Lost & Found Abbey Ale - The Lost Abbey
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4.33/5 rDev +11%
Corked bottles are for winners. Pours a crystal clear dark copper color. For my second glass I swirled the yeast and it was an opaque muddy brown. Large white head that settles to a bubbly skim.
Smells of nutty yeast spice and sweet grape flavored hard candy. Plums and foxglove flowers.
Tastes like sweet candied plums or sugar coated raisins...whatever, it's sweet, fruity and delicious. Super smooth, mild alcoholic swallow. Intensely flavorful. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth.
03-08-2009 17:21:12 | More by donkeyrunner
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance - Nutty, earthy brown with a very light off-white head. I agree with a previous reviewer that says it looks like cola.
Smell - Slight nuttiness, with some hints of raisins and caramel.
Taste - Raisins and pears jump out, with a smooth caramel malt backing it up. There's a little bit of a woody flavor, and you can taste a bit of the alcohol due to the mouthfeel.
Mouthfeel - Seemingly flat, or very undercarbonated. Its almost syrupy, and detracts from the overall taste of the brew.
Drinkability - Solid, but the lack of carbonation detracts somewhat. If this was carbonated even half as much as a normal Belgian, it would be close to fantastic.
03-05-2009 02:36:56 | More by sevopie
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Ashamed I had this beer in my cellar for almost a year before actually busting it out. Turned out to be wonderful.
I will have to open a fresh one to compare.
Poured into my Westvletern Glass...
A- Nice inch think light tan head. Carbonation seemed in check for this style.
S- Picked up a lot of complexity on the nose. dark sugars, caramel, fig,rasins,chocolate
M/T - Medium body that gives way to a very tasty treat. Didn't want to let the beer leave my mouth and held it there for a few seconds. Some spice coming through... nutmeg?
Though I saw a good amount of carbonation, on the taste it fell a bit flat. But not in a bad way, just not as lively as other Dubbels.
I wish to keep this beer on hand.. it was a crowd pleaser for sure.
02-26-2009 16:22:47 | More by chefnash51
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Third and final beer paired with three course dinner in a sequence of Devotion and Damnation.
Wine glass of the straighter variety. Very nice appearance.
Pronounced currant and raison aroma with taste to match. Matly and sweetness noticeable coming offer lighter profile beers. May not have worked so well paired with my seafood pasta dish but not taking that into account for my rating.
This bottle was at least a year old am I'm not sure if more time would have mellowed and helped the cause. Very nice but seemed to suffer a bit in the drinkability category.
02-22-2009 03:05:21 | More by Yetiman420
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Bottle shared by ajsdad.
Poured dark brown color with medium off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium malty, woody, raisin, yeast aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
02-21-2009 22:34:26 | More by tmoneyba
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
02-21-2009 17:15:21 | More by htomsirveaux
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a dark caramel body with a small tan head that very quickly reduced. Some carbonation rising up to meet what's left of the head. Retention is middle of the road.
Smells of sweet malts with nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon, raisins, and other sweet dark fruits. Pleasing.
Taste is of cinnamon coated raisins backed by the dark fruits, except unlike the aroma, they come through with a bitter quality. Yeast is in the finish, a bit dough-like, but it's missing something. Not bad though, at all.
Medium bodied brew with a slick mouthfeel. Actually feels somewhat flat for the style. Alcohol content pretty much never really shows its face.
A solid brew, my first shot at Lost Abbey. Not really what I was expecting, not a 'knock your socks off' experience, but a solid and enjoyable beer nonetheless.
02-19-2009 14:59:29 | More by TMB0424
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
Found it at Thriftway in Renton, WA.
Fairly carbonated but with little head, pours a solid brown color. No lacing to speak of (the ring of foam just slides smoothly down the glass). Smells musty, slightly sweet, raisins and very slightly smokey.
Tastes thick and malty, some kind of non-citrus sour note that I can't quite recognize. Taste seems to mellow out and open up a little as it breathes and warms.
It's a little too fizzy for me. Quite drinkable, solid beer.
02-17-2009 01:16:09 | More by snaotheus
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a 1 finger deep tan colored head. Head quickly dissipates.
Sweet malty aroma, fruity, brown sugar, raisin, plum, sweet caramel, bread.
Tastes of sweet caramel maltiness, spicy notes, pepper, raisin, fruit, bready malts, yeast.
Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, filling.
A fine American made Belgian style Dubbel. Plenty of other examples I enjoy more. Just didn't seem to come together for me.
02-16-2009 20:42:09 | More by bbothen
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
I have a case of 750ml bottles courtesy of my friend Steve who is just moved to the San Diego area from PA and who probably now gets his mail sent to the Oceanside Pizza Port. Shangy's in Emmaus had this in cases and now I'm lucky to have the better part of a case to consume.
Lost & Found pours with zero head. There is obvious carbonation but it materializes on the sides of the glass, like a Pepsi. A chocolate-like smell can be found if you try, but there is not much of an aroma at all. This is a good thing.
As for mouthfeel, and more importantly, drinkability, it is very good. The 8.0% by volume can't be tasted and you can easily sip, or even consume it more aggressively, without a single wince.
As for it being brewed with rasins, I'm not a big fan of rasins, and luckily they are not strong at all. It tastes like a solid beer, not a beer that has additives in it.
Lost & Found is definitely worth picking up. Even if you are in PA and must get a case, do so as you will not regret it.
02-15-2009 22:14:20 | More by MarcGetty
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
Dark scarlet that turns searingly ablaze when held up to the light. It is a tremendously lush colour, both sensuous and extravagant. Clarity was pristine before the introduction of bottle sediment which wouldn't succeed to entirely tarnish complexion. A nonporous patch of white sand stays embedded over top and leaves ornate signatures as it descends the glass.
All credit owed to brewing a characteristic Belgian abbey dubbel belongs to the yeast. This wouldn't be a proper (nor successful) homage if a well cultured strain of proprietary Belgian yeast wasn't used. Of course, Lost Abbey does use such a thing and it shows. An aroma rampant with spicy phenols and submersed with fruity esters breathes notes of pepper, clove, and rosemary as well as prunes, banana, and dried cherries.
Plenty of the fruit and to a much lesser extent some of the spice-like flavouring carries over into the taste, only now complimented by a delicately soft water and a rich and complex malty sweetness. I taste flavours of toasted whole grain breads, toffee and custard, clove, leafy hops, caramelized sugar, banana, candied cherries, raisins and cooked apple and pear. The carbonation is just right and drinkability seems alarmingly endless.
I worried about the use of a raisin puree for two reasons: one: a good dubbel using the appropriate yeast should need no additional flavouring (especially not fruit!); and secondly: dubbels should be complex, not one-dimensional, I worried the raisin flavour would be too domineering. Thankfully, my fears proved to be unfounded. This is as flavorful, complex, and balanced as anything else I've had within the style.
This dubbel is as rich and inspiring as the beers of Belgium's monasteries to which it pays homage. Tomme Arthur is a tremendously profound brewer. It's almost ironic for him to pay tribute to others - even should these people be the forefathers of modern brewing who preserved and subsequently reintroduced a great wealth of brewing culture and tradition.
As I finish the bottle I'm content to sit in tranquility and reflect on the words printed on its label: "A life worth living is full of discovery and we are reminded everywhere there is opportunity." I do raise this glass in a toast "to patience, perseverance, and all the things we have lost along the way and were somehow lucky enough to find once again."
02-11-2009 03:05:55 | More by biegaman
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
I enjoyed this in its very own glass, "For Sinners and Saints Alike". Unwavering three-quarter finger mocha head, small bubble carbonation liberal in circumference with staying power - looks good so far. I can see yeast spots in the glass bottom and the colour is somewhat lighter than a prune nectar. Raisins in the nose, also coriander and yeast. Very smooth mouthfeel strikes an appreciative chord, velvet texture, alcohol hardly noticeable in my cellar tempurature brew. Taste is spiced apple and raisins but mostly mincemeat tart, perhaps a dash of pepper but softer, maybe a lemon pepper flash here and there. Delightful and very much reminiscent of its Belgian cousins, what a treat, thanks to my beer buddy for a taste of this one that he acquired in a trade. Amen!
02-11-2009 02:46:21 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
750mL poured into what is quickly becoming my favorite glass, the new belgium snifter.
Freaking huge amount of carbonation, smoke rising out of the bottleneck before the pour. Have to pour slow and still a huge head, looks quite thick as well, like it could support a couple of paper clips.
Sort of has a champagne sweetness to it, you can feel the effervescence jump down your throat when you put your nose to the glass. Dark fruits, lightly sweet caramel, a real huge amount of malty sugars and alcohol, nutmeg, cinnamon and raisins.
Starts malty sweet, sugary, alcoholic, phenols and esters working hand in hand to form that familiar, almost mind bending complexity of a classic Belgian ale, very noticeable raisin mixed in here as well. As it warms the dark fruit flavors become more pronounced and the malt seems to take a back seat, imparting a tartish dryness at the finish of each sip, which is something that I particularly enjoy. Getting a constant barrage of cereal grains, fruity alcohol and even a bit of chocolate (the slightest bit) thrown in for good measure.
I was on the fence about Dubbels, haven't really been my favorite style as they always seemed a bit messy to me in terms of flavor profiles. Given a bit more time and more experience with this style, I like to think that my tastebuds are maturing to this style, as this one I enjoyed and could readily appreaicate some of the subtler nuances of this beer.
01-24-2009 03:54:32 | More by bluemoonswoon
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
01-23-2009 02:59:39 | More by surfer4life
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
I am sampling this brew at cellar temp poured into a snifter. the beer pours a clear mahogany color with ruby highlights and a creamy beige head.
The head fades quickly to a sturdy surface layer, leaving some tight lattice. The aroma is dark fruit with plums and red grapes and raisins mixing. First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose with dark fruit, plums and raisins, and a bit of doughy yeast on the finish. The beer is very drinkable with no hints of hops or ABV. Quite a nice rich enjoyable brew.
01-20-2009 01:21:16 | More by sulldaddy
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A beer from one of my early '08 trades that's been waiting for the proper time to get lost. Now is it.
I have been waiting, & hoping, for the Lost Abbey brew that blows me away, & haven't found it yet. Serpent's Stout was really good, but I haven't found a kicker yet, a la Pliny, Furious, Abyss, etc.
Getting the cork out of these things is actual work, which I don't really appreciate after a long day in the coal mines. The pour is completely flat, although I am taking care not to pour any of the bottom sludge into the glasses. Smell is very appealing.
Taste is sweet with some strange, bitter tones that I take to be raisins & dark fruit. Despite my distaste for raisins, the undertow works well with the surface sweetness. They play nicely together.
Brew is flat & slick for a dubbel, but with an easy way about it. Despite the middling ABV & odd contrasts soaking in this malt beverage, I could have another of these.
This isn't the clouds-open-up-and-cry beer I've been hoping for from the Abbey, but it's another I'd happily have again. Good dubbel with a unique flavor profile.
01-16-2009 02:15:53 | More by maximum12
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
01-06-2009 04:00:37 | More by jwc215
2.53/5 rDev -35.1%
Large corked bottle, poured into a goblet.
The cork was difficult to pull, but when it finally opened, the lack of a loud pop hinted of problems to come. Multiple reviews report similar carbonation problems, so this is not the exception.
Dark red, little to no head, quickly vanishing whatever is there; very little lacing.
Aroma is candy sweetness, but the figs and raisins quickly surface, and never let go. Yastiness and whatever other aromas are clearly overwhelmed and never really surface.
Flat body, which feels thin, and the overly sweet taste is just barely balanced by an also excessive spiciness and raisiny flavors that are not well integrated.
Unfortunately, another Lost Abbey that falls too far from style guidelines, which could be ok, but flavors do not integrate well at all, and the lack of carbonation deliver the last blow.
12-28-2008 00:48:41 | More by brdc
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
A- Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Head has great retention and leaves some really nice lacing behind.
S- Pretty complex maltiness, dried fruit aromas of raisins, prunes, figs, as well some sort of yeast.
T- Tastes of raisins not really surprising but not as dominant as I would've thought. Some sort of spicy malt, brown sugar and a nice hop to it.
M- Medium to full in body and just right on the carbonation.
D- This one grew on me quite a bit as I was drinking it. Overall, pretty easy to drink.
12-23-2008 09:23:15 | More by nrbw23
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
A fizzy inch of biscuity tan head fades quickly and leaves no lace. Body is a very deep consistant prune like brown in color. You get some crisp dark fruit up front on the nose, then comes the toffee malts all wraped up in spicy yeast. That same spicy yeast feel is the first thing you notice when you take first sip. This is a more dusty dry spice feel though. There is a consistant dark fruit sweetness full of fresh raisens and plum on the back of the palate. This brew really does get better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very yeasty thick with some even sweetness. Sweetness is lingering and hurts the drinkability slightly.
12-20-2008 17:53:44 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Nose is malty and very fruity - dark and ripe with lusciousness. Milder sourness and very mild almost-Rum aroma. Smells good.
Pours a murky mudwater brown with yellower highlights, mild head. Looks pretty good. Last pour has a nice yeasty funk in it.
Flavor is sweet and tart - indeed raisin-like. Tastes good, although kind of delicate/light. Nice balance of malt to fruit. Feels pretty good. Full side of thin bodied.
12-05-2008 01:10:35 | More by MrHungryMonkey
5/5 rDev +28.2%
Pours a very dark ruby red/ purplish-prune color with nice sized off-white foam head that settes into a lasting lacing. Aroma is dominated by dark fruit with a nice alcohol presence Perfect blend of maltiness and sweet dark fruit flavors such as raisin, date, prune and fig with a nice alcohol warmth in the finish. Amazing beer!
12-02-2008 07:41:57 | More by corby112
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
My first from Lost Abbey! I must say I'm excited to finally try one of their brews.
Raisins are immediately noticed prior to pouring as I pop the cap. Finally getting the beer into my glass shows a deep ruby red clouded liquid with a light tan colored head that settles to a collar. As noted before there are plenty of raisins in the nose as well as Belgian candy sugars. It is tough to pick out individual spices from the scent, but there definetly seems to be some cinnamon in the mix.
Sipping reveals plenty of dried dark fruits such as fig and raisin. Comes of less sweet than anticipated given the scent. Finishes with a semi dry spiciness paired with a warming alcohol presence and tobacco. Medium bodied and less carbonated than some of its Belgian counterparts. This unique dubbel comes off as an interesting mix of dubbel and old ale. I had hoped for a little more from this famed brewery, but it is surely a beer worth trying.
11-22-2008 21:47:29 | More by Jmamay22
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
Good beer. I've been looking forward to drinking a lost abbey beer for a long time. This is my first one and although it is a good beer, I expected it to be better. I do taste the raisins and it does have a unique flavor, but after visiting Dogfish Head, I don't think it's as complex or tasty as some of their beers. Has a great flavor and a great after taste, I was just hoping for more. Improves as it warms and I would rather drink this than most dubbels I've had, which I feel it shares color and some of the flavor profile. My expectations were probably unreachable, and it met about 80% of it.
11-18-2008 01:41:22 | More by bheilman
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
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
11-16-2008 08:44:33 | More by DoShek
Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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