Amazing Grace Ale | The Lost Abbey

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlanta Ale meeting. Funky aroma and sour wineish taste with acidic finish.Or tart if you will Good lacing down the glass. One of the several more wierd experimental LA offings.Could be some Bret here, but what comes out is earthy like a so-so wine than a barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +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 SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep clear brown/reddish color ale with nice size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light tannic notes with some oak and tart notes. Taste is a mix between a light Belgian Dubbel (lighter then I remembered Lost and Found to be...) with some oak and tannic notes clearly discernable. Somewhat sour and tart but still well balance with the sweet malt form the original beer. Average body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done.

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

Barrel to growler to glass at Lost Abbey's 2009 barrel tasting. Amazing Grace is a clear reddish-amber color, completely still. The aroma is intensely woody, lactic and vinous with subtler notes of bourbon and cherries. The aroma is great, but the palate hasn't quite refined yet. Dry and tart on the palate with a ton of woody tannin. Slightly rough and astringent, but with pleasant flavors of cherry and red wine, bourbon and dark fruit. Carbonation (assuming they actually manage to carbonate this one once it's bottled) and a bit more time in the barrel will likely smooth out some of the rough edges.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gifted by bmanning. Thanks, Ben! Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a moderately-bright reddish-copper color with a very thin off-white head and a bit of lacing, though not much else. The nose brings forward plenty of the red-wine notes along with a bit of dark fruits and some oak. A moderate amount of acidity comes through in the nose. Really complex and everything melds together quite well.

The taste is a bit of a letdown after the nose. The red-wine notes are there, but the acidity is too brisk and simply takes over the entire flavor of the beer. While it's nice, it's just too much for what else is there. The red wine is good, but it is overwhelmed. A bit of the base dubbel lingers in the background. Mouthfeel is cut down by the excess acidity. The red-wine component or the base beer needs to come out more. Drinks well enough, but there are some fairly-large issues here. Nonetheless, the nose was excellent.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at LA/Port takeover night.

Big creamy rich head lots of lacing wicked murky dark purple red color.

Nose some nice tart fruit sour berry, light tart dry funky wild lacto yeast. Light oak and little pinot like wine.

Taste start funky sour tart fruit lambic some juicyberry. Lots of dry funky lacto chewy funk. Dry bready funk with some chewy thick malts as well. Some musty grape skin and light tart sour grapes. Little chardonnay and oak. Light on finish little lingering musty taste of grapes and light lacto funk. Dry finish.

Mouth is med to lighter body with lots of carbonation (thanks to being on tap).

Drinks semi smooth with little warming booze and dry funk, so it drinks pretty well for what it is.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Big thanks go to Sean9689 for this. I believe it was hand bottled off of a personal keg of his.

Pours a deep rosy amber, topped with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin creamy frothiness that mostly bunches up around the edges and leaves back a sudsy cascade of light spotty lacing. The aroma smells like the wine barrel right off the bat, with a strong tart fruity character, that is sweetened up a touch by some vanilla notes. Woody oak and then a green earthy zestiness from the Brett sit underneath with some sharpness. There is actually a decent amount of warmth present here as well.

Like the nose, the taste has a lot of wine flavor the whole way through. The fruitiness of this is borderline tart feeling but backing sugars and light vanilla character from the barrel pull it back a bit. A dry oakiness hangs on the edges and pulls into the finish with more lingering tart fruit. The Brett is a little less discernable here than it was in the aroma, as it’s hid a good bit by the wine flavors here, but does add a bit of an earthy or funky feeling sharpness underneath the other flavors. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth crispness on the edges of the carbonation that then gets a little creamier towards the back as the tannic slickness from the barrel starts to take over. There is some light warmth present but the overall alcohol here is VERY well hid for close to 10% ABV. I was impressed.

This was certainly decent to good but I felt like the wine flavors just overtook this a little too much. The barrel and wild character are certainly there but it just felt like it took a bit too much effort to really pick up on them. Some better integration would have been welcome. I’m still really glad I got try this again though. I had had it at the Extreme Beer Fest years ago and was really looking forward to sitting down with some more. I’ve had better from the Lost Abbey but there was ultimately more to like than dislike with this one.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/19/11 notes. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks Brad. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky red-orange color with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of red wine, oak, sour dark fruits, figs, vinegar, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of lightly sour dark fruits, figs, raisins, vinegar, oak, and slight acedic. A small step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a nice twist on a Dubbel. Some definite wine and sourness to it, though nothing too mouth pucking. a nice dubbel I would have again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Greg.

A: The pour is a lightly hazed dark amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head.

S: Light vinegar notes with some red wine and sour cherries. There's just a bit of oak along with a slight malt sweetness, sort of like an oud bruin/Flanders red. A touch of grass and straw, as well.

T: The little bit of malt sweetness is the first thing on the tongue. Lightly acetic with some notes of cherries and raisins along with red wine and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Just a hint of oak.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Could have used a bit more tartness, but still a nice sour beer.

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
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