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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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very good

734 Ratings

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 07-11-2006

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.
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Photo of ppoitras
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with Jetsbeer. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head dwindles quickly and loudly, not unlike a soda's froth, with no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is sweet and spicy, with sedate dark fruitiness. Taste is malty upfront, with spicing coming on strong in the middle, carrying on to the close, where the fruit enters the picture as well. Mouthfeel seems carbonated to a fault, hard to get a handle on the flavors around all the bubbles on the tongue, and reasonably nice and drinkable. Not quite what I was hoping for, but still a sturdy representative of the style.

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.

Photo of Beaverflops
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohnTerrizzi
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: poured from bottle into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: coppery redish brown. some whitish head that dissipates rapidly. a little lacing.

Smell: fruity. almost like a champagne.

Taste: sour fruit. raisins. champagne like.

Mouthfeel: not much carbonation. nice mouthfeel.

Overall: great beer. tastes similar to Chimay Rouge. would definitely drink again.

Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of voteforgoat
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app - medium dark brown with beige head.

taste - tannic, fruity, yeasty, raisins. complex - there's a lot going on. I'm imagining strawberries and mushrooms, though that's ridiculous. A bit of alcohol heat.

smell - brown sugar, yeast, subdued.

mouthfeel - mild carbonation but appropriate. slightly creamy, full body. Some definite, very pleasant tartness in the finish. Nice balance of flavors. I can't decide if that's residual sweetness in the beer or if it's dry, which is kinda fascinating.

overall - happy with the purchase. I've been trying to branch out of my funky saison/sour lambic fixation and re-visit styles I drank more often in the past. Decided to try the Lost Abbey line-up..totally due to the flack they get on this website. Overall, very good beer and am looking forward to the rest of the Lost Abbey line-up.

Photo of clickpush
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Deep dark ruby colored beer with a soft looking one inch tan head that looks like someone was blowing bubbles into the beer... very interesting and gorgeous. Big halo and pretty lacings remain after the head has settled down a bit.

Nose: Delicious, like banana nut bread. Lots of yeast and malt character, touches of the grains' roast. It couldn't smell any better if you were in the kitchen while someone was baking a loaf of bread.

Mouth: Very malt forward, yet not as sweet as the aroma would imply. Actually a little strange, it's somewhat dry up front and has a wet finish. Roast malt flavors touched up with a slight hop bitterness give this one a lasting after taste. Up front there's not a whole lot going on, though it's really enjoyable and drinkable. Also, mouthfeel, though it enters quite aggressively, but the time it reaches the back it's settled and feels a bit weak.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a medium dark brown and a two finger of tan foam with a load of lace on the side of a tulip glass. The smell was a little weak, but there was a smell of roasted malts and fruit aroma. The taste was of the roasted malts, with a sweet fruity finish along with and nicely balance of sweetness and bitterness on the palate.

Photo of jbaker67
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown with orange highlights, nice foamy white head with okay lacing. Murky appearance. Nose is raisins, apricot, slightly sour notes. Reminds of pinot noir. Earthy notes sneaking through. Taste is quite subdued for the strength: strong raisin, slight plum and fig, hints European hops flickering in and out. Some tingle from the carbonation, but a very soft mouthfeel overall. Not transcendent, but a hell of a beer.

Photo of rallison
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp into a large red wine glass.

A: Cloudyish earthy brown color with a huge head that recedes to a nice lacing.

S: Yeasty, malty smell. Nothing out of the ordinary - a quite common Belgian sort of smell.

T: Some sweetness from the bready malts, with dark fruits. Maybe a bit of cinnamon and other spices.

M: Too carbonated to make this a favorite. Even after letting it sit for 20 minutes, it's still well carbonated. Although, at that point, it's at a nice level to give a bite to the swallow. Very Unibroue like carbonation. Mouthfeel is not thin nor thick. Not much alcohol to speak of.

D: Good drinkability on this one. Tasty, and not heavy.

Altogether a solid effort by the wonderful folks at Lost Abbey.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with orange highlights with a thin head that left very little sticky lacing on the glass. The nose consisted of slight belgian yeast notes figs, raisins, slight spice and brown sugar with some underlying booze notes. There also seems to be faint chocolate and coffee notes. Upfront the dark fruits and candy sugar strike first on the palate with chocolate, slight coffee, and malty accents which also had a little booze on the back end. The brew was medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky and slight boozy finish. It drank quite well but wasn't as potent on the flavor as I thought it would be for a dubbel. It also seemed to be a little thin for the style as well. I honestly think the bottle version is better IMO.

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark,murky orange hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that stays and leaves a nice rim of lacing,the smell is raisins,figs,spices and herbal hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of raisins,figs,candy,liquorice and finished with a spicy herbal hoppyiness but not overly bitter just bitter enough to counteract the sweetness first encountered and overall a nice enterpretation of a belgian ale.

Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of keanex
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 750ml caged and corked bottle with no freshness date.

A: Clear deep garnet body with a thin creamy looking tan head. Very appealing looking.

S: Slight dark fruits with a sugar sweetness, raisons do come through as do some apples, but well balanced.

T: Very sweet, sugar and raison flavor from start to finish with light chocolate notes. This is good and easy to drink.

M: Full bodied with decent amount of fizzy mouth expanding carbonation.

O: This is a good brew, but overall I'm not too impressed. There's a great delicate balance to this though with a nice complexity.

Photo of DavidSomers
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle at the Monk's Cafe Lost Abbey dinner the other night. This was paired along side the Amazin Grace brew. The beer poured a deep amber colored body with a medium thickness tan head. The nose has a malty sweet character with some fruits notes to boot. The taste is more of the same with a nice malt profile and some dried fruit characters as well.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a clouded dark-red color with a half-inch of foamy white head that falls quickly and has average lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, candi sugar, apricot, and some lovely yeast aromas.

T: Raisins, figs, candi sugar, cherries, and some tangy citrus on the back end.

M: It has a medium body with some bubbly carbonation and a palate-sticking finish.

D: This is a lighter and fruitier version of the style; well done.

Photo of flexabull
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of dark sweet fruits, stewed tea, creamy, sweet, and some bready malts.

Taste is tea like, of roasted, bready, spicy malts, and dark fruits. Flavors are quite clean, crisp, and with a creamy and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very clean and full, with a long finish. There is good carbonation that is crisp and clean.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid Belgian Dubbel. Not quite world class, but still very solid and worth a try.

Photo of Taologic
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Anthony1
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a thin creme head that falls to nothing pretty fast. Nice sugary and spicy nose. I really do wish I knew my spices better because I feel like I should be able to pinpoint this somehow. Flavor is smoothly sweet, though a tad of tang is there. Spices are clearly evident, but don't overpower. It's got some nice character to it. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is decent. This is a pretty easy drinker. There is some good character on it and it's definitely not boring. Mind blowing? No. Nice to drink? Sure.

Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tony223366
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 24, 2011.

A: Very pretty dark reddish brown. Slightly cloudy. Tan colored head was around 1 finger. Eventually it fell away though.

S: I'm getting big raisins (for good reason) Toffee. Definitely some spices and brown sugar at the finish.

T: Wow, big raisins up front but this beer is surprisingly not too sweet. Caramel malt flavor and finishes with a nice warming alcohol. Some spicy phenols present themselves but not in a dominant way.

M: Very smooth, creamy and delicious feeling. Almost like it should be a desert.

O: Good stuff. I think it needed a more bold flavor but good nonetheless.

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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