1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. 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.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 639
Gots: 250 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-14-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cuvee De Tomme Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,005 | Reviews: 392 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PowDay
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of hawkmage
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of beerdweeb
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of shufon
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of darkmoon66
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jimmy82063
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GradyS1
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of aasher
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of alano
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rpaul2012
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of MasterSki
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.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Nerdypunk
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of morimoto76
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.