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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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730 Ratings

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 96 | 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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and woody, fruity and zingy ale. Light body with a malty sweetness. Lots of dark fruit flavor, hint of prunes. Tangy acidity but not really sour. Amber brown in the tulip glass. Not much aroma but some roasted malt flavors. Quite woody on the tongue. Not as malty and rich as some other Dubbels but an interesting take on the style. Nutty flavor with some bitterness.

On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent, dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, malty scent that boasts of raisins and figs along with roasted and crystal malts. It's sweet and fruity with a warm alcohol feel; very nice. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that's sweet and full of crystal malts as well as a bit of roasted malts. The yeast provides a wonderful palate of raisins and figs. It's fruity yet mellowing and well received with the malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice beer. It's well balanced and highly drinkabe; an excellent dubbel.

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color; quite cloudy; excellent head with some staying power. Surprisingly little lace.

Sweet cherry smell; strong alcohol warmth in the aroma; slight yeast and spiciness.

Strong spicy flavors up front, almost gingery; the flavor settles into nice brown malts (I'm thinking dark crystal and some chocolate malt). Strong alcohol oiliness which is surprising given the content. Good body with very high carbonation.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.


Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium brown with tan head into a chalice. Aroma is dark fruit with maybe a touch of alcohol. Flavor is similar with lots of dark fruit, a little malt and sweetness, plus a little alcohol warming. As it warmed, I got a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable dubbel that lived up to the hype.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromatic notes of rum soaked raisins, prunes and figs sweetly waft to my nose as I pour this brew. It is well carbonated and forms a frothy, initially four-finger thick, amber tan colored head. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber plum color as I pour it into my tulip glass, otherwise it sits an opaque, plum tinted, dark amber color. When I dig more into the aroma I get a vibrant fruity note that is made up of a combination of plums, apples and of course the prior mentioned concentrated, dark fruit notes. There is a nice malty layer in the nose as well that makes me think of notes of caramel, sweet breads and a hint of brown sugar. There is something like a low, underlying tartness here as well; the combination of tartness and fruitiness reminds me of tamarind.

The taste is sweet up front, yet it is quickly balanced by a spicy finish. There is a certain full mouthfeel here that coats the palate a bit. There are lots of flavors that definitely linger in the mouth. I get spicy notes of pepper, clove and ginger as well as a zippy carbonation which helps the spice notes to linger on in the tongue. Rum and fruit notes provide a sweetness & and a satiating heft to this brew; this is definitely working as an after dinner treat right now. The mix of alcohol and dark fruity notes remind me of a rich, dark, candied fruit laden and Rum soaked cake that has a spicy side to it. A touch of chalkiness is also here and it almost makes me thing that this has a certain musty quality, though not quite.

This is really quite tasty. It is much richer, in many ways, than I was expecting. It does not have the dryness that one would expect from a typical Belgian, but it is far from cloying (like many American interpretations). This is a great beer for the colder months, even here in Arizona. I am really enjoying this brew; it is one of those beers whose parts (which are quite good already) combine to create a whole that is better than any of the individual components.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a amber brown color with a 1" head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: malt and sugary sweetness, some fruits, and a hint of yeast.

Taste: nice malt base with prunes, raisins, brown sugar, pepper, yeast, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mild but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long and the raisins really come through late.

Overall: a nice Belgian style ale that has a nice balanced flavor. Somewhat refreshing from the crispness. Slow sipping.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours from the tap a dark amber, almost red, with virtually no head, kind of dissapointing.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, and molasses, and some dark malts.

T: The taste is very good, this is a very good abbey-style ale. Dark fruits abound, with a luscious raisin and plum flavour medley that is just divine. Dark malts as well, some toasty and biscuit flavour, but the estery and fruit flavours rule the show in this beer.

M: Smooth, kind of light for a dubbel, creamy, medium-bodied.

D: Another tasty, good beer from Lost Abbey, another great Belgian-style beer from these West Coast producers, very easy to drink, for an alcoholic Belgian brew.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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