Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey
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5/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle SU#118 (out of 350) is one of the oldest iterations of Cuvee de Tomme. I bought it from Pizza Port Solana Beach in 03 or 04. It has the silver foil over a bottle cap over a cork. It spent 2 more years in sunny San Diego with me, and then another 2 years up in the San Francisco Bay Area, with no protection from the ambient temperature. In the last 2 years, I finally put this 750ml bottle in a wine frig to sit at 55F.
The cork showed no signs of expansion or bulging above the bottle rim. There was no gasp of carbonation when I uncorked the bottle. I gently poured the beer into my unibroue goblet. At first it appeared flat, but then I saw a thin lacing of super microfine bubbles. The smallest bubbles I've ever seen, even compared to champagne. It's a murky dark brown that is a little bit lighter on the edges.
The aroma is a silky blended choco-floral-cherry deal. Restrained early on as I served it from the refrigerator. As it warmed, the deep chocolate aroma came out more.
On the tongue, I get moderate to strong cherry sourness tailed by a lovely chocolate presence. Then the sour cherry surges, while being balanced by a steady rind-like hop bitterness (grapefruit pith or lime pith) and the super crisp carbonation. The bitterness persists a little more than necessary.
This beer is just gorgeous. This crisp carbonation and sourness are perfect for the fresh salmon burgers I threw together. They even match the mini-cupcakes that my wife brought home. Each sip refreshes the palate perfectly. It's medium to full bodied, and it tastes like it's a 3% abv beer. Incredible! I saved a few ounces in the bottle to try tomorrow, but I could easily have finished the entire 750ml. An 11.5% beer that I can drink like a session beer. Incredible!!!! OMG this beer defied all odds -- 7 years old and less than ideal storage conditions -- and it is just beautiful. I have one more Cuvee de Tomme from 05, I think, so I think I may sit on it 2 more years to get to 7 years old as well =)
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2010 04:13:06 | More by oggg
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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
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