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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 95
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into snifter. Thanks for sharing, sleepyhead.

A: Pours dark amber with a thin head that quickly faded to collar.
S: Vinous and tart notes of cherries, dry oak, red wine, and earth.
T: Not as tart as the nose suggested. Flavors are definitely vinous, a bit cheesy, and lighty sour with fruit pith. I get a bit of buttery oak and fruit skins in the finish.
M: Thinner body, tingly but very low carbonation, greasy mouthfeel with a drying finish.
O: Very vinous and drying and a great drinking beer that’s not overly tart. Thanks again.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber body with a finger of off white head.

S: Tons of red wine aroma here. Behind the wine, I get quite a bit of sour cherry and plums. I also get a hint of acetic acid aroma and raisins.

T: Much more sour than I was expecting. Lots of sour cherry again upfront, but now there is some acetic acid to go with it. I get plum that adds to the fruitiness. Red wine is still there, but not as much as in the aroma.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Not bad. Fairly complex with a nice sour cherry flavor and a nice sourness. I prefer my AWAs a bit cleaner, but this is certainly above average.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Dark ruby and brown with no head and very little visible carbonation. This looks lifeless, limp, and oily in the glass.

Strong acidic aroma throughout, mild oak presence, along with lots of dried cherry and currant aromas.

This beer is delicious. This is an incredibly well balanced combination of strong acidic sourness, sweet and tart cherries, dates, and currants, along with a nicely balanced though present earthy barnyard funk character. Complete.

Medium bodied and very low in carbonation. While not too distracting, I wish it had at least a touch more carbonation.

Though lacking in appearance and body, this is one fabulous sour. I would be more than happy to drink this again and again.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Still playing catch up. Shared by Alex at the Library Alehouse the day after finishing law school.

Appearance – Pours a brown/red with a half finger of off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Vinous grapes, dark sweet cherries, oak, slight funk, and spices.

Taste – The flavor is not as tart/sour as I was hoping. While there are some vinous notes and slight barnyard funk, the majority of the flavors consist of darker fruits and sweet malty notes. As the beer warms the oak becomes a bit more prominent.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – An interesting beer that I wish had a bit more sourness to it. Glad to try it.

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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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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 Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from a nice in-person trade from billab914. Thanks man!

A: Reddish-brown, cloudy, and with a completely flat disposition. A "Lost Abbey" brew flat... imagine that..

S: Sour for sure, but with a good bit of brown sugary maltiness that made this one, to me, more of an Aude Bruin.

T: I got the red wine barrel contribution right away. Bonesuckingly dry, nutty (almonds), and with a mild dessert quality that's pretty cool (maybe that's the vanilla).

M: In dying need of some suds, but this one certainly packs a punch in the sour category. However, I didn't get much vinegar here... more like a sour red wine, with a grainy texture.

O: I don't know how much this one costs because I got it in a trade. Being that as it may, I think this brew is really good.

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Photo of craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown-copper pour with a touch of red, not much head

Smell: Very vineous, although a bit muddled. Oak, cabernet sauvignon and some prunes and berries.

Taste: Very muddled, the red wine dominates. I didn't finish the glass and the next day I checked and there was over an inch of sediment, probably some of the problem.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, perhaps a touch under carbonated

Overall: Wasn't too impressed with this one.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Quite a Belgian nose. Raisins, dates, dark fruit with some vinegar.

T: Brown malt/candi sugar type flavour. There is an acidity leaning more to the acetic side. Balsamic vinegar makes an appearance.

M: Medium-bodied, solid firm structure. Pretty smooth.

O: I like the complexity of the acid here, it just didn't grab me. Still worth a try.

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.02 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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