Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

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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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Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from GatorBeerNerd way back during Sexual Chocolate Day. Thanks Donnie!

A: Poured a shit brown, with a mild reddish tinge. The mildly off-white head was frothy and beautiful.... like a good Dubbel should be!

S: Very minute in its scent... maybe some raisons, brown sugar, figs, and a bit of dirt.

T: Very straight forward from the scent.... not much different overall. Medium-light bodied, with a pleasant dark fruit taste. Not too sweet, with a grainy brown sugar quality.

M: The lacing was splotchy and somewhat ridiculous, and the sugar content was remarkable low. Maybe a little booze, but nothing to write home about.

O: I'm not sure how much this costs in the store, but I don't think I would pay too much for it. As it was, I thought this was pretty solid...

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, purplish-brown color with a large, light-tan head that diminishes slowly. Scent has a ton of raisin and prune aromas. A hint of booze and sweet malt as well. Taste is just as it smells. Predominate raisin and dark fruit flavors. A lot of caramel malt flavors and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Out of dubbels, tripels, and quads...dubbels are my least favorite. This one happens to be a good example of the style.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Taps in Petaluma. Poured into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Dark, brown color. Very thick, white head. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet. Dark fruits. Brown sugar.

T: Reminds me of figs. A bit sweet. Very flavorful. NIce little bit of funk.

M: Medium to thick.On the sweet side, but not overpoweringly. Good medium carbonation.

O: I am a big fan of Dubbels and this is a really good example of a domestic one. I have passed this on the shelf numerous times, and I can't believe it took me this long to finally try it.

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

This beer pours a murky brown with a very thin light tan head.

The aroma is decent. It's lightly medicinal with some dark fruits available. There's a touch of banana and yeast as well.

The taste is alright. There is plenty of dark grain available as well as some fruit. It's lightly phenolic and certainly reminiscient of a Belgian ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with a very gentle and small bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. It's not my favorite from The Lost Abbey, nor is it my favorite Dubbel but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of jnezda
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having visited the brewery a few weeks ago have had an eye out for their beers. Grabed this one from Clems and poured into a tulip glass. Good off white head, two fingers on initial pour and it stuck around nicely. Limited lacing from e otherwise good pour and I was disappointed with the lack of aroma. Caught some dark fruit but not much from the raisins or the big malt bill. The mouthfeel was great with some good fullness and body, fits what I expect from a dubbel. The candied fruit is pronounced in the taste and provides good Belgian character.

Over all not my favorite Lost Abbey but worth the price tag.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 draheim
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (no dates or codes) pours a deep red amber into my tulip glass. Beige 2-finger head dissipates slowly, leaving a trail of lace.

Faint aroma of dark roasted malt, figs, slight rotten banana. Aroma is really weak.

Taste is sweet and caramelly with hints of dark fruit, raisins, and brown sugar.

Overall this isn't as complex as some other dubbels I've had recently. The aroma in particular is a little disappointing, just not much there.

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

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. There is a bottling date on the neck but it is illegible. In fact, as I struggled to get the cork out, I totally wiped the date off by accident. The body is a dark amber color combined with a little plum and a little hazy. Two-finger bubbly tan head that leaves good strings of lacing around the glass.

The aroma is a well blended combination dark fruit, raisin, fig, and a bit of peppery spice. I also get a hint of rum and some grainy malt, which does not smell very sweet mixed the fruity aromas.

The flavor blend is what I would call seamless. The individual flavors mix incredibly well and nothing stands out too much. A little more fig than raisin in the flavor representing the dark, fruity flavors. A touch of spiciness from the yeast, a little rum, and some light malt flavor finish a good flavor package.

Medium mouthfeel but not too sweet. Not a dry finish as in some Belgians. An excellent brew overall.

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Photo of rrski198
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge fluffy off white head. Beautiful brown/red color. Small fast rising bubbles.

S: Crisp apples ane mild funk. Mild sweetness and decent wet earth.

T: Sweet and funky! Mild sweet fruit of plums and raisins.

M: Almost sweet/fizzy soda like. Sweetness lingers.

O: Great sipping beer. Not to much not to little. Nice attempt at the style.

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

A: Pours a clouded mahogany with a nice half-inch of white head; average lacing. Beautiful.

S: Raisins, candi sugar, apricot, spices.

T: Sweet raisins, subtle spices. Slight citrus on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied. Lingers nicely on the palate.

D: This style of beer is not one of my favorites but I am warming to the idea more and more. Lost and Found is a big reason why! I like how the sweetness/fruitiness are balanced by the spice. The complexity of flavors masks the alcohol enough to make this a rather drinkable beer.

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

485th review on BA
Bottle to Sinners glass
@Lost Abbey

App- This was a dark red, almost brown/purple out of the bottle with a nice one finger head and just a little bit of cling to it.

Smell- Not by any means a traditional Dubbel. Much more fruit forward with the raisins and a little bit of candied sugars as well.

Taste- The taste followed the nose but was tempered down just a little bit to make more enjoyable and drinkable. Nice balance of the flavors and a dialed back fruit as mentioned.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. It was a nice drinking beer and retained a sweet note on the finish.

Drink- It's easy to drink but was looking for bigger flavors. I think I mostly find this to be a big beer and not overly sweet but could be just a bit more dubbel forward without the raisin.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out as a hazy dark orange brown color. The head is pretty big at first but then it settles down into just a thin tan line over the beer. The smell was a little earthy with some dark fruits and spices mixed in there. The taste wasn't too bad at first while it was still cold, I found this beer to become a little gross as it warmed up. Not sure why, usually that's not a problem with beers. The mouthfeel was decent here, overall the smell and look of the beer are the only good thing about it.

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

This brew pours a dark,murky orange hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that stays and leaves a nice rim of lacing,the smell is raisins,figs,spices and herbal hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of raisins,figs,candy,liquorice and finished with a spicy herbal hoppyiness but not overly bitter just bitter enough to counteract the sweetness first encountered and overall a nice enterpretation of a belgian ale.

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

A ~ a pour that looks like the glass bottle it flowed out of... a rich dark auburnish-brown with a nice thin layer of dirty looking foam cappin' the top

S ~ Fruity figs, dates, raisins....sweet malts..There's beer that smell like beer, and there's beer that smells like a Belgian...this is a pretty good example of the latter...some funky fruit-malt filled mess :)

T ~ The fruits smelled are the fruits partaken...mix that in with the malts spoken of, slap some brown sugary hints in to sweeten the pot and carbonate it up...

M ~ creamy & bubbly = is that possibly? A pretty good feel on the palate this one had.

O ~ I like Lost Abbey. This one has been sittin' for a little while, as I had forgotten about it...either way, it was as tasty as the others I've had from them.

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Photo of Kromes
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy brown with a thin line of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, yeast, fig, raisins, belgian funk, molasses, tropical fruit. Not as strong as some Dubbels.

T: Big molasses and brown sugar flavor with a fruity fig, plum, raisin taste. There is also some bready yeast, clove and fruit flavor. The finish is dry and roasty with a little alcohol kick.

M: The beer is light and not a carbonated as I would have thought. But overall pretty good.

O: I like this beer. Very nice aroma and flavor. The finish could be a little bit less bitter, but it is still an excellent beer.

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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 ebrauser
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with a rich red/mahogany tone. The head is khaki light about 1" thick.

Smell: Belgian yeast, apples, honey, and wood.

Flavor: Big nuttiness with hints of sour apples to balance the big maltiness. Figs and raisins abound with some spice and nutmeg keeping things interesting.

MF: The beer is flavorful, thick, and borderline syrupy, though it pulls it back just enough.

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

Obtained as an extra in a trade from a great BA, G311.
Pours a deep murky brown color with red hues throughout with a thick brown head that sticks around for quite awhile and a small amount of lacing. Smells of raisins and dark fruit and a good malt character. Overpowering malts throughout the taste with raisin, grape, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Not a fan of the nutmeg at all. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and it has a nice light carbonation. Overall I think the flavor is very complex with a few notes I don't care for. I think it is a great representation of its style and the raisin really shines through. A good beer.

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Photo of nhindian
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Split with russwbeck.

A - Pours a murky brown color with a big, active head on it. Don't have to struggle at all to get at least 2 fingers of frothy, cream-colored head. Retention is moderate and lacing is speckled and not very generous.

S - This beer really isn't shy with its raisins, that's for sure. Overall this is a very fruit-heavy nose, with raisins, grapes, plums, and a good amount of Belgian candi sugar. It also has a good amount of alcohol heat as well.

T - As in the smell, the grapes and raisins reign supreme here, with a heavy amount of sugar and sweetness as well. There's also a surprisingly strong malt presence here. If the nose gave any indication of alcohol, the taste is noticeably absent.

M - Moderately light-bodied with good carbonation. Feels good in the palate and leaves a residual sweetness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It's an easy-drinking beer, but the flavors are unfortunately kind of bland. An okay representation of the style but too malty for my taste.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hard brown pour, with hints of red along the sides. Nice sized light brown to off-white and creamy head. Retention is ok and lacing is nice.

S: Dark fruits, including raisins and plums, along with a caramel maltiness mostly. A bit of yeastiness as well.

T: The taste is all fruits and malts for me, with slight yeastiness and spiciness. The fruits are the focus, with a caramel maltiness coming after. Perhaps a bit of alcohol on the backend. The flavor sits on your tongue for a while.

MF: Carbonation is good. Medium bodied with only a lightly dry finish. Alcohol really doesn't come through that much.

O: This was a miss for me, kind of a letdown. The flavor profile is just meh IMO. Didn't go down all that easily, and the lingering flavor wasn't very appealing.

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

A: Pours a dark hazy amber color with thin head. Little retention & decent lacing.

S: Caramel, roasted malts, raisin, light woodiness.

T: The roasted malt & caramel carry through here. There's also a good Belgian spiciness, and a light alcohol flavor.

M: Very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation (IMO). Only a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: This is delicious and very drinkable. Looking forward to having another!

Update: They say you should finish a growler 1 - 2 days after opening it. This is one of the growlers you should finish the day you open it. I finished mine off on the 2nd day, and could taste oxidation setting in.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Bottle is from sometime in 2010 (I think). There's sure as hell no lack of carbonation in this one. The cork was eager to be freed from the bottle and the first pour yielded twice as much head as liquid.

4.0 A: Nearly clear deep amber/mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head after second pour. The head is maintained quite well, which is in part thanks to the furious bubbling from the nucleation etches on the bottle of the glass. There's a decent amount of lacing and if the head were a bit stickier, there would be an incredible amount of lacing. Either way, good here.

4.0 S: Raisin and plum, figs and dates. Belgian yeast spiciness and a dirt earthiness. Crystal malts and candi sugar. Really nice aroma, but could use a steroid injection as it is a bit weak.

4.5 T: The taste mainly follows the nose - lots of raisin, tobacco, and fig. Dates and plum on the next level down. Spicy Belgian yeast, earthy muskiness that almost tastes like a nuttiness, candi sugar, and crystal malts. Pretty damn good.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Initially overcarbonated, but became good spritzy carbonation after enough swirls. Creamy for how light the body is and super smooth. My only complain here is that the body is too thin. I don't think the thin body was the intent here and I also think that the overcarbonation wasn't intended either. Something makes me think that the two are related.

4.0 D: Well, what can I say. For as much as I hate Tomme Arthur, he can make a pretty good brew when he can get it carbonated. This is right up there with most of its native counterparts. If I could trust that every bottle would be this good (read: carbonated) I might even be willing to pay the premium that Lost Abbey commands. Great taste and good overall except for the lack of body.

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

Pours a semi-translucent-hazy amber to dark brown. Very thick beige head lingers for awhile. Very rich and complex aroma. The taste is sweet of figs and raisins with a contrast of citrusy lemon or lime. A very drinkable beer, although the carbonation did seem a tinge too high.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow a four finger head of medium dense foam of light brown. This head has some staying power, and leaves a thick clinging lace. Color is a 29 on the SRM beer chart. Smell are many and seem to be ever changing with each draw. There are aromas of raisins, figs, chocolate, banana, caramel, toffee, apple, pear, and citrus. Taste is as complex as the smell, and I am glad this is a big bottle for with each sample, I detect something new. There are flavors of raisins, banana, fig, nutmeg, apple, chocolate, coffee, pear, malt, black pepper, lime peel, caramel, toffee, and licorice. There are others, but I am starting to get a buzz and it hinders my taste buds. Talk about creaminess in my mouth, maybe just a bit heavy on the carbonation, and some drying and sticky feel on my upper palate, but overall very good. This will be a great desert beer, and not bad with sharp cheese, to set off the sweetness. I will have another please.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle, no date information.

Decent looking pour into my tulip. Smells of sweet dark malt, belgian yeast in background. OK I was tipped off to the Raisins, but I can smell them too. Other sweet and dark fruits.

Flavor stars off bready but sweetens up pleasantly. I get the sweet malt and dark fruits from the nose. Very nice carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Kind of an odd aftertaste, I think it's the raisins, but no real taste of the alcohol. Very drinkable.

There's still a few Lost Abbeys for me to try, but this is my favorite to date.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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