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Amazing Grace Ale | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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:
#4,510
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
147
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of jsanford
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 release, so glad to see this stuff in Georgia!

A - Pours a rusty brown with just the slightest whisp of a white head that quickly disappears. There's a little visible carbonation, but that's it. Kinda ugly.
S - Sour red vinegar, brown sugar, cherries and leather with a HUGE oak profile. I've been to Napa and Sonoma and smelled aging red wine barrels at a winery, it smells identical to that. Really nice.
T - Red wine grapes, cherries and leather stand out to me, as does the vanilla and wood from the barrels. Nicely tart and lactic, not too sour. Again, tons of oak, almost too much if I'm being honest.
M - Slick, with a medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Sad about the almost non-existent carbonation, but not a deal-breaker in this case.
D - Moderately drinkable, but the high ABV and the huge quantities of oak regulate this to a sipper.

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Photo of Overlord
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting hazy, brownish amber with some red tinges. No real carbonation, just a thin white crust.

Got to be honest: Lost Abbey has been on a fantastic run with the last three or four releases. I am enjoying this beer (as I review it), but this is not up to the lofty standards set by Gift of the Magi, Angel's Share, or Older Viscosity.

This beer has a serious grape/vinous/pureed raisin bite. And that bite is a bit much. I don't know if it's the barrels destroying the complexity, or what, but the character of this beer is decidedly one dimensional. The smell actually promises more than the taste delivers, with some wood-sy notes.

Not a bad beer, just decidedly one note.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one in a trade with seaoflament. thanks carlos!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 27/08.

pours deep red, nearly brown, mostly clear. a small dense tan head forms, quickly falling to a ring around the glass that lasts until the last sip. spotty lace.

aroma is great, but this ain't no dubbel. it may have been a dubbel in it's former life - as lost and found - but the barrel has definitely funked this one up. malt vinegar. touch of lemon. leather and horse blanket. bit of alcohol. cracker. whole wheat bread. touch of dark fruit hiding under the funk. touch of raw oak.

taste is good. low bitterness level. malt vinegar. touch of lemon, but less than in the aroma. big malty base - wheat bread, cracker, bit of biscuit - tempered by a hefty funk - horse blanket, leather, bit of tobacco. light alcohol. very faint dark fruit. touch of grapefruit. bit of vanilla and raw oak.

mouthfeel is good. clingy funk on the tongue. medium-high carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. touch of warming alcohol accented by a nice funky presence.

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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 lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -0.7%
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 Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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 cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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 GonzoHomebrewer
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 coreyfmcdonald
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.7%
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 jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 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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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +1.5%
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 ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mattboyer182
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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