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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 135
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 jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours deep red with a thin white head and solid lacing.

Aroma contains a lot of vinous qualities. Tart grapes along with a heavy dose of oak and some vanilla.

Taste is similar. Lots of tart grape and sour berries. Rich and juicy vinous quality. A little bit of oak and vinegar emerge and a solid dose of vanilla in the finish.

Good prickly mouthfeel despite the just medium carbonation level.

Very solid beer. Reminds me some of Supplication and Rapture others aged in red wine barrels. The wine really comes through on this one and some notes from the barrel give it the perfect balance.

jmarsh123, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

emerge077, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

THECPJ, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

billab914, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

DovaliHops, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Diomede, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of DJButters
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DJButters, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -1%

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
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Bottle shared by Pino, by way of Alex (MasterSki). 375ml into a tulip, 2010 vintage. I think the bottle said this was 8% ABV?

Poured a murky reddish brown, not flat but low in carbonation as no real head was generated. Some off-white bubbles are there, and a thin film and collar remain as the glass is consumed. Quite surprisingly, this laced really nicely. Nose is fruity, gently sour with a bit of wil notes, oak, vanilla, sour cherry and red wine vinegar/general acetic notes. Taste has sour cherries, a bit of grapes, and light vinous notes. Barrel is present with oak and vanilla flavours, and this feels well integrated into the rest of the profile of this beer. Tannic finish, and some tart/acetic notes as well. Not much length to the finish, but there's a wee bit of alcohol in there. Lightly drying an encouraging of the next sip. This generate some immediate comparisons to some Oud Bruins/Flander's Red Ales I've had, so I found this quite enjoyable. Surely I'd revisit this.

liamt07, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

peensteen, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -0.5%

enelson, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of alano
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

alano, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

GradyS1, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

rpaul2012, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

drummermattie02, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

scottfrie, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of CurtisLoew
4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

CurtisLoew, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.4%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Kegatron, Nov 17, 2011
Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.