1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
Cuvee De TommeCuvee De Tomme

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

944 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 944
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cuvee De Tomme Alström Bros
Ratings: 944 | Reviews: 387 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kkrez


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 18:02:27 | More by kkrez
Photo of BeerThursdays


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

11-15-2011 17:28:04 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of AleWatcher


3/5  rDev -28.7%

11-15-2011 12:39:29 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of MrVonzipper


3/5  rDev -28.7%

11-15-2011 05:37:50 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of ygtbsm94


4/5  rDev -5%

11-15-2011 04:11:52 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Levitation


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 03:42:10 | More by Levitation
Photo of JAHMUR


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-15-2011 02:11:40 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-15-2011 00:26:41 | More by stevefinny
Photo of Photekut


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 22:56:21 | More by Photekut
Photo of TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 22:43:22 | More by TheRealDBCooper
Photo of nanobrew


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-14-2011 18:59:45 | More by nanobrew
Photo of DoctorB2B


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 18:59:40 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 18:04:40 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of SourNotes


4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 16:32:01 | More by SourNotes
Photo of JMRSN


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 16:20:10 | More by JMRSN
Photo of Rollzroyce21


4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 14:56:25 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of bsuedekum


4/5  rDev -5%

11-14-2011 09:55:16 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of cocoapuph


5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 07:58:52 | More by cocoapuph
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009 Thanks for sharing Nathan! and Ehammond1 for the bottleshare invite

Look: Pours a medium to dark brown with about a 1/4 inch head and ok retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: The nose carries some dark fruits especially raisins, plums and figs. Very very tart nose on this guy as well definitely know its a sour beer based on the nose

Taste: Wow this beer is a palate wrecker. There is a crazy amount of tart sourness upfront and is backed up by again some dark fruit notes

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is one of the better sours I have had. I am still not a fan of sours and nor will I ever be at this point but this is a pretty damn good sour

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 08:52:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of phichifiji00


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into Lost Abbey tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy, deep brown with red hues. Pours minimal off white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: sour cherries, acidic, red wine vinegar, tart, dark fruit, barnyard funk, earthy.

Taste: sour cherries, tart, red-wine vinegar, acidic, very vinegary (much more so than fresh bottles I've had).

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, very acidic.

Overall: one of my favorite sours from Lost Abbey. This bottle however was very acidic/vinegary. I don't recommend holding onto these more than a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 04:15:02 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of dgilks


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

Bottle thanks to futura123. Cheers William!

Dark murky brown a small and very short lasted light tan head.

Mild lactic aroma with some light fruitiness and a touch of funk. A hint of caramel. Nicely balanced.

Like a classic Flanders Red Ale this starts off with a fruity, tart kick that backs away to a bit of sweet and sour malt like an Oud Bruin. This is quite unique and very nicely tart with only mild funk. When I search for it, I can even find some of the bourbon barrel character. Nice.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Very good.

Lost Abbey cops a lot of crap but I really enjoyed this. The tart character is very good, the fruitiness adds depth and there is even a bit of sweetness to the malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 09:11:47 | More by dgilks
Photo of mulder1010


3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for the bottle
375 ML shared with others at tasting party

A-- Poured a deep, murky brown color. First thought was that this is one ugly looking beer. Except for a couple of bubbles this had no carbonation. No lacing, no nothing.

S-- Sour cherry, slight bourbon, vanilla, wood, plum, raisin and very wine like.

T-- Even more wine like I thought. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and slight amounts of cherry. Reminded me more of a solid shiraz than a wild ale really.

M-- Sour cherry finish. Front and mid were more the bourbon and vanilla. Once again very wine like to me. Slick and long lasting flavor. Little to no carbonation to this but with that much complexity it really did not need it. Alcohol was minimal at best.

O-- Ugly looking beer but very good. Not the big bright flavors or sour vinegar that other sours have. Really good beer and really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 13:33:00 | More by mulder1010
Photo of spicelab


4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review 27 January 2014. Again it's the 2011 batch.

Same muddy mahogany with nary even a film of saffron head.

Thick chocolate-caramel fudge, balsamic, nail-polish remover, tree bark, dry red wine and rough soily, earthy notes.

Stewed rhubarb, balsamic sour cherries and carob. Body is massively chewy but very little ABV presence. Seems perfect to carry what this beer does. Strong tart-balsamic finish.

Absolutely unique. At times it doesn't seem to mesh but still amazing.

Original October 2011 review
2011 batch. Bottle thanks to mulder1010. Shared at tasting.

Reddish clay brown, with zero carbonation. 3.5

Complex interplay of lactic, fortified and barrel characteristics which dominate at different times, providing a different experience with every sniff or taste. As well as the obvious cherry and raisin notes there's maple, vanilla, pecan pie, stewed plum and rustic barky notes. 4.5 and 4.5

11%? Having had Red Poppy just before, this felt not much thicker. Smooth as you'd expect from zero carb with no ABV burn. 4

Another great Lost Abbey beer that I probably need more than the quarter of the bottle I had to do justice in a review. In particular, the barrel imparts plenty of complexity that takes time to unpack. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:59:31 | More by spicelab
Photo of danieelol


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to mulder1010

Pours reddish with clearly almost no carbonation.

Nose was all strawberry jam and decadent vanilla oak. Some vinegar but well integrated and hidden. Cherries came across too.

Taste was similarly decadent.

Was very, very low in carb; almost absent, but I didn't even notice while drinking it. The alcohol in this beer was also extremely well concealed- drank much lower than it actually was.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 14:39:21 | More by danieelol
Photo of LSUPT


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2011 vintage thanks to HopsSchnapps, poured to a Lost Abbey tumbler.

Dark brown with red edges from the cherries. The appearance is the only indication that this was ever a Belgian dark ale. No head or lacing.

Smells of cherries, funk, a bit of malt, candi sugar and slight alcohol. Taste is great. On par with a good kriek. Big sour cherry flavor and very tart on the back of the tongue. Dark fruit, plum, raisin, tanins, oak, slight alcohol. Just a hint of carbonation and full body.

Overall, a very good beer. I've certainly had better american wilds but I really enjoy the cherries in this one, a very nice American interpretation of a kriek.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:03:04 | More by LSUPT
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.