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Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

684 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 64
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-11-2006)
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CEDAMA, Mar 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

MystikCelt, Feb 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Pours a very dark ruby red/ purplish-prune color with nice sized off-white foam head that settes into a lasting lacing. Aroma is dominated by dark fruit with a nice alcohol presence Perfect blend of maltiness and sweet dark fruit flavors such as raisin, date, prune and fig with a nice alcohol warmth in the finish. Amazing beer!

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Rohunhundal, Aug 29, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +24%

Wow, I was very impressed with this one. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a small sniffer. Was very impressed imediately. Smelled of raisons from the get-go. Very strong and pleasant smell. The color is definately cloudy and carmel dark brown. Rainsons and dates come to the tastebuds imediately. A belgian style Dubbel I will definately have again soon.

ShadesOfGray, Oct 15, 2009
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4.8/5  rDev +22.8%

Straight2Ale, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%

This is the best American made dubbel I've tried to date...

What a great tasting beer. Poured into my tulip glass with a dark raisin color, topped off with a fairly decent, lingering tan head. This is one of the best smelling beers yet, with banana bread hitting you right away, followed by malts and brown sugar. This beer could be made into incense...Tasted of dark fruits (the raisin mixture they add contributes to some great flavoring) malt, and again, subtle hints of brown sugar and fresh wheat bread. The mouth feel was fairly substantial, but the beer is so good that two 22oz bottles wouldn't be a problem. Pairs with the usual dubbel suspects- mild flavorful cheeses- though it would be a great after dinner finisher...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Feb 20, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

KBennall, May 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Swift989, Aug 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

themathguy, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Vylo, May 07, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

11/28/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Ruby red, maybe a touch chestnut-brown as well. 1/2 inch frothy head rises. Settles as a light rim. Decent cobweb lace.

Smell- Very malty with a heavy caramel candied scent. Loads of toffee and a good amount of dark fruits including figs and rasins. Reminds me of RR Benediction.

Taste- Toffee candied taste with a sugary caramel finish. The figs and rasins are there, but are overpowered by the rich caramel malt. Wonderful strong flavors.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated at first, but dies down as the beer opens up and warms. Heavy mouthfeel for a dubbel.

Drinkability- Hits reall hard for a dubbel and has the most flavor I've ever had per style besides maybe Westy 8....nice company for sure as that was my favorite dubbel. Matched if not better than my previous favorite amercian dubbel (RR Benediction).

GClarkage, Mar 11, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

little_star, May 11, 2014
Photo of bosco7
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

Dark brown almost opaque with creamy off-white head. Head retention is not that spectacular.

Highly aromatic. Whoa. Cinnamon bread, raisins, fig, toffee, and spicy phenols in the nose.

This brew is utterly delicious. Starts with sweet toffee, caramel, and cinnamon flavors. Mild chocolate in there too. Then raisin, fig, and prunes dominate in the middle and finish. Some yeast, cloves and cinnamon in the finish as well. Finishes dry. Very inviting and familiar yet unique and new.

Smooth mouthfeel that is crisp and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a fantastic interpretation of the style while being unique. Highly recomended.

bosco7, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

Pop the gorgeous painted cap over the cork and get ready for this 7% ABV bomb.

Pours with a dim lights out stormy auburn mess topped with a craggy beige cap that settles to a collar.

Bold scents of ripe banana and unbaked carrot cake dough. THis is as Belgian as they get finalized with cinnamon and nutmeg.

First swigs: Exceptional brown spice cake, overly ripe bananas and french toast meld. Tons of complex flavors that oooze out towards a palate plethora replete with figs, grain waflles, red grapes and orange juice. Intense flavors rule the roost.

Feel is gentle and soft cushion rolling. Linger of pastry and waffles. 7% ABV is suspect. My liver-o-meter says closer to 9% ABV and that's kid tested and mother approved. Dubbels with bawls like this are intense and satisfying. Nevermind the bullocks...here's Lost Abbey.

Last swigs: Is this the best American Belgian Dubble ever? Maybe. No...yes...

Beer is good. Happy dubbel beering.

blitheringidiot, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

750ml bottle purchased just before Christmas last year, split between my roommate and I in two tulips. Pours a very dark ruby color with a thick, resilient, and frothy light brown head that resembles root beer more than beer beer.

One sniff and the word that comes to mind is "whoa." Very yeasty, hints of banana, cinnamon, caramel/toffee, dark fruits (fig, raisin, etc.), brown sugar, and bready malts -- amazing. My decision to stop smoking a week ago already seems to be paying off!

Spicy and sour, just the way a good Belgian should be. Fairly strong alcohol flavor for the ABV, but not overpowering or displeasing.

Smooth as silk and a very satisfying body and level of carbonation. Easily drinkable and an amazing beer, easily one of, if not the best Belgian-style beers in America. In fact, it could possibly be that the capital of Belgium is located not in Flanders, but North County SD.

Phocion, Aug 28, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

Dark brown/copper color beer with a fragile looking head that actually sticks around a very long time *eventually* settling to a ring and a cloud.

Smell is herbal, fruity, earthy, smokey, winey -- but not extremely so yet, caramel, grape skins, onions, banana peels, cloves & cinnamon, and all sorts of other stuff but it's time to move on in this review.

Taste is meaty (specifically slow cooked asian five spice pork -- well, maybe not exactly but it shares some real similarities and accompanied it perfectly), pepper comes forward, caramelized onions, fresh bread, the fruitiness is big with ripe and overripe plums, pears, mangos, rotten oranges and beef steak juice (I know that's not a fruit, but it is a juice).

The lightness of this beer makes you expect less and I could see how it might pass you by if you drink it cold. I had this at about 50 degrees which was just the right place to start. Now I'm finishing it up at about 66 degrees. Medium/Light bodied and very drinkable. I know I said some things that might turn some off this beer, but that just leaves more for me!

I need to grab a few bottles and let them sit for 3 to 6 years, then this will be perfect when it really shows up its wine-like qualities.

xymyl, Apr 06, 2008
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4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

lsummers, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of stimulus
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Smells just like raisins, with a bit of molasses, but not too much. You can tell this is going to be a malty beer.
S: Pours a deep brown with a foamy beige head that doesn't disappear.
T: Big and malty with a nice raisin finish. No trace of alcohol, which is surprising once I saw that it is 8% abv.
M: Very well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: For what it is, it's pretty drinkable. Not overpowering in sweetness, but it hides the alcohol quite well. The best Lost Abbey beer I've tried to date!

stimulus, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

Man, this looks good. Dark Dark amber, nice off white head.

Smells of raisons, belgian yeast, mild hops, and sweet sweet medium roasted malts.

Tastes of dark fruits, raisons, bready yeast, and cola like flavors. Yummy!

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, nicely carbonated, and thick on the tounge. Great!

Good drinkibility. Not too0 alcoholic. FULL of sweet dark fruit malt flavor!

WOuld like this at port brewery on tap next!

Trueant1, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

750 ML bottle copped corked and caged from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a ruby-red, mahogany brown hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Dehydrated fruits, rich malts evident in the nose...
Taste: Fantastic, true-to-the-style, excellent American depiction of an authentic Belgian style, repelte with figs, prunes, raisins, dates, and rich malts...
Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Excellent depiction of the genre... One of the best Dubbels' I've sampled, period...

dsa7783, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

Got this bottle right from the source last weekend. If you're ever in Escondido go to The Lost Abbey. You won't regret it.

A: Deep red/brown, some light gets through the edges but quite hazy, almost opaque, in the middle. Decent two finger tan head that fades to about one finger, supported by lots of little bubbles.

S: Rich, fruity and spicy. Grape/raisin smell is quite noticable, but I also get a bit of apple, pear, pepper and just a bit of sweet sugar.

T: Earthy malt with pepper and other spices is the first thing I noticed. This is followed by raisin and mild apple. The finish is sweet alcohol, more earthiness, and a touch of bitterness.

MF: Quite full and bubbly. A bit syrupy but I wouldn't call it thick. Mild warming and the alcohol only gets noticeable when the drink is almost done.

D: This is really an excellent dubbel. It has all the elements of a good Belgian, and the raisin compote gives it an added dimension that you don't always see. Probably TLA's best year-round brew. One bottle has me pretty buzzed so I don't know that this would be a good session beer, but it can be sipped or drank a little faster. Awesome stuff, I'm glad I can find this locally.

rxdrewthejew, Feb 04, 2008
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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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