Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

762 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 63
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 07-11-2006

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.
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Ratings: 762 | Reviews: 350
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the brewery.

Photo of ARoman
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of isturbo1984
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of MisterGone
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of mrmaps
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Very good ale. Raisin notes present.

Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of hopsputin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Photo of mbussey86
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lost & Found Abbey Ale by Lost Abbey is a delicious and relatively dry dubbel. I thought is was great!

A: Brown colour and a shallow head that fades down to very little pretty fast. 3.5

S: Malt, brown sugar and autolysed yeast. This batch must've been left in the fermenter for a while! 4

T: Malty with some slight sweetness. Lovely dark frui flavours. Pretty dry finish for a dubbel. 4.25

M: High carbonation, as you'd expect. 4

O: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color, after being poured into the glass. The beer did not demonstrate much in the way of carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was grapey aroma that I was not really expecting. I was certainly not expecting much sweetness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste was that it tastes like grapes. The initial was followed with acidic grape and grassy notes, before finishing with a mediciny grape sensation.

Mouthfeel - In fairness, I will state this beer had the mouthfeel of a dubbel. The taste lingers in the mouth, coating the tongue nicely.

Overall - I aged this beer for two years, and I do not feel rewarded for my patience.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours chestnut brown with a good cream-colors he'd. Ring retention, splashy lace.

Dried fig, vanilla, boozy fruit, raisin bread in the nose.

Wow does the beer take a 180 from the nose. All of that sweet fruit and juice dark aroma is nonexistent. This one is bone dry. You get the essence, but not the sugar. Dark over browned bread crust. Burnt sugar, but kinda like the gummy charred resin, not the sweetness, some alcohol, brown bread toast, bitterness, a touch of yeast. Complex.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation.

A very surprising beer. I really expected this to be beyond sweet, and it has turned out to be a tremendous well crafted beer.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with swingracex. 750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, pear, apple, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, candi sugar, molasses, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, pear, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, candi sugar, molasses, chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, clove, pepper, toast, candi sugar, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, creamy, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel style! All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of artdob
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is capped with a cork and wire, champagne style, though this one had a super tight fit and was a bit of a challenge to get out. Nice pour with a raisin brown color and attractive tan head.

Nose has pleasant sweet overtones, raisins figs, honey. Taste brings forth the same characteristics with robustness.

Decent amount of carbonation adds to the foundation of this beer.

Could see this as a nice accompaniment to a sweet bread dessert.

Nicely done. Glad I found the Lost & Found.

Photo of lsummers
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rusty dark brown. Only a touch of light coming through creating an amber hue. Two finger tall head that is somewhat billowing.

Smells of a nicely balanced dubbel, lots of sweet raisins and a touch of molasses and toffee. Has a creamy almond herbal vanilla note. Taste is well balanced as well. The malty presence is fairly high. All the notes blend but by themselves represent a subtle raison, plum, and molasses. Creamy and slick with a slight bitter of a peppery yeast bite. Feels round yet still very drinkable.

Overall, it's so well balanced that it's something I definitely will have again. Tasty, highly drinkable dubbel.

Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

decent finger of head with loose bubbles but a very creamy appearance sitting on top of a nice nut-brown color of clear liquid.
no distinguishing aroma, nothing much at all for smell.... just a tad malt.
the taste is a little malt-y, with some fruit. i suppose that's typical for the 'dubbel'. no alcohol taste present. a small bite of bitterness, and a little sweetness.
nice feeling on the tongue. overall, a decent brew, but not spectacular. decent flavor. dont really taste raisin, but i do get some fig and other fruit.
one thing that did really stand out, however, was the incredible amount of sediment on the bottom, even after swirling a bit. it was a bit like mud and very thick.... still a great vessel for getting a good 8% dose in your system!!!

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