Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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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:
362
Ratings:
818
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
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Photo of ummswimmin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I opened the bottle about four days ago and the flavoring was pretty severe. So I capped it to mellow the flavor somewhat. As I flipped open my pressure cap it shot across the room.

It looks really good in my brandy snifter. There is still a decent amount of scum on top of the beer.

The smell is of a decent amount of dark fruit. I also still pick up a good amount of venous presence. I feel like this smells pretty strong (from an ABV perspective).

This is a pretty strong example of a dubble for flavor. I like the raisins especially. There is definitely the sour quality.

The feel is definitely a challenge. It sits a little weird on the tongue as the flavor dissipates.

This beer is an interesting experience. I may pick up a bottle in the future and age it to maximize the experience.

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Photo of Dankuel
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brandy Snifter glass.

Beer has a cloudy brown color. Long lasting head with moderate lacing.
Has a nice spicy and estery smell to it with a nice malty undertone. The raisins come out more with them in mind.
Tastes very malty. Definitely a good amount of ester taste, a bit phenolic. Good alcohol taste but no burn.
Smooth mouth feel, with a grainy and bitter taste left on the palate.

Good stuff.

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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 daledeee
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured a dark brown with a nice 2" head.

Nose is dark fruit and spicy.

Taste is once again dark fruit(especially figs) and earthy with hints of chocolate. Quite a well balanced brew.

Mouth feel is really nice with good bubbles. Really like this beer.

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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 socon67
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is brown with some red tint to it. The foam is high wigth plenty of carbonation. Slight lacing.

S - Smells like raisin bread right out the toaster. A bready malt combines with raisins, spice and other dark fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the pour. A bit of booziness fnishes this off, but the flavors are of bread, dried fruit, and a bit of yeast.

M - Not the most drinkable dubbel. Seemed to be a bit too carbonated, and the flavors lingered a bit much.

O - Not bad, but the Lost Abbey hype machine is at work here. I just didn't find this up with the solid belgian dubbels out there. Its worth trying but nothing special.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber labeled with a bottling date of 2/2/2012.

A - deep ruby color with a thick tan head; solid lacing streaks the glass, slightly hazy

S - yeasty and bready malts on the nose; very slight hint of dark fruit

T - less intense than I thought it would be (i.e. thought there'd be a big raisin/dark fruit component) but still pretty tasty. Started slightly boozy with a foundation of bready malts and a slight hint of dark fruit. Finished slightly bitter and tart, and slightly juicy.

M - surprisingly light for a Dubbel, with moderate carbonation

Overall this is a very solid beer. It's a little less intense than other Dubbels I've had, and I was a little disappointed to not get a bit more dark fruit with the addition of the raisins, but it's still quite a pleasing beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown colour with a large, off-white to light brown coloured head about two fingers tall and with good retention. The head eventually settles to quite a thick and creamy looking lacing.

Rich malts and sweet, fruity aromas with some spice, banana and apples combined and backed up with a whiff of alcohol and light grains. There was also some darker fruits and a touch of raisin and bread which all seemed to be well balanced.

Sweet with apple, spice and some banana along with touches of bubblegum. There us a good earthy malt base and hints of raisin with a sugary sweet finish. It was fairly fruity in places with a nice alcohol kick and it is lighter than expected.

Medium with a nice amount of carbonation and a good creamy mouthfeel that is quite sweet and wet with a fruity, alcohol laced finish that goes down great.

Great beer and one that came right out of left field for me. A perfect balance between flavours and great fruity notes along with a good but not overpowering. This is definitely a beer I will be trying to get hold of again.

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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 dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber red colour with a smooth, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Malty and somewhat fruity aroma. Some clove and nutmeg notes. Raisins. Good but lacking depth and real complexity.

Sweet malt hits up first but with it drying quickly and moving into dried fruits, raisins, some earthiness and plenty of spice. There is a lightly carbonic note.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A decent beer at a great price. Nicely carbonated. The flavour doesn't quite do it for me but I don't mind this.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 23, 2010

Pours a deep brown, hints of ruby red, with a large and frothy off-white head. OK retention.

Lots of raisin, plum and fig in the nose. Bready malt as background, but the raisin and other fruit scents are the dominant aroma.

Surprisingly boozy, the raisins are strong again in the taste but accompanied with obvious alcohol and a woody flavour. Caramel and bready malt. Relatively sweet with a candied fruit flavour. A bit of spice. Pretty good- I actually think the boozy element works in its favour, though it was not what I was expecting. Tastes stronger than its 8%. Aftertaste is a bit off.

Quite strongly carbonated, full bodied. A fair degree of astringency, drying out the mouth.

Overall, quite good. The aftertaste does not work for me but otherwise quite enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark rustic brick-orange with a dense clarity shows a foamy delight rising 2 fingers high with a parchment color and porous surface content. Sparse loosely packed carbonation bubbles rise at a good pace. Fair head retention with minimal lace.

S: Aroma of raisins show only small flashes of existence along with dry grains and bread as well dried apple slices. Alcohol of 8.0% is only modestly shown and quiet thus far.

T: The flavor is fruity, apple, cardamon, dried speciality grains with some Belgian yeastiness of grapes, melon, and fresh pear. Raisins, softly dried orange, starfruit, and some acidity. Warm fruitiness still little sign of the 8.0% alcohol.

M: light, frothy textured with a warm fruitiness.

O: Overall a nice drinking, smooth and easy going down dubbel.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy ruby color with a smaller off-white head. The head faded at a moderate pace giving way to a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The nose was of grapes and a little bit of dark fruit. There was a light yeasty aroma mixed in as well.

Taste-The taste was largely of sweeter white grape up front. The lightness of the grape flavor darkened over time giving way to a more red grape and raisin flavor toward the middle and the end. At the very end of the taste there were hints of cherry that worked their way into the flavor and mixed with a alcohol-boozy taste that left its mark on the tongue, in a nice warming way.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was medium with an average level of carbonation. Nothing to amazing.

Overall – A god easy to drink “winey” beer with a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up at Total Wine.

A - A cloudy amber, with 2 fingers of head and tons of sticky lace all over the glass. Impressive

S - Malty goodness. Figs, raisins, fruit, but not too sweet. Faint sugar aroma.

T - Light fruity flavor. Lots of sweet malts, but not too sweet. Not much hop flavor. Apples is the predominant fruit

M - Light and smooth

O - A very easy drinking beer, with a very good light fruit taste. Well done

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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.

B-

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Photo of blakelive784
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of jbonapar
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of onewetpaw
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of danedelman
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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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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 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 hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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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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 mrelizabeth
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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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