Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
BA SCORE
3.92/5
845 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:
#6,079
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
845
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
147
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 845 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 nickfl
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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 dcmchew
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 billab914
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 smithj4
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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 russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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 mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 orangesol
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2%

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 845 ratings
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