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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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927 Ratings
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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 632
Gots: 241 | FT: 18
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark molasses brown color with very little bubbly head covering.

Nose comes with tart Bolotin cherry, dark fruits with a light must and funk touch of wild yeast funk. Some dark malts, a little molasses.

Taste comes with tart cherry and light syrup, little chewy malts, semi sweet, sour light malt vinegar. Some light bready malts, bit of sour fruit but not much. A very nice flavor. Finish brings long tart little dry funky bready malts.

Mouth is med little sticky and lower carbonation.

Drinks well for being 11% and the stickiness isn't bad, tartness and vinegar balance really well with the malts, for a nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:55:01 | More by jlindros
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very hazy dark brown with a a small dark brown head with a nice amount of lacing. Nose is sharp and malt with a good funky nose.

Taste is quite sharp and tart, it's got a very sharp funkiness that's quite unique an tasty. Finish is sharp and funky, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 16:43:07 | More by kingcrowing
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champ103

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewing from notes. A 2009 bottle. I had this at a BA tasting at the Freetail Brewpub in San Antonio on 10/09/10.

A: The small corked bottle opens without a pop and pours a dark opaque red, nearly brown color. The color is nice, but no head, and no lace forms.
S: A nice tart fruitiness up front. Mostly of cherries. Lightly vinous, with some oak and vanilla sweetness lingering.
T: Just kind of a nondescript tartness. Maybe some cherries and a lingering vanilla sweetness.
M/D: A medium body, but pretty much flat. What else should I expect from Flat Abbey? This needs to by crisp and dry. It is not by any means. Not hard to drink, but a bit of alcohol and the lifeless feeling does not make this very inviting.

Grr, this is a beer I have been looking forward to trying for a while. Though once again, a flat beer has ruined another Lost Abbey for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:43:07 | More by champ103
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Phelps

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 2009 bottle at the Off-Centered Experience.

Looks: hazed dark crimson with a tiny head of dark tan that quickly becomes a clingy ring with some film. I love the color on this one.

Smells: tart. Raspberries, cola and lemon.

Tastes: super tart! Sour cherry, oak and a tiny bit of dark chocolate emerge before a massive burst of sour at the swallow, leaving the lingering sweetness of figs at the finish.

Feels: medium, prickly carbonation amidst a nice, velvety medium body. The tartness is striking and lingers in the back, but never becomes overpowering.

Drinks: balanced. It's amazing that such a striking sour character could be so masterfully reigned in, but Cuvee de Tomme accomplishes it by loading the other side of the seesaw with sugary dark fruits. A highlight of the day.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 20:15:18 | More by Phelps
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oggg

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG.

Bottle SU#118 (out of 350) is one of the oldest iterations of Cuvee de Tomme. I bought it from Pizza Port Solana Beach in 03 or 04. It has the silver foil over a bottle cap over a cork. It spent 2 more years in sunny San Diego with me, and then another 2 years up in the San Francisco Bay Area, with no protection from the ambient temperature. In the last 2 years, I finally put this 750ml bottle in a wine frig to sit at 55F.

OMG.

The cork showed no signs of expansion or bulging above the bottle rim. There was no gasp of carbonation when I uncorked the bottle. I gently poured the beer into my unibroue goblet. At first it appeared flat, but then I saw a thin lacing of super microfine bubbles. The smallest bubbles I've ever seen, even compared to champagne. It's a murky dark brown that is a little bit lighter on the edges.

The aroma is a silky blended choco-floral-cherry deal. Restrained early on as I served it from the refrigerator. As it warmed, the deep chocolate aroma came out more.

On the tongue, I get moderate to strong cherry sourness tailed by a lovely chocolate presence. Then the sour cherry surges, while being balanced by a steady rind-like hop bitterness (grapefruit pith or lime pith) and the super crisp carbonation. The bitterness persists a little more than necessary.

OMG.

This beer is just gorgeous. This crisp carbonation and sourness are perfect for the fresh salmon burgers I threw together. They even match the mini-cupcakes that my wife brought home. Each sip refreshes the palate perfectly. It's medium to full bodied, and it tastes like it's a 3% abv beer. Incredible! I saved a few ounces in the bottle to try tomorrow, but I could easily have finished the entire 750ml. An 11.5% beer that I can drink like a session beer. Incredible!!!! OMG this beer defied all odds -- 7 years old and less than ideal storage conditions -- and it is just beautiful. I have one more Cuvee de Tomme from 05, I think, so I think I may sit on it 2 more years to get to 7 years old as well =)

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:13:06 | More by oggg
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a small tasting at my place last weekend.

A: Mahogany brown with a pretty small, timid head that doesn't linger.

S & T: The aroma and taste are quite similar. I found them both to be extremely complex with aromas and flavors consisting of cherries, wild yeast, oak, vanilla, malt, misc. spices, bourbon, alcohol. There's definitely a lot going on here. While it's noticeable that the base beer is a quad, Cuvee de Tomme has become an entirely different beast now. The souring and barrel aging have taken over and now dominate the flavor of the beer. That being said, this is a well done, artfully crafted beer that I find intriguing and enjoyable.

M: The feel is medium bodied with sour notes throughout - not the type of sour that makes you pucker, but rather a consistent funky cherry and wild yeast flavor that blends in cohesively among a barrage of scents and flavors.

D: Quite tasty and profound. This is a great treat to share several ways. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 18:50:02 | More by Huhzubendah
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scottfrie

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into sniffer. 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a deep dark maroon with flash of head that disappeared before I set the bottle down. No lace.
S: Smells of rich dried black cherries and prunes. Very tart smelling with a hint of musty wood, funk, salt and just a vapor of alcohol.
T: Super-duper tart with musty oak and bitter old fermented cherries. I can tell there is a lot going on in this beer, but the sour cherries and cherry pits really dominate much of the flavor. There are some notes of vanilla in the oak. Aftertaste has a hint of tobacco to it. The flavors really open up after the beer breaths and warms in the glass, and the cherries gain a little bit of sweetness to them.
M: The acid gnaws at the throat at first as you swallow, but either my palate got used to it or the beer mellowed out because it's drink mighty fine right now. The finish is extremely dry, one of the driest I've had. My mouth definitely puckered at times too. Carbonation is medium and sharp at moments. Alcohol is masterfully hidden and almost unnoticeable, especially for a beer over ten percent.
D: This is one fairly epic drink even if it is a bit rough at times. Not quite as flavorful or complex as say, Supplication, and a bit abrasive. The price was a bit steep, but I am glad I got to try this.

8/2012 EDIT: 2003 vintage (first bottling) #41/350 hand-bottled by LA. Thanks for sharing Chad!

Pours flat, dark ruddy brown, a shade browner and lighter than red wine. Darker than I remember. Slight oxidization but it's very light. There is lots of oak and deep fruits, cherries, and must. Flat mouth, no carbonation, with a tartness that is not even close to the 09 I reviewed. Not much sourness but a bit of acid. Drying mouth and slick. A little too old but amazingly good for its age.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:27:58 | More by scottfrie
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.05/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2009, 37.5cl bottle

Pours out dark reddish brown with barely any carbonation. Wonderful clarity. Smell is signature for Lost Abbey. Pungent acetic acid up front with little in the way of balance between brett and acidity. Figs, over-ripe plums, raisins, and a deep sour cherry aroma is below this. Bourbon isn't strong.

Taste is not as acidic as the nose but it still has a sharp vinegar bite to it. Pretty awful actually. More dark fruit flavors coming through with a muddy cherry/pit flavor. Very slight bourbon again. The acid really takes over your palette, keeping you from getting more of the sweet quad beneath it. Maybe I'm mistaking the oak for that cherry pit taste because of this?

This beer is nearly still. In fact, I think more carbonation left the bottle when opening it than what was actually in solution. Oily on the palette. Pretty unpleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 20:07:39 | More by BearsOnAcid
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts backed up by loads of tart cherry aromas. Also present are hints of subtle vanilla from the oak and moderate amounts of funk. As the beer warms very slight amounts of boozy dark fruits - raisins mostly with hints of dates - waft out.

Tastes very good. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of tart cherries and funk. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla make a brief appearance before giving way to the tart cherry flavors that carry through to a crisp ending. As with the aroma, hints of darker fruit flavors come into play as the beer warms but the tart cherry flavors remain in charge.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this really is a fantastic beer and shows why people continue to buy LA beers despite the occasional QC issue. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:25:50 | More by glid02
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masterhomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 375-ml bottle.

A-Nice pop as the cork is removed. Pours a dark, quad-like brown with 1/2 inch head. Leaves a gorgeous lacing.

S-Notes of cherries, candi sugar, oak and balsamic-vinegar tartness tickle the nose.

T- Big-ass sour right up front. Reminds me of Supplication on steroids. Follows with a ton of complexity rare for the style -- spices, balsamic, beef, cherries, oak and a touch of cardboard.

M-Really, really perfect mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation level (medium) and fantastically-thick and chewy body (rare for a sour).

D- Outrageously drinkable for a beer as big as it is. Just a fantastic high-powered sour that has me loving it more and more as I drink it -- one sip begs for another.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:36:29 | More by masterhomebrewer
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 750ml into tulip. Thanks, azurelimits.

A- A bit lighter in the pour than I expected. Muddy brown. Minimal carbonation, no head but lots of tiny bubbles on the surface.

S- Cherries, oak. Tart. Fruity. Great nose on this one, I could get lost in it.

T- Again, cherries. A very tart and sour beer. Slight vinegar burn on the way down, but not too acidic. The base quad is basically lost, more of an oud bruin here. Still, the cherries have fantasic depth and go great with the sour base.

M- Low but adequate carbonation. Seems like LA carbonation is always in question, but this one was right on the money. No complaints. Easy drinkin' for 11%.

D- Fairly high, esp. considering the style and ABV. I enjoyed this bottle to myself over an hour or two and would like to revisit it again. Pricey, but very tasty.

Send some of this to the East Coast!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 16:15:28 | More by ShogoKawada
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'09 750 ml bottle into Bruery tulip, with a big thanks to Iconoklaztor. It took almost a year, and a move from Brooklyn to Nashville, but the wife and I finally decided tonight was the right night to pop this one. Thanks, Don!

Pours still as a frozen pond, with a deep, murky purplish-brown and no real bubbles whatsoever to speak of.

Nose is quite balanced - opening with a mellow shot of acidic sourness, mixed with a deep underlying malt richness that recalls the cherries, currants, and quite a bit brown sugar, all backed by a decent amount of spicy alcohol heat.

Taste starts off with more of the fore-mentioned mellow sour bite mixing it up with the sour cherry note, almost vinous, just enough barnyard funk to dirty things up a bit, with a sturdy underlying malt body with a bit of rich brown sugar, raisins, and just enough alcohol heat to tickle, all underneath the sourness. There's a burst of more vivid fruits (both cherry and the darker stuff) leading right up to the finish, and then a few seconds after the swallow comes one last burst of earthy funk with a just a bit mild, earthy bitterness, almost tannic, and quite a bit of dry oak.

A lot of people have weighed in on the lack of carbonation with this one. Let me just weigh in by saying: it's really not bad at all. Basically still, medium bodied; what it could really use to make it pop is just a bit more of a lactic/acetic sharpness to give it some of the dryness and bite that normally comes from the scrubbing bubbles. Still, while different from the norm, it's certainly not bad, and absolutely not as bad as the same mouthfeel in Angel's Share. Because this beer is so naturally vinous, getting mad at it for being still or calling it a drain pour seems utterly counter-intuitive, like calling a very good bottle of Cabernet a drain pour because it isn't carbonated either. Maybe some don't make the same connection, but to me it worked pretty well.

Drinkability is really pretty great for the abv. To style, probably a 4, but I'm giving it a bump because of the excellent masking of the alcohol. Quite tasty.

Not a bad beer at all, though if I want a beer that fits this mold, I would normally just reach for an Abbaye de St. Bon-Chien if it was available in my area - many of the same characteristics (down to the still mouthfeel if sampling one of the 375 ml Grand Cru variants), only with just a bit more sourness, and just a bit more refined in all the right places. Regardless, this is still a very good beer, and certainly something I would be proud of if I had brewed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:49:41 | More by JohnQVegas
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a dark deep brown base beer with a slight head that retains around the outside of my Duvel tulip.

S: Tart cherries, dark fruits, figs, oak

T: Tart cherries, figs, dark fruits, sour funk, some barrel some interesting layers that I love.

M: A nice medium bodied beer, very smooth, nice carbonation levels.

D: This is a very easy beer to drink, the alcohol is hidden and the sour aspects are not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 23:24:58 | More by nas5755
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the chance to try this great beer thanks to a trade!

A- Body is a translucent mildly foggy mahogany hue. Pours with a thin off white collar that fades quickly.

S-Dark fruit, anise, licorice, oak, a touch of alcohol, a slightly sour/acidic presence, and a hint of chocolate malt. Decent overall but more ripe and dark than wild.

T- Large dose of sour cherry upfront-which is quite acidic and slightly lip-puckering. Chocolate malt is very faint in the background. The sourness fades for the finish as smooth vanilla and soaked oak flavors emerge-but then becomes bone dry-and resembles a dark fruity wine.

M- Smooth, full bodied. Slightly dry slightly juicy characteristics. Soft carbonation.

D- This is a VERY good wild ale. Its a nice dark wild ale that is quite complex and quite sour-but not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:00:35 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours a cloudy mahogony colored liquid. the vigourous pour produces a thin small amount of khaki colored head.

S-the nose is nice, notes of earthy musk, oak, cherries, vinegar, and some tartness.

T-the taste is quite nice, a touch of earthiness to it up front, notes of vinegar, the oak lies right behind with a good bit of cherries and cranberries behind. the back has a good bit of tartness to it in a nice way.

M-smooth with a good medium body, prickly on the back of the throat and actually more carbonation than I thought after the poor.

D-quite tasty, great balance. i really enjoyed the the hint of earth to up the complexity with the sour tart cherries. the oak is played in pretty well also.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 23:55:35 | More by cpetrone84
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at City Beer Store during a vacation in San Francisco last September. Drinking this tonight on a hot, sticky evening.

2009 vintage, 750mL

APPEARANCE: Pours into my New Belgium tulip a deep, ruddy brown with a firm, finger-high, beige head on top. The foam is tightly bubbled and drops quickly to a hearty collar with a large patch across the surface of the beer.

SMELL: Deep sour with a significant lactic component. A bit of funky sock quality comes through as well. It's quite fruity and vinous with a large dose of vanilla quality from the barrels. Overall nice, but a bit sharp and harsh.

TASTE: Much more well rounded than the aroma. The fruitiness really shines here with cherry and wine. It begins fairly funky before giving way to full-on tart by the finish. Barrel flavors are muted but certainly present. Excellent.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied but an effervescent carbonation lightens things up considerably. Silky smooth without being syrupy. Perfect.

DRINKABILITY: Oh God. I just saw that it's 11%. You'd never know at all. This is incredible and I'm going to drink the whole 750.

A world-class beer for sure and worth seeking out. I'm really bummed now that I don't have another. Time to start planning that next California trip.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 01:35:59 | More by jmalex
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mdfb79

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From, 6/12/10 notes. Shared by nimbleprop, thanks Mac. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with light carbonation and no head.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, sour cherries and sour dark fruits, hints of funk, oak, and fruit malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of wine, dark fruits, sour cherries, oak, and funk. Tastes great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink for 11% ABV.

d - I thought this was an amazing sour, one of the better ones I've had. It had an amazing sour cherry and dark fruit taste, with hints of oak and funk. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:55:43 | More by mdfb79
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Xul

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with some red hues, capped by a thin, fizzy tan head. The head recedes almost immediately, leaving a ring around the top of the beer and some spotty lacing.

S: Tart cherries with a lactic acidity pop up first partially balanced by sweet cherry notes, followed by a mild barnyard/earthy funk. The base beer comes through with dark fruits - plums and raisins especially - and belgian candi sugars. Oak lurks in the background but isn't overdone.

T: Balanced sweet and tart cherries up front evolve into a fairly strong tartness - not mouthpuckering but some serious lactic qualities. Funk comes in to cut the acidity, followed by oak and the base popping through with a hint of sweetness towards the end. Some vinous notes make themselves known at various points. Finishes dry with oak, earthy tones and cherries.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D: The ABV is well hidden and the acidity is never overpowering, goes down remarkably easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 04:56:13 | More by Xul
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tale of two bottles: both 2009, one had an optimum level of carbonation (Bobby8405's), and the other didn't (McDiddypop's). Both tasted good, and similar, but perfect carbonation trumps the lesser, obviously. Thanks to both of y'all for the share.

A - Pours a reddish-mahogany hue, somewhat hazy, with some fizzy head (if you have a good bottle) that subsides into a scant ring of foam.

S - The aroma is initially somewhat sweet-fruity, but quickly the general fruit essence sharpens and segues into a tart-sour cherry impression. As it airs out, some serious earthy-woody-barrel funkiness shows up, and the barrel brings back a little sweetness. Quite a dynamic brew; the flavors and aroma really evolve on both a macro and micro level.

T - Very well-rounded, balanced and dynamic flavor. Moderately tart and lactic at first, it transitions into deeper fruit flavors, and then the barrel complexity begins to assert itself nicely. The finish is exceptional. And I can't believe this is 11%?! I would never have guessed.

M - I will have to give this a mixed rating. One was average, the other was essentially perfect.

D - This beer was very well-received by the whole group, it was considered world-class by several tasters. I would highly recommend it; even if it was totally flat (which it wasn't) it would still taste and smell good.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:17:02 | More by ktrillionaire
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kfsv034

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Caleb (drink1121) for the chance to try this brew

A- pours dark amber with no head.

S - Smells of cherries and dark fruits, alittle bit of wood smells like a port wine. As it warms up the tart smell becomes more prevalent.

T - Smacks you in the face with a pungent tartness, cherries, dark fruits, port wine and finishes with a hit of wood and some dryness.

M - very wine like

D - Pretty good at 11% the alcohol is there but similar to the way that its there in wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:06:11 | More by kfsv034
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to both Nanoslug and Draught2012 for providing me with a bottle of this beer. Really have been looking forward to trying this.

Pours into my chalice and a thin tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing is evident. The beer is a very deep garnet color. Darker than I expected. Held to the light the garnet colors pop.

Aroma is thick... seriously, it hangs in your nostrils. Tartness is evident as is cherry. But there is also a nice dark fruit note and deep malt aroma.

There is certainly a lot going on in this beer. You almost need to taste it in layers. The first layer is the tart burst and the initial cherry pop. Once you become accustomed to this you then taste the second layer of deep malt tones. Here there are dark fruits including figs and dates. Then you get a moment of creaminess and the wood notes become present. Just a hint of vanilla, some oak. Certainly a vinous notes. What's interesting is that the aftertaste gets earthy.. Not funky, just deep and earthy.

Body is a little thick than you initially anticipate. As it warms to room temperature you acclimate to the tart nature, you notice that it's a thicker beer.

This is certainly a beer to slowly enjoy and savor. I am very happy to have multiple bottles of this gem. Well done Tomme.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:02:40 | More by Reagan1984
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beertooth

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle split three ways into Goose Island half pint taster glasses. Thanks to Ben(madorb) for bringing it over.

This beer pours a deep ruddy brown with a thin collar of cream colored head.

The nose is close to pickled cherries with some barrel and lacto sourness. There's also some acetone.

The taste is fairly tart with a very sour and has a dry finish that itches my throat. There's sort of a buttery element too. Strong cherry notes with barrel tannins and booze. It's not as deep as I was hoping it would be.

Mouthfeel is a thin medium with a low level of carbonation.

I was happy to have finally tried this. The abv is a bit much though. It's hitting my sour fix, but it falls a bit flat since it doesn't have enough depth to hold it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 03:45:23 | More by beertooth
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of Phoenix2443, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A very vigorous pour yields a black body (clear brown around the edges) underneath a one-finger head of very coarse tan foam that settles into a rough ring and leaves some spotty lace. Pretty clearly under-carbonated, but not the totally flat disaster I was fearing.

S: Very interesting mixture of bourbon, vanilla, tannic oak, and plenty of sour funk (seems more like bacteria than yeast). Rather sharp and medicinal, but invigorating and enticing as well.

T: Starts out with slightly sweet bourbon, then quickly transitions into a wave of amazing sour, funky, deliciousness. The cherries show up, along with some decidedly vinous tannins and pure puckering sourness. The finish is a perfect balance of tartness and smooth sweetness. Hugely complex and, despite being a bit harsh at first, quite delicious.

M: Medium body with some stickiness and practically no carbonation (surprise surprise). Some effervescence would do this a world of good.

D: Not only is this beer delicious, it has a perfect level of sourness, and it hides its huge ABV far better than any 11% beer I've ever tasted. The only downside here is that the lack of carbonation keeps things from being totally smooth. Ah, well. I could still drink another one of these, gladly.

Notes: Other than the carbonation issue, this one lived up to everything I hoped an 11% wild ale aged in bourbon and wine barrels could be. I love the way the sour fruit and sweet oak meld, and the extent to which the alcohol remains hidden is truly remarkable. This is a great beer, and I'd love to try it properly carbonated. Big thanks to good trader Phoenix2443 for sending it my way.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 01:08:59 | More by woosterbill
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber brown clear around the edges with a tiny white lining around the edges of a small tulip. Smell of tart cherries, vanilla, raisin, some brett and some vinegar.

Taste of cherries, raisin, oak, bourbon, brown sugar and vinegar. The tartness is a little more muted than the Captain Lawrence Barrel select I had yesterday, and not quite as complex tasting. I sense more vinegar , slightly less sourness, less carbonation but seems to have the edges a little more sweet and boozy.

This is a very good Wild ale, I recommend it, it leans a little more to the vinegary side, not quite like Monks Blood, because it has a slightly sweet side and is a bit hot on the edges. Some time could help the 11% tone down a little bit, but very good just as it is now.

Light body for an 11% , light carbonation , making it a little more drinkable than if the carbonation were higher. Cork had a muted pop

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:27:52 | More by alpinebryant
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh. Served with course #8 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner. Of course, this was the famed cake-taker beef and chanterelle pot pie.
How to choose which beer at this point? Knowing as I did the monumental decision before me... Juliet? AleSmith Grand Cru? Black Albert? Oude Kriek? I chose the phenomenal Grand Cru over these and the Cuvee...but I had a plan. The last of this fine bottle was squirreled away for me (hidden in the eaves). After this orgasmic meal, I poured the last few ounces into my chalice.
What could I find there? A burgundy pleasure palace with cherries popping out of the glass. Punching me in the teeth! Oh, what a divine finish to a hedonistic course! It starts steady, full and angry before delivering a sour blow with a lingering cherry dangling in my windpipe.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 08:22:55 | More by olympuszymurgus
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.