Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

very good
838 Ratings
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 kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.


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Photo of jnezda
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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

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Photo of macktbone
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm glad I didn't hold on to this as one of those special bottles to share with folks that understand special bottles.

Looks kind of like dirty washing water. Wants to separate into dark and light sections. Very mirky and zero lace or head.

Smells nice. Lots of raisons and dark fruits along with a nice belgian funk and leather.

Raisons and figs take the day. A little tangy aftertase with a slight licorice adjunct.

Mouthfeel is really dissapointing. Too thin, light, and watery.

If you love to drink boxes of raisons, this is for you. I like the unique aspect of the beer but the lack of carbonation and the thin feel will stop me from purchasing this again.

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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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of DIM
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a murky brown color with some orange highlights coming through where the light hits it. It had a pretty dense and frothy off-white colored head. The head had pretty decent retention and left some nice lacing as well.

The aroma shows a lot of malty and dark fruit characteristics with raisins being the most prominent of those flavors. It has more of a sweet berry and fruit malt flavor in the nose then really anything else.

The taste follows the nose with sweet malty and dark fruit flavors being the most notable in the taste. The raisins also seem to be the flavor that stands out the most, especially in the finish. The finish also has a bit of a alcohol heat to it.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability isn't as high as a lot of Lost Abbey's beers for me. The alcohol shows a bit too much in the finish, and the raisin flavor wasn't one of my favorites. Interesting beer though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep reddish brown with a stingy off white head that subsides quickly. Smells sweet fruity and syrupy. Lots of brown and candy sugar mixed with dark dried fruits, mostly raisins prunes and cherries. The flavor is sweet with sugary malts and dark fruits. The flavor mimics the aroma quite well no surprises here. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent dubbel, nothing outstanding but nothing objectionable either. The bubbles seem a bit light for the style.

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Photo of surfer4life
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

If I recall correctly, this was a 2010 bottle.

A: Laced quarter inch head riding the surface of the beer. Dissipates into a bright honey/amber body with a very viscous swirl and spotty, grey bubbles.

S: Malt heavy smokiness. Very cakey or candied. Dried, stale figs. Chocolate, tobacco, and bready yeast (which was poured separately). Offers some very earthy grass or sprout notes in the distance.

T: Sweet, sugary crispness with a dry caramel mid and subtle raisin, dried/candied fruit finish.

M: Slightly malty, but crisp, dry, and tastefully carbonated.

OVERALL: Once Lost & Found warms up, it offers a slight rose pedal freshness and raw, earthy flavors with a toffee finish. Very deep, but very dark, almost too sweet at times and although nothing about this dubbel stands out as great, everything comes together very well in a great example of the style that can be enjoyed by the novice and the connoisseur.

NOTE: Review from notes.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 15 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Two finger tan-peachy head. Moderate carbonation. Dark brown, almost opaque. Light aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar. Tastes sweet and relatively spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. A lot of flavor upfront that seems to decrease to a light lingering spiciness. Seems somewhat washed out because of this. Light sweet aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is warm in the finish.

A and I were fairly far apart in our assessment of this.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours a beautiful copper with a solid, foamy off-white head. The nose is sweet and caramelly. A little tang to the palate. Mild fruits, bread, caramel malts and just a smudge of heat from the alcohol. Medium body, with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry and sticky. Very drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rose copper with almost no head.

Smells like grape juice and a bit of pomegranate. There is also a faint cedar note in the nose possibly from the yeast and malt. Nose is not very potent overall, though some pleasing notes are there.

Medium dark flavor. I do not get any sweetness, there is some bit of character from the raisins but it is dry. Darker toasted malt comes out far more strongly that the raisin character. Imagine a brandy with a splash of bourbon.

Semi dry feel, medium tingle, and a faint tannin like that of a red wine but much more subdued.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (no dating info) into my DT snifter. Nice story on back label. It was a russet color with some carb but no lacing. It had a good sized beige head that slowly settled into a collar.

The aroma was very sweet with prunes, figs and sweet malt. It settled down as it warmed otherwise it might have been too sweet smelling. The taste was also sweet but not overly so. For a dubbel it was very subtle. The dark fruits didn't dominate like in other dubbels that I've had which is good cause I don't like it when the darker fruits especially raisin dominate. However, nothing else really stood out so it lacked a lot of flavor. It was very drinkable but not very tasty. Mouthfeel was good.

Overall, a pretty good beer but it was missing a solid flavor to it. I'd recommend if you can easily get but don't kill yourself getting it.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger-high beige head that died down but left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface and a patch of bubbles in the middle of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of wood along with notes of caramel and hints of spices. As it warms up, the wood somewhat dissipates and replaced with aromas of dark fruits.
T: Similar to the smell, woody flavors stand out in the taste, which also has some complexity with notes of caramel and raisins. Spices are evident in the finish. Fruity flavors become more apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish,
O: This beer is a little too woody for my taste and could use more sugar and sweetness.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a good deep looking ruby red with big head, and lacing around the snifter. Bubbles race through it.

Cant smell much more than belgian yeast, some fruity smell to it though.

Has a nice taste to it. Some deep malts, not much hops, sweet aftertaste. bubbly on the tongue.

Decent mouthfeel. I wish I could recommend it more but im not a huge fan of belgians. I can see how people would really like this, for a beer style im not to into, it does have a lot of flavor.

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Photo of instrumentality
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I twisted the cork from this bomber and gazed into the opening as a cloudy mist swirled its way up the neck and dissipated into the outside world. It was as if a spirit had been trapped inside the bottle for some time and had finally been released.

I decided it was only fair to make sure none of the captor had gotten stuck, so I carefully tilted the bottle over my Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. Sure enough, a rich mahogany liquid glug glug glugged its way into its new receptacle, capped with a resilient, fizzy beige head maybe half an inch tall.

I took a whiff. A heavy dose of malt. The tartness of cherries. A sprinkle of figs. A slice of banana. A phenolic quality of band aids. There was a definite complexity to odor, yet the combination left me somewhat apprehensive as to how the flavor would translate.

I quickly decided it was worth the risk.

A few counterclockwise swirls and a quick final sniff and the glass was against my lips.

Sip number one went in like a lion and out like a lamb. First came the almost overpowering burn of alcohol (odd for a mere 7% ABV). Following this was the tingle of cloves. This faded into a mild cherry sweetness. This sweetness in turn dissolved into an almost pure maltiness.

With my second sip I attained similar results, but a lingering flavor of caramel began to emerge.

The burn is a little too intense for my taste, and the finish, while relatively clean, does leave behind the slight annoying tingly sensation of phenols, similar to the experience of licking a battery but with enough malt to almost, but not quite, balance it out.

One bomber of this is more than enough beer for one night, and while the beer is definitely above average and especially worthy of praise for a California-made dubbel, I don't have any burning desire to try it again any time soon. However, given that the alcohol burn is the main deterrent, this may be the perfect candidate to go into hibernation for 6 months to a year or so and see how it ages.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes i wonder if I'm sampling the same product that other BAs are reviewing. Pours a clear dark diluted cola color. I suppose it might appear hazy from certain aspects viewed through the effects of a convex...whatever. As the beverage passes onto your tongue, with your lips on the rim and your nose in the goblet your senses detect something very similar. A rich semi-sweet chocolate NECCO wafer malty aroma and flavor persist. A chalky earthy malt dominates one hunting for hints of sweeter figgyness. Light-Medium bodied, the mouth feel is slightly under carbonated. A reasonable drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it. (hype factor)

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Photo of jeffmart22
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber with one finger head that does it's best to linger around. Lacing in the glass is moderate.

A - Malty sweetness. Some dark fruits like raisin and prune come through. It also has some funk from the yeast strain used. Slightly tart. No hop aromas.

T - The raisin and prune sweetness are up front in this one. This is a malt bomb. No hop bitterness whatsoever. Finishes with a slight funky and sweet taste.

M - Medium in body. Moderate in carbonation and flavor duration.

O - Nice dubbel, but not outstanding.

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Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Split with russwbeck.

A - Pours a murky brown color with a big, active head on it. Don't have to struggle at all to get at least 2 fingers of frothy, cream-colored head. Retention is moderate and lacing is speckled and not very generous.

S - This beer really isn't shy with its raisins, that's for sure. Overall this is a very fruit-heavy nose, with raisins, grapes, plums, and a good amount of Belgian candi sugar. It also has a good amount of alcohol heat as well.

T - As in the smell, the grapes and raisins reign supreme here, with a heavy amount of sugar and sweetness as well. There's also a surprisingly strong malt presence here. If the nose gave any indication of alcohol, the taste is noticeably absent.

M - Moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Feels good in the palate and leaves a residual sweetness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It's an easy-drinking beer, but the flavors are unfortunately kind of bland. An okay representation of the style but too malty for my taste.

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