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Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
847 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:
#6,265
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
847
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Gots:
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Trade:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of blakelive784
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours an opaque mahogany color with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Retention is okay at best, but it does leave nice cream lacing as it recedes.

S - Spicy phenols, caramel, toasted malt, candied sugar, fig, currant, raisins, cream and toffee notes. The raisin note becomes much more apparent as it warms. Smells really sweet, maybe even overly so.

T - Heavy caramel and tart fruits meddle throughout. The heavy use of raisins, though not usually to my liking, works fairly well in the beer as a whole. The yeast is mostly prevalent near the end. No alcohol show at all. It's a bit imbalanced towards sweet, though I think it's probably appropriate for the style.

M - Medium bodied, wet and smooth.

D - A pretty good dubbel, though I've definitely had better. Good quality, high price, fairly easy drinker. I'd probably have it again.

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3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Half of finger of frothy head. The beer is matte mud brown but grows translucent and attractive when backlit.

S: Belgian yeast. Spiced fruit. Unsurprising and unassuming.

T: Strangely bitter, in an herbal sort of way, with a touch of coffee on the aftertaste. Otherwise, fairly mundane. Brief, boring fruit is saved only by a spiciness that ties in to the flavour that one reviewer astutely compared to Angostura bitters. The maintaste is incredibly brief, with no staying power. Unfortunate.

M: Rather flat, but with a little bit of sparkle on the tongue (not carbonation; tingly flavors).

O: Not terribly impressive, and one of the most disappointing Lost Abbey beers I've ever had. I wouldn't speak out against it, but I probably won't have another one. If you want a dubbel, stick to the Belgian versions.

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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased somewhere in Boston. You American's as so lucky..such a great beer selection! Anyway...

Poured an almost burnt Amber. Thick head and clear.

Odor of subtle Banana and fig...So nice.

SPice, fig, alcohol and a warming subtle hop backbone. Love this. Very complex with so much going on i can't quite nail it.

Havnt had a beer from here I didn't like..

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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a corked and caged bomber.

A- Figs and black pepper.

A- Ruby to amber with a thick beige head.

F- Slight warming alcohol. Flavors of raisins and figs. A slightly rummy flavor. Low to moderate fruity esters reminding me of a belgian beer, in a great way.

M- High carbonation and dry quality that clears the palate rapidly.

O- A super interesting beer with lots of depth. The fig type flavors are something I enjoy. This is my first Lost Abbey beer and I can say I'm a fan and that it lives up to the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of danedelman
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served out of a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a 22oz snifter.

A-very red, mahogany with a nice 1 finger head.

S-malt with a hint of a smokiness(not rauchbier like). Has almost a tart smell to it. Candi sugar also is a big presence with maybe cherries.

T-not bad. malty with a touch of coffee. pretty dry. no tartness like I smelled.

M-medium bodied with a nice carbonation level for the style.

Overall-enjoyed but probably wouldn't buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle to Duvel tulip the beer pours a nice amber brown color with a decent 3/4 finger head. Some retention and nice lacing. The aroma is that of malty sweetness, raisin, hint of the belgian yeast and earthy hops. The nose is sweet. The flavor follows suit with an initial malty sweetness. The light belgian character comes through as it warms. The raisin fruitiness begins to dominate the palette in the middle along with a mild bitterness. Finishes clean and smooth. Good carbonation. Overall, this is good but isn't my favorite. I had shied away from it so long due to the raisins, a flavor I don't care for. As such I found the flavor too powerful with the fruit, though this could be due to my preference. It was good and I would recommend it, just not my favorite offering from The Lost Abbey.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mrelizabeth
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Counterpoint.

A- Great color. Plum/raisin when full in the glass, lightens to a pale red/brown when nearly empty. Really attractive purple Belgian. Clean head.

S- Malty, yeasty aroma w/ a touch of fruit.

T- Lightly fruity Belgian, malty, minimally sour.

M- Refreshing and clean. Balanced on the tongue.

O- Nice Belgian if you are looking for something a bit different, or if you are a fan of red ales. Not as sour/fruity as it looks.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

caged and cored 750mL bottle, with date stamped on as bottled 4/7/11.

appears a murky chestnut brown color, with 1" cream colored head. decent head retention. sweet malty aroma, typical of the style.

the raisins seem to be there in the taste, with a touch of brown sugar, and caramel malt. medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel.

overall - good, but for the price, I'd take most Belgian dubbels over it.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 847 ratings
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