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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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Amazing Grace AleAmazing Grace Ale

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very good

95 Reviews

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 145
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 134
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 12-05-2006

Blended Ale aged in French Oak Red Wine Barrels for 18 months with brettanomyces added.
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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 145
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.

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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.

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Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of rayjay
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another fine offering from Lost Abbey. The wine barrel aging is done beautifully for this beer. Some nice initial wild flavor and then the wine finish drives it home. I will pick this up all day, every day and twice on Sunday!

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Photo of flannelman808
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting thanks to JohnC. Hazy brown with a small head. Very funky bretty aroma with citrus, wine, and some oak. Nice start to the flavor with some caramel and dried fruit, leading to a dry and tart finish with a touch of wood. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Lost and Found is already a very nice beer, and the barrel aging had added a really cool complexity and style to it.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Jw347. Poured from 750mL bottle into Lost Abbey chalice. Beer was a rusty brown color, with a small, one-finger head. Moderate lacing and soft carbonation.

Aroma was tart dark fruits, red wine, vinegar and fairly sour. Smells fantastic and seems closer to a flanders red than a dubbel. Reminds of Duchesse.

Taste was dark fruit, wood and light funk. Very drinkable and smooth. Excellent beer.

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Photo of nkersten
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with no label - definitley from the newest batch as it was in one of the more recent 375ml bottles. Super murky brown with lots of floating chunks, tiny tan/white head made up of large bubbles that disappears immediately. Smell is sweet and sour, has the distinctive lost abbey wild aroma. Some grapes/merlot barrel characteristics, caramel Belgian malts. Taste is a buttery oak up front followed by a slightly sour wine flavor, sweet malts and slightly bitter. Medium body with little to no carbonation, almost flat, slightly coating. The flavor and the smell are very nice but the mouthfeel kills the drinkability for me. I would definitley like to try this one again after it is re-released.

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Photo of gregshead
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of youradhere
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slick with minimal carbonation, a minimal head forms leaving nice delicate lacing. Body is murky amber with yeast chunks, tan head. Smell is cherries, vinegar and funk, caramel and malt. Taste is vinegar, blue cheese, sour cherries dominate, lemon with a nice astringent bite. Slight oak, and honey flavors. Carbonation is low and prickly, mouthfeel is off slick and body is medium. Overall a good beer, id like more cherries, but this works for me. Wish I had more!

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Photo of abfraser
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Talisker
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kleffman
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of anotherbeerguy84
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.