Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
89
very good

94 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 143
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 133
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 12-05-2006

Blended Ale aged in French Oak Red Wine Barrels for 18 months with brettanomyces added.
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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 143
Photo of hopdog
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle.

***Slow gusher alert. This one didn't spew, it just slowly kept coming out of the bottle***

Poured a medium and cloudy/muddy brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of earhtiness, wood, oak, red wine, dark fruits, and grapes. Some funkiness. Tasts of lighter wood, vanilla, dark fruits, and vinous. Smooth and soft body. Nice light sour and tart finish.

Damn this one was good and really hit the spot. I wish I had more, I could drink this one every day. (503 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for unveiling this one...
Appears a hazy, murky auburn with a 1 finger, light tan head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, grapes, cherries, and raspberries.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex flavors that make this beer exceptional. Notes of vanilla and a touch of cocoa nibs keep this one top notch.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart, with oaky tannins running along the tongue. Chewy goodness of excellent balance. (520 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red with a thin white head and solid lacing.

Aroma contains a lot of vinous qualities. Tart grapes along with a heavy dose of oak and some vanilla.

Taste is similar. Lots of tart grape and sour berries. Rich and juicy vinous quality. A little bit of oak and vinegar emerge and a solid dose of vanilla in the finish.

Good prickly mouthfeel despite the just medium carbonation level.

Very solid beer. Reminds me some of Supplication and Rapture others aged in red wine barrels. The wine really comes through on this one and some notes from the barrel give it the perfect balance. (592 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is one of the 3 last beers I'll be getting as a Sinners club member...sad. 2010 edition.

I popped the cork, a nice pop ensued, big blast of the aroma to my nose...

It pours a cloudy rust colour with about an inch of off white foam. Tilting my glass reveals some very good lacing.

Sticking my nose just about in the glass, I'm greeted by a very lovely sour aroma of cherries and vinegar with a nice blast of Brett. Holy cow this smells so damn good.

Taking a few sips, which is a pleasure, reveals all. Huge sourness coming from cherries? definitely reminiscent of the tannins that make the red wines enjoyable, some woody notes, a bit of the Brett I mentioned in the smell...I'm trying to find the toasted Malt mentioned on the label but I guess I'm failing at that. No matter. This is one hell of a delicious brew but in no way would I even remotely call this a Belgian Dubbel. If that is what the base beer is *supposed* to be, it got lost in the shuffle. Again, I have to stress, this is not a complaint. I LOVE this beer.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with more than ample carbonation, I find the mouth feel very nice indeed.

Drinkability for this 8.0% abv, not 9.5% abv as per the BA entry for the beer, is simply excellent. I'm wondering if this is a reincarnation of a previous brew? Maybe that's why it being entered as a Dubbel is throwing me off? Anywho, I dig this beer big time! (1,413 characters)

Photo of anotherbeerguy84
4.42/5  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 (814 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. I had this one side by side with Lost and Found.

Brown, hazy, small head on top. Based on smell you can tell that this has spent time in a barrel compared to the Lost and Found. Hints of red wine, some vinous sour notes. Some dark fruit aroma as well.

The taste is fantastic. A good sour bite, nice red wine notes, some hints of dark fruit, some cherries, some oaky barrel flavors.

medium bodied with a light carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer. Nice amount of sourness, the barrel aging really shines. Much better than he base version which is rather bland. I would love to get more of this. (629 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Thin airy lighter tan head on a murky dark brown body.
S- Big red wine aromas with sour notes to it. Grapes, raisins, chocolate, hints of caramel, plums, light cherries, hints of alcohol, and almost smells like a wild yeast is in there. Kind of brings back memories of Supplication from Russian River.
T- A nice blend between red wine flavors and a dubbel. A complex flavor between oak, red grapes, hints of alcohol, chocolate and toffee malt, dark fruits, raisins, hints of clove and other spices, and a light toasted flavor to it. Light grass and just a touch of sourness to it. Leaves a medium bitterness on the tongue with some dark fruits and hints of oak.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry on the finish.
D- It is a really interesting brew. Nice and complex and wouldn't mind more of this at all. Once again Lost Abbey/Port have yet to let me down and prove to me yet again it is worth to seek out their beers. (946 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber body with a medium-sized, fizzled, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma that's quite oaky and almost seething with funk. Bright notes of dehydrated dark fruits (raisins) and malts presenting toasted nuts, spiced dark bread, and dark caramel sauce.

Taste: A meal of tart dried fruits, dark malts, toasted spices and a glass of red wine surrounded by an abundance of oak flavor and funknicity. Very lightly puckering, tart, Bretty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate, churning carbonation.

Drinkability: Lost Abbey had a beer, some barrels, and a dream. Way to make things happen, LA!

*Vintage Update*

Let's see how its sister bottle turned out. Albeit slowly, quietly, the Brett has developed quite nicely, rounding things out with some lactic and leathery phenolic tones to compliment the fruity, tart wine character and hints of spicy dried herbs and wood shavings. And this is one Lost Abbey release where the carbonation is spot-on. Over the past few years this one has aged wonderfully, even demanding a rare score-bump from me. I'm generally loathe to trade nowadays (what a chore), but this is one I may try to reacquire. (1,173 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.39/5  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. (1,267 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  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. (815 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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... (877 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Jw347. Poured from 750mL bottle into Lost Abbey chalice. Beer was a rusty brown color, with a small, one-finger head. Moderate lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was tart dark fruits, red wine, vinegar and fairly sour. Smells fantastic and seems closer to a flanders red than a dubbel. Reminds of Duchesse.

Taste was dark fruit, wood and light funk. Very drinkable and smooth. Excellent beer. (418 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from the brewery three months ago for about fifteen dollars if I can remember right, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Dark ruby red with highlights of brown throughout, small 1/2 inch off white bubbly head that settled pretty fast, not much retention or lacing, tons of small bubbles rushing to the top

S-Red wine, cherries, sourness, brettanomyces, raisins, dark fruits, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, not much bubble gum like I remember Lost and Found having, also a little booze, and spices

T-To my pleasant surprise, I was welcomed with a mouth full of bretty and cherry tart in the first sip I took, there were some berries in the middle, then some dryness in the aftertaste that was rather wine-like, did not taste its base beer until the very end when the sourness and funk went away for the most part, lots of raisins and brown sugar later on, complex brew that changed quite a bit as the glass went along, brettanomyces made this one taste great in my opinion, hope they brew this again

M-Tart and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots and lots of carbonation, taste lingered for a while, this one had a lot funkier feeling than I would have thought, nice agressive sensation

D-Almost drank this whole bottle by myself, could have easily, not too heavy on the stomach, smooth and refreshing, pretty high in ABV though, highly drinkable BA beer

Not a huge fan of the non barrel aged Lost and Found but this one was a nice surprise, wish I would have bought more of it when I had the chance, another great beer from Lost Abbey, would definitely drink again, recommended (1,601 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 58 degrees, a tasty post-turduckin treat.

Pours clear mahogany with a ruby tinge. A two-plus inch head of biege dense foam settled slowly to reveal plenty of clingy lacework and a solid skim coat. Finally a well carbonated Lost Abbey bottle!

Aromatics lead off with great blend of oaky tannins, vineous overtones, and brett.
Red wine, dusty malt, caramel, cloves, pineapple, horseblanket, and wet hay. Hints of white pepper, dried figs, raisins, and anise follow through.

Medium bodied and creamy, with a crisply finishing mouthfeel.

Ripe dark fruit, red wine, figs, raisins, caramel, and spice start the palate. Hints of earthy wood notes, fresh cut hay, lemongrass, dark rum, and schezuan peppercorns follow through.

Finishes with a tart vineousity, lingering fruit, and warming spice.

I'm really diggin' the Brett that's starting to take hold, and the better than average (for an LA brew) carbonation level kicks the beer up to the next level.
Yum. (975 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pros: Really nice aroma showcasing notes of Cabernet, vanilla, dark fruit. Very nice appearance, with a long lasting head. Nice purity and essence. Excellent mouth feel. Lots of depth.

Cons: Not a single flaw in this beer that I can detect.

A terrific ale from start to finish. (279 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark cider brown color with a modest head (though this was a bit of a gusher) that delivers nicely in the lacing department

Smell: Wood influenced elements of tart apples and pears along with a bready aspect

Taste: Opens with a blend of the sweet and the tart, with a vinous blend of the sweeter apple, pear and cherry flavors, up front, only to be joined by the tart, woody Brett elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody tartness dominates although there sweetness persists, underneath

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with moderately low carbonation

Drinkability: I knew this was a Dubbel, but I wasn't expecting the Brett; really a fine and creatively brewed beer

Thanks, swnicholson, for the opportunity (751 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,285 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting thanks to JohnC. Hazy brown with a small head. Very funky bretty aroma with citrus, wine, and some oak. Nice start to the flavor with some caramel and dried fruit, leading to a dry and tart finish with a touch of wood. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Lost and Found is already a very nice beer, and the barrel aging had added a really cool complexity and style to it. (406 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.27/5  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. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle. Poured into Night of the Living Ales taster glass.

A - Pours a reddish/brown color, some fizzy head that quickly vanishes and leaves a few bubbles here and there. No real cap, retention, or lacing to speak of.

S - Similar to Cuvee de Tomme, a little less oak and funk. Oak, sour grapes, some tart notes. Def not a Dubbel anymore...the bugs have done a great job on this beer!

T - I called it "CdT Lite". There's a nice tart/funk mixed with oak. It's not super-sour or anything, but it's wonderful what the bugs have done to this beer.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry finish.

D - Man, what a surprise! This one was so damn good. I wish I had another bottle, but this was my only one. This shows what the bugs can do over 4 years. Props to Tomme! (773 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean9689 for bring this bottle over. This is the 2006 version. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a finger of of light tan foam that dissipates to a bit of haze and a thin ring. Murky dark cherry color.

S - This ain't no dubbel. Reminds me of JP Biere de Mars - oaky vanilla, spicy wood, red wine, lactic sourness. Not very sweet anymore at all. This is developing into a very nice wild ale.

T - The taste is quite a bit sweeter, with grape, cherry, and berry notes. There is some light sweet bretty funk. The finish is quite vinous, and the aftertaste is tannic and lightly astringent.

M - Medium, juicy body, lower carbonation, very smooth. Minimal heat, even when compared to the Boy King DIPA. Finishes very dry and woody.

D - This was an unexpected surprise, and I would gladly have had more if Joe hadn't drank the dregs. Pretty delicious in any case - looking forward to the new batch. (921 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phil for bringing this one.

A: Ruby colored hazy look. A Ring of small head and some highlights of orange and gold.

S: Great aroma of deep dark cherry, raisin, cinnamon, oak, and citrus bursts which I enjoyed. Excellent.

T: An awesome taste with the smell and extra malty notes like a thick malt shake in the back. Awesome cherry and raspberry up front, red wine in the middle, and lingering ginger and cinnamon adding into the puckering tartness and acidic flavor.

M: Very sour with a semi sweet front, A little astringent in it's sourness even!

O: A really liked this, but the puckering qualities really start to wear on me. A nice one to share. (666 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had been waiting forever to try this one, and really glad to have landed a bottle. served around cellar temp and poured into a pint a snifter, this one was consumed as i closed out my night tonight.

pours a wonderful light brown with reddish hues abounding around the outsides of the glass. a smooth light creamy head of tan raises up to the top of the glass and levels off very nicely.

aroma is nice and well rounded. deep dark fruit notes, plums, figs, lots of earthy and bready notes. big, big profile here and dark. seems like every but the kitchen sink as it comes up to room temperature. great sweet malts and a nice touch of spice lie in the back and give it a nice spike as it hits the taste bus. rich and smooth feel, huge for a dubbel and a really big plum and fig flavor drop on the palate. rounding it off with sugary notes and grape like vinous properties.

overall everything i expected and more. this was one of the finer ales i have had from lost abbey, really a winner. (989 characters)

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
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