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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

981 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 637
Gots: 244 | FT: 13
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

mmulebarn, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

jacewg, Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

KnowYourCraft, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

Beervana, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of PHBoiler
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Tastes like a sour old ale. Nice sour cherry nose and you certainly get the sour cherry flavor. This beer could use some sort of carb. There is none. It's a little pricey for what it is. Expected something more complex or complete. It's a solid sour if you're a big sour cherry fan.

PHBoiler, Aug 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

lukasz, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

rdooley, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

blabaer, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Moeder Lambic, 375ml bottle served chilled, poured in a tulip.

The color is a dark translucent brown with practically no head wth sunny red hue when held to the light with small bead ring. The smell is intense with tons of oak and dark fruit-cherry and light bourbon with stone fruit presence and light woody accent alongside a caramelized sugar and gentle vanilla aroma with the cherry odor continuing with an almost raisin-like yeast accent and mild alcohol in the back. The mouthfeel is tangy up front with rich malt and sour presence with sligh hint of sweetness and dry warming effect following with alcohol evident. The feel has a light woody texture with subtle acidity of fruit with a dry slight astringent wild yeast character with the complexity of bourbon's alcohol influence as it finishes dry.

The flavor is lovely with a mld vanilla mixed with sour cherry and bourbon juxtoposition just tantalizing along with gentle tangy yeast with the sour elements blending well with the mild alcohol and wood from the bourbon with cherry skin tannin in the finish and warmth of the bourbon continuing in the back with slight dark sugar accent. The tangy sour is in harmony with the carmelized malt flavor with light sour flavor of fruit and mellow fruity sweetness combining to finish tart with a drying alcohol taste and barrel tannin in the end. Overall this is a true joy to savor -for a strong 11% ale to have a quad base and the cherry and sour elements all working in unision is a testament with exceptional drinkability with the bourbon enhancing the overall enjoyment-great mix of fruit and barrel aging in this.

Slatetank, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Roze, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

monkeymagic72, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

TNeedles, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

erbu, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Lasering, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

ThatsThatDude, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of impending
3/5  rDev -28.7%

C+

375 dark cola quad color indeed, zero head zero lacing zero carbonation

the aroma is a delight, lots of cherries, a deep developed sour, the underlying quad is in evidence

a strong lactic sour dominates the initial sensation then ends up dominating everything, lots of cherry, lots of wood, lots of bugs. Very sharp dry twang.

nearly medium bodied mouthfeel

some brew, quite a few in fact are fine with little to zero carbonation
but this isn't one of them, very disappointing
rarely do I drainpour but that's because I rarely buy a brew without an
understanding of what to expect
no cheers
jd

impending, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

inspektor, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Filabee, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Idrankitall, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mgr78704, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Ben7773, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage

Snifter pour with nice carbonation. Pours an amber/brown colored ale with a beige head. Burgandy highlights. Light foam around the glass.

Aroma consists of red vinegar, red wine, cherries, old school funk and oak.

Taste is sour cherries with noticeable red wine characteristics. Slight vanilla on the aftertaste. Wood and oak present as well. Good stuff.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised, but no overwhelmed by this pricey brew. Was happy to have tried it but the overall cost would make me think twice about consuming another. Still a good beer and session though.

kaseydad, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

dleiner, Jul 19, 2014
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.