Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

Lost & Found Abbey AleLost & Found Abbey Ale
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76.9%
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3.92 w/ 843 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:
#5,981
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
843
Liked:
648
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
10.46%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
146
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 843 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -2.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +5.9%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is malty and a little fruity with a yeasty underpinning and hints of caramel. It pours a clear dark mahogany with a thick, pale tan head that sticks around for a little while. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet, slightly sour, with hints of caramel and fruit, the latter mainly grapes and apple. It goes down the hatch smoothly yet leaves a firm, persistent tingle behind. I'm glad that this "lost abbey" has been found!

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Photo of Pardishcreel
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The taste is sweet which matches the fruity aroma. It pours a dark brown color and has layers of flavors. The thing about this beer that sets it back is the last flavor that sits on your tounge is an odd one. It's like an off alcohol flavor that just won't go away.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a clouded dark-red color with a half-inch of foamy white head that falls quickly and has average lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, candi sugar, apricot, and some lovely yeast aromas.

T: Raisins, figs, candi sugar, cherries, and some tangy citrus on the back end.

M: It has a medium body with some bubbly carbonation and a palate-sticking finish.

D: This is a lighter and fruitier version of the style; well done.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off - thanks!

Pours a clear brownish-ruby color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with a solid amount of spices - allspice and brown sugar - and equally large amounts of dark fruits - raisins mostly with hints of figs. As the beer warms faint amounts of nutty aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly thereafter by dark fruit flavors. Midway through the sip hints of spices come into play before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer for the style but nothing was present to really knock it out of the park. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aromas of bready malt 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. Not dark or heavy raisin flavors but lighter golden sweeter tastes. No yeast or hop character worth mentioning. Fairly sweet, with caramel and brown sugar initially, and finishes with a slight Belgian clove/spice yeast character.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style; adequately carbonated and finished silky and creamy. This beer overall is pretty good, it is my first Lost Abby beer. Nothing outstanding or epic, but good. Looking forward to sampling more in the very near future.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown pour, huge foamy light tan head. Great lacing.

S: Raisins, dark brown bready malt, estery yeast.

T: Brown bread, raisins, alcohol, dark fruit.

M: Well carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

D: Excellent. Right on for the style. Very well executed. Tasty stuff!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach, poured into a shaker glass. On to the beer:

I get a caramel brown color which fades to creamy orange towards the bottom of the glass. Head retention is good, lacing provided a few patches. The nose gives away pear, raisin, and a dash of cocoa.

Taste is where this beer comes out. Delcious to say the least. Very fruity tasting, dates, pear, and raisin go on a tear as light notes of chocolate malt give me the feeling that this is like dessert in a glass. The alcohol goes nearly unnoticed, making an already appetizing beer even more addicting.

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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 PeterLemonjello
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light mahogany with lovely tiny bottle conditioned bubbles and fluffy head.

S - sweet raisins, fig, plums. Belgian yeast aromas with a bit of alcohol.

T - not as nearly full flavored as the aromas suggested it would be. I commented to my friend that the beer seemed so subtle that it came across as tasteless. Let it sit awhile to let the temperature come up. The beer was at it's best after sitting around and hitting warmer temps. Flavors of plums, raisins, and esters starting becoming much more lively.

M - very nice. tounge prickling carbonation with an appropriate body of not too thin yet not too large for the style

D - very drinkable. Altough a tad sweet, the sweetness doesn't stick around too much to make it unrefreshing.

Not my favorite LA offering, but LA is certainly one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle served into a wine glass. Bottle opens with a light pop and yields a ruby brown pour with half an inch of off white foam. Clear and mahogany in the light, the retention is better than the tap version but still leaves a bit to be desired.

Nose is a bit more complex than the tap as well, masking the sweet notes somewhat. Bit of hops and some carob spice notes combine with yeast and dark fruits along with a touch of alcohol.

Moderate sweetness on the tongue and some dry roasted malt notes. Sweeter on the finish with a bit of cherry and rummy raisin. Offers an interesting mix of sweet fruits and dry spice yet becomes a bit thin in body by the bottom of the pour, though warming gives back a bit of fullness.

A second pour into the glass offers notably less foam atop the pour even as the bottle warms. The aroma is the best quality of this beer, and it's best through a bit of foam. Looks like the rest of the bottle may be a bit of a chore.

A decent Dubbel though a bit too raisiny for me, surely better than on tap and would surely benefit from a more lasting carbonation. But then that's old news. Best served and enjoyed rather warm about 60 degrees or so I would guess..

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Photo of Jazzcrop
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is very drinkable, but I really think that Tomme and co. should just stick to Belgian-style beers and sours, because he hasn't pulled off a German-style beer that I've actually liked, nor do I think he's all that interested in the outcome, anyway. Pours rubyish calico brown without too much foam. I get figs, licorice, faint wood and cinnamon on both the smell and tastes. Alright. More of a spiced brown if you ask me.

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Photo of CMW
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cork exploded out of the bottle like champagne. Pours a dark ruby color with a massive off-white head.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, figs, spices, alcohol.

T - Full of malt but less sweet than I thought. Dark fruits are definitely present but less pronounced than in the nose. While I picked up alcohol in the aroma, very little flows over to the taste.

M - A little lighter than expected but will still robust enough.

D - Drinkability is good but not great. I really enjoyed this beer but would like to space them out between servings.

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

Poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Dark brownish red; when held up to the light it gives a slight amber color to it on the edges. 2 fingers worth of head that had very good retention. Fair amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruits dominate the nose, especially raisin and figs. It has hints of spice and yeast. Slightly sweet with some alcohol present as well.

T: Following the nose, dried fruits again dominate the taste. Raisins, and figs again (this is after all brewed with raisins.) Small hints of chocolate. Yeast and a malty sweetness are also there. Has sort of a wheaty after taste to it.

M: Mouth feel is pretty darn good. The only real way I can describe it is silky and smooth. Soft on the carbonation with a very clean finish.

D: Very good tasting beer that is sucking me into the world of Belgian beers. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, pours a beautiful copper with a solid, foamy off-white head. The nose is sweet and caramelly. A little tang to the palate. Mild fruits, bread, caramel malts and just a smudge of heat from the alcohol. Medium body, with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry and sticky. Very drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of Naugros
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is dark garnet to plum in color with a nice measure of off-white head, but the head is short-lived despite the obvious high-level of carbonation.

It smells like port...a nice, sweet one...not one of the nicer, drier ones. Dark fruits abound (big surprise considering it's brewed with raisins) and the liquor is not masked in the smell at all.

Not as strongly flavored as the smell would suggest, actually kind of weak and watery for the style. I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it tastes really nice but there's just enough of it. I wanted more of the port that I smelled to come through and for this beer to be bolder. You can taste the raisins and the malts riding shot-gun. Any hops are mostly undetectable.

The mouthfeel is too thin for the style yet it gets marks for a nice clean finish and good masking of the alcohol. It's much more drinkable than the smell would lead you to believe.

I may have given this higher marks if it had delivered on the promise the smell makes...or it could have been just like it smells and I could have panned it for not tasting like beer. I'm never happy.

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Photo of impending
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep ruddy mahogany with a minor dense head.

Aroma is delicious, dark fruits not surprisingly but some kind of tangy zest behind - not sure which spices?

Taste does not live up to the aroma. The raisins are not prominent, a dark fruit yes but raisins I get no sense of. This is sad as it is the description of note on the label which made me expect something special that was not delivered, disappointing. The relatively non descript bready yeast front gives way to cedar bitterness followed by alcohol with a solvent characteristic. Does not improve with warmth, mediocre.
cheers
jd

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Photo of JAXSON
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown pour with little head, spritzy bubbles, almost coke-like. At first, this seemed like some kind of bock, it was really malty and smoky, lacked the spiciness I expected. Grew on me as the glass wore thin. Solid, just heavy on the malt and had a kind of smoked, toasted character. Fruits like figs, dates, and bananas shined throughout. Had the feel been thicker it would have been very nice.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with some ruby hints as well. There is a nice .25 inch head that is quite thin and recedes quickly.

S - Slight sweet malt with some caramel and brown sugar hints. There are some nice raisin hints as well as some plums fruits. The aroma is a bit mild though. Slight phenols are also felt but not as much as other belgians. There are some nice spice hints especially vanilla and some nice clove as well.

T - Starts with some nice toasty malt flavors. There is some good caramel and toffee like flavors. There are some raisins a plenty and with some slight sourdough bread hints. The malt base of this beer as nice and roasted with some coffee hints. Some syrupy hints are present and the booze is there but almost hidden completely. There is some nice tartness in the middle and towards the end and a nice dry finish with some slight bitterness. Not too much hop character though.

M & D - Nice in fluffy, well carbonated and very complex beer. Very drinkable and delicious. Overall its not my favorite of the style but still a solid brew.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Poures a reddish brown (Dare I say rust?) color, with a two finger tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing with this one...

S - Raisins, and various other dark fruits. Maybe a hint of caramel or brown sugar...

T - Raisins are the most prominent taste, but there is much more going on in this one. Plums, and apricot come through followed with a bitter hop finish. Nice contrast between sweet and bitter. This one is tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation...

D - Probably won't be at the top of my rotation, but definitely something I would recommend. All in all, a very solid dubbel...

Cheers...

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Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Smells just like raisins, with a bit of molasses, but not too much. You can tell this is going to be a malty beer.
S: Pours a deep brown with a foamy beige head that doesn't disappear.
T: Big and malty with a nice raisin finish. No trace of alcohol, which is surprising once I saw that it is 8% abv.
M: Very well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: For what it is, it's pretty drinkable. Not overpowering in sweetness, but it hides the alcohol quite well. The best Lost Abbey beer I've tried to date!

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

Pours dark red/almost brown in color with bubbly off-white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma of dark fruit, syrup, spices, cloves, and burnt sugar. Flavors of spices, dark fruit, slight hops, sugars, molasses, apples dipped in alcohol, raisins, and prunes. Light in body with mild carbonation. A pleasant slow sipper to be savored.

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