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Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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very good

734 Ratings

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of dsa7783
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Nfkraemer
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of benito
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, dark amber with hints of purple--almost sanguine--with a lasting head.

S: Lots of raisins, alcohol, light phenols, tobacco, and some pepper. Very complex bouquet all around.

T: Wow, this is one of the most luscious, drinkable, and well-balanced dubbels I've ever had. The raisins are a dominant flavor throughout each sip, and nicely round out some of the other, yeast-driven flavors. Nice alcohol warming on the back end. A slightly dry, bitter finish.

M & D: Full-bodied and well balanced with growing complexity of flavors in each sip. The texture of the raisin puree really holds this together. Again, the finish might come on a little more smoothly.
Great drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall, this is a great abbey-style ale, and the use of raisins is a real highlight. Easily the best dubbel that I've had from a US brewery.

Photo of midaszero
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from South Bay served with triple bock marinaded skirt steak ( http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1469883 ) and Beemster XO & Beemster garlic.

A - cloudy dark brown with some white head

S - Rich and strong. Dark fruit, sweetness, and Belgian yeast

T - Raisins with other dark fruit tastes. Not as sweet as the nose would suggest with a little alcohol bite.

M - Medium body and light carbonation

D - Excellent I can't wait to break out my next bottle and will be ordering more

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 jminsc76
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a tulip, pours a large foamy head (I was going to write the significant quantity of head is surprising, however, not all Lost Abbey beers around this time were suffering from carbonation problems) sitting atop a dark reddish/brownish body. The head reemerges very quickly upon agitation, with thick legs down the side as I tilt.

Pleasant and spicy aromas that include dark fruits such as figs and raisins as well as some candy.

Flavors include the aforementioned figs and raisins, but also malts, spices, and some bitterness. Measures up well in flavors to some of the other Belgian/Belgian-style dubbels I like.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit tingly.

Overall, I give this an A. I really enjoyed the overall complexity, and the sweetness was not overpowering. Great job Lost Abbey.

Photo of Chuck_25
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown pour, huge foamy light tan head. Great lacing.

S: Raisins, dark brown bready malt, estery yeast.

T: Brown bread, raisins, alcohol, dark fruit.

M: Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

D: Excellent. Right on for the style. Very well executed. Tasty stuff!

Photo of Travisnin
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a nice mahongy color, nice carbonation, awesome two-finger plus very creamy tan head, tons and tons of creamy/sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, raisins, prunes, figs, and some caramel. The taste is awesome, malty, dark fruits galour, and a nice touch of caramel. Full body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Lost Abbey, highly recommended.

Photo of ScottJJ
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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