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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

687 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 64
Gots: 80 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-11-2006)
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Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber red colour with a smooth, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Malty and somewhat fruity aroma. Some clove and nutmeg notes. Raisins. Good but lacking depth and real complexity.

Sweet malt hits up first but with it drying quickly and moving into dried fruits, raisins, some earthiness and plenty of spice. There is a lightly carbonic note.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A decent beer at a great price. Nicely carbonated. The flavour doesn't quite do it for me but I don't mind this.

dgilks, May 05, 2012
Photo of olympicgatorade
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

olympicgatorade, May 02, 2012
Photo of Abe_Froman
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Abe_Froman, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

kaelingirl, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ColSanders123, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Snellgg5, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Ajax84
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Ajax84, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

theminutemen, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 23, 2010

Pours a deep brown, hints of ruby red, with a large and frothy off-white head. OK retention.

Lots of raisin, plum and fig in the nose. Bready malt as background, but the raisin and other fruit scents are the dominant aroma.

Surprisingly boozy, the raisins are strong again in the taste but accompanied with obvious alcohol and a woody flavour. Caramel and bready malt. Relatively sweet with a candied fruit flavour. A bit of spice. Pretty good- I actually think the boozy element works in its favour, though it was not what I was expecting. Tastes stronger than its 8%. Aftertaste is a bit off.

Quite strongly carbonated, full bodied. A fair degree of astringency, drying out the mouth.

Overall, quite good. The aftertaste does not work for me but otherwise quite enjoyable.

jrenihan, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark rustic brick-orange with a dense clarity shows a foamy delight rising 2 fingers high with a parchment color and porous surface content. Sparse loosely packed carbonation bubbles rise at a good pace. Fair head retention with minimal lace.

S: Aroma of raisins show only small flashes of existence along with dry grains and bread as well dried apple slices. Alcohol of 8.0% is only modestly shown and quiet thus far.

T: The flavor is fruity, apple, cardamon, dried speciality grains with some Belgian yeastiness of grapes, melon, and fresh pear. Raisins, softly dried orange, starfruit, and some acidity. Warm fruitiness still little sign of the 8.0% alcohol.

M: light, frothy textured with a warm fruitiness.

O: Overall a nice drinking, smooth and easy going down dubbel.

beerthulhu, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy ruby color with a smaller off-white head. The head faded at a moderate pace giving way to a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The nose was of grapes and a little bit of dark fruit. There was a light yeasty aroma mixed in as well.

Taste-The taste was largely of sweeter white grape up front. The lightness of the grape flavor darkened over time giving way to a more red grape and raisin flavor toward the middle and the end. At the very end of the taste there were hints of cherry that worked their way into the flavor and mixed with a alcohol-boozy taste that left its mark on the tongue, in a nice warming way.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was medium with an average level of carbonation. Nothing to amazing.

Overall – A god easy to drink “winey” beer with a nice flavor profile.

Darkmagus82, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Davit, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up at Total Wine.

A - A cloudy amber, with 2 fingers of head and tons of sticky lace all over the glass. Impressive

S - Malty goodness. Figs, raisins, fruit, but not too sweet. Faint sugar aroma.

T - Light fruity flavor. Lots of sweet malts, but not too sweet. Not much hop flavor. Apples is the predominant fruit

M - Light and smooth

O - A very easy drinking beer, with a very good light fruit taste. Well done

BeerDawgs, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Myst
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Myst, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

brez8791, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of nickseevers
4.25/5  rDev +9%

nickseevers, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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-

kojevergas, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of yokken
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mantissa, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

JohnK17, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mecmd, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

blakelive784, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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
Photo of jbonapar
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased somewhere in Boston. You American's as so lucky..such a great beer selection! Anyway...

Poured an almost burnt Amber. Thick head and clear.

Odor of subtle Banana and fig...So nice.

SPice, fig, alcohol and a warming subtle hop backbone. Love this. Very complex with so much going on i can't quite nail it.

Havnt had a beer from here I didn't like..

jbonapar, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of onewetpaw
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a corked and caged bomber.

A- Figs and black pepper.

A- Ruby to amber with a thick beige head.

F- Slight warming alcohol. Flavors of raisins and figs. A slightly rummy flavor. Low to moderate fruity esters reminding me of a belgian beer, in a great way.

M- High carbonation and dry quality that clears the palate rapidly.

O- A super interesting beer with lots of depth. The fig type flavors are something I enjoy. This is my first Lost Abbey beer and I can say I'm a fan and that it lives up to the hype.

onewetpaw, Mar 06, 2012
Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.