Lost and Found — 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 purée for this beer. Malts, raisins and a fantastic yeast strain working in harmony produce a beer of amazing complexity and depth. Available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations.
The Lost and Found story
With his chores and nightly duties firmly behind him and the morning hours creeping upon him, Brother Michael reflects by candle light as a mahogany colored beer rests at his side. Alone in his small and simply furnished room, he sits down at a 200 year old worn table and unfurls a manuscript from the Abbey’s past. He is extra quiet not to make a sound as in pure monastic silence down the hallways and across the cobblestone courtyard his brother’s slumber.
He returns to his nightly ritual certain that something in this text has been lost in translation. For many years, he has followed this same pattern of comparing texts sensing that somewhere along the way a mistake was made. Suddenly, he unearths what he’s been looking for — the missing link. At once he is filled with joy, the satisfaction of knowing he was right. A project completed he takes a sip of the beer by his side
He pauses to inhale the aroma of figs and dried fruit that remind him of the orchard near the west walls of the abbey grounds. He sips the liquid bread contemplating the balance of sweet malts and a nutty dry finish. It is a harmonious blend of malt, hops and spices from the yeast that brings a smile to his face. Satisfied that his day has been a success he searches out his bed knowing that the rising sun will be upon him and his fellow brothers soon enough. And in the morning he will arise and share the news of his discovery. Tomorrow will be even better then today.
A life worth living is a life full of discovery and we are reminded that everywhere there is opportunity. We brewed Lost and Found Abbey Ale to pay homage to the great monastic breweries of Belgium. Like us, we hope you’ll take the time to discover a beer that breathes aromas of figs, raisins and candied fruits. Join us by raising your glass as we offer a toast then to patience, perseverance and all the things we have lost along the way and were somehow lucky enough to find once again. All it takes is a desire to seek out and find these things, these moments and everything in between.
There are several layers at work in the nose of this beer. At first we get a hint of fruit mostly in the form of banana and some gum like esters. There is also a bit of light cocoa aromatics from the malt and raisins at play here.
Abbey style beers often emphasize layers of malt surrounded by yeast driven complexities. Our Lost and Found Abbey Ale is the result of the judicious, but not overpowering, use of crystal malts with a teasingly dry chocolate malt finish. There is a perception of warmth from the alcohol which blends very nicely keeping the malts from being too sweet.
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