Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by Westsidethreat:
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Spontaneous carbonation sends this beer into upheaval once it hits the glass. Fizzy at first but now a solid block of oatmeal colored foam covers the top of my chalice. The body is flirting with opacity neither cleanness or sediment can be found (havent poured the bottom of the bottle yet). Traditional color of toned down rootbeer and wood satin make up the portrait of this beer.
S: Here we go now thats some fine smelling stuff. Red wine and oak make an immediate impression with some seriously pungent soured yeast adding to the depth. I also take from the aroma rotten strawberries, orange sherbert, wild blackberries basking in the sun and good old peach yogurt.
T: I just had one of those moments where I knew that reviewing this beer was going to be tough. So many flavors hit the palate at once, its hard to know which way is up at any moment but here goes. Immediate flavor is a whole lotta oak at the tip of the tongue and this isnt your vanilla type oak, but the pungent variety. The fruity blend of strawberries, raspberries, peach and cherry come rolling across the tongue with a red wine chaser soon to follow. Im almost thinking this is what sangria tastes like aged in oak for a while. Some bubblegum thoughts hit the sides of the tongue, but only momentarily before the spicy oak envelopes them. I gotta say, of all the beer aged in red wine barrels, I dont think Ive ever tasted the red wine this strongly before. The choice of Sangiovese was probably a good call as Cabernet would have imparted an even stronger flavor. As this beer warms, it really begins to blossom. Actually, a lot of the oak lets go of its grip and the sweetness of the dubbel begins to emerge a bit. Finishes with a lot of Sangiovese encroaching across the entire palate leaving dry grape across the roof of the mouth. As the beer sits on the palate, an aftertaste of butter, sulfer, strawberry and oak leave an interesting tale behind.
M: Medium body with a hardness that can only come from barrel aging.
D: I do wish I had more of the malty dubbel goodness in this beer. The oak was pretty heavy and overwhelmed the beer a bit. In my humblest of opinions, the time in oak could have been cut back quite a bit and you still would have received the oaks offerings. But you know what? Some beers are hop bombs, some beers are nothing but bitter and perhaps this is an oak bomb. Im very interested to see how this beer ages and what direction a lot of the flavors go. And lord knows I have plenty squirreled away. Cheers to a unique beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2007 05:36:55 | More by Westsidethreat
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4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
375ml C&C offering into a matching Lost Abbey teku. The brew appears a beautiful deep cherry mahogany color with a khaki yellow stained head that fades leaving spots of lace. When held to the light, the brew really shows off its ruby coloration and lighter yellow to orange hints around the edges.
The aroma is sour cherry initially with lots of pleasant wild character. This has quite a flanders feel to the aroma with suggestions of vinegar, cider, cheese, funk, raw woodiness and wine. When swirled some vanilla comes through with a bit of balsamic glaze.
The flavor is sour with a mild acetic edge that blends into tart cherry and vinous notes. More sips really drive home the fruity wine quality with mild alcohol impact. The aftertaste is wild with a minor cheesy appeal and some soft barrel notes like raw wood and earth.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For 8% the abv is integrated and hidden quite well, but as it warms up it really starts to show itself. Overall this is a wine heavy and quite wild and enjoyable brew. I typically dont like acedic brews but this I would absolutely drink again if the opportunity presented itself.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2013 12:54:36 | More by stakem
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter.
Out of the bottle, my pour has a murky brown color with a ruby tint. The is a small, bubbly white top that clues me in that the carbonation might be on the light side.
The aroma is vinegary, acetic, and somewhat solvent. Cabernet, cherry, vanilla, and oak all come through a tart and acidic nose.
There is just a hint of the original dubbel sweetness left at the beginning of the sip. Some caramel malt notes and a hint of spice preempt the very tart, acetic, and oaky part of the flavor. Tart lemon is the most dominant sour note, but cherries, red wine vinegar, and apples also contribute a very sour flavor. There is a bit of a harsh, solvent ethyl alcohol character toward the end of the sip. Some red wine tannins and barrel woodiness finish out the flavor.
In terms of the palate, the carbonation is on the light side. Tart, puckering, and acetic, Amazing Grace causes a fair amount of salivation throughout each sip. The finish is sour and a bit harsh, and the body is a little bit lighter than medium. For my palate, the level of carbonation and body work well with the strong sour flavor and oakiness, tying together the flavors nicely.
Overall I found this to be quite enjoyable, and I would like to try it again.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2013 03:46:12 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: poured a dark murky brown in color with pale brown highlights and almost no head which left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.
S: lots of bretty funkiness upfront in the aroma with plenty of oakiness, vinous character, acidic citrus was definitely there with lots of mouth watering sour qualities.
T: the bretty barnyard funkiness was more potent on the palate alongside acidic citrus notes, lovely oaky wine barrel accents but with some vinous character which help give a good fruitness and a great sour punch.
M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet, oaky, vinous, funky, snd sour finish that was slightly dry.
O: very delicious beer with good qualities all around. definitely glad to finally catch up to this beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2012 22:57:56 | More by Gobzilla
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from batch 1 that I received from NFLMVP way back when. Thanks, Steve! This beer was released December 2007-ish, so that makes it shy of 5 years old. Labeled 8.0% ABV
The cork pops out energetically, and the beer is brilliantly clear, a nice deep ruby red with a dense, brown head comprised of tiny bubbles. Retention is excellent, and no real lacing is noticeable, but the carbonation is high.
The nose has a blend of Brett and red wine. The Brett character is very nice. Spicy (mild clove and pepper), earthy and a little leathery, it blends harmoniously with the barrel character (a little fruit, mildly vinous, some leather). I can't say I've had the base beer before, but I reckon that's where the slight raisin and candi sugar notes on the nose come from. No sourness, but plenty of Brett funk and even a little tartness. Adding the yeast, and allowing the beer to warm up brings out notes of berries and unsweetened cocoa. Pretty excellent IMO.
The palate opens dry, vinous and loaded with Brett character. In some ways, this is like a Bon Chien-lite - not as vinous, not as sour, but still pretty Brett-forward with the flavors of clove, earth and leather integrated very well with the barrel character. Fairly intense flavors of earth, leather and tannins meld with a moderate vinous character. I don't think I've had a Sangiovese before, but going by this beer, I'd say it's on the more delicate end of the spectrum, with reserved fruit and light spiciness. Again, no sourness, but a moderate Brett and barrel tartness are present. Fairly tannic but working with the earthy and leathery notes, this beer is rather intense in its Brett-forwardness. There's a certain sharpness to it as well, rather spicy (black cardamom? black cumin?) that lingers in the back. Light in body, medium-high carbonation, this beer finishes dry, tannic and lightly vinous. Pretty impressive IMO, the whole is definitely better than the sum of the parts here.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2012 02:22:55 | More by DefenCorps
Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
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