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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

963 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 638
Gots: 244 | FT: 15
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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

texasclimber, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

domtronzero, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

sdhomebrewer, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

jsilva, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

ratedz, Jan 06, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

Thanks to mlaroche for this one!

From a 12.7oz bottle, no bottle date but it was bought/stored for my on 3/19/2011

Pour is starting out like a typical Lost Abbey beer, flat looking, hardly any bubbles surface and the top looks still, color is a nice dark brown with some dark reddish highlights when held up to the light.

Smell has a nice aroma of tart cherries and a hint of sourness touches the nose, dash of oak to add some complexity.

Taste is as it looks, flat and lifeless in the mouth, the saving grace is the tart/sour cherry flavor distracts from the lack of carbonation, flavor-wise this beer hits all the right notes as the cherries dance around the woody character.

Older Viscosity and the Angel Shares suffered from lack of carbonation as well that made those beers intolerable by being a cloying mess. This beer is able to skate by because it's not cloying and the sourness distracts for the most part, but I can only imagine how good this would be if it were properly carbonated.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%

Imbibed at the Lost Abbey tap room 12/31/2011.

Very murky and cloudy in appearance. If I made a paint color to match this, it would be called "mysterious red". Good amount of light tan head, most likely because of the forced carbonation. Sour cherry hits up front and stays, turning a bit sweet like a blackberry. Stout backbone is evident, much like an Irish dry stout. Black cherry dominates the palate. Much like the ice cream flavor, but replace the sugary sweet flavor with a super sour flavor that turns tart. It's like a sour black cherry turns to a bitter dark chocolate in your mouth. Very thick and murky, this beer leaves a dry finish.

This is a wild beer (no pun intended). Although I am very intrigued and in awe over the flavors coaxed out of this beer, it is ultimately not one I would really want to try again. I am very happy to have had only a sample, as a 10oz glass would have been too much. I cannot imagine how someone would finish a 350ml bottle of this. As a homebrewer, I really want to pick the brewmaster's brain to see how he accomplished this. It just makes me want to try Red Poppy all the more.

Philousa, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

IKR, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

PowDay, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

hawkmage, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

beerdweeb, Jan 01, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Leftofthedial, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

shufon, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

ineva, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

darkmoon66, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Result of my first ever trade...saved this for Christmas...poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip Glass...
a) Translucent brown...no head or carbonation.

s) Cheeries! We have a real sweet tart coming up!

t) I like this...boozy cherry quad....no carbonation which I know bothers a lot of folks but I kind of like it this way...as this warms get a bit of vanilla.

m) Smooth

o)Really liked this and would definitely seek out again.

jimmy82063, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Wisconsinality, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

GradyS1, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%

This bottle is the 2009 vintage, courtesy of BrewerB in a box awhile back. Thanks for hitting this Want Brian!

This beer pours a murky, dirty, stained wood brown with cherry highlights and no head or carbonation to speak of. The aromas consist of sour cherries, lactic sourness, light vanilla, and musty oak. It's interesting and heavy on the cherries. I don't get any of the bourbon barrel though. The flavors begin with the intial tart and sour cherry then go into an odd musty oakiness. It's different. It leaves an off raisin flavor in your mouth in the aftertaste. It reminds me of Veritas 009, which isn't good. The beer is lightly carbonated and drinks a little thin. It's just a strange sour. The alcohol isn't present until you're done sipping, then it warms your palate. Overall this is a miss for me. It sounds good on paper but then in a glass it is odd and disjointed. It's as if this beer doesn't have a purpose or isn't trying to necessarily accomplish something. I have yet to be impressed with a Lost Abbey sour with the exception of Red Poppy.

aasher, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

alano, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

rpaul2012, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

ADTaber, Dec 16, 2011
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.