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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

716 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 716
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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

redliner8, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -23.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -23.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

laurastradford, Jan 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

nanobrew, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Rau71, May 10, 2013
Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at where else, the yardhouse in Irvine.

A - Pours a deep auburn color, little head, and little carbonation.

S - Raisins, prunes, brown sugar, and dark candi sugar.

T - Brown sugar, raisiny, with slight alcohol taste.

M - A little thin, syrupy, but fairly smooth.

D - I expected a little more out of this one and felt it could have been a winter wheat wine. The esters were not very apparent either.

MisterClean, May 29, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a hazy dark orange brown color. The head is pretty big at first but then it settles down into just a thin tan line over the beer. The smell was a little earthy with some dark fruits and spices mixed in there. The taste wasn't too bad at first while it was still cold, I found this beer to become a little gross as it warmed up. Not sure why, usually that's not a problem with beers. The mouthfeel was decent here, overall the smell and look of the beer are the only good thing about it.

Knapp85, May 17, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, kinda murky, tan head, nothing to look at here in the special category. Aroma, mild nuttiness and some belgian yeast, kind of like what I imagine a belgian nut brown would be.

Taste, hate to say it, but it was bland at best. Mild dark fruit, soggy wood, sweetness, no hops. Not a bad beer, but was just so ordinary for me. Not a big dubbel fan by any means, so at least it was tolerable. Alcohol seemed a little more than what I was looking for at the time. Rough raisin texture and presence in the mouthfeel.

Wouldn't recommend other than if you're all about this style or you just want something different to try. Like so much of LA's stuff more.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of scar
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Belgian beers and seek them out. This beer is above average but not good/great. The appearance was very traditional and can't discount the beer for this reason.

The smell was very lacking. I mean these beers have the rep for being legendary for their complexity and much of this appeal is usually found in the aroma. Very dull, tiny amount of dark fruit, nothing great.

Taste was very lacking. These abbey beers need to be made with Pilsner malt. Okay, I said it. Many American companies try to make these beers with US 2-row. Guess what?... I can taste it. Not to be boring, but it results in a beer that doesn't taste as authentic as Ommegang or the imports, without going into much detail.

Mouth-feel good, but not sticky, beer needs more sugar. Overall a good beer, but lacking, and it hurts me to say this because these beers have been in our dreams for a long time here on the east coast.

scar, Jan 25, 2012
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.

warmstorage, Nov 11, 2008
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3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear ruby/deep amber. Minimal white head. Leaves tons of spotty lacing.

S - overall the aroma is a little under whelming for the style. Otherwise there are pronounced raisin esters. Some cherry as well. Hints of toffee in the backround. Not much else to speak of.

T - sweetness hits the tounge immediately. Followed by the notes of raisins. There seems to be a balancing tartness. Sour cherries perhaps. Subtle notes of spice which linger on past the finish.

M - medium bodied leaning towards full with a bubbly carbonation.

O - I'm a huge fan of the Dubbel style but this left me a little hunderwhelmed. None of those bright phenolics. Still a decent beer but it doesn't quite fit the style for me.

Teleweizen2, Jan 27, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Half of finger of frothy head. The beer is matte mud brown but grows translucent and attractive when backlit.

S: Belgian yeast. Spiced fruit. Unsurprising and unassuming.

T: Strangely bitter, in an herbal sort of way, with a touch of coffee on the aftertaste. Otherwise, fairly mundane. Brief, boring fruit is saved only by a spiciness that ties in to the flavour that one reviewer astutely compared to Angostura bitters. The maintaste is incredibly brief, with no staying power. Unfortunate.

M: Rather flat, but with a little bit of sparkle on the tongue (not carbonation; tingly flavors).

O: Not terribly impressive, and one of the most disappointing Lost Abbey beers I've ever had. I wouldn't speak out against it, but I probably won't have another one. If you want a dubbel, stick to the Belgian versions.

AgentMunky, Mar 11, 2012
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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
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy brown with modest lacing
S - Subtle floral, citrus and honey. Very pleasant.
T - A bit watery and thin overall. Some sourness upfront. Finishes with a bitter coffee-like aftertaste.
M - Thin. Light to medium carbonation.
O - An underwhelming Belgian. Smell is strong point, taste is disappointing.

JakesCrew, Dec 26, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

griffey123, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of russwbeck
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hard brown pour, with hints of red along the sides. Nice sized light brown to off-white and creamy head. Retention is ok and lacing is nice.

S: Dark fruits, including raisins and plums, along with a caramel maltiness mostly. A bit of yeastiness as well.

T: The taste is all fruits and malts for me, with slight yeastiness and spiciness. The fruits are the focus, with a caramel maltiness coming after. Perhaps a bit of alcohol on the backend. The flavor sits on your tongue for a while.

MF: Carbonation is good. Medium bodied with only a lightly dry finish. Alcohol really doesn't come through that much.

O: This was a miss for me, kind of a letdown. The flavor profile is just meh IMO. Didn't go down all that easily, and the lingering flavor wasn't very appealing.

russwbeck, Mar 26, 2011
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3.24/5  rDev -17.1%

Shollers, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 03:58 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

wmobley, Apr 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

mendvicdog, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

jkane101, Mar 16, 2014
Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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