Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by scottoale on 07-11-2006

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours from the tap a dark amber, almost red, with virtually no head, kind of dissapointing.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, and molasses, and some dark malts.

T: The taste is very good, this is a very good abbey-style ale. Dark fruits abound, with a luscious raisin and plum flavour medley that is just divine. Dark malts as well, some toasty and biscuit flavour, but the estery and fruit flavours rule the show in this beer.

M: Smooth, kind of light for a dubbel, creamy, medium-bodied.

D: Another tasty, good beer from Lost Abbey, another great Belgian-style beer from these West Coast producers, very easy to drink, for an alcoholic Belgian brew.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the cork and caged 750ml bottle a hazy reddish brown with a substantial creamy light to medium tan head that dematerializes leaving the lace to surround the glass. Nose has a nice fruity aroma, malt and a bit of molasses, quite sniffable. Start has a substantial grain presence, sweet and fruity at the front with a bit of alcohol bitterness at the back, top falls in the moderate range. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops pleasantly spicy, with the pesky alcohol bite lingering till the end, dry and a masterful brew tis’ true.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nicely labeled 750mL bottle featuring a fantastic monk illustration,a nice bit of prose on the back, a particulate cork, and a cage with a cool gothic cross. No birthday or expiry notable. A good mm of sediment is noticable on the bottom of the bottle. Presented in the biggest chalice I have, the colour is very dark cola, with orange highlights and a very clear composition. Little head, but what's there is loose and light.

Smell is a blas of clean farmstyle yeast and very dark candi. Downright maple-syrupy notes along with the slightest notes of oak and cooked legumes. Alcohol doesn't even try to hide. Mildest bananna esthers, maybe mango, neither in quantity. Red-meat spicing.

Taste is evenly sweet and mild. Some smokey malts come out followed in force by what I am beginning to recognize as the taste of raisins (it's different than what raisins taste like, but a good 3 or 4 ales in the last year have employed them). Lots more yeast, lots of candi. Not saccarine, and a quick finish. Warm orange peel, like Grand Marnier. If anything, taste fades too quickly.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy but a quick finish and some lively carbonation clean things up quicky. Despite the coating, no bitterness lingers, only a mild tartness. Actually drinks pretty fast, since you have to work to keep the tastes going.

My first Lost Abbey taste, and I'm pretty impressed. The raisin idea is hardly new, but it's well-executed here. I'm only a little let down that this brew doesn't pack more punch. Be sure to serve good and warm.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with red edges when held to the light. The off white head slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, caramel, rum, vanilla, nougat, ripe fruit, brown sugar, with a nutty finish.
Taste is of the same as the aromas with brown sugar, nuts, caramel standing out to make for a very nice flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, boozy, rummy raisins, caramel, light cocoa, along with lightly smoked meat grazing along the tongue.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes i wonder if I'm sampling the same product that other BAs are reviewing. Pours a clear dark diluted cola color. I suppose it might appear hazy from certain aspects viewed through the effects of a convex...whatever. As the beverage passes onto your tongue, with your lips on the rim and your nose in the goblet your senses detect something very similar. A rich semi-sweet chocolate NECCO wafer malty aroma and flavor persist. A chalky earthy malt dominates one hunting for hints of sweeter figgyness. Light-Medium bodied, the mouth feel is slightly under carbonated. A reasonable drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it. (hype factor)

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of my 'Patron Saints' beer package from Lost Abbey
A- Pours a cloudy dark brown hue with amber highlights, small off-white head that is mostly diminishing, fair amount of lacing
S- Delicious scents dominated by Belgian candy, dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), and caramel malts, tones of pecans and banana, moderate alcohol presence
T- Initial taste is met by all those dark fruits in with a bubbly carbonation, followed in mid-taste by that Belgian candy and well-balanced caramel malts, finishes with a moderate warming alcohol finish
M- Medium/full bodied with prickly carbonation, nice creamy texture
D- Moderate abv is definitely noticeable particularly with a warming alcohol finish, taste is big and sweet and complex, I probably couldn't drink more than one bomber in a setting.
I believe this is the basis for some of the even heavier offerings from Lost Abbey (10 Commandments/Judgment Day), this is a very solid Belgian-style Dubbel from a highly respected SoCal brewery, I would definitely recommend picking this up (I believe L&F is the prototypical L.A. beer) and look forward to reviewing 10 Commandments shortly

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Lost Abbey beer,poured into my Chimay chalice.

Clear red with some hints of brown in there.Off white head that fell to a ring and tons of bubbles streaming up because of my Chimay chalice.No lacing on my glass,which is sorta a disspointment because lacing is sexy.

Candi sugar,figs and some alcohol notes.

Cherry,candi sugar and some alcohol notes there.Yeast in there as well.I think for sure the taste that I pickup from belgian beers is the yeast.As it ages in the tripels,it sorta turns to a "ash tray" taste but its tasty.I know how could a ash tray be tasty? lol The taste isnt strong by any means but its good.

Mouthful is a bit thin,but I wont subtract any points for that because the beer is very tasty.

I think this is the best U.S. dubbel style, I have ever tried.Now that Ive tried this,I will pick up some more LA beers next time I need my belgian fix.The only thing that keeps me from drinking this beer fast is typing this review.Its very drainkable and I dont feel the effects yet and im on my first glass.

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Photo of bosco7
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown almost opaque with creamy off-white head. Head retention is not that spectacular.

Highly aromatic. Whoa. Cinnamon bread, raisins, fig, toffee, and spicy phenols in the nose.

This brew is utterly delicious. Starts with sweet toffee, caramel, and cinnamon flavors. Mild chocolate in there too. Then raisin, fig, and prunes dominate in the middle and finish. Some yeast, cloves and cinnamon in the finish as well. Finishes dry. Very inviting and familiar yet unique and new.

Smooth mouthfeel that is crisp and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a fantastic interpretation of the style while being unique. Highly recomended.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. This beer pours a clear but dark brown, slightly red, with an airy but dense thick head. The head formed very easily on this. The smell is almost wine-like, probably because of the raisins. Alcohol might be there slightly. The taste is very good. Malty with a dark fruity sweetness at the start, finishing with an earthiness reminiscent of Belgian beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with garnet highlights and a frothy head that doesn't quit but failed to lace the chalice as much as I anticipated

Smell: Butter toffee, pecans, banana, clove, figs and rum-soaked raisins

Taste: Starts with a fruity toffee and pecan element that grows in a burnt sugar, raisin and spice cake direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, fig and other dark fruits appear to complement the raisin, spice cake and nut flavors; this is a little strange, but the beer reminds me of German Chocolate Cake

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best, if not the best, American dubbels, a very nice beer that is just a tad too sweet to be as drinkable as I would like

Thanks, ppoitras, for the opportunity

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Photo of walshclimb
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium to dark brown with a reddish hue. Foamy off-white head that starts off about an inch thick with very good head retention and an almost continuous lace up the back of the glass. The smell is lightly malty and sour with clear ripe fruit overtones, though I can't quite put my finger on a specific fruit. Also maybe a little bread in the nose. The taste is where this one really shines. Nicely balanced slightly bitter initial flavor that has the expected yeast sourness of a Belgian style ale. Interesting warm fruity aftertaste that reminds me of rum. The aftertaste morphs into a more sour malty flavor that is a little bitter. The only downside to this beer is the mouthfeel. It is nice and full-bodied, but I found it to be a little sudsy in texture, though it didn't bother me until I got to considering it for the review. Overall, this is a nice, complex beer that should definitely be tried. The yeast sourness and ripe fruit aromas and flavors are clear, but there is an interesting flavor/nose between initial flavor and aftertaste that I had trouble describing. Like every Lost Abbey brew I have had, this is well worth trying.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours dark milk chocolate brown, moderate murkyness, with a mocha head, so so retention, minor film and next to no lacing. Seems to be quite low in the carbonation department. Nose here is of traces of chocolate, light raisins and perhaps some earthyness. Another simply delicious creation to savor. Light raisins, more chocolate, toffee, gingerbreddy malts, yum...complex, subtle,mellow, smooth, coating and highly enjoyable suds...another reason to move closer to Lost Abbey/Pizza Port and San Diego, Ca.

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Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a might hazy and a ruddy amber, almost claret at its darkest. Two fingers of khaki head shrink to feathery froth. Droops of lacing slide south like foamy snakes.

The aroma has a thick toasted malt underlayer, but it's prune, currant, and Fig Newton fig sweetness that dominate. A light general spiciness matches a breeze of alcohol.

Upon sipping, a push of malt is earthy and surprisingly un-sweet. Dried fruit is even more prevalent here, but less dimensional and more vague of character. Esters are crisp, with mild spice and a touch of green apple. Alcohol is quite bold and open. The finish leads with a hint of sweetness followed by an increasingly bitter dryness. It's not really uninspired, but it feels a little flat and listless, and suffers for it.

Medium bodied, it coats well and flows away leaving a memory and a glow.

I almost feel had. The aroma set me up, expecting some good things, but the flavor doesn't live up to the promise. Simply, I wanted more of what the aroma brought to the table. The ABV is chunky and very warm, and does its part to limit the drinkability. It once was lost, and now it's found, I guess, and I'm okay with that, but I'm surely not awed.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey- Lost & Found Ale

Poured from a corked and trapped 1pint 9.4 oz bottle into a Magic Hat tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark dried blood reddish brown with a small foamy head.
Smell- I couldn't detect much here. Dried fruits: raisin and prune, with a touch of alcohol.
Taste- Light dried fruits. Raisin and Prune are the most dominent. I detect a bit of caramel malt and fig newtons.
Mouthfeel- Light and sweet up front with a building tangy boozy finish.

Overall- The flavor is just subdued and actually a little watery at first. A good sipper but just not worth the $10 I paid for it.
$4 or $5, on tap, definitely.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and candi sugar is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with candi sugar and some notes of dry figs and raisins are also noticeable. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought this was well done overall but lacked some complexities to take it to a greater level.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant reddish brown brew, huge pillowy light tan head.
S - Strong sweet caramel and dark ripe fruits dominate, undertones of candied fruits,
T - Similar to the aroma but wonderfully blended.
M - medium to full bodied, nicely carbonated.
D - Rich, complex and incredibly smooth.

A great dubbel only limited in my view by the purchase price of $11.65.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. Head is an off-white tan with some noticable bubbles. Eventually turns to a heavy film atop the beer. Moderate lacing of the glass.

Smell: Has an enjoyable malty aroma with spices (brown sugar & cloves) and dried fruits (raisins & figs). Though not particuarly complex, it is quite appetizing.

Taste: Has a spicy malty taste with a bit of the aforementioned dried fruits. Towards the finish some hops, citrus, and alcohol flavor emerges. There seems to be little interaction between these two stages; not too complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with light tingly carbonation and a bit of alcohol sensation.

Drinkability: The alcohol is a bit too noticable in the flavor and feel for a beer that is only at 7%, but (ignoring the alcohol) it is quite nice taste-wise.

A nice dubbel, but a bit excessive in the alcohol flavor department. The aroma is wonderful, but it could benefit from having those differing flavors mirrored to some extent in the taste. I'm not sure if I'll pick up this one again, but this has piqued my interest in trying other Lost Abbey beers.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brickskeller the other night.

The beer pours a brown amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite impressive. I get sweet rootbeer, cherry, raisans and orange. On the palate I get more rootbeer flavor, but also sweet malt and butter. The beer is surprisingly light on it's feet and is quite easy to drink. The abv. is very well disguised in this one.

The beer is a bit simple and one dimensional on the palate, but the flavors are very nice, making this a fun beer to drink. Another solid effort from Port Brewing.

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Photo of drseamus
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a dark reddish color with a one finger head. The aroma is mostly malt and raisins and is very sweet. There is a bit of spice to the flavor along with the malt and raisin flavor. It is a bit too spicy for my taste. The mouthfeel is pretty good. It is fairly light bodied. It is a good decent overall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color; quite cloudy; excellent head with some staying power. Surprisingly little lace.

Sweet cherry smell; strong alcohol warmth in the aroma; slight yeast and spiciness.

Strong spicy flavors up front, almost gingery; the flavor settles into nice brown malts (I'm thinking dark crystal and some chocolate malt). Strong alcohol oiliness which is surprising given the content. Good body with very high carbonation.

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Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice fresh bottle gifted from my birthday. Thanks guys!

Deep dark chocolate brown with a whitish head riding shotgun over the light yeast haze.

Aroma of milk chocolate riding strong over a light plum and raisin aroma. Cardamom, light cinnamon, and a touch of gingery pepper and sweetness.

Flavor of cinnamon runs hard with ginger to run over a sugary brown malt.

Overall a good beer. A little too sweet on the finish, but drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: A deep and murky dark brown with some reddish tones. When held up to a light the red becomes much more prominent. A thin tan head formed but quickly receded. No lacing present.

S: Nose of dark fruits (raisins and figs) along with some dark candys (sweet malts).

T: All sorts of interesting flavors in here. Raisins are very prominent, figs, other dark fruits, brown sugar, rich malt, maybe some slight sour cherries at the end along with some light spices. The flavors work very well together and balance each other out nicely. The alochol is maybe a little too noticeable.

M: Medium-bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: This is a fairly drinkable beer. The very complex flavors are balanced and smooth. This is a good beer and a nice attempt at the style. I will have a Chimay Première and Westmalle Dubbel over the next week or so in order to compare.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a 750 ml. Corked and caged bomber, and looked brownish orange in color when poured. The head atop it was beige, a little shy of two finger thick, and craggy. The smell was lighter than I was expecting, with a floral and soured fruit profile. The taste was sweet and rummy, and not quite as dry as the true Belgian examples I've sampled before. The carbonation was prickly in the mouth as result of the thinner than normal body, and the alcohol was also quite evident. Despite some of these flaws making this a little abnormal for the style, I found it was an overall enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stephendr
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle- color of reddish mahogany , with a thick small bubbled tan head - nose of spices (orange , cloves) , yeast , bright red fruit , brown sugar, malts , and beef broth – taste of red fruit , cloves , yeast , red grapefruit , and candied/dried apricots - body is medium , smooth , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit , molasses , and light hops

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Photo of sleazo
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a unibroue tulip.

A-Pours a dark red, opague with a fluffy cream coloured head which dissipates within a couple of minutes. Minor lace.

S-Dark cherries, rock candy and something astringent.

T- This hits you with a sweet/sour cherry like wave. Then some vapour from the alcohol with a roasted malt bitter finish. There is something unbalanced here.

M-Bubbly, good body.

D-Not bad for the style, though something appears to be amiss here. Not quite sure what it is. I would try this again though.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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