint of alcohol, a light copper, and a light roast and light caramel late. It pours a murky brown red with a dense, off white head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter with a medium sweet. It's creamy and oily with a fizz carbonation and a full, figgy boddy with light notes of biscuit. As it warms, flavors of caramel and tart grape juice become more apparent with a finish of pepper spice and copper, as well as wood. The dry aftertaste is long, bitter and astringent with a dry malt character, toast, pepper, and light copper.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. 2014 batch I presume because I have had it a few months. Sampled on April 26, 2015. Served about 50 degrees.

Slightly hazy deep amber-red color with little to no head.

The aroma has a roasted malt character as its base but then I do pick up the raisins and a kind of cooked brown sugar note.

The body is medium to better than medium.

The flavor leans more sweet but those raisins can be found in every sip. A kind of boxy, cellar-like muskiness to it too. Mild finish.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a bit of Lost & Found into a Duvel glass and I got a beautiful crystalline copper body with a small beige head that created a bit of lacing but went almost to zero in a matter of minutes. The head retention was not as good as expected but the body of the beer is very well presented.
S: The smell is very similar to an average well done dubbel. I thought I could find some raisins in here but it's just a normal dubbel.
T: Taste wise, this beer is quite good because it get all good things from an awesome dubbel and still it gets the adition of raisins in the taste which gives it a more fruity and almost floral profile.
M: The mouthfeel is just amazing. Even though the head retention was almost a disappointment, the carbonation was almost perfect, turning this beer into a velvety liquid in your mouth. It was not too harsh and not to soft, it was quite in the right spot.
O: I think this is the first high class Dubbel I have that it's not from Belgium. From that point of view, I'm quite impressed by the quality of this beer. I'd just get both the smell and presentation reviewed and it could surpass easily the 'entry beers' of high-end belgian beers.

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Photo of isturbo1984
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Couldn't find a proper Chalice, so instead I poured it into a 22oz tumbler with a wide mouth. The foam built up very prominently, thick brown taffy in thickness and in color. Smells were amazing. Very spicy and chai tea -like. Smells of cinnamon, cloves and other Christmasy aromas. The taste was similar, but not quite as strong as the first impression smells. Each taste added in complexity. I couldn't identify everything with the first sip. Very malty, carmal, fruity and spicy. Sometimes the raisins popped. Sometimes the spice. Lacing left layered rings around the glass like the center of a tree. Overall, an extremely good Dubbel to rival the best Trappists. I was a bit harsh on this review... but not everything can be a perfect 10.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small off white head on a beautiful ruby red brown body. Aroma of toasted grain, raisins and lightly oxidized caramel. Lots of toasty malt and raisins in the flavor with a lingering, oddly licorice note. A fairly thin body with decent carbonation and a dry finish. This bottle may have been a little on the old side, but nonetheless an unusually well made interpretation of the style for an American brewery.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from Eureka UTC. Would have liked a bigger sample, but... the claim is 14 oz. I don't know.

To the beer: Deep brown, copper with a tight beige head that left some impressive lacing that lasted the entire glass. A subdued aroma where spice dominates the nose, some malty sweetness suggestive of dried fruit, and a hint of earthy yeast. The flavor expands greatly on the aroma. Spice becomes cinnamon, clove, pepper, with a dash of lemon zest. Dried fruit flesh out to dates, figs, and mainly raisin. Yeast maintains its earthy character. Certainly not as big as the Belgians that inspire this.

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Photo of mrmaps
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look: deep read, slightly cloudy and opaque, head is fine and creamy. long lasting. a pretty beer.

smell: malty yeasty, sweet, brown sugar, honey raisins

taste:raisins, malt, brown sugar. alcohol well disguised, hop finish is well balanced. Nice drinking ale, well rounded and pleasant.

feel: high level of carbonation, a bit acidic

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Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottling date 3/19/13 into a chalice
A: Opaque brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Raisins for days along with figs, cherries, brown sugar
T: Raisins, cherries, brown sugar and malt in that order
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet/sticky, just a hint of alcohol
O: I wasn't sure I'd like this but it's quite pleasant

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Photo of hopsputin
4/5  rDev +1.8%

a: its a dark ruby red color with some dark purple & light brown notes in there. very clear. 1.5 finger frothy, fizzy off-white head that fades really quickly and hangs around just at the surface of the beer and around the sides of the glass. i think the fact that this glass is etched has helped this stay around as well

s: loads of sweet caramel & toffee, figs, raisins, plums, brown sugar & some alcohol

t: spicy belgian yeast - pepper, coriander, some clove. a big alcohol presence in the flavor which is pretty off-putting. sweet malts, raisins & sweet plums. a hint of sticky toffee. there is like a dried cranberry flavor in here which is nice. the longer this beer is sitting out the more mellow its becoming and the dark sweet fruit is becoming juicy and tasting easier. i'm also picking up on a nice bready flavor the longer im drinking this as well, as well as something like a graham cracker.

m: medium mouthfeel, that leaves a sticky finish (ha). it also finishes really dry & with medium carbonation

o: well, i'm re-editing my review. the longer i drank this the more it opened up. nice mix of dark fruits, spice, sweet malt, and bready yeast. still a bit too much alcohol, but its an ok malt-driven brew

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Photo of mbussey86
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a local wine and beer store here in SoCal on a whim. Was not disappointed at all. Was not overpowering but still had a great flavor. Stands up to its description. I tasted some dried fruits along with a little bit of banana bread and I'm a sucker for banana bread. This is definitely something I would pick up again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours deep amber with a white head that soon reduces but leaves nice patterns of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: intriguing fruity (dark fruit) aroma with a some medium malt base and alcohol esters

Flavor: slightly more yeasty/funky than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: near medium body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: lacks the complexity and well hidden ABV of fine Belgian versions.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best part about this beer is the pour. The deep, burnt red color and nearly three-finger head make this very pretty to look at.

Smells like an assortment of dried fruits. This would probably go great with a fruit cake or figs. Cheese too; let's not forget cheese.

Taste is where this beer kinda loses me. Nothing standout here. Good balance, but nothing to bring it to the next level.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 750 ml bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Hazy burnt copper hue under a thin foamy off white cap. Good lacing.

S-Sweet nutty malty nose with some Belgian toffee, candi sugar, a touch of bubblegum, and a brown malty fruitiness.

T-Flavor is big and rich with a flavorful tone of Belgian toffee, malt syrup, a light bubblegum-ish tone, and a light bit of cherries and dates.

M-mouthfeel is medium body and creamy. Good carbonation

O-Overall great dubbel wish I had more.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown in color and only a bit of light gets through. Brussels lacing. A quarter inch thick head of khaki covered foam rests on top. Aroma of Belgian yeast and dark Belgian candy sugar is what I'm getting in the nose. The flavor is of dark Belgian candy sugar,dark malt,ands bit of tart Belgian yeast on the finish. Mouth is a bit chewy and sticky.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA. Shared with Frosty and Rich.

Pours a hazed, but firm brownish amber hue, with a full and frothy head of beige that sits pretty persistently. Frothy lace forms in sludgy streaks. Solid body and very form carbonation which forms in rivulets up the glass. Looks good.

Nose is slightly spicy, with a raisin and orange-peel character, but it's actually pretty muted overall. Slight pepper characters come around as well, especially as it warms. There's actually not a lot of sweetness or richness to it: more like the yeast has dried it out as well as adding all those lovely spicy estery characters.

Taste is similar, but with a smoothness that suggests a bit of body, even though the sweetness is still quite absent. Firm brown-sugar flavours are present without the ultimate sweetness, and the esters pick up a little on the back, giving a bit more of that spicy fix. Finish is actually rather smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. Feel is clean but rich. Nice.

Overall, yeah, this is tasty stuff, if not as complex as it might have been. There's plenty of body, which is good, and a nice about of spice. Some extra sweetness would help, but overall, it's still a really nice beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the pour I got a nice brown colored beer with glinting ruby highlights. Didn't get much of a head during the pour. As the beer sits a decent size head is produced and with decent retention it is continously propped up. It is mocha and has a soft fluffy texture.

The aroma smells like a dubbel. It has a dark sweet malt aroma with subtle hints of candied sugar and dark fruits.

Taste was pretty good too, with my first impression being toffee malts or candied malts. As the beer warms other flavors come into view those being figs and raisins and plums. On finish I get some spicy notes and a little bit of warming alcohol.

A great tasting beer but the flavors and taste are thin and washed out.

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