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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

136 Ratings
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90
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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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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.

AndoBrew, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Talisker
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Talisker, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.43/5  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.

BlindPig, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Overlord
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
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Spontaneous carbonation sends this beer into upheaval once it hits the glass. Fizzy at first but now a solid block of oatmeal colored foam covers the top of my chalice. The body is flirting with opacity…neither cleanness or sediment can be found (haven’t poured the bottom of the bottle yet). Traditional color of toned down rootbeer and wood satin make up the portrait of this beer.

S: Here we go…now that’s some fine smelling stuff. Red wine and oak make an immediate impression with some seriously pungent soured yeast adding to the depth. I also take from the aroma rotten strawberries, orange sherbert, wild blackberries basking in the sun and good old peach yogurt.

T: I just had one of those moments where I knew that reviewing this beer was going to be tough. So many flavors hit the palate at once, its hard to know which way is up at any moment…but here goes. Immediate flavor is a whole lotta oak at the tip of the tongue…and this isn’t your vanilla type oak, but the pungent variety. The fruity blend of strawberries, raspberries, peach and cherry come rolling across the tongue with a red wine chaser soon to follow. I’m almost thinking this is what sangria tastes like aged in oak for a while. Some bubblegum thoughts hit the sides of the tongue, but only momentarily before the spicy oak envelopes them. I gotta say, of all the beer aged in red wine barrels, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted the red wine this strongly before. The choice of Sangiovese was probably a good call as Cabernet would have imparted an even stronger flavor. As this beer warms, it really begins to blossom. Actually, a lot of the oak lets go of its grip and the sweetness of the dubbel begins to emerge a bit. Finishes with a lot of Sangiovese encroaching across the entire palate leaving dry grape across the roof of the mouth. As the beer sits on the palate, an aftertaste of butter, sulfer, strawberry and oak leave an interesting tale behind.

M: Medium body with a hardness that can only come from barrel aging.

D: I do wish I had more of the malty dubbel goodness in this beer. The oak was pretty heavy and overwhelmed the beer a bit. In my humblest of opinions, the time in oak could have been cut back quite a bit and you still would have received the oaks offerings. But you know what? Some beers are hop bombs, some beers are nothing but bitter and perhaps this is an oak bomb. I’m very interested to see how this beer ages and what direction a lot of the flavors go. And lord knows I have plenty squirreled away. Cheers to a unique beer.

Westsidethreat, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

IntriqKen, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

MiScusi, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
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
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.

ggaughan, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of scottoale
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!

scottoale, Dec 05, 2006
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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.