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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 404
Hads: 1,124
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 666
Gots: 261 | FT: 11
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jcalabre on 06-14-2003

Once upon a time it was the most award winning Pizza Port beer of all time. Now it has found a new home at The Lost Abbey.

A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with.
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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

Ap - Murky, ugly, flat, with all that is going on, it's expected. However, it's still ugly.

Ar - Cherry, orange, honey, sour(!!!) cherries, in that order.

T - Bourbon, red wine, and honey. A hint of sour cherries at the end.

M - Medium bodied, and dry. Very similar to a Cabernet.

O - Different, confusing, awesome. It's very complex and you get all the advertised flavors and nuances. I want to try this with a few years on it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Comes out looking almost flat with a few off white bubbles springing to life. The body is dark red-brown with ruby highlights popping in the light.

Big cherry presence on the nose that is sweet and sour. Raisin and red grape. Some vanilla and wood from the barrels. Mostly a fruity aroma. Touch of heat.

Lots of cherry and sweet flavors like the nose indicated. It's really not all that tart. Some heat on the swallow. Vinous with some dark fruits.

No carbonation is felt on the tongue. Comes off a little thin and lifeless because of the lack of carbonation. Feels like drinking a wine.

Great flavor on this but still falls a little short with the carbonation issues.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: a mediocre 60% opaque beer that did not look particularly interesting poured into my 6 ounce snifter at the bar (6 ounce was the going serving size). A full, cloudy, muddy apple cider brown.

S: citrusy, sour smell with a yeast backbone that hinted at sour cherries and biscuity malt. Light, fruity, and refreshing

T: This is a delicious sour, with a sophisticated backbone and well-balanced malt presence. This is not the most tongue-numbingly sour beer I've ever had, but it is amongst the most complexly well-developed. It is a wonderfully tart, and somewhat sweet sour beer in the vein of well-baked lemon square - a little sour, a little sweet, and just enough bread to make it right.

M: well-carbonated with an acidic bite that complements the flavor. Something this tart deserves to be this bubbly.

O: a great sour from a great brewery. Need I say more? This is a perfect lemon square, limoncello dessert in a glass, even if the dull brown would suggest otherwise.

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Photo of nataku00
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Rick778
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of buzzardman
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of hopsputin
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle, drank February 2014

a: dark murky red and purple that turns it almost brown. bubbles streaming up the side, but no head to speak of, even when poured aggressively

s: very vinous. tons of oak, prunes, cherry, vanilla, tannins, concord grapes, a little nutty. i cannot stress enough how vinous this is in the nose

t: the sourness is what hits you right away; you did not pick up any of that in the nose. the taste almost does a 180 from the nose. by that i mean i didn't pick up how sour it would be from the aroma. very oaky, fresh squeezed lemons, prunes, and some vanilla. the sourness lingers on the lips. oh yea, NO alcohol in the flavor and this one was at 11% when bottled. be careful

m: light, and it feels heavily carbonated (because of the sourness) but it is not

o: this is a really interesting brew. the sourness is the most detectable presence in the flavor, but its goes down smooth. the combination of sourness and oaky tannins is a really interesting combination that you really just need to try to understand. well crafted

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle opened over the holidays. Cork slides out without the slightest bit of pressure. It’s somewhat comical that they even put a cage around it.

A: Dingy brown, without a trace of head.
S: Potent acetic acidity, caramel and chocolate, and some bourbon. Smells nice, like a big oud bruin.
T: Very tart cherry flavor, chocolate, dried fruit, apple, and a hint of vanilla. Tartness is assertive, but not excessive. Nice melding of flavors.
M: This would be the flattest freshly opened beer I’ve ever had. Body is medium with a smooth texture.
No need to belabor the point, but I prefer the low end of the carbonation scale, as long as there is SOME carbonation. Otherwise, a delicious beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml corked bottle into a tulip. vintage 2012

very mildly carbonated, but not completely flat like other small lost abbey beers. dark red in appearance...smell is very strong and tart. taste has a ton going on....its such a mix of flavor. cherry possibly...but not too strong. very hard to describe. youre going to want to get in on this. had a 2009 and the 2012 definitely is better...flavors havent faded. tastes nothing like 11%. lovely

a favorite of mine. great!

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Photo of dwagner003
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer is just weird.. It's very reminiscent of Consecration, but.. worse..

Visually, it's an opaque, dark, dark brown with translucent brown edges. There was no head at all, and the beer appeared to be totally flat.

It smells very tart with a very nice oaky background. I don't pick up on any cherries, though. My jaw hurts just smelling the sourness.

Taste is tart up front, with a dry finish. It's earthy, oaky with a hint of tobacco.

Mouthfeel is where this falls off for me. It is completely flat. If this had the carbonation level of Consecration, it would be much better. It's just hard to fully enjoy something that has the consistency of sour wine.

I liked this beer. It was interesting and weird, but I just wish it had some carbonation. It's a nice representation of the dark sour style, though.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Lost Abbey bottle, no date, looks new. Pours a dark murky brownish red with no head whatsoever. Aroma if black cherry, some tart cherry, plums, oak, hint of vinegar, slight booze, even a bit of sweet chocolate. Flavor is big black cherry up front, some booze, tart cherry skins, dry oak, lingering dry tart cherry. Brown sugar comes out as it warms. No carbonation in this, medium heavy mouthfeel. Some heat lingering in the back of the throat. Very interesting beer. I like it but the flatness and the ugly look are hurting the score a bit.

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Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Even with a rough pour there was absolutely no head. The body was dark murky red-brown.

Smell: Dark cherries, a little bit of raisins.

Taste: strong cherries. There is a picking sourness, but not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: the lack carbonation makes it a little disappointing.

Overall: If this was carbonated, this would easily be almost a point higher.

Serving type: bottle 2012 Vintage.

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Photo of Brewing_Rob
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: One of the ugliest beers I have ever experienced. This beer pours flat and murky. Best enjoyed in the dark!

Smell: Fantastic aroma of cherries and oak. Very nice balance of lactic acid and brett in the nose.

Taste: Wow! This beer delivers all those cherries and barrel flavored right to your head. A nice sour finish that isn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: just as a high gravity sour should be, dry. The beer has a nice body for being so dry, it's by no means thin and insipid or cloying.

Overall: I like it! The flat murky first impression is a bit disappointing but it totally delivers everywhere else. I think this is best to be enjoyed on a dark cool night by an open fire.

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Photo of Zraly
2.19/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

2011 vintage -- was a gift from a friend

Pulled at the cork some -- and that was not an easy task. When I actually got the cork loose, there was not a sound. Poured into a Westvleteren XII chalice. The correlation between a lack of a pop when opening the bottle and the complete lack of carbonation is high here.

Murky purple-brown in color; tawny but not quite. No head to speak of, and barely a bubble present in the glass.

Flat. Flat. Flat! I've saved this for two years to have a flat beer. Very disappointing.

Slight smell of oak. Taste of vinegar and sour fruit. Finish is very acidic. This would make good salad dressing. Seriously, I think I might make salad dressing out of this. When the world gives you lemons...

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After I wrestled the cork out of the bottle and took 5 minutes to cool down and catch my breath, I poured it into my Bruery snifter.

Appearance: Reminds me of a thick port. Deep ruby brown. No head at all.

Smell: Boozy and vinous. Currants, raisins, dates.

Taste: Raisins, lemon zest, even dark chocolate? Burn from alcohol on back end. This thing is crazy.

Mouthfeel: Medium to almost full bodied, which is interesting for an "american wild ale." Gets much better as it warms up. Very little carbonation.

Overall: I think if this thing actually had carbonation, it would be on par with RR sours. But it doesn't--which isn't necessarily bad. This would be a great post-hoilday meal beer. Very complex and worth a try...On the expensive side but I'd still recommend.

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Photo of brydeen
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a muddled, murky brown, with zero head at all. Not the most inviting appearance.

S: Sour dark fruits, oak, bourbon perhaps? A touch of vinegar, but not overly harsh. A hint of cherry. It has a very inviting sweet and sour vibe. As unappealing as it looks, it smells fantastic.

T: Sour splash of vinegar, but it's completely offset by a vanilla oaky backbone. This certainly tastes like a barrel aged wild or Flanders style brew. Sour cherries tickle the back of the tongue on the aftertaste. Quite tasty, with interesting flavors melding.

M: Medium bodied, with a firm alcohol presence, without feely boozy. Almost no carbonation present at all.

O: really interesting brew. Looks are as unappetizing as they get, but the flavors are wonderfully integrated and contrasting. Bottle shape/size had me thinking Russian River right away, but the lack of carb makes me think Lost Abbey. The beer resembles Red Poppy in look, which I just tried for the first time last week, only perhaps with more age?

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Photo of rand
3.17/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From 375 mL bottle to flute glass

A: Dark ruby-red in color, the brew has no apparent carbonation and forms no head. Completely opaque.

S: The nose is sour cherries, raisin, vanilla and oaky cocoa. There's a strong malt-backbone that yields a distinct toffee sweetness, carried by ample alcohol volatiles.

T/M: The tart cherries and raisin leap to the front of the palate, met by the bready sweetness. The brew is chewy, really viscous, and penetrates every nook and cranny of your mouth. Complex and layered, the cherry aspects bend toward a phenolic note mid-sip as notes of medicine and clove are detected. With all that's going on on the palate, the beer is flat, making it hard to parse the favors at the finish. Boozy, medicinal notes linger between sips.

Interesting, and has some tasty aspects, the beer really loses points with the lack of carbonation. This type of layered, complex beer really needs some scrubbing bubbles.

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Photo of Michigan
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375 bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Need to check vintage.

A- FLAT. son of a bitch, Lost Abbey. Why the Hell can't you get this right?! Needed pliers to remove the cork. God dammit... Pours a deep red/brown. Let's call it red ocher.

S- tart cherries. Brett. Woody. Smells kinda like Tomme rolling in cherries.

T- cherries and brown sugar. Tartness. Sour. No funk. Pretty good wild.

M- fucking flat. Like a still white wine. Teeth coating sourness

O- another disappointing Lost Abbey. Here's to many more flat beers! Cheers!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 4/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A murky dark brown liquid with just a short lived film even after an angry pour, no lace, a few bubbles popping up here and there but it looks pretty still

S smells nice though with prune and raisin coated in brown sugar but I don't get much cherry or funk but just a little, some oak and vanilla with a hint of booze

T I get a little more tart cherry then I could smell on the nose but still not much, lots of brown sugar both crystal and burnt, some plum perhaps as it warms

M nearly flat, medium-full with some heat and faint tannin, plenty room for improvement in this department perhaps more cherry on the finish then anywhere else

O the nose and tastes pretty solid but it just doesn't follow through in other areas, I suppose the most important aspects are taken care of but I'm a little let down

I'm guessing I opened one of the classic Lost Abbey's dead bottles, no where near "off" but it needs some life to be a great beer. I can see how many things could go wrong brewing something like this but I doubt this is exactly what the envisioned

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Photo of riored4v
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 release enjoyed on 4/22/13

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, deep ruby colored body. Very little amount of head that faded quick.

Aroma had good amounts of oak, dark fruit and cherries. Good vinegar and acidic tartness. A bit pruney and earthy. Mellow maltyness.

Taste was great with loads of cherry and mouth puckering tartness. Oak, prunes and dark fruits also present. A bit lemony, acidic and vinegary. Mild maltyness. Some light notes of chocolate and caramel. Very nice tartness in the finish. No signs of ABV

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium/high carb and a super dry finish.

Overall this was phenomenol and well worth the money. Great blend of flavors and tartness was excellent.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep brown body with a ruby tinge to it. Almost no head is present.

S: Very strange. There is intense sweetness from cherries. The malt comes in next with toffee and caramel notes.

T: Very sweet cherry starts it off. It then transitions to a rich caramel and toffee. The finish then comes back to cherry flavor without the associated sweetness.

M: Thick and silky body with very mild carbonation.

O: Great beer but a little sweet for my liking.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, 2011 vintage
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Murky brown color. Really no carbonation ala Lost Abbey. Nearly still. No light gets through. Have to knock it for the carbonation.

S: Dark cherries. Booze. Sweetness. Tartness. Strange malt sweetness, almost brown sugar and toasted caramel a little bit.

T: Definitely get that tart cherry flavor up front. Continues throughout the palate. Definitely get on back end too, like a cranberry juice lingering. Overall flavor is like a Flanders Red almost. Can't believe ABV is as high as it is. Tastes lower. That tart cherry and malt balance. Dry tart finish.

M: Medium full bodied. No carbonation is a fail. Sucks.

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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.