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

350 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 350
Hads: 774
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 65
Gots: 119 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 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. (653 characters)

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. (383 characters)

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 (779 characters)

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. (1,148 characters)

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. (569 characters)

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. (1,206 characters)

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. (638 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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. (364 characters)

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. (1,166 characters)

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. (563 characters)

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. (311 characters)

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. (435 characters)

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. (473 characters)

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. (949 characters)

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. (602 characters)

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 (373 characters)

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. (523 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/28/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Ruby red, maybe a touch chestnut-brown as well. 1/2 inch frothy head rises. Settles as a light rim. Decent cobweb lace.

Smell- Very malty with a heavy caramel candied scent. Loads of toffee and a good amount of dark fruits including figs and rasins. Reminds me of RR Benediction.

Taste- Toffee candied taste with a sugary caramel finish. The figs and rasins are there, but are overpowered by the rich caramel malt. Wonderful strong flavors.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated at first, but dies down as the beer opens up and warms. Heavy mouthfeel for a dubbel.

Drinkability- Hits reall hard for a dubbel and has the most flavor I've ever had per style besides maybe Westy 8....nice company for sure as that was my favorite dubbel. Matched if not better than my previous favorite amercian dubbel (RR Benediction). (1,004 characters)

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

Recieved in the Double Trouble BIF.
Pours a dark amber with some red hues. 1/2" tan head that recedes to a thick film on top and holds there. Lacing is smattered all over the glass. Decent enough head but not up to the standard for the style.
Lot's of dark ripe fruits in the aroma. Raisins, plums.
Has a grainy flavor to it. Also reminds me of toasted raisin bread. Flavors blend well but nothing really stands out. Nicely balanced.
Feels good in the mouth. Good carbonation.
This is a flavorful beer that's worthy of a beer purchase and a good beer over all. It's not one of the top beers for the style though. (617 characters)

Photo of uberabr
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish brown with caramel hues. Big fluffy light tan head dies pretty quick, leaving no real lacing. Smells sweet and grassy, some definite plum, fig, and cherry, along with some tropical fruits- mango and banana, and a sharp ethanol spice.

Taste is mellow and warming. Pepper, spice, candy sugars and fruity esters are well rounded and very enjoyable. The buttery diacetyl is just a little too strong- my only real complaint, and it makes the mouthfeel somewhat oily. There's also a slightly sour effect from the acetaldehyde, but it's not the typical green apple cloying taste you find with a lot of young Belgians. The booze taste comes through a little, which I don't like with a relatively low abv- but if you like the alcohol taste this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Definitely a sipper.

All in all a strong brew, especially for a California dubbel. However, it really lacks confidence. The flavors are all enjoyable but perhaps too well rounded- nothing stands out. The color is moderate, even the head doesn't stick around long enough to enjoy. It definitely has some potential for aging, but it won't ever be spectacular- something which I have no doubt this brewery is capable of producting. (1,225 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (1,698 characters)

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best American made dubbel I've tried to date...

What a great tasting beer. Poured into my tulip glass with a dark raisin color, topped off with a fairly decent, lingering tan head. This is one of the best smelling beers yet, with banana bread hitting you right away, followed by malts and brown sugar. This beer could be made into incense...Tasted of dark fruits (the raisin mixture they add contributes to some great flavoring) malt, and again, subtle hints of brown sugar and fresh wheat bread. The mouth feel was fairly substantial, but the beer is so good that two 22oz bottles wouldn't be a problem. Pairs with the usual dubbel suspects- mild flavorful cheeses- though it would be a great after dinner finisher...Enjoy (738 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour is a typical Belgium double...dark amber almost with no light penetrating...soft off white head of two fingers that melts to a top capping lacing.
Aromas are toasted amber malts, dark Belgium fruits (raisins, prunes, etc) and a hint of tropical...pineapple perhaps?
Taste is sweet candy toasted amber malts, dark sweet fruits (again, raisins, plums, prunes, etc), and a soft bitterness as you swallow.
Aftertaste is clean with only the memory of the flavors in the taste left behind.
Mouthfeel is full with the massive tiny carbonation. (549 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (747 characters)

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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