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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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715 Ratings

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 64
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-11-2006)
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Photo of erz316
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

c&c bottle into westmalle chalice.

the cork flies off and almost busts a light bulb, like some shit out of Das Boot. the head is enormous. that is basically all there is to this beer, a creamy cream coloured head. the body is a deep slightly turbid brown. Im going to bump up the appearance grade a small bit because the head is so amazing in texture and colour. the nose is boozy, slightly dry, and not very spicy or fruity sweet. the taste is a sharp bitterness of hops and booze being balanced out by sweet malts. body is too carbonated.

erz316, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Translucent, dark-brown amber liquid. Golden-brown head is huge, foaming quickly after a slow pour. The head is stiff and filled with small tiny bubbles, lasting for a very long time. Head recedes to a half-inch, and leaves huge gobs of sticky light brown lacing on the sides of the glass with every sip.

Incredibly aromatic beer. Aromas of raisins, prunes, and cherries. I also smell a burnt sugar, caramel aroma.

The initial flavor is spicy, like fresh-ground black pepper, with a malty backbone and a heavy dose of dark fruits. The raisin and cherry flavors are here too, but there's a spicy peppery flavor I did not find in the nose. My bottle is certainly well carbonated, and it's unfortunate all the bottles aren't carbonated similarly.

Light in the mouth and incredibly easy to drink. Quite balanced; no one flavor dominates any other, I would highly recommend this beer.

Just moved to the area and I made my first trip to Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA, and it is without a doubt the best beer store I have ever been to. It was heaven. I am a fan. Life is good.

ehammond1, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Pehlman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Bruery tulip glass. Burnt-orange/red colored body with a Very light, off-white head that dissapates quickly leaving not even the slightest hint of lacing.

S: The aroma seems to hit harder with spices first. Backed up strongly by a dark-fruit body. A deep sniff can pick up a bit of booze but nothing off putting.

T: Similar to the smell but with more of a burnt/roasted note to it. The fruit comes in at the end and lingers nicely.

M: Despite the very little to no head. The beer has a nice bite of carbonation in the mouth. Works well for the style and flavor profile.

D: Wouldnt want to finish a bottle of this alone. 10-12oz would be plenty for me. I would definately drink this again and I bet when fresh from the brewerey, this beer would really shine.

Pehlman, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy brown colored ale with a very nice puffy light brown to yellowish tan colored head. One of the nicest looking Dubbels I have seen in a while. Smell is sweet and spicy with a lot of coriander in there. Lots of phenols in this one, there is a distinct banana and an apple aroma this hits the nose quite hard. After a while brown sugar and cinnamon are discernible. The taste begins woody and spicy a lot like chewing on cinnamon bark sticks. Quickly the fruitier aspects of this beer make themselves known. Cinnamon bark, apple banana and brown sugar about sum up the taste. The coriander is there but not so strongly as in the scent.

Anthony1, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was very impressed with this one. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a small sniffer. Was very impressed imediately. Smelled of raisons from the get-go. Very strong and pleasant smell. The color is definately cloudy and carmel dark brown. Rainsons and dates come to the tastebuds imediately. A belgian style Dubbel I will definately have again soon.

ShadesOfGray, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep hazy amber colour, with a soft creamy slight head, no lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is packed with fruit, lots of raisin, and cherries, just like a liquidised fruit cake. There is a potent candy floss sweetness and hints of toffee, with a copious amount of brown sugar lurking behind the fruits, which gives it a more complex nose. It's one of those beers that offers up something new each time you inhale.

Taste: There is a darkly sweet character to the taste that forces through with lots of forest fruits, and burnt caramelised sugars. A definite nuttiness is clear in the middle, possibly almonds, with a slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Openly full bodied, with a syrupy heaviness about it. Quite carbonated but still manages to offer a certain smoothness.

Drinkability: A solid interpretation of a classic Belgian trappist ale but I would expect nothing less from the Port. However, I still think the Belgians have the edge in this style. If you can find it (not easy outside the US), then you should damn well try it.

PartyBear, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep burgundy red colour with some brown hints... tan head pours thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good frothy coating... decent amount of carbonation... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet toasted bready and caramel malts, dark candy sugar, lots of yeastiness, overripe dark fruits (plums, some banana, raisins, dates), some faint sour vinegar notes, leathery traces, some pepperiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted biscuity and bready malts, brown sugar and treacle sweetness, quite earthy and musty, again some dark overripe fruits (raisins, dates and prunes), alcohol just noticeable, some vegetal hints, light sourness, salty traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes smoother... medium / full bodied... pretty damn drinkable for an 8.0% brew...

Overall - A good, if pretty standard, example of a Belgian Dubbel... definitely worth a try though...

mdagnew, Oct 13, 2009
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.

Mora2000, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

zeff80, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of bassmantin
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful brown/orange in my Sam Adams glass.

This one tastes very dense. Relatively sweet, those characteristic Belgian sugars. Very high alcohol in this one. I can detect the raisins and a mix of other fruit flavors. Pretty good beer but strong, so bee careful.

bassmantin, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown with a light tan head that goes up for about 2 fingers but fades quickly. The lacing is so-so, and there is lots of carbonation, big bubbling on a swirl.

The aroma is very light, mostly just sweet malts with a touch of toffee.

The taste is very light of flavor but its a very full-bodied taste and mouthfeel.

jrallen34, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefuly poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet. ABV listed as 8.0% not 7.5%

At first all I see is cream/wheat colored foam - thick dense milky carbonation starting from just beneath the logo on my goblet and rising above the lip - amazing retention, reminiscent of a cappuccino. Lacing is large, coating, and sticky almost like a funnel-web. Liquid is an opaque mix of auburn and sepia.

Aromas suggest stewed dark fruit, dank casks of fermented prunes and cherries, yeasty brown bread, even leather and iron work. Delicate, but evocative of an earlier time...

Bready sweet malt, raisins, dragon fruit and cloves on the palate, briefly accompanied by a surprising crisp tartness like the skin of a fresh plum. Supremely long finish - rum, cocoa nibs, custard, earth, and pepper. Delicious.

Very rich mouthfeel - broad filling effervescence which distributes the flavors quite well and leaves a pleasant tingling sensation on the gums from the phenolics and alcohol.

ABV is strong enough to maximize the flavor without limiting the drinkability. An ale to slowly savor, despite the temptation to guzzle.

Very well executed, and easily the peer of the majority of "authentic" versions/brewers of the style.

augustgarage, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ The Local. Poured deep mahogany with ruby edges, very brown. Small off-white head and no lacing. Nutty, caramel malt aroma that is sweet. Raisins and dates are also present, but in a non-sweetened state. Flat mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Kind of heavy but not syrupy. Dense, dark fruit tastes with caramel, however, there is a nice separation of the two and it avoids a "candy" flavor. Some occasional roasted malt and brown sugar taste pop in and out. Fig, date, and plum flavors waft in and out as it warms. Its kind of strange, drinks predominantly like a dubbel, but has the hint of a doppelbock.

magictrokini, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Grabbed a bottle... no freshness date. Might have been a few months old or older... seems like it had aged a bit. 8.0% Alc. marked on bottle.

- Murky dark and cloudy ale... huge light brown head... foam filled the glass there was so much carbonation...

- Strong alcohol smell, and pungent Belgian yeast and/or malt.. some raisin and fig, some sweetness...

- Strong alcohol flavor... perhaps this one continued fermenting for awhile? Belgian yeast... bready.. some raisin, spice.. sweetness.. some currants.. overall just kind of strong.

- Dry, bit bitter of an aftertaste....

- Overall this brew was way too carbonated... I lost the majority of this brew blowing off the excessive head into the sink.... after that each swig foamed like mad, and made it very hard to drink. The flavor wasn't bad, but this onewas kind of a miss.

Docer, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of william5586
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt 9fl oz bottle into a glass. I got 2 glasses out of it and each was a little different. The second got all the sediment.

A- The first glass poured a clear deep amber red with a tiny head and good lace. The second glass was a murky amber with no head at all and no lace.

s- Very appealing smell. Raisin, dark fruit, nutmeg, and clove.

T&M- Dark fruits, raisin, and a nutty flavor. Very well balanced beer. Not too sweet or too bitter. There is a bite that comes in at the end that has to be do to the clove because the carbonation seems too weak to be behind it.

d- Pretty easy drinking

The only complaint that I have with this beer is that I think it was under carbonated for the style. It almost felt flat to me.

william5586, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, scooped at west lakeview liquors in chicago a few weeks ago

consumed the other night with dinner - cell phone notes

NO carbonation issues whatsoever

appearance: served in a delirium chalice - lovely pour...rich garnet body with a full cream tan cap. nice

smell: evident candied sugars, fig, sugary dates, fresh whiffs of yeast

taste: candied sugar, raisins and dates, figs and walnuts, fresh yeast, prunes, twists of alcohol - decent dubbel

mouthfeel: active carbonation, lively but a little thin

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy burgundy with a thin beige head, and not much lacing.

smell of dark pitted fruits, raisins, prunes, some sour malt, a touch of citrus, some spice, and pepper.

taste is tangy, a little thin, nutty, malt, raisins, prunes, spice, and some cocoa.

froghop, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to atsprings for sharing his 750 ml bottle and allowing me to keep the bottle with a cool looking monk on the label.

The first noticeable thing is the lack of carbonation to this beer. Very little "pop" from decorking. Minimal head with traces of off white lacing above a deep dark ruby brown body.
Aromas are raisiny, figs, and clove.
The taste is rather sweet with enough spice character to keep it interesting.
The taste is similiar to Dogfish Heads Raison D'Etre. The mouthfeel is full with little carbonation, but not thick or sticky either.
This isn't the best Dubbel I have tried, but still a solid beer.

rtratzlaff, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into 2 DFH Signature glasses shared with rtratzlaff. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a decent light tan head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves no lacing. Aroma is loads of dried fruits and burnt malts with slight spice. The taste is a decent amount of dried fruits and dark malts. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and a slight dryness. This one is descent, but not as good as the other Lost Abbey beers I've tried so far.

atsprings, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees

Pours a deep, golden orange color with brown tinting. Looks somewhat murky. Three-finger head of light brown colored foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is in slightly sticky strands.

Huge notes of raisins waft out of the glass. A nice, mild caramel scent. A touch of prunes. A very nice nuttiness. Mild hints of yeastiness. Light spice notes.
It's a nice smell, but the raisins are very dominant.

The taste is also dominated by the raisins, not that it wasn't expected, though. There is a nice caramel malt base. Hint of brown sugars. Good spice notes are in the mix, yet are not overpowering. Mild hints of plums and a healthy dose of dates. A slight yeasty presence.

Good medium to almost full body on this one. Lower medium level of carbonation. Smooth with a touch of sharpness. I wish it was a little bit creamier.

This would be a wonderful dessert beer, but it's close to being even more drinkable than that. Great taste and well-hidden alcohol make this one a keeper.

coldmeat23, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - massive 3 finger growing beige head sits atop a deep orange nearly brown body. head sticks around forverer and leaves its mark on the way down the glass. gorgeous

S raisins upfront, w/ some brown sugar and assorted candied dark fruits. smells very sweet and syrupy overall w/ some spice

T & D - interesting, tingly tartness opens up, then some warmth from the alcohol creeps through in the middle of a sea of sweetness. liquid candy! pleny of raisins, and syrupy tasting malts(don't know how else to desrcibe) excellent flavor for a night cap. perhaps a bit sweet to session though. 750 hit the spot.

MF - full, big body, ample carbonation, very heavy overall.(good thing)

bonsreeb85, May 26, 2009
Photo of macktbone
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm glad I didn't hold on to this as one of those special bottles to share with folks that understand special bottles.

Looks kind of like dirty washing water. Wants to separate into dark and light sections. Very mirky and zero lace or head.

Smells nice. Lots of raisons and dark fruits along with a nice belgian funk and leather.

Raisons and figs take the day. A little tangy aftertase with a slight licorice adjunct.

Mouthfeel is really dissapointing. Too thin, light, and watery.

If you love to drink boxes of raisons, this is for you. I like the unique aspect of the beer but the lack of carbonation and the thin feel will stop me from purchasing this again.

macktbone, May 24, 2009
Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Im not sure I can truly rate this style of beer. I'm sure it is true to the style but I have no reference point.

Pressed the cork safely into a towel. Corked popped out with a slight pop but not nearly the force i expected. I immediately heard a fizzle from the carbonation it sounded as if I had just opened a bottle of champagne.

A very bubbly beer in the glass, I can hear it fizzing nearly the entire time I'm drinking it. It is a copper hue with a tightly foamed head which quickly recedes to a few cloud like plumes floating about.

The smell has a-lot of prune and raisin notes. It has a distinct belgian beer scent that I can never point out(I believe it's the yeast).

Lots of prunes in the taste as well. Tart raisins and alcohol drying. Very tart and a bit sour. Too tart for me.

Mouthfeel was tart and dried the corners of your mouth a bit.

Overall this is not the style for me, I can see how people could love a beer like this, but I just do not have the pallet for it.

HairOfTh3Dog, May 19, 2009
Photo of Phelps
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped off the cork and a white smoke poured out, like fog over a moonlit swamp. The smell hit me in the face from two feet away. If smells were colors, this would be purple--a deep, sweet smell almost like grape juice that's been left in the sun. The liquid glugs out a deep orangey brown with a giant pale bubbly head. Champagne bubbles surge up from the depths--this is a good looking beer.

The taste starts with sweet grape/raisin flavor, while prunes and other dark fruits are also apparent. There's a slight alcohol warmth, while a light bitterness hits in the aftertaste and a sour tanginess lingers on the sides of the tongue--my favorite part of this beer, along with the very creamy mouthfeel. It took a while to get around to swallowing, because I couldn't stop swishing this beer around.

I'm usually a sharing person when it comes to beer, but this beer created in me an intense animal protectiveness. I think I snarled at my roommate when he went in for a sip.

Phelps, May 15, 2009
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