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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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685 Ratings

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 64
Gots: 79 | 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 francisweizen
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Dark brown. Small head settles down quickly, easily revived with a swirl of the glass. Good retention as well. Raisin in the aroma, dark malts, dark sugars, very fruity with dark fruits dominant. A dark dubble. True to style, but for me it doesn't add up to anything overly impressive. Mouthfeel and carboantion levels are both good. Drinkability is not the best for me as I just kinda find this one of the more boring example of the style. Now, Benediction on the other hand ;-)

francisweizen, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Thanks a ton to cburian for adding this great brew in my Secret Bunny '08 box.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a Walnut/ Mahogany mixture, opaque. Maybe 1 finger of tinted light head forms and falls very fast. Not much lacing.

S: Says it's brewed with raisins... and I agree :) Raisin scent is very strong and pleasantly alcoholic. Nice sweet caramel and light floral hops.

T/M: The raisin flavor isn't nearly as profound as in the scent, but still there. Sugary caramel malts with a pretty big alcohol presence more or less drowns things out a bit. The flavors are actually a touch on the weak side.. at least for the style. The body is a touch thin for my liking but has more unf mid swallow and strengthens even more as it warms further. Finishes on the dry side.

D: Drinks pretty easy for a dubbel and the lower ABV helps that. The brew was tasty but not as as potent at most are... though the alcohol was more so... haha, weird, I know. Since there are better and readily available dubbels in my area, I probably won't go back to this. Glad I could try it and was definitely worth my time. Thanks again, Chris.

pwoods, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

I picked up a bottle at the Table & Vine in Springfield MA. By every sense I employed, I would have guessed this to be Ommegang in a blind taste test. That's a good thing, just not too original (and a lot pricier from the Lost Abbey). The beer is dark brown colored, hazy, almost no head. The aroma is dark fruits (figs, plums, raisins) and some sweet esters. The taste is the same, possibly a hint of anise as well. The mouthfeel is thicker than water but not overly so, easily drinkable. Nice overall, but Ommegang is a better price and similar experience.

TurdFurgison, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Bomber poured into a Chimay glass...

Opaque, brown/burgundy, with a faint tan head.

Enjoyed the smell of this one more than anything - noticed maple syrup, bread pudding, and cinnamon spice.

The flavor was nice, but didn't hold up to the nose. Phenolic alcohol began taking over, and was attempted to be balanced by brown sugar and orange spice.

Mouthfeel was quite effervescent througout.

Good flavor throughout, but just a bit too much alcohol came through which prevented this one from ranking higher on the drinkability meter.

BeerImmediately, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of jwolfie70
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured into a chalice. Pours a reddish brown. Smell is sweet fruits, cloves and molasses. Taste was more the same, but a little muted. This was a good beer, but whenever I drink it I get the feeling it is missing just a little something to make it great, and that it would be good blended with a sour beer. I therefore am not surprised to learn that this serves as a base for some other great Lost Abbey beers.

jwolfie70, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

750ml bottle. Pours into an Orval chalice with a vibrant ruddy brown color and a half inch of creamy off white head on top. Good clarity. Aromas start out with caramel and candi sugar infused somewhat roasty malt. A quite forward brown sugar and candied fruits aroma moves in along with notes of figs, raisins and a slight nutty character overall. Marzipan accents.

First sip brings a smooth, lightly roasted malt body with caramel and brown sugar accents. As it progresses a big candied fruit flavor moves in with notes of raisins, spice, nuts and fig. Flows down with a nice kick of Belgian yeast accents. It finishes with a touch of sweetness. Good brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a forward carbonation that works really well into the overall beer. An easy drinking dubbel that is nice and flavorful. This is another enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. If you can get this locally and easy you should feel lucky, as this is one I would definitely drink again.

orbitalr0x, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

I've had this before but never got around to reviewing it. After sampling it again last night, I figured it had been sufficiently "refreshed" in my memory.

In both the flavor and aroma of this beer, I'm somewhat surprised to see so many distinct ingredients in other reviws. Unlike most Lost Abbey brews, I find this beer is decidedly "one-note." And that note is pureed raisins mixed with roasted malt. That's ... about it. Maybe a hint of something lighter, perhaps grapefruit or pine needles. Beer pours a pleasant enough reddish hue, but just not one of my favorites from Lost Abbey.

Overlord, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Shared this 750 ml bottle with grub and biegaman at Beerbistro.

Pours a hazed brownish red, almost rust coloured, thin off white head forms, leaves a solid ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is caramel, raisins, some citrus, nice malts, grains, figs, yeasty bread, light chocolate, nice. Taste is similar, very raisiny, caramel, some alcohol, light chocolate, citrus, some wood, dark fruits, yeast, smooth flavours. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty nice to drink, a solid dubbel.

Viggo, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

750 ml bottle purchased from the Beverages and More in Redlands for about eight dollars, split with a friend last night as well, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Dark brown with lots of red tint in the body, small 1/2 inch off white head that settled rather fast, some retention and lacing

S-Raisins, figs, dates, plums, caramel, lots of malt, sweet yeast, brown sugar, gloves, ginger, and some red grapes

T-Raisins from the very beginning, other dark fruits as well from the aroma, then some slightly chewy malt in the middle, finish is a little dry at first, became creamier as it warmed, definitely sweeter as time progressed too, some light milk chocolate flavors towards the end but raisins were dominant the entire time, not much a bubble gum taste that I usually enjoy in dubbels, not bad overall

M-Sweet and creamy mouthfeel, a little dry at times, medium body, not much carbonation, taste lasted a good amount of time

D-Probably could not finish a bottle of this myself, some alcohol is not hidden very good, ABV is not too high though, somewhat smooth

Needed to try this so I could compare it to Amazing Grace when I crack it open soon, not great but a decent dubbel, would pick other Lost Abbey beers before it in the future, worth a try though

Floydster, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mfhlucky13
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

I want to start by saying, that usually I'm turned off by beer brewed with raisins. Boy was I wrong about the raisin.

A: Dark reddish brown with lots of carbonation and a nice bit of head that faded quickly.

S: Raisins, yea raisins, lightly sweet, some yeast & malt

T: Wonderful, ripe fruit, OK, maybe raisins

M: Smooth & creamy, nice

D: Very drinkable. I would like another please

mfhlucky13, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a dark brown color with hints of red showing thru. Head is an off white with lots of tiny bubbles. The head does down to nothing and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Has an enjoyable malty aroma with the dark fruits standing out. Brown sugar and clove hide beneath with hints of booze.

T: Has wonderful spicy malty taste with definite notes of the dark fruits. The booze is the next to emerge followed by a hint of brown sugar sweetness. There are just a dash of hops in the finish making this one special.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad but this is one that should really be shared.

Overall: A nice dubbel with a great nose and taste. Lost Abbey knows what they are doing when it comes to Belgian brews and this is a fine example of the class. Defiently worth the try.

tpd975, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of benito
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

A: Cloudy, dark amber with hints of purple--almost sanguine--with a lasting head.

S: Lots of raisins, alcohol, light phenols, tobacco, and some pepper. Very complex bouquet all around.

T: Wow, this is one of the most luscious, drinkable, and well-balanced dubbels I've ever had. The raisins are a dominant flavor throughout each sip, and nicely round out some of the other, yeast-driven flavors. Nice alcohol warming on the back end. A slightly dry, bitter finish.

M & D: Full-bodied and well balanced with growing complexity of flavors in each sip. The texture of the raisin puree really holds this together. Again, the finish might come on a little more smoothly.
Great drinkability for such a strong beer.

Overall, this is a great abbey-style ale, and the use of raisins is a real highlight. Easily the best dubbel that I've had from a US brewery.

benito, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

Got this bottle right from the source last weekend. If you're ever in Escondido go to The Lost Abbey. You won't regret it.

A: Deep red/brown, some light gets through the edges but quite hazy, almost opaque, in the middle. Decent two finger tan head that fades to about one finger, supported by lots of little bubbles.

S: Rich, fruity and spicy. Grape/raisin smell is quite noticable, but I also get a bit of apple, pear, pepper and just a bit of sweet sugar.

T: Earthy malt with pepper and other spices is the first thing I noticed. This is followed by raisin and mild apple. The finish is sweet alcohol, more earthiness, and a touch of bitterness.

MF: Quite full and bubbly. A bit syrupy but I wouldn't call it thick. Mild warming and the alcohol only gets noticeable when the drink is almost done.

D: This is really an excellent dubbel. It has all the elements of a good Belgian, and the raisin compote gives it an added dimension that you don't always see. Probably TLA's best year-round brew. One bottle has me pretty buzzed so I don't know that this would be a good session beer, but it can be sipped or drank a little faster. Awesome stuff, I'm glad I can find this locally.

rxdrewthejew, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

Beer pours a good deep looking ruby red with big head, and lacing around the snifter. Bubbles race through it.

Cant smell much more than belgian yeast, some fruity smell to it though.

Has a nice taste to it. Some deep malts, not much hops, sweet aftertaste. bubbly on the tongue.

Decent mouthfeel. I wish I could recommend it more but im not a huge fan of belgians. I can see how people would really like this, for a beer style im not to into, it does have a lot of flavor.

Murchmac, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in late July for 9.99.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with a nice tan head that quickly dissapated. Nose is of molasses and Belgian yeast. Taste is of those Belgian yeast, molasses, candied sugar, and perhaps a dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nicely conditioned by the yeast strain as it glides easily across my palate. Drinkability is very good. This is not an overly complex brew for the style but it is very easy to drink. Nice representation of style!

arizcards, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of mrkrispy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

I have had this beer several times now, I prefer to only review something I have tasted several times.

Poured after opened and sat at room temp for approx. 10 minutes. Pours an interesting dark crimson with a hint of brown, with a rapid dissolving head. (served in tulip glass) Thick yeast cake on bottom.

Aroma was of raisin and plum melded together with very moderate sweetness.

Taste was similar to me, I get very little maltiness compared to other reviewers. In fact I get little complexity aside from the raisin/plum taste. Drinks with moderate carbonation, and a hint of the alcohol in subsequent tastes.

The subdued character which works so well as a base for other Lost Abbey blends seems almost here. Interesting but not something I would chose over most of the other Lost Abbey line.

mrkrispy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour, hints of cherries and raisons. In the taste, sour, light maltiness and nice small fruity hints. A smooth, small tartness in the mouthfeel and a dry tartness of raisons in the aftertaste. A nice sour, nice fruitiness, good dry presence.

OWSLEY069, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a murky dark brown/red. One finger fluffy head dissipates to a ring with thin layer of foam. Nose is malty with dark fruit flavors and light yeast tones. Up front the taste is dark fruit. raisin and some date or fig. malts balance the middle with a nice hop lick on the finish. mouthfeel is very nice, maybe just a touch thin. Drinkability is quite high. A very good belgian style dubbel. I am impressed with my first taste from the lost abbey. This left me looking for and wanting more, the lost abbey truly is the perfect name!

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Brew courtesy of boolshot for my BA anniversary!

Poured a clear mahogany brown, frothy ivory head that settled fairly quick. Maltly Belgium in both the aroma and the quaff. Nice dose of spicey hops to move this up the ol’ flavor ladder. In fact, more spice in this one than expected, but it does add to the overall enjoyment. A bit of clove and even a pop of banana in this bad boy. An initial sweetness is quickly balanced.

Wow, tasty treat dupple.

Vancer, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

750 mL bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Pours a dark mahogany with a pillowy off-white one finger head that dies down to a thin layer of everlasting bubbles. Stickiness is mediocre but there. Smell is sweet caramel apple with a rich raisin aroma. Full of thick malt in the nose, very enjoyable. Not too yeasty in the nose, just how I like my Belgians. A faint floral perfume scent tickles the senses as well. Creamy dark fruits up front on the tongue: raisin, dates, plum, and cherries. Some biscuit flavors and walnuts as well. Caramel sweetness throughout with a mild vanilla aftertaste. Solid Belgian flavor brewed in the good US of A. Fluffy cloud mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. Very close to the Westy 8 in texture, damn good. Amazing how this one goes down for 8%. Lost Abbey clearly knows what their doing, this is a damn fine beer. Looking forward to trying the Amazing Grace.

BeerTruth, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

This one poured a clear, reddish brown with a cream coloured head. The cap was a bit thin and made up of fine bubbles. It eventually settled to a ring and produced some sticky lace. The aroma was full of cakey, doughy malt and dried fruit - raisins mostly. There was also some yeast character and a bit of alcohol. The flavour was a combination of malt and fruit with a hint of alcohol, sort of like a fruitcake. It was quite bready with mild chocolate and cocoa notes, along with sweet prunes, cherries, and sultana raisins in the finish. Medium/light bodied with lowish carbonation, the bubbles were well-integrated and quite fine. The texture was quite good with a little warmth throughout. Very tasty overall. Even though the alcohol was always present, it was never distracting or hot. I really enjoyed the rich, dried fruit character too. Definitely a winner.

DrJay, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

I poured a capped and corked 750 ml bottle into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a cloudy mahogany color that when back lit was a bright cherry hue. The head was a light caramel with sticky bubbles that receded leaving a modest lacing.

S: I was first hit with a burst of dark molasses, dark roasted sweet malts, and yeasty dark aromas. There was also a undercurrent of dark spices and a moderate hop profile.

T: True to its aroma it gave an initial burst of sweet dark molasses and dark fruits with an earthy coffee backside. There was a woody and smoky flavor that blended well with a bit of spice and a distinct alcohol bite.

M: It was creamy and full bodied with a sticky richness, balanced carbonation and a sweet dry finish.

D: Nice dubbel with a decent kick, pleasant flavor and reasonably complex profile. I will keep a couple in my stash for tasting in a year or so...this one will improve with age.

dnichols, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

This pours from caged and corked 750ml bottle a clear deep amber/brown with a thick off white head of foam with lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is very fruity...lots of lemon and other citrus smells hit my nose. I also get some caramel malt, yeast, and some spice.(clove)

The taste has caramel malt, yeast, chocolate, raisin, plum, toffee, fig..err...very complex. It also has a slight earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium and it's medium to lightly carbonated. It finishes witha mix of chocolate and yeasty tones. I like it. Oh, and there's a bit of clove that I'm picking up now along with a touch of banana. The alcohol is fairly noticeable as a slight warming during and after the swallow. It's a *nice* sipper and one that I wouldn't mind seeking out again.Good stuff!

Edit: With the last pour, the appearance immediately became cloudy due to the sediment and that always means, for me, a better score in appearance for the style. Also, all of the flavours seem to have intensified bringing much more goodness to my palate. Why is it that the bottom third of a bottle of a Belgian or Belgian style ale always is the best part of the bottle??? Anywho, I've adjusted my rating accordingly.

Bitterbill, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of DIM
3.48/5  rDev -11%

a: A very cloudy dark caramel color. Pours with a big light tan head, wich stuck around for a while. Looks a bit like apple cider.

s: Sweet alcoholic raisins were all i could find. Not bad but it did come across a bit strong.

t: Mirrors the smell almost exactly. Huge sweet raisin taste with more of an alcoholic punch than the 8% indicated on the bottle would suggest. Neither subtle nor complex.

m: Thick and robust, coated the mouth well. Carbonation was long lasting.

d: Glad I had some help from alhrabosky for this one. While I enjoyed this well enough I won't seek it out again.

DIM, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

WesWes, Oct 29, 2007
Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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