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 ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottling date 3/19/13 into a chalice
A: Opaque brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Raisins for days along with figs, cherries, brown sugar
T: Raisins, cherries, brown sugar and malt in that order
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet/sticky, just a hint of alcohol
O: I wasn't sure I'd like this but it's quite pleasant

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Photo of hopsputin
4/5  rDev +1.8%

a: its a dark ruby red color with some dark purple & light brown notes in there. very clear. 1.5 finger frothy, fizzy off-white head that fades really quickly and hangs around just at the surface of the beer and around the sides of the glass. i think the fact that this glass is etched has helped this stay around as well

s: loads of sweet caramel & toffee, figs, raisins, plums, brown sugar & some alcohol

t: spicy belgian yeast - pepper, coriander, some clove. a big alcohol presence in the flavor which is pretty off-putting. sweet malts, raisins & sweet plums. a hint of sticky toffee. there is like a dried cranberry flavor in here which is nice. the longer this beer is sitting out the more mellow its becoming and the dark sweet fruit is becoming juicy and tasting easier. i'm also picking up on a nice bready flavor the longer im drinking this as well, as well as something like a graham cracker.

m: medium mouthfeel, that leaves a sticky finish (ha). it also finishes really dry & with medium carbonation

o: well, i'm re-editing my review. the longer i drank this the more it opened up. nice mix of dark fruits, spice, sweet malt, and bready yeast. still a bit too much alcohol, but its an ok malt-driven brew

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Photo of mbussey86
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a local wine and beer store here in SoCal on a whim. Was not disappointed at all. Was not overpowering but still had a great flavor. Stands up to its description. I tasted some dried fruits along with a little bit of banana bread and I'm a sucker for banana bread. This is definitely something I would pick up again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours deep amber with a white head that soon reduces but leaves nice patterns of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: intriguing fruity (dark fruit) aroma with a some medium malt base and alcohol esters

Flavor: slightly more yeasty/funky than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Good sweet/bitter balance.

Feel: near medium body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: lacks the complexity and well hidden ABV of fine Belgian versions.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best part about this beer is the pour. The deep, burnt red color and nearly three-finger head make this very pretty to look at.

Smells like an assortment of dried fruits. This would probably go great with a fruit cake or figs. Cheese too; let's not forget cheese.

Taste is where this beer kinda loses me. Nothing standout here. Good balance, but nothing to bring it to the next level.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 750 ml bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Hazy burnt copper hue under a thin foamy off white cap. Good lacing.

S-Sweet nutty malty nose with some Belgian toffee, candi sugar, a touch of bubblegum, and a brown malty fruitiness.

T-Flavor is big and rich with a flavorful tone of Belgian toffee, malt syrup, a light bubblegum-ish tone, and a light bit of cherries and dates.

M-mouthfeel is medium body and creamy. Good carbonation

O-Overall great dubbel wish I had more.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown in color and only a bit of light gets through. Brussels lacing. A quarter inch thick head of khaki covered foam rests on top. Aroma of Belgian yeast and dark Belgian candy sugar is what I'm getting in the nose. The flavor is of dark Belgian candy sugar,dark malt,ands bit of tart Belgian yeast on the finish. Mouth is a bit chewy and sticky.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA. Shared with Frosty and Rich.

Pours a hazed, but firm brownish amber hue, with a full and frothy head of beige that sits pretty persistently. Frothy lace forms in sludgy streaks. Solid body and very form carbonation which forms in rivulets up the glass. Looks good.

Nose is slightly spicy, with a raisin and orange-peel character, but it's actually pretty muted overall. Slight pepper characters come around as well, especially as it warms. There's actually not a lot of sweetness or richness to it: more like the yeast has dried it out as well as adding all those lovely spicy estery characters.

Taste is similar, but with a smoothness that suggests a bit of body, even though the sweetness is still quite absent. Firm brown-sugar flavours are present without the ultimate sweetness, and the esters pick up a little on the back, giving a bit more of that spicy fix. Finish is actually rather smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. Feel is clean but rich. Nice.

Overall, yeah, this is tasty stuff, if not as complex as it might have been. There's plenty of body, which is good, and a nice about of spice. Some extra sweetness would help, but overall, it's still a really nice beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the pour I got a nice brown colored beer with glinting ruby highlights. Didn't get much of a head during the pour. As the beer sits a decent size head is produced and with decent retention it is continously propped up. It is mocha and has a soft fluffy texture.

The aroma smells like a dubbel. It has a dark sweet malt aroma with subtle hints of candied sugar and dark fruits.

Taste was pretty good too, with my first impression being toffee malts or candied malts. As the beer warms other flavors come into view those being figs and raisins and plums. On finish I get some spicy notes and a little bit of warming alcohol.

A great tasting beer but the flavors and taste are thin and washed out.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lost & Found Abbey Ale by Lost Abbey is a delicious and relatively dry dubbel. I thought is was great!

A: Brown colour and a shallow head that fades down to very little pretty fast. 3.5

S: Malt, brown sugar and autolysed yeast. This batch must've been left in the fermenter for a while! 4

T: Malty with some slight sweetness. Lovely dark frui flavours. Pretty dry finish for a dubbel. 4.25

M: High carbonation, as you'd expect. 4

O: 4.25

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color, after being poured into the glass. The beer did not demonstrate much in the way of carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was grapey aroma that I was not really expecting. I was certainly not expecting much sweetness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste was that it tastes like grapes. The initial was followed with acidic grape and grassy notes, before finishing with a mediciny grape sensation.

Mouthfeel - In fairness, I will state this beer had the mouthfeel of a dubbel. The taste lingers in the mouth, coating the tongue nicely.

Overall - I aged this beer for two years, and I do not feel rewarded for my patience.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours chestnut brown with a good cream-colors he'd. Ring retention, splashy lace.

Dried fig, vanilla, boozy fruit, raisin bread in the nose.

Wow does the beer take a 180 from the nose. All of that sweet fruit and juice dark aroma is nonexistent. This one is bone dry. You get the essence, but not the sugar. Dark over browned bread crust. Burnt sugar, but kinda like the gummy charred resin, not the sweetness, some alcohol, brown bread toast, bitterness, a touch of yeast. Complex.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation.

A very surprising beer. I really expected this to be beyond sweet, and it has turned out to be a tremendous well crafted beer.

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

Got in a trade with swingracex. 750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, pear, apple, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, candi sugar, molasses, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, pear, toast, clove, pepper, brown bread, candi sugar, molasses, chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, clove, pepper, toast, candi sugar, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, creamy, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dubbel style! All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of artdob
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is capped with a cork and wire, champagne style, though this one had a super tight fit and was a bit of a challenge to get out. Nice pour with a raisin brown color and attractive tan head.

Nose has pleasant sweet overtones, raisins figs, honey. Taste brings forth the same characteristics with robustness.

Decent amount of carbonation adds to the foundation of this beer.

Could see this as a nice accompaniment to a sweet bread dessert.

Nicely done. Glad I found the Lost & Found.

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Photo of lsummers
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rusty dark brown. Only a touch of light coming through creating an amber hue. Two finger tall head that is somewhat billowing.

Smells of a nicely balanced dubbel, lots of sweet raisins and a touch of molasses and toffee. Has a creamy almond herbal vanilla note. Taste is well balanced as well. The malty presence is fairly high. All the notes blend but by themselves represent a subtle raison, plum, and molasses. Creamy and slick with a slight bitter of a peppery yeast bite. Feels round yet still very drinkable.

Overall, it's so well balanced that it's something I definitely will have again. Tasty, highly drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

decent finger of head with loose bubbles but a very creamy appearance sitting on top of a nice nut-brown color of clear liquid.
no distinguishing aroma, nothing much at all for smell.... just a tad malt.
the taste is a little malt-y, with some fruit. i suppose that's typical for the 'dubbel'. no alcohol taste present. a small bite of bitterness, and a little sweetness.
nice feeling on the tongue. overall, a decent brew, but not spectacular. decent flavor. dont really taste raisin, but i do get some fig and other fruit.
one thing that did really stand out, however, was the incredible amount of sediment on the bottom, even after swirling a bit. it was a bit like mud and very thick.... still a great vessel for getting a good 8% dose in your system!!!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a medium dark brown and a two finger of tan foam with a load of lace on the side of a tulip glass. The smell was a little weak, but there was a smell of roasted malts and fruit aroma. The taste was of the roasted malts, with a sweet fruity finish along with and nicely balance of sweetness and bitterness on the palate.

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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 gr0g
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, brownish-burgundy in color. A very persistent creamy head forms, with plenty of lacing left adorning the glass. Buttery toffee aroma followed by dark fruit. Otherwise, the aroma is not all that impressive.

Good balance of yeast and malt character on the palate. Caramel malt with some clove and white grape. A slightly tart bitterness from mid-palate to finish, with some underlying sweetness. A floral hop note on the finish. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel from this 11 month old bottle.

A good, but not great Lost Abbey offering. I really liked the texture but the taste and smell let it down.

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

a lovely dubbel, really. it pours a rich spiced rum color with a bone white head light as a cloud. the nose is straight raisins and booze, both of which I happen to enjoy. there is a nutty element to it as well, really earthy like a walnut, but mildly sweet like an almond. the flavor takes on more of a middle eastern flare than a Belgian one, with flavors of dates and figs, sweet and naturally complex, and the raisins are there too. I love the fact that this isn't as sweet and thick as some dubbels though, its quite drinkable for what it is. the body might be a little thin, but I appreciate the contrast to the rest of the genre, and the finish is fruity and quick, but not sugary or caramel heavy. the spice component is subtle, which I also like. good carbonation as well. overall an outstanding beer from the lost abbey, one im glad I got to try on tap. a very unique take on a dubbel, a welcome change.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Matchbox Pizza Palm Springs CA for 7$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/butterscotch and dark fruits. There is also a touch of banana and some yeast/spice and some boozy notes. It ends with a dark fruit slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall – Really enjoyed this one. A good mix of flavours while not cloying or over boozed. I'd be happy to make this a go to beer if readily available to me.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Lost Abbey tulip. Body is a dark transparent garnet brown. Easily pours a big foamy head that shrinks to a ring, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smells of cola, chocolate, prunes, and wet wool.

Tastes of cola, prune, toast, chocolate milk, lightly bitter coffee in the finish. A flavorful dubbel, a bit sweet, but with a more complex raisiny sweetness than a simple candi sugar one. Roasted malt lingers in the finish along with a raisiny sweetness and light hop bitterness.

Moderate body with moderate carbonation, it has a lightly creamy rounded mouthfeel.

Overall, a flavorful double with a bit more complexity than average. There is a bit of alcoholic warmth. The raisins add a nice dimension to this.

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

If I recall correctly, this was a 2010 bottle.

A: Laced quarter inch head riding the surface of the beer. Dissipates into a bright honey/amber body with a very viscous swirl and spotty, grey bubbles.

S: Malt heavy smokiness. Very cakey or candied. Dried, stale figs. Chocolate, tobacco, and bready yeast (which was poured separately). Offers some very earthy grass or sprout notes in the distance.

T: Sweet, sugary crispness with a dry caramel mid and subtle raisin, dried/candied fruit finish.

M: Slightly malty, but crisp, dry, and tastefully carbonated.

OVERALL: Once Lost & Found warms up, it offers a slight rose pedal freshness and raw, earthy flavors with a toffee finish. Very deep, but very dark, almost too sweet at times and although nothing about this dubbel stands out as great, everything comes together very well in a great example of the style that can be enjoyed by the novice and the connoisseur.

NOTE: Review from notes.

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Photo of JakesCrew
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy brown with modest lacing
S - Subtle floral, citrus and honey. Very pleasant.
T - A bit watery and thin overall. Some sourness upfront. Finishes with a bitter coffee-like aftertaste.
M - Thin. Light to medium carbonation.
O - An underwhelming Belgian. Smell is strong point, taste is disappointing.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a dfh snifter

A: pours a hazy lightly ruby brown with half a finger of tan head... Dissapates nicley and leavs some very nice lacing.

S: a lot of fruity appleness, the yeast profile almost reminds me of the avant gaurde, along with a nice touch if brown sugar. Not as much raisin and darkfruit as I was expecting in the aroma, which is a plus

T: yum again, the yeast profile and the nice appleness reminds me of avant gaurde.... Nice notes of brown sugar and raisin as well, very well rounded. Reminds me off apples light coated in raisin and brown sugar... Very nice.

M: nice a lush, almost punch like, with a creamy medium carbonation, very nice mouthfeel.

O: another great brew from the lost abbey, very well rounded with a great use if yeast, nice apple and fruity notes, very tasty.

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Lost & Found Abbey Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.93 out of 5 based on 838 ratings.
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