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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Amazing Grace AleAmazing Grace Ale

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of gregshead
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
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!

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Photo of jsanford
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of nkersten
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.94/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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Photo of nataku00
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

778th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

@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.

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Photo of youradhere
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy deep reddish copper with a medium tan head that holds on well and reduced to a thin cap and left decent lace.

S-Sharp, tart cherry, crushed red grapes, sweet caramel malt and oak dryness.

T-Fruity notes pop out front giving way to dry oak, sweet caramel malt, and musty, day old, rich, doughy bread.

M-Medium-heavy bodied with a nice smoothness and actual chewy feel.

D-Not really sure what this is suppose to be style wise but it is a very pleasant and easy drinking brew. The flavours work well together and the light mustiness highlights the liquid fruitcake approach.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked 750ml bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into a pair of goblets. The ale appears a hazed deep copper/crimson color with about two fingers of fluffy, tan foam. Aromas and flavors consist of tart fruits such as cherries, green and red grapes, oak tannins, caramel notes, earthy bread and crackers, noticeable funk, but not overpowering for my tastes at least. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation and very little alcohol burn to speak of. Pretty tasty stuff, but pushing the boundaries of a traditional dubbel, and it works nicely here.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution for Lost Abbey night (what a great time!). Pours a cloudy/murky brown color with hints of red and purple. Very tiny head...mainly just bubbles. Scent is dark fruits, tart raspberries and cherries, oak, and vanilla. Definitely some red wine vinegar in the nose with just a tiny hint of booze. Taste is initially quite acidic and sour with berries and wild yeast flavors. Then, some molasses and hints of dark fruit pull through. Sour turns to sweet with vanilla and oak flavors. Finishes with a sticky, puckering vinegar flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasant carbonation for this style of beer. Drinkability is high. Overall, it's hard when I'm drinking this side by side with Cuvee de Tomme (on tap, so carbonated), but it holds up well. A very solid wild ale IMO.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of rayjay
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the 08 Older Viscosity release at the brewery.

Whoa, after a few seconds it pours out the bottle by itself, which I could hear coming. Sounded like putting dry hops in a fermenter, a few seconds of calm followed by a model volcano! What I saw in the sink was weird...big cultures of yeast, just like kumbucha tea (lactobacillus). Never worked with brettanomyces so I don't know what it looks like, but it's definitely not saccromyces. Other than this it's got a very deep brown/red hue, and it extremely hazy with large globs of white trub that look like tofu. The head is impressive and holds itself up for a while, but there are large cultures floating on top of it!! Both very nice and terrible looking at the same time, and certainly some quality issues. Curiously it doesn't foam over in the glass.

Aroma is complex and not at all what I was expecting. More in common with a Flanders Red than a Dubbel. Big sweet cherries, dusty oak, wild yeast aroma, and large quantities of complex malts. Actually quite amazing if you're a sour ale fan.

All this and I haven't even tasted it yet!!

Very complex to quaff. Rich with hot bourbon, for sure. It even numbs your mouth and heats your stomach. Big rich maltiness coats your tongue, and the generous carbonation might just save the day here. Lots of mineral water which accents the bourbon. More of the sweet cherries. Finishes very dry, and with a generic, medicinal bitterness like dandilion. Mild tartness that reminds me of Fantome beers. I'd file this brew under quads, personally, due to the richness.

Mouthfeel should be heavier, and this beer does a good job disguising that.

Interesting which means drinkable. One bottle is enough to share though.


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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful brown with a nice 1/2inch head.

S- Dark malts on the nose with some yeasty notes.

T- This is a definite dubbel. Strong malt notes but there is also a brightness with notes of grapefruit and other citrus.

M- This beer has pretty high carbonation and is somewhat thick on the tongue.

D- This is a good dubbel. Probably one of my less favorite beers from Lost Abbey but there beers are so good that that is a relative comment.

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Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from MasterSki

Reddish brown with a collar of white head, no lace to speak of here. Smell is full of oak and vanilla, fruity, cherry and plum, red wine, acidic/tart scents come off as well, bready with slight alcohol. Taste is acidic and tart, mildly funky, oak, vanilla, fruity flavours, cherries and grape skins. Light-med carbonation, medium-full body, nice feel. Quite drinkable and very nice, sour and quite complex, really good stuff here.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage 8% ABV

A= Pours a hazy poop brown color. Maybe a little amber color coming out of it but it's so hazy you can't see through it. The head is about a finger high with a little retention as a thin skin on the top of the glass. The lacing is average at best.

S= The smell is much more of a sour vinegar sort of smell that I expected.... My understanding is that this is just a Dubbel that is aged in red wine barrels not that any wild bacteria or yeast was added. The acidic notes aren't the sharpest but they are enough for me to think for a second. The oak comes through nicely as well with a little tannin to it and the red wine is is very pronounced.

T= The taste is amazing! Wow this is a great blend of sour and a little sweet. The red wine character comes through prefectly with the sour notes. The oak barrels reveil themselves with a little woodiness to it and a little tannin. I assume this is ment to be sour. Great acid sharpness to it that is more of a lactic sour and not as vinegary as I was expecting from the smell. The tannins leave the mouth with a little asringent puckering and the sour finish complements it very well.

M= The carbonation is great and the body is awesome. I do wish it finished just a tad dryer.

D= Not expecting much from this one and the color was terrible but this beer actually turned out great. Happy I got to try this.

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