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.

Added by scottoale on 07-11-2006

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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 cswhitehorse
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy brown with four finger foam head. The nose is dark fruits and of raisins and dates. Get a little champange grape in the smell when drinking. Fruit lingers on the end of the tongue and get a hint of oranges in the finish. Good amount of bitterness but not overwhelming.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 32gp. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Los Soprano 3x12-13. Raisin pretty noticeable in mouth and taste. A bit earthy. Bitterness bigger than usual in the style. Good but its missing some punch to be memorable. More cloudy than desiderable at the end

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown and clear with a light tan head that leaves lacing everywhere. The aroma is raisin, brown sugar and floral hops. The taste is subdued but contains a nice malty sweetness and dark fruits with floral hop bitterness. Solid beer.

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Photo of mntlover
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown, some walnut hints when held to the light. Small tan head falls to ringed scum.

Aroma is nice dark fruits raisins, figs mixed with toffee, sugary candy malts. Raisin bread malt base. Some light spice and hints of smoke.

Taste is like the nose big malty sweet base loaded with ripe dark fruits. Some spice clove maybe light pepper notes and hints of smoke in the finish. A big chewy malt bomb loaded with flavors. Some light alcohol burn and esters as it warms, that being said the burn is light and blends with the flavors well.

Mouthfeel is only medium even though the brew seems chewy do to the free floating sugars. carbonation has some zest but basically medium most of the time also.

Overall, a very good American attempt at a classic Belgian style. I would purchase this one again very enjoyable.

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Photo of ordybill
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 OZ corked bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a clear reddish brown with a thick off-white head. The aroma is fruit, bread and some alcohol. The taste matches the aroma perfectly. A very good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson color with some vision of bubbles when held up to a light. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy yeast, raisins, raisins, raisins, caramel, alcohol, toasted, and doughy.

Taste: Definitely getting that raisin flavor up front. Caramel, toasted, doughy, spicy yeast, and warm boozy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, some booze alcohol, medium to high carbonation, some sweetness.

Overall: The raisin puree added some complexity to this beer and complimented this style of beer well. I'm looking forward to the rest of the bottle.

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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 Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at Binny in Chicago. I think it was $9.99 for a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium amber, forming a tall whipped meringue head with beautiful retention and lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation, 3.5-4.0 carbs or so. The nose opens with brett, that horsy dusty basement smell, no vinegar, and not really picking up on any cloves or bananas as I would expect for a dubble. The mouthfeel is champagne like at first, and is intially very dry and more bitter than expected, but once it warms up to about 55F, really opens up. The finish then becomes balanced by a nice residual sweetness, and the bitterness mellows a bit. Very different beer at 45 vs 55F. The taste is mostly that brett character up front, then is followed by a rummy candy sugar bite with some peppery alcohol notes, a somewhat firm bitterness for the style, then some leather in the finish. Overall. finishes dry for the style.

A very interesting take on the belgian dubbel. Take a decent dubbel, add brett, dry it out, and bump up the bitterness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of JoLight
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Head is thin, soapy, almost khaki. The head does not last very long, but leaves a ring of foam a some light, light lacing. Body is light brown/copper in the light; dingy brown head on.

Aroma has that sweet characteristic of an Extra IPA, like Sierra Nevada. It's a little citrusy and quite aromatic with a tropical fruit character. Hint of raisin, Ike the aroma one might get from opening a box of raisins. A dark malt background.

The bitterness lingers a little bit, much more noticeably than do other examples of this style that I've had this far. When I breath out my nose with the beer in my mouth, I pick up the slightest hint of alcohol. The flavor is, as expected, malty (maybe caramel malts?). I can almost taste a raisin flavor or prune flavor, but I pick that up with many of these beers and would not guess that this beer is brewed with raisins prima facie.

Mouthfeel: just medium, and a fair amount of carbonation, but not all that much.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a teku glass

A: Pours a dark amber, reddish brown color with a tan head, lots of carbonation, lots of lacing, good amount of head retention, head is full and creamy, looks really nice.

A: Raisin, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, Belgian yeast, alcohol is coming through pretty strong.

T: Touch of raisins, caramel and toffee, Belgian yeast, very malty, touch of spice like cinnamon and clove, for an 8% beer it's pretty hot, has some depth and complexity, smooth, balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish, lots of carbonation.

O: This is a solid beer, nice touch of dark sweet fruits, some spice, malts, I'm not sure about the bottle date as it's drinking hot for 8% ABV, overall, a great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown lacking clarity pour, I guess that raisin puree won't help that. 1/3" tan head. Aroma was mild roasted nuts, red malts, brown malts, belgian yeast.

Dark fruit was more sweet than bitter thankfully. Alcohol presence higher than it should be. Better like raisins if you're gonna go down this road.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Colossal looking beer. Nice 3 finger oft-tan head which sticks around for awhile. Medium to deep ruby body. Scents of raisins, dark ripen fruit, and molasses on the nose. Explosion of esters including cinnamon, dark cherries, and chocolate. Plums shine through, as well. Easy to drink with a mild touch of hops rounding out the beer. Smooth and not sweet. Nice American version of a dubbel.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with almost no head. I can't tell if it's supposed to be that way or not.

Smells like raisins and bread.

Tastes like dark fruits and bread/crackers. A little vanilla at the back end. Good taste.

MF- where this beer loses me. Almost no carbonation and a oily texture. Not a fan.

Overall, great taste but the mouthfeel wasn't great. I prefer at least a little carbonation. I think it might have been something specific to the bottle. I might have stored it improperly or something because online pictures show this beer with a decent off white head. I will try again and hope there is more carbonation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy garnet and raisin color with a very thick raisin colored creamy layer of head, moderate carbonation.

S - Raisins galore up front with toasted Belgian candy sugar, figs, some alcohol, toasted caramel/toffee sweet malt, some banana.

T - Dark fruit from start to finish - raisins, figs, dates, oak, some and a minor touch of alcohol but overall pretty well hidden, some traces of spice and chocolate are also present. Pleasing and balanced finish of dark fruit, spice, and chocolate.

M - Heavy medium body with a slippery, velvet-like texture and the carbonation dissipates on the tongue to give a creamy sensation.

O - A solid Dubbel, not my favorite, glad to have tried it, pretty authentic!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dense opaque brown with ruby highlights crowned by a thin cream to tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Raisins, fig, fresh bread and hints of fruit cake.
T: Fresh bread, raisins, dark dried fruit, brown sugar, a light root beer note and traces of buble gum.
F: Medium high body but light for the alcohol and the flavor profile, medium high carbonation, very creamy smooth. A little warming on the end.
O: A big flavored yeast driven beer that nails the dubbel style.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours a cloudy reddish brown, eggshell film for a head.

Smell is faint, nutty with dark fruits like figs. Some caramel.

Taste is of walnut, fig, cardamom, bready malt, and a bit of vanilla.

Full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An usual dubbel, but a very good beer. Very tasty and presents well. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the brewery. Nice and classic Belgian style dubbel ale. I thought it had all of the qualities that make up a dubbel: dark fruits, low hop profile, some residual sweetness, full body and nice carbonation. I ended up purchasing bottles of their Quad and BSDA instead but this is a wonderful dubbel.

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Photo of ARoman
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750mL bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a rich, sharp fig and/or grape with a hint of alcohol, a light copper, and a light roast and light caramel late. It pours a murky brown red with a dense, off white head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a medium high bitter with a medium sweet. It's creamy and oily with a fizz carbonation and a full, figgy boddy with light notes of biscuit. As it warms, flavors of caramel and tart grape juice become more apparent with a finish of pepper spice and copper, as well as wood. The dry aftertaste is long, bitter and astringent with a dry malt character, toast, pepper, and light copper.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. 2014 batch I presume because I have had it a few months. Sampled on April 26, 2015. Served about 50 degrees.

Slightly hazy deep amber-red color with little to no head.

The aroma has a roasted malt character as its base but then I do pick up the raisins and a kind of cooked brown sugar note.

The body is medium to better than medium.

The flavor leans more sweet but those raisins can be found in every sip. A kind of boxy, cellar-like muskiness to it too. Mild finish.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a bit of Lost & Found into a Duvel glass and I got a beautiful crystalline copper body with a small beige head that created a bit of lacing but went almost to zero in a matter of minutes. The head retention was not as good as expected but the body of the beer is very well presented.
S: The smell is very similar to an average well done dubbel. I thought I could find some raisins in here but it's just a normal dubbel.
T: Taste wise, this beer is quite good because it get all good things from an awesome dubbel and still it gets the adition of raisins in the taste which gives it a more fruity and almost floral profile.
M: The mouthfeel is just amazing. Even though the head retention was almost a disappointment, the carbonation was almost perfect, turning this beer into a velvety liquid in your mouth. It was not too harsh and not to soft, it was quite in the right spot.
O: I think this is the first high class Dubbel I have that it's not from Belgium. From that point of view, I'm quite impressed by the quality of this beer. I'd just get both the smell and presentation reviewed and it could surpass easily the 'entry beers' of high-end belgian beers.

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Photo of isturbo1984
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Couldn't find a proper Chalice, so instead I poured it into a 22oz tumbler with a wide mouth. The foam built up very prominently, thick brown taffy in thickness and in color. Smells were amazing. Very spicy and chai tea -like. Smells of cinnamon, cloves and other Christmasy aromas. The taste was similar, but not quite as strong as the first impression smells. Each taste added in complexity. I couldn't identify everything with the first sip. Very malty, carmal, fruity and spicy. Sometimes the raisins popped. Sometimes the spice. Lacing left layered rings around the glass like the center of a tree. Overall, an extremely good Dubbel to rival the best Trappists. I was a bit harsh on this review... but not everything can be a perfect 10.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small off white head on a beautiful ruby red brown body. Aroma of toasted grain, raisins and lightly oxidized caramel. Lots of toasty malt and raisins in the flavor with a lingering, oddly licorice note. A fairly thin body with decent carbonation and a dry finish. This bottle may have been a little on the old side, but nonetheless an unusually well made interpretation of the style for an American brewery.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from Eureka UTC. Would have liked a bigger sample, but... the claim is 14 oz. I don't know.

To the beer: Deep brown, copper with a tight beige head that left some impressive lacing that lasted the entire glass. A subdued aroma where spice dominates the nose, some malty sweetness suggestive of dried fruit, and a hint of earthy yeast. The flavor expands greatly on the aroma. Spice becomes cinnamon, clove, pepper, with a dash of lemon zest. Dried fruit flesh out to dates, figs, and mainly raisin. Yeast maintains its earthy character. Certainly not as big as the Belgians that inspire this.

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Photo of mrmaps
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look: deep read, slightly cloudy and opaque, head is fine and creamy. long lasting. a pretty beer.

smell: malty yeasty, sweet, brown sugar, honey raisins

taste:raisins, malt, brown sugar. alcohol well disguised, hop finish is well balanced. Nice drinking ale, well rounded and pleasant.

feel: high level of carbonation, a bit acidic

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