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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 Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
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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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 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 brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Prezo, quickly becoming one of my fav beer destinations.

A: Thick 1 finger head that's fluffy. Dark mohogany leather color.

N: Sweet brown sugar malty aroma with some raisins, spices, Belgian malts, some reddish malts.

T: Strong red ale like taste, with Belgian malts, creme brulee, raisins, candied raisins, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol and esters, sweet Belgian malts and candi sugar. Pretty smooth and tasty.

M: Medium thick with decent carbonation.

F: A little alcohol warmth comes through, still pretty sweet though, some bitterness, with a lingering sweet syrupy taste and some alcohol tingle, as well as some candi sugar taste, the roasted flavors also linger.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and woody, fruity and zingy ale. Light body with a malty sweetness. Lots of dark fruit flavor, hint of prunes. Tangy acidity but not really sour. Amber brown in the tulip glass. Not much aroma but some roasted malt flavors. Quite woody on the tongue. Not as malty and rich as some other Dubbels but an interesting take on the style. Nutty flavor with some bitterness.

On tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth".

--Ludwig Borne

Terra cotta with a generous blush of cherry tomato red when backlit with the fading light of an overcast afternoon. The golden beige crown is not large and has a soft, unsticky texture. It melts way too quickly and doesn't leave much lace. What was Lost in the appearance...

... has been Found in the nose. Despite a lack of visible carbonation, the aroma is terrific. It's authentically Belgian dubbel-like and is a nostril pleaser of the highest order. The dark crystal malt, the dark fruit and especially the spiciness are reminiscent of a BSDA.

It's a damn shame when a potentially great offering is a casualty of botched carbonation. Casualty is probably overstating the case, but it's obvious that a perfectly bubbled Lost & Found Abbey Ale would have been a much better Lost & Found Abbey Ale. This is one of the few American breweries whose offerings taste authentically Belgian. At least more often than not.

The flavor profile is right on the money for a dubbel, it's just that the mouthfeel cuts it off at the knees before it can settle in and get comfortable. Chocolate-covered English toffee leads the way. Also present are dark rum, ripe figs, raisin paste (literally), sweetened pipe tobacco, a hefty dash of ground clove and a dash of black pepper.

Sweetness and spiciness are roughly equivalent, with bitterness and tanginess bringing up the rear. Alcohol isn't quite buried without a trace. Nor should it be.

In the final reckoning, the mouthfeel isn't as bad as first feared. I would much rather drink a borderline flat dubbel (which is what this one is at the moment) than an incredibly fizzy one. Regarding specifics: light-medium with very little lift and no creaminess whatsoever.

I'm a huge fan of Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey and am not about to hold a less than optimally carbonated beer against them. Rest assured that I will locate another Lost & Found Abbey Ale one of these days and will, no doubt, increase the scores to their rightful places soon thereafter.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Bottled on: 11/23/10 (I think that's right, I smudged the date while fighting with the cork).

Appearance: Pours a dark, ruddy-hued body with a tall, foaming head stand, light beige in color.

Smell: Some sweetish notes of dark brown sugar, dark syrup, and a bit of caramel (though upon warming, some cocoa-ish hints awaken). Fruity, slightly boozy, though not caustic hints wrapped up in a spicy herbaceousness like a squirt of Angostura bitters.

Taste: Dark brown sugar-topped toast, with a yeasty, doughy tone about it. Robustly fruity accents of pulverized raisins and varied stone fruits dipped in brandy. Small dash of bitter herbs. A few drops of creme caramel for some late-breaking sweetness, maybe even some slight chocolate as it warms. Low bitterness at best. Smoked cloves, maybe a pinch of black pepper provides some enduring zing. Stays a bit sweet at the end, but, then it manages to close out near-dry and warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a tasty dubbel that, thankfully, doesn't hit hard with any cloying sweetness or enamel-dissolving ethanol bursts. Sadly, I haven't had it since that very first Saints club shipment all those many long years ago.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

have had a few of these for a while now and just never really got around to trying them, so last night I decided to bust this one out to see what it was all about. Your typical very nice looking Lost Abbey bottle, 750ml with a nice cork and cage. I let this one warm up a little bit after the fridge before pouring into an over sized win glass.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice with a light brown with loads of ruby colored tint emerging before me. Lots of haze and cloudiness to it as well, with a little bit of sedimentation in the bottom after it started to settle. A nice sized two inch high head of tan colored foam then came across the top and settled down to just a nice crown layer which lasted the rest of the session. Some nice web like side glass lace coming down the sides as well. Overall a very solid look for a dubbel.

Smell - The aroma was rich with spices and hints of dark fruit. The first thing I picked up was this nice spicy dubbel like aroma. Hints of raisins and plums, along with dates and figs were all over this one. Really nice profile here, with a touch of grain n the back. Slight bit of alcohol located in it, but nothing distracting at all.

Taste - The flavor was really nice, spot on for the style. A rich toffee like sweetness rolled through first, with a rich spiced back that really got your attention. Once this passed, and especially after it started to warm you were able to pick up the nice dark fruity flavors. Really interesting combo here, with the raisins being very pronounced and the fig and date like flavors coming through more so in the finish then in the front. Still very sweet, but with a nice bitter chocolate like flavor mixed in, very interesting to be honest.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, and a touch lighter then I was expecting for the style. Nice carbonation throughout the session and a good overall feel to it. Smooth and rich with a slightly fuller then medium body.

Drinkability - This was outstanding for a Dubbel, with the alcohol nearly completely hidden from sight, and a rich dark profile that was just fantastic. This was a wonderful sipper that I enjoyed thoroughly throughout the night.

Overall this was a fantastic beer from Lost Abbey. There was a nice touch of dark fruit and a really great light profile. This was just another in a long series of solid brews from Tomme and company. I was again just thought this was wonderful. Definitely one of the best dubbels I have had.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, burgundy in color, with about one finger of white foam.

S: Tons of dark fruit: figs, plums, and raisins. A slight yeasty quality is present as well.

T: Very similar to the nose. A pleasant sweetness which is complimented nicely by a bit of tartness. There is also a very nice (subtle) spice character to this beer.

M: Has the typical abbey ale mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and body.

D: Delicious beer, highly drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from either Bitterbill or unholy2, either way, cheers!

Pours an effervescent orange/chestnut with 1 finger of noisy sand colored head. Murks a bit as this warms. Near zero, lacing & head retention

S: Vanilla, cherries, raisins, plums, & leafy hops & oakyness. Fades as this warms.

T: Faint caramel, leafy hops, plums, some dark candi sugar & nice dark fruittyness across the board up front. Dryness, a touch of booze, herbal & leafy hops & oaky sourness as this warms. Finishes with brown sugar, warming booze, dryness, & vanilla. This damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a touch of slickness & warming

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV, One you could savor all night, if lucky enough to find it in quantity. A good bordering on great Dubbel, nuff said. Would happily drink again

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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 smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color; quite cloudy; excellent head with some staying power. Surprisingly little lace.

Sweet cherry smell; strong alcohol warmth in the aroma; slight yeast and spiciness.

Strong spicy flavors up front, almost gingery; the flavor settles into nice brown malts (I'm thinking dark crystal and some chocolate malt). Strong alcohol oiliness which is surprising given the content. Good body with very high carbonation.

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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 mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, figs, dark fruit, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of raisins, dark fruit, bready malts, and alcohol. Raisins are very strong.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok beer but not my favorite from LA. The raisins are very strong and the alcohol comes through in the taste. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with a thin creme head that falls to nothing pretty fast. Nice sugary and spicy nose. I really do wish I knew my spices better because I feel like I should be able to pinpoint this somehow. Flavor is smoothly sweet, though a tad of tang is there. Spices are clearly evident, but don't overpower. It's got some nice character to it. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is decent. This is a pretty easy drinker. There is some good character on it and it's definitely not boring. Mind blowing? No. Nice to drink? Sure.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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