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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Amazing Grace AleAmazing Grace Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

95 Reviews

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 145
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 134
Gots: 36 | 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: 95 | Hads: 145
Photo of GClarkage
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

09/07/09- Generously sharded with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, corked and caged. I believe it's from 2007. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker brown-chestnut colored pour. Full brisk head, lightly foamy leaving good lace markings.

Smell- A bit of a sour note in the nose. A bit of sugary sweetness and caramel as well. Nothing really solid though.

Taste- Pretty damn sour. Is this supposed to contain brett? Caramel comes through, but really overshadowed by a sour acrid taste. Thinking this one has soured, even if it is supposed to be this way. Other odd flavors also incorperated...we drain poured it.

Mouthfeel- Sour acrid aftertaste..medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Drained it...I'm sure it wasn't supposed to be like this, but who knows.

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Photo of JAXSON
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours rust brown with orange edges. Sour, acidic nose, light chocolate, typical tight Lost Abbey brett. Kevin compared this to Oer Faute -- "That's fucking interesting." Better than Veritas 003 (which is a mess at this age), much worse than Brouwers 09. Comaprable in quality to Sinners 09 but far less malty and oily. Really don't remember much of this otherwise. Sorry about this review, guys.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Red ochre in color with a rather stark white head. Head has ok retention and good lacing.

S: Tart plumb and marasca cherry, funky spicy notes are swimming in there too.

T: There is a heavy brett influence on this one which sits on some medicinal notes and overripe cherry. This almost gives the suggestion of grapes suffering from botrytis.

M: Fairly sticky with medium body.

O: This is not a successful beer for me. The over dominating brett funky flavors outweigh most everything else. There is not enough acidity to battle the metallic sweaty sock.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


2010 batch on tap at the release.

A: Appears turbid rust brown with a very small off white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Aroma is of oak and prominent vinous notes with light vanilla interspersed. There's a buttery quality to the wine barrels. Dark fruits are reminiscent of cherry, plum, and grape. Lactic character is moderate.

T: Lightly tart, with subtle wet leather notes and a firm lactic dark fruit presence and a lower moderate sourness. Oak is evident, along with vinous, plum, and dark cherry notes. Finish slowly fades. No evident alcohol.

M: Upper medium body with really really low carbonation. This would be greatly improved with carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick, dry, and somewhat thin

Overall: An enjoyable wine barrel aged beer with subtle wild and sour notes.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

* i liked it, would not buy it*

app: hazey, copper, brown. cloudy and yeast filled.

smell: sour. nice. malty small hops in the nose.

taste: nice balance, with the funk to beer ratio! jolly pumpkin learn somthin. nice malt, and hops, refreshing.

mf: fine, normal.

drinkable?: INDEED. but not chuggable.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber body with a finger of off white head.

S: Tons of red wine aroma here. Behind the wine, I get quite a bit of sour cherry and plums. I also get a hint of acetic acid aroma and raisins.

T: Much more sour than I was expecting. Lots of sour cherry again upfront, but now there is some acetic acid to go with it. I get plum that adds to the fruitiness. Red wine is still there, but not as much as in the aroma.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Not bad. Fairly complex with a nice sour cherry flavor and a nice sourness. I prefer my AWAs a bit cleaner, but this is certainly above average.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into snifter. Thanks for sharing, sleepyhead.

A: Pours dark amber with a thin head that quickly faded to collar.
S: Vinous and tart notes of cherries, dry oak, red wine, and earth.
T: Not as tart as the nose suggested. Flavors are definitely vinous, a bit cheesy, and lighty sour with fruit pith. I get a bit of buttery oak and fruit skins in the finish.
M: Thinner body, tingly but very low carbonation, greasy mouthfeel with a drying finish.
O: Very vinous and drying and a great drinking beer that’s not overly tart. Thanks again.

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Photo of Talisker
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a clone of Russian River's Supplication.

750ml corked and caged bottle drunk in January 2008, a month or two after bottling. Pours into my Duvel tulip a deep richly reddish brown, with a sensational ultra-fine lace reminscent of Westy or other great Belgians.

Aroma is funky and tart, with some grape. Not much malt, not much yeast. Says up front that this is a Brett beer, and that's what it is. Taste is well integrated, but not altogether pleasant - tart and dry, lots of grape, some oak. The actual *beer* is a little hard to find underneath the other flavors. Not viscous, but the funky tartness dries out your mouth.

Gets better as it warms - definitely spend some time with this beer to get its full effect.

Amazing Grace is good but not great. Just a little too much of the "extra" - the funk, the grape, the oak - and not quite enough of what makes it a "beer" - malt, yeast, hops. Worth a taste if you're into the American wild beer styles.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Quite a Belgian nose. Raisins, dates, dark fruit with some vinegar.

T: Brown malt/candi sugar type flavour. There is an acidity leaning more to the acetic side. Balsamic vinegar makes an appearance.

M: Medium-bodied, solid firm structure. Pretty smooth.

O: I like the complexity of the acid here, it just didn't grab me. Still worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. What's the deal with this beer? Is it "Lost and Found" aged in red wine barrels? I'm guessing that's what it is.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a pathetic attempt at forming a head and some lacing, carbonation is low.

Aroma is nice though, vinous and mildly sour with some sweet malt and mild yeast ester character on the palate. Overall a decent aroma.

Taste is a bit of the let down, it's a fine tasting beer but the volume is turned all the way down on it. Some sweetness, some yeast, some figs / prunes / stone fruits, some wine just not a lot of anything. Pretty big disappointment, oh wait this was from Lost Abbey, those guys sure know how to try hard. Keep aiming for the middle Tomme. You'll get there.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza.

A - Brownish red beer with a whitish head that left a little bit of lace on the sides.

S - Nice grapes and vinous notes. Some dark fruit, vinegar, vanilla, and a little barrel.

T - Tastes is a lot like the nose, with a little bit of caramelized sugar. Dark fruits slightly soured, with some vinegar and tartness.

M - Pretty nicely bodied, fuller side of medium, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, I didn't realize this was classified as a dubbel. Pretty interesting, and glad I got to tr it.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few tasting glasses of this at the Lost Abbey Sinner's dinner. From notes.

Plumb colored with a bubbly white head. hardly any lacing left behind.

Mellow sourness. Some plumbs.

Again mellow sourness. Then plumbs, raisins, and some oak.

Mouthfeel was a bit chalky, low carbonation.

Was really happy to try this, but not a big fan.

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Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375l bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a deep brown color with a slight ruby tint to it in the light. It started with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer, but faded quickly.

The aroma shows a lot of the wine barrel to it. I get some tart grapes with a little bit of a woody oak and vanilla flavor. A moderate sourness is there as well. Nice aroma to it.

The taste has a sharper, sour orange juice like flavor to it up front. More of the red wine character comes out in the finish with some tart, dry grape flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style, but not a great one. The sour orange juice flavors was a little strange and overpowering in it. I liked the wine characters that came out though and the sourness was pretty decent. Not a bad beer overall, but definitely not my favorite LA sour.

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Photo of craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown-copper pour with a touch of red, not much head

Smell: Very vineous, although a bit muddled. Oak, cabernet sauvignon and some prunes and berries.

Taste: Very muddled, the red wine dominates. I didn't finish the glass and the next day I checked and there was over an inch of sediment, probably some of the problem.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, perhaps a touch under carbonated

Overall: Wasn't too impressed with this one.

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Photo of Lunch
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the uber-generous ygtbsm94, thanks Brad!

Poured in a Lost Abbey tulip because why the hell not. Darker, slightly murky brown with a bit of tan head and some red hues.

Smell of this one is really interesting with a nice red wine thing going on with some sourish grapes. Slight oak presence. Taste is not as exciting as the smell, but it was not bad just a milder version of the aroma with some alcohol.

Ample carbonation, but the tannic aspect is a little harsh hindering drinkability.

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Photo of pwoods
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a carmel-red with only a few tan bubbles forming around the edges.

Smell - Red wine, grapes, oak.

Taste - Woody, redwine.

Drinkability - Low carbonation.

Overall - Nice, but is it a beer or a wine?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is brownish red with but a small head that leaves only faint traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is the best aspect of Amazing Grace ale. Scents include barrels, grapes, cherries, wine and alcohol.

The taste did not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. The flavor is really tannic and bites at the palate with each sip. Cherries come through nicely, as well as prominent alcohol throughout.

The beer is medium bodied. This could / should be a smoother ride. While I appreciate the bold showing of the red wine barrels in the nose and taste, the beer comes off a bit too harsh and tannic.

A small portion was plenty for me. This was an OK, but not something that left me wanting more.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting hazy, brownish amber with some red tinges. No real carbonation, just a thin white crust.

Got to be honest: Lost Abbey has been on a fantastic run with the last three or four releases. I am enjoying this beer (as I review it), but this is not up to the lofty standards set by Gift of the Magi, Angel's Share, or Older Viscosity.

This beer has a serious grape/vinous/pureed raisin bite. And that bite is a bit much. I don't know if it's the barrels destroying the complexity, or what, but the character of this beer is decidedly one dimensional. The smell actually promises more than the taste delivers, with some wood-sy notes.

Not a bad beer, just decidedly one note.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Greg.

A: The pour is a lightly hazed dark amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head.

S: Light vinegar notes with some red wine and sour cherries. There's just a bit of oak along with a slight malt sweetness, sort of like an oud bruin/Flanders red. A touch of grass and straw, as well.

T: The little bit of malt sweetness is the first thing on the tongue. Lightly acetic with some notes of cherries and raisins along with red wine and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Just a hint of oak.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Could have used a bit more tartness, but still a nice sour beer.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.