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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

135 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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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 ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Bottle courtesy of KingG poured into a tulip.

The cork popped with some serious power and the foam started to creep out of the bottle as I poured it. The body is a deep, clear copper with a huge creamy tan head that settles in as a big cap leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma is much more tart and funky than I was expecting. The underlying dubbel aromas are there, especially some dark fruits and caramel, but the funk is really in the forefront in the nose as well as tart cherries and some dry woody scents as well.

I think the taste is slightly better than the aroma as it seems to really bring in the dubbel character with more caramel sweetness and candi sugar than the aroma. The initial blast is of tart fruits, maybe cherries, as well as a hint of funk. The dubbel starts to show through in the middle before a dry, woody finish to close things out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and definitely much more tart and dry than your garden-variety dubbel.

This is an extremely unique and tasty dubbel . It's certainly nothing close to what I was expecting with the serious tart fruit presence and emerging funk. Thanks to Joey for sharing this beauty.

gford217, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Cheers!

rayjay, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Pros: Really nice aroma showcasing notes of Cabernet, vanilla, dark fruit. Very nice appearance, with a long lasting head. Nice purity and essence. Excellent mouth feel. Lots of depth.

Cons: Not a single flaw in this beer that I can detect.

A terrific ale from start to finish.

Crosling, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of abfraser
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Rudy brown/red, kind of like a dark mahogany color. Pours with a nice tan head that settles into a thin cap.

S: Whoa. Was not expecting sour. This is definitely not a dubbel in any way shape or form anymore. After the initial shock wears off, the aromas are really nice. Tropical fruit, pear, with a background of dark fruit and spice.

T/M: Tart, acetic acid gives way to dark candi sugar fruit and spice. Now I can taste the dubbel backbone. Lingering vanilla oak flavors. Finish is nice and dry. Moutfeel is medium bodied. Totally unexpected but this is a really well-done and complex sour.

D: Goes down nice and smooth. Good carbonation and dry finish make it easy.

I really like Lost & Found and was expecting something similar. But this is totally different. In the end, though, a very well made beer.

abfraser, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%

Much thanks to hopdog for unveiling this one...
Appears a hazy, murky auburn with a 1 finger, light tan head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, oak, grapes, cherries, and raspberries.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex flavors that make this beer exceptional. Notes of vanilla and a touch of cocoa nibs keep this one top notch.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly tart, with oaky tannins running along the tongue. Chewy goodness of excellent balance.

weeare138, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +2%

got this one in a trade with seaoflament. thanks carlos!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 27/08.

pours deep red, nearly brown, mostly clear. a small dense tan head forms, quickly falling to a ring around the glass that lasts until the last sip. spotty lace.

aroma is great, but this ain't no dubbel. it may have been a dubbel in it's former life - as lost and found - but the barrel has definitely funked this one up. malt vinegar. touch of lemon. leather and horse blanket. bit of alcohol. cracker. whole wheat bread. touch of dark fruit hiding under the funk. touch of raw oak.

taste is good. low bitterness level. malt vinegar. touch of lemon, but less than in the aroma. big malty base - wheat bread, cracker, bit of biscuit - tempered by a hefty funk - horse blanket, leather, bit of tobacco. light alcohol. very faint dark fruit. touch of grapefruit. bit of vanilla and raw oak.

mouthfeel is good. clingy funk on the tongue. medium-high carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. touch of warming alcohol accented by a nice funky presence.

grub, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Big thanks to grub for sharing this 750 ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy and ruddy dark orange/brown, reddish highlights in the edges, decently thick off white head forms, drops to a solid ring around the glass, some lace spots. Smell is interesting, some funky sourness, sour cherries, caramel, bread, very malty, lots of fruit, wood, vanilla, barnyard, lemon peel, grapes, not a dubbel, this has been mislabeled. Taste is siimilar, sweet/sour up front, caramel, bread and oak, vanilla, wine, quite funky, almost a floral hoppiness underneath the sourness, light bit of yeasty spiciness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, quite nice, very complex, and the wine barrels come through quite nice. The sourness is refined and smooth. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

750ml bottle at 58 degrees, a tasty post-turduckin treat.

Pours clear mahogany with a ruby tinge. A two-plus inch head of biege dense foam settled slowly to reveal plenty of clingy lacework and a solid skim coat. Finally a well carbonated Lost Abbey bottle!

Aromatics lead off with great blend of oaky tannins, vineous overtones, and brett.
Red wine, dusty malt, caramel, cloves, pineapple, horseblanket, and wet hay. Hints of white pepper, dried figs, raisins, and anise follow through.

Medium bodied and creamy, with a crisply finishing mouthfeel.

Ripe dark fruit, red wine, figs, raisins, caramel, and spice start the palate. Hints of earthy wood notes, fresh cut hay, lemongrass, dark rum, and schezuan peppercorns follow through.

Finishes with a tart vineousity, lingering fruit, and warming spice.

I'm really diggin' the Brett that's starting to take hold, and the better than average (for an LA brew) carbonation level kicks the beer up to the next level.
Yum.

brewandbbq, Nov 27, 2008
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4.95/5  rDev +23.1%

750ml corked and caged bottle.

***Slow gusher alert. This one didn't spew, it just slowly kept coming out of the bottle***

Poured a medium and cloudy/muddy brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of earhtiness, wood, oak, red wine, dark fruits, and grapes. Some funkiness. Tasts of lighter wood, vanilla, dark fruits, and vinous. Smooth and soft body. Nice light sour and tart finish.

Damn this one was good and really hit the spot. I wish I had more, I could drink this one every day.

hopdog, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +4%

Got this one from wetherel a while back, thanks man!

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep and dark mahogany with a soft one finger fluffy light khaki colored head that settles down to a thin creamy layer that last throughout. Not much stick remains, but some is scattered here and there. Smell is funky with sour apples, red wine grapes, and oak. Underneath all that tart is some caramel and molasses, but overall the aroma is dominated by the funk. Sour grapes up front with brett and dark berries. Midway the malts come through with flavors of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar. Aftertaste is all about the woody oak, a bit too much actually. Probably one of the strongest wine influenced beers I've ever had along with SFTO Wine. The malty Dubbel flavors really emerge with some warmth, very nice. So soft and smooth in the mouth with a very light body and full carbonation. A sipper, but a good one for sure. Take your time and really enjoy all the complextities this beer has to offer. Good work once again from Lost Abbey.

BeerTruth, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Received from Jw347 as part of 80's BIF. Thanks!
There was a loud pop when the cork was removed. It didn't look like it was going to foam over, but when I turned back from grabbing a pair of glasses there was a puddle of beer and bubbles around the bottle. Oh well. It had a murky brown colour, sort of like toffee, with some fine bubbles skimming the surface and a collar around the glass. Some spotty, sticky lacing. Aromas of funky brett and red wine, a little earthy and musty with malty caramel notes underneath, just a touch of vinegar. The flavour was acidic and tart, quite sharp up front, but this gave way to a mellow caramel and toffee sweetness in the finish. In between is the earthy funk, oak and red wine. As it warmed, chocolate notes appeared, as well as berry fruitiness and light alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish. Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied. I really enjoyed the combination of flavours and thought they worked well together.

DrJay, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4.22/5  rDev +5%

I have had this beer a couple times in the past year. First was off tap before the beer was released in bottles and then again at the release from a bottle opened at the tasting bar. The tap and bottle version tasted quite different with more brett coming out of the bottle. I decided to not open my 2 bottles until a later date and this 4th of July seemed like a godd time for one of them. Poured a murky reddish amber color with a slight brown hue. The bottle was a gusher when opened and the head of course was pretty thick. Smells of funk, spice, cherry and rasins were first and foremost with a slight oak overtone. The taste and smell really blew me away. The red fruit and wine like qualities were there but still this was a beer first. The wonderful sour taste was refreshing and light with alcohol really hidden by layers of cherry, plum, and raisins. Mouthfeel was medium body to ligth body with a really mellow carbonation besides the gushing when opening. Its was a pretty hot day at the beach, even though the sky was overcast. This beer was well suited for a summers day and wished I wasnt down to my last bottle.

sfoley333, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from California for me!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours brown with a large off-white head that descends to a thin cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is sour/tart and vinuous - oaky with berry-like and cherryish fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and sour - berries and cherries. The fruitiness is sour and tart with a nice caramelish sweetness in the balance. It becomes raisiny with a gentle earthy spicing. Woody, vanilla-ish, oaky notes add complexity. Finishes dry.

The feel is a bit thin at first, but becomes creamy as it progresses. A nice carbonation level makes it almost effervescent, but not fizzy.

This is a nice sweet and sour, lightly spiced beer with good use of oak. Very drinkable - alcohol well hidden. Good job! Unique - doesn't fit a "style" well, per se, but everything works well here, and certainly has a "Belgian-esque" character with a unique American flair.

jwc215, Jun 20, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +5%

Finally getting around to cracking my bottle I got during a release at the Port Bottle Shop. Was kind of a gusher bottle that I had to quickly get over to my Chimay glass. Poured nicely though leaving about a half inch head. Aroma mostly consisted of red wine with some of the old familiar smells of Lost and Found ale like dark fruits. A little funk and barrel aromas as well. Tasted very complex. Dark fruits, sweet malt, red wine, vanilla, caramel. A little tart cherry. Pretty aggressive carbonation and a fairly drying and alcoholic mouthfeel. Overall not super drinkable but didn't have any issue getting through a glass of it. Very well made, and enjoyable beer from Lost Abbey - as usual.

kleffman, Jun 07, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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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3.78/5  rDev -6%

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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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

750 ml bottle purchased from the brewery three months ago for about fifteen dollars if I can remember right, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Dark ruby red with highlights of brown throughout, small 1/2 inch off white bubbly head that settled pretty fast, not much retention or lacing, tons of small bubbles rushing to the top

S-Red wine, cherries, sourness, brettanomyces, raisins, dark fruits, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, not much bubble gum like I remember Lost and Found having, also a little booze, and spices

T-To my pleasant surprise, I was welcomed with a mouth full of bretty and cherry tart in the first sip I took, there were some berries in the middle, then some dryness in the aftertaste that was rather wine-like, did not taste its base beer until the very end when the sourness and funk went away for the most part, lots of raisins and brown sugar later on, complex brew that changed quite a bit as the glass went along, brettanomyces made this one taste great in my opinion, hope they brew this again

M-Tart and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, lots and lots of carbonation, taste lingered for a while, this one had a lot funkier feeling than I would have thought, nice agressive sensation

D-Almost drank this whole bottle by myself, could have easily, not too heavy on the stomach, smooth and refreshing, pretty high in ABV though, highly drinkable BA beer

Not a huge fan of the non barrel aged Lost and Found but this one was a nice surprise, wish I would have bought more of it when I had the chance, another great beer from Lost Abbey, would definitely drink again, recommended

Floydster, Mar 24, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev -3%

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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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

Mudpuppet, Feb 20, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber body with a medium-sized, fizzled, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma that's quite oaky and almost seething with funk. Bright notes of dehydrated dark fruits (raisins) and malts presenting toasted nuts, spiced dark bread, and dark caramel sauce.

Taste: A meal of tart dried fruits, dark malts, toasted spices and a glass of red wine surrounded by an abundance of oak flavor and funknicity. Very lightly puckering, tart, Bretty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate, churning carbonation.

Drinkability: Lost Abbey had a beer, some barrels, and a dream. Way to make things happen, LA!

*Vintage Update*

Let's see how its sister bottle turned out. Albeit slowly, quietly, the Brett has developed quite nicely, rounding things out with some lactic and leathery phenolic tones to compliment the fruity, tart wine character and hints of spicy dried herbs and wood shavings. And this is one Lost Abbey release where the carbonation is spot-on. Over the past few years this one has aged wonderfully, even demanding a rare score-bump from me. I'm generally loathe to trade nowadays (what a chore), but this is one I may try to reacquire.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a reddish brown in color with a huge, fluffy head. Smell is fruity wine, and yeast. The regular Lost and Found just wasn't my cup of tea. However, aging it in wine barrels seems to have done the trick. It adds a dimension of fruit wine and some oakiness. I'm really enjoying this beer. Creamy and smooth on the mouth. A real easy, enjoyable drinker. The last part of the bottle is a yeastie bomb! If you're not a fan, keep the last part of the beer in the bottle.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 07, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev -1%

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
Photo of AndoBrew
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

* 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
Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.