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Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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88
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359 Reviews
Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
810
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
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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 feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky garnet hue, small ring of beige foam.

Aroma: prunes abound, and figs, some cocoa, raisins,...deep, ethereal, lovely. Yeast at play with musty malt.

A blitz of fruit and fuzz on the tongue. Floods every inch of the mouth with juicy dark fruit, and roasty malt. Bounces and jumps on the palate, spilling deep, gorgeous flavor all over the place.

Hearty, full-bodied, fiercely flavored, somewhat spicy, lush and delicious...but mellow, relaxing, contemplative...makes you wind down and wonder about the important things in life.
If I lived where this is sold, it would find it's way in my DBF with regularity.

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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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip. Beer is brown and hazy with a decent off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and mild.

Beer is medium in body and quite drinkable. Sweet, mildy fruity, no bitterness, come across a little like a barleywine and less like a dubbel or whatever this is suppose to be. Pretty good, one of the better Lost Abbey, sorry THE Lost Abbey, beers I've had that wasn't barrel whatever-ed. I'd have it again, I believe this was an extra in a trade.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours dark milk chocolate brown, moderate murkyness, with a mocha head, so so retention, minor film and next to no lacing. Seems to be quite low in the carbonation department. Nose here is of traces of chocolate, light raisins and perhaps some earthyness. Another simply delicious creation to savor. Light raisins, more chocolate, toffee, gingerbreddy malts, yum...complex, subtle,mellow, smooth, coating and highly enjoyable suds...another reason to move closer to Lost Abbey/Pizza Port and San Diego, Ca.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/28/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Ruby red, maybe a touch chestnut-brown as well. 1/2 inch frothy head rises. Settles as a light rim. Decent cobweb lace.

Smell- Very malty with a heavy caramel candied scent. Loads of toffee and a good amount of dark fruits including figs and rasins. Reminds me of RR Benediction.

Taste- Toffee candied taste with a sugary caramel finish. The figs and rasins are there, but are overpowered by the rich caramel malt. Wonderful strong flavors.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated at first, but dies down as the beer opens up and warms. Heavy mouthfeel for a dubbel.

Drinkability- Hits reall hard for a dubbel and has the most flavor I've ever had per style besides maybe Westy 8....nice company for sure as that was my favorite dubbel. Matched if not better than my previous favorite amercian dubbel (RR Benediction).

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy medium brown with amber hues. Thin beige head, sticking to the glass.

S - A nice mixture of citrus, pepper, wood, malt, alcohol and a spice cabinet. Cloves, sour apple, rubbing alcohol. Dry grains, malt sweetness.

T - A nice complexity going on. Plenty of subtle fruit acidity and sweetness. Earthy and musky with an old grainy presence. Some metallic twang and bitterness, along with some mild spice notes. A very faint hint of carob here, with brown raisins in the mix. Nut and wood notes in the semi dry finish.

M - So very creamy and soft on the palate. ALmost feels/finishes like a wine. Light carbonation. The %8 is hidden well.

O - An interesting beer with good complexity and an earthy balance.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a dark amber with some bright ruby colour around the edges from the light. Murky looking; opaque. One finger of thick, foamy off-white head formed from the pour.

S - Cherries, raisins, figs, plums, Belgian yeast and toffee.

T - Dark fruit, raisins, figs and Belgian yeast are the main flavours. The background, which shows up more as the beer warms, has hints of toffee, spice and plum. A lot of complexity here and a very good beer, but something is missing to put this one over the top.

M - Medium body with a nice chew and light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent, dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, malty scent that boasts of raisins and figs along with roasted and crystal malts. It's sweet and fruity with a warm alcohol feel; very nice. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that's sweet and full of crystal malts as well as a bit of roasted malts. The yeast provides a wonderful palate of raisins and figs. It's fruity yet mellowing and well received with the malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice beer. It's well balanced and highly drinkabe; an excellent dubbel.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with orange highlights with a thin head that left very little sticky lacing on the glass. The nose consisted of slight belgian yeast notes figs, raisins, slight spice and brown sugar with some underlying booze notes. There also seems to be faint chocolate and coffee notes. Upfront the dark fruits and candy sugar strike first on the palate with chocolate, slight coffee, and malty accents which also had a little booze on the back end. The brew was medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky and slight boozy finish. It drank quite well but wasn't as potent on the flavor as I thought it would be for a dubbel. It also seemed to be a little thin for the style as well. I honestly think the bottle version is better IMO.

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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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a amber brown color with a 1" head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: malt and sugary sweetness, some fruits, and a hint of yeast.

Taste: nice malt base with prunes, raisins, brown sugar, pepper, yeast, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mild but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long and the raisins really come through late.

Overall: a nice Belgian style ale that has a nice balanced flavor. Somewhat refreshing from the crispness. Slow sipping.

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

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach, poured into a shaker glass. On to the beer:

I get a caramel brown color which fades to creamy orange towards the bottom of the glass. Head retention is good, lacing provided a few patches. The nose gives away pear, raisin, and a dash of cocoa.

Taste is where this beer comes out. Delcious to say the least. Very fruity tasting, dates, pear, and raisin go on a tear as light notes of chocolate malt give me the feeling that this is like dessert in a glass. The alcohol goes nearly unnoticed, making an already appetizing beer even more addicting.

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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 Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a nice mahongy color, nice carbonation, awesome two-finger plus very creamy tan head, tons and tons of creamy/sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, raisins, prunes, figs, and some caramel. The taste is awesome, malty, dark fruits galour, and a nice touch of caramel. Full body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Lost Abbey, highly recommended.

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

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a moderate tan head that lasted a few minutes. Aroma of dark and sweet malt, dark fruit and Belgian spice aroma. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits and light malt up front, a bit dry. Slight raisin middle and dry, bland finish. Medium bodied. Nicely made, but could use more bold flavors.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Abbey : Lost & Found Ale

Pours a rich clear brown color, off white foam cap. Aroma is bready, Belgian yeast, fruity, and little hint of alcohol. In the taste, raisin, plum, fig, caramel malt and alittle peppery yeast. Lots of grape, dark fruit and raisin flavor. Just a hint of brown sugar, along with caramel and bready malts. Medium to light bodied with a crisp, even finish. Overall, a very tasty dubbel with good juicy malt flavor and moreish finish.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours from the tap a dark amber, almost red, with virtually no head, kind of dissapointing.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, and molasses, and some dark malts.

T: The taste is very good, this is a very good abbey-style ale. Dark fruits abound, with a luscious raisin and plum flavour medley that is just divine. Dark malts as well, some toasty and biscuit flavour, but the estery and fruit flavours rule the show in this beer.

M: Smooth, kind of light for a dubbel, creamy, medium-bodied.

D: Another tasty, good beer from Lost Abbey, another great Belgian-style beer from these West Coast producers, very easy to drink, for an alcoholic Belgian brew.

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

A hazy brown colored ale with a very nice puffy light brown to yellowish tan colored head. One of the nicest looking Dubbels I have seen in a while.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a lot of coriander in there. Lots of phenols in this one, there is a distinct banana and an apple aroma this hits the nose quite hard. After a while brown sugar and cinnamon are discernible.

The taste begins woody and spicy a lot like chewing on cinnamon bark sticks. Quickly the fruitier aspects of this beer make themselves known. Cinnamon bark, apple banana and brown sugar about sum up the taste. The coriander is there but not so strongly as in the scent.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is excellent. One of the better lost abbey beers and a quite authentic Belgian Dubbel.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this before out of the bottle. This time I'm reviewing it on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours a murky brown with no real head but some spotty lacing. The aroma is light, but there is some earthiness and a touch of chocolate. The taste is rich and chocolaty with typical Belgian yeast flavors of clove, herbal flavors, pear, and banana. The mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated. Extremely easy to drink. Doesn't come as well as in the bottle as far as appearance or aroma goes, but perhaps superior in smoothness and flavor on tap.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brickskeller the other night.

The beer pours a brown amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite impressive. I get sweet rootbeer, cherry, raisans and orange. On the palate I get more rootbeer flavor, but also sweet malt and butter. The beer is surprisingly light on it's feet and is quite easy to drink. The abv. is very well disguised in this one.

The beer is a bit simple and one dimensional on the palate, but the flavors are very nice, making this a fun beer to drink. Another solid effort from Port Brewing.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/13/2012

On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Reddish brown with an inch of long leading beige foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Rich bready malt with notes of banana and bubblegum. Raisins are present and there's a light earthy quality.

T: Sweet baked bread with a little biscuit. Lots of raisin with a little plum. Like in the nose, banana and gum come into play in the flavor. There's a little chocolate in the late palate with notable warming in the rich finish.

M: Upper medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A beer I rarely drink but a good Dubbel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with red edges when held to the light. The off white head slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, caramel, rum, vanilla, nougat, ripe fruit, brown sugar, with a nutty finish.
Taste is of the same as the aromas with brown sugar, nuts, caramel standing out to make for a very nice flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, boozy, rummy raisins, caramel, light cocoa, along with lightly smoked meat grazing along the tongue.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA. Shared with Frosty and Rich.

Pours a hazed, but firm brownish amber hue, with a full and frothy head of beige that sits pretty persistently. Frothy lace forms in sludgy streaks. Solid body and very form carbonation which forms in rivulets up the glass. Looks good.

Nose is slightly spicy, with a raisin and orange-peel character, but it's actually pretty muted overall. Slight pepper characters come around as well, especially as it warms. There's actually not a lot of sweetness or richness to it: more like the yeast has dried it out as well as adding all those lovely spicy estery characters.

Taste is similar, but with a smoothness that suggests a bit of body, even though the sweetness is still quite absent. Firm brown-sugar flavours are present without the ultimate sweetness, and the esters pick up a little on the back, giving a bit more of that spicy fix. Finish is actually rather smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. Feel is clean but rich. Nice.

Overall, yeah, this is tasty stuff, if not as complex as it might have been. There's plenty of body, which is good, and a nice about of spice. Some extra sweetness would help, but overall, it's still a really nice beer.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.
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