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Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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very good

625 Ratings

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%

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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Photo of surfer4life


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Goblet from a 750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown with a very minimal head. Very little lacing to be seen.

S - Huge Malts take up much of the smell with hints of citrus, plum and nutmeg.

T - Something off about this one. Not much of what I smell comes through in taste. Unlike their Judgement Day, I can't taste the raisins. Not as sweet as most dubbels.

M - High Carbonation makes the mouth feel crisp and clean with each swallow.

D - It's ok, not sure that I would seek this out again, but wouldn't turn it down if it's all there was.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:59:39 | More by surfer4life
Photo of WOTO97


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: cloudy brown with slight orange hues, thin creamy head accompanied by pretty dense lacing

S: (someone was smoking nearby, which doesn't help matters) pretty big sweet malt character, dark berries, faint guava, and possibly kumquat zest

T: plum and sweet malt right away, some fig with slight nutmeg on finish, pepper and cola notes in the background

M: creamy with some stickiness in the back, slightly chewy with big mouth coating feeling

D: likely a one-and-done beer, first half is pretty nice but gets too heavy throughout, sweetness a little too overhwhelming

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 19:52:32 | More by WOTO97
Photo of jnezda


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having visited the brewery a few weeks ago have had an eye out for their beers. Grabed this one from Clems and poured into a tulip glass. Good off white head, two fingers on initial pour and it stuck around nicely. Limited lacing from e otherwise good pour and I was disappointed with the lack of aroma. Caught some dark fruit but not much from the raisins or the big malt bill. The mouthfeel was great with some good fullness and body, fits what I expect from a dubbel. The candied fruit is pronounced in the taste and provides good Belgian character.

Over all not my favorite Lost Abbey but worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:36:28 | More by jnezda
Photo of mrelizabeth


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Counterpoint.

A- Great color. Plum/raisin when full in the glass, lightens to a pale red/brown when nearly empty. Really attractive purple Belgian. Clean head.

S- Malty, yeasty aroma w/ a touch of fruit.

T- Lightly fruity Belgian, malty, minimally sour.

M- Refreshing and clean. Balanced on the tongue.

O- Nice Belgian if you are looking for something a bit different, or if you are a fan of red ales. Not as sour/fruity as it looks.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:34:18 | More by mrelizabeth
Photo of DIM


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: A very cloudy dark caramel color. Pours with a big light tan head, wich stuck around for a while. Looks a bit like apple cider.

s: Sweet alcoholic raisins were all i could find. Not bad but it did come across a bit strong.

t: Mirrors the smell almost exactly. Huge sweet raisin taste with more of an alcoholic punch than the 8% indicated on the bottle would suggest. Neither subtle nor complex.

m: Thick and robust, coated the mouth well. Carbonation was long lasting.

d: Glad I had some help from alhrabosky for this one. While I enjoyed this well enough I won't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 20:26:29 | More by DIM
Photo of jwc215


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this one!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed caramelish brown with a thin tan head that gradually becomes a thick swirl. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is of raisins/dates/figs and caramel candy.

The taste is of sweet maltiness with caramel and some raisins/dates/figs. There is an herbal, slightly metallic bitterness and some raw alcohol mixed in, yet it keeps its caramel sweetness. There is a bit of a bready yeastiness going on, especially as it progresse. Something rather harsh/raw about it.

The feel is a bit awkward. There is a spritz that is not really effervescent. It falls off, leaving a thinness, yet it is not thin. Texture is not as creamy as I would like, but it holds up.

An interesting enough brew. One that I would have been glad to split, but was able to gradually, slowly, sip away. A nice enough attempt at the style, and one that I enjoyed smelling more than drinking. There is a rawness/greenness to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 04:00:37 | More by jwc215
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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a murky brown color with some orange highlights coming through where the light hits it. It had a pretty dense and frothy off-white colored head. The head had pretty decent retention and left some nice lacing as well.

The aroma shows a lot of malty and dark fruit characteristics with raisins being the most prominent of those flavors. It has more of a sweet berry and fruit malt flavor in the nose then really anything else.

The taste follows the nose with sweet malty and dark fruit flavors being the most notable in the taste. The raisins also seem to be the flavor that stands out the most, especially in the finish. The finish also has a bit of a alcohol heat to it.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability isn't as high as a lot of Lost Abbey's beers for me. The alcohol shows a bit too much in the finish, and the raisin flavor wasn't one of my favorites. Interesting beer though.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 21:26:06 | More by billab914
Photo of jmdrpi


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

caged and cored 750mL bottle, with date stamped on as bottled 4/7/11.

appears a murky chestnut brown color, with 1" cream colored head. decent head retention. sweet malty aroma, typical of the style.

the raisins seem to be there in the taste, with a touch of brown sugar, and caramel malt. medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel.

overall - good, but for the price, I'd take most Belgian dubbels over it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:39:38 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown in color with a one finger tall light tan head. The head on this beer dissipates rather quickly. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate amounts of sweetness is observed in the aroma - highlighting it would be caramel and dark fruits (raisin/plum/fig). Also, there are some hints of woodiness to this beer.

T: The flavors start with a crisp apple, followed by dark fruit sweetness (raisin/fig), malty sweetness like caramel, and the finish has some spices in it. Overall the flavor is more dominated by a woodiness that increases as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: Not my favorite example of the style - there might be just a little too much woodiness and not quite enough sweetness/sugars in the beer. Not an unenjoyable beer but not one that I will be running out to get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 15:57:17 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 15 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Two finger tan-peachy head. Moderate carbonation. Dark brown, almost opaque. Light aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar. Tastes sweet and relatively spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. A lot of flavor upfront that seems to decrease to a light lingering spiciness. Seems somewhat washed out because of this. Light sweet aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is warm in the finish.

A and I were fairly far apart in our assessment of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 17:15:21 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of macktbone


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm glad I didn't hold on to this as one of those special bottles to share with folks that understand special bottles.

Looks kind of like dirty washing water. Wants to separate into dark and light sections. Very mirky and zero lace or head.

Smells nice. Lots of raisons and dark fruits along with a nice belgian funk and leather.

Raisons and figs take the day. A little tangy aftertase with a slight licorice adjunct.

Mouthfeel is really dissapointing. Too thin, light, and watery.

If you love to drink boxes of raisons, this is for you. I like the unique aspect of the beer but the lack of carbonation and the thin feel will stop me from purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 17:34:19 | More by macktbone
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep reddish brown with a stingy off white head that subsides quickly. Smells sweet fruity and syrupy. Lots of brown and candy sugar mixed with dark dried fruits, mostly raisins prunes and cherries. The flavor is sweet with sugary malts and dark fruits. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well no surprises here. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent dubbel, nothing outstanding but nothing objectionable either. The bubbles seem a bit light for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:23:27 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of RobertColianni


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

If I recall correctly, this was a 2010 bottle.

A: Laced quarter inch head riding the surface of the beer. Dissipates into a bright honey/amber body with a very viscous swirl and spotty, grey bubbles.

S: Malt heavy smokiness. Very cakey or candied. Dried, stale figs. Chocolate, tobacco, and bready yeast (which was poured separately). Offers some very earthy grass or sprout notes in the distance.

T: Sweet, sugary crispness with a dry caramel mid and subtle raisin, dried/candied fruit finish.

M: Slightly malty, but crisp, dry, and tastefully carbonated.

OVERALL: Once Lost & Found warms up, it offers a slight rose pedal freshness and raw, earthy flavors with a toffee finish. Very deep, but very dark, almost too sweet at times and although nothing about this dubbel stands out as great, everything comes together very well in a great example of the style that can be enjoyed by the novice and the connoisseur.

NOTE: Review from notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 07:42:30 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of instrumentality


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I twisted the cork from this bomber and gazed into the opening as a cloudy mist swirled its way up the neck and dissipated into the outside world. It was as if a spirit had been trapped inside the bottle for some time and had finally been released.

I decided it was only fair to make sure none of the captor had gotten stuck, so I carefully tilted the bottle over my Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. Sure enough, a rich mahogany liquid glug glug glugged its way into its new receptacle, capped with a resilient, fizzy beige head maybe half an inch tall.

I took a whiff. A heavy dose of malt. The tartness of cherries. A sprinkle of figs. A slice of banana. A phenolic quality of band aids. There was a definite complexity to odor, yet the combination left me somewhat apprehensive as to how the flavor would translate.

I quickly decided it was worth the risk.

A few counterclockwise swirls and a quick final sniff and the glass was against my lips.

Sip number one went in like a lion and out like a lamb. First came the almost overpowering burn of alcohol (odd for a mere 7% ABV). Following this was the tingle of cloves. This faded into a mild cherry sweetness. This sweetness in turn dissolved into an almost pure maltiness.

With my second sip I attained similar results, but a lingering flavor of caramel began to emerge.

The burn is a little too intense for my taste, and the finish, while relatively clean, does leave behind the slight annoying tingly sensation of phenols, similar to the experience of licking a battery but with enough malt to almost, but not quite, balance it out.

One bomber of this is more than enough beer for one night, and while the beer is definitely above average and especially worthy of praise for a California-made dubbel, I don't have any burning desire to try it again any time soon. However, given that the alcohol burn is the main deterrent, this may be the perfect candidate to go into hibernation for 6 months to a year or so and see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 06:28:37 | More by instrumentality
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes i wonder if I'm sampling the same product that other BAs are reviewing. Pours a clear dark diluted cola color. I suppose it might appear hazy from certain aspects viewed through the effects of a convex...whatever. As the beverage passes onto your tongue, with your lips on the rim and your nose in the goblet your senses detect something very similar. A rich semi-sweet chocolate NECCO wafer malty aroma and flavor persist. A chalky earthy malt dominates one hunting for hints of sweeter figgyness. Light-Medium bodied, the mouth feel is slightly under carbonated. A reasonable drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it. (hype factor)

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 19:38:23 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Murchmac


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a good deep looking ruby red with big head, and lacing around the snifter. Bubbles race through it.

Cant smell much more than belgian yeast, some fruity smell to it though.

Has a nice taste to it. Some deep malts, not much hops, sweet aftertaste. bubbly on the tongue.

Decent mouthfeel. I wish I could recommend it more but im not a huge fan of belgians. I can see how people would really like this, for a beer style im not to into, it does have a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 04:35:08 | More by Murchmac
Photo of TexIndy


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (no dating info) into my DT snifter. Nice story on back label. It was a russet color with some carb but no lacing. It had a good sized beige head that slowly settled into a collar.

The aroma was very sweet with prunes, figs and sweet malt. It settled down as it warmed otherwise it might have been too sweet smelling. The taste was also sweet but not overly so. For a dubbel it was very subtle. The dark fruits didn't dominate like in other dubbels that I've had which is good cause I don't like it when the darker fruits especially raisin dominate. However, nothing else really stood out so it lacked a lot of flavor. It was very drinkable but not very tasty. Mouthfeel was good.

Overall, a pretty good beer but it was missing a solid flavor to it. I'd recommend if you can easily get but don't kill yourself getting it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 02:07:44 | More by TexIndy
Photo of nerdrocker101


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours a beautiful copper with a solid, foamy off-white head. The nose is sweet and caramelly. A little tang to the palate. Mild fruits, bread, caramel malts and just a smudge of heat from the alcohol. Medium body, with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry and sticky. Very drinkable dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 18:09:56 | More by nerdrocker101
Photo of nhindian


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Split with russwbeck.

A - Pours a murky brown color with a big, active head on it. Don't have to struggle at all to get at least 2 fingers of frothy, cream-colored head. Retention is moderate and lacing is speckled and not very generous.

S - This beer really isn't shy with its raisins, that's for sure. Overall this is a very fruit-heavy nose, with raisins, grapes, plums, and a good amount of Belgian candi sugar. It also has a good amount of alcohol heat as well.

T - As in the smell, the grapes and raisins reign supreme here, with a heavy amount of sugar and sweetness as well. There's also a surprisingly strong malt presence here. If the nose gave any indication of alcohol, the taste is noticeably absent.

M - Moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Feels good in the palate and leaves a residual sweetness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It's an easy-drinking beer, but the flavors are unfortunately kind of bland. An okay representation of the style but too malty for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:53:27 | More by nhindian
Photo of jeffmart22


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber with one finger head that does it's best to linger around. Lacing in the glass is moderate.

A - Malty sweetness. Some dark fruits like raisin and prune come through. It also has some funk from the yeast strain used. Slightly tart. No hop aromas.

T - The raisin and prune sweetness are up front in this one. This is a malt bomb. No hop bitterness whatsoever. Finishes with a slight funky and sweet taste.

M - Medium in body. Moderate in carbonation and flavor duration.

O - Nice dubbel, but not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 17:37:27 | More by jeffmart22
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rose copper with almost no head.

Smells like grape juice and a bit of pomegranate. There is also a faint cedar note in the nose possibly from the yeast and malt. Nose is not very potent overall, though some pleasing notes are there.

Medium dark flavor. I do not get any sweetness, there is some bit of character from the raisins but it is dry. Darker toasted malt comes out far more strongly that the raisin character. Imagine a brandy with a splash of bourbon.

Semi dry feel, medium tingle, and a faint tannin like that of a red wine but much more subdued.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:20:57 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger-high beige head that died down but left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface and a patch of bubbles in the middle of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of wood along with notes of caramel and hints of spices. As it warms up, the wood somewhat dissipates and replaced with aromas of dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, woody flavors stand out in the taste, which also has some complexity with notes of caramel and raisins. Spices are evident in the finish. Fruity flavors become more apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish,
O: This beer is a little too woody for my taste and could use more sugar and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 15:16:14 | More by metter98
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the sweetest Belgium beers I ever had, on tap at Solena Beach. I declined a bottle purchase. It is amber red with lots of lace, very fresh. Fresh yeast aroma. WIll it get less candy after ageing? That would help. Good body, but only sweetness dominates and it’s cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2007 20:01:00 | More by Sammy
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a 750 ml. Corked and caged bomber, and looked brownish orange in color when poured. The head atop it was beige, a little shy of two finger thick, and craggy. The smell was lighter than I was expecting, with a floral and soured fruit profile. The taste was sweet and rummy, and not quite as dry as the true Belgian examples I've sampled before. The carbonation was prickly in the mouth as result of the thinner than normal body, and the alcohol was also quite evident. Despite some of these flaws making this a little abnormal for the style, I found it was an overall enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 02:17:02 | More by rajendra82
Photo of froghop


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy burgundy with a thin beige head, and not much lacing.

smell of dark pitted fruits, raisins, prunes, some sour malt, a touch of citrus, some spice, and pepper.

taste is tangy, a little thin, nutty, malt, raisins, prunes, spice, and some cocoa.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 21:28:34 | More by froghop
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