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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

moonknight31, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bsuedekum, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Kelp, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Overlord, Dec 08, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

muskiesman, Dec 24, 2012
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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
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
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?

HuskyinPDX, Jul 19, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/19/11 notes. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks Brad. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky red-orange color with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of red wine, oak, sour dark fruits, figs, vinegar, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of lightly sour dark fruits, figs, raisins, vinegar, oak, and slight acedic. A small step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a nice twist on a Dubbel. Some definite wine and sourness to it, though nothing too mouth pucking. a nice dubbel I would have again.

mdfb79, Mar 21, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 01, 2011
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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
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out at our Lost Abbey tasting. Served in a Sinners tulip. Pours the color of cider or caramel with a hazy clarity. No head and only a few residual spots of lacing present after each tilt. Nose is vinous and acidic with a toasted oak character. Taste is slightly vinegary, a little oaky and some residual vanilla notes are expressed at the finish. Moutfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation, some acidity and a dry finish. An interesting brew, but not sure why it's classified as a dubbel. This is an extremely tart beer; so much so that it is difficult to tease out all the flavors. Those nose in and of itself, makes it worth the purchase price.

Jwale73, May 09, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 7/4/11 reviewed from notes:

Popped the cork and lo and behold, there is carbonation.

A: Pours a reddish brown with a half finger of head that dissipate slowly.

S: Lots of tart on the nose. Reminds me of a consecration aroma but not as strong.

T: Some brown sugar and fruit taste in the front. Next the tart tang from the wine barrels.

M: Very light/oily feel. Very little carb on the tongue.

O: Glad I grabbed this one from the release. A very enjoyable beer amongst a lot of more disappointing beers from LA recently.

gregshead, Aug 27, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel to growler to glass at Lost Abbey's 2009 barrel tasting. Amazing Grace is a clear reddish-amber color, completely still. The aroma is intensely woody, lactic and vinous with subtler notes of bourbon and cherries. The aroma is great, but the palate hasn't quite refined yet. Dry and tart on the palate with a ton of woody tannin. Slightly rough and astringent, but with pleasant flavors of cherry and red wine, bourbon and dark fruit. Carbonation (assuming they actually manage to carbonate this one once it's bottled) and a bit more time in the barrel will likely smooth out some of the rough edges.

largadeer, Nov 11, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown color. A lot of carbonation. Had to get it in the glass asap before the bottle floweth over. Big off white head. Aroma of earth and wood. Sort of a lactic sour smell. Fairly big malty flavor. Again with the lactic bite. Somewhat of a dried fruit/fig flavor. Slight anise in the finish. Minimum oakiness. Decent mouthfeel-quite full bodied. A decent beer overall.

lackenhauser, May 19, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to billab914 for including this as an extra.

A: Pours a semi-hazy caramel brown with a pretty decent off-white head. Hey, we have carbonation!

S: Smells very vinous, like red wine, as well as some tart funkiness and a little bit of sweet dark malt in there as well in the background.

T: The red wine and the sourness from the smell really carry over into the taste, and are the most prominent flavors. There's also a good amount of vinegar in the finish. It tastes very similar to an oud bruin. I haven't had the base beer, Lost & Found, but there doesn't seem to be much of the dubbel flavor remaining. I wish there was a little more of the base beer's flavor here, I think the added complexity it would bring would be huge.

M: Medium-full bodied, very smooth and then a tingly finish.

O: This is a pretty tasty sour, but it's somewhat one-dimensional in its flavor. It ends tasting like a less complex, more vinegary Consecration.

starrdogg, Jul 03, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 release, so glad to see this stuff in Georgia!

A - Pours a rusty brown with just the slightest whisp of a white head that quickly disappears. There's a little visible carbonation, but that's it. Kinda ugly.
S - Sour red vinegar, brown sugar, cherries and leather with a HUGE oak profile. I've been to Napa and Sonoma and smelled aging red wine barrels at a winery, it smells identical to that. Really nice.
T - Red wine grapes, cherries and leather stand out to me, as does the vanilla and wood from the barrels. Nicely tart and lactic, not too sour. Again, tons of oak, almost too much if I'm being honest.
M - Slick, with a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Sad about the almost non-existent carbonation, but not a deal-breaker in this case.
D - Moderately drinkable, but the high ABV and the huge quantities of oak regulate this to a sipper.

jsanford, Feb 13, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Tayner for trading this great beer to me!
A - a tale of two pours. nice deep reddish brown on the first glass with a solid white head. Second glass despite my efforts picked up a lot of sediment and became quite cloudy.

S - a solid wine aroma with a bit of cherry brett

T - a cross between a tanin red wine, a belgian beer and a wild ale a hint of oak.

M - medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, slightly acidic.

D - drinks quite nice and complex.

probably the second or third belgian beer I've had where it's spent time with wine barrels. I'm sure there's a line somewhere but brews like this laugh and say pause for a moment, contemplate and enjoy! Glad I did for beer review number 500!

barleywinebrewer, Mar 10, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gifted by bmanning. Thanks, Ben! Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a moderately-bright reddish-copper color with a very thin off-white head and a bit of lacing, though not much else. The nose brings forward plenty of the red-wine notes along with a bit of dark fruits and some oak. A moderate amount of acidity comes through in the nose. Really complex and everything melds together quite well.

The taste is a bit of a letdown after the nose. The red-wine notes are there, but the acidity is too brisk and simply takes over the entire flavor of the beer. While it's nice, it's just too much for what else is there. The red wine is good, but it is overwhelmed. A bit of the base dubbel lingers in the background. Mouthfeel is cut down by the excess acidity. The red-wine component or the base beer needs to come out more. Drinks well enough, but there are some fairly-large issues here. Nonetheless, the nose was excellent.

Thorpe429, Feb 15, 2011
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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
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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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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

778th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
330Ml

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks Greg for sharing!!

App- Well it has the look of a Lost Abbey beer. It was that unique muddled light brown. No head or maybe a touch of bubbles presented. No cling. Just seems more like a wild ale to me. Not a BA Dubbel.

Smell- It retains a bit of the Dubbel notes. A bit of the yeast is there with that effervescent bubble note. Add to that a tartness and a bit of tannic like wine with some dark grapes.

Taste- Again, tastes just like a LA beer. Has a clean and simple profile with the base beer retaining most of the flavors and the barrels just adding a note of acidity and some complexities with a little tannin and oak.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Finishes just like a red wine to me. A bit dry a bit tannic.

Drink- A nice beer to say the least. The barrels add a nice touch to a good lineup beer. I'd like a whole bottle to sit with and see how flavors envelope.

FosterJM, Aug 31, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thank you to tayner for this bottle, who so graciously sent this as part of the beerbeing secret santa sweepstakes.

A- Pours a murky hazy brownish red color, much like the tint of mahogany furniture. Two finger head has pretty good retention, but lacks a bit in the lace area.

S- a bit restrained and mild. Solidly vinous, with a good amount of sour notes. almost smells more like a glass of Chianti than a Belgian dubbel.

F- pretty impressive. very wine like from front to back, and bursting with fresh ripe fruits. Cherries, strawberries, apricots, and maybe even peach come to mind first, along with a little bit of vanilla flavor. Mildly tart from front to back, with a good amount of Brett funk on the finish. There even seem to be tannins left over from the wine, making even more wine like. In fact, the only time that I realize this is beer, and not wine, is every so often one sip has a little bit of caramel malt flavor.

M- medium bodied, low carbonation, and smooth.

D- pretty damn good.

Overall, a very interesting beer, and quite a nice experiment. It is a amazing that beer can be made to taste just like wine. Two words of caution though.... first and foremost do NOT drink this out of the fridge. This was much better after the beer got all the way to room temperature. Secondly, leave the last 1/2" of so in the bottle, and pour it slowly. I found quite a lot of sediment in the bottom of my bottle, and the last glass was certainly murkier than before, along with being astringent and bitter. I would definitely buy this if it was available in my area, and I'd love to see how this one ages. That being said, it is a bit of a one trick pony, in that it isn't overly complex. Still, great beer, and I wish that I could try more from the Lost Abbey.

Thanks again Dana!

phisig137, Jan 22, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slick with minimal carbonation, a minimal head forms leaving nice delicate lacing. Body is murky amber with yeast chunks, tan head. Smell is cherries, vinegar and funk, caramel and malt. Taste is vinegar, blue cheese, sour cherries dominate, lemon with a nice astringent bite. Slight oak, and honey flavors. Carbonation is low and prickly, mouthfeel is off slick and body is medium. Overall a good beer, id like more cherries, but this works for me. Wish I had more!

youradhere, Apr 16, 2011
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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
Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.