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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

988 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 638
Gots: 246 | FT: 14
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 clvand0:
Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage. .375L corked bottle. Love the label.

Pours a light red color with a small head that fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The carbonation seems very light. The aroma is excellent. Raisins, dark fruit - cherries, some tartness, and a touch of wood. The flavor is much more than the aroma led me to believe. Lots of dark fruit flavors meld together with a decent malt profile and cherries with a touch of wood. Extremely tasty. The mouthfeel is moderate as some of the sweetness sticks to the tongue. The drinkability is wonderful - the alcohol was a total surprise when I glanced at the bottle and saw it was over 10%! Fantastic.

clvand0, Jun 25, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown color with no head. An oily film develops on the top of the beer and there is some floating sediment that sinks to the bottom of the glass. There is no lacing whatsoever. Smells of vinegar, sour cherries, and funk/must. Taste is of sour cherries, malt vinegar, wood, and funk/must. There is an alcohol presence in the throat after each sip. There is no carbonation on this beer. Extremely flat and somewhat drying in the mouth. Overall, this is a nice smelling and tasting beer but the appearance and mouthfeel kill it for me. This would be awesome if the carbonation issue were fixed. Disappointing for the $15.99 I paid for the small bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ricke
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?

ricke, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Ben7773, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

orbitalr0x, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of joel66
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

NWer, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Todd, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Beerswag, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of tjthresh
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tjthresh, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Billolick, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -5%

mctizzz, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of badbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Prospero, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kingcrowing, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Janeinma, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

xdefeatsy, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ehammond1, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of sourdog
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

sourdog, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5%

Cynic-ale, May 13, 2014
Photo of KyleMA
5/5  rDev +18.8%

KyleMA, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 10, 2011
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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.