Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Amazing Grace AleAmazing Grace Ale

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90
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
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 gford217
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of st9647v3
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hopdog
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle. Poured into Night of the Living Ales taster glass.

A - Pours a reddish/brown color, some fizzy head that quickly vanishes and leaves a few bubbles here and there. No real cap, retention, or lacing to speak of.

S - Similar to Cuvee de Tomme, a little less oak and funk. Oak, sour grapes, some tart notes. Def not a Dubbel anymore...the bugs have done a great job on this beer!

T - I called it "CdT Lite". There's a nice tart/funk mixed with oak. It's not super-sour or anything, but it's wonderful what the bugs have done to this beer.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry finish.

D - Man, what a surprise! This one was so damn good. I wish I had another bottle, but this was my only one. This shows what the bugs can do over 4 years. Props to Tomme!

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of peensteen
4.08/5  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.

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.