Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
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 (26726) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2012
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
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
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 (316) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
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.
emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2012
ours murky red orange with a sandy tan head. Nose is awesome, tannic and vinous with lots of vanilla and cherry skins. Light bourbony character. Awesome flavor, very acidic and delicate. Layered with notes of vanilla, cherry skins, caramel, bourbon, and lightly acetic. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
375 ml caged and corked. Murky brown color with a light head. Nice tart acidy flavor. Cherry. Tastes a lot better than it looks. Refreshing. Nik925 (795) - USA - FEB 14, 2012
This did not look that great in the glass...hard to hold that against it when it tasted this good. Nice and punchy sour flavors, but definitely a controlled fermentation carefully done...very clean with no off-flavors or aromas. Amazing aroma on this one. A very mellow, almost delicate malt in the base beer. Very light note of the barrel with an even fainter note of the cab that was in it. A sour the way few people can make them. juiceisloose (1496) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
375 ml bottle. This one pours a cloudy dark brown color and topped by a small head of off white that settles down to a thin film with some bubbles at the edge. The aroma is very vinous with the influence of the dark red grapes and sour oak from the cabernet wine barrel along with some funky yeast and a dark caramel malt backbone. The flavor follows suit with ample amounts of dark red grapes and fruit showing strong to go with the funky yeast and sour oak from the wine barrel. The sweetness from the malts balances out the tartness nicely. Medium to full bodied with subtle carbonation that leads to a tart, oaky finish. This is a really tasty wine barrel aged brew. Another solid beer from the Lost Abbey. jbeatty (1253) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle, 02/08/2012, opens with a pop. Pours ruby brown, clear, minimal head but decent, persistent lace ring around my glass. Aroma carries tart berries, balsamic, vanilla and oak, hint of the original maltiness hiding underneath, finish evocative of fruity red wine. Flavor is tart cherries, caramel malts, building into bigger sourness with balsamic vinegar, turning dry, then great Cabernet finish, fruity and funky. Palate is medium thin, but sourness is well done, not overboard, extremely drinkable. Very enjoyable offering from Lost Abbey, definitely worth a try or two.