Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
App: First the outside: obviously this was producded with some resources backing it up - fully corked and caged, 3 separate full color unique labels affixed to the bottle. Basically, nice packaging but the proof is in the...pour. The pour comes out a little weak. Head isn't what I was hoping for, instead I get a low fizzy off-white head with very little retention that slims off to nothing almost immediately. The color is nice; deep burgundy brown, burnt tones, deep red edging and a rich center.
Aroma: Smell is nice, this is wear I start to pick up a bit o' Belgium. Some good dried fruity sweetness, caramel, light spicing, a bit of alcohol heat, slight undertone of wet hay, deep down earthiness.
Taste: Maybe this is a beer to lay down, but I'm not getting the quality brew I was expecting from Mr. Arthur. This is light up front, slightly watery with a bit of alcohol and only a smidge of dried fruit. Finally as it moves through to the middle I get some hints of the taste that the aroma alluded to: fig, caramel, some roastiness, good sweet mailtiness, yes it is coming through. But then it finishes way hot and high on the alcohol with very little quality aftertaste. Those good middle notes have moved on and I do have some wet bitterness and slight alcohol aftertaste. Not much else.
Mouth: This too seems thin. Light body, strangely low carbonation, not too fillingin the mouth. The beer moves too quickly out of my mouth just when I want something good to stick around.
Drinkability: This is tough. While I COULD drink more of these because it's relatively easy to drink there's not manyt reasons why I would want to. Maybe to see if the second is better than the first.
03-06-2007 04:09:49 | More by NoLiberty
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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. Theres some good tobacco in there, too. Then, just when you think its all dark, you get some luscious summer-time fruits like melons and kiwi.
Taste This is somewhat broken down at the taste, so dont 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. Its not nearly as carbonated as many other examples Ive 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.
09-14-2006 04:51:31 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-07-2010 00:08:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
03-09-2008 01:30:23 | More by orbitalr0x
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
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
12-16-2009 01:54:22 | More by steveja57
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-24-2007 15:04:01 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-17-2010 17:12:39 | More by tigg924
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
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
11-16-2008 08:44:33 | More by DoShek
4.33/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-12-2009 00:23:05 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-05-2009 21:45:52 | More by magictrokini
3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-04-2014 02:51:27 | More by Franziskaner
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Holiday Wine Cellar
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.
11-08-2009 07:13:16 | More by ehammond1
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
Brown pour, kinda murky, tan head, nothing to look at here in the special category. Aroma, mild nuttiness and some belgian yeast, kind of like what I imagine a belgian nut brown would be.
Taste, hate to say it, but it was bland at best. Mild dark fruit, soggy wood, sweetness, no hops. Not a bad beer, but was just so ordinary for me. Not a big dubbel fan by any means, so at least it was tolerable. Alcohol seemed a little more than what I was looking for at the time. Rough raisin texture and presence in the mouthfeel.
Wouldn't recommend other than if you're all about this style or you just want something different to try. Like so much of LA's stuff more.
11-24-2011 05:26:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
06-30-2014 23:46:28 | More by chinchill
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
This beer pours a cloudy brownish red color with a small tan head. The head fades fast, leaving a good lacing.
This beer has a spicy aroma. I can also detect a strong aroma of dates. Some raisins and cloves make an appearance also. It has a slight earthy yeast aroma.
This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Lots of date aroma mixed in with some raisins and figs. Not much hop flavor. Earthy yeast flavor is also present.
This beer goes down smooth, leaving a date like aftertaste. It is low on carbonation.
I think this beer might make a decent session beer. It dosent seem to be too high in alcohol, and the flavor is not too aggressive. I think it is a good beer, and one that I look forward to trying more as Port Brewing progresses.
07-16-2006 23:36:04 | More by OStrungT
Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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