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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
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981 Ratings
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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 637
Gots: 244 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of mjl21
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release. 375 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Comes in at 11%.

A-Even before pouring the beer, it is worth mentioning that when the cork was pulled I was greeted by a minimal pop sound. Pours a murky, dark brown with some reddish hue. There is not much of a ring once it has been poured into the glass; the ring is comprised of a few miniscule bubbles hugging to a portion of the glass. There is also a tiny fraction of film left after pouring. There are occasional bubbles that rise from the bottom. It doesn't look completely flat, but it looks to be on its last legs.

S-After removing the cork, my nose is greeted by sour cherries. This smell is also quite evident once the contents of the bottle have been poured into the glass. I pick up on notes of bourbon and vanilla. As it warms the raisins and other stone fruit smells from the JD base beer become apparent. As it rests in the glass and warms more, it reminds me of a big red Cabernet.

T-The sour cherries hit very fast. In the middle the bourbon and vanilla flavors provide a really nice level of sweetness that cuts out some of the sour flavor. On the finish, there is a definite puckering tartness, but it is by no means tart overkill. The bourbon also can be detected in between sips. After the beer has been in the glass for awhile, I begin to find that the raisins and sweet stone fruit from the base beer push the sourness level back at the beginning of each sip. It is not boozy tasting.

M-It is on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. The almost complete lack of carbonation surprisingly works well for this beer. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the sourness does a good job of hitting the taste buds on the tongue which helps stimulate the mouthfeel. It has a very dry finish.

D-This is truly a unique beer and is definitely one to sip and savor. There is a ton going on in both its aroma and taste. Its sourness and 11% does limit its drinkability. I felt the 375 ml was the perfect serving size.

Having read so much about this beer, I was glad to finally try it. I do feel the carbonation was not an issue with this one. I would love to try this one with some age on it to see what happens.

mjl21, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage. .375L corked bottle. Love the label.

Pours a light red color with a small head that fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The carbonation seems very light. The aroma is excellent. Raisins, dark fruit - cherries, some tartness, and a touch of wood. The flavor is much more than the aroma led me to believe. Lots of dark fruit flavors meld together with a decent malt profile and cherries with a touch of wood. Extremely tasty. The mouthfeel is moderate as some of the sweetness sticks to the tongue. The drinkability is wonderful - the alcohol was a total surprise when I glanced at the bottle and saw it was over 10%! Fantastic.

clvand0, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Black cherry with beautiful scarlet highlights when the snifter is held up to my sunlit front window. A lovely crown of light brown sugar colored foam is waaay ahead of the game in terms of texture, given the ABV and the barrel aging. A bloody good look.

Considering everything that's going on here, the nose is a something of a disappointment (relative to expectations). The BSDA/quadrupel contributes, as do the sour cherries. The bourbon barrels and the wild yeast... not so much. Then again, there's probably a limit to how many distinct aromas can be present in any one beer. Note: raisins soaked in tawny port appear with warming.

The flavor profile is just about as complex as they come. While I might not have been able to identify each of the beer's major contributors, each is easily appreciated once you know they're there. Thankfully, they hit the taste buds at successive points throughout the mouthful.

First is a big blast of tart cherry juice that lessens from start to finish, but never completely disappears. Next comes the Brettanomyces funk and the ripe dark fruitiness of Judgment Day, which is this beer's base beer. Finally, on the impossibly long finish, we have subtle notes of oak and vanilla.

It's strictly personal preference, but I would have eased off the cherries just a bit and would have added more bourbon barrel character. That isn't a complaint, though, because this is fantastic beer that is a joy to sip and savor. The 12.0% ABV drinks more like 8.0%, which is a mighty impressive feat.

The mouthfeel is almost worthy of the next highest score, but I'd need either more fullness or more creaminess to get there. The bubbles are slightly harsh initially, then settle down a few ounces in. It's heartening to see that these guys haven't always had issues with carbonation.

It takes balls (and a big ego) to name a beer Cuvee De Tomme, but if you can back it up... This style-busting, dizzyingly complex ale is yet one more reason why The Lost Abbey is on my list of top-10 favorite American craft breweries. If they keep pushing the envelope and pay attention to quality control, they should be there for a long time to come.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap (killed the keg) at Toronado SF on 6/13/2009.

A: Poured a dark ruby color with an inch of fluffy caramel-colored head. It had long-lasting retention and left huge gobs of foam down the sides of the glass.

S: Oak, sour red cherries, some red wine / grape character, molasses, and very light bourbon/vanilla.

T: Huge sour red cherry flavor (my girlfriend commented that this tastes like cherry juice gone bad). It was definitely sour, but not totally vinegary, as the oak and molasses flavor pull it back out into a fairly rounded profile. There is a red-wine like flavor with very light hints of bourbon and vanilla near the end of the swig. Has a dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation (maybe a little high, and yes, I do feel weird saying that about a Lost Abbey brew), dry finish. Definitely a sipper, but it doesn't get syrupy and start to coat the tongue, so it's very drinkable.

D: My only complaint is how expensive it is. I refused to buy a bottle because I've had some issues with flat beers from Lost Abbey, and I didn't want to take the risk again. But on-tap it's quite good, and I'd definitely have it again if I saw it.

Arbitrator, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

06/07/09- Shard at a tasting with friends.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, bottled in eartly 2008. Caged and corked bottle poured into my Orval chalice.

Appearance- Pale ruby red in color. Ligher rose water colored head with slight watery lace trails left behind.

Smell- Fresh boquet of cherries, some tart aromas via the fruit as well as some oak barrel notes.

Taste- Cherries and more cherries. Freshly picked and straight to the beer. Pretty sour, but not quite pucker territory. Light sugary notes as well as a pleasant oak barrel flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thicker than exprected. Not quite viscous but lightly syrupy...pretty much the perfect mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

Drinkability- Right up there with the best wild ales I have had. Incredible drinking beer worth seeking out.

GClarkage, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the 6.13 epic tasting. From notes. I think that I liked this one a lot more than most. 2008 375mL bottle.

Coca-cola appearance. Thin film forms on top. One of the most complex aromas I've come across. The layers are incredible. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cherries, raisins, vinous notes, a slight nuttiness, oak, vinegar. The best thing is that not one of the flavors overpowers another. Some of the beers with bourbon components are so blatantly overpowering, but this was far from the case here. Lightly carbonated. Great mouthfeel, alcohol is barely noticeable for its ABV. Some tartness is present but there is just so much going on here that no one flavor dominates throughout. A vanilla-bourbon sweetness marries with the alcohol to help conceal it. Very glad that I was able to stock up on the 2009 batch- I will be enjoying this beer for years to come.

Ineedabeerhere, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of kasper
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 375ml bottle

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with amber highlights near the edges. Bottle gave a muted "pop" but not going on with the bubblies; doesn't offer more than a ring and a few swirls of carmel-colored head.

S: Lots of oak, sour red grapes and cherries, bit of vanilla in the background. Smells like a strong Oud Bruin. Acidity is imposing, but sweet and tart with hints of dried cranberries.

T: Fairly vinous and tart, with flavors of grape skin, vinegar, cherries; acidity hits in the throat but is gentle; the finish is coated in oak and pleasantly dry with some lingering acidity.

M: Similar in consistency to white wine. Not much carbonation but the acidity carries each sip.

D: For what this is, it's very well done. The tartness masks a good slice of that 12% ABV. There's complexity but balance, which makes it a great sipper. If anything, it's heavy on dry, woody characteristics and I don't mind that. Def wish I would have grabbed another bottle or two.

kasper, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of slayer3604
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage from Red Carpet in Glendale, CA

a- OH NO! have i been hit with another non-carbonated 30 dollar bottle of LA beer!? The first reaction i had almost resulted in a berserker head-butt to the wall, but then i noticed a great deal of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass...the initial pour hadn't stirred more than a millimeter of head, to which it settled to a very tiny white bubbled rim on the outside of the glass, so i was fearing the worst.
The beer has a murky maroon/yellow appearance. the yellow occurring towards the outer rim of the glass, when tilted and held against the light.

S- chocolate, rum, HUGE tart cherries, a blast of dark raisin, cherry cola, and fig!!!

T- very smooth especially for 11%, lots of raisin, some acidic acid, almost tannic bight, with cherries that are a week away from being ripe! very dark feeling on the palate, with an unfiltered quality, coupled by great craftsmanship.

M- velvet. because of the lack of effervescent carbonation, this beer is free to be as smooth as it can be. has a lingering semi dry, tart and fruity finish. very classy.

D- If this bottle was available year round i'd pick it up every month even at 30 bucks. Terribly smooth for what it packs, and im pretty light headed now! good night!

slayer3604, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of the new Cuvee De Tomme 2009 By the Lost Abby. But the bottle looks different than the one pictured above.

I am very excited about this beer but...

Im worried it has been oxidized or is lacking priming sugar or something. I poured this beer vigorously into my Duvel tulip. The pour is a murky dark brown/cola syrup color. There is little or NO head on it I guess the alcohol is killing the head? Looks like a flat glass of coca cola.

Ok not worried anymore.... taking my time with this beer...I digress. The aroma is amazing... strong sour cherry with honey, oak and molasses. Giving this beer some air appears to help. I almost wish I decanted it or something!

Flavors of very sour cherry, wood as well but not very much... I really miss effervescence. Sour flavors overwhelm but I sense this is a time issue. Perhaps with several years of age this will become more balanced. My only hang up is the lack of effing carbonization. Maybe this is all due to bottle variance. Aging will only help.

Mouthfeel is my major issue with this because its just not there. I have never felt that mouthfeel could change a beer so much. Some foam would really help break up the sour and the complex. Aging may do to same thing and maybe that's the intent, but if so how about you write that on the effing label.

pretty drinkable all things considered, that is if your into very sour liquid.

flannelman808, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Carbonation sticks to the side of the glass but barely shows up on the head as just a skim of graham cracker colored lace. Body is a deep murky root beer brown in color. Nose is very bright and luscious with tones of barely ripe cherries, vanilla, cola, acidic vinegar tartness and ripe dark fruit. Mouth really wasn't ready for this attack of sour on the tongue. Tartness is very acidic and borders on vinegary with definite cherry tones. The fruits from the dark ale are truely there surrounded by all the tartness. Dark fruits play more of a role as the beer warms developing red wine like tannins. Serve this one on the warmer side. Mouthfeel is lovely with nice tannins and tart dark fruit. Drinkability is so good that I really never wanted this one to end.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $29.99 for a 12.7 oz bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a snifter glass to review. The 2008 vintage has an 11.0% ABV according to the label. Well the 2009 vintage is being distributed this month, so I have to estimate that this beer was bottled just over a year ago.

Leaves a quarter inch head after an untilted pour. Head dissipates quickly, leaving only small traces of retention bubbles. Opaque dark brown color with some ruby hints when held to a bright light. Minimal carbonation. Almost no lacing.

Smells quite special. Dark fermented cherries, vanilla, red licorice and hints of aged oak wood. I'm waiting for the right temperature on this one to take my first sip. The aging in oak becomes more evident as it approaches 58°F. Alcoholic in the nose, similar to a fine red wine. Cherries do have a mild sour smell which I know will become even more sour in the taste.

Taste is of nice sour cherries, aged oak and vanilla. The licorice that I originally smelled faded as it warmed and is not present in the taste. A bit of funk in this one, but not over the top.

Mouth is on the dry side with some astringency from the tannins. Unnoticeable medium body. Minimal carbonation. As I get closer to finishing, the dryness becomes more evident. The mouth on this beer is the closest to red wine that I have ever tasted. This is not your everyday beer, definitely a sipper, yet I enjoyed every last sip and had no problems finishing.

This is the kind of beer that a wine snob that is anti-beer would appreciate. Many of the characteristics of Red Poppy are present in the Cuvee but I must say I like this better. Maybe a bit more sour, not as musty, less dry and astringent, not aged as long in oak barrels, smoother and more drinkable. I certainly am glad I tried it, but at $29.99, I paid a bit much and would not go seeking this out again at that price level. My review is not taking price into consideration. Throw style out the window on this one - nothing like a Belgian Strong Dark, actually I'd say it is a wild/sour/flanders combination of sorts. Wow Lost Abbey, I am impressed.

ibbjamin, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008

A - Dirty raisin color with a quick soda like rush of bubbles and a thin tan head that quickly disappears and leaves little signs of carbonation left behind.

S - Slightly funky, musty and earthy with sweet brown sugar and a fresh tart cherry aroma. Green apple and raisin.

T - Tart cherry and green apple, slightly acidic with a touch of spicy yeast, wet oak, raisins and a very vinous, dry red wine like finish that lingers after each sip.

M - Medium body with little carbonation and very dry in strong red wine like way.

D - The abv is completely hidden. Interesting but doesn't really blend together as well as I would like.

brewcrew76, May 30, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, labeled as Lost Abbey (not Pizza Port) Cuvee de Tomme. Tomme, you arrogant bastard (not the beer) naming this after yourself! Just kidding, you know we love you.

A - Excellent dark reddish-brown color with a tan head.

S - Dark fruits, oak, and tartness/wildness.

T - Complex with sour cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, oak, and sourness that isn't too intense. Strong vinous notes. Mild sweetness present as well to balance.

M - Sharp palate with medium carbonation and fairly full body.

D - Well, not very drinkable, so this scores a little higher on RB than BA. Great beer overall though!

nickd717, May 27, 2009
Photo of WaXHeLL
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Lost Abbey / Port Brewing's 3rd Anniversary party. 4oz taster. Tasting notes from 5/9/2009. 2009 Vintage.

Appearance: Dark brown and tan with a greenish and reddish tint. White head lingers in the glass. Good lacing. Intresting appearance, not entirely sure what to make of it.

Smell: Very fruity with heavy grape and cherry tones. There is a slightly sourness and tartness to the nose. The alcohol is definitely present in the nose. Smells a lot like red wine.

Taste: Very unique and tasty -- unlike any beer that I've had before. There is a sour taste of dark, heavy grapes complemented with sour cherries. Tastes almost like a complex red wine (with a slight hint of carbonation). There is a bitter, sour taste that starts in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste that is executed very well. There is a slight hint of hops and malts in the finish, but not much. There is a slight smoky and oaky flavor somewhere through everything. The dryness definitely contributes to the taste and is done well. One of my few 5.0 ratings for taste.

Mouthfeel: Sour thick grape feeling with a mild carbonation. The taste definitely sticks to your mouth afterwards. Feels like wine. Medium to full body.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipping beer. The alcohol isn't too apparent (except for the nose), but the complexity and unique flavor delegates it to a sipping beer. However, even given that, very drinkable and should complement food very nicely. I'd be more than happy to drink this quite a bit, but it's hard to find and expensive.

Overall: Very unique beer that probably will age very well. One of my favorites.

WaXHeLL, May 12, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kegatron for this Christmas present, 2008 edition.

Pours a hazy dark garnet red almost brownish color with 1 finger of tan head into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Head fades fairly quickly leaving only a little ring of tan and some thin lacing. Smells of oak, sour cherries, apples, light vinegar, red wine, and some funk. Tastes of sour cherries, raisins, wet oak, vanilla, caramel, light barnyard funk, Belgian candy, and red wine with a splash of alcohol in the finish. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Fairly thick clinging feel, sour with a light tartness, sweet with a very dry finish and some warming alcohol presence. An amazing and unique brew from Lost Abbey, a sipper, but enjoyable from start to finish.

HopDerek, May 07, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich redwood color with a silky tan head and some light lacing.

The nose has sour cherries, dark pitted fruit, farmyard funk, oak, cabernet grapes, bourbon, and vanilla.

Taste is very well balanced. The barrel aging was nicely done. Tart cherries and plums up front followed by fruity yeast, figs, raisins, musty funk, oak, vanilla, whiskey, and red wine.

Big, thick body delicately complimented by a soft carbonation and a dry acidic finish. Another classic artisinal ale from Tomme.

rye726, May 05, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was ecstatic to find this on tap at the PP Belgian Beer Fest. I've had bottles of this several times since its last release, but it's been far too long since I last had it on tap.

Cuvee de Tomme is dark amber brown with a one inch, off white head. I'm greeted by the most fantastic tart and sour cherry aroma I've ever experienced. Oak, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, plum, and fig are all present in the nose, with some alcohol. The taste has a high level of sourness and a medium level of tartness. The cherries combined with the subtle chocolate are stunning. Oak is noticeable, with some vanilla, plums, figs, and caramel. The alcohol is very well hidden for its high level.

Cuvee de Tomme is medium-full bodied with a medium level of carbonation and a vinous mouthfeel. This is, without a doubt, my favorite sour cherry beer, and one of my favorite beers period. I can't wait for the next release.

HopHead84, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of steadydose
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 11.0% Purchased from brewery 5/08/08.

Cork tough to pull out, little pop, CO2 present.

A: Poured into lost abbey tulip.Dark brown beeer w/ red hues when held up to the light. Khaki head around the outer rim of glass. Beer leaves no lacing.

S: Sour Cherries, a little vinegar, lots of oak, as beer warms malt sweetness comes through.

T: Sour cherries, tart, long finish w/ lots of oak flavor. Astringint. A little dark chocolate with the finish.

M: Has decent carbonation, soft mouthfeel. Good.

D:Good beer, complex. Cuvee hides its 11% very well. Just too much oak in this beer for my taste. Looking forward to trying 09 version.

Update: 09 version
More similarities than differences when compared to the 08 version, but the 09 version for me is much better. Not as tannic, oaky and just more balance in the beer. The sour cherries are delicious fresh. Scores are still for the 08 version.

steadydose, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gregc for this one.

This beer opened with a dull thud and pours a lovely dirty raisin, much like lake water, with touches of red wine when held to the light. It's also a bit cloudy with only a thin collar of manila for a head.

Smells great! At first I'm greeted with a dense wall of funk, but this dissipates and slowly some depth is revealed. First comes a brown sugar and pastry dough that gets a little dry, splitting things up into a dryer dinner roll and a confectioners sugar while a sweet, natural cherry creeps out. Nice!

The taste: I didn't see that one coming. Starts with a blast of sourness but then sheers off into a wall of oaky dryness that ruffles up the sides of my tongue. The oak obliterates my mouth, drying out just about everything. Little hints of caramelized sugar, coffee and cherries creep in with the funk and the oak to add a rather nice flavor, but overall, the dryness dominates. In the finish, as the oak fades, I'm left with a nice touch of peanut brittle. I'd like to say that I am displeased with this abrupt dryness, but I keep eagerly going back for another taste.

Feels quite slick and it gets rather hard to detect when the dryness hits. Not much carbonation here, but the dryness seems to make me aware of a film in my mouth.

A tasty brew for sure and a nice change of pace for sour beers for me.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Got this one through Brotherliam some time ago.

A- Cuvee De Tomme released a loud pop when the cork was released. With a nice gentle pour nothing in terms of head and I don't think one would come up with with a lot of force. Just a few faint bubbles on top while the liquid looks a dark brown, slight mahogany. Some red spots up towards light.

S- CDT has a nice up front smell of sour cherry and some green apple plus a hint of lemon. Also some wood from it's time in the barrel. Smelling some raisins from the original base beer Judgement Day. Almost somewhat of an acidic smell with a tart backdrop. Opens up more as this breaths.

T- Not as tart as imagined but it will do. The sour cherries added during the brewing process are really defined and stand out. This blends's nicely with the wood/oak from the barrel which leads to a bit of vanilla. A bit of lemon in the back adds to the souresque taste. Getting some cinnamon,plum and ripe apple with warming. Where is the alcohol?

M- A nice puckering crispness from the tartness in this each sip but nothing over the top. What's amazing is how the alcohol is hidden. This has some vinious qualities. For 12% I can hardly notice it. This is pretty much on the medium bodied level with not over the top carb.

D- Drink is off the charts but alas I probably won't see this for some time so I'm savoring my ounces. My 1st "sour" from lost abbey is a winner. This kind of reminds me of a flanders red beer. This was a pleasure to drink and everyone should get to try this at some point, worth seeking out.

BARFLYB, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got raped on ebay but I got'er anyway. Was really attracted to the 11%!

Satisfying pop of the cork. Pours a deep brown with almost no highlights. Very dark I says. Semi-aggressive pour yields a small dirty white head that fades pretty quick.

Smell is sour but in a mouth watering way. Cherries are evident. I swear I've smelled this before. Wife says it smells like "pottied underwear that have dried." Well... damn. We have many young'uns. Sometimes they potty. Sometimes it smells.

Taste is ... unusual. Not over the top sour, but sour. Decent. Grapes. Chalky. I wouldn't claim it's world class. Sticky; the flavor is glued to my tongue.

I'll tell you what makes this better than a lot of sours: 11% bitches!! I understand experimenting with the yeast, but when you do it with a 5% beer, it just seems like a waste of time to me. Then again, I'm a man.

Overall: s'okay

PatronWizard, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of chefnash51
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

tasted After the NotB fest. So.. yeah, maybe I wasn't in the best state of mind to review this, but who knows if I will ever actually get a bottle of this. And it was Spectacular.

This beer cut through all the nights drunkenness and hot messes and hit my tongue just right.

Carbonation was on the low side

A nice dark walnut color gave way to a decent head.

Sweet cherries and oak on the nose

Taste was where it all came together. This beer is just so wonderfully put together. Every aspect made sense together. Dark Cherries, caramelized sugar, oak, the wonderful tartness..it was a complex treat.

chefnash51, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chefscott79 for this 375 mL bottle. This beer was my most sought-after want for as long as I can remember.

A: The cork was removed with little fanfare. Poured into my glass, carbonation seems to be missing. A few bubbles here and there and that's it. The ale is a dark walnut wood color.

S: The nose is sour cherries, sourer cherries and sourest cherries. No gettin' around that one. A mild tartness, funk from something other than the cherry, and oak also leave a mark.

T: As in the pour, carbonation is at a premium. No bubbles anywhere! Luckily the ale is such a whopper, taste-wise, that there's no missing 'em. Cherries are first, sweet but sour. They quickly transition into tartness. The tartness is mild, sharp enough to let you know it's there but not mind-numbingly tart. The oak barrel is the final element to come through, waiting patiently behind the others. The oak has given the ale a full, boozy element that brings the cherries and tartness together. When all three aspects fire together, watch out.

M: The tartness, not overbearing, is enough to make you take notice. But when paired with the cherries and oak, wowie wow.

D: Wanting is more pleasing a thing than having. Thanks to Mr. Spock for that insight. In this case, my longing was well rewarded. This is a fantastic beer, so complex and nuanced. The only drawback is the strength; it hits you like a hammer. Well done.

akorsak, Feb 22, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark red/brown/black, depending on how it is held to the light. The only signs of head is the slight ring around the edge. Aromas of black cherry (comes of Jolly Rancher-ish), soy sauce, slight musty basement, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is nice and fruity. Loads of tart cherry and plums. Warm alcoholic finish. Silk and oil over the palate. Moderate carbonation. This is less like a beer and more of a wine or high end liquor. Thanks a million Mike.

tjthresh, Feb 11, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle. The beer pours a deep mahogany with a tiny tan head, that disipates quickly. The smell is of sour cherries, dark caramel malts (raisins?), and mellow oak/bourbon. Wonderful. The taste is well balanced between the sour/tartness from the cherries, the wild yeasts/bacteria and the deep caramel malts and vanilla like flavors from the barrel. The beer finishes with a tartness and slight tannic finish. The after taste is vanilla and sour cherries. I love this beer and this style. The mouthfeel is full yet not too big. This beer has many wine like properties in smell, taste and mouthfeel. This beer is extremely drinkable, but at 11% abv be careful. I could drink 10 of these no problem. I have to say that this is my favorite of the Lost Abbey yearly releases. Some of the special one off sours are excellent, but I am really glad that this one is released every year. Can't wait for the 09 due out soon.

WeeObese, Feb 09, 2009
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.