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Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
88
very good

730 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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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 Jazzcrop
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable, but I really think that Tomme and co. should just stick to Belgian-style beers and sours, because he hasn't pulled off a German-style beer that I've actually liked, nor do I think he's all that interested in the outcome, anyway. Pours rubyish calico brown without too much foam. I get figs, licorice, faint wood and cinnamon on both the smell and tastes. Alright. More of a spiced brown if you ask me.

Photo of CMW
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cork exploded out of the bottle like champagne. Pours a dark ruby color with a massive off-white head.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, figs, spices, alcohol.

T - Full of malt but less sweet than I thought. Dark fruits are definitely present but less pronounced than in the nose. While I picked up alcohol in the aroma, very little flows over to the taste.

M - A little lighter than expected but will still robust enough.

D - Drinkability is good but not great. I really enjoyed this beer but would like to space them out between servings.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Dark brownish red; when held up to the light it gives a slight amber color to it on the edges. 2 fingers worth of head that had very good retention. Fair amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruits dominate the nose, especially raisin and figs. It has hints of spice and yeast. Slightly sweet with some alcohol present as well.

T: Following the nose, dried fruits again dominate the taste. Raisins, and figs again (this is after all brewed with raisins.) Small hints of chocolate. Yeast and a malty sweetness are also there. Has sort of a wheaty after taste to it.

M: Mouth feel is pretty darn good. The only real way I can describe it is silky and smooth. Soft on the carbonation with a very clean finish.

D: Very good tasting beer that is sucking me into the world of Belgian beers. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of nerdrocker101
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Naugros
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is dark garnet to plum in color with a nice measure of off-white head, but the head is short-lived despite the obvious high-level of carbonation.

It smells like port...a nice, sweet one...not one of the nicer, drier ones. Dark fruits abound (big surprise considering it's brewed with raisins) and the liquor is not masked in the smell at all.

Not as strongly flavored as the smell would suggest, actually kind of weak and watery for the style. I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it tastes really nice but there's just enough of it. I wanted more of the port that I smelled to come through and for this beer to be bolder. You can taste the raisins and the malts riding shot-gun. Any hops are mostly undetectable.

The mouthfeel is too thin for the style yet it gets marks for a nice clean finish and good masking of the alcohol. It's much more drinkable than the smell would lead you to believe.

I may have given this higher marks if it had delivered on the promise the smell makes...or it could have been just like it smells and I could have panned it for not tasting like beer. I'm never happy.

Photo of impending
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
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

Photo of JAXSON
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown pour with little head, spritzy bubbles, almost coke-like. At first, this seemed like some kind of bock, it was really malty and smoky, lacked the spiciness I expected. Grew on me as the glass wore thin. Solid, just heavy on the malt and had a kind of smoked, toasted character. Fruits like figs, dates, and bananas shined throughout. Had the feel been thicker it would have been very nice.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with some ruby hints as well. There is a nice .25 inch head that is quite thin and recedes quickly.

S - Slight sweet malt with some caramel and brown sugar hints. There are some nice raisin hints as well as some plums fruits. The aroma is a bit mild though. Slight phenols are also felt but not as much as other belgians. There are some nice spice hints especially vanilla and some nice clove as well.

T - Starts with some nice toasty malt flavors. There is some good caramel and toffee like flavors. There are some raisins a plenty and with some slight sourdough bread hints. The malt base of this beer as nice and roasted with some coffee hints. Some syrupy hints are present and the booze is there but almost hidden completely. There is some nice tartness in the middle and towards the end and a nice dry finish with some slight bitterness. Not too much hop character though.

M & D - Nice in fluffy, well carbonated and very complex beer. Very drinkable and delicious. Overall its not my favorite of the style but still a solid brew.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Poures a reddish brown (Dare I say rust?) color, with a two finger tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing with this one...

S - Raisins, and various other dark fruits. Maybe a hint of caramel or brown sugar...

T - Raisins are the most prominent taste, but there is much more going on in this one. Plums, and apricot come through followed with a bitter hop finish. Nice contrast between sweet and bitter. This one is tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation...

D - Probably won't be at the top of my rotation, but definitely something I would recommend. All in all, a very solid dubbel...

Cheers...

Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Smells just like raisins, with a bit of molasses, but not too much. You can tell this is going to be a malty beer.
S: Pours a deep brown with a foamy beige head that doesn't disappear.
T: Big and malty with a nice raisin finish. No trace of alcohol, which is surprising once I saw that it is 8% abv.
M: Very well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: For what it is, it's pretty drinkable. Not overpowering in sweetness, but it hides the alcohol quite well. The best Lost Abbey beer I've tried to date!

Photo of JRed
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red/almost brown in color with bubbly off-white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma of dark fruit, syrup, spices, cloves, and burnt sugar. Flavors of spices, dark fruit, slight hops, sugars, molasses, apples dipped in alcohol, raisins, and prunes. Light in body with mild carbonation. A pleasant slow sipper to be savored.

Photo of tedsox31
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from last December ('09): Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip glass. The color is a rust-brown, with an off-white head that minimizes to a smaller size.

The smell is quite nice, with a lot of dark fruits, mainly raisins and figs, along with some very spicy notes such as clove or perhaps allspice, and presumably from the yeast.

The taste is similar to the aroma, although more complex. The raisins predominate in the front, followed by the spicy notes very closely after. As it warms there is a slight bitterness, probably from hops, although I do not detect much other than that there is a bitterness.

The mouthfeel is chewy with a lower carbonation than the head would suggest. A sweetness lingers on my palate after I swallow.

This is a complex and tasty brew. The sweetness from the raisins and darker malts was not overpowering, but contributed a lot to the overall character of the beer. A great sipper by the fire.

Photo of Bajasith
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Poured a nice auburn color into a tulip glass with a nice earth yellow frothy head... medium cabonation.
- Dried figs dominates the olfaction along with mature raisins as the 8%abv highten the aroma.
- True to its style, creamy and spicy, yeasts swirl in my palate as the alcohol warms leaving a fruity blend at the end...
- I would say a very drinkable dubbel enjoyed with a mild dessert as the sweetness will combine very well... enjoy

Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with orange highlights with a thin head that left very little sticky lacing on the glass. The nose consisted of slight belgian yeast notes figs, raisins, slight spice and brown sugar with some underlying booze notes. There also seems to be faint chocolate and coffee notes. Upfront the dark fruits and candy sugar strike first on the palate with chocolate, slight coffee, and malty accents which also had a little booze on the back end. The brew was medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky and slight boozy finish. It drank quite well but wasn't as potent on the flavor as I thought it would be for a dubbel. It also seemed to be a little thin for the style as well. I honestly think the bottle version is better IMO.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

From their website: "As part of our commitment to interesting brewing endeavors, Chef Vince created a special raisin puree for this beer." Also along for the ride: Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate Malts, German Magnum and German Tettnang hops, dextrose and a proprietary yeast strain. Interesting.

Deep brown, nearly opaque with some ruddy hues and a very creamy tan-colored lace. Aroma is soft with smells of ripe fruity esters, granola, fresh grist and hints of spice and figs. Silky-smooth and creamy on the palate, round and near full with a chewy malt consistency--mouthfeel is pure bliss. Complex base of figs, chocolate cake, raisins, ripe bananas, toffee, malted milk, sweet coffee and fresh rustic brown bread. No hop bitterness, but there's some green apple in the middle to help offset the malty sweetness. Warming and building alcohol brings a touch of pepper with it. Herbal and tea-like, with a lingering Grape Nuts flavor toward the drying finish that's a bit chalky with a "wheaty" husk edge.

An interesting twist inspired by a traditional style results in a kick-ass beer. We dig it. Extremely complex and immensely enjoyable. This beer would be an excellent candidate for a cigar pairing.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely tight cork finally releases a bit of a gusher - the tan head from the first pour also leaks over the top rim of the glass. This foam is tight and smooth, leaving thick sheets of initial lace which dwindle to very little. Red-brown in color, a little hazy.

Nose is musty, sweet crystal malt is prominent, with undercurrents of currant and fig. Slightly spicy and a little tart.

I get caramel, toffee, and a little chocolate roast from the malts initially. Alcohol lends a slightly rummy feel: slick, oaky, candi sugar, tobacco, pepper and clove. Slightly vanillin. Medium body on this one, maybe a little thin, finish is sweet and smooth.

Lost and Found is a nice rendition of the style, but maybe a little light overall. Pretty easy sipper for the style, as it doesn't get so "dark fruit sweet" and sticky.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always love getting stuff from Lost Abbey. This was an awesome extra from StormKing47. Scratch this one off my wants.

A- Cloudy, muddy brown/red/purple. A small off white head that fades pretty quickly. Only a little bit of lacing. This sorta looks thin for a dubbel.

S- Pretty strong smell. Raisins galore. Also lots of fig. I feel like its missing more rich, candied fruits. There is also chocolate and faint hints of coffee.

T- Much more of a subdued taste than many other Dubbles Ive had. Again, its not hitting that level of fruits and berries that I expected. Its mostly all raisin and chocolate. Some floral hops come around towards the end.

M- Some what dry from time to time. Low, soft carbonation. The body isnt quite full. It has a really clean finish for the style.

D- This is a quite tame Dubbel. An easy one to get started on abbey ales with.

Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of WOTO97
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this as a tribute to Lost Abbey after hearing about the cease and desist in their tasting room. I purchased this 750mL after sampling it on draft in the tasting room during a visit in 2009.

Served in a Lost Abbey goblet.

A: pours dark brown with ruby hints, clear. Very good foam and retention, helped by the shape of the glass.

S: Hints of raisins, plums, and figs, a little bit of spice that is similar to noble hops.

T: dark fruit complexity, primarily raisins and figs, with some malt flavor but dominated by the dark fruit. Finishes with an interesting hop bitterness not typical of the style but adds a nice complexity. As the beer warms, the raisin flavor becomes more predominant.

M: good carbonation, gives beer a light feel. Not watery, seems to be right balance of sweetness and bitterness and perception of dryness at the end with the hop bitterness.

D: A very easy-drinking 750mL. Could drink plenty of this and enjoy.

Photo of hoplover82
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep marroon with a very small white head that fades way too fast and leaves very little almost no lacing.

Aroma of caramel and cloves come to mind but it seems a little bland.

And the flavor is really good but not really according to style. Lots chocolate flavor and some burnt caramel. Some slight raisin as well in the flavor.

Very silky and low in carbination and a bit cloying.

It goes down well though. Glad I tried it.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, red/brown in color, some sediment

Smell: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Taste: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Mouthfeel: nice mix of bitter and sweet--more of a mix than other beers I have had in this style. Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Complex for the style and it took me a bit of time to warm up to this beer. It is different from other dubbels I have had. I like the raisin and bread combination. Not sure if I would rush to get this as much as other Lost Abbey beers, but would not pass it over.

Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery, almost penny-color, with a big head, that lingers for quite a while. Aromas of Belgian spices, raisins, figs and brown sugar. Nicely carbonated, which contributes nicely to its drinkability. Fairly sweet, with caramel and brown sugar initially, and spices and a hit of drying alcohol heat on the back end.

Photo of bcastine
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.