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 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 DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a clear, reddish brown with a cream coloured head. The cap was a bit thin and made up of fine bubbles. It eventually settled to a ring and produced some sticky lace. The aroma was full of cakey, doughy malt and dried fruit - raisins mostly. There was also some yeast character and a bit of alcohol. The flavour was a combination of malt and fruit with a hint of alcohol, sort of like a fruitcake. It was quite bready with mild chocolate and cocoa notes, along with sweet prunes, cherries, and sultana raisins in the finish. Medium/light bodied with lowish carbonation, the bubbles were well-integrated and quite fine. The texture was quite good with a little warmth throughout. Very tasty overall. Even though the alcohol was always present, it was never distracting or hot. I really enjoyed the rich, dried fruit character too. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of dnichols
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a capped and corked 750 ml bottle into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a cloudy mahogany color that when back lit was a bright cherry hue. The head was a light caramel with sticky bubbles that receded leaving a modest lacing.

S: I was first hit with a burst of dark molasses, dark roasted sweet malts, and yeasty dark aromas. There was also a undercurrent of dark spices and a moderate hop profile.

T: True to its aroma it gave an initial burst of sweet dark molasses and dark fruits with an earthy coffee backside. There was a woody and smoky flavor that blended well with a bit of spice and a distinct alcohol bite.

M: It was creamy and full bodied with a sticky richness, balanced carbonation and a sweet dry finish.

D: Nice dubbel with a decent kick, pleasant flavor and reasonably complex profile. I will keep a couple in my stash for tasting in a year or so...this one will improve with age.

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

This pours from caged and corked 750ml bottle a clear deep amber/brown with a thick off white head of foam with lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is very fruity...lots of lemon and other citrus smells hit my nose. I also get some caramel malt, yeast, and some spice.(clove)

The taste has caramel malt, yeast, chocolate, raisin, plum, toffee, fig..err...very complex. It also has a slight earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium and it's medium to lightly carbonated. It finishes witha mix of chocolate and yeasty tones. I like it. Oh, and there's a bit of clove that I'm picking up now along with a touch of banana. The alcohol is fairly noticeable as a slight warming during and after the swallow. It's a *nice* sipper and one that I wouldn't mind seeking out again.Good stuff!

Edit: With the last pour, the appearance immediately became cloudy due to the sediment and that always means, for me, a better score in appearance for the style. Also, all of the flavours seem to have intensified bringing much more goodness to my palate. Why is it that the bottom third of a bottle of a Belgian or Belgian style ale always is the best part of the bottle??? Anywho, I've adjusted my rating accordingly.

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Photo of DIM
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: A very cloudy dark caramel color. Pours with a big light tan head, wich stuck around for a while. Looks a bit like apple cider.

s: Sweet alcoholic raisins were all i could find. Not bad but it did come across a bit strong.

t: Mirrors the smell almost exactly. Huge sweet raisin taste with more of an alcoholic punch than the 8% indicated on the bottle would suggest. Neither subtle nor complex.

m: Thick and robust, coated the mouth well. Carbonation was long lasting.

d: Glad I had some help from alhrabosky for this one. While I enjoyed this well enough I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent, dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, malty scent that boasts of raisins and figs along with roasted and crystal malts. It's sweet and fruity with a warm alcohol feel; very nice. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that's sweet and full of crystal malts as well as a bit of roasted malts. The yeast provides a wonderful palate of raisins and figs. It's fruity yet mellowing and well received with the malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice beer. It's well balanced and highly drinkabe; an excellent dubbel.

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Photo of IdentityAles
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml cork and caged bottle into a long stem tulip glass around 40~45 F.

nose: Dark fruit, plums, maple syrup, clove and other spices. Almost like warm, fresh, french toast with a dark fruit syrup. very inviting!

appearance: Dark red/brown with small but persistent ring of bubbles. Nice lacings.

Flavor: Sweet, toffee, warm bread, and some darker fruits. Not as exciting as the nose but tasty and drinkable, especially for the listed ABV. From the aroma I would have thought there to be more spice in the flavor but oddly enough there was not.

Overall a very good beer, my first from "The Lost Abbey". I can't wait to try some more

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a nice mahongy color, nice carbonation, awesome two-finger plus very creamy tan head, tons and tons of creamy/sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, raisins, prunes, figs, and some caramel. The taste is awesome, malty, dark fruits galour, and a nice touch of caramel. Full body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Lost Abbey, highly recommended.

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Photo of bradford
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA
Appearance was pretty standard, a little light for a dubbel
Smell was a bit muted because it was served so cold. I could pick out some sort of dry fruitiness
Taste was good. Very dry but tasty
Mouthfeel was alright, I think it was too cold to get the total experience. Very easy drinking and unoofensive
Drinkability was solid. Very refreshing after a long day of driving

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours from the tap a dark amber, almost red, with virtually no head, kind of dissapointing.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, and molasses, and some dark malts.

T: The taste is very good, this is a very good abbey-style ale. Dark fruits abound, with a luscious raisin and plum flavour medley that is just divine. Dark malts as well, some toasty and biscuit flavour, but the estery and fruit flavours rule the show in this beer.

M: Smooth, kind of light for a dubbel, creamy, medium-bodied.

D: Another tasty, good beer from Lost Abbey, another great Belgian-style beer from these West Coast producers, very easy to drink, for an alcoholic Belgian brew.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the cork and caged 750ml bottle a hazy reddish brown with a substantial creamy light to medium tan head that dematerializes leaving the lace to surround the glass. Nose has a nice fruity aroma, malt and a bit of molasses, quite sniffable. Start has a substantial grain presence, sweet and fruity at the front with a bit of alcohol bitterness at the back, top falls in the moderate range. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops pleasantly spicy, with the pesky alcohol bite lingering till the end, dry and a masterful brew tis’ true.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nicely labeled 750mL bottle featuring a fantastic monk illustration,a nice bit of prose on the back, a particulate cork, and a cage with a cool gothic cross. No birthday or expiry notable. A good mm of sediment is noticable on the bottom of the bottle. Presented in the biggest chalice I have, the colour is very dark cola, with orange highlights and a very clear composition. Little head, but what's there is loose and light.

Smell is a blas of clean farmstyle yeast and very dark candi. Downright maple-syrupy notes along with the slightest notes of oak and cooked legumes. Alcohol doesn't even try to hide. Mildest bananna esthers, maybe mango, neither in quantity. Red-meat spicing.

Taste is evenly sweet and mild. Some smokey malts come out followed in force by what I am beginning to recognize as the taste of raisins (it's different than what raisins taste like, but a good 3 or 4 ales in the last year have employed them). Lots more yeast, lots of candi. Not saccarine, and a quick finish. Warm orange peel, like Grand Marnier. If anything, taste fades too quickly.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy but a quick finish and some lively carbonation clean things up quicky. Despite the coating, no bitterness lingers, only a mild tartness. Actually drinks pretty fast, since you have to work to keep the tastes going.

My first Lost Abbey taste, and I'm pretty impressed. The raisin idea is hardly new, but it's well-executed here. I'm only a little let down that this brew doesn't pack more punch. Be sure to serve good and warm.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with red edges when held to the light. The off white head slowly fades into a mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, caramel, rum, vanilla, nougat, ripe fruit, brown sugar, with a nutty finish.
Taste is of the same as the aromas with brown sugar, nuts, caramel standing out to make for a very nice flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, boozy, rummy raisins, caramel, light cocoa, along with lightly smoked meat grazing along the tongue.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes i wonder if I'm sampling the same product that other BAs are reviewing. Pours a clear dark diluted cola color. I suppose it might appear hazy from certain aspects viewed through the effects of a convex...whatever. As the beverage passes onto your tongue, with your lips on the rim and your nose in the goblet your senses detect something very similar. A rich semi-sweet chocolate NECCO wafer malty aroma and flavor persist. A chalky earthy malt dominates one hunting for hints of sweeter figgyness. Light-Medium bodied, the mouth feel is slightly under carbonated. A reasonable drinker. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it. (hype factor)

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of my 'Patron Saints' beer package from Lost Abbey
A- Pours a cloudy dark brown hue with amber highlights, small off-white head that is mostly diminishing, fair amount of lacing
S- Delicious scents dominated by Belgian candy, dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), and caramel malts, tones of pecans and banana, moderate alcohol presence
T- Initial taste is met by all those dark fruits in with a bubbly carbonation, followed in mid-taste by that Belgian candy and well-balanced caramel malts, finishes with a moderate warming alcohol finish
M- Medium/full bodied with prickly carbonation, nice creamy texture
D- Moderate abv is definitely noticeable particularly with a warming alcohol finish, taste is big and sweet and complex, I probably couldn't drink more than one bomber in a setting.
I believe this is the basis for some of the even heavier offerings from Lost Abbey (10 Commandments/Judgment Day), this is a very solid Belgian-style Dubbel from a highly respected SoCal brewery, I would definitely recommend picking this up (I believe L&F is the prototypical L.A. beer) and look forward to reviewing 10 Commandments shortly

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Lost Abbey beer,poured into my Chimay chalice.

Clear red with some hints of brown in there.Off white head that fell to a ring and tons of bubbles streaming up because of my Chimay chalice.No lacing on my glass,which is sorta a disspointment because lacing is sexy.

Candi sugar,figs and some alcohol notes.

Cherry,candi sugar and some alcohol notes there.Yeast in there as well.I think for sure the taste that I pickup from belgian beers is the yeast.As it ages in the tripels,it sorta turns to a "ash tray" taste but its tasty.I know how could a ash tray be tasty? lol The taste isnt strong by any means but its good.

Mouthful is a bit thin,but I wont subtract any points for that because the beer is very tasty.

I think this is the best U.S. dubbel style, I have ever tried.Now that Ive tried this,I will pick up some more LA beers next time I need my belgian fix.The only thing that keeps me from drinking this beer fast is typing this review.Its very drainkable and I dont feel the effects yet and im on my first glass.

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Photo of bosco7
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown almost opaque with creamy off-white head. Head retention is not that spectacular.

Highly aromatic. Whoa. Cinnamon bread, raisins, fig, toffee, and spicy phenols in the nose.

This brew is utterly delicious. Starts with sweet toffee, caramel, and cinnamon flavors. Mild chocolate in there too. Then raisin, fig, and prunes dominate in the middle and finish. Some yeast, cloves and cinnamon in the finish as well. Finishes dry. Very inviting and familiar yet unique and new.

Smooth mouthfeel that is crisp and refreshing at the same time. Overall this is a fantastic interpretation of the style while being unique. Highly recomended.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet. This beer pours a clear but dark brown, slightly red, with an airy but dense thick head. The head formed very easily on this. The smell is almost wine-like, probably because of the raisins. Alcohol might be there slightly. The taste is very good. Malty with a dark fruity sweetness at the start, finishing with an earthiness reminiscent of Belgian beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with garnet highlights and a frothy head that doesn't quit but failed to lace the chalice as much as I anticipated

Smell: Butter toffee, pecans, banana, clove, figs and rum-soaked raisins

Taste: Starts with a fruity toffee and pecan element that grows in a burnt sugar, raisin and spice cake direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, fig and other dark fruits appear to complement the raisin, spice cake and nut flavors; this is a little strange, but the beer reminds me of German Chocolate Cake

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: One of the best, if not the best, American dubbels, a very nice beer that is just a tad too sweet to be as drinkable as I would like

Thanks, ppoitras, for the opportunity

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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 Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours dark milk chocolate brown, moderate murkyness, with a mocha head, so so retention, minor film and next to no lacing. Seems to be quite low in the carbonation department. Nose here is of traces of chocolate, light raisins and perhaps some earthyness. Another simply delicious creation to savor. Light raisins, more chocolate, toffee, gingerbreddy malts, yum...complex, subtle,mellow, smooth, coating and highly enjoyable suds...another reason to move closer to Lost Abbey/Pizza Port and San Diego, Ca.

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Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a might hazy and a ruddy amber, almost claret at its darkest. Two fingers of khaki head shrink to feathery froth. Droops of lacing slide south like foamy snakes.

The aroma has a thick toasted malt underlayer, but it's prune, currant, and Fig Newton fig sweetness that dominate. A light general spiciness matches a breeze of alcohol.

Upon sipping, a push of malt is earthy and surprisingly un-sweet. Dried fruit is even more prevalent here, but less dimensional and more vague of character. Esters are crisp, with mild spice and a touch of green apple. Alcohol is quite bold and open. The finish leads with a hint of sweetness followed by an increasingly bitter dryness. It's not really uninspired, but it feels a little flat and listless, and suffers for it.

Medium bodied, it coats well and flows away leaving a memory and a glow.

I almost feel had. The aroma set me up, expecting some good things, but the flavor doesn't live up to the promise. Simply, I wanted more of what the aroma brought to the table. The ABV is chunky and very warm, and does its part to limit the drinkability. It once was lost, and now it's found, I guess, and I'm okay with that, but I'm surely not awed.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey- Lost & Found Ale

Poured from a corked and trapped 1pint 9.4 oz bottle into a Magic Hat tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark dried blood reddish brown with a small foamy head.
Smell- I couldn't detect much here. Dried fruits: raisin and prune, with a touch of alcohol.
Taste- Light dried fruits. Raisin and Prune are the most dominent. I detect a bit of caramel malt and fig newtons.
Mouthfeel- Light and sweet up front with a building tangy boozy finish.

Overall- The flavor is just subdued and actually a little watery at first. A good sipper but just not worth the $10 I paid for it.
$4 or $5, on tap, definitely.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and candi sugar is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with candi sugar and some notes of dry figs and raisins are also noticeable. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought this was well done overall but lacked some complexities to take it to a greater level.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant reddish brown brew, huge pillowy light tan head.
S - Strong sweet caramel and dark ripe fruits dominate, undertones of candied fruits,
T - Similar to the aroma but wonderfully blended.
M - medium to full bodied, nicely carbonated.
D - Rich, complex and incredibly smooth.

A great dubbel only limited in my view by the purchase price of $11.65.

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