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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 649
Gots: 263 | 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:
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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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.

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Came into this beer with incredibly high hopes. 11% quad w/ cherries? - sign me up!

Unfortunately it poured as flat as can be. A rigorous pour down the middle produced zero bubbles. Smell is great. Tart cherries, chocolate covered cherries. fig/rum/raisin characters. Amazing smell. Taste is more of the same. As it warms the taste really improves and opens up. The taste softens. Chocolate covered dark cherries w/ figs & raisins. It's really too bad they couldn't get the carbonation. It didn't need much, but with even a small amount of bubbles this beer would have been world class.

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2008 bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours a dark, murky brown color. Minimal head. Kinda ugly.

The nose has tons of tart, mouthwatering flavors coating some dark fruit and wine characteristics. Very nice.

The taste has lots of tart raspberry preserve flavors to it along with some mild bourbon characteristics with paired really nicely together.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

A really interesting beer and definitely one best shared among friends. Recommended.

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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
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