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:
361
Ratings:
816
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
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74
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Photo of BeerTruth
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

750 mL bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Pours a dark mahogany with a pillowy off-white one finger head that dies down to a thin layer of everlasting bubbles. Stickiness is mediocre but there. Smell is sweet caramel apple with a rich raisin aroma. Full of thick malt in the nose, very enjoyable. Not too yeasty in the nose, just how I like my Belgians. A faint floral perfume scent tickles the senses as well. Creamy dark fruits up front on the tongue: raisin, dates, plum, and cherries. Some biscuit flavors and walnuts as well. Caramel sweetness throughout with a mild vanilla aftertaste. Solid Belgian flavor brewed in the good US of A. Fluffy cloud mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation. Very close to the Westy 8 in texture, damn good. Amazing how this one goes down for 8%. Lost Abbey clearly knows what their doing, this is a damn fine beer. Looking forward to trying the Amazing Grace.

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Photo of stephendr
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle- color of reddish mahogany , with a thick small bubbled tan head - nose of spices (orange , cloves) , yeast , bright red fruit , brown sugar, malts , and beef broth – taste of red fruit , cloves , yeast , red grapefruit , and candied/dried apricots - body is medium , smooth , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit , molasses , and light hops

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Photo of walshclimb
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium to dark brown with a reddish hue. Foamy off-white head that starts off about an inch thick with very good head retention and an almost continuous lace up the back of the glass. The smell is lightly malty and sour with clear ripe fruit overtones, though I can't quite put my finger on a specific fruit. Also maybe a little bread in the nose. The taste is where this one really shines. Nicely balanced slightly bitter initial flavor that has the expected yeast sourness of a Belgian style ale. Interesting warm fruity aftertaste that reminds me of rum. The aftertaste morphs into a more sour malty flavor that is a little bitter. The only downside to this beer is the mouthfeel. It is nice and full-bodied, but I found it to be a little sudsy in texture, though it didn't bother me until I got to considering it for the review. Overall, this is a nice, complex beer that should definitely be tried. The yeast sourness and ripe fruit aromas and flavors are clear, but there is an interesting flavor/nose between initial flavor and aftertaste that I had trouble describing. Like every Lost Abbey brew I have had, this is well worth trying.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this at Binny in Chicago. I think it was $9.99 for a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium amber, forming a tall whipped meringue head with beautiful retention and lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation, 3.5-4.0 carbs or so. The nose opens with brett, that horsy dusty basement smell, no vinegar, and not really picking up on any cloves or bananas as I would expect for a dubble. The mouthfeel is champagne like at first, and is intially very dry and more bitter than expected, but once it warms up to about 55F, really opens up. The finish then becomes balanced by a nice residual sweetness, and the bitterness mellows a bit. Very different beer at 45 vs 55F. The taste is mostly that brett character up front, then is followed by a rummy candy sugar bite with some peppery alcohol notes, a somewhat firm bitterness for the style, then some leather in the finish. Overall. finishes dry for the style.

A very interesting take on the belgian dubbel. Take a decent dubbel, add brett, dry it out, and bump up the bitterness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of opwog
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debby

Thanks to Beechwood for scoring a keg of this great dubbel!

A- Brown/plummy color with a thin disc covering of off white head.
S- dark fruit, bready yeast, brown sugar
T- tasted like it smelled, in great proportions.
M- smooth, medium to full body
D- Very drinkable. I normally nurse Belgian styles, but this was going down quite easy.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium brown with tan head into a chalice. Aroma is dark fruit with maybe a touch of alcohol. Flavor is similar with lots of dark fruit, a little malt and sweetness, plus a little alcohol warming. As it warmed, I got a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable dubbel that lived up to the hype.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a murky dark brown/red. One finger fluffy head dissipates to a ring with thin layer of foam. Nose is malty with dark fruit flavors and light yeast tones. Up front the taste is dark fruit. raisin and some date or fig. malts balance the middle with a nice hop lick on the finish. mouthfeel is very nice, maybe just a touch thin. Drinkability is quite high. A very good belgian style dubbel. I am impressed with my first taste from the lost abbey. This left me looking for and wanting more, the lost abbey truly is the perfect name!

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Photo of duncan9idaho
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nose is of caramel and fruit from the raisins and hints of biscuits. Color was clean and vibrant with little head retention and lacing. Taste was mouthfilling and delicious. Could have a few glasses of this one for sure but better to share with a friend.

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Photo of duffextracold
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish copper color. two finger head levels off to about 1/4" in a few minutes. has a faintly sour smell. dried cherry aroma. Tastes of dried fruit, a hint of caramel, raisins, fig, cherry. yeasty, tropical fruit. I can't quite pinpoint this aftertaste on the back of my tongue, but its good. Very heavy carbonation...lots of tiny bubbles scrubbing my mouth. thin body.
Mmmmm....

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour, hints of cherries and raisons. In the taste, sour, light maltiness and nice small fruity hints. A smooth, small tartness in the mouthfeel and a dry tartness of raisons in the aftertaste. A nice sour, nice fruitiness, good dry presence.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red in appearance with a thick, off-white head. Nose is spicy and bready, with hints of figgish fruit. My first impression of the flavor was that it was big and nicely well-rounded. Slightly sweet and bready with toasty caramel malts, hints of molasses, and a cinnamon and balanced hop finish. Substantial, but not overwhelming in mouthfeel. A good beer, with decent complexity.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Vancer
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew courtesy of boolshot for my BA anniversary!

Poured a clear mahogany brown, frothy ivory head that settled fairly quick. Maltly Belgium in both the aroma and the quaff. Nice dose of spicey hops to move this up the ol’ flavor ladder. In fact, more spice in this one than expected, but it does add to the overall enjoyment. A bit of clove and even a pop of banana in this bad boy. An initial sweetness is quickly balanced.

Wow, tasty treat dupple.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy mahogany with amber highlights. Head is thick and rocky, hanging around forever.

Aroma is rich and complex. Plenty of candied sugar and dry powdery chocolate. Generous fruit - notable apricot, tangerine, and dates. Vague yeasty spices and alcohol.

Taste is massive caramel malt sweetness up front. Generous alcohol soaked fruit notes. Tangerine really stands out initially, then dark fruit of date, plum and raisin takes over. Nice touch of chocolate. Sweetness is balanced in the finish with orange peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite full and creamy.

A very well made Belgian style beer. Flavor is robust and intensely fruity. Enough complexity to keep me coming back. Definitely a worthwhile find.

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Spinnerstown Hotel, poured into a tulip glass

A - Deep mahogany with ruby hues, 1/2 inch tan fizzy head, little retention or lacing.

S - Spice, dark fruits, prune, fig, obviously raisins

T - Taste starts with a big dose of spicy belgian yeast followed by dark fruits, primarily prune and fig. Label says this is brewed with raisins and this is very evident. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M - Great carbonation, spot on for this style, dry aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

D - This is absolutely spot on for the style. Probably the best American version of an Abbey Dubbel I've ever had. Spice and carbonation make this beer seem like a time tested Belgian classic.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottles are for winners. Pours a crystal clear dark copper color. For my second glass I swirled the yeast and it was an opaque muddy brown. Large white head that settles to a bubbly skim.

Smells of nutty yeast spice and sweet grape flavored hard candy. Plums and foxglove flowers.

Tastes like sweet candied plums or sugar coated raisins...whatever, it's sweet, fruity and delicious. Super smooth, mild alcoholic swallow. Intensely flavorful. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth.

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Photo of bensiff
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork came off the bottle with hardly a pop. Poured into St. Bernardus glassware a deep mahogany with a short lived tan head. There is not enough carbonation for my liking of the style and for that it lost some points in both the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel categories.

Strangely I'm picking up a slight smoky aroma like alder smoke from a neighbors smoker. Dominating the nose is a yeasty leather, raisin, a deep cherry, and an alcoholic tickle intermixing with a tartness.

Taste is excellent without surprise as all the smells turn into flavor. The tartness stands out and leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel seems a little too full bodied for the style. Possibly higher carbonation or more attenuation in the fermentation would lighten the body. However, it is not obnoxiously full bodied or cloying making it still very tolerable.

Overall a very enjoyable beer demonstrating that Americans are coming into their own, capable of brewing a superior Belgian while hinting at possibilities of the US turning the style into its own as it has with so many other styles.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromatic notes of rum soaked raisins, prunes and figs sweetly waft to my nose as I pour this brew. It is well carbonated and forms a frothy, initially four-finger thick, amber tan colored head. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber plum color as I pour it into my tulip glass, otherwise it sits an opaque, plum tinted, dark amber color. When I dig more into the aroma I get a vibrant fruity note that is made up of a combination of plums, apples and of course the prior mentioned concentrated, dark fruit notes. There is a nice malty layer in the nose as well that makes me think of notes of caramel, sweet breads and a hint of brown sugar. There is something like a low, underlying tartness here as well; the combination of tartness and fruitiness reminds me of tamarind.

The taste is sweet up front, yet it is quickly balanced by a spicy finish. There is a certain full mouthfeel here that coats the palate a bit. There are lots of flavors that definitely linger in the mouth. I get spicy notes of pepper, clove and ginger as well as a zippy carbonation which helps the spice notes to linger on in the tongue. Rum and fruit notes provide a sweetness & and a satiating heft to this brew; this is definitely working as an after dinner treat right now. The mix of alcohol and dark fruity notes remind me of a rich, dark, candied fruit laden and Rum soaked cake that has a spicy side to it. A touch of chalkiness is also here and it almost makes me thing that this has a certain musty quality, though not quite.

This is really quite tasty. It is much richer, in many ways, than I was expecting. It does not have the dryness that one would expect from a typical Belgian, but it is far from cloying (like many American interpretations). This is a great beer for the colder months, even here in Arizona. I am really enjoying this brew; it is one of those beers whose parts (which are quite good already) combine to create a whole that is better than any of the individual components.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefuly poured from a 750mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet. ABV listed as 8.0% not 7.5%

At first all I see is cream/wheat colored foam - thick dense milky carbonation starting from just beneath the logo on my goblet and rising above the lip - amazing retention, reminiscent of a cappuccino. Lacing is large, coating, and sticky almost like a funnel-web. Liquid is an opaque mix of auburn and sepia.

Aromas suggest stewed dark fruit, dank casks of fermented prunes and cherries, yeasty brown bread, even leather and iron work. Delicate, but evocative of an earlier time...

Bready sweet malt, raisins, dragon fruit and cloves on the palate, briefly accompanied by a surprising crisp tartness like the skin of a fresh plum. Supremely long finish - rum, cocoa nibs, custard, earth, and pepper. Delicious.

Very rich mouthfeel - broad filling effervescence which distributes the flavors quite well and leaves a pleasant tingling sensation on the gums from the phenolics and alcohol.

ABV is strong enough to maximize the flavor without limiting the drinkability. An ale to slowly savor, despite the temptation to guzzle.

Very well executed, and easily the peer of the majority of "authentic" versions/brewers of the style.

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark scarlet that turns searingly ablaze when held up to the light. It is a tremendously lush colour, both sensuous and extravagant. Clarity was pristine before the introduction of bottle sediment which wouldn't succeed to entirely tarnish complexion. A nonporous patch of white sand stays embedded over top and leaves ornate signatures as it descends the glass.

All credit owed to brewing a characteristic Belgian abbey dubbel belongs to the yeast. This wouldn't be a proper (nor successful) homage if a well cultured strain of proprietary Belgian yeast wasn't used. Of course, Lost Abbey does use such a thing and it shows. An aroma rampant with spicy phenols and submersed with fruity esters breathes notes of pepper, clove, and rosemary as well as prunes, banana, and dried cherries.

Plenty of the fruit and to a much lesser extent some of the spice-like flavouring carries over into the taste, only now complimented by a delicately soft water and a rich and complex malty sweetness. I taste flavours of toasted whole grain breads, toffee and custard, clove, leafy hops, caramelized sugar, banana, candied cherries, raisins and cooked apple and pear. The carbonation is just right and drinkability seems alarmingly endless.

I worried about the use of a raisin puree for two reasons: one: a good dubbel using the appropriate yeast should need no additional flavouring (especially not fruit!); and secondly: dubbels should be complex, not one-dimensional, I worried the raisin flavour would be too domineering. Thankfully, my fears proved to be unfounded. This is as flavorful, complex, and balanced as anything else I've had within the style.

This dubbel is as rich and inspiring as the beers of Belgium's monasteries to which it pays homage. Tomme Arthur is a tremendously profound brewer. It's almost ironic for him to pay tribute to others - even should these people be the forefathers of modern brewing who preserved and subsequently reintroduced a great wealth of brewing culture and tradition.

As I finish the bottle I'm content to sit in tranquility and reflect on the words printed on its label: "A life worth living is full of discovery and we are reminded everywhere there is opportunity." I do raise this glass in a toast "to patience, perseverance, and all the things we have lost along the way and were somehow lucky enough to find once again."

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Photo of hman43
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with red hues and a light brown moderate head.

Smell: It has a sweet malt aroma that is moderate, moderate fruit, raisins, and cherries. There is also a low spicy element, caramel and toast. A touch of floral finishes out the aroma.

Taste: It has a sweet malt flavor or caramel and toast. There are moderate cherry and raisin flavors. This is low spice and floral hints.

Feel: The balance is toward the malt. It has a medium full body with a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Overall it is a malt balance ale with cherries and raisins in a complex array of flavors and aromas.

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

Home run after home run, the Lost Abbey really gets Belgain brewing technique and recipe formulation. None is in better portrayal than this rare high quality American made Dubbel Ale.

Medium toast, nutty, and dry malt flavor rise to the forefront while zesty tartness of red wine (slightly vinous), orange zest, under-rippened berries, apples, and grape contribute much needed complexity but to support the malt sweetness and not to compete with them. Early sweetness evaporates into dryness then leaving the impression of malt and fruit flavor but without the associated sweetness. A whimsical delight that finishes with the mild peppery bite of alcohol and black peppercorn. It certainly rivals authentic Belgain-brewed varieties such as Grimbergen Dubbel.

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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 chefnash51
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ashamed I had this beer in my cellar for almost a year before actually busting it out. Turned out to be wonderful.

I will have to open a fresh one to compare.

Poured into my Westvletern Glass...

A- Nice inch think light tan head. Carbonation seemed in check for this style.

S- Picked up a lot of complexity on the nose. dark sugars, caramel, fig,rasins,chocolate

M/T - Medium body that gives way to a very tasty treat. Didn't want to let the beer leave my mouth and held it there for a few seconds. Some spice coming through... nutmeg?

Though I saw a good amount of carbonation, on the taste it fell a bit flat. But not in a bad way, just not as lively as other Dubbels.

I wish to keep this beer on hand.. it was a crowd pleaser for sure.

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Photo of steveja57
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at PB Taproom while visiting in San Diego. Tapped into a goblet, beautiful dark ruby beer with thick white head. The nose is raisins, caramel, fig, really nice. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sourness to balance the slightly sweet flavor of roasted malts, chocolate/caramel, fig/raisin. Kept sticking my nose in the glass to smell it, marveling after each sip. Really hit the spot on a crystal clear December afternoon. Excellent Cali Abbey Ale

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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