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Amazing Grace Ale | The Lost Abbey

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4.03/5
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147 Ratings
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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:
#4,511
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
147
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 1 that I received from NFLMVP way back when. Thanks, Steve! This beer was released December 2007-ish, so that makes it shy of 5 years old. Labeled 8.0% ABV

The cork pops out energetically, and the beer is brilliantly clear, a nice deep ruby red with a dense, brown head comprised of tiny bubbles. Retention is excellent, and no real lacing is noticeable, but the carbonation is high.

The nose has a blend of Brett and red wine. The Brett character is very nice. Spicy (mild clove and pepper), earthy and a little leathery, it blends harmoniously with the barrel character (a little fruit, mildly vinous, some leather). I can't say I've had the base beer before, but I reckon that's where the slight raisin and candi sugar notes on the nose come from. No sourness, but plenty of Brett funk and even a little tartness. Adding the yeast, and allowing the beer to warm up brings out notes of berries and unsweetened cocoa. Pretty excellent IMO.

The palate opens dry, vinous and loaded with Brett character. In some ways, this is like a Bon Chien-lite - not as vinous, not as sour, but still pretty Brett-forward with the flavors of clove, earth and leather integrated very well with the barrel character. Fairly intense flavors of earth, leather and tannins meld with a moderate vinous character. I don't think I've had a Sangiovese before, but going by this beer, I'd say it's on the more delicate end of the spectrum, with reserved fruit and light spiciness. Again, no sourness, but a moderate Brett and barrel tartness are present. Fairly tannic but working with the earthy and leathery notes, this beer is rather intense in its Brett-forwardness. There's a certain sharpness to it as well, rather spicy (black cardamom? black cumin?) that lingers in the back. Light in body, medium-high carbonation, this beer finishes dry, tannic and lightly vinous. Pretty impressive IMO, the whole is definitely better than the sum of the parts here.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for sharing this one, review from written notes.
Bottle stored in temperature-controlled, zero light conditions. Served in a goblet.

In the glass it appears a tawny, reddish brown copper color. Some spotty irregular lacing forms as it sits for a little while.

Aromas of dried cherry sweetness, woody oak, and balsamic traces. Acetic and vinous impression at first, red wine and leathery brett nuance. Ginger cookie spiciness, oak, acetic tartness, tannic and dry aftertaste. Creamy and smooth wine-like feel. Aged gracefully, thanks again Ben for the chance to try this!

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375l bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. It poured a deep brown color with a slight ruby tint to it in the light. It started with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer, but faded quickly.

The aroma shows a lot of the wine barrel to it. I get some tart grapes with a little bit of a woody oak and vanilla flavor. A moderate sourness is there as well. Nice aroma to it.

The taste has a sharper, sour orange juice like flavor to it up front. More of the red wine character comes out in the finish with some tart, dry grape flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style, but not a great one. The sour orange juice flavors was a little strange and overpowering in it. I liked the wine characters that came out though and the sourness was pretty decent. Not a bad beer overall, but definitely not my favorite LA sour.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution for Lost Abbey night (what a great time!). Pours a cloudy/murky brown color with hints of red and purple. Very tiny head...mainly just bubbles. Scent is dark fruits, tart raspberries and cherries, oak, and vanilla. Definitely some red wine vinegar in the nose with just a tiny hint of booze. Taste is initially quite acidic and sour with berries and wild yeast flavors. Then, some molasses and hints of dark fruit pull through. Sour turns to sweet with vanilla and oak flavors. Finishes with a sticky, puckering vinegar flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pleasant carbonation for this style of beer. Drinkability is high. Overall, it's hard when I'm drinking this side by side with Cuvee de Tomme (on tap, so carbonated), but it holds up well. A very solid wild ale IMO.

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Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nataku00
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured an opaque brown color, slightly cloudy, with a thin to little head. A few bubbles clinging lightly to the edge of the glass but little to no carbonation, with no lacing.

Nose is dried figs, dark caramel, red wine vinegar, and some light barrel notes, vanilla, oak, and earthy.

There is some mild sourness, red wine vinegar and some sour berry notes, with a bit of sweetness, dark caramel and molasses. A bit of barrel comes through in the end, oak and vanilla with some lingering lightly sour vinegar flavors.

Medium body with some mild carbonation, lightly registering on the tongue. A bit of alcohol warmth after drinking half the glass, while the beer seems to get a bit sweeter as my palate gets used to it. An interesting beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pino, by way of Alex (MasterSki). 375ml into a tulip, 2010 vintage. I think the bottle said this was 8% ABV?

Poured a murky reddish brown, not flat but low in carbonation as no real head was generated. Some off-white bubbles are there, and a thin film and collar remain as the glass is consumed. Quite surprisingly, this laced really nicely. Nose is fruity, gently sour with a bit of wil notes, oak, vanilla, sour cherry and red wine vinegar/general acetic notes. Taste has sour cherries, a bit of grapes, and light vinous notes. Barrel is present with oak and vanilla flavours, and this feels well integrated into the rest of the profile of this beer. Tannic finish, and some tart/acetic notes as well. Not much length to the finish, but there's a wee bit of alcohol in there. Lightly drying an encouraging of the next sip. This generate some immediate comparisons to some Oud Bruins/Flander's Red Ales I've had, so I found this quite enjoyable. Surely I'd revisit this.

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Photo of peensteen
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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