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

722 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 63
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another beer from the large format. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany color with less than 1/4 inch of khaki head that had decent retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly solid for the style, earthy, a bit fruity and a bit of yeast and spice. The flavors were about what you'd expect as well, some grains, some grape and fig flavors, some yeast and spice. The biggest distraction was the noticeable alcohol flavor, it was just strong enough to detract from the other aspects, and lingered at the back end.

The body was pretty good, full and smooth, like what you look for in the style, but that bit of alcohol burn on the finish was distracting. Drinkability was decent, the alcohol taste reduced how much I would drink of this. Overall, a decent take on the style. Not great, but not terrible either. At $10 for a 750, you can find other examples as good, and better, for less cash. Still, worth trying though.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color, after being poured into the glass. The beer did not demonstrate much in the way of carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was grapey aroma that I was not really expecting. I was certainly not expecting much sweetness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste was that it tastes like grapes. The initial was followed with acidic grape and grassy notes, before finishing with a mediciny grape sensation.

Mouthfeel - In fairness, I will state this beer had the mouthfeel of a dubbel. The taste lingers in the mouth, coating the tongue nicely.

Overall - I aged this beer for two years, and I do not feel rewarded for my patience.

Photo of blakelive784
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours an opaque mahogany color with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Retention is okay at best, but it does leave nice cream lacing as it recedes.

S - Spicy phenols, caramel, toasted malt, candied sugar, fig, currant, raisins, cream and toffee notes. The raisin note becomes much more apparent as it warms. Smells really sweet, maybe even overly so.

T - Heavy caramel and tart fruits meddle throughout. The heavy use of raisins, though not usually to my liking, works fairly well in the beer as a whole. The yeast is mostly prevalent near the end. No alcohol show at all. It's a bit imbalanced towards sweet, though I think it's probably appropriate for the style.

M - Medium bodied, wet and smooth.

D - A pretty good dubbel, though I've definitely had better. Good quality, high price, fairly easy drinker. I'd probably have it again.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a lackluster head with zero retention. dark amber in color.

very little on the nose, just a tad of raisin and chocolate. no esters to comment on.

taste is the best part, although not to style. chocolate come through with quite a bit of raisin. chocolate is a bit too pronounced for the style. burnt caramel comes through nicely.

mouthfeel lacks adequate carbonation.

this beer need some tweaks to find it identity. perhaps a yeast change and some more carbonation with a push towards a quadrupel.

Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, figs, dark fruit, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of raisins, dark fruit, bready malts, and alcohol. Raisins are very strong.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok beer but not my favorite from LA. The raisins are very strong and the alcohol comes through in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of ebrauser
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with a rich red/mahogany tone. The head is khaki light about 1" thick.

Smell: Belgian yeast, apples, honey, and wood.

Flavor: Big nuttiness with hints of sour apples to balance the big maltiness. Figs and raisins abound with some spice and nutmeg keeping things interesting.

MF: The beer is flavorful, thick, and borderline syrupy, though it pulls it back just enough.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style - both of which I'm fond of. Cost was $7.99 plus tax. No best before or bottled on date are listed on the label.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated (in spite of the brewery's reputation amongst some beer drinkers).

A: After the satisfying pop of the cork, it pours a three finger head of off-white colour, fluffy smooth texture - very foamy, nice cream, great thickness, and excellent retention for the relatively high ABV. Very frothy. The head doesn't even recede a centimetre after three minutes, and held up for ten minutes during consumption - very impressive indeed. Colour is a tame dark ruby-red - nontransparent but not opaque.

Sm: A strong fig aroma, with definite notes of candied fruits (as per the label), candied sugar, and perhaps raisins - but only when I look for them. Caramelization. Cherries, maybe weak apple, and perhaps plum. Yeast. A pleasant mild strength aroma. Subtle, complex, and inviting.

T: Fig is dominant, but only barely. A delightful creamy open gives way to the candied sugar/clean malt foundation. If present, the raisins are subdued - at least beyond my palatable range. The candied fruits - indistinct though each may be - are wonderful and nicely fill out the flavour profile. Cherry swells on the finish, which is nice alongside a topper pour because it's well complemented by the frothy cream of the head. A full bodied yet subtle brew. Quite pleasant and enjoyable. Fresh and satisfying. The layering is a nice touch. Impressively well balanced and nicely built for a dubbel, experimenting with fruits. I'd like more yeast flavour, but I'm sure that will come as I get towards the bottle's bottom.

I do wish it was more complex; it feels a bit timid as is. Moreover, the notes are rather indistinct, giving it a compressed feel that works against its subtlety rather than for it.

Mf: Frothy and creamy. Smooth and wet. The thickness isn't perfect but it's suitable. Complements the flavours very well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to accentuate them. It's light on the palate, lending it a fragile delicate feel that suits the tingly candied sugar notes fantastically. Perfectly carbonated. The finish leaves me licking me lips.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV - which is itself well concealed. The incorporation of what feels like a high volume of candied fruits was a bold move within the style and pays off well. Bravo for that. I'd certainly have it again, preferably bottle-aged for three or more years. This will satisfy fans of the style, and I'd recommend this generally (but perhaps not specifically to friends). It's a bit pricey though, even here in California. Finally, Lost Abbey has far better beers; this is not one of their best offerings. Indeed, it's merely average for Lost Abbey. [I had to bring this category down to get the letter rating I needed, but the drinkability is a 4 out of 5.]

Drinks perfectly out of a goblet; I recommend a goblet on the narrower end of the spectrum. I'd caution against a snifter for this one; the aroma needs no trapping and the head is ideal in a goblet.

Would pair well with food. I wouldn't recommend spicy or rich food. Maybe a salad or sandwich.

A pretty good candidate for aging, though I don't see it getting significantly better. Maybe it'd move from a B- to a B.

B-

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours deep amber with a white head that soon reduces but leaves nice patterns of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: intriguing fruity (dark fruit) aroma with a some medium malt base and alcohol esters

Flavor: slightly more yeasty/funky than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: near medium body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: lacks the complexity and well hidden ABV of fine Belgian versions.

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Counterpoint.

A- Great color. Plum/raisin when full in the glass, lightens to a pale red/brown when nearly empty. Really attractive purple Belgian. Clean head.

S- Malty, yeasty aroma w/ a touch of fruit.

T- Lightly fruity Belgian, malty, minimally sour.

M- Refreshing and clean. Balanced on the tongue.

O- Nice Belgian if you are looking for something a bit different, or if you are a fan of red ales. Not as sour/fruity as it looks.

Photo of WOTO97
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: cloudy brown with slight orange hues, thin creamy head accompanied by pretty dense lacing

S: (someone was smoking nearby, which doesn't help matters) pretty big sweet malt character, dark berries, faint guava, and possibly kumquat zest

T: plum and sweet malt right away, some fig with slight nutmeg on finish, pepper and cola notes in the background

M: creamy with some stickiness in the back, slightly chewy with big mouth coating feeling

D: likely a one-and-done beer, first half is pretty nice but gets too heavy throughout, sweetness a little too overhwhelming

Photo of jnezda
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having visited the brewery a few weeks ago have had an eye out for their beers. Grabed this one from Clems and poured into a tulip glass. Good off white head, two fingers on initial pour and it stuck around nicely. Limited lacing from e otherwise good pour and I was disappointed with the lack of aroma. Caught some dark fruit but not much from the raisins or the big malt bill. The mouthfeel was great with some good fullness and body, fits what I expect from a dubbel. The candied fruit is pronounced in the taste and provides good Belgian character.

Over all not my favorite Lost Abbey but worth the price tag.

Photo of surfer4life
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Goblet from a 750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown with a very minimal head. Very little lacing to be seen.

S - Huge Malts take up much of the smell with hints of citrus, plum and nutmeg.

T - Something off about this one. Not much of what I smell comes through in taste. Unlike their Judgement Day, I can't taste the raisins. Not as sweet as most dubbels.

M - High Carbonation makes the mouth feel crisp and clean with each swallow.

D - It's ok, not sure that I would seek this out again, but wouldn't turn it down if it's all there was.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: First the outside: obviously this was producded with some resources backing it up - fully corked and caged, 3 separate full color unique labels affixed to the bottle. Basically, nice packaging but the proof is in the...pour. The pour comes out a little weak. Head isn't what I was hoping for, instead I get a low fizzy off-white head with very little retention that slims off to nothing almost immediately. The color is nice; deep burgundy brown, burnt tones, deep red edging and a rich center.

Aroma: Smell is nice, this is wear I start to pick up a bit o' Belgium. Some good dried fruity sweetness, caramel, light spicing, a bit of alcohol heat, slight undertone of wet hay, deep down earthiness.

Taste: Maybe this is a beer to lay down, but I'm not getting the quality brew I was expecting from Mr. Arthur. This is light up front, slightly watery with a bit of alcohol and only a smidge of dried fruit. Finally as it moves through to the middle I get some hints of the taste that the aroma alluded to: fig, caramel, some roastiness, good sweet mailtiness, yes it is coming through. But then it finishes way hot and high on the alcohol with very little quality aftertaste. Those good middle notes have moved on and I do have some wet bitterness and slight alcohol aftertaste. Not much else.

Mouth: This too seems thin. Light body, strangely low carbonation, not too fillingin the mouth. The beer moves too quickly out of my mouth just when I want something good to stick around.

Drinkability: This is tough. While I COULD drink more of these because it's relatively easy to drink there's not manyt reasons why I would want to. Maybe to see if the second is better than the first.

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this one!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed caramelish brown with a thin tan head that gradually becomes a thick swirl. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is of raisins/dates/figs and caramel candy.

The taste is of sweet maltiness with caramel and some raisins/dates/figs. There is an herbal, slightly metallic bitterness and some raw alcohol mixed in, yet it keeps its caramel sweetness. There is a bit of a bready yeastiness going on, especially as it progresse. Something rather harsh/raw about it.

The feel is a bit awkward. There is a spritz that is not really effervescent. It falls off, leaving a thinness, yet it is not thin. Texture is not as creamy as I would like, but it holds up.

An interesting enough brew. One that I would have been glad to split, but was able to gradually, slowly, sip away. A nice enough attempt at the style, and one that I enjoyed smelling more than drinking. There is a rawness/greenness to it.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown in color with a one finger tall light tan head. The head on this beer dissipates rather quickly. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate amounts of sweetness is observed in the aroma - highlighting it would be caramel and dark fruits (raisin/plum/fig). Also, there are some hints of woodiness to this beer.

T: The flavors start with a crisp apple, followed by dark fruit sweetness (raisin/fig), malty sweetness like caramel, and the finish has some spices in it. Overall the flavor is more dominated by a woodiness that increases as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: Not my favorite example of the style - there might be just a little too much woodiness and not quite enough sweetness/sugars in the beer. Not an unenjoyable beer but not one that I will be running out to get again.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

caged and cored 750mL bottle, with date stamped on as bottled 4/7/11.

appears a murky chestnut brown color, with 1" cream colored head. decent head retention. sweet malty aroma, typical of the style.

the raisins seem to be there in the taste, with a touch of brown sugar, and caramel malt. medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel.

overall - good, but for the price, I'd take most Belgian dubbels over it.

Photo of DIM
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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