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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

655 Ratings

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of DoShek


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy, deep amber (like resin), alive with carbonation, poured with a thick two fingers of head that subsided within a couple of minutes to a thin layer

Smell - malty and sweet, red fruits, faint raisins

Taste - mild smokiness, very little bitterness from the hops, nondescript fruit/raisins, bit of alcohol coming through, reminds me of Ukrainian kvass

Mouthfeel - thick & smooth, velvety

Drinkability - couldn't have more than one or maybe two in a sitting, this one is a slow sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 08:44:33 | More by DoShek
Photo of hopdog


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

***Luckily I went outside to open this one out as it was a little bit of a gusher.***

Poured a deeper mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, raisin bread, bananas, light chocolate, figs, some spices, and caramel. Tastes of yeast, dark fruits, light spices, chocolate, and light bananas. Alcohol content well hidden. Lively body.

Notes from 9/18/08

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 01:30:55 | More by hopdog
Photo of warmstorage


3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:26:22 | More by warmstorage
Photo of sholland119


4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a murky amber-brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Candi sugar, brown sugar, raisins and a whiff of spice (anise, clove, maybe coriander too).

T-Probably my favorite dubbel ever. Sweet and complex, with the expected candi sugar mixing with a nice brown sugar flavor, raisins and plums with some nice spicing.

M-Rich and a bit creamy and a bit thick on the tongue.

D-An easy drinker, satisfying but not too heavy on ABV to finish the bomber myself.


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 15:40:26 | More by sholland119
Photo of ccrida


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey goblet, Lost & Found is a clear, dark orange amber with a fizzy tan head that immediately recedes to a bubbly collar, just like cola down to the hissing noise as it dissipates. The second and third pours were consecutively darker and yeasty.

Smell is sweet and right, caramelized sugar, alcohol.

Taste is sweet and sugary, fruity esters, not much spice. Clean, nice bit of rumminess, raisin aftertaste, a touch nutty (walnuts and almonds). A very tasty belgian, if more BSDA then dubbel, it kept growing on me, and I really loved it. Really clean.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker, sticky side, but good digestibility.

Drinkability is okay, a pretty good dubbel, a bit sugary for the style, but it suits my taste nicely, great esters and well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 03:52:23 | More by ccrida
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rusty amber pour with a big creamy head that seems to remain forever. Light, refreshing scents of sweet fruits, slightly dark. Some raisin and fig of course with a brown and candy sugar presence. Caramel and a light spice also apparent. Flavor is very rich when compared to the nose. Much more full than expected. Big and malty with the fruits and lots of caramel and brown sugar. Also some chocolate. Light yeast and spice with a slight alcohol burn as well. Creamy, full mouth with a spicy finish and a touch of alcohol again. Decent drinkability. Seems like an after dinner drink to me. Nothing spectacular here.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 07:33:35 | More by ncvbc
Photo of treyrab


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

Glad to find this one last night...split it with jac5084 into two glasses...

A: Dark raisin brown and semi-hazy. It pours with some viscosity to it, and with almost no head. It is rather carbonated though, as you can see the rapid bubbles flowing up...

S: A rather light smell, but you can definitely decipher some clear scents. Dark fruits are at the forefront with plums, raisins, and figs. Belgian yeast and spices follow with some pepper also.

T: The taste is very good for a dubbel. A tad light with similar flavors as the scent. A lot of dark fruits, particularly dark raisins, and a nice yeast flavor. Some mild hops can be noticed on the finish.

Overall, this is a great example of the style. Tons of flavor and another great beer by Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 20:29:12 | More by treyrab
Photo of cjgator3


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged bottle poured into a large chalice glass. Pours a dark brown color with a head that quickly turns into a thin lace, and ultimately fading completely away within a few minutes.

S- The aroma is exceptionally complex and aromatic. There is a lot of dark candied fruits evident in the nose (plum, fig, raisin) along with bananas, cocoa, spices and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is very complex with a lot of different flavors. The taste starts off pretty malty with some spices quickly making their presence felt. Flavors of rum soaked fruits make up the warming finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Another solid beer from Lost Abbey. I am a huge fan of beers this style, and this is a fantastic domestic version of the dubbel style. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:54:20 | More by cjgator3
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby orange color with almost no head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of candi sugar, dark fruits, some biscuity malts, bananas, and yeast.

Taste of candi sugar and biscuity malts start along with some bananas and cherries. A hint of alcohol warms the beer while some more malts reduce the sweetness. Finishes somewhat dry with malts and some yeast with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, but a little lighter than I like from the style.

A very enjoyable Dubbel, and I will certainly pick it up again when Lost Abbey hits Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 00:15:11 | More by paco1029384756
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2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 15:37:23 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of TexIndy


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 dsa7783

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped corked and caged from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a ruby-red, mahogany brown hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Dehydrated fruits, rich malts evident in the nose...
Taste: Fantastic, true-to-the-style, excellent American depiction of an authentic Belgian style, repelte with figs, prunes, raisins, dates, and rich malts...
Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Excellent depiction of the genre... One of the best Dubbels' I've sampled, period...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 18:18:47 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Domingo


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the Dubbel. One of the most underrated styles because too many people seem to have the "more = better" mentality and they jump on the Strong Abbey/Quad bandwagon.
This one pours a medium brown color with a little bit of head, but not all that much. Most of the yeast had settled so while this is dark, it's not that murky.
The essence of this brew is candy sugar, rum, figs, cocoa, a hint of brandy, peppery Belgian yeast, and a little bit of dried stonefruit. Even though it was brewed with raisins, I believe that flavor translated into a fig flavor...which I have no issue with.
There's not much heat, so it's definitely an easy drinking beer in spite of it being over 7% abv.
I like this beer and I enjoy the style. Plus, it's priced a bit lower than most imports and the quality is comparable.
I look forward to trying more brews from Port/Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 14:50:13 | More by Domingo
Photo of BWH3


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: An magnificent color and clarity. Rich brown with ruby undertones. Minimal taupe head fizzles out quickly. Lack of head and poor retention are the reasons for deductions.

S: This one gets the perfect mark for 2 reasons. First, the raisin scent is big, fresh and unmistakably the essence of the dubbel. Second, the complexity is there as well. Some spicy phenols as well as a caramel sweetness add character. It might only be a 4.5 because the complexity is not that impressive but the freshness of the fresh scent of raisins is so beautiful I had to hand out the perfect score.

T: Malty sweet flavor and raisin hints followed by earthy noble hops that ends in mineral bitterness with a touch of spice. Not nearly as complex or bold as the flavor. Additionally, not the depth and richness of the best dubbels.

M: Too thin, not enough head retention. No alcohol flavors. Good carbonation.

D: Not the best dubbel, but boy that aroma.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 23:25:04 | More by BWH3
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker than I was expecting with a reddish hue to it. Smell is dark fruits, but to my pleasant surprise there was a bit of sourness to it. This has a huge mouthfeel and is very pleasant. There are plenty of juicy, dark fruits in this offering. This may be my favorite Lost Abbey beer to date. You never notice the ABV. The complexity in this beer is very nice and everything works wonderul together. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 23:11:31 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of brewcrew76


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy brown, chestnut with a thin bubbly cola like head.

S - Raisins, plums, dark cherries, some malt sweetness, toasted bread and a touch of spicy belgian yeast.

T - Earthy with bready malts, slightly nutty, raisins and plums with a touch of spicy yeast.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation.

D - A decent dubbel but I was expecting a little more. Not as complex as some of the better ones on the market and slightly bland and boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:54:37 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of bensiff


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

The cork came off the bottle with hardly a pop. Poured into St. Bernardus glassware a deep mahogany with a short lived tan head. There is not enough carbonation for my liking of the style and for that it lost some points in both the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel categories.

Strangely I'm picking up a slight smoky aroma like alder smoke from a neighbors smoker. Dominating the nose is a yeasty leather, raisin, a deep cherry, and an alcoholic tickle intermixing with a tartness.

Taste is excellent without surprise as all the smells turn into flavor. The tartness stands out and leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel seems a little too full bodied for the style. Possibly higher carbonation or more attenuation in the fermentation would lighten the body. However, it is not obnoxiously full bodied or cloying making it still very tolerable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer demonstrating that Americans are coming into their own, capable of brewing a superior Belgian while hinting at possibilities of the US turning the style into its own as it has with so many other styles.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 03:01:24 | More by bensiff
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few too many hop bombs lately, I've decided to go back to a style that has long been a favorite, Belgian dubbel.

This is my first of the Lost Abbey's beers and I'm happy to have them in Colorado. I secretly hope this encourages New Belgium to go back to their roots and make some great belgian style ales. Maybe even re-release Abbey Gran Cru?! On to the review...

The bottle is beautiful for starters. It has a stunning label, a black wire cage over real cork, and a metal cap with the brewery's logo. It pops quietly and pours slowly into the center of a tulip glass with almost no head. It is dark walnut brown with a faint hint of redness and good clarity.

Aromas are subtle but very pleasant. Mainly fruits and some spice.

Flavor is excellent with all the telltale signs of a great dubbel - raisins, figs, plums, apples, spices, and nuts. It's very enjoyable and complex. Luckily, Lost Abbey does not display the common attribute of American versions being overpowered. The great thing about Belgian styles is that they have many flavors that all get along together without shouting over one another.

Mouthfeel is great, nice and smooth, and I'm glad it isn't too carbonated the way Belgians often are.

Drinkability is very good as well and if it were lower in alcohol, I could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 01:33:06 | More by GilGarp
Photo of waltonc


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying this from a bottle after previously having it on tap at Toronado.

Appearance: Out of the bottle, it's a copper/ruby color. No haze. On tap, in early-mid August, this had a disgusting murk that looked more like chocolate milk or fetid swamp water than beer. So gross looking that, despite the fact it tasted fine, I could not drink it. My appearance rating in this review therefore applies only to the bottle.

Smell and taste: Bananas, spice, candi sugar. Nice sweetness with a pleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is medium, and the mouthfeel is medium to thick, which complements the taste very well.

I'm glad I tried the bottle, which more than made up for the disgusting tap experience. Not sure why all that sediment was in that one. I would have taken it back, but the Toronado bartenders are so surly they probably would have kicked me out of the bar for complaining.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 02:27:13 | More by waltonc
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this before out of the bottle. This time I'm reviewing it on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours a murky brown with no real head but some spotty lacing. The aroma is light, but there is some earthiness and a touch of chocolate. The taste is rich and chocolaty with typical Belgian yeast flavors of clove, herbal flavors, pear, and banana. The mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated. Extremely easy to drink. Doesn't come as well as in the bottle as far as appearance or aroma goes, but perhaps superior in smoothness and flavor on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 01:37:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debby

Thanks to Beechwood for scoring a keg of this great dubbel!

A- Brown/plummy color with a thin disc covering of off white head.
S- dark fruit, bready yeast, brown sugar
T- tasted like it smelled, in great proportions.
M- smooth, medium to full body
D- Very drinkable. I normally nurse Belgian styles, but this was going down quite easy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 07:40:08 | More by opwog
Photo of Phocion


4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased just before Christmas last year, split between my roommate and I in two tulips. Pours a very dark ruby color with a thick, resilient, and frothy light brown head that resembles root beer more than beer beer.

One sniff and the word that comes to mind is "whoa." Very yeasty, hints of banana, cinnamon, caramel/toffee, dark fruits (fig, raisin, etc.), brown sugar, and bready malts -- amazing. My decision to stop smoking a week ago already seems to be paying off!

Spicy and sour, just the way a good Belgian should be. Fairly strong alcohol flavor for the ABV, but not overpowering or displeasing.

Smooth as silk and a very satisfying body and level of carbonation. Easily drinkable and an amazing beer, easily one of, if not the best Belgian-style beers in America. In fact, it could possibly be that the capital of Belgium is located not in Flanders, but North County SD.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:31:53 | More by Phocion
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle with the Capone's sticker still on it.

A: Deep burgundy color, the ale has brighter red hues that emerge when held to light. A finger of head quickly receded to a billowy thin foam atop the beer.

S: The aroma is rasins and dark candi sugar. A touch of sour cherry and molasses liven up the nose. The yeast is distinctive with dry fruitiness and the overall spiciness is reminiscent of a quadrupel.

T: The taste is full, thick with spices, yeast and sugar. Dry raisins and dark sugars set the stage, very drying with a dark alefruit finish. As the initial fullness fades, the taste drops off a tad. The ale becomes much more delicious as it warms, releasing a fuller flavor that intensifies the raisin and fig flavors. This turned out to be a nice digestif.

M: The ale is an adventurous dubbel that expands beyond the normal candi sugar offering. I was skeptical at first but really came around as the glass warmed. A full-bodied treat.

D: Pangs of regret filled me when the bottle was emptied. Luckily this one is easier to find that a lot of the Lost Abbey's offerings. A good dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 15:28:31 | More by akorsak
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy amber with dark yellow around the corners of the glass. The head rose out of the beer kind of like soda pop head does, with medium sized bubbles that are white and fizzy as all get out. This left a considerable level of lacing on the glass

S- Chocolate, rum raisen and toast.

T- Sweet, with plenty of malt. Boy oh boy does this beer touch on malt. Not in a bad way but i feel they could have smoothed it over with a little bit more of a hop presence. I got dark cherries, chocolate, and burbon in the mouth. There is a nice amount of carbonation that left a little quickly but in the end, laced pretty nicely so you can sniff and drink at the same time. mm mmm.

M- Medium bodied until you swish it around, then it gets chunky!

D- This a nice beer and I recommend it to someone who has never tasted a beer that has been brewed with raisens in it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 05:59:11 | More by slayer3604
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mahogany color, average sized tan head fades into a 1/4" layer on top of the beer, a few stray spots of sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of raisins, brown bread, some sweet molasses. Taste is very rich malt, sweet/dark fruits, brown sugar, and just a nice hint of alcohol. Medium-bodied, relatively fizzy carbonation, some nice lingering spice. This is tasty...nothing too overwhelming, and this would pair really nicely with food.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:42:45 | More by corey0212
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