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Amazing Grace Ale | The Lost Abbey

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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
Ranking:
#4,510
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
147
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky, dark cider brown color with a modest head (though this was a bit of a gusher) that delivers nicely in the lacing department

Smell: Wood influenced elements of tart apples and pears along with a bready aspect

Taste: Opens with a blend of the sweet and the tart, with a vinous blend of the sweeter apple, pear and cherry flavors, up front, only to be joined by the tart, woody Brett elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody tartness dominates although there sweetness persists, underneath

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with moderately low carbonation

Drinkability: I knew this was a Dubbel, but I wasn't expecting the Brett; really a fine and creatively brewed beer

Thanks, swnicholson, for the opportunity

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

From notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter.

Out of the bottle, my pour has a murky brown color with a ruby tint. The is a small, bubbly white top that clues me in that the carbonation might be on the light side.

The aroma is vinegary, acetic, and somewhat solvent. Cabernet, cherry, vanilla, and oak all come through a tart and acidic nose.

There is just a hint of the original dubbel sweetness left at the beginning of the sip. Some caramel malt notes and a hint of spice preempt the very tart, acetic, and oaky part of the flavor. Tart lemon is the most dominant sour note, but cherries, red wine vinegar, and apples also contribute a very sour flavor. There is a bit of a harsh, solvent ethyl alcohol character toward the end of the sip. Some red wine tannins and barrel woodiness finish out the flavor.

In terms of the palate, the carbonation is on the light side. Tart, puckering, and acetic, Amazing Grace causes a fair amount of salivation throughout each sip. The finish is sour and a bit harsh, and the body is a little bit lighter than medium. For my palate, the level of carbonation and body work well with the strong sour flavor and oakiness, tying together the flavors nicely.

Overall I found this to be quite enjoyable, and I would like to try it again.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 stakem
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C offering into a matching Lost Abbey teku. The brew appears a beautiful deep cherry mahogany color with a khaki yellow stained head that fades leaving spots of lace. When held to the light, the brew really shows off its ruby coloration and lighter yellow to orange hints around the edges.

The aroma is sour cherry initially with lots of pleasant wild character. This has quite a flanders feel to the aroma with suggestions of vinegar, cider, cheese, funk, raw woodiness and wine. When swirled some vanilla comes through with a bit of balsamic glaze.

The flavor is sour with a mild acetic edge that blends into tart cherry and vinous notes. More sips really drive home the fruity wine quality with mild alcohol impact. The aftertaste is wild with a minor cheesy appeal and some soft barrel notes like raw wood and earth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For 8% the abv is integrated and hidden quite well, but as it warms up it really starts to show itself. Overall this is a wine heavy and quite wild and enjoyable brew. I typically dont like acedic brews but this I would absolutely drink again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean9689 for bring this bottle over. This is the 2006 version. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a finger of of light tan foam that dissipates to a bit of haze and a thin ring. Murky dark cherry color.

S - This ain't no dubbel. Reminds me of JP Biere de Mars - oaky vanilla, spicy wood, red wine, lactic sourness. Not very sweet anymore at all. This is developing into a very nice wild ale.

T - The taste is quite a bit sweeter, with grape, cherry, and berry notes. There is some light sweet bretty funk. The finish is quite vinous, and the aftertaste is tannic and lightly astringent.

M - Medium, juicy body, lower carbonation, very smooth. Minimal heat, even when compared to the Boy King DIPA. Finishes very dry and woody.

D - This was an unexpected surprise, and I would gladly have had more if Joe hadn't drank the dregs. Pretty delicious in any case - looking forward to the new batch.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rhefter
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this little gem at O'Brien's today as well as at the Strong Ale Fest at PP this past week-end. Served in a Chimay 25cl. chalice, a reddish root-beer with a thin layer of amber beneath a small beige head. Appropriate carbonation for this brew, the head fades leaving some bits of fine lace behind.

Sweet and spicy to the nose...cherry, raisen, honey and plum set the stage for this dubbel. The taste mimmics the smell with a sweet malty intro that lingers to a mildly boozy finish. The ABV listed at the Fest for this brew was 8.0%...I was told this particular keg was 9.5%, and it actually did taste better, despite the fact.

Nice full body to this barrel aged treat, I could drink plenty of it, but too much of a good thing can certainly put the hurt on you. It's a nice sipper to enjoy in moderation...here, here!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 gford217
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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