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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

939 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 633
Gots: 243 | FT: 17
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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seaoflament

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.