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Amazing Grace Ale | The Lost Abbey

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89
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95 Reviews
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

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Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown color. A lot of carbonation. Had to get it in the glass asap before the bottle floweth over. Big off white head. Aroma of earth and wood. Sort of a lactic sour smell. Fairly big malty flavor. Again with the lactic bite. Somewhat of a dried fruit/fig flavor. Slight anise in the finish. Minimum oakiness. Decent mouthfeel-quite full bodied. A decent beer overall.

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

A corked 750ml bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into a pair of goblets. The ale appears a hazed deep copper/crimson color with about two fingers of fluffy, tan foam. Aromas and flavors consist of tart fruits such as cherries, green and red grapes, oak tannins, caramel notes, earthy bread and crackers, noticeable funk, but not overpowering for my tastes at least. This ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with ample carbonation and very little alcohol burn to speak of. Pretty tasty stuff, but pushing the boundaries of a traditional dubbel, and it works nicely here.

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

Big thanks to billab914 for including this as an extra.

A: Pours a semi-hazy caramel brown with a pretty decent off-white head. Hey, we have carbonation!

S: Smells very vinous, like red wine, as well as some tart funkiness and a little bit of sweet dark malt in there as well in the background.

T: The red wine and the sourness from the smell really carry over into the taste, and are the most prominent flavors. There's also a good amount of vinegar in the finish. It tastes very similar to an oud bruin. I haven't had the base beer, Lost & Found, but there doesn't seem to be much of the dubbel flavor remaining. I wish there was a little more of the base beer's flavor here, I think the added complexity it would bring would be huge.

M: Medium-full bodied, very smooth and then a tingly finish.

O: This is a pretty tasty sour, but it's somewhat one-dimensional in its flavor. It ends tasting like a less complex, more vinegary Consecration.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage 8% ABV

A= Pours a hazy poop brown color. Maybe a little amber color coming out of it but it's so hazy you can't see through it. The head is about a finger high with a little retention as a thin skin on the top of the glass. The lacing is average at best.

S= The smell is much more of a sour vinegar sort of smell that I expected.... My understanding is that this is just a Dubbel that is aged in red wine barrels not that any wild bacteria or yeast was added. The acidic notes aren't the sharpest but they are enough for me to think for a second. The oak comes through nicely as well with a little tannin to it and the red wine is is very pronounced.

T= The taste is amazing! Wow this is a great blend of sour and a little sweet. The red wine character comes through prefectly with the sour notes. The oak barrels reveil themselves with a little woodiness to it and a little tannin. I assume this is ment to be sour. Great acid sharpness to it that is more of a lactic sour and not as vinegary as I was expecting from the smell. The tannins leave the mouth with a little asringent puckering and the sour finish complements it very well.

M= The carbonation is great and the body is awesome. I do wish it finished just a tad dryer.

D= Not expecting much from this one and the color was terrible but this beer actually turned out great. Happy I got to try this.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Spontaneous carbonation sends this beer into upheaval once it hits the glass. Fizzy at first but now a solid block of oatmeal colored foam covers the top of my chalice. The body is flirting with opacity…neither cleanness or sediment can be found (haven’t poured the bottom of the bottle yet). Traditional color of toned down rootbeer and wood satin make up the portrait of this beer.

S: Here we go…now that’s some fine smelling stuff. Red wine and oak make an immediate impression with some seriously pungent soured yeast adding to the depth. I also take from the aroma rotten strawberries, orange sherbert, wild blackberries basking in the sun and good old peach yogurt.

T: I just had one of those moments where I knew that reviewing this beer was going to be tough. So many flavors hit the palate at once, its hard to know which way is up at any moment…but here goes. Immediate flavor is a whole lotta oak at the tip of the tongue…and this isn’t your vanilla type oak, but the pungent variety. The fruity blend of strawberries, raspberries, peach and cherry come rolling across the tongue with a red wine chaser soon to follow. I’m almost thinking this is what sangria tastes like aged in oak for a while. Some bubblegum thoughts hit the sides of the tongue, but only momentarily before the spicy oak envelopes them. I gotta say, of all the beer aged in red wine barrels, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted the red wine this strongly before. The choice of Sangiovese was probably a good call as Cabernet would have imparted an even stronger flavor. As this beer warms, it really begins to blossom. Actually, a lot of the oak lets go of its grip and the sweetness of the dubbel begins to emerge a bit. Finishes with a lot of Sangiovese encroaching across the entire palate leaving dry grape across the roof of the mouth. As the beer sits on the palate, an aftertaste of butter, sulfer, strawberry and oak leave an interesting tale behind.

M: Medium body with a hardness that can only come from barrel aging.

D: I do wish I had more of the malty dubbel goodness in this beer. The oak was pretty heavy and overwhelmed the beer a bit. In my humblest of opinions, the time in oak could have been cut back quite a bit and you still would have received the oaks offerings. But you know what? Some beers are hop bombs, some beers are nothing but bitter and perhaps this is an oak bomb. I’m very interested to see how this beer ages and what direction a lot of the flavors go. And lord knows I have plenty squirreled away. Cheers to a unique beer.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown in color with a huge, fluffy head. Smell is fruity wine, and yeast. The regular Lost and Found just wasn't my cup of tea. However, aging it in wine barrels seems to have done the trick. It adds a dimension of fruit wine and some oakiness. I'm really enjoying this beer. Creamy and smooth on the mouth. A real easy, enjoyable drinker. The last part of the bottle is a yeastie bomb! If you're not a fan, keep the last part of the beer in the bottle.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +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 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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Photo of pwoods
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tayner for the bottle.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours a coppery, rusty brown. Moderate head on the pour with a bit of retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruits and deep rich caramelly malts. Good barrel aromas in there but there's also some funky and sour notes as well. Not diggin' that too much in this beer.

T/M: More of the dark fruits. Really nice deep caramel flavors. There's still that funky sourness and some red wine light tannins from the barrels. It's better in the taste than in the aroma but I think I'd like it better with just the straight oak and vanilla that can barely break past. Body is medium full with smooth carbonation.

D: Split with 3 other people and my share was enough. Not sure if the sourness was supposed to be there but I think I could have drank more if it wasn't there.

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Photo of nataku00
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of BeerTruth
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from wetherel a while back, thanks man!

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep and dark mahogany with a soft one finger fluffy light khaki colored head that settles down to a thin creamy layer that last throughout. Not much stick remains, but some is scattered here and there. Smell is funky with sour apples, red wine grapes, and oak. Underneath all that tart is some caramel and molasses, but overall the aroma is dominated by the funk. Sour grapes up front with brett and dark berries. Midway the malts come through with flavors of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar. Aftertaste is all about the woody oak, a bit too much actually. Probably one of the strongest wine influenced beers I've ever had along with SFTO Wine. The malty Dubbel flavors really emerge with some warmth, very nice. So soft and smooth in the mouth with a very light body and full carbonation. A sipper, but a good one for sure. Take your time and really enjoy all the complextities this beer has to offer. Good work once again from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Tayner for trading this great beer to me!
A - a tale of two pours. nice deep reddish brown on the first glass with a solid white head. Second glass despite my efforts picked up a lot of sediment and became quite cloudy.

S - a solid wine aroma with a bit of cherry brett

T - a cross between a tanin red wine, a belgian beer and a wild ale a hint of oak.

M - medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, slightly acidic.

D - drinks quite nice and complex.

probably the second or third belgian beer I've had where it's spent time with wine barrels. I'm sure there's a line somewhere but brews like this laugh and say pause for a moment, contemplate and enjoy! Glad I did for beer review number 500!

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Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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 billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few tasting glasses of this at the Lost Abbey Sinner's dinner. From notes.

Plumb colored with a bubbly white head. hardly any lacing left behind.

Mellow sourness. Some plumbs.

Again mellow sourness. Then plumbs, raisins, and some oak.

Mouthfeel was a bit chalky, low carbonation.

Was really happy to try this, but not a big fan.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Stale cracker and muddled malt aroma. A bit of light fruit and sweet wheat shine through. Cloudy middle brown pour. No head. No carb. Flavor works through a hazing field of flat, dry malts leaving behind intrigue and distinction. Sherry notes somewhat prominent amongst a bit of cream and old sugars. Not really a sense of oxidation, just a phenomenon of being subdued by the barrel. Again, not having tried Lost and Found first, I’m not sure what I’m starting with. But, I get a sense that this dubbel didn’t gain a lot from the barrel. There’s not much mature oak or alcohol warmth, nor a world of depth developed from it.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap 9/8 at Port. I've had it two times previously but in small sample size. Beer pours a dark murky reddish brown. No head, no, carbonation is very very low. Compared to the non barrel aged Lost & Found (which I love), this one picked up a huge vinous character from the barrels. The alcohol really comes through in both taste and aroma. The raisins get toned down a lot and the wine-like potency takes over. Really needs to be sipped, but even at that rate it's not my favorite.

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Photo of Lunch
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the uber-generous ygtbsm94, thanks Brad!

Poured in a Lost Abbey tulip because why the hell not. Darker, slightly murky brown with a bit of tan head and some red hues.

Smell of this one is really interesting with a nice red wine thing going on with some sourish grapes. Slight oak presence. Taste is not as exciting as the smell, but it was not bad just a milder version of the aroma with some alcohol.

Ample carbonation, but the tannic aspect is a little harsh hindering drinkability.

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