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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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Cuvee De TommeCuvee De Tomme

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953 Ratings

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 636
Gots: 241 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beers base starts out as "The Mother of all Beers" quadruple. It is then aged in oak barrels with lots of cherries. The cherries and the natural bacteria in the barrels from previous batches give the beer a tart sourness.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-14-2006)
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Reviews by Rastacouere:
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

Silver foil. Not much head, looks like quelque chose and the aroma has some common notes too. Muddy brown with bold reddish reflects. Although it’s totally unique, I’d compare it to an oerbier reserva. It has an appealing earthy cherries aroma that lets you know from the smell it’s gonna be thick. Leafy, heavy vinous, airy, bitter, sweet licorice, leather and various brett tangles. Enjoyable aroma, at the limit of 8 and 9 for me, but the taste is even more so. Extremely vinous, working wonders with a sharp cheddar as I imagine it with plenty of cinammon, I could imagine mulling this. Sharp and strong herbal character, rhubard, star anise, cloves. Never feels like 11.5%.. Maple, flowers, chocolate, meat, caramel, mud, ashes etc... Liquorous texture, very syrupy, not quite still, but definitely lparticularly ightly carbonated. Surprisingly never too sweet, warming and drying out. A sensory overload. I plead guilty to still expecting it to be better though as I’ve been hunting that one since it had almost no ratings. Thanks Eyechartbrew!

01-24-2005 18:16:29 | More by Rastacouere
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

2009 vintage.

Murky brown with a small tanned head that leaves some lacings.

The smell is complex and balanced with notes of brett, sour cherries, grass, mud and malts. A hint of vanilla in the nose as well.

The flavor is tart with pleasant cherry notes, funky brett, grass and some liqueur-like fruity notes. Lightly sweet malts and notes of wood in the foundation. The finish is dry and lightly bitter with notes of wood, cherries and just a hint of alcohol.

Medium body and well balanced carbonation.

A really good beer. Complex, interesting and tasty - what more can you ask for?

01-16-2010 20:51:16 | More by ricke
Photo of Ben7773


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-19-2014 20:23:18 | More by Ben7773
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

2009 vintage. 375ml corked bottle. Dark cola brown pour with red highlights and not much head...a ring of khaki bubbles. Aromas of deep malts swimming with a mix of raisin and tart cherry. Woody notes and vinegar funk. Vanilla undertone...the tart cherry is vibrant.

First sip is rich sweet dark malts enveloped in a mix of tart cherries and raisins. Big sourness along with woody oak tannins and a nice funk throughout. Interplay between sweet and sour all the way down. Not as acidic as the '08. Touch of vanilla and brown sugar on the finish. Damn good.

Mouthfeel is very mellow carbonation but it works well...body is good and well placed. Each sip leads to the next and the alcohol provides some warming. I'm enjoying this vintage.

2008 vintage. 375ml corked bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a deep dark, hazy cola brown color with a small light tan head on top that fades to a ring. Aromas start out with rich, intoxicating malts. Somewhat roasted with caramel, vanilla and raisins. Cherries are big in the nose alongside a tart funkiness with mild vinegar. Brown sugar and oak nuances with light bourbon.

First sip brings roasted, dark malts upfront with notes of caramel and vanilla. Raisins make quite an appearance as well. The middle brings a melding of sour cherries, oak tannins and a tart, somewhat funky brett aspect. Flows down with a whisper of bourbon and finishes quite dry with lingering cherry tones and a tart afterthought. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. A deeply multi-layered taste experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth airy quality about it. Good carbonation all the way through. This is somewhat more acidic, with more woody tannins than the original black label bottles I've drank. Overall though, it's still a very tasty treat and I'm glad to have had the chance to sample this year's version. Cheers to Lost Abbey and the Sinner's Club.

08-24-2008 22:05:13 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of joel66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-07-2013 02:18:21 | More by joel66
Photo of NWer


4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-26-2014 21:17:29 | More by NWer
Photo of heddar33


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-08-2012 18:34:49 | More by heddar33
Photo of Todd


4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-16-2013 01:14:22 | More by Todd
Photo of Beerswag


4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

03-06-2014 18:40:09 | More by Beerswag
Photo of tjthresh


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

The beer pours dark red/brown/black, depending on how it is held to the light. The only signs of head is the slight ring around the edge. Aromas of black cherry (comes of Jolly Rancher-ish), soy sauce, slight musty basement, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is nice and fruity. Loads of tart cherry and plums. Warm alcoholic finish. Silk and oil over the palate. Moderate carbonation. This is less like a beer and more of a wine or high end liquor. Thanks a million Mike.

02-11-2009 13:37:04 | More by tjthresh
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14%

Small bottle, pours very dark amber, dangerous at 12%, long lasting dark tan head, rich nose of dark malts, wood, dark fruits and cherries. Rich, complex and viscous on the tongue. Cherries, wood, bourbon, more dark fruit, moderate sour permeating the mixture and adding more interest and somehow more complexity. World class creation. Night capper, dessert beer supreme. Please send this to NYC/CT/NJ/Mass sometime soon

09-30-2008 14:43:23 | More by Billolick
Photo of mctizzz


4/5  rDev -5%

02-24-2014 02:34:04 | More by mctizzz
Photo of badbeer


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

2008 Version, 375mL bottle:
Color is very dark red with a beige colored head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Smell of acetic acid, cherries, caramel, oak, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is sour with cherry pits, maple, bourbon, dark fruit, and caramel sweetness. Medium carbonation with medium body. Good stuff, I look forward to trying it with a bit more age on it.

12-28-2008 01:19:12 | More by badbeer
Photo of Prospero


4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-05-2012 20:47:08 | More by Prospero
Photo of magictrokini


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours cloudy brown with a nearly tan head. Cherrybomb aroma, with nice oak and bourbon. Taste is heavily cherries, but nice brown sugar, nuts, sour yeast, and alcohol round it out so it is not overwhelming. Good bourbon and cognac flavors come through as it warms. I know it says this is a Strong Ale, but it drinks like a liquer.

12-11-2008 00:20:42 | More by magictrokini
Photo of kingcrowing


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

750ml corked & caged bottle at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very hazy dark brown with a a small dark brown head with a nice amount of lacing. Nose is sharp and malt with a good funky nose.

Taste is quite sharp and tart, it's got a very sharp funkiness that's quite unique an tasty. Finish is sharp and funky, quite good.

11-07-2010 16:43:07 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Janeinma


4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-17-2013 01:20:09 | More by Janeinma
Photo of xdefeatsy


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-10-2014 21:32:02 | More by xdefeatsy
Photo of ehammond1

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Bottle (2009)

(Aged for 2 years)

Thanks for sharing, Nathan!

A murky dark brown, bordering on black, with a very thin light brown head. Leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

An incredibly rich and complex aroma: tart sourness, rich and sweet cherries, earth and wood, some vanilla, and other dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and figs complement the rest of the beer incredibly well.

Sweet cherries are the first thing on the palette, along with a blisteringly tart sourness, Brett funk, along with some mild roast and char, and a warming, complementary wood and vanilla backbone. Exceptional.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

One of my favorite beers ever. This was a very good year. I would love to try another 2009 at some point.

09-10-2011 23:13:00 | More by ehammond1
Photo of sourdog


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Looks like a flat cola. No carbonation.

S: Sour cherries & apples. Some oak and vanilla notes.

T: Bursting with sour cherry flavor. Nice sour/tart flavor. Leaning on the too sweet side. I wish there was carbonation to balance this out.

F: Light bodied. No carbonation which is a disappointment to me. It tastes flat.

O: Very nice flavor and I'm enjoying the tart cherry notes. Although this just doesn't do it for me without carbonation. It tastes flat. I appreciate it as a quality craft beer, but it's not my thing.

04-06-2014 05:26:09 | More by sourdog
Photo of Cynic-ale


4/5  rDev -5%

05-13-2014 04:49:10 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of KyleMA


5/5  rDev +18.8%

06-21-2012 00:22:19 | More by KyleMA
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a slow deep red. Very little carbonation to it. Aroma of cherry, oak, bitter/sourness.

Taste, nice and tangy, balanced sweetness and sour, wood flavor, red tannins, tinge of vanilla. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Really enjoyed what it brought to the table. The sour aspect made sense that this wasn't all that carbonated, so quit complaining about it, I think its that way with good reason (complimentary).

Drinkability is a little low because the stuff is just so dang expensive ($40 at the goat) and isn't too easy to find around my parts. This was the 09 version.

02-10-2011 18:24:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-03-2012 15:56:47 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of OStrungT


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

I picked up a few bottles from the Lost Abbey 1st anniversery party.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint to it. It has no head, and I can not detect any signs of carbonation.

This beer smells or sour cherries. It also has a very nice spicy aroma. I smell some citrusy hops, and some spices. Coriander mostly. Cherries, however, are the dominate aroma.

This beer tastes great. It tastes like sour cherries. It is sour, with a nice Belgian spicy flavor. It has some citrusy flavor as well. The alcohol in very well hidden in this beers flavor. As with the aroma, the sour cherries are the dominate flavor.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is not carbonated at all. I think it would be a little better if it had some carbonation. I am not sure if it was supposed to be carbonated. It was still pretty good though.

I doubt this beer would be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the sour flavor might become a little overbearing after a time. Also, it is hard to come by an it was a little pricy at $15 for a 350ML.

Overall: I have had this beer before, and I will have it again. I love it. What more do I need to say?

05-12-2007 04:06:29 | More by OStrungT
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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
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