Lost & Found Abbey Ale | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
88
very good
839 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
Ratings:
839
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
145
For Trade:
3
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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a creamy light-tan head that is about two fingers in height. The head eventually settles at a thin cap of foam, and leaves decent lacing on the way down. The beer's color is a coppery amber and is quite clear.

Smell - Sweet peppery/clove-like spiciness with some sugary, candied fruit aromas up front. Very floral notes behind this initial smell, and maybe some herbal action going on as well. A banana bread-ish malty smell in the background, also with a pleasant spice of its own.

Taste - Banana bread again up front, with sweet fruits, molasses, and caramel. Peppery spice in the middle, fading into a bready malt character with definite traces of wheat-like flavors. Has a very hefeweizen-like finish. The aftertaste has quite strong earthiness and a rich banana bread malty finish.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied with a thin mouthfeel. The carbonation is pretty good.

Drinkability - Overall it is refreshing and has a lighter feel than most dubbles I have had.

A decent attempt at the style, but far from the best. The mouthfeel is pretty weak in comparison, but decent overall. Definitely worth a try or two, although I probably won't buy this one again.

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Photo of HearneHoppers
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Photo of FriedSlug
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown and clear with a light tan head that leaves lacing everywhere. The aroma is raisin, brown sugar and floral hops. The taste is subdued but contains a nice malty sweetness and dark fruits with floral hop bitterness. Solid beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely tight cork finally releases a bit of a gusher - the tan head from the first pour also leaks over the top rim of the glass. This foam is tight and smooth, leaving thick sheets of initial lace which dwindle to very little. Red-brown in color, a little hazy.

Nose is musty, sweet crystal malt is prominent, with undercurrents of currant and fig. Slightly spicy and a little tart.

I get caramel, toffee, and a little chocolate roast from the malts initially. Alcohol lends a slightly rummy feel: slick, oaky, candi sugar, tobacco, pepper and clove. Slightly vanillin. Medium body on this one, maybe a little thin, finish is sweet and smooth.

Lost and Found is a nice rendition of the style, but maybe a little light overall. Pretty easy sipper for the style, as it doesn't get so "dark fruit sweet" and sticky.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth".

--Ludwig Borne

Terra cotta with a generous blush of cherry tomato red when backlit with the fading light of an overcast afternoon. The golden beige crown is not large and has a soft, unsticky texture. It melts way too quickly and doesn't leave much lace. What was Lost in the appearance...

... has been Found in the nose. Despite a lack of visible carbonation, the aroma is terrific. It's authentically Belgian dubbel-like and is a nostril pleaser of the highest order. The dark crystal malt, the dark fruit and especially the spiciness are reminiscent of a BSDA.

It's a damn shame when a potentially great offering is a casualty of botched carbonation. Casualty is probably overstating the case, but it's obvious that a perfectly bubbled Lost & Found Abbey Ale would have been a much better Lost & Found Abbey Ale. This is one of the few American breweries whose offerings taste authentically Belgian. At least more often than not.

The flavor profile is right on the money for a dubbel, it's just that the mouthfeel cuts it off at the knees before it can settle in and get comfortable. Chocolate-covered English toffee leads the way. Also present are dark rum, ripe figs, raisin paste (literally), sweetened pipe tobacco, a hefty dash of ground clove and a dash of black pepper.

Sweetness and spiciness are roughly equivalent, with bitterness and tanginess bringing up the rear. Alcohol isn't quite buried without a trace. Nor should it be.

In the final reckoning, the mouthfeel isn't as bad as first feared. I would much rather drink a borderline flat dubbel (which is what this one is at the moment) than an incredibly fizzy one. Regarding specifics: light-medium with very little lift and no creaminess whatsoever.

I'm a huge fan of Port Brewing Company/The Lost Abbey and am not about to hold a less than optimally carbonated beer against them. Rest assured that I will locate another Lost & Found Abbey Ale one of these days and will, no doubt, increase the scores to their rightful places soon thereafter.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ The Local. Poured deep mahogany with ruby edges, very brown. Small off-white head and no lacing. Nutty, caramel malt aroma that is sweet. Raisins and dates are also present, but in a non-sweetened state. Flat mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Kind of heavy but not syrupy. Dense, dark fruit tastes with caramel, however, there is a nice separation of the two and it avoids a "candy" flavor. Some occasional roasted malt and brown sugar taste pop in and out. Fig, date, and plum flavors waft in and out as it warms. Its kind of strange, drinks predominantly like a dubbel, but has the hint of a doppelbock.

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Photo of woodchip
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slayer3604
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy amber with dark yellow around the corners of the glass. The head rose out of the beer kind of like soda pop head does, with medium sized bubbles that are white and fizzy as all get out. This left a considerable level of lacing on the glass

S- Chocolate, rum raisen and toast.

T- Sweet, with plenty of malt. Boy oh boy does this beer touch on malt. Not in a bad way but i feel they could have smoothed it over with a little bit more of a hop presence. I got dark cherries, chocolate, and burbon in the mouth. There is a nice amount of carbonation that left a little quickly but in the end, laced pretty nicely so you can sniff and drink at the same time. mm mmm.

M- Medium bodied until you swish it around, then it gets chunky!

D- This a nice beer and I recommend it to someone who has never tasted a beer that has been brewed with raisens in it.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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 joeysmokedporter
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this as a tribute to Lost Abbey after hearing about the cease and desist in their tasting room. I purchased this 750mL after sampling it on draft in the tasting room during a visit in 2009.

Served in a Lost Abbey goblet.

A: pours dark brown with ruby hints, clear. Very good foam and retention, helped by the shape of the glass.

S: Hints of raisins, plums, and figs, a little bit of spice that is similar to noble hops.

T: dark fruit complexity, primarily raisins and figs, with some malt flavor but dominated by the dark fruit. Finishes with an interesting hop bitterness not typical of the style but adds a nice complexity. As the beer warms, the raisin flavor becomes more predominant.

M: good carbonation, gives beer a light feel. Not watery, seems to be right balance of sweetness and bitterness and perception of dryness at the end with the hop bitterness.

D: A very easy-drinking 750mL. Could drink plenty of this and enjoy.

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

Appearance: Deep hazy amber colour, with a soft creamy slight head, no lacing.

Aroma: The aroma is packed with fruit, lots of raisin, and cherries, just like a liquidised fruit cake. There is a potent candy floss sweetness and hints of toffee, with a copious amount of brown sugar lurking behind the fruits, which gives it a more complex nose. It's one of those beers that offers up something new each time you inhale.

Taste: There is a darkly sweet character to the taste that forces through with lots of forest fruits, and burnt caramelised sugars. A definite nuttiness is clear in the middle, possibly almonds, with a slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Openly full bodied, with a syrupy heaviness about it. Quite carbonated but still manages to offer a certain smoothness.

Drinkability: A solid interpretation of a classic Belgian trappist ale but I would expect nothing less from the Port. However, I still think the Belgians have the edge in this style. If you can find it (not easy outside the US), then you should damn well try it.

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

- Poured a nice auburn color into a tulip glass with a nice earth yellow frothy head... medium cabonation.
- Dried figs dominates the olfaction along with mature raisins as the 8%abv highten the aroma.
- True to its style, creamy and spicy, yeasts swirl in my palate as the alcohol warms leaving a fruity blend at the end...
- I would say a very drinkable dubbel enjoyed with a mild dessert as the sweetness will combine very well... enjoy

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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 rtratzlaff
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to atsprings for sharing his 750 ml bottle and allowing me to keep the bottle with a cool looking monk on the label.

The first noticeable thing is the lack of carbonation to this beer. Very little "pop" from decorking. Minimal head with traces of off white lacing above a deep dark ruby brown body.
Aromas are raisiny, figs, and clove.
The taste is rather sweet with enough spice character to keep it interesting.
The taste is similiar to Dogfish Heads Raison D'Etre. The mouthfeel is full with little carbonation, but not thick or sticky either.
This isn't the best Dubbel I have tried, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 32gp. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Los Soprano 3x12-13. Raisin pretty noticeable in mouth and taste. A bit earthy. Bitterness bigger than usual in the style. Good but its missing some punch to be memorable. More cloudy than desiderable at the end

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Photo of Brew_42
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with almost no head. I can't tell if it's supposed to be that way or not.

Smells like raisins and bread.

Tastes like dark fruits and bread/crackers. A little vanilla at the back end. Good taste.

MF- where this beer loses me. Almost no carbonation and a oily texture. Not a fan.

Overall, great taste but the mouthfeel wasn't great. I prefer at least a little carbonation. I think it might have been something specific to the bottle. I might have stored it improperly or something because online pictures show this beer with a decent off white head. I will try again and hope there is more carbonation.

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Photo of retry4z
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature in a pint glass.

A beautiful barn red color, deep and muddy.

Smells of sweet fruit and malts.

Tastes of malts, slight bitterness, and a unique dried-fruit flavor. No alcohol evident.

Feels very smooth and soft on the palate.

Overall it's a decent beer to have with a steak or a hearty dinner.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, red/brown in color, some sediment

Smell: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Taste: alcohol, brown sugar, raisin, and bread

Mouthfeel: nice mix of bitter and sweet--more of a mix than other beers I have had in this style. Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Complex for the style and it took me a bit of time to warm up to this beer. It is different from other dubbels I have had. I like the raisin and bread combination. Not sure if I would rush to get this as much as other Lost Abbey beers, but would not pass it over.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Prezo, quickly becoming one of my fav beer destinations.

A: Thick 1 finger head that's fluffy. Dark mohogany leather color.

N: Sweet brown sugar malty aroma with some raisins, spices, Belgian malts, some reddish malts.

T: Strong red ale like taste, with Belgian malts, creme brulee, raisins, candied raisins, burnt brown sugar, a touch of alcohol and esters, sweet Belgian malts and candi sugar. Pretty smooth and tasty.

M: Medium thick with decent carbonation.

F: A little alcohol warmth comes through, still pretty sweet though, some bitterness, with a lingering sweet syrupy taste and some alcohol tingle, as well as some candi sugar taste, the roasted flavors also linger.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours an opaque amber / mahogany color with goldish tint when held to the light. The head is a magnificent fluffy cap that spills over the 1L glass slightly, requiring several pours to get the beer all the way in. It remains substantial (> 0.5 fingers' worth) throughout the drink, and leaves clumps of lacing down the glass.

S: Green apple, raisins, figs, spices (coriander, cinnamon), and Belgian candied yeast.

T: A sour green apple taste sets up the initial flavor. Tehe mid-tast progresses into a darker raisin and fig fruit medley. The finish is a combination of coriander, cinnamon, and possibly clove with a bready yeast flavor in there. The finish is fairly clean, although there is a raisin flavor in the exhalation. Lost Abbey really likes raisins, don't they?

M: Medium-to-full bodied, with high carbonation that detracts a bit from the style. Fairly creamy otherwise.

D: Overcarbonation is a hallmark of Belgian beers, and to my surprise Lost Abbey lands on the right side of the carbonation spectrum for once. This is a very good Belgian-style ale, and I can see myself picking it up again, provided they've got their consistency down and their prices in line with similar offerings from other breweries. There's nothing here that makes it stand out against, say, Unibroue or even the trappist ales.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.93 out of 5 based on 839 ratings.
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