Lost & Found
The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Ranked #26
Ranked #14,279
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Dec 31, 2021
Jul 11, 2006
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.18 by irishevans from California on Dec 31, 2021
3.56 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 08, 2021
4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Nov 13, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Bottled 1/21 pours a clear deep mahogany color with short khaki head leaving a ring of bubbles and minimal scattered lacing. Nose is mild sweet malt with hints of stone fruit . Taste follows with a sweet dryish finish. Not much yeast influence for the style. A bargain for $9 at Grocery Outlet.

Nov 01, 2021
4 by midlifec from Michigan on May 08, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bminor7 from New York

An old bottle around 10 years old. $19 wherever I bought it.
Great color. Clear. Crisp. Won’t get it again because of availability but it was nice to try their stuff. Remember when Angel’s Share was all the rave?

Jan 12, 2021
3.79 by edthehead from New York on Jan 02, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled 3/26/18, so 3 months shy of 3 years old.

Looks decent. Reddish brown body. Small light tan head shrinks to a fat ring and sparse covering. Spidery lacing initially.

Malty dark fruit aroma.

On tasting, well, it follows the nose. A light bitterness pops up now and again.

Mouth between full and medium, finish sweet malt with the odd bitter hit.

Overall, so-so dubbel. Nothing jumps out. Could do without the faint bitter notes.

Dec 20, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Guaro from Italy

Garnet color with copper reflections, medium-fine-grained ivory foam, generous and with
good seal. Aromatic bouquet, molasses, raisins, fig, plum and cherry, hint of chocolate. On the palate it is sweet and reflects the olfactory notes with the addition of dates and dried nuts. The finish with very light hoppy tinges with herbs and suggestions of vanilla, woody and spicy notes. Sweet and abv aftertaste present in a balanced way with a pleasant and elegant trail of raisins underneath. Medium and soft body with high sparkle.

Nov 15, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by janubio from Spain

75 cl. bottle bought some years ago at the extinguish XXXII Great Power of Beer and Wine.erved at home in a trappist glass. Hazy dark brown colour with some red cues, medium head and retention, good lacing.
Aroma of raisins, muscatel, caramel, figs, chocolate.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste of raisins, vanilla, figs, caramel, chocolate.

Jun 09, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by sjdevel from Utah

Looks a deep dark brown with a reddish hue. Super foamy and great head retention. It's like soap bubbles along the side of the glass.

Smell is pretty weak. Some caramel.. prune... Raisin... tobacco... Only hints

Taste is pretty complex. At first you get a dark richness like you are drinking a dark strong. Rich caramel and dark brown sugar... Some charred oak...tobacco....slight nuttiness... Loads of Belgian yeast and bread. Gets reAlly sweet with almost chocolate syrup and then starts to fade out and dry out. Super rich.

Feels a bit thin to me for a funnel but in the medium category still. Stays effervescent.

Overall this is an amazing beer. It's a funnel in steroids....as it reminds me more of a quadrupel/dark strong. Very rich and flavorful and packs a punch at 10+%. It doesn't smell or taste boozy...but you can feel it for sure. Great!!!!! Beer!!!!!!!

Dec 29, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

Pours a dark amber with a large quantity of fluffy head threatening the top of a teku. Plenty of fruity notes compared to many dubbels, thanks to the added raisins. More diacetyl than I would like on the nose, but it is joined by cherry and yeast rolls with some Belgian esters, and the diacetyl largely vanishes on the palate. A classic from my time living in southern California, I'm glad it's still available for me on occasion now.

Nov 19, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 11/18/12: Pours a murky dark amber/pale brown producing a single finger of dense, short-lived, beige head that settles to a filmy surface cap and collar leaving thin streaks of lace behind. Aroma is warm raisin bread, cola-like brown sugar/caramel, yeast and spice. Taste is similar but sweet with more intense maltiness adding dark fruits and slight banana with pepper spice and clove in the dry finish. The aftertaste is a thin malty but lingering version of the pepper spice and clove finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft medium plus carbonation, smooth but crisp and lively in the mouth. Drinks pretty easy for an 8% ABV.

Oct 28, 2019
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 05, 2019
3.85 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on May 15, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on April 12, 2019. Look is dark garnet with a thick off-white head. Smell Smell and taste is malty with dark dried fruit notes. Feel is medium to full in body.

Apr 16, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Interesting. Thoughtful. Complex.
Poured into an Unibroue tulip, my caged bottle was a year old.
Even with a gentle pour, I got a voluminous head that settled with a respectable thinness and left some lace. An OK garnet.
Smells are dark raisins and the yeast working the malts to make more dark fruit.
Tastes also unfold twice, creating a nice complexity and giving me more than one chance to guess what is going on. The skilled use of brewers sugar is evident. But, there is too much reliance on the raisins and not enough on the malt... per the Belgian masters that have been making dubbels for generations in little cloistered communities. Dubbels are a difficult ale for Americans to make without having the heritage. In future recipes, less raisins and more malt.
Modest bubbles is the right choice for this dubbel to show itself off. And it even finishes dry.

I had Lost & Found with a vegetable soup. An OK pairing; given that Lost Abbey focusses on their ales, but not on how well their ales go with food.

I've Had 11 from Lost Abbey, but never reviewed their website. Interestingly, Port Brewing split off the Belgian brewing. And that seems to make sense for staff and marketing in a more difficult tradition. Lost Abbey is among the more committed American crafters in interpreting the Belgian tradition. Only one of the ales did I rate below the average.

I intended to go to Lost Abbey's Confessional when I was last in San Diego (but I was there for Thanksgiving.) But I will make it confess. I promise. In the meantime, start a food menu. Do some suggested pairing. It's very Belgian.

Jan 30, 2019
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by the_awesometeer from California

The beer is hazy brown/ dark caramel color with a foamy head that lingered most of my drink. Nice malt aromas and dark cherry and some spices as well. Smelled like a dessert. The beer tastes like a sweet bread mixtures of banana and raisin behind the cinnamon, spices, and brown sugar. The beer is not overly sweet which is nice. This beer is extremely easy to drink but hard to open (I suck at corks)

Jan 03, 2019
4.05 by antihero404 from California on Nov 05, 2018
4.69 by chiefz1 from New York on Oct 13, 2018
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 02, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by kreisermj from California

Roughly a third of a 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Resilient and rich 1-and-a-half finger light-tan head that persists long after the pour. Color is deep amber and translucent; there is active carbonation. Dark dried fruits and rich molasses are evident on the nose – sweet dates, raisins, toasted walnuts and a hint of oak round out the smell on this one. After a few sips, I’m acquainted with the more obvious flavors (raisins and some nutmeggy spice which come though strong at the beginning and fade to a touch of bitter roasted coffee at the end). After a few more sips, some other, less-prominent flavors come through; nutty richness gives the brew a thick body, while toasted malt leads into a bit of alcoholic warmth. Mouthfeel is velvet cream that leaves behind a bit of stickiness as it dissolves. It’s pure, dripping boozy sweetness -- indulgent and delightful. Despite my summer quaffing, this beer seems like it would be a most appropriate winter beer to drink as you recline in the chair by the fireside after dinner.

Aug 06, 2018
3.78 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Aug 05, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a 750ml bottle. Cloudy brown color with a finger of tan head. Smells of bread, malt, and raisins. Medium body with lots of carbonation. Caramel and raising flavors with a dry finish. Tasty and true to the style. Not quite as complex as the Belgian counterparts.

Jun 24, 2018
4.03 by tyjohnson55 from California on May 25, 2018
3.65 by Muss42 from Michigan on May 13, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 750ml corked bottle in a snifter. This most excellent brew
pours a medium dark and slightly murky amber tinged brown with a
nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and
displays some subtle lacing. Nose of definite raisin, subtle sweet cherry,
brown sugars, and yeasty goodness. Flavors excel in the style with a dark
raisin note awash in medium dark brown sugars, subtle cherry, subtle
vanilla, and a touch of yeasty bread with cola notes. Very nice mouth feel;
medium body, nice soft medium carbonation, and a lightly sweet and subtly
dry finish.

I like me some dubbel action, this one fit the bill and look forward to trying
more from this most excellent brewery.


May 08, 2018
3.71 by Nunya from Ohio on Apr 22, 2018
3.89 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Mar 20, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by SomethingClever from Ohio

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a can glass.

A: Big chunky, fat, slightly caramel colored head that settles slowly to a brown film. The body is a nice copper brown color with fairly good clarity.

S: Burnt sugars, and cinnamon, raisin comes through nicely, lots of doughy bread malts.

T: Lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, a little clove, and banana. If the raisin is there it's faint almost in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied nice balanced carbonation drinks lighter than the ABV suggests.

O: This beer is quite good, maybe it's just been awhile since I've had a dubbel but this is hitting on all cylinders for me.

Mar 11, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pathman from Ohio

2/16/18 draft @ Brew Kettle Hudson

Feb 16, 2018
3.96 by intensify from Colorado on Feb 12, 2018
3.81 by leitmotif from Romania on Feb 04, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Hazy reddish color with beige head. Aroma is malty with some caramelized sugar and dried fruits. Taste is sugary, malty and yeasty with some dried dates flavor. Medium body, medium plus carbonation. A really decent dubbel but it's not really a style I enjoy especially.

Feb 03, 2018
3.9 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Jan 13, 2018
4.25 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Dec 18, 2017
5 by igl from Russian Federation on Dec 16, 2017
4 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Nov 03, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 8.05 (Including tax)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 0.317/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Undated bottle on shelf at store, stored at 42 degrees in my reefer, then served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Sweet, caramel and raisins.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive pour), high density, light tan, good retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular five to eight mm ring fed by effervescence, with drag marks, and a complete layer of varying thickness.
Lacing – None, after the legs from the first pour are gone.
Body – Dark chestnut, clear, effervescent.
Flavor – Moderately sweet, the caramel and raisin on the nose somehow miss the taste buds. No hop flavor, no yeastiness, no alcohol (8% ABV), no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Impression: Dubbels are my favorite style of Belgian beers. This, to me, is a mediocre example of the style, lacking in advertised (and expected) complexity. At least it is non-offensive. The price point is appropriate.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5. Overall 3.5.

Oct 21, 2017
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