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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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Photo of Kegatron
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber body with a finger of off white head.

S: Tons of red wine aroma here. Behind the wine, I get quite a bit of sour cherry and plums. I also get a hint of acetic acid aroma and raisins.

T: Much more sour than I was expecting. Lots of sour cherry again upfront, but now there is some acetic acid to go with it. I get plum that adds to the fruitiness. Red wine is still there, but not as much as in the aroma.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Not bad. Fairly complex with a nice sour cherry flavor and a nice sourness. I prefer my AWAs a bit cleaner, but this is certainly above average.

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

sideshowe, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jerz, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -0.5%

cadaugherty, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and brown with no head and very little visible carbonation. This looks lifeless, limp, and oily in the glass.

Strong acidic aroma throughout, mild oak presence, along with lots of dried cherry and currant aromas.

This beer is delicious. This is an incredibly well balanced combination of strong acidic sourness, sweet and tart cherries, dates, and currants, along with a nicely balanced though present earthy barnyard funk character. Complete.

Medium bodied and very low in carbonation. While not too distracting, I wish it had at least a touch more carbonation.

Though lacking in appearance and body, this is one fabulous sour. I would be more than happy to drink this again and again.

ehammond1, Oct 30, 2011
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.

SpdKilz, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of anotherbeerguy84
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are not a red wine drinker, you will probably not be a huge fan of this beer. However, ig you are a fan of red wine (Like I am) you will probably fall in love with it.

Pours out a hazy, brown "muddy water" color. Aroma is full of red wine and just a hint of malty sweetness.

I started drinking a little colder that recommended (Because I'm not patient enough to wait) and the red wine character was "BOOM" very much in your face. As the beer warms up, the red wine character is not as flavor forward, but you can still there it's there. The malt and a hint of vanilla becomes more noticable on the front of the tongue.

Finishes off a bit on the dry side, but doesn't have a heavy mouthfeel and doesn't leave you with that cottonmouth feeling that some red wines can leave. Very enjoyable sipper at 8%ABV

anotherbeerguy84, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Red ochre in color with a rather stark white head. Head has ok retention and good lacing.

S: Tart plumb and marasca cherry, funky spicy notes are swimming in there too.

T: There is a heavy brett influence on this one which sits on some medicinal notes and overripe cherry. This almost gives the suggestion of grapes suffering from botrytis.

M: Fairly sticky with medium body.

O: This is not a successful beer for me. The over dominating brett funky flavors outweigh most everything else. There is not enough acidity to battle the metallic sweaty sock.

flannelman808, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from a nice in-person trade from billab914. Thanks man!

A: Reddish-brown, cloudy, and with a completely flat disposition. A "Lost Abbey" brew flat... imagine that..

S: Sour for sure, but with a good bit of brown sugary maltiness that made this one, to me, more of an Aude Bruin.

T: I got the red wine barrel contribution right away. Bonesuckingly dry, nutty (almonds), and with a mild dessert quality that's pretty cool (maybe that's the vanilla).

M: In dying need of some suds, but this one certainly packs a punch in the sour category. However, I didn't get much vinegar here... more like a sour red wine, with a grainy texture.

O: I don't know how much this one costs because I got it in a trade. Being that as it may, I think this brew is really good.

Chaney, Sep 13, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown-copper pour with a touch of red, not much head

Smell: Very vineous, although a bit muddled. Oak, cabernet sauvignon and some prunes and berries.

Taste: Very muddled, the red wine dominates. I didn't finish the glass and the next day I checked and there was over an inch of sediment, probably some of the problem.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, perhaps a touch under carbonated

Overall: Wasn't too impressed with this one.

craytonic, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Quite a Belgian nose. Raisins, dates, dark fruit with some vinegar.

T: Brown malt/candi sugar type flavour. There is an acidity leaning more to the acetic side. Balsamic vinegar makes an appearance.

M: Medium-bodied, solid firm structure. Pretty smooth.

O: I like the complexity of the acid here, it just didn't grab me. Still worth a try.

Halcyondays, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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
Photo of FosterJM
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
Photo of gregshead
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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3.78/5  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
Photo of JAXSON
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours rust brown with orange edges. Sour, acidic nose, light chocolate, typical tight Lost Abbey brett. Kevin compared this to Oer Faute -- "That's fucking interesting." Better than Veritas 003 (which is a mess at this age), much worse than Brouwers 09. Comaprable in quality to Sinners 09 but far less malty and oily. Really don't remember much of this otherwise. Sorry about this review, guys.

JAXSON, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
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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3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza.

A - Brownish red beer with a whitish head that left a little bit of lace on the sides.

S - Nice grapes and vinous notes. Some dark fruit, vinegar, vanilla, and a little barrel.

T - Tastes is a lot like the nose, with a little bit of caramelized sugar. Dark fruits slightly soured, with some vinegar and tartness.

M - Pretty nicely bodied, fuller side of medium, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, I didn't realize this was classified as a dubbel. Pretty interesting, and glad I got to tr it.

AgentZero, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. I had this one side by side with Lost and Found.

Brown, hazy, small head on top. Based on smell you can tell that this has spent time in a barrel compared to the Lost and Found. Hints of red wine, some vinous sour notes. Some dark fruit aroma as well.

The taste is fantastic. A good sour bite, nice red wine notes, some hints of dark fruit, some cherries, some oaky barrel flavors.

medium bodied with a light carbonation

I really enjoyed this beer. Nice amount of sourness, the barrel aging really shines. Much better than he base version which is rather bland. I would love to get more of this.

jpmclaug, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
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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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had been waiting forever to try this one, and really glad to have landed a bottle. served around cellar temp and poured into a pint a snifter, this one was consumed as i closed out my night tonight.

pours a wonderful light brown with reddish hues abounding around the outsides of the glass. a smooth light creamy head of tan raises up to the top of the glass and levels off very nicely.

aroma is nice and well rounded. deep dark fruit notes, plums, figs, lots of earthy and bready notes. big, big profile here and dark. seems like every but the kitchen sink as it comes up to room temperature. great sweet malts and a nice touch of spice lie in the back and give it a nice spike as it hits the taste bus. rich and smooth feel, huge for a dubbel and a really big plum and fig flavor drop on the palate. rounding it off with sugary notes and grape like vinous properties.

overall everything i expected and more. this was one of the finer ales i have had from lost abbey, really a winner.

mikesgroove, May 07, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phil for bringing this one.

A: Ruby colored hazy look. A Ring of small head and some highlights of orange and gold.

S: Great aroma of deep dark cherry, raisin, cinnamon, oak, and citrus bursts which I enjoyed. Excellent.

T: An awesome taste with the smell and extra malty notes like a thick malt shake in the back. Awesome cherry and raspberry up front, red wine in the middle, and lingering ginger and cinnamon adding into the puckering tartness and acidic flavor.

M: Very sour with a semi sweet front, A little astringent in it's sourness even!

O: A really liked this, but the puckering qualities really start to wear on me. A nice one to share.

Dreadnaught33, Apr 19, 2011
Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.