Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

350 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 350
Hads: 775
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 65
Gots: 119 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews: 350 | Hads: 775
Photo of brdc
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Large corked bottle, poured into a goblet.

The cork was difficult to pull, but when it finally opened, the lack of a loud pop hinted of problems to come. Multiple reviews report similar carbonation problems, so this is not the exception.
Dark red, little to no head, quickly vanishing whatever is there; very little lacing.
Aroma is candy sweetness, but the figs and raisins quickly surface, and never let go. Yastiness and whatever other aromas are clearly overwhelmed and never really surface.
Flat body, which feels thin, and the overly sweet taste is just barely balanced by an also excessive spiciness and raisiny flavors that are not well integrated.
Unfortunately, another Lost Abbey that falls too far from style guidelines, which could be ok, but flavors do not integrate well at all, and the lack of carbonation deliver the last blow. (847 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy caramel color with some yeast in the glass. Nice beige head. Smell is oddly refreshing and minty with some alcohol presence. Taste is rather mundane with perhaps a hint of belgian yeast, light malt flavor, and again an alcohol presence that comes through as almost minty again. Drinkable, and not really offensinve, as the flavor is so mild, but nothing really screamed great beer about this one, to me. (417 characters)

Photo of impending
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep ruddy mahogany with a minor dense head.

Aroma is delicious, dark fruits not surprisingly but some kind of tangy zest behind - not sure which spices?

Taste does not live up to the aroma. The raisins are not prominent, a dark fruit yes but raisins I get no sense of. This is sad as it is the description of note on the label which made me expect something special that was not delivered, disappointing. The relatively non descript bready yeast front gives way to cedar bitterness followed by alcohol with a solvent characteristic. Does not improve with warmth, mediocre.
cheers
jd (614 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

well, I sure cant go with the flow on this. After the bottle's cracked the beer's happy to see me: it overflow. It's ok. Poured with a big off white head and some lace. Color is a nice rich mahoganey. Aroma is a little raisiny but not as rich as I'd anticipated. Flav is decent but not as big as I'd figured. Good body and carbonation. A little boozy at the end. Not one of my favs, bot not bad. (395 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up from Wine Expo in SM
Poured a burnt orange color on the pour with a small tannish head. Nose was sticky w/ dried fruits(prunes, raisins,figs). Lots of caramel, and candied fruits, brown sugar. Taste was sweet and rummy, lots of dried fruits and sweet candy. I found it hard to drink and not tasty at all. I thought the taste was ob noxious and unpleasant. I am not sure how anyone could finish a bottle of this. (421 characters)

Photo of bcastine
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown mud with next to no head, what head was there quickly diminished. Not looking good. No chance of lacing.

S: Raisins and or Prunes.

T: Dark fruits and candy sugar. Mostly prune/raisin. If there was such thing as Prune Wine, this is what it would taste like

M: Flat, barely any carbonation which made it taste cloying. Not a feel you look forward to revisiting.

D: Not good. Luckily I had a friend that will drink anything, otherwise this would have been a drain pour. Can't imagine this is how this beer is supposed to be, that being nearly flat. If so I now know why this abbey was lost. Very disappointed, after looking forward to this brew. (657 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at where else, the yardhouse in Irvine.

A - Pours a deep auburn color, little head, and little carbonation.

S - Raisins, prunes, brown sugar, and dark candi sugar.

T - Brown sugar, raisiny, with slight alcohol taste.

M - A little thin, syrupy, but fairly smooth.

D - I expected a little more out of this one and felt it could have been a winter wheat wine. The esters were not very apparent either. (410 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (663 characters)

Photo of scar
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Belgian beers and seek them out. This beer is above average but not good/great. The appearance was very traditional and can't discount the beer for this reason.

The smell was very lacking. I mean these beers have the rep for being legendary for their complexity and much of this appeal is usually found in the aroma. Very dull, tiny amount of dark fruit, nothing great.

Taste was very lacking. These abbey beers need to be made with Pilsner malt. Okay, I said it. Many American companies try to make these beers with US 2-row. Guess what?... I can taste it. Not to be boring, but it results in a beer that doesn't taste as authentic as Ommegang or the imports, without going into much detail.

Mouth-feel good, but not sticky, beer needs more sugar. Overall a good beer, but lacking, and it hurts me to say this because these beers have been in our dreams for a long time here on the east coast. (907 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear ruby/deep amber. Minimal white head. Leaves tons of spotty lacing.

S - overall the aroma is a little under whelming for the style. Otherwise there are pronounced raisin esters. Some cherry as well. Hints of toffee in the backround. Not much else to speak of.

T - sweetness hits the tounge immediately. Followed by the notes of raisins. There seems to be a balancing tartness. Sour cherries perhaps. Subtle notes of spice which linger on past the finish.

M - medium bodied leaning towards full with a bubbly carbonation.

O - I'm a huge fan of the Dubbel style but this left me a little hunderwhelmed. None of those bright phenolics. Still a decent beer but it doesn't quite fit the style for me. (717 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a hazy dark orange brown color. The head is pretty big at first but then it settles down into just a thin tan line over the beer. The smell was a little earthy with some dark fruits and spices mixed in there. The taste wasn't too bad at first while it was still cold, I found this beer to become a little gross as it warmed up. Not sure why, usually that's not a problem with beers. The mouthfeel was decent here, overall the smell and look of the beer are the only good thing about it. (508 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Half of finger of frothy head. The beer is matte mud brown but grows translucent and attractive when backlit.

S: Belgian yeast. Spiced fruit. Unsurprising and unassuming.

T: Strangely bitter, in an herbal sort of way, with a touch of coffee on the aftertaste. Otherwise, fairly mundane. Brief, boring fruit is saved only by a spiciness that ties in to the flavour that one reviewer astutely compared to Angostura bitters. The maintaste is incredibly brief, with no staying power. Unfortunate.

M: Rather flat, but with a little bit of sparkle on the tongue (not carbonation; tingly flavors).

O: Not terribly impressive, and one of the most disappointing Lost Abbey beers I've ever had. I wouldn't speak out against it, but I probably won't have another one. If you want a dubbel, stick to the Belgian versions. (860 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged, from BevMo, Mission Valley, San Diego. States 8% ABV, no dating evident.

Appearance: Pours a clear to slightly hazy mahogany brown, with very light head that dissipatea rapidly, leaving almost no lacing. Significant sediment at the bottom of the bottom yields a hazy pour after a swirl.

Aroma: rum, raisins, plums, brown sugar, slight latex. Good hints at a Belgian dark strong ale style.

Taste: muted and disappointing after the aroma. Some plums and stonefruit. Raisins only when I'm looking (hard) for them.) Some bready/dough-like notes. A little sour on the finish.

Mouth: Amazingly thin, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite unimpressive, and probably my least favorite of the Lost Abbey beers I've had. Not quite a drainpour, but absolutely not something I'd buy again. I have to wonder at the ratings on this beer, and whether it gets some high ones due to a certain degree of beer geek adoration that LA enjoys. (967 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Grabbed a bottle... no freshness date. Might have been a few months old or older... seems like it had aged a bit. 8.0% Alc. marked on bottle.

- Murky dark and cloudy ale... huge light brown head... foam filled the glass there was so much carbonation...

- Strong alcohol smell, and pungent Belgian yeast and/or malt.. some raisin and fig, some sweetness...

- Strong alcohol flavor... perhaps this one continued fermenting for awhile? Belgian yeast... bready.. some raisin, spice.. sweetness.. some currants.. overall just kind of strong.

- Dry, bit bitter of an aftertaste....

- Overall this brew was way too carbonated... I lost the majority of this brew blowing off the excessive head into the sink.... after that each swig foamed like mad, and made it very hard to drink. The flavor wasn't bad, but this onewas kind of a miss. (833 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another beer from the large format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany color with less than 1/4 inch of khaki head that had decent retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly solid for the style, earthy, a bit fruity and a bit of yeast and spice. The flavors were about what you'd expect as well, some grains, some grape and fig flavors, some yeast and spice. The biggest distraction was the noticeable alcohol flavor, it was just strong enough to detract from the other aspects, and lingered at the back end.

The body was pretty good, full and smooth, like what you look for in the style, but that bit of alcohol burn on the finish was distracting. Drinkability was decent, the alcohol taste reduced how much I would drink of this. Overall, a decent take on the style. Not great, but not terrible either. At $10 for a 750, you can find other examples as good, and better, for less cash. Still, worth trying though. (967 characters)

Photo of JakesCrew
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. (309 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hard brown pour, with hints of red along the sides. Nice sized light brown to off-white and creamy head. Retention is ok and lacing is nice.

S: Dark fruits, including raisins and plums, along with a caramel maltiness mostly. A bit of yeastiness as well.

T: The taste is all fruits and malts for me, with slight yeastiness and spiciness. The fruits are the focus, with a caramel maltiness coming after. Perhaps a bit of alcohol on the backend. The flavor sits on your tongue for a while.

MF: Carbonation is good. Medium bodied with only a lightly dry finish. Alcohol really doesn't come through that much.

O: This was a miss for me, kind of a letdown. The flavor profile is just meh IMO. Didn't go down all that easily, and the lingering flavor wasn't very appealing. (773 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a lackluster head with zero retention. dark amber in color.

very little on the nose, just a tad of raisin and chocolate. no esters to comment on.

taste is the best part, although not to style. chocolate come through with quite a bit of raisin. chocolate is a bit too pronounced for the style. burnt caramel comes through nicely.

mouthfeel lacks adequate carbonation.

this beer need some tweaks to find it identity. perhaps a yeast change and some more carbonation with a push towards a quadrupel. (507 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a rich, sharp fig and/or grape with a hint of alcohol, a light copper, and a light roast and light caramel late. It pours a murky brown red with a dense, off white head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter with a medium sweet. It's creamy and oily with a fizz carbonation and a full, figgy boddy with light notes of biscuit. As it warms, flavors of caramel and tart grape juice become more apparent with a finish of pepper spice and copper, as well as wood. The dry aftertaste is long, bitter and astringent with a dry malt character, toast, pepper, and light copper. (652 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color, after being poured into the glass. The beer did not demonstrate much in the way of carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was grapey aroma that I was not really expecting. I was certainly not expecting much sweetness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste was that it tastes like grapes. The initial was followed with acidic grape and grassy notes, before finishing with a mediciny grape sensation.

Mouthfeel - In fairness, I will state this beer had the mouthfeel of a dubbel. The taste lingers in the mouth, coating the tongue nicely.

Overall - I aged this beer for two years, and I do not feel rewarded for my patience. (683 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours an opaque mahogany color with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Retention is okay at best, but it does leave nice cream lacing as it recedes.

S - Spicy phenols, caramel, toasted malt, candied sugar, fig, currant, raisins, cream and toffee notes. The raisin note becomes much more apparent as it warms. Smells really sweet, maybe even overly so.

T - Heavy caramel and tart fruits meddle throughout. The heavy use of raisins, though not usually to my liking, works fairly well in the beer as a whole. The yeast is mostly prevalent near the end. No alcohol show at all. It's a bit imbalanced towards sweet, though I think it's probably appropriate for the style.

M - Medium bodied, wet and smooth.

D - A pretty good dubbel, though I've definitely had better. Good quality, high price, fairly easy drinker. I'd probably have it again. (921 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, figs, dark fruit, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of raisins, dark fruit, bready malts, and alcohol. Raisins are very strong.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok beer but not my favorite from LA. The raisins are very strong and the alcohol comes through in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek out again. (501 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey- Lost & Found Ale

Poured from a corked and trapped 1pint 9.4 oz bottle into a Magic Hat tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark dried blood reddish brown with a small foamy head.
Smell- I couldn't detect much here. Dried fruits: raisin and prune, with a touch of alcohol.
Taste- Light dried fruits. Raisin and Prune are the most dominent. I detect a bit of caramel malt and fig newtons.
Mouthfeel- Light and sweet up front with a building tangy boozy finish.

Overall- The flavor is just subdued and actually a little watery at first. A good sipper but just not worth the $10 I paid for it.
$4 or $5, on tap, definitely. (638 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with a rich red/mahogany tone. The head is khaki light about 1" thick.

Smell: Belgian yeast, apples, honey, and wood.

Flavor: Big nuttiness with hints of sour apples to balance the big maltiness. Figs and raisins abound with some spice and nutmeg keeping things interesting.

MF: The beer is flavorful, thick, and borderline syrupy, though it pulls it back just enough. (400 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style - both of which I'm fond of. Cost was $7.99 plus tax. No best before or bottled on date are listed on the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated (in spite of the brewery's reputation amongst some beer drinkers).

A: After the satisfying pop of the cork, it pours a three finger head of off-white colour, fluffy smooth texture - very foamy, nice cream, great thickness, and excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Very frothy. The head doesn't even recede a centimetre after three minutes, and held up for ten minutes during consumption - very impressive indeed. Colour is a tame dark ruby-red - nontransparent but not opaque.

Sm: A strong fig aroma, with definite notes of candied fruits (as per the label), candied sugar, and perhaps raisins - but only when I look for them. Caramelization. Cherries, maybe weak apple, and perhaps plum. Yeast. A pleasant mild strength aroma. Subtle, complex, and inviting.

T: Fig is dominant, but only barely. A delightful creamy open gives way to the candied sugar/clean malt foundation. If present, the raisins are subdued - at least beyond my palatable range. The candied fruits - indistinct though each may be - are wonderful and nicely fill out the flavour profile. Cherry swells on the finish, which is nice alongside a topper pour because it's well complemented by the frothy cream of the head. A full bodied yet subtle brew. Quite pleasant and enjoyable. Fresh and satisfying. The layering is a nice touch. Impressively well balanced and nicely built for a dubbel, experimenting with fruits. I'd like more yeast flavour, but I'm sure that will come as I get towards the bottle's bottom.

I do wish it was more complex; it feels a bit timid as is. Moreover, the notes are rather indistinct, giving it a compressed feel that works against its subtlety rather than for it.

Mf: Frothy and creamy. Smooth and wet. The thickness isn't perfect but it's suitable. Complements the flavours very well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to accentuate them. It's light on the palate, lending it a fragile delicate feel that suits the tingly candied sugar notes fantastically. Perfectly carbonated. The finish leaves me licking me lips.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV - which is itself well concealed. The incorporation of what feels like a high volume of candied fruits was a bold move within the style and pays off well. Bravo for that. I'd certainly have it again, preferably bottle-aged for three or more years. This will satisfy fans of the style, and I'd recommend this generally (but perhaps not specifically to friends). It's a bit pricey though, even here in California. Finally, Lost Abbey has far better beers; this is not one of their best offerings. Indeed, it's merely average for Lost Abbey. [I had to bring this category down to get the letter rating I needed, but the drinkability is a 4 out of 5.]

Drinks perfectly out of a goblet; I recommend a goblet on the narrower end of the spectrum. I'd caution against a snifter for this one; the aroma needs no trapping and the head is ideal in a goblet.

Would pair well with food. I wouldn't recommend spicy or rich food. Maybe a salad or sandwich.

A pretty good candidate for aging, though I don't see it getting significantly better. Maybe it'd move from a B- to a B.

B- (3,713 characters)

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