Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- 1/4-1/2" tan head on a clear really deep amber body. Nice decent lacing that sticks to glass a bit too.
S- Some fruit hints with a touch of light hops with a bit of malts. Some yeast comes through a bit too. Cherry, plums, and bit of raisins.
T- Quite a big fruit flavor comes out. Follows the smell on the fruits (cherries, plums, and maybe a touch of raisins). Alcohol tingles the tongue and has a very light warming in the back of throat. Some light hop notes with a touch of bitterness. Not sure which hop flavor it is. Some caramel (maybe toffee) malt fill the mouth too. This comes along with a nice helping of spices also.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- This is a very tasting brew and glad I got one for myself (nearly didn't). I will be picking more of this up next time I go down to Cali.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I want to start by saying, that usually I'm turned off by beer brewed with raisins. Boy was I wrong about the raisin.

A: Dark reddish brown with lots of carbonation and a nice bit of head that faded quickly.

S: Raisins, yea raisins, lightly sweet, some yeast & malt

T: Wonderful, ripe fruit, OK, maybe raisins

M: Smooth & creamy, nice

D: Very drinkable. I would like another please

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Photo of GilGarp
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a few too many hop bombs lately, I've decided to go back to a style that has long been a favorite, Belgian dubbel.

This is my first of the Lost Abbey's beers and I'm happy to have them in Colorado. I secretly hope this encourages New Belgium to go back to their roots and make some great belgian style ales. Maybe even re-release Abbey Gran Cru?! On to the review...

The bottle is beautiful for starters. It has a stunning label, a black wire cage over real cork, and a metal cap with the brewery's logo. It pops quietly and pours slowly into the center of a tulip glass with almost no head. It is dark walnut brown with a faint hint of redness and good clarity.

Aromas are subtle but very pleasant. Mainly fruits and some spice.

Flavor is excellent with all the telltale signs of a great dubbel - raisins, figs, plums, apples, spices, and nuts. It's very enjoyable and complex. Luckily, Lost Abbey does not display the common attribute of American versions being overpowered. The great thing about Belgian styles is that they have many flavors that all get along together without shouting over one another.

Mouthfeel is great, nice and smooth, and I'm glad it isn't too carbonated the way Belgians often are.

Drinkability is very good as well and if it were lower in alcohol, I could drink it all night.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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..

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a murky amber-brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Candi sugar, brown sugar, raisins and a whiff of spice (anise, clove, maybe coriander too).

T-Probably my favorite dubbel ever. Sweet and complex, with the expected candi sugar mixing with a nice brown sugar flavor, raisins and plums with some nice spicing.

M-Rich and a bit creamy and a bit thick on the tongue.

D-An easy drinker, satisfying but not too heavy on ABV to finish the bomber myself.


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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours an opaque, reddish-brown color. There was a decent sized tan head on the pour, but it dropped away rather quickly. Very nice nose. Raisins, rum, caramel, slight spiciness, a mix of some other fruits and some other unidentifiable sources of sweetness. The taste is very good. There is a lot going on in there, but you can pick out some raisin, caramel, dark fruits, and I believe a touch of roastiness just trying to peak out. Very Nice!

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Photo of dnichols
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a capped and corked 750 ml bottle into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a cloudy mahogany color that when back lit was a bright cherry hue. The head was a light caramel with sticky bubbles that receded leaving a modest lacing.

S: I was first hit with a burst of dark molasses, dark roasted sweet malts, and yeasty dark aromas. There was also a undercurrent of dark spices and a moderate hop profile.

T: True to its aroma it gave an initial burst of sweet dark molasses and dark fruits with an earthy coffee backside. There was a woody and smoky flavor that blended well with a bit of spice and a distinct alcohol bite.

M: It was creamy and full bodied with a sticky richness, balanced carbonation and a sweet dry finish.

D: Nice dubbel with a decent kick, pleasant flavor and reasonably complex profile. I will keep a couple in my stash for tasting in a year or so...this one will improve with age.

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Photo of CC93
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Previously poured in a 20oz stein glass, chilled from the fridge. Will review based on memory.

Look: Dark brown colour with a 2 - 3 inch head.

Smell: Likely coffee notes. I do not remember much else, as it's been a while.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate notes. Bottle describes it has raisin bread-like flavour (if I remember correctly), but it did not remind me of such. Very delicious flavour, however.

Feel: Likely had been smooth.

Overall: A delicious beer, but is not for the faint of heart, as it boasts an 8% ABV, and will get you tipsy very quickly. It was hard for me to not keep sipping it, but, by far, I got buzzed pretty quickly. I could have mistaken this for one of the very few stouts I've had in my life.

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Photo of steveja57
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at PB Taproom while visiting in San Diego. Tapped into a goblet, beautiful dark ruby beer with thick white head. The nose is raisins, caramel, fig, really nice. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sourness to balance the slightly sweet flavor of roasted malts, chocolate/caramel, fig/raisin. Kept sticking my nose in the glass to smell it, marveling after each sip. Really hit the spot on a crystal clear December afternoon. Excellent Cali Abbey Ale

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown colour with a large, off-white to light brown coloured head about two fingers tall and with good retention. The head eventually settles to quite a thick and creamy looking lacing.

Rich malts and sweet, fruity aromas with some spice, banana and apples combined and backed up with a whiff of alcohol and light grains. There was also some darker fruits and a touch of raisin and bread which all seemed to be well balanced.

Sweet with apple, spice and some banana along with touches of bubblegum. There us a good earthy malt base and hints of raisin with a sugary sweet finish. It was fairly fruity in places with a nice alcohol kick and it is lighter than expected.

Medium with a nice amount of carbonation and a good creamy mouthfeel that is quite sweet and wet with a fruity, alcohol laced finish that goes down great.

Great beer and one that came right out of left field for me. A perfect balance between flavours and great fruity notes along with a good but not overpowering. This is definitely a beer I will be trying to get hold of again.

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Photo of IdleAaron
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep reddish brown, caramel color. About an inch of head after pour but this soon dissipated. I like the looks of this beer.

S: Sweet up front with caramel at the back. Dark fruit, something of a Coke smell (not in a bad way), bright but with soft edges.

T: A very nice blend of mild sweetness which softens the "sour" of the alcohol. Brown fruits (dates, raisons, figs) followed by a finish taste that reminds me of blood. Kinda weird, but not gross. The blood thing went away once the beer warmed up.

D: Very drinkable and well balanced beer. I wonder if this is one that would grow better with a little more time in the bottle? Very good beer overall.

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Photo of IdentityAles
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml cork and caged bottle into a long stem tulip glass around 40~45 F.

nose: Dark fruit, plums, maple syrup, clove and other spices. Almost like warm, fresh, french toast with a dark fruit syrup. very inviting!

appearance: Dark red/brown with small but persistent ring of bubbles. Nice lacings.

Flavor: Sweet, toffee, warm bread, and some darker fruits. Not as exciting as the nose but tasty and drinkable, especially for the listed ABV. From the aroma I would have thought there to be more spice in the flavor but oddly enough there was not.

Overall a very good beer, my first from "The Lost Abbey". I can't wait to try some more

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Photo of chefnash51
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ashamed I had this beer in my cellar for almost a year before actually busting it out. Turned out to be wonderful.

I will have to open a fresh one to compare.

Poured into my Westvletern Glass...

A- Nice inch think light tan head. Carbonation seemed in check for this style.

S- Picked up a lot of complexity on the nose. dark sugars, caramel, fig,rasins,chocolate

M/T - Medium body that gives way to a very tasty treat. Didn't want to let the beer leave my mouth and held it there for a few seconds. Some spice coming through... nutmeg?

Though I saw a good amount of carbonation, on the taste it fell a bit flat. But not in a bad way, just not as lively as other Dubbels.

I wish to keep this beer on hand.. it was a crowd pleaser for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Home run after home run, the Lost Abbey really gets Belgain brewing technique and recipe formulation. None is in better portrayal than this rare high quality American made Dubbel Ale.

Medium toast, nutty, and dry malt flavor rise to the forefront while zesty tartness of red wine (slightly vinous), orange zest, under-rippened berries, apples, and grape contribute much needed complexity but to support the malt sweetness and not to compete with them. Early sweetness evaporates into dryness then leaving the impression of malt and fruit flavor but without the associated sweetness. A whimsical delight that finishes with the mild peppery bite of alcohol and black peppercorn. It certainly rivals authentic Belgain-brewed varieties such as Grimbergen Dubbel.

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Photo of daledeee
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured a dark brown with a nice 2" head.

Nose is dark fruit and spicy.

Taste is once again dark fruit(especially figs) and earthy with hints of chocolate. Quite a well balanced brew.

Mouth feel is really nice with good bubbles. Really like this beer.

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Photo of hman43
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with red hues and a light brown moderate head.

Smell: It has a sweet malt aroma that is moderate, moderate fruit, raisins, and cherries. There is also a low spicy element, caramel and toast. A touch of floral finishes out the aroma.

Taste: It has a sweet malt flavor or caramel and toast. There are moderate cherry and raisin flavors. This is low spice and floral hints.

Feel: The balance is toward the malt. It has a medium full body with a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Overall it is a malt balance ale with cherries and raisins in a complex array of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefuly poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet. ABV listed as 8.0% not 7.5%

At first all I see is cream/wheat colored foam - thick dense milky carbonation starting from just beneath the logo on my goblet and rising above the lip - amazing retention, reminiscent of a cappuccino. Lacing is large, coating, and sticky almost like a funnel-web. Liquid is an opaque mix of auburn and sepia.

Aromas suggest stewed dark fruit, dank casks of fermented prunes and cherries, yeasty brown bread, even leather and iron work. Delicate, but evocative of an earlier time...

Bready sweet malt, raisins, dragon fruit and cloves on the palate, briefly accompanied by a surprising crisp tartness like the skin of a fresh plum. Supremely long finish - rum, cocoa nibs, custard, earth, and pepper. Delicious.

Very rich mouthfeel - broad filling effervescence which distributes the flavors quite well and leaves a pleasant tingling sensation on the gums from the phenolics and alcohol.

ABV is strong enough to maximize the flavor without limiting the drinkability. An ale to slowly savor, despite the temptation to guzzle.

Very well executed, and easily the peer of the majority of "authentic" versions/brewers of the style.

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark scarlet that turns searingly ablaze when held up to the light. It is a tremendously lush colour, both sensuous and extravagant. Clarity was pristine before the introduction of bottle sediment which wouldn't succeed to entirely tarnish complexion. A nonporous patch of white sand stays embedded over top and leaves ornate signatures as it descends the glass.

All credit owed to brewing a characteristic Belgian abbey dubbel belongs to the yeast. This wouldn't be a proper (nor successful) homage if a well cultured strain of proprietary Belgian yeast wasn't used. Of course, Lost Abbey does use such a thing and it shows. An aroma rampant with spicy phenols and submersed with fruity esters breathes notes of pepper, clove, and rosemary as well as prunes, banana, and dried cherries.

Plenty of the fruit and to a much lesser extent some of the spice-like flavouring carries over into the taste, only now complimented by a delicately soft water and a rich and complex malty sweetness. I taste flavours of toasted whole grain breads, toffee and custard, clove, leafy hops, caramelized sugar, banana, candied cherries, raisins and cooked apple and pear. The carbonation is just right and drinkability seems alarmingly endless.

I worried about the use of a raisin puree for two reasons: one: a good dubbel using the appropriate yeast should need no additional flavouring (especially not fruit!); and secondly: dubbels should be complex, not one-dimensional, I worried the raisin flavour would be too domineering. Thankfully, my fears proved to be unfounded. This is as flavorful, complex, and balanced as anything else I've had within the style.

This dubbel is as rich and inspiring as the beers of Belgium's monasteries to which it pays homage. Tomme Arthur is a tremendously profound brewer. It's almost ironic for him to pay tribute to others - even should these people be the forefathers of modern brewing who preserved and subsequently reintroduced a great wealth of brewing culture and tradition.

As I finish the bottle I'm content to sit in tranquility and reflect on the words printed on its label: "A life worth living is full of discovery and we are reminded everywhere there is opportunity." I do raise this glass in a toast "to patience, perseverance, and all the things we have lost along the way and were somehow lucky enough to find once again."

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Spinnerstown Hotel, poured into a tulip glass

A - Deep mahogany with ruby hues, 1/2 inch tan fizzy head, little retention or lacing.

S - Spice, dark fruits, prune, fig, obviously raisins

T - Taste starts with a big dose of spicy belgian yeast followed by dark fruits, primarily prune and fig. Label says this is brewed with raisins and this is very evident. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M - Great carbonation, spot on for this style, dry aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

D - This is absolutely spot on for the style. Probably the best American version of an Abbey Dubbel I've ever had. Spice and carbonation make this beer seem like a time tested Belgian classic.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottles are for winners. Pours a crystal clear dark copper color. For my second glass I swirled the yeast and it was an opaque muddy brown. Large white head that settles to a bubbly skim.

Smells of nutty yeast spice and sweet grape flavored hard candy. Plums and foxglove flowers.

Tastes like sweet candied plums or sugar coated raisins...whatever, it's sweet, fruity and delicious. Super smooth, mild alcoholic swallow. Intensely flavorful. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth.

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Photo of bensiff
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork came off the bottle with hardly a pop. Poured into St. Bernardus glassware a deep mahogany with a short lived tan head. There is not enough carbonation for my liking of the style and for that it lost some points in both the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel categories.

Strangely I'm picking up a slight smoky aroma like alder smoke from a neighbors smoker. Dominating the nose is a yeasty leather, raisin, a deep cherry, and an alcoholic tickle intermixing with a tartness.

Taste is excellent without surprise as all the smells turn into flavor. The tartness stands out and leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel seems a little too full bodied for the style. Possibly higher carbonation or more attenuation in the fermentation would lighten the body. However, it is not obnoxiously full bodied or cloying making it still very tolerable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer demonstrating that Americans are coming into their own, capable of brewing a superior Belgian while hinting at possibilities of the US turning the style into its own as it has with so many other styles.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromatic notes of rum soaked raisins, prunes and figs sweetly waft to my nose as I pour this brew. It is well carbonated and forms a frothy, initially four-finger thick, amber tan colored head. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber plum color as I pour it into my tulip glass, otherwise it sits an opaque, plum tinted, dark amber color. When I dig more into the aroma I get a vibrant fruity note that is made up of a combination of plums, apples and of course the prior mentioned concentrated, dark fruit notes. There is a nice malty layer in the nose as well that makes me think of notes of caramel, sweet breads and a hint of brown sugar. There is something like a low, underlying tartness here as well; the combination of tartness and fruitiness reminds me of tamarind.

The taste is sweet up front, yet it is quickly balanced by a spicy finish. There is a certain full mouthfeel here that coats the palate a bit. There are lots of flavors that definitely linger in the mouth. I get spicy notes of pepper, clove and ginger as well as a zippy carbonation which helps the spice notes to linger on in the tongue. Rum and fruit notes provide a sweetness & and a satiating heft to this brew; this is definitely working as an after dinner treat right now. The mix of alcohol and dark fruity notes remind me of a rich, dark, candied fruit laden and Rum soaked cake that has a spicy side to it. A touch of chalkiness is also here and it almost makes me thing that this has a certain musty quality, though not quite.

This is really quite tasty. It is much richer, in many ways, than I was expecting. It does not have the dryness that one would expect from a typical Belgian, but it is far from cloying (like many American interpretations). This is a great beer for the colder months, even here in Arizona. I am really enjoying this brew; it is one of those beers whose parts (which are quite good already) combine to create a whole that is better than any of the individual components.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium brown with tan head into a chalice. Aroma is dark fruit with maybe a touch of alcohol. Flavor is similar with lots of dark fruit, a little malt and sweetness, plus a little alcohol warming. As it warmed, I got a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable dubbel that lived up to the hype.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a murky dark brown/red. One finger fluffy head dissipates to a ring with thin layer of foam. Nose is malty with dark fruit flavors and light yeast tones. Up front the taste is dark fruit. raisin and some date or fig. malts balance the middle with a nice hop lick on the finish. mouthfeel is very nice, maybe just a touch thin. Drinkability is quite high. A very good belgian style dubbel. I am impressed with my first taste from the lost abbey. This left me looking for and wanting more, the lost abbey truly is the perfect name!

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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