Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
BA SCORE
76.9%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 843 ratings
Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,981
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
843
Liked:
648
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
10.46%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
146
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 843 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the sweetest Belgium beers I ever had, on tap at Solena Beach. I declined a bottle purchase. It is amber red with lots of lace, very fresh. Fresh yeast aroma. WIll it get less candy after ageing? That would help. Good body, but only sweetness dominates and it’s cloying.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, spice, and yeast. Taste is much the same along with a slight banana flavor. There is a nice spice finish after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lovely dubbel, really. it pours a rich spiced rum color with a bone white head light as a cloud. the nose is straight raisins and booze, both of which I happen to enjoy. there is a nutty element to it as well, really earthy like a walnut, but mildly sweet like an almond. the flavor takes on more of a middle eastern flare than a Belgian one, with flavors of dates and figs, sweet and naturally complex, and the raisins are there too. I love the fact that this isn't as sweet and thick as some dubbels though, its quite drinkable for what it is. the body might be a little thin, but I appreciate the contrast to the rest of the genre, and the finish is fruity and quick, but not sugary or caramel heavy. the spice component is subtle, which I also like. good carbonation as well. overall an outstanding beer from the lost abbey, one im glad I got to try on tap. a very unique take on a dubbel, a welcome change.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a hazy dark orange brown color. The head is pretty big at first but then it settles down into just a thin tan line over the beer. The smell was a little earthy with some dark fruits and spices mixed in there. The taste wasn't too bad at first while it was still cold, I found this beer to become a little gross as it warmed up. Not sure why, usually that's not a problem with beers. The mouthfeel was decent here, overall the smell and look of the beer are the only good thing about it.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

B-

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a small, tan head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries. Also, sugary sweet notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and raisin. The sour cherry flavor was there with a subtle spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very nice dubbel. Very unique flavor combinations.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with swingracex. 750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, pear, apple, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, candi sugar, molasses, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, pear, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, candi sugar, molasses, chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, clove, pepper, toast, candi sugar, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, creamy, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel style! All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Beer rating: 76.9% out of 100 with 843 ratings
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