zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, light caramel color with a small but pleasant, slightly off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet and sticky with a very slight caramel notes coming through, matched with just a hint of alcohol hitting the nose. Flavor is oaky, slightly sore and a little vinous. Very crisp and incredibly refreshing for a barrel aged beer. Very, very enjoyable and easy to drink. Slight brett/horseblanket notes which only serve to enhance the overall enjoyment of the beer.
bytemesis (2917) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 Bottle thanks to bull11zeye, 2012 vintage. Pours cloudy auburn, small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a touch of lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, vinous, oaky, smells a bit like supplication. Flavor dissapoints, apple, vinegar and sulphur notes are present and almost overpower the primary flavors. Not bad as it breathes, but it still feels like some bad bacteria got in there with the good ones. Lingering hard-boiled egg flavors not really helping any. Medium tart, minimal sweetness, dry finish. Little bitterness, some astringence. Medium body, LA-flat as expected. Meh.
redOaks (13) - - MAR 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The oak expresses very lightly, nice and dank tartness, the 8% abv. is well developed.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drewbeerme. Thanks! Pours a deep reddish brown with an off-tan colored head that falls away. Still carrying carbonation. Nose is a bit funky and winey, some light cardboard. Wine is probably the most apt descriptor here. Oak and dark fruit. A bit on the downslope but still impressive. On tasting, moderate tart notes, some brett funk and earthiness. Some paper comes through but it has help up very well. Light acidity and a winey finish. Really cool stuff.
jcartamdg (1852) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep murky brown with no head. Aroma of red wine, currants and subtle vinegar. Taste follows, sour yet not overpowering. Complex, with a balance of wine, berries, vinegar and sour funk. Low carbonation but still delicious. Great sour!
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tcane7 (1651) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A ’07-’08 bottle at Capones after the Lost Abbey dinner, courtesy of Vincent. Nose of tart and sweet fruits. Fairly tart, with notes of cherries, plums, grapes, oak and a little vanilla. Very tasty
Huhzubendah (2398) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
The beer is brownish red with but a small head that leaves only faint traces of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is the best aspect of Amazing Grace ale. Scents include barrels, grapes, cherries, wine and alcohol.
The taste did not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. The flavor is really tannic and bites at the palate with each sip. Cherries come through nicely, as well as prominent alcohol throughout.
The beer is medium bodied. This could / should be a smoother ride. While I appreciate the bold showing of the red wine barrels in the nose and taste, the beer comes off a bit too harsh and tannic.
A small portion was plenty for me. This was an OK, but not something that left me wanting more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011
anders37 (16227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Secret Santa. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour woody wine aroma with tart hints. Fruity sour tart woody flavor. Has a fruity sour tart woody finish with weak hints of wine.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is tart vinegar and solvent. Pours out a murky amber red with light carb. Taste is sour. Not quite puckering but more than I expected. Some lemon and red wine characteristics as well as a touch of solvent. Complex and tasty. Palate is nice. Softly carbonated, and just the right amount of dry viscosity. Tasty beer.
Dunt (281) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Matt for bringing this out. Pours a reddish honey brown in color with half a fingers worth of off-white head. The beer is hazy with some light sediment. Nose is pretty much all red wine vinegar, it’s extremely acetic. Flavor is exceptionally tart with a malty base. Some bracing acidity, pretty dull mouthfeel other, light carbonation, and a medium finish. Pretty good, but a little one dimensional in comparison to other Lost Abbey sours I’ve had.