Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
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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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Ratings: 843 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rose copper with almost no head.

Smells like grape juice and a bit of pomegranate. There is also a faint cedar note in the nose possibly from the yeast and malt. Nose is not very potent overall, though some pleasing notes are there.

Medium dark flavor. I do not get any sweetness, there is some bit of character from the raisins but it is dry. Darker toasted malt comes out far more strongly that the raisin character. Imagine a brandy with a splash of bourbon.

Semi dry feel, medium tingle, and a faint tannin like that of a red wine but much more subdued.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +2%
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Solid beer. At first, a malty, rich brown brew with a tan head. It's not a typical Belgian style...sweeter, not as aromatic as most. There are some pepper, phenol, and yeast notes, but they sit behind the malt. The flavor has a malt forward character as well...some fruit and pepper, the phenolic attributes come out more in the mid-taste. Nice. The finish is abrupt. Fuller and a little sweeter than I expected. Full in body. This is a very enjoyable brew.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of voteforgoat
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

app - medium dark brown with beige head.

taste - tannic, fruity, yeasty, raisins. complex - there's a lot going on. I'm imagining strawberries and mushrooms, though that's ridiculous. A bit of alcohol heat.

smell - brown sugar, yeast, subdued.

mouthfeel - mild carbonation but appropriate. slightly creamy, full body. Some definite, very pleasant tartness in the finish. Nice balance of flavors. I can't decide if that's residual sweetness in the beer or if it's dry, which is kinda fascinating.

overall - happy with the purchase. I've been trying to branch out of my funky saison/sour lambic fixation and re-visit styles I drank more often in the past. Decided to try the Lost Abbey line-up..totally due to the flack they get on this website. Overall, very good beer and am looking forward to the rest of the Lost Abbey line-up.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged into long-stemmed tulip.

A: hazy ruby red. this thing is seriously ruby. frothy reddish, brownish, white. very frothy. great head retention. good lacing.

S: plums. a little oaky. actually more than a little. definitely oaky. a little bit of vanilla. some roast in there too. reminds me of roasted pig. or some other roasted meat.

T: chestnuts. brown sugar. tobacco. a little bit grapey towards the finish. vinous. as well as some wood. good, refreshing complexity.

M: vivid carbonation on a medium body.

D: good dubbel representation here. flavors work well and the bottle conditioning is really solid. definitely an enjoyable/drinkable brew.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everyone on the forums complaining about the corks on these beers being tough to get off have a valid point. My suggestion is to use something with a hard fine point to etch a tiny notch between the bottle and the cork and then wiggle it free rather than slowly turning and pulling it up.

Now, on to the beer.

I generally don't like beers brewed with raisins but I brought this beer into my store so i have to try it to know how to sell it and from what I read, this beer is pretty good.

Pours a very hazy deep amber color almost brown with a nice sized off white head. Nose is incredibly subtle. I'm able to pull out of it some dark fruit and roasted malts. Caramel becomes evident as well.

Wow, despite the nose, quite a delicious brew. Immediately it's reminiscent of chocolate covered raisins, and smores. More chocolate flavors than expected. Alcohol warms as it goes down the throat. Some detectable coffee and caramel with a spicy hop finish to balance. For being brewed with raisins, raisins are not the star, which is good. They play their part just right.

Flavors are incredibly well blended together and all go together so smoothly. Caramel becomes more apparent as the brew warms.

Delicious and beautifully complex brew. I just wish the cork wasn't so hard to get off.

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Photo of keanex
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 750ml caged and corked bottle with no freshness date.

A: Clear deep garnet body with a thin creamy looking tan head. Very appealing looking.

S: Slight dark fruits with a sugar sweetness, raisons do come through as do some apples, but well balanced.

T: Very sweet, sugar and raison flavor from start to finish with light chocolate notes. This is good and easy to drink.

M: Full bodied with decent amount of fizzy mouth expanding carbonation.

O: This is a good brew, but overall I'm not too impressed. There's a great delicate balance to this though with a nice complexity.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a clear ruby/deep amber. Minimal white head. Leaves tons of spotty lacing.

S - overall the aroma is a little under whelming for the style. Otherwise there are pronounced raisin esters. Some cherry as well. Hints of toffee in the backround. Not much else to speak of.

T - sweetness hits the tounge immediately. Followed by the notes of raisins. There seems to be a balancing tartness. Sour cherries perhaps. Subtle notes of spice which linger on past the finish.

M - medium bodied leaning towards full with a bubbly carbonation.

O - I'm a huge fan of the Dubbel style but this left me a little hunderwhelmed. None of those bright phenolics. Still a decent beer but it doesn't quite fit the style for me.

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of scar
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Belgian beers and seek them out. This beer is above average but not good/great. The appearance was very traditional and can't discount the beer for this reason.

The smell was very lacking. I mean these beers have the rep for being legendary for their complexity and much of this appeal is usually found in the aroma. Very dull, tiny amount of dark fruit, nothing great.

Taste was very lacking. These abbey beers need to be made with Pilsner malt. Okay, I said it. Many American companies try to make these beers with US 2-row. Guess what?... I can taste it. Not to be boring, but it results in a beer that doesn't taste as authentic as Ommegang or the imports, without going into much detail.

Mouth-feel good, but not sticky, beer needs more sugar. Overall a good beer, but lacking, and it hurts me to say this because these beers have been in our dreams for a long time here on the east coast.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a burnt orange with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity and heavy carbonation. Excellent layer of fluffy lacing coats the side of the glass.

N: Very subtle nose consisting of cinnamon, nectarine and bready malts. No raisin detected.

T: Overripe plum, pear, banana and light grains upfront. Mid-palate brings in figs, molasses and cocoa. Finishes with figs, cinnamon, notes of clove and perhaps some coriander.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth and semi-dry.

O: A very subtle Dubbel with some nice dark fruits and hints of molasses. Nice bouquet of spices in the finish. I expect more flavor from a Dubbel, but still a very good beer.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jeffmart22
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark amber with one finger head that does it's best to linger around. Lacing in the glass is moderate.

A - Malty sweetness. Some dark fruits like raisin and prune come through. It also has some funk from the yeast strain used. Slightly tart. No hop aromas.

T - The raisin and prune sweetness are up front in this one. This is a malt bomb. No hop bitterness whatsoever. Finishes with a slight funky and sweet taste.

M - Medium in body. Moderate in carbonation and flavor duration.

O - Nice dubbel, but not outstanding.

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Photo of effixx
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +2%

Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 76.9% out of 100 with 843 ratings
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