Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by uberabr:
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a medium reddish brown with caramel hues. Big fluffy light tan head dies pretty quick, leaving no real lacing. Smells sweet and grassy, some definite plum, fig, and cherry, along with some tropical fruits- mango and banana, and a sharp ethanol spice.
Taste is mellow and warming. Pepper, spice, candy sugars and fruity esters are well rounded and very enjoyable. The buttery diacetyl is just a little too strong- my only real complaint, and it makes the mouthfeel somewhat oily. There's also a slightly sour effect from the acetaldehyde, but it's not the typical green apple cloying taste you find with a lot of young Belgians. The booze taste comes through a little, which I don't like with a relatively low abv- but if you like the alcohol taste this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Definitely a sipper.
All in all a strong brew, especially for a California dubbel. However, it really lacks confidence. The flavors are all enjoyable but perhaps too well rounded- nothing stands out. The color is moderate, even the head doesn't stick around long enough to enjoy. It definitely has some potential for aging, but it won't ever be spectacular- something which I have no doubt this brewery is capable of producting.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2007 05:49:27 | More by uberabr
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3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2014 02:51:27 | More by Franziskaner
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 03:24:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.