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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.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a 750 ml. Corked and caged bomber, and looked brownish orange in color when poured. The head atop it was beige, a little shy of two finger thick, and craggy. The smell was lighter than I was expecting, with a floral and soured fruit profile. The taste was sweet and rummy, and not quite as dry as the true Belgian examples I've sampled before. The carbonation was prickly in the mouth as result of the thinner than normal body, and the alcohol was also quite evident. Despite some of these flaws making this a little abnormal for the style, I found it was an overall enjoyable beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy burgundy with a thin beige head, and not much lacing.

smell of dark pitted fruits, raisins, prunes, some sour malt, a touch of citrus, some spice, and pepper.

taste is tangy, a little thin, nutty, malt, raisins, prunes, spice, and some cocoa.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the sweetest Belgium beers I ever had, on tap at Solena Beach. I declined a bottle purchase. It is amber red with lots of lace, very fresh. Fresh yeast aroma. WIll it get less candy after ageing? That would help. Good body, but only sweetness dominates and it’s cloying.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark rustic brick-orange with a dense clarity shows a foamy delight rising 2 fingers high with a parchment color and porous surface content. Sparse loosely packed carbonation bubbles rise at a good pace. Fair head retention with minimal lace.

S: Aroma of raisins show only small flashes of existence along with dry grains and bread as well dried apple slices. Alcohol of 8.0% is only modestly shown and quiet thus far.

T: The flavor is fruity, apple, cardamon, dried speciality grains with some Belgian yeastiness of grapes, melon, and fresh pear. Raisins, softly dried orange, starfruit, and some acidity. Warm fruitiness still little sign of the 8.0% alcohol.

M: light, frothy textured with a warm fruitiness.

O: Overall a nice drinking, smooth and easy going down dubbel.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark copper with a small very light tan head that has very good retention and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is caramel, candi sugar, a bit of banana, and some bready yeast. The initial taste is sweet with some candi sugar, then some raisin, caramel, and a bready yeast. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Fairly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy brown, chestnut with a thin bubbly cola like head.

S - Raisins, plums, dark cherries, some malt sweetness, toasted bread and a touch of spicy belgian yeast.

T - Earthy with bready malts, slightly nutty, raisins and plums with a touch of spicy yeast.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation.

D - A decent dubbel but I was expecting a little more. Not as complex as some of the better ones on the market and slightly bland and boring.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle to Duvel tulip the beer pours a nice amber brown color with a decent 3/4 finger head. Some retention and nice lacing. The aroma is that of malty sweetness, raisin, hint of the belgian yeast and earthy hops. The nose is sweet. The flavor follows suit with an initial malty sweetness. The light belgian character comes through as it warms. The raisin fruitiness begins to dominate the palette in the middle along with a mild bitterness. Finishes clean and smooth. Good carbonation. Overall, this is good but isn't my favorite. I had shied away from it so long due to the raisins, a flavor I don't care for. As such I found the flavor too powerful with the fruit, though this could be due to my preference. It was good and I would recommend it, just not my favorite offering from The Lost Abbey.

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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fizzy inch of biscuity tan head fades quickly and leaves no lace. Body is a very deep consistant prune like brown in color. You get some crisp dark fruit up front on the nose, then comes the toffee malts all wraped up in spicy yeast. That same spicy yeast feel is the first thing you notice when you take first sip. This is a more dusty dry spice feel though. There is a consistant dark fruit sweetness full of fresh raisens and plum on the back of the palate. This brew really does get better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very yeasty thick with some even sweetness. Sweetness is lingering and hurts the drinkability slightly.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Pours a reddish brown. Smell is sweet fruits, cloves and molasses. Taste was more the same, but a little muted. This was a good beer, but whenever I drink it I get the feeling it is missing just a little something to make it great, and that it would be good blended with a sour beer. I therefore am not surprised to learn that this serves as a base for some other great Lost Abbey beers.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Floydster
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from the Beverages and More in Redlands for about eight dollars, split with a friend last night as well, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Dark brown with lots of red tint in the body, small 1/2 inch off white head that settled rather fast, some retention and lacing

S-Raisins, figs, dates, plums, caramel, lots of malt, sweet yeast, brown sugar, gloves, ginger, and some red grapes

T-Raisins from the very beginning, other dark fruits as well from the aroma, then some slightly chewy malt in the middle, finish is a little dry at first, became creamier as it warmed, definitely sweeter as time progressed too, some light milk chocolate flavors towards the end but raisins were dominant the entire time, not much a bubble gum taste that I usually enjoy in dubbels, not bad overall

M-Sweet and creamy mouthfeel, a little dry at times, medium body, not much carbonation, taste lasted a good amount of time

D-Probably could not finish a bottle of this myself, some alcohol is not hidden very good, ABV is not too high though, somewhat smooth

Needed to try this so I could compare it to Amazing Grace when I crack it open soon, not great but a decent dubbel, would pick other Lost Abbey beers before it in the future, worth a try though

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer several times now, I prefer to only review something I have tasted several times.

Poured after opened and sat at room temp for approx. 10 minutes. Pours an interesting dark crimson with a hint of brown, with a rapid dissolving head. (served in tulip glass) Thick yeast cake on bottom.

Aroma was of raisin and plum melded together with very moderate sweetness.

Taste was similar to me, I get very little maltiness compared to other reviewers. In fact I get little complexity aside from the raisin/plum taste. Drinks with moderate carbonation, and a hint of the alcohol in subsequent tastes.

The subdued character which works so well as a base for other Lost Abbey blends seems almost here. Interesting but not something I would chose over most of the other Lost Abbey line.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of pwoods
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to cburian for adding this great brew in my Secret Bunny '08 box.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a Walnut/ Mahogany mixture, opaque. Maybe 1 finger of tinted light head forms and falls very fast. Not much lacing.

S: Says it's brewed with raisins... and I agree :) Raisin scent is very strong and pleasantly alcoholic. Nice sweet caramel and light floral hops.

T/M: The raisin flavor isn't nearly as profound as in the scent, but still there. Sugary caramel malts with a pretty big alcohol presence more or less drowns things out a bit. The flavors are actually a touch on the weak side.. at least for the style. The body is a touch thin for my liking but has more unf mid swallow and strengthens even more as it warms further. Finishes on the dry side.

D: Drinks pretty easy for a dubbel and the lower ABV helps that. The brew was tasty but not as as potent at most are... though the alcohol was more so... haha, weird, I know. Since there are better and readily available dubbels in my area, I probably won't go back to this. Glad I could try it and was definitely worth my time. Thanks again, Chris.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a moderate tan head that lasted a few minutes. Aroma of dark and sweet malt, dark fruit and Belgian spice aroma. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits and light malt up front, a bit dry. Slight raisin middle and dry, bland finish. Medium bodied. Nicely made, but could use more bold flavors.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown in color; quite cloudy; excellent head with some staying power. Surprisingly little lace.

Sweet cherry smell; strong alcohol warmth in the aroma; slight yeast and spiciness.

Strong spicy flavors up front, almost gingery; the flavor settles into nice brown malts (I'm thinking dark crystal and some chocolate malt). Strong alcohol oiliness which is surprising given the content. Good body with very high carbonation.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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...


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Photo of bbothen
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a 1 finger deep tan colored head. Head quickly dissipates.

Sweet malty aroma, fruity, brown sugar, raisin, plum, sweet caramel, bread.

Tastes of sweet caramel maltiness, spicy notes, pepper, raisin, fruit, bready malts, yeast.

Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, filling.

A fine American made Belgian style Dubbel. Plenty of other examples I enjoy more. Just didn't seem to come together for me.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rusty amber pour with a big creamy head that seems to remain forever. Light, refreshing scents of sweet fruits, slightly dark. Some raisin and fig of course with a brown and candy sugar presence. Caramel and a light spice also apparent. Flavor is very rich when compared to the nose. Much more full than expected. Big and malty with the fruits and lots of caramel and brown sugar. Also some chocolate. Light yeast and spice with a slight alcohol burn as well. Creamy, full mouth with a spicy finish and a touch of alcohol again. Decent drinkability. Seems like an after dinner drink to me. Nothing spectacular here.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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 dgilks
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber red colour with a smooth, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Malty and somewhat fruity aroma. Some clove and nutmeg notes. Raisins. Good but lacking depth and real complexity.

Sweet malt hits up first but with it drying quickly and moving into dried fruits, raisins, some earthiness and plenty of spice. There is a lightly carbonic note.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A decent beer at a great price. Nicely carbonated. The flavour doesn't quite do it for me but I don't mind this.

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Photo of DoShek
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy, deep amber (like resin), alive with carbonation, poured with a thick two fingers of head that subsided within a couple of minutes to a thin layer

Smell - malty and sweet, red fruits, faint raisins

Taste - mild smokiness, very little bitterness from the hops, nondescript fruit/raisins, bit of alcohol coming through, reminds me of Ukrainian kvass

Mouthfeel - thick & smooth, velvety

Drinkability - couldn't have more than one or maybe two in a sitting, this one is a slow sipper

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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 Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy ruby color with a smaller off-white head. The head faded at a moderate pace giving way to a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The nose was of grapes and a little bit of dark fruit. There was a light yeasty aroma mixed in as well.

Taste-The taste was largely of sweeter white grape up front. The lightness of the grape flavor darkened over time giving way to a more red grape and raisin flavor toward the middle and the end. At the very end of the taste there were hints of cherry that worked their way into the flavor and mixed with a alcohol-boozy taste that left its mark on the tongue, in a nice warming way.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was medium with an average level of carbonation. Nothing to amazing.

Overall – A god easy to drink “winey” beer with a nice flavor profile.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
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