Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by seaoflament:
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Lost Abbey- Cuvee de Tomme (2008 vintage). I've had the good fortune to try this beer a number of times already, from the tap, from various bottles, and from various vintages as well (03, 05, 07, 08, 09) and I think it's about damn time I sat down and reviewed it. I decided on the 08 vintage because, well that's the only vintage I had two bottles of.
A nice 'pop' and pressure as I removed the cork from the 375ml bottle. The beer pours a dark cola-like color with crimson overtones when struck by light. There's about a quarter inch of foam that's produced by a careful pour. The head quickly falls down and leaves a nice, full, ring around my Lost Abbey tulip glass. A stir of the glass brings back about a half inch of tan colored foam.
On first encounter I am greeted by a wonderful mixture of tart cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and hints of chocolate in the background. With a closer inspection I am able to pick up notes of raisins, Belgian candy sugar, candy-like yeast esters, sweet cherries, raspberry candy, and a low level of brett with just a touch of leather. Everything seems to be in harmony and well integrated, the aroma just comes through as a whole. Soft tannins, oak, and vanilla dance around in the background with an interesting combination of light chocolate and caramel.
More tannic in the flavor with a rush of oak, bourbon, cherries, and a finish of caramel, chocolate, and dry leather. There's a sour cherry flavor that seems to dig itself in every crevice of my gums and lingers there for a few moments. A bit of warming alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Tart dark fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes are more apparent on the second sip. Hints of lemon tartness in the finish with more oak flavors. Cherry juice and caramel flavors intensify as it warms up with just a hint of nuttiness. Some grape flavors also come through.
Moderate carbonation, light, airy, soft, and creamy. The finish is medium to high dry as well. Fairly easy to drink despite the high abv. The 08 batch was really good, the current 09 batch is even better though and I would give it a slightly higher score on taste!
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2009 04:13:21 | More by seaoflament
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3.99/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Bottle opened with a light pop, poured into a tulip glass. 2014 release. Beer pours a dark and hazy cola brown without any head. Minor lacing that slips quickly back into the beer.
Nose is sweet and sour cherries, raspberry, balsamic vinegar, acetic acid, light brown sugar and old oak.
Taste is tart red berry and cherry, acetic acid, sweeter balsamic vinegar and oak. Fairly drying on the tongue, lingering acetic acid and cherry flavors.
Medium body with little to no carbonation, a little syrupy on the tongue before a drying finish. The lack of carbonation is a bit disappointing.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 02:55:08 | More by nataku00
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 782 ratings.