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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 133
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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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 03:19:53 | More by drumrboy22
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:26:44 | More by Dreadnaught33
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-11-2013 16:28:40 | More by GRG1313
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-22-2012 02:50:29 | More by theminutemen
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scottoale

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this little gem at O'Brien's today as well as at the Strong Ale Fest at PP this past week-end. Served in a Chimay 25cl. chalice, a reddish root-beer with a thin layer of amber beneath a small beige head. Appropriate carbonation for this brew, the head fades leaving some bits of fine lace behind.

Sweet and spicy to the nose...cherry, raisen, honey and plum set the stage for this dubbel. The taste mimmics the smell with a sweet malty intro that lingers to a mildly boozy finish. The ABV listed at the Fest for this brew was 8.0%...I was told this particular keg was 9.5%, and it actually did taste better, despite the fact.

Nice full body to this barrel aged treat, I could drink plenty of it, but too much of a good thing can certainly put the hurt on you. It's a nice sipper to enjoy in moderation...here, here!

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2006 04:28:26 | More by scottoale
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-08-2014 10:12:32 | More by SocalKicks
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rhefter

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-24-2013 23:15:43 | More by rhefter
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-11-2012 03:39:45 | More by bauermj
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-02-2013 00:32:03 | More by zestar
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-18-2013 20:56:13 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 00:59:38 | More by MasterSki
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-12-2013 18:31:41 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-14-2013 23:17:34 | More by akang
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:05:40 | More by mikesgroove
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from California for me!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours brown with a large off-white head that descends to a thin cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is sour/tart and vinuous - oaky with berry-like and cherryish fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and sour - berries and cherries. The fruitiness is sour and tart with a nice caramelish sweetness in the balance. It becomes raisiny with a gentle earthy spicing. Woody, vanilla-ish, oaky notes add complexity. Finishes dry.

The feel is a bit thin at first, but becomes creamy as it progresses. A nice carbonation level makes it almost effervescent, but not fizzy.

This is a nice sweet and sour, lightly spiced beer with good use of oak. Very drinkable - alcohol well hidden. Good job! Unique - doesn't fit a "style" well, per se, but everything works well here, and certainly has a "Belgian-esque" character with a unique American flair.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:58:09 | More by jwc215
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sfoley333

Brazil

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer a couple times in the past year. First was off tap before the beer was released in bottles and then again at the release from a bottle opened at the tasting bar. The tap and bottle version tasted quite different with more brett coming out of the bottle. I decided to not open my 2 bottles until a later date and this 4th of July seemed like a godd time for one of them. Poured a murky reddish amber color with a slight brown hue. The bottle was a gusher when opened and the head of course was pretty thick. Smells of funk, spice, cherry and rasins were first and foremost with a slight oak overtone. The taste and smell really blew me away. The red fruit and wine like qualities were there but still this was a beer first. The wonderful sour taste was refreshing and light with alcohol really hidden by layers of cherry, plum, and raisins. Mouthfeel was medium body to ligth body with a really mellow carbonation besides the gushing when opening. Its was a pretty hot day at the beach, even though the sky was overcast. This beer was well suited for a summers day and wished I wasnt down to my last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 05:19:42 | More by sfoley333
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gford217

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of KingG poured into a tulip.

The cork popped with some serious power and the foam started to creep out of the bottle as I poured it. The body is a deep, clear copper with a huge creamy tan head that settles in as a big cap leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma is much more tart and funky than I was expecting. The underlying dubbel aromas are there, especially some dark fruits and caramel, but the funk is really in the forefront in the nose as well as tart cherries and some dry woody scents as well.

I think the taste is slightly better than the aroma as it seems to really bring in the dubbel character with more caramel sweetness and candi sugar than the aroma. The initial blast is of tart fruits, maybe cherries, as well as a hint of funk. The dubbel starts to show through in the middle before a dry, woody finish to close things out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and definitely much more tart and dry than your garden-variety dubbel.

This is an extremely unique and tasty dubbel . It's certainly nothing close to what I was expecting with the serious tart fruit presence and emerging funk. Thanks to Joey for sharing this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:08:45 | More by gford217
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exited to try this one. Pours a nice deep/chestnut brown with red shining through the glass. Smell is good. Dark fruits, figs, raisins, slight tart red wine smell. Taste is more of the same. Dark fruits. The red wine really shines through. Vinegar. Really nice. Very unique beer, I haven't had anything else like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 16:17:27 | More by CurtisLoew
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kleffman

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to cracking my bottle I got during a release at the Port Bottle Shop. Was kind of a gusher bottle that I had to quickly get over to my Chimay glass. Poured nicely though leaving about a half inch head. Aroma mostly consisted of red wine with some of the old familiar smells of Lost and Found ale like dark fruits. A little funk and barrel aromas as well. Tasted very complex. Dark fruits, sweet malt, red wine, vanilla, caramel. A little tart cherry. Pretty aggressive carbonation and a fairly drying and alcoholic mouthfeel. Overall not super drinkable but didn't have any issue getting through a glass of it. Very well made, and enjoyable beer from Lost Abbey - as usual.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 19:50:53 | More by kleffman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 19:16:15 | More by ehammond1
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Jw347 as part of 80's BIF. Thanks!
There was a loud pop when the cork was removed. It didn't look like it was going to foam over, but when I turned back from grabbing a pair of glasses there was a puddle of beer and bubbles around the bottle. Oh well. It had a murky brown colour, sort of like toffee, with some fine bubbles skimming the surface and a collar around the glass. Some spotty, sticky lacing. Aromas of funky brett and red wine, a little earthy and musty with malty caramel notes underneath, just a touch of vinegar. The flavour was acidic and tart, quite sharp up front, but this gave way to a mellow caramel and toffee sweetness in the finish. In between is the earthy funk, oak and red wine. As it warmed, chocolate notes appeared, as well as berry fruitiness and light alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish. Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied. I really enjoyed the combination of flavours and thought they worked well together.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:01:34 | More by DrJay
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting this to be so funky, but as I pop the cork it gushes out and I am barely able to catch it in my glass. Also an unmistakable funky aroma of Brettanomyces reaches my nose as I quickly pour this beer into my glass. The head starts out about three-fingers in height and has a creamy tan colored texture. The beer is a murky, dark amber to brown color, but shows a hazy, bright cherry color when held up to the light. Musty, funky, sharp mushroom aromatics, moldy leather and ripe cheddar notes make up the dominant part of the aroma. Underneath the funk is some light woody character that adds some spiciness, a touch of buttery oak and even a touch of vanillin. Actually the oak barrel character becomes more noticeable with time. I was really hoping to get more of the dark fruit notes of the base beer, but I only noticed them a bit in passing at first and now only as an almost phantom aromatic from time to time.

This still has a medium fullness to it and has a rich, though soft, sweetness that is quite fruity, yet subdued due to the funk and barrel flavors. The body is actually quite a bit reduced from the heft that Lost & Found had, but still is not anywhere near that of a Lambic (not that this is anything like one). Up front flavors of berries, a touch of raisins and a tartness become fairly muted through to the finish as sharp, spicy oak flavors a piquant funkiness takes hold of the palate. I like the tartness of this beer, it reminds me of a mix of sour plums, tamarind and soured raisins. Brettanomyces seems to play the dominant role here as this tastes of moldy leather, rotting wood, definitely quite musty, a bit goat-like basically full of butyric acid notes. The oak character really melds in quite seamlessly with the Brett-funk; it seems to boost the spicy flavors, amplifies a tannic, woody backbone and only contributes mild buttery-oak and vanillin notes. There is some berry notes here and I wonder if some of this came from any residual wine left in the oak.

As the beer warms it starts to pick up some dusty cocoa notes and a wine-like berry note becomes much more amplified. While physically impossible due to the over-gushing, this beer really needs to be sampled on the warm side, I think some extended time to let it breath helps as well. So just open it when it is quite cold, pour some out and let it breath for forty-five minutes or so as it will open up quite a bit more. Except for the funky notes this really is quite wine-like in character; the berry (almost jam-like) flavors, soft oak contributions and light tartness all evoke thoughts of a fruit forward, oaky, best drunk young red wine.

This is quite tasty, but I think that it would be quite a bit better if more of the Lost & Found character came through. That rich, concentrated, dark fruit character would couple really nicely with the funk, wine and barrel character. The aroma is nice and funky, which I like, but is a bit too dominated by the oak and funk to be really great. Still this is interesting and I am definitely digging the wine similarities as the beer opens up. Really this beer needs to breath and warm up a bit to be truely enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 04:32:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from a nice in-person trade from billab914. Thanks man!

A: Reddish-brown, cloudy, and with a completely flat disposition. A "Lost Abbey" brew flat... imagine that..

S: Sour for sure, but with a good bit of brown sugary maltiness that made this one, to me, more of an Aude Bruin.

T: I got the red wine barrel contribution right away. Bonesuckingly dry, nutty (almonds), and with a mild dessert quality that's pretty cool (maybe that's the vanilla).

M: In dying need of some suds, but this one certainly packs a punch in the sour category. However, I didn't get much vinegar here... more like a sour red wine, with a grainy texture.

O: I don't know how much this one costs because I got it in a trade. Being that as it may, I think this brew is really good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 06:35:52 | More by Chaney
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from wetherel a while back, thanks man!

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep and dark mahogany with a soft one finger fluffy light khaki colored head that settles down to a thin creamy layer that last throughout. Not much stick remains, but some is scattered here and there. Smell is funky with sour apples, red wine grapes, and oak. Underneath all that tart is some caramel and molasses, but overall the aroma is dominated by the funk. Sour grapes up front with brett and dark berries. Midway the malts come through with flavors of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar. Aftertaste is all about the woody oak, a bit too much actually. Probably one of the strongest wine influenced beers I've ever had along with SFTO Wine. The malty Dubbel flavors really emerge with some warmth, very nice. So soft and smooth in the mouth with a very light body and full carbonation. A sipper, but a good one for sure. Take your time and really enjoy all the complextities this beer has to offer. Good work once again from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 00:42:57 | More by BeerTruth
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90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.