Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
'09 750 ml bottle into Bruery tulip, with a big thanks to Iconoklaztor. It took almost a year, and a move from Brooklyn to Nashville, but the wife and I finally decided tonight was the right night to pop this one. Thanks, Don!
Pours still as a frozen pond, with a deep, murky purplish-brown and no real bubbles whatsoever to speak of.
Nose is quite balanced - opening with a mellow shot of acidic sourness, mixed with a deep underlying malt richness that recalls the cherries, currants, and quite a bit brown sugar, all backed by a decent amount of spicy alcohol heat.
Taste starts off with more of the fore-mentioned mellow sour bite mixing it up with the sour cherry note, almost vinous, just enough barnyard funk to dirty things up a bit, with a sturdy underlying malt body with a bit of rich brown sugar, raisins, and just enough alcohol heat to tickle, all underneath the sourness. There's a burst of more vivid fruits (both cherry and the darker stuff) leading right up to the finish, and then a few seconds after the swallow comes one last burst of earthy funk with a just a bit mild, earthy bitterness, almost tannic, and quite a bit of dry oak.
A lot of people have weighed in on the lack of carbonation with this one. Let me just weigh in by saying: it's really not bad at all. Basically still, medium bodied; what it could really use to make it pop is just a bit more of a lactic/acetic sharpness to give it some of the dryness and bite that normally comes from the scrubbing bubbles. Still, while different from the norm, it's certainly not bad, and absolutely not as bad as the same mouthfeel in Angel's Share. Because this beer is so naturally vinous, getting mad at it for being still or calling it a drain pour seems utterly counter-intuitive, like calling a very good bottle of Cabernet a drain pour because it isn't carbonated either. Maybe some don't make the same connection, but to me it worked pretty well.
Drinkability is really pretty great for the abv. To style, probably a 4, but I'm giving it a bump because of the excellent masking of the alcohol. Quite tasty.
Not a bad beer at all, though if I want a beer that fits this mold, I would normally just reach for an Abbaye de St. Bon-Chien if it was available in my area - many of the same characteristics (down to the still mouthfeel if sampling one of the 375 ml Grand Cru variants), only with just a bit more sourness, and just a bit more refined in all the right places. Regardless, this is still a very good beer, and certainly something I would be proud of if I had brewed it.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2010 01:49:41 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.44/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at old towne pizza elk grove, ca
Poures into delerium tulip. Looks dark and slightly murky with tones of brown black and carmel. Not to sticky on the glass, light, and definately sour..taste is cherry and chocolate rounded out by a good malt presence, very light mouthfeel for a quad based beer..this beer puckers the toungue with fruity flavors such as cherry and citrus, with the hops displyed on the finish...airee and dry. Carbonation is medium, which I like to go with this dry beer..This is a great 11% barrel aged beer. Some sours just dont pack the abv, and I can't drink more than 22oz of "sour-beer", so this one boads well for me. This with pizza, sherp aged hard yellow cheese, salty food.
Serving type: on-tap
03-06-2014 18:40:09 | More by Beerswag
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
If I didn't know I was drinking a beer I would have thought it was a very dark strong wine. Lots of cherries, sour and a very slight bourbon after taste. The one thing it needs more of is carbination. There doesn't seem to be any, thats a big reason I would almost mistake it as a wine. But all and all it is an excellent Cuvee.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 03:02:57 | More by Rick778
3.74/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Aroma: Fruity mostly cherries, very light funk, hint of wood, maybe a slight bit of horsey brett, very slight hint of malt.
Appearance: Dark brown light hint of red, no head and no carbonation.
Flavor: Wow sour and tart cherries right the front, did not expect it from the smell. Sweet wine like, a lot like a Flanders red. The tart sourness drops off quickly after the first couple of sips. The nice tart sourness disappears quickly, I think some carbonation would definitely help keep that flavor going while drinking. No noticeable flavors from the bourbon barrel aging, but the wine barrel aging may be hidden in the wine flavors.
Mouthfeel: Big sour tartness first couple of sips, then quickly fades to more of a crisp plain sour tart. No noticeable alcohol.
Overall: Very wine like. Maybe aging the bottle would help build some carbonation, but after reading reviews of aged bottles it appears this will not help carbonation build. I really think some carbonation would help this beer a lot. Again no noticeable bourbon barrel flavor is kind of a let down, not a bad beer but not something I would want to try again especially for the price. Can definitely find something comparable to this from a real Belgian brewery for 1/3rd the cost of this beer. Bottle says brewed with old world and new world processes which to me means they probably took shortcuts to make it using new technology which could be why this beer just is not that good. $18 for 12floz
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 18:18:41 | More by buzzardman
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.