Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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351 Reviews

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 782
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 69
Gots: 126 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by JakesCrew:
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3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy brown with modest lacing
S - Subtle floral, citrus and honey. Very pleasant.
T - A bit watery and thin overall. Some sourness upfront. Finishes with a bitter coffee-like aftertaste.
M - Thin. Light to medium carbonation.
O - An underwhelming Belgian. Smell is strong point, taste is disappointing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dirty orangish-brown with a modest head.

Smell – The bouquet starts off with a lovely almost weizen-esque fragrance of wheat then jumps right into some stiff malts laden with toffee. The big burst of fruit comes on next saving the best for last.

The main fruit is mild raisin and rich fig. There’s some good tobacco in there, too. Then, just when you think it’s all dark, you get some luscious summer-time fruits like melons and kiwi.

Taste – This is somewhat broken down at the taste, so don’t put any of these bottles in your cellar. The malts are rich with yeast but unstructured, leaving the fruits from the nose to rule the roost. No sense of alcohol BTW.

Mouthfeel – This just makes medium-bodied and breaks down easily in the mouth. It’s not nearly as carbonated as many other examples I’ve had of the style.

Drinkability – This is not a big monster Belgian. It goes down well and quite easy and is a good one for sharing maybe with someone new to the style.

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Photo of nickseevers
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

From their website: "As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer." Also along for the ride: Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate Malts, German Magnum and German Tettnang hops, dextrose and a proprietary yeast strain. Interesting.

Deep brown, nearly opaque with some ruddy hues and a very creamy tan-colored lace. Aroma is soft with smells of ripe fruity esters, granola, fresh grist and hints of spice and figs. Silky-smooth and creamy on the palate, round and near full with a chewy malt consistency--mouthfeel is pure bliss. Complex base of figs, chocolate cake, raisins, ripe bananas, toffee, malted milk, sweet coffee and fresh rustic brown bread. No hop bitterness, but there's some green apple in the middle to help offset the malty sweetness. Warming and building alcohol brings a touch of pepper with it. Herbal and tea-like, with a lingering Grape Nuts flavor toward the drying finish that's a bit chalky with a "wheaty" husk edge.

An interesting twist inspired by a traditional style results in a kick-ass beer. We dig it. Extremely complex and immensely enjoyable. This beer would be an excellent candidate for a cigar pairing.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours into an Orval chalice with a vibrant ruddy brown color and a half inch of creamy off white head on top. Good clarity. Aromas start out with caramel and candi sugar infused somewhat roasty malt. A quite forward brown sugar and candied fruits aroma moves in along with notes of figs, raisins and a slight nutty character overall. Marzipan accents.

First sip brings a smooth, lightly roasted malt body with caramel and brown sugar accents. As it progresses a big candied fruit flavor moves in with notes of raisins, spice, nuts and fig. Flows down with a nice kick of Belgian yeast accents. It finishes with a touch of sweetness. Good brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a forward carbonation that works really well into the overall beer. An easy drinking dubbel that is nice and flavorful. This is another enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. If you can get this locally and easy you should feel lucky, as this is one I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of steveja57
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at PB Taproom while visiting in San Diego. Tapped into a goblet, beautiful dark ruby beer with thick white head. The nose is raisins, caramel, fig, really nice. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sourness to balance the slightly sweet flavor of roasted malts, chocolate/caramel, fig/raisin. Kept sticking my nose in the glass to smell it, marveling after each sip. Really hit the spot on a crystal clear December afternoon. Excellent Cali Abbey Ale

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours dark milk chocolate brown, moderate murkyness, with a mocha head, so so retention, minor film and next to no lacing. Seems to be quite low in the carbonation department. Nose here is of traces of chocolate, light raisins and perhaps some earthyness. Another simply delicious creation to savor. Light raisins, more chocolate, toffee, gingerbreddy malts, yum...complex, subtle,mellow, smooth, coating and highly enjoyable suds...another reason to move closer to Lost Abbey/Pizza Port and San Diego, Ca.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, red/brown in color, some sediment

Smell: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Taste: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Mouthfeel: nice mix of bitter and sweet--more of a mix than other beers I have had in this style. Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Complex for the style and it took me a bit of time to warm up to this beer. It is different from other dubbels I have had. I like the raisin and bread combination. Not sure if I would rush to get this as much as other Lost Abbey beers, but would not pass it over.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DoShek
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy, deep amber (like resin), alive with carbonation, poured with a thick two fingers of head that subsided within a couple of minutes to a thin layer

Smell - malty and sweet, red fruits, faint raisins

Taste - mild smokiness, very little bitterness from the hops, nondescript fruit/raisins, bit of alcohol coming through, reminds me of Ukrainian kvass

Mouthfeel - thick & smooth, velvety

Drinkability - couldn't have more than one or maybe two in a sitting, this one is a slow sipper

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium brown with tan head into a chalice. Aroma is dark fruit with maybe a touch of alcohol. Flavor is similar with lots of dark fruit, a little malt and sweetness, plus a little alcohol warming. As it warmed, I got a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable dubbel that lived up to the hype.

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Photo of mylesj
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of magictrokini
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ The Local. Poured deep mahogany with ruby edges, very brown. Small off-white head and no lacing. Nutty, caramel malt aroma that is sweet. Raisins and dates are also present, but in a non-sweetened state. Flat mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Kind of heavy but not syrupy. Dense, dark fruit tastes with caramel, however, there is a nice separation of the two and it avoids a "candy" flavor. Some occasional roasted malt and brown sugar taste pop in and out. Fig, date, and plum flavors waft in and out as it warms. Its kind of strange, drinks predominantly like a dubbel, but has the hint of a doppelbock.

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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 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 bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Translucent, dark-brown amber liquid. Golden-brown head is huge, foaming quickly after a slow pour. The head is stiff and filled with small tiny bubbles, lasting for a very long time. Head recedes to a half-inch, and leaves huge gobs of sticky light brown lacing on the sides of the glass with every sip.

Incredibly aromatic beer. Aromas of raisins, prunes, and cherries. I also smell a burnt sugar, caramel aroma.

The initial flavor is spicy, like fresh-ground black pepper, with a malty backbone and a heavy dose of dark fruits. The raisin and cherry flavors are here too, but there's a spicy peppery flavor I did not find in the nose. My bottle is certainly well carbonated, and it's unfortunate all the bottles aren't carbonated similarly.

Light in the mouth and incredibly easy to drink. Quite balanced; no one flavor dominates any other, I would highly recommend this beer.

Just moved to the area and I made my first trip to Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA, and it is without a doubt the best beer store I have ever been to. It was heaven. I am a fan. Life is good.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KyleMA
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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