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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

661 Ratings

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 61
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, spice, and yeast. Taste is much the same along with a slight banana flavor. There is a nice spice finish after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 02:39:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-14-2011 12:45:19 | More by djrn2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth".

--Ludwig Borne

Terra cotta with a generous blush of cherry tomato red when backlit with the fading light of an overcast afternoon. The golden beige crown is not large and has a soft, unsticky texture. It melts way too quickly and doesn't leave much lace. What was Lost in the appearance...

... has been Found in the nose. Despite a lack of visible carbonation, the aroma is terrific. It's authentically Belgian dubbel-like and is a nostril pleaser of the highest order. The dark crystal malt, the dark fruit and especially the spiciness are reminiscent of a BSDA.

It's a damn shame when a potentially great offering is a casualty of botched carbonation. Casualty is probably overstating the case, but it's obvious that a perfectly bubbled Lost & Found Abbey Ale would have been a much better Lost & Found Abbey Ale. This is one of the few American breweries whose offerings taste authentically Belgian. At least more often than not.

The flavor profile is right on the money for a dubbel, it's just that the mouthfeel cuts it off at the knees before it can settle in and get comfortable. Chocolate-covered English toffee leads the way. Also present are dark rum, ripe figs, raisin paste (literally), sweetened pipe tobacco, a hefty dash of ground clove and a dash of black pepper.

Sweetness and spiciness are roughly equivalent, with bitterness and tanginess bringing up the rear. Alcohol isn't quite buried without a trace. Nor should it be.

In the final reckoning, the mouthfeel isn't as bad as first feared. I would much rather drink a borderline flat dubbel (which is what this one is at the moment) than an incredibly fizzy one. Regarding specifics: light-medium with very little lift and no creaminess whatsoever.

I'm a huge fan of Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey and am not about to hold a less than optimally carbonated beer against them. Rest assured that I will locate another Lost & Found Abbey Ale one of these days and will, no doubt, increase the scores to their rightful places soon thereafter.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 21:33:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with garnet highlights and a frothy head that doesn't quit but failed to lace the chalice as much as I anticipated

Smell: Butter toffee, pecans, banana, clove, figs and rum-soaked raisins

Taste: Starts with a fruity toffee and pecan element that grows in a burnt sugar, raisin and spice cake direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, fig and other dark fruits appear to complement the raisin, spice cake and nut flavors; this is a little strange, but the beer reminds me of German Chocolate Cake

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best, if not the best, American dubbels, a very nice beer that is just a tad too sweet to be as drinkable as I would like

Thanks, ppoitras, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 23:23:17 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2011 03:33:44 | More by nmann08
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

have had a few of these for a while now and just never really got around to trying them, so last night I decided to bust this one out to see what it was all about. Your typical very nice looking Lost Abbey bottle, 750ml with a nice cork and cage. I let this one warm up a little bit after the fridge before pouring into an over sized win glass.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice with a light brown with loads of ruby colored tint emerging before me. Lots of haze and cloudiness to it as well, with a little bit of sedimentation in the bottom after it started to settle. A nice sized two inch high head of tan colored foam then came across the top and settled down to just a nice crown layer which lasted the rest of the session. Some nice web like side glass lace coming down the sides as well. Overall a very solid look for a dubbel.

Smell - The aroma was rich with spices and hints of dark fruit. The first thing I picked up was this nice spicy dubbel like aroma. Hints of raisins and plums, along with dates and figs were all over this one. Really nice profile here, with a touch of grain n the back. Slight bit of alcohol located in it, but nothing distracting at all.

Taste - The flavor was really nice, spot on for the style. A rich toffee like sweetness rolled through first, with a rich spiced back that really got your attention. Once this passed, and especially after it started to warm you were able to pick up the nice dark fruity flavors. Really interesting combo here, with the raisins being very pronounced and the fig and date like flavors coming through more so in the finish then in the front. Still very sweet, but with a nice bitter chocolate like flavor mixed in, very interesting to be honest.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, and a touch lighter then I was expecting for the style. Nice carbonation throughout the session and a good overall feel to it. Smooth and rich with a slightly fuller then medium body.

Drinkability - This was outstanding for a Dubbel, with the alcohol nearly completely hidden from sight, and a rich dark profile that was just fantastic. This was a wonderful sipper that I enjoyed thoroughly throughout the night.

Overall this was a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey. There was a nice touch of dark fruit and a really great light profile. This was just another in a long series of solid brews from Tomme and company. I was again just thought this was wonderful. Definitely one of the best dubbels I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 14:03:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and candi sugar is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with candi sugar and some notes of dry figs and raisins are also noticeable. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought this was well done overall but lacked some complexities to take it to a greater level.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 15:54:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Home run after home run, the Lost Abbey really gets Belgain brewing technique and recipe formulation. None is in better portrayal than this rare high quality American made Dubbel Ale.

Medium toast, nutty, and dry malt flavor rise to the forefront while zesty tartness of red wine (slightly vinous), orange zest, under-rippened berries, apples, and grape contribute much needed complexity but to support the malt sweetness and not to compete with them. Early sweetness evaporates into dryness then leaving the impression of malt and fruit flavor but without the associated sweetness. A whimsical delight that finishes with the mild peppery bite of alcohol and black peppercorn. It certainly rivals authentic Belgain-brewed varieties such as Grimbergen Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 18:04:12 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

05-09-2012 01:04:45 | More by acurtis
Photo of womencantsail


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, burgundy in color, with about one finger of white foam.

S: Tons of dark fruit: figs, plums, and raisins. A slight yeasty quality is present as well.

T: Very similar to the nose. A pleasant sweetness which is complimented nicely by a bit of tartness. There is also a very nice (subtle) spice character to this beer.

M: Has the typical abbey ale mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and body.

D: Delicious beer, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 22:54:55 | More by womencantsail
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-03-2012 13:44:00 | More by kjkinsey
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled on: 11/23/10 (I think that's right, I smudged the date while fighting with the cork).

Appearance: Pours a dark, ruddy-hued body with a tall, foaming head stand, light beige in color.

Smell: Some sweetish notes of dark brown sugar, dark syrup, and a bit of caramel (though upon warming, some cocoa-ish hints awaken). Fruity, slightly boozy, though not caustic hints wrapped up in a spicy herbaceousness like a squirt of Angostura bitters.

Taste: Dark brown sugar-topped toast, with a yeasty, doughy tone about it. Robustly fruity accents of pulverized raisins and varied stone fruits dipped in brandy. Small dash of bitter herbs. A few drops of creme caramel for some late-breaking sweetness, maybe even some slight chocolate as it warms. Low bitterness at best. Smoked cloves, maybe a pinch of black pepper provides some enduring zing. Stays a bit sweet at the end, but, then it manages to close out near-dry and warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a tasty dubbel that, thankfully, doesn't hit hard with any cloying sweetness or enamel-dissolving ethanol bursts. Sadly, I haven't had it since that very first Saints club shipment all those many long years ago.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:20:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-10-2012 14:23:53 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-27-2011 17:51:45 | More by spycow
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3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:38:35 | More by Knapp85
Photo of zeff80


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a small, tan head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries. Also, sugary sweet notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and raisin. The sour cherry flavor was there with a subtle spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very nice dubbel. Very unique flavor combinations.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 19:03:17 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-15-2011 02:16:04 | More by JAHMUR
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-14-2011 18:07:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a thin creme head that falls to nothing pretty fast. Nice sugary and spicy nose. I really do wish I knew my spices better because I feel like I should be able to pinpoint this somehow. Flavor is smoothly sweet, though a tad of tang is there. Spices are clearly evident, but don't overpower. It's got some nice character to it. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is decent. This is a pretty easy drinker. There is some good character on it and it's definitely not boring. Mind blowing? No. Nice to drink? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 06:23:15 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky garnet hue, small ring of beige foam.

Aroma: prunes abound, and figs, some cocoa, raisins,...deep, ethereal, lovely. Yeast at play with musty malt.

A blitz of fruit and fuzz on the tongue. Floods every inch of the mouth with juicy dark fruit, and roasty malt. Bounces and jumps on the palate, spilling deep, gorgeous flavor all over the place.

Hearty, full-bodied, fiercely flavored, somewhat spicy, lush and delicious...but mellow, relaxing, contemplative...makes you wind down and wonder about the important things in life.
If I lived where this is sold, it would find it's way in my DBF with regularity.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 04:55:02 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from either Bitterbill or unholy2, either way, cheers!

Pours an effervescent orange/chestnut with 1 finger of noisy sand colored head. Murks a bit as this warms. Near zero, lacing & head retention

S: Vanilla, cherries, raisins, plums, & leafy hops & oakyness. Fades as this warms.

T: Faint caramel, leafy hops, plums, some dark candi sugar & nice dark fruittyness across the board up front. Dryness, a touch of booze, herbal & leafy hops & oaky sourness as this warms. Finishes with brown sugar, warming booze, dryness, & vanilla. This damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a touch of slickness & warming

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, One you could savor all night, if lucky enough to find it in quantity. A good bordering on great Dubbel, nuff said. Would happily drink again

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 05:08:27 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip. Beer is brown and hazy with a decent off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and mild.

Beer is medium in body and quite drinkable. Sweet, mildy fruity, no bitterness, come across a little like a barleywine and less like a dubbel or whatever this is suppose to be. Pretty good, one of the better Lost Abbey, sorry THE Lost Abbey, beers I've had that wasn't barrel whatever-ed. I'd have it again, I believe this was an extra in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 03:35:33 | More by drabmuh
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Prezo, quickly becoming one of my fav beer destinations.

A: Thick 1 finger head that's fluffy. Dark mohogany leather color.

N: Sweet brown sugar malty aroma with some raisins, spices, Belgian malts, some reddish malts.

T: Strong red ale like taste, with Belgian malts, creme brulee, raisins, candied raisins, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol and esters, sweet Belgian malts and candi sugar. Pretty smooth and tasty.

M: Medium thick with decent carbonation.

F: A little alcohol warmth comes through, still pretty sweet though, some bitterness, with a lingering sweet syrupy taste and some alcohol tingle, as well as some candi sugar taste, the roasted flavors also linger.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 21:32:06 | More by jlindros
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