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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

854 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Incredible. Complex. The bottle talks about an experiment that led to lightning. A Cantillon plus. The yeast, the sourness,the berry, the cherry. Pizza Port, here I come. Radekfest 05 sample 33, thank you Eyedrinkable. Best 1% of beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 02:40:33 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:02:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Black cherry with beautiful scarlet highlights when the snifter is held up to my sunlit front window. A lovely crown of light brown sugar colored foam is waaay ahead of the game in terms of texture, given the ABV and the barrel aging. A bloody good look.

Considering everything that's going on here, the nose is a something of a disappointment (relative to expectations). The BSDA/quadrupel contributes, as do the sour cherries. The bourbon barrels and the wild yeast... not so much. Then again, there's probably a limit to how many distinct aromas can be present in any one beer. Note: raisins soaked in tawny port appear with warming.

The flavor profile is just about as complex as they come. While I might not have been able to identify each of the beer's major contributors, each is easily appreciated once you know they're there. Thankfully, they hit the taste buds at successive points throughout the mouthful.

First is a big blast of tart cherry juice that lessens from start to finish, but never completely disappears. Next comes the Brettanomyces funk and the ripe dark fruitiness of Judgment Day, which is this beer's base beer. Finally, on the impossibly long finish, we have subtle notes of oak and vanilla.

It's strictly personal preference, but I would have eased off the cherries just a bit and would have added more bourbon barrel character. That isn't a complaint, though, because this is fantastic beer that is a joy to sip and savor. The 12.0% ABV drinks more like 8.0%, which is a mighty impressive feat.

The mouthfeel is almost worthy of the next highest score, but I'd need either more fullness or more creaminess to get there. The bubbles are slightly harsh initially, then settle down a few ounces in. It's heartening to see that these guys haven't always had issues with carbonation.

It takes balls (and a big ego) to name a beer Cuvee De Tomme, but if you can back it up... This style-busting, dizzyingly complex ale is yet one more reason why The Lost Abbey is on my list of top-10 favorite American craft breweries. If they keep pushing the envelope and pay attention to quality control, they should be there for a long time to come.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 15:05:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for sending this one my way. I have been literally dying to try this one, and threw it in the fridge to cool down the second it arrived. Your typical very nice looking Lost Abbey bottle, corked and caged 375ml. 2008 Vintage. Served in an oversized wine glass, and consumed on 08/03/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace. Some light carbonation at first, but this quickly diminished. This one looking like a monster though, not really sure what else to say, accept this looked awesome!

The aromas, wow I do not even know where to start with this one. So intricate and complex, it almost was beyond description. The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Extremely complex here. The flavor was much more of the same, just absolutely decadent and delicious. This was honestly one of the best flavors I have ever experienced in a beer, and I really mean that. It was tremendously good. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base. This was very reminiscent of a funky KRE in its complexity. A rich cascade of semi sweet flavor then rolled through and tool over as it always does. I have to admit it needed a little bit more punch in the carbonation though it was still very well done. I have to comment though that this was ridiculously session able for a 12% ale. I was sipping this like a 6% Kriek, until I realized that it was starting to catch up to me. It's really hard though to place a style on this one. It had a lit of the almost chewy character of the Angels share, but with some much tartness, ala a Red Poppy, when it was fresh, but the level this reached was much better though, and they are both fantastic in their own right.

Overall I was blow away with this one. It was just ridiculously good. I have had very few beers that can live up to this kind of expectation, but this one I am proud to say was one of them. I would love to try this again any day, it was just fantastic. Go out and try to find this one if you can, it is well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:45:04 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is dark brown with reddish tints. A bit of off-white foam sits on top.

S: Tart cherries, raisins, a bit of alcohol, and bit of funk. Leather, oak, and plenty of earthy notes to go along with it.

T: The predominant flavor is the tart cherry. There is also some sour apple and raisins. The finish is quite earthy and dry. Not a huge funk to the beer, but great oak/barrel contributions.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, and quite tart.

D: A great all around experience. Great flavor and sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 21:44:27 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color that refuses to raise much of a head, despite an aggressive pour; no lacing

Smell: An extraordinary range of aromas - cherry pits, bourbon/vanilla, raisins, caramel and Brett

Taste: Opens with a caramel and bourbon sweetness that grows increasingly sour as we move into the mid-palate (it becomes almost impossible to let it rest on the tongue) ; after the swallow, the sour flavors fold back to display the fruit, with the cherries and raisins dominant; the sweetness doesn't last, however, and the sour flavors linger on the finish for an extended period

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonationl; almost juicy

Drinkability: Just an extraodinary beer, but not something you can drink on a regular basis; definitely meant for sharing

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:55:14 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy reddish color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes with some cherries and light oak notes are all noticeable. Taste is close to a Flander red style beer with loads of oak and cherry notes and a well balanced tart finish. Balanced acidity is well appreciated while Brett is very hard to notice. Body is quite full with limited filtration and low carbonation. Well made though not s complex as some of the staple of the style such as Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:50:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009, enjoyed on August 31, 2009: This year's is much more tart and bitter than I remember from the '08 a few months ago. I expected the younger version to be big on bitterness but not that vineous, tart cherry character. Though not as rounded with the rise of the raison and softer, sweeter tones abounding; this is still one world class sour. My scores reflect this latest vintage.
Thanks JMBSH!

Vintage 2008, enjoyed on June 12, 2009: Again, an insanely good beer. All of the comments from three years ago still apply (see below) but I notice a great showing of raisons, cherries, bourbon-soaked woods, caramels, and even chocolates. Extremely delicate for such power. Vineous and rich throughout. I've never been more sad to see the bottom of a glass. Thanks Clvand0!

Another jewel available at Chicago's FoBAB last weekend. Colored the belgian mohogany-rust color with little 'floaties' swimming around in there. Lightly fizzy head retention reduced to a film. Aromas are solid, spicy of the Belgian Trippel base but with some serious tartness and fruitiness. Musky, but not yet horse blanket like. Low level sweetness gives way to tart cherries, grapefruit, peaches, and pears. A mild nutty, cocoa, dates sweetness rounds off the lactic sourness to a pleasant tartness. A thin, yet creamy, texture thins into the throat. Mildly puckering, but not astringent or grainy. Warming in the back of the throat accompanies some bittering. Finishes clean and tart. Not as drying as expected. My first Pizza Port offering did not disapoint!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 15:22:39 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle purchased at the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop in August 2009.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a clingy white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Sweet tartness from the cherries, with the quadrupel aspect of the brew coming through underneath with a bit of a nose from the barrel.

T: Tart cherries, a bit sour, but not too puckering. Not as complex as the nose led on, but a very tasty beer. The balance between the tartness and sourness of the cherries compared with the quadrupel base could be a bit better, but no major complaints.

M: A tad bit puckering for some dryness. Medium-bodied.

D: Very tasty all around and one that sat well for quite some time. Glad I picked this one up.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 18:24:10 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of tart cherries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of oak, cherries and vanilla. The tartness from the cherry flavors seems to have been muted from the oak aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very good after aging because it becomes a lot smoother and much of the tartness in the cherry flavors is eliminated.

Note: 2005 Vintage

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 12:24:33 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dull, wooden (in fact it matches the color of the table) brown body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of condensed and stewed cherries, pits and all. Notes of wooden planks seasoned with sea salt.

Taste: Woody, leathery, but never forgets its cherry heritage. Nice Bretty, lactic qualities. Reasonably tart and sour, though there's some subtle malty sweetness to be found. Touch of spice. A few drops of tawny port. Unshakable tastes reminiscent of salty potato skins and grilled portabello mushrooms. The flavors rise and fall on the long, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Man, I never would've guessed it was over let alone near being 10% ABV. Very tasty for sure. Well played, Tomme.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 19:28:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lost Abbey 2009 Cuvee de Tomme, brewed and bottled by Port Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA, malt beverage brewed with raisins with cherries added, aged in bourbon barrels.

Here goes. A word ahead: I hate, hate, HATE the ramblings, and natterings-on in their back label descriptions. Verbatim: "You are holding in your hands one of the most elusive and sought after small batch beers known simply as Cuvee. Our Cuvee de Tomme is a blend of Old World Brewing Traditions and New World Brewing Processes. It is made from Judgement Day DArk Ale which then aged in AMerican Bourbon and French Oak Wine barrels. We add some fantastic wild yeasts and Sour Cherries to the barrels creating a secondary fermentation. After one year, our brewers then get together to work out the final blend, This means that each batch of Cuvee will vary slightly between bottling. Yet, the result will always be a memorable drinking experience. Pour into a wide glass and let the beer breathe. Notes of juicy cherries. Luscious Vanilla and Supple Tannins integrate in a smooth finish. We think like most, you will find our most creative energies on display in this unique and style shattering beer worthy of the title Cuvee."

Alc. 11% by Vol. 750 ml bottle.

I like this label, the Dali homage. I'm a sucker for that.

I chose this for Beer Advocate review #3000 because I've been after it for years. At least 6, maybe more. Finally got it in trade last year, saved it for now. Why not, 3000, that's something to hoot about, right?

Well, here we go: I turned off the TV, and put on some Trane, hoping that music will inspire me to come up with words for this. Off goes the cage, then the cork, into the glass…Dark brown body, no head at all…no points off, yet, but it is disappointing. I pour again, and there's something, which dies down immediately. Okay, so looking dark, but unimpressive, let's move on…

Aroma: Wow. Intense. Bourbon, cherries, raisins, badda bing, badda bang, badda boom. What else you want, hot shot? Sourness, hugeness, then sweet. Deep, immense, incredible, …it's all going on.

Taste: big sour! Intense puckeration, pulls back the lips and tongue with raw abandon, sour cherries giving no mercy, softly, slowly relenting. I calm myself, relax, and lean back to raise the glass to lips again…ah! There it is, again, and it's big, and brutal. Maybe more than I'd like. And I like sour flavors, love lambics and Flemish Reds. Love bourbon barrels, love raisins, and cherries, but also love balance, integration, and something a bit more mellow, a soft unfurling of flavors. Did I hit this one too soon? It is over a year and a half old, at least.

Drink more…and think more of the same. Very juicy, very boozy, not getting anything from hops, not expecting it, not getting much from malt, either. This is mostly flavor coming straight out of the fruit and barrel-aging, the base beer is completely disguised. The tannins are kicking in, surely as described…"vanilla"? over-used, very minor…it's mostly cherry and raisin, though slowly softening, and letting in other flavors. Yeah, it's getting cool and calm all of a sudden. Awesome, as frantic, devotional Trane turns into measured and mournful, heading into beatific.

My opinion changes now…raisins and sour cherries still dominate the flavor, tart is king, but it is cool, now, very mellow. "Lush Life" come on, …"I used to visit all the very gay places, those come what may places, where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life, to get the feel of life, from jazz and cocktails. …"
I'm getting a lushfull feeling right now, starting inside and spreading through my extremities. Oooo, yeah.
Ah, this is better than any 12 0'clock tails, for certain. Would be lovely if something as nice as this were as readily available as a bottle of this wine or that cognac or the other blah-blah-blah. But special beer is special for a reason.

Mmm, sweet, ahhh, sour. And there are those whiskey barrel edges hemming it in.
"And I'll live a lush life in some small dive, and there I'll be, while I rot with the rest, of those whose lives are lonely, too…"

Plenty of sweetness, well matched by plenty of sour. Plenty puckeration, huge fruition. An extremity, well balanced. Bigness, terrifically maintained. The alcohol slowly creeps in.

Wait, another song comes on…

"You are too beautiful, my dear to be true, and I am a fool for beauty…"

I dedicate this to 3000 beers, some good, some not so good, some so beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:19:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from the ill-fated Sinners Club. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Behold! A properly carbonated beverage from The Lost Abbey - neither devoid of bubbles nor violently explosive. A finger of off-white foam settles to a few wispy clouds and thin collar of bubbles, leaving minimal lacing behind. Opaque, dark chestnut body.

S - Plenty of funk, acetic vinegar notes, wet oak, leather, dark sour cherries, musky overripe fruits, dark malts, and a hint of alcohol. The collection of flavors is slightly evocative of cherry cola. The wild yeast has definitely taken off in comparison to younger vintages of this beer. No obvious oxidation.

T - Tart cherries, vinegar, some oak and lactic sourness as well. The quad/BDSA qualities have been largely relegated to the periphery, with intense puckering sourness, cherries, and oak dominating. The barrel presence is perhaps a bit rough around the edges - the bourbon barrels do have a lot more oak to give than wine barrels typically used for American wilds.

M - Medium-full body, minimal alcohol presence, low but pleasant carbonation tingle, and a super dry and tannic finish. No complaints here, and not sure why subsequent Lost Abbey products are all over the map when it comes to bubbles. This is actually quite excellent.

D - I think this vintage may be on its way out, as it's gotten a bit unbalanced on the sour side of things. However, it's hard to know if the flat 2009 bottles or tiny 2010 batch would be superior at this stage - I'll have to give them a try in the near future. The 375ml bottle is a good format to share with a friend, as the high alcohol, intense flavors, and occasional harshness makes this a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:28:01 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #800

Served in a Rodenbach flute. Murky and hazy reddish brown, with visible suspended sediment. Tiny streams of slow carbonation rise to the surface.

Rustic oak and wild funk in the nose, black cherry flesh and pits are the clear notes that dominate, with a hint of brown sugar in the background.

Tangy tart cherry initially, with a complex mix of leather, rhubarb, oak tannin, and farmhouse character from the barrel. A low level of spice is also present, not sure if its from the alcohol, barrel, or ingredients. Finish is long and savory, with the tangy cherry riding off into the sunset. Carbonation is light, and the body is near perfect. Really tasty, and a slow sipper to be sure.

Thanks to Weibull for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 21:38:48 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Pour black/chestnut with a bit of tan head & no real pop when the cork is removed. Nice vicious look to this, zero head retention & lacing

D: Prunes, figs, sourness & oak notes. Opens up even more once warm

T: Follows the nose, hints of vanilla, a touch of booze, raisins & cherry juice up front. Dryness & vanilla are fairly prevalent as this warms along with boosey cherries & figs. Finishes dry, tart, figgy & with dry oakyness, plus a kiss of booze

MF: Slick, medium bodied; smooth carbonation is noticable. The fruitty sweetness melds well with the tartness/sourness. Nice warming sensations as well, but some boozeyness is present

Super drinkabilty for the style & ABV

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:18:27 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage -- black label. This particular vintage was brewed not at Lost Abbey but at Russian River. Interesting trivia. This beer was at a recent tasting.

Beer is brown and hazy. Forms a thin off white head that's broken and diffuse. Carbonation is low but lacing is high.

Aroma is a surprising mix of alcohol and funk. There are some serious sour notes in this beer but the primary aroma is boozy. This is shocking for a 5 year old beer, although it is 11% alcohol.

Taste is complex, its strong and sweet, the sweetness of the beer is almost immediately cut by the sour. There is a hint of cherry flavor in here and then at the end some oak. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is really good. Its a good beer, I wish I could try a more recent vintage to compare.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:03:55 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark molasses brown color with very little bubbly head covering.

Nose comes with tart Bolotin cherry, dark fruits with a light must and funk touch of wild yeast funk. Some dark malts, a little molasses.

Taste comes with tart cherry and light syrup, little chewy malts, semi sweet, sour light malt vinegar. Some light bready malts, bit of sour fruit but not much. A very nice flavor. Finish brings long tart little dry funky bready malts.

Mouth is med little sticky and lower carbonation.

Drinks well for being 11% and the stickiness isn't bad, tartness and vinegar balance really well with the malts, for a nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:55:01 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled June 2008
A somewhat soft pour produces a 1/4-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt-amber color that shows a lightly hazy, deep red color when held up to the light. As I am pouring this beer I immediately notice aromas of Bourbon and oak as well as a rich fruitiness. A more focused inspection of the aroma yields a sourness that is reminiscent of fruity balsamic vinegar, light Bourbon aromatics (including a bit of hot alcohol), ample barrel notes of spicy wood and buttery oak, some soft vanillin and a touch of something like an oaky zinfandel wine. The Bourbon, while noticeable, thankfully does not completely overwhelm everything else. Having said that it is hard to pick out the base beer notes from the overall barrel character.

Softly carbonated, but still a bit prickly; the carbonation is actually just about perfect for this big beer. This is quite tart tasting, my mouth even puckers a bit as I take my first sip. A tannic character seems to accentuate flavors of cherry skins and also coats the teeth and palate like a strong tea. The barrel flavors contribute a soft, buttery oak component, just a touch of vanillin, and a lightly spicy woodiness as well as some light Bourbon notes; I like how light the Bourbon is in the flavor, it is much reduced compared to the aroma. Pretty darn near bone dry tasting, it does have a viscous fullness to it that shows there is residual sugars & malt here, but this is almost completely tempered by the sourness and barrel flavors. The finish has a touch of heat to it from the alcohol and barrel influences though it is somewhat soft.

As the beer warms up a bit some dry raisin flavors become more noticeable, essence of prunes also is found as is a noticeable tart cherry pulp flavor. I really like how the sourness melds with the fullish body; the combination just seems to work quite well here.

This is probably a bit tastier than the black label (Russian River) version I had before this, but I get the feeling that prior versions achieved a closer-to-perfection result than this; such is the vagaries of experiments with bugs and barrels. I look forward to sampling future vintages in the coming years.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 04:09:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured out kind of flat looking which is always a disappointment to me. Had some minimal bubbles around the edge of the glass but with time they vanished. The beer is murky brown looking with plenty of sediment floating around. The smell of the beer is funky with a boozy sweetness mixed with the cherry aromas. The taste are a sour tart cherry flavor upfront with a very subtle vanilla oak flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel I the beer is smooth, kind of flat which is a shame. Overall this beer has great taste and aroma but falls short in most other aspects.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 21:33:49 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

2009 vintage, 12.7 oz. cage-corked bottle pours into a wide-mouth glass, as per recommendation on the label.

Pours mahogany brown with ruby highlights. No real head, just a wisp. "Legs" stick. A nice appearance color-wise.

The smell is of strong vinous and oak/vanilla notes with raisins and sour cherries.

The taste is of sour/tart cherries, raisins and vanilla/oak. Sweet and sour. There is a red-wine-ish character but with funk and sour cherries mixed in. Quite complex. Finishes very, very dry.

It has a creamy medium body that leaves a pucker.

Alcohol well-covered, helping it to drink well. An interesting brew that is unique and creative. Quite a bit going on here. Sour/funky, sweet with a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 12:15:46 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008

Pours a very dark brown you can still see through with an almost non-existent tannish head. Nose is tart cherries with a minor funk. Flavor is funky. Very Flanders-like. Tart cherries on wood. Quite dry. I like the aftertaste of the lactic tones. Definitely get the barrel aged thing going on. Almost a vanilla tone in there. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid and carbonation is lower. This is a pretty hearty beer. I like it, but I think it'd be even better if it mellowed a bit. If you like Flanders style beers, you'll like this one.

Thanks to srroos for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:20:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 mL bottle, great label with the alchemist HQ type look and the Dali clocks,

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a very light smattering of bubbles, nice colour.

S: Tart cherries, vinegar, oak.

T: Quite oaky and woody with prevalant acidity initially. The back end of the beer comes with a beautiful dark chocolate covered cherry note which I greatly enjoyed.

M: Moderate acidity gives it a good body even the carbonation is nil. Quite smooth and refreshing for 11%.

D: This beer is very easy to drink for its ABV and has fantastic flavours. Do I think it's worth $30, no, but if it was half the price I'd be all over a couple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 18:05:20 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation.

S: Nose is vinegar, with lots dark and sour cherries.

T: Taste is wham, surprise, grapes vinegar and sour cherry, combo of dark and light cherry but more dark, sour. Hints of vanilla, not so much bourbon, frapes, some spice but this ios very much red wine territory

M: Nice, low carbonated but I liked it like this. Flavors and booze mesh well

D: Very good and great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 15:18:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

so stoked to finally try this, a beautiful specimen from the lost abbey. a rich mahogany color to it, lots of bubbles for what it is, and a nose to die for. really tart cherries and citric acid present themselves right up front. stick rich grainy beer follows, belgian loosely, but more raisin and molasses heavy than grain specifically. light spice, tons of cherries on the flavor. some residual sugar too, but they are balanced well with one another. it coats my palate well despite vbeing rather well carbonated for the style. cherries ll the way through start on the sour end and finish a little sweeter and fresher. dynamic and complex as anything, the sourness on the quad base make it like no other beer ive had. great use of fruit here, and very well hidden alcohol strength. one of the best beers from the lost abbey, and thats saying something.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 18:45:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From, 6/12/10 notes. Shared by nimbleprop, thanks Mac. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with light carbonation and no head.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, sour cherries and sour dark fruits, hints of funk, oak, and fruit malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of wine, dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, and funk. Tastes great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink for 11% ABV.

d - I thought this was an amazing sour, one of the better ones I've had. It had an amazing sour cherry and dark fruit taste, with hints of oak and funk. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:55:43 | More by mdfb79
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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
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