Amazing Grace Ale | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
89
very good
147 Ratings
Amazing Grace AleAmazing Grace Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blended Ale aged in French Oak Red Wine Barrels for 18 months with brettanomyces added.

Added by scottoale on 12-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
95
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of hopdog
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of oldsailor
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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 IntriqKen
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing is an appropriate name for this brew.
Poured a dark amber with an almost explosive off white head that melts to a full topping of foam which laces very nicely.

Aromas are cherries, plums, and oak. The cherries are nice and tart to the nose.

Taste is much more complex than the aroma. Sour cherries with plums and prunes..maybe some raisin and even mincemeat in there. Sweet amber malts balance with the sour cherries (this may change as the brett has it's way with the rest of the brew in time). Nice oak notes in the flavoring make this a very full bodied and delicious sipper.

I'm going to enjoy this 750 for a long time this evening and when it is gone, I'm sure I will be wishing I had more than just the one more bottle to cellar.

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Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of st9647v3
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark murky brown in color with pale brown highlights and almost no head which left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of bretty funkiness upfront in the aroma with plenty of oakiness, vinous character, acidic citrus was definitely there with lots of mouth watering sour qualities.

T: the bretty barnyard funkiness was more potent on the palate alongside acidic citrus notes, lovely oaky wine barrel accents but with some vinous character which help give a good fruitness and a great sour punch.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a semi sweet, oaky, vinous, funky, snd sour finish that was slightly dry.

O: very delicious beer with good qualities all around. definitely glad to finally catch up to this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is one of the 3 last beers I'll be getting as a Sinners club member...sad. 2010 edition.

I popped the cork, a nice pop ensued, big blast of the aroma to my nose...

It pours a cloudy rust colour with about an inch of off white foam. Tilting my glass reveals some very good lacing.

Sticking my nose just about in the glass, I'm greeted by a very lovely sour aroma of cherries and vinegar with a nice blast of Brett. Holy cow this smells so damn good.

Taking a few sips, which is a pleasure, reveals all. Huge sourness coming from cherries? definitely reminiscent of the tannins that make the red wines enjoyable, some woody notes, a bit of the Brett I mentioned in the smell...I'm trying to find the toasted Malt mentioned on the label but I guess I'm failing at that. No matter. This is one hell of a delicious brew but in no way would I even remotely call this a Belgian Dubbel. If that is what the base beer is *supposed* to be, it got lost in the shuffle. Again, I have to stress, this is not a complaint. I LOVE this beer.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with more than ample carbonation, I find the mouth feel very nice indeed.

Drinkability for this 8.0% abv, not 9.5% abv as per the BA entry for the beer, is simply excellent. I'm wondering if this is a reincarnation of a previous brew? Maybe that's why it being entered as a Dubbel is throwing me off? Anywho, I dig this beer big time!

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Photo of Tanger112
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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 BlindPig
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Thin airy lighter tan head on a murky dark brown body.
S- Big red wine aromas with sour notes to it. Grapes, raisins, chocolate, hints of caramel, plums, light cherries, hints of alcohol, and almost smells like a wild yeast is in there. Kind of brings back memories of Supplication from Russian River.
T- A nice blend between red wine flavors and a dubbel. A complex flavor between oak, red grapes, hints of alcohol, chocolate and toffee malt, dark fruits, raisins, hints of clove and other spices, and a light toasted flavor to it. Light grass and just a touch of sourness to it. Leaves a medium bitterness on the tongue with some dark fruits and hints of oak.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry on the finish.
D- It is a really interesting brew. Nice and complex and wouldn't mind more of this at all. Once again Lost Abbey/Port have yet to let me down and prove to me yet again it is worth to seek out their beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a half-finger light tan head. The head recedes quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing and decent legs.

Smells of indistinct dark malts with large amounts of oak and tannins with hints of tart cherries and assorted dried dark fruits - raisins and dried plums. Also present are solid amounts of funk - musty leather if I had to choose a descriptor.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly tart cherry and dark fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the barrel really shines with huge hits of funk, oak, and tannins, in that order. The barrel influence carries through to a crisp and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I had to spend a few minutes with my nose in this beer before even taking a sip as there was so much going on. It's on the verge of being another "flat LA beer" but avoids it and the soft carbonation is entirely appropriate for this beer. A well done brew that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 11/24/07

Big pop from the cork. Pours a ruddy brown with ruby highlights. A half inch of light tan bubbles on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas are vinous upfront with oak and red wine accents. Roasty, raisin and brown sugar. Lots of good yeast esters and some fruit and spice. Slightly tart with a bit of a funky note. Very nice!

First sip is smooth malts with caramel and brown sugar. Vinous red wine comes through nicely with oak tannins. Somewhat sweet flowing down with yeast and spice. Mild tartness on the end and it is somewhat dry. Tasty and complex overall, I enjoy the mellow funky twang and the barrel accents.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with good carbonation throughout. Pretty easy to drink overall. Glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Wine barrel aging is yummy.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is courtesy of Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Opens with a complete lack of carbonation

Pours a hazed caramel with a modest amount of tan head. Some floaties, trace amounts of lacing & head retention

S: Sourness & tartness; vinegar & leather, a bit of horse blanket as this warms

T: Follows the nose, peaches & plums hidden underneath, along with much oaky dryness, some vanilla hides there as well. Acidic & tart notes dominate as this warms, I get a touch of green apples & persimmons as well. Finishes tart & dry with a sharp smack of tartness & oak

MF: Medium bodied, sooo dry, with minimal carbonation, enough to push the tartness along though.

A very done sour version of the style, different & memorable. I wish this was a better looking beer as far as head retention & lacing, but really didn't detract too much. sour freaks will delight in this one IMO...

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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 Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
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