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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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1,023 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 641
Gots: 254 | FT: 13
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-14-2006

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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Photo of Brewbro000
2.7/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark, molasses color and viscosity into my snifter. There is not even a hint of carbonation on this beer which is a huge bummer but not something i can say i didn't expect considering the brewery...I like my beers with at least some life and while i expect head to be minimal considering the style and alcohol content, this one just isn't cutting it...

S- Thick sugars and rasins with a hint of oak but alcohol is also very apparent on this one. Not much noticeable sour or tart aromas coming out of this glass but I'll let it warm up anyway

T- Taste also reveals that there is no carbonation. Flavors start out mildly sweet with some lemony tartness/bitterness in the forefront. As i let it rest i my mouth i get some chocolatey, maltyness that i didn't expect to see in this one. Certainly not as boozy as the nose would lead me to believe. Sweetness from the cherries and attenuation leaves a sugar bubble in my throat, something i only want in a RIS.

M- viscous and dead

O- Not my favorite offering, too sweet and under carbonated. If it were more lively i could have easily bumped the score up substantially.

Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Monk's Cafe served in a 12+ ounce octogon glass. The brew appears murky dark brown with a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. When held to the light, it appears with lighter brown coloration along the edges with some red hues. A swirl revives a few bubbles but fails to produce a head.

The smell of this is dark sugary alcohol coupled with chocolate malt. Some sweet barrel presence is here with a mild touch of oak and vanilla. The overall impression left in the nose is that of raisins soaked in alcohol. Some deep earthy character developes as the brew warms.

The taste of this brew is deep and fruity with alcohol mixed with a presence of raisins and chocolate malt. No surprise here based off of the aroma. The alcohol is prevalent coupled with a very mild barrel presence. Each sip makes me think of molasses, dark caramelized sugar, raisins and a light touch of yeast.

This is a full bodied brew that is undercarbonated. Big booze and sweetness is a constant reminder of raisins soaked in alcohol. I could not finish my glass, I had a hard time finishing but 5-6 ounces of this. I've had this brew before and based on that experience and the reassurance of this brew's description makes me believe that something different was going in here. It is grossly under-attenuated, undercarbonated and displayed zero of the described character of tart cherries and "wild" barrel influence. I have a bottle which I will end up reviewing but I seriously hope it doesn't taste like this.

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

On tap at monks.

A- no head just a thin line of tan around the glass. Very dark brown with a deep red glow at the edges.

S- burnt brown sugar and dark bread with a light sour funk to it. Touches of spice and sweet. Very interesting nose, smells like a quad but then there's something else.

T- opens up with a big sour tart fruity flourish that rolls into a rich dark sweetness. Brown sugar on top of dark toasted whole wheat bread. Complex layers of bready grains and funky wood keep the palate guessing. Slight vinous notes and some earthy herbal undertones. Complex stuff.

M- a few steps above medium in body and a tick below medium in carb. Good pucker.

O- didn't know what to think about this brew but after I spent my time with it I'm very impressed and really enjoyed it. Interesting and fun, I'm really glad I got to try this on draft since the bottles seem to have many issues.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown color with no head. An oily film develops on the top of the beer and there is some floating sediment that sinks to the bottom of the glass. There is no lacing whatsoever. Smells of vinegar, sour cherries, and funk/must. Taste is of sour cherries, malt vinegar, wood, and funk/must. There is an alcohol presence in the throat after each sip. There is no carbonation on this beer. Extremely flat and somewhat drying in the mouth. Overall, this is a nice smelling and tasting beer but the appearance and mouthfeel kill it for me. This would be awesome if the carbonation issue were fixed. Disappointing for the $15.99 I paid for the small bottle.

Photo of Alpar
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again big thanks to Trappistlover for this one!

2010 Vintage poured into snifter.

A: Dark red with very very very little carb bibbles on the outer ring. I know this beer is said to always be flat so I expected such.

S: Really nice, acidic vinegar smell with some cherries and maybe a little spice in there. I don't smell any of the bourbon though. Smells a lot like a red wine actually.

T: Great, like the smell acidic, but really well blended with the other flavors. I definitely taste the cherries but I am also getting peach and sour apple, outstanding. The lack of carbonation isn't really bothering me.

M: Dry and flat, but truly not bad.

O: This beer far surpassed my expectations. I loved it. The carbonation wasn't a problem for me, however if there was a bit more this beer would definitely rank higher and be on a whole other level. Worth the hunt if you're into sours.

Photo of lestat314
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at lost abbey 5th anniversary party, was served a bottle of 2009 vintage.

A- very dark brown with hues of ambers and auburns, very little to no head to speak of.

S- tart cherries and oak, slight caramel and funk. very interesting.

T- again tart cherries but not overwhelming sourness very nice and clean taste through the middle and finishes with more cherries begging you to drink more.

M- refreshing and much lighter in my mouth than i expected from the color.

O- epic beer. i want more.

Photo of khumbard
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to my brother for this bottle.

A - Pours a still murky brown. No carbonation, no head, no lacing. Not unexpected... but still not good.

S - Whoa... here we go. I get bourbon barrel, vanilla, some mild tart funkiness, and cherries. Very nice.

T - This beer is damn tasty. A very interesting combination of bourbon barrel dark belgian frutiness, wine barrel tannins, tart cherries, raisins, maybe some chocolate, and finishes with a light burn from the 11% abv.

M - The lack of carbonation kills this one... tingly from the tartness, with a slight drying finish from the high abv and the wine-like tannins.

O - Overall... if this beer were carbonated even a little bit, it would be world class. There is a lot going on, and it does work well together. I'm very glad to have tried this beer, but probably wouldn't seek it out again due to the carbonation factor. This has been beat to death... but c'mon Lost Abbey... carbonation is not that difficult unless youre bottling unblended lambic, which you are not. End rant. Very tasty beer.

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

The Lost Abbey 2009 Cuvee de Tomme, brewed and bottled by Port Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA, malt beverage brewed with raisins with cherries added, aged in bourbon barrels.

Here goes. A word ahead: I hate, hate, HATE the ramblings, and natterings-on in their back label descriptions. Verbatim: "You are holding in your hands one of the most elusive and sought after small batch beers known simply as Cuvee. Our Cuvee de Tomme is a blend of Old World Brewing Traditions and New World Brewing Processes. It is made from Judgement Day DArk Ale which then aged in AMerican Bourbon and French Oak Wine barrels. We add some fantastic wild yeasts and Sour Cherries to the barrels creating a secondary fermentation. After one year, our brewers then get together to work out the final blend, This means that each batch of Cuvee will vary slightly between bottling. Yet, the result will always be a memorable drinking experience. Pour into a wide glass and let the beer breathe. Notes of juicy cherries. Luscious Vanilla and Supple Tannins integrate in a smooth finish. We think like most, you will find our most creative energies on display in this unique and style shattering beer worthy of the title Cuvee."

Alc. 11% by Vol. 750 ml bottle.

I like this label, the Dali homage. I'm a sucker for that.

I chose this for Beer Advocate review #3000 because I've been after it for years. At least 6, maybe more. Finally got it in trade last year, saved it for now. Why not, 3000, that's something to hoot about, right?

Well, here we go: I turned off the TV, and put on some Trane, hoping that music will inspire me to come up with words for this. Off goes the cage, then the cork, into the glass…Dark brown body, no head at all…no points off, yet, but it is disappointing. I pour again, and there's something, which dies down immediately. Okay, so looking dark, but unimpressive, let's move on…

Aroma: Wow. Intense. Bourbon, cherries, raisins, badda bing, badda bang, badda boom. What else you want, hot shot? Sourness, hugeness, then sweet. Deep, immense, incredible, …it's all going on.

Taste: big sour! Intense puckeration, pulls back the lips and tongue with raw abandon, sour cherries giving no mercy, softly, slowly relenting. I calm myself, relax, and lean back to raise the glass to lips again…ah! There it is, again, and it's big, and brutal. Maybe more than I'd like. And I like sour flavors, love lambics and Flemish Reds. Love bourbon barrels, love raisins, and cherries, but also love balance, integration, and something a bit more mellow, a soft unfurling of flavors. Did I hit this one too soon? It is over a year and a half old, at least.

Drink more…and think more of the same. Very juicy, very boozy, not getting anything from hops, not expecting it, not getting much from malt, either. This is mostly flavor coming straight out of the fruit and barrel-aging, the base beer is completely disguised. The tannins are kicking in, surely as described…"vanilla"? over-used, very minor…it's mostly cherry and raisin, though slowly softening, and letting in other flavors. Yeah, it's getting cool and calm all of a sudden. Awesome, as frantic, devotional Trane turns into measured and mournful, heading into beatific.

My opinion changes now…raisins and sour cherries still dominate the flavor, tart is king, but it is cool, now, very mellow. "Lush Life" come on, …"I used to visit all the very gay places, those come what may places, where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life, to get the feel of life, from jazz and cocktails. …"
I'm getting a lushfull feeling right now, starting inside and spreading through my extremities. Oooo, yeah.
Ah, this is better than any 12 0'clock tails, for certain. Would be lovely if something as nice as this were as readily available as a bottle of this wine or that cognac or the other blah-blah-blah. But special beer is special for a reason.

Mmm, sweet, ahhh, sour. And there are those whiskey barrel edges hemming it in.
"And I'll live a lush life in some small dive, and there I'll be, while I rot with the rest, of those whose lives are lonely, too…"

Plenty of sweetness, well matched by plenty of sour. Plenty puckeration, huge fruition. An extremity, well balanced. Bigness, terrifically maintained. The alcohol slowly creeps in.

Wait, another song comes on…

"You are too beautiful, my dear to be true, and I am a fool for beauty…"

I dedicate this to 3000 beers, some good, some not so good, some so beautiful.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

05/08/11- Review of a 375 mL bottle. FLAT
A: Flat, murky mahogany. Doesn't look good at all.
S: Molasses, cherry, strong blue cheese, walnut, and vinegar. Welcoming.
T: Very nice... molasses, cranberry-cherry, fruity overall, leather earthiness, and not extemely sour, but rather with a dry finish. It is almost like fig and cherry pie.
M: Flat, thicker... not so good.
O: If carbonated, this would have been VERY delightful. However, in this case, it was only OK.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into a Lost Abbey Tulip. Very nice garnet red color. No head at all. No lacing. Looks flat.

Aroma is super funky and sour. Lots of tart cherry aroma.

Taste is flat. Super sour. Like warhead candy sour. Little bit of cherry and funk lingers on your tongue after swallow.

Mouthfeel is dry and flat. Dry is good. But it should be on the high carb side.

Overall I've had this beer several times and it's good when carbed. Still tasty when it's not though.

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage courtesy of jedwards. He really pulled out the stops for this tasting. Bottles open with not so much a pop, but a light woosh. Pours a semi-hazy mahogany with no head, just a couple bubbles across the surface. Nose is vinous and has a slightly sweet character. There's also a suggestion of burnt sugar, ethanol esters and a slightly medicinal quality. Taste follows nose with the addition of light, tart cherries, a slightly buttery quality and a salty flavor that lingers on the lips between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light). There's some minimal carbonation here, but it's almost still. A slightly acidic and vinous character also lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheek. All and all, an easy drinking dark sour - not over the top and fairly even-bodied throughout.

The 2010 vintage (opened immediately following) pours slightly darker in appearance. The nose on the 2010 is a 4.5 in my opinion - bourbon notes comes out as well as dark or caramelized sugar. Some cherries also come out as the brew begins to warm. Taste follow nose - much more cherry is expressed in the 2010 than the 2009. I'm also digging the bourbon character in this vintage. There's also a bit of citric acid in this one. The drinkability on the 2010 is a 4.5 in my opinion. I have to say that I enjoyed the 2010 vintage more than the 2009, but they really come off as two distinctly different beers in my opinion, so it's probably more of a preference thing. That being said, I'd have to rate the 2009 as a B+, while the 2010 is a solid A.

Photo of Trueant1
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No pop of the cork. Pours a minimal head that has no retention.
sits in the glass dark brown. No lacing what so ever.
I am impressed with the smell. Warm booziness fills the nose alongside the cherries. Lots of oak and wood characters.
The taste is Sour with cherries up front. Booze, sweet figs, vanilla, real cream soda flavors, and even some cocoa flavors. Exceptional!
Mouthfeel is medium stickiness with a hint of carbonation.
Over all this is a world class brew. The style says some may not care for the sourness. I think the sour cherries are brilliant in the brew. This beer drinks way to easy for this style. Kudos again to the brewery who took over the old Stone building!!!

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- tart fruit, sour flavors

color- chestnut

clarity- clear

smell- vanilla, funk, cherries, wine barrel, alcohol

body- medium weight, lean mouthfeel, medium length finish, hop bite at the front of the tongue, sour flavors on the side of the tongue

appearance- flat, very thin off-white carbonation ring around the glass with very little lacing

overall impression- glad i tried it but don't think i'd seek it out again for $34

notes and comments- 2009 vintage

beer spy- city beer store, san francisco ca, 2010, $33.99, 750mL

glassware: tulip

Photo of notchucknorris
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I had read a few reviews of this one that talked about how flat it was, so I wasn't surprised when there was absolutely no pop when I took out the cork. What I wasn't ready for was the way this beer looked. This is an ugly mother. The color is a muddy, murky brown that kind of looks like sewage.

S: This is better. A lot of cherry smell with some vanilla. There's also a bit of a jammy smell that hints of blackberries. I know this was aged in bourbon barrels, but I'm just not picking up any hint of that.

T: A lot of tart cherries, some vanilla and a little bit of a funk/sour flavor. This had a lot of wine qualities to it and the tannins were definitely present and gave it a dry feel. Overall, I'm glad I tried this one, but I don't think it's worth $40 for a bomber.

Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a deep vinous red color without any head at all

S - smells of sweet cherries, vanilla bourbon, dark fruits, and caramel malts

T - starts off with loads of sweet cherries hitting the front of the tongue that merges into a really nice vanilla, brown sugar, caramel malt blend. It is akin to taking a bit out of cherry pie that used some brown sugar and vanilla in the crust and just a subtle splash of bourbon in the filling. Really good stuff here.

M - there isn't any carbonation in this guy at all...goes down smoothly enough though

D - I really enjoyed this wild ale a lot. Really good spectrum of flavors that came together to form a delicious beer. I would love to try this again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A flat beer? From Flat Abbey? Who'da guessed it. Poured into a tulip.

2.0 A: Ruddy dark plum color. No head.

3.5 S: Bourbon and cherry are the main attraction and work really well together. Sourness from the cherries and the bugs and vanilla from the barrels. Tangy lactic acid fruitiness. I bet this would smell amazing if there was some carbonation to shuttle aroma molecules to the surface.

4.0 T: I bet it would be amazing if the easy part was done right for once. Usually when bourbon meets Belgian, the bourbon covers all the subtle Belgian flavors. Apparently when bourbon meets Belgian and that meets cherries and bugs, the result ain't bad at all. Anyway, sour cherries and lactic acid start this off with a tangy sour punch. Leathery bourbon, vanilla, and oak supplement this well. Light "supple tannin" astringency. Vinous with prune and fig fruitiness.

2.0 M: Medium body. Flat, flat, flat, flat, and flat. Super smooth though.

3.5 D: Despite Tomme's usual carbonation antics, this is actually pretty good. This would be one hell of a beer with carbonation. This has a lot of things done right, but one major thing done wrong. Shame on you Tomme for releasing your namesake with such a major flaw.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/5/11.

Pours a super dark brown almost a blackish watery liquid with no head at all. No carbonation in this one.

Smell has lots going on. Sour cherries, wood, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon.

Taste is a lot like wine. Also sour cherries, very sweet with a little bourbon on the back.

Mouthfeel has a lot to be desired on this vintage. Its smooth and I like it and all but it really needs some carbonation bite to complete the feel. I am disappointed but not hopeful that I will get to try a better vintage.

Drinkability is low to moderate on this vintage. I stress this vintage. I have heard good things about the others but try to stay away from

Photo of SpdKilz
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had a Red Poppy the other day and it had carbonation, and also tasted pretty damn good. I decided to give Flat Abbey another try with this. The most recent vintage.

Appearance - "Pop" Just kidding. As I pull the cork out I don't even hear the slightest bit of a hiss. This is not looking good. Pouring into my RR Tulip with a vigorous pour, I achieve zero head. Awesome.

Smell - Dark fruit, sour and tart aromas, oak, slight barnyard funk. The nose does not impress me nearly as much as Red Poppy.

Taste - I taste alcohol up front followed by dark fruits such as sweet cherries, prunes, and raisins. Slight oak and vanilla. Not enjoyable since it is completely flat.

Mouthfeel - Tastes like medium bodied flat beer. Does finish a hint dry.

Overall - Sadly, I have two more of these in my cellar. Perhaps with time they may gain a little carbonation. I obviously know LA is known to have carbonation issues but you would think after all this time, and with there being carbonation in this year's Red Poppy, it would have been fixed. I refuse to rate this high because of the slight hype around this or to justify the price. To be honest, this was probably the worst $16 dollars I have spent on beer. The flavors didn't impress me, the beer was flat, and the alcohol was noticeable. Red Poppy was much more enjoyable. I really haven't given LA much business in the past due to known carbonation issues and this has affirmed I will pretty much stay away from them in the future. They do put out some good stuff but I refuse to drop that much money on a beer that does not perform. Additionally, don't try to claim "it is supposed to be that way." There should be SOME carbonation. Mine had ZERO. It was a flat boozy mess. Not impressive at all.

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

2010 Vintage, Sinners Club item.

Beer pours flat, little sign of carbonation, whisps of lacing on the top. Dark body with reddish hues, murky and smooth looking. Aromas are immediately cherries and brett, slight smoke, sweet malt, slight vinegar, cinnamon, honey. Taste is interesting and complicated; chocolate cherries quickly upfront, followed by bourbon vanilla, some malt somewhere in there. Slight alcohol burn, not really too tart; sourness contribution could be confused between cherries or bacteria. Slightly medicinal but well balanced flavors. Slick mouthfeel, barely perceptible carbonation tickles the tongue, medium bodied. Pretty darn drinkable, if any one of the characteristics got too out of whack, drinkability would have suffered for me. It will be interesting to see how this one ages and tastes in a year.

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Pour black/chestnut with a bit of tan head & no real pop when the cork is removed. Nice vicious look to this, zero head retention & lacing

D: Prunes, figs, sourness & oak notes. Opens up even more once warm

T: Follows the nose, hints of vanilla, a touch of booze, raisins & cherry juice up front. Dryness & vanilla are fairly prevalent as this warms along with boosey cherries & figs. Finishes dry, tart, figgy & with dry oakyness, plus a kiss of booze

MF: Slick, medium bodied; smooth carbonation is noticable. The fruitty sweetness melds well with the tartness/sourness. Nice warming sensations as well, but some boozeyness is present

Super drinkabilty for the style & ABV

Photo of drink1121
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2011 release. Poured into a wine glass
A- Dark brown with a light red hugh. No carbonation at all. Beer is supposed to be carbonated.

S- very, very complex smell here. its tough to pick things out, so I will just list everything I smell with no specific order: vanilla, little rubbing alcohol, vanilla, sour cherry, Belgian candi sugar, light bourbon

T- slightly less complex than the smell, but still really complex - the smell was just hugely complex. I would say its very close to the smell though, but a bit more cherry and also sour cherry

M- not great because of the carbonation, but nice thick feel besides that

D-For 11% and despite it being un-carbed, I am hugely impressed with this beer. I could rink a bomber easy - with such a huge beer, thats saying something

Photo of LittleDon
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The color and life of cloudy flat Dr. Pepper. I obviously drew the short straw on this bottle and got something with no carbonation. No head, no lace, no carbonation. Lifeless. Aroma and taste make up some for the poor appearance. Lots of cherries, some oak, some acetone from the alcohol. The taste is phenomenally complex. Tart, a bit of alcohol in the middle, cherries and oak, finishing a bit buttery with a mild bitterness. Due to the absence of carbonation, mouthfeel was flat. The only thing keeping the rating above 1 was the medium body.

I am saddened that I was cursed with a sub-par example of this beer, made all the more painful due to the hefty price tag ($16 for 375ml). I am sure that with a bit of carbonation this is a world class brew (or with a bit more alcohol a great port like fermented beverage). Perhaps one day, I will venture back to the North County to try Cuvee De Tomme again. Until then, I am left with the memory of what may be the poorest value beer I have ever purchased.

Photo of ShanePB
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

'09 vintage poured from a 750 ml bottled at Imminent Liquidation this past weekend - thanks to whoever brought this!

A - Nice look but nothing flashy...no head, dark ruby red in color, hazy and murky...

S - Oak, sweet berry fruits, some musky notes that went away after this breathed a bit, tart lemon/citrus juice.

T - Now this is what I'm talking about...tart strawberry and blackberry flavors, with some dry tannins, oak wood and an overall sweetness.

M - Thankfully this '09 bottle is carbonated, but not overly so. It's evident it's mellowed but no where near flat like some of the other '09 Lost Abbey bottles. Bubbly, medium-bodied and juice-like body.

D - I could drink this all the time. Great tasting beer but it can't be perfect considering how high the alcohol is, though it's as close I can get put it for a Wild Ale.

This was the highlight of the tasting for me personally. A beer I've been seeking out for quite some time and it was really nice to be able to sample this one.

Photo of benclimbs
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amazingly wonderful, dark brown/red with a big thick head and tons of visible bubbles and lacing.

smell is so wierd, all minerals and sour brett funk, some woody earthy smells but everything is just strange, it smells how vitamins taste.

Taste is really amazing and uber complex - a dry leathery character along with sour cherries, prunes, dried figs and bitter herbs...so interesting and unique.

feel is good - not too slick, not too light

drinkability is really hard to judge - i was happy with a 6oz pour and wouldn't have wanted another one, it was just so so so complex and intense, like no sour or wild ale i've ever had - wholly unique, very interesting and very wierd.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this one.

A: Dark brown with light brown highlights with no head and lacing.

S: Nice complex smell: part sour, part oak aged wine like vine character, part dark malt, and part dark cherry and raisin.

T: Follows the smell but wasn't as complex as I hoped. Much, much more cherries than the smell. Some oak and wheat tastes intermingle with sour tanins and red wine. Seems a little confused.

M: Could use some carbonation. Smooth and nice feel though.

D: Ok but not great.

Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,023 ratings.