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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

136 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 130
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Blended Ale aged in French Oak Red Wine Barrels for 18 months with brettanomyces added.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-05-2006)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Rolling tan bubbles bead together in a quick cascade for a dense, sticky head. Hazed, almost cloudy, tawny-colored brew. Granny Smith apples, pear juice, black cherries, anise and wood make for a very complex aroma. Creamy and slick medium body with a light, fluffy smoothness from the carbonation. Let's cover the fruitiness first; lots of pear, light cherry and a bit of kiwi. Right after the fruit comes a staunch oak wood character that aims to pucker the palate. A hint of medicinal flavor within, mild warming alcohol. Toasted bread crust, touch of dough biscuit and dried grass from the malt hit middle to end. Minimal hopping, which is fine, as the tartness that surrounds the palate brings balance to the table big time. The finish is dry and nearly clean with a solid wood tone that puckers the palate a bit.

Killer. We love this beer. Drinkable, insanely complex and perhaps one of the best Dubbels put to our lips in a long time.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 11/24/07

Big pop from the cork. Pours a ruddy brown with ruby highlights. A half inch of light tan bubbles on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas are vinous upfront with oak and red wine accents. Roasty, raisin and brown sugar. Lots of good yeast esters and some fruit and spice. Slightly tart with a bit of a funky note. Very nice!

First sip is smooth malts with caramel and brown sugar. Vinous red wine comes through nicely with oak tannins. Somewhat sweet flowing down with yeast and spice. Mild tartness on the end and it is somewhat dry. Tasty and complex overall, I enjoy the mellow funky twang and the barrel accents.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with good carbonation throughout. Pretty easy to drink overall. Glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Wine barrel aging is yummy.

orbitalr0x, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and brown with no head and very little visible carbonation. This looks lifeless, limp, and oily in the glass.

Strong acidic aroma throughout, mild oak presence, along with lots of dried cherry and currant aromas.

This beer is delicious. This is an incredibly well balanced combination of strong acidic sourness, sweet and tart cherries, dates, and currants, along with a nicely balanced though present earthy barnyard funk character. Complete.

Medium bodied and very low in carbonation. While not too distracting, I wish it had at least a touch more carbonation.

Though lacking in appearance and body, this is one fabulous sour. I would be more than happy to drink this again and again.

ehammond1, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing and decent legs.

Smells of indistinct dark malts with large amounts of oak and tannins with hints of tart cherries and assorted dried dark fruits - raisins and dried plums. Also present are solid amounts of funk - musty leather if I had to choose a descriptor.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly tart cherry and dark fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the barrel really shines with huge hits of funk, oak, and tannins, in that order. The barrel influence carries through to a crisp and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I had to spend a few minutes with my nose in this beer before even taking a sip as there was so much going on. It's on the verge of being another "flat LA beer" but avoids it and the soft carbonation is entirely appropriate for this beer. A well done brew that's well worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tayner for the bottle.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a coppery, rusty brown. Moderate head on the pour with a bit of retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits and deep rich caramelly malts. Good barrel aromas in there but there's also some funky and sour notes as well. Not diggin' that too much in this beer.

T/M: More of the dark fruits. Really nice deep caramel flavors. There's still that funky sourness and some red wine light tannins from the barrels. It's better in the taste than in the aroma but I think I'd like it better with just the straight oak and vanilla that can barely break past. Body is medium full with smooth carbonation.

D: Split with 3 other people and my share was enough. Not sure if the sourness was supposed to be there but I think I could have drank more if it wasn't there.

pwoods, Oct 24, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

acurtis, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft at Monk's Cafe at their Lost Abbey dinner the other night. The beer poured poured a redish amber color with slight to no carbonation/head to it. Probably due to it being barrel aged. The nose was sweet and complex. I get all kinds of fruit in here, some wine qualities in the nose and in the taste. The taste has some wood notes and definite touch of the high abv along with some malty sweet notes. Another well rounded Lost Abbey brew.

ggaughan, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing is an appropriate name for this brew.
Poured a dark amber with an almost explosive off white head that melts to a full topping of foam which laces very nicely.

Aromas are cherries, plums, and oak. The cherries are nice and tart to the nose.

Taste is much more complex than the aroma. Sour cherries with plums and prunes..maybe some raisin and even mincemeat in there. Sweet amber malts balance with the sour cherries (this may change as the brett has it's way with the rest of the brew in time). Nice oak notes in the flavoring make this a very full bodied and delicious sipper.

I'm going to enjoy this 750 for a long time this evening and when it is gone, I'm sure I will be wishing I had more than just the one more bottle to cellar.

IntriqKen, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of nkersten
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with no label - definitley from the newest batch as it was in one of the more recent 375ml bottles. Super murky brown with lots of floating chunks, tiny tan/white head made up of large bubbles that disappears immediately. Smell is sweet and sour, has the distinctive lost abbey wild aroma. Some grapes/merlot barrel characteristics, caramel Belgian malts. Taste is a buttery oak up front followed by a slightly sour wine flavor, sweet malts and slightly bitter. Medium body with little to no carbonation, almost flat, slightly coating. The flavor and the smell are very nice but the mouthfeel kills the drinkability for me. I would definitley like to try this one again after it is re-released.

nkersten, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlanta Ale meeting. Funky aroma and sour wineish taste with acidic finish.Or tart if you will Good lacing down the glass. One of the several more wierd experimental LA offings.Could be some Bret here, but what comes out is earthy like a so-so wine than a barrel-aged beer.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DJButters, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of MiScusi
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap 9/8 at Port. I've had it two times previously but in small sample size. Beer pours a dark murky reddish brown. No head, no, carbonation is very very low. Compared to the non barrel aged Lost & Found (which I love), this one picked up a huge vinous character from the barrels. The alcohol really comes through in both taste and aroma. The raisins get toned down a lot and the wine-like potency takes over. Really needs to be sipped, but even at that rate it's not my favorite.

MiScusi, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Opens with a complete lack of carbonation

Pours a hazed caramel with a modest amount of tan head. Some floaties, trace amounts of lacing & head retention

S: Sourness & tartness; vinegar & leather, a bit of horse blanket as this warms

T: Follows the nose, peaches & plums hidden underneath, along with much oaky dryness, some vanilla hides there as well. Acidic & tart notes dominate as this warms, I get a touch of green apples & persimmons as well. Finishes tart & dry with a sharp smack of tartness & oak

MF: Medium bodied, sooo dry, with minimal carbonation, enough to push the tartness along though.

A very done sour version of the style, different & memorable. I wish this was a better looking beer as far as head retention & lacing, but really didn't detract too much. sour freaks will delight in this one IMO...

russpowell, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Big thanks go to Sean9689 for this. I believe it was hand bottled off of a personal keg of his.

Pours a deep rosy amber, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin creamy frothiness that mostly bunches up around the edges and leaves back a sudsy cascade of light spotty lacing. The aroma smells like the wine barrel right off the bat, with a strong tart fruity character, that is sweetened up a touch by some vanilla notes. Woody oak and then a green earthy zestiness from the Brett sit underneath with some sharpness. There is actually a decent amount of warmth present here as well.

Like the nose, the taste has a lot of wine flavor the whole way through. The fruitiness of this is borderline tart feeling but backing sugars and light vanilla character from the barrel pull it back a bit. A dry oakiness hangs on the edges and pulls into the finish with more lingering tart fruit. The Brett is a little less discernable here than it was in the aroma, as it’s hid a good bit by the wine flavors here, but does add a bit of an earthy or funky feeling sharpness underneath the other flavors. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth crispness on the edges of the carbonation that then gets a little creamier towards the back as the tannic slickness from the barrel starts to take over. There is some light warmth present but the overall alcohol here is VERY well hid for close to 10% ABV. I was impressed.

This was certainly decent to good but I felt like the wine flavors just overtook this a little too much. The barrel and wild character are certainly there but it just felt like it took a bit too much effort to really pick up on them. Some better integration would have been welcome. I’m still really glad I got try this again though. I had had it at the Extreme Beer Fest years ago and was really looking forward to sitting down with some more. I’ve had better from the Lost Abbey but there was ultimately more to like than dislike with this one.

Kegatron, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Stale cracker and muddled malt aroma. A bit of light fruit and sweet wheat shine through. Cloudy middle brown pour. No head. No carb. Flavor works through a hazing field of flat, dry malts leaving behind intrigue and distinction. Sherry notes somewhat prominent amongst a bit of cream and old sugars. Not really a sense of oxidation, just a phenomenon of being subdued by the barrel. Again, not having tried Lost and Found first, I’m not sure what I’m starting with. But, I get a sense that this dubbel didn’t gain a lot from the barrel. There’s not much mature oak or alcohol warmth, nor a world of depth developed from it.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Still playing catch up. Shared by Alex at the Library Alehouse the day after finishing law school.

Appearance – Pours a brown/red with a half finger of off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Vinous grapes, dark sweet cherries, oak, slight funk, and spices.

Taste – The flavor is not as tart/sour as I was hoping. While there are some vinous notes and slight barnyard funk, the majority of the flavors consist of darker fruits and sweet malty notes. As the beer warms the oak becomes a bit more prominent.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – An interesting beer that I wish had a bit more sourness to it. Glad to try it.

SpdKilz, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Served in a goblet.

In the glass it appears a tawny, reddish brown copper color. Some spotty irregular lacing forms as it sits for a little while.

Aromas of dried cherry sweetness, woody oak, and balsamic traces. Acetic and vinous impression at first, red wine and leathery brett nuance. Ginger cookie spiciness, oak, acetic tartness, tannic and dry aftertaste. Creamy and smooth wine-like feel. Aged gracefully, thanks again Ben for the chance to try this!

emerge077, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

theminutemen, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Diomede, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of anotherbeerguy84
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are not a red wine drinker, you will probably not be a huge fan of this beer. However, ig you are a fan of red wine (Like I am) you will probably fall in love with it.

Pours out a hazy, brown "muddy water" color. Aroma is full of red wine and just a hint of malty sweetness.

I started drinking a little colder that recommended (Because I'm not patient enough to wait) and the red wine character was "BOOM" very much in your face. As the beer warms up, the red wine character is not as flavor forward, but you can still there it's there. The malt and a hint of vanilla becomes more noticable on the front of the tongue.

Finishes off a bit on the dry side, but doesn't have a heavy mouthfeel and doesn't leave you with that cottonmouth feeling that some red wines can leave. Very enjoyable sipper at 8%ABV

anotherbeerguy84, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep clear brown/reddish color ale with nice size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light tannic notes with some oak and tart notes. Taste is a mix between a light Belgian Dubbel (lighter then I remembered Lost and Found to be...) with some oak and tannic notes clearly discernable. Somewhat sour and tart but still well balance with the sweet malt form the original beer. Average body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done.

Phyl21ca, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rudy brown/red, kind of like a dark mahogany color. Pours with a nice tan head that settles into a thin cap.

S: Whoa. Was not expecting sour. This is definitely not a dubbel in any way shape or form anymore. After the initial shock wears off, the aromas are really nice. Tropical fruit, pear, with a background of dark fruit and spice.

T/M: Tart, acetic acid gives way to dark candi sugar fruit and spice. Now I can taste the dubbel backbone. Lingering vanilla oak flavors. Finish is nice and dry. Moutfeel is medium bodied. Totally unexpected but this is a really well-done and complex sour.

D: Goes down nice and smooth. Good carbonation and dry finish make it easy.

I really like Lost & Found and was expecting something similar. But this is totally different. In the end, though, a very well made beer.

abfraser, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured an opaque brown color, slightly cloudy, with a thin to little head. A few bubbles clinging lightly to the edge of the glass but little to no carbonation, with no lacing.

Nose is dried figs, dark caramel, red wine vinegar, and some light barrel notes, vanilla, oak, and earthy.

There is some mild sourness, red wine vinegar and some sour berry notes, with a bit of sweetness, dark caramel and molasses. A bit of barrel comes through in the end, oak and vanilla with some lingering lightly sour vinegar flavors.

Medium body with some mild carbonation, lightly registering on the tongue. A bit of alcohol warmth after drinking half the glass, while the beer seems to get a bit sweeter as my palate gets used to it. An interesting beer.

nataku00, Feb 12, 2012
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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.