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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 647
Gots: 259 | 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: jcalabre on 06-14-2003

Once upon a time it was the most award winning Pizza Port beer of all time. Now it has found a new home at The Lost Abbey.

A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with.
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Photo of prototypic
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

Cuvee De Tomme pours a dark, rust brown color. It's very hazy, but backlighting gives it a distinct red tint. Despite a forceful pour, light carbonation results in very little head. It's a surface covering at best. There are definitely bubbles, but not a great deal of them. Lacing didn't happen. Color's good. The rest? Not so much.

The nose is good. Oak is front and center. I like that. Sour cherries and perhaps light berry notes are present. Plum and raisin reveal the dark side of the fruits. It is quite deep and complex. There are some spices present, but they're tough to identify. Perhaps it's too deep. It has an earthy quality, but it isn't funky. That's a surprise. There's very little here in terms of bourbon, too. Oak seems to rule the day. I'm not complaining too much. It smells good. It didn't unfold quite like I expected though.

The flavor is pretty impressive. Once again, oak comes through strong. It's followed by a tart, sour cherry flavor. It's tart, but I wouldn't say mouth-puckering. The list of fruit flavors present is lengthy. Cherry, berry, plum, raisin, and the list goes on. The flavor profile is deep, complex, and quite satisfying. It's a little spicy and yeasty, but those are secondary elements. I'm really surprised at the small impact that Brett has. It's not funky. I'm getting a little bourbon, but not much of that either. Those flavors must be buried among the others. I never thought I'd say this, but there's probably a little too much going on here. If some of the features are imperceptible, what's the point? Alcohol is blended well and isn't strong or warming. It finishes sour, oaky, and fruity.

Cuvee De Tomme has a medium body that is relatively smooth. Carbonation is very light. Bubbles are certainly present, but I'd like a few more. Drinkability is above average. To be fair, the flavor is quite good, but it doesn't blow me away. It's also rather strong at 11%. I'll polish off the 375, but I don't need more.

Cuvee De Tomme is good beer. Damn near very good. At least that's true of this 2008 release. I like the flavor quite a bit, but it seems to be held back by its all-inclusiveness. There's a little too much going on. It's tough to appreciate all of the flavors due to the volume of flavors present. Perhaps it's just me. It's good beer, but I wouldn't say it's special. I don't have any hesitation recommending it, but stick with a single bottle.

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage.

Cork pops off with hardly any pressure.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours hardly and head. No lace for obvious reasons. Color is a dark dark brown. Sediment in the glass.

Aroma: Tart, sour cherries. Such wild notes in this beer. Makes my mouth water. Very malty as well. Some light vinegar notes and leather bits. Light oak. Awesome!

Taste: Sour, tart cherries up front. Some raisins, bold malts. Nice oak flavors. It is very hard to pick out the quad notes here, because of all the sour cherries, but I am ok with it. I am a big fan of all the tart notes.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation, it is ok for the style though. Ends very tart, slightly dry. Overall, decent.

Overall, this is a solid sour beer. I am surprised by how sour it is. I don't know if this is a quad base or not, but the cherries take over the base beer. I am a big fan of this beer. I want more.

Photo of thedindaniel
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, shared with my lovely girlfriend. Poured from a 750 I purchased at the brewery into two tulip glasses. The beer poured a dark mahogany color with very little head and almost no lacing on the glass.

Smelled of tart cherry funk and the dark fruits that must be present in Judgment Day (from which this beer is made). I enjoy the complexity of the taste as it starts very tart and sweet but leaves behind a dark raisiny-pruny flavor. It is almost cliche to say it about Lost Abbey these days, but I really wished there was more carbonation. The mouthfeel felt thick, heavy, clumsy, which obviously effects the beer's drinkability.

I had been wanting to drink this for a long time and while good, its not exactly what I'm looking for in a Wild Ale, especially when a bottle cost $30. All that said, I will probably give it another try next year.

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage -- black label. This particular vintage was brewed not at Lost Abbey but at Russian River. Interesting trivia. This beer was at a recent tasting.

Beer is brown and hazy. Forms a thin off white head that's broken and diffuse. Carbonation is low but lacing is high.

Aroma is a surprising mix of alcohol and funk. There are some serious sour notes in this beer but the primary aroma is boozy. This is shocking for a 5 year old beer, although it is 11% alcohol.

Taste is complex, its strong and sweet, the sweetness of the beer is almost immediately cut by the sour. There is a hint of cherry flavor in here and then at the end some oak. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is really good. Its a good beer, I wish I could try a more recent vintage to compare.

Photo of zdk9
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very cloudy brown. Very little head and no lacing.

S- Sour notes- cherries, balsamic vinegar. Horsey notes- light sour milk. Gingerbread. Very complex and great smelling.

T- Sour, a great combination of fruit, malt and funk. Warm carmelness. Some vanilla. You can definitely taste the bourbon barrel aging in this beer.

M- Sour lingering, but in a delicious way- I don't really want the taste to leave so keep the lingering coming.

D- Amazing, many thanks to Mawr for this. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at hoppymcgee's tasting 1/16. '08 vintage?. 4oz. pour into a sample pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 finger head. Beer is a cloudy, murky brown which is a little off-putting... looks like swamp-water. Lacing is spotty but apparent.

S: Sour cherry, slightly sweet, barnyard, woody funk, and a bit of cane sugar sweetness. Also some dark fruit lurks in the background.

T: Opens sour cherry, woody, and skunky. Booziness is apparent here. Dark fruit in the middle with a cameo appearance by hop bitterness. Sour towards the end with a rather messy finish. Infinitely complex and I can't really understand what Tomme is trying to do with it, all I know is it's quite good...

M: Light to medium bodied which is surprising given the imperial stout background. Smooth, flat, and phelgmy. Mouth-watering and very messy leaving a lot on the palate.

D: A good beer and very complex with a... strange mouthfeel. I really appreciate it but like I said before, this one is hard to understand... like a cross between a sour and an imperial stout. I'd like to try it again though, maybe with a bigger pour to try to unmask the mystery here.

Photo of ricke
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

Murky brown with a small tanned head that leaves some lacings.

The smell is complex and balanced with notes of brett, sour cherries, grass, mud and malts. A hint of vanilla in the nose as well.

The flavor is tart with pleasant cherry notes, funky brett, grass and some liqueur-like fruity notes. Lightly sweet malts and notes of wood in the foundation. The finish is dry and lightly bitter with notes of wood, cherries and just a hint of alcohol.

Medium body and well balanced carbonation.

A really good beer. Complex, interesting and tasty - what more can you ask for?

Photo of jaxon53
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage.

Thanks to adamb84 for hooking me up with this bottle. Another Lost Abbey beer I've been waiting to try. Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a 375ml bottle.

Appearance: Cuvee de Tomme pours out a deep ruby amber color that is quite dark. This beer shows great clarity when held up to a light. A somewhat hard pour yields little more than a skim coat of soapy, tan head atop the beer. Just a few small spots of lace were left on the glass.

Smell: Wonderful nose here. Plenty of cherry and raisin come out first. Smells a bit tart. Getting a bit of bourbon and wood, but it is very subdued. A bit of funk in there as well.

Taste: Layers on top of layers of flavor. Tart cherries zap the tongue first, followed by some boozy raisins. Touches of chocolate and a bit of vanilla are almost hidden in the background. Slight hints of wood and bourbon linger a bit in the aftertaste. A bit funky, getting some of that horse blanket flavor. A bit buttery. Finished dry, tart, and smooth with a little well hidden alcohol. Flavors blend nicely.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is full bodied. Carbonation is lower, but fits this beer nicely. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Drinks nicely, like a fine wine. Eleven percent ABV could catch up to you, but one glass is more than enough.

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

Thanks to dmeadows for sharing.

A: Deep reddish brown in color. A quarter finger of white head.

S: Tart cherries. Quite a bit of malt came through in the nose which was quite surprising. The cherries come back for more. You get a little bit of the oak from the barrel. Little bit of funk in the back as well.

T: Tart cherries up front. Little bit of vinegar in the middle. Lots of oak in the taste. A touch of vanilla. Little big of horse in there as well for good measure.

M: Nice full bodied beer.

D: A very nice sipper. Other than the slight warming no real hint of the ABV at all. One could easily put down a 375 by themselves but it is probably a beer that is best to share.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to try this one. Notes from cell phone.

750ml bottle to snifter.

A: Coca cola with no head. Slight ring of foam around the glass edge. Evidence of very tiny bubbles at the top of the brew.

S: Tart cherries mostly. Overpowers any other smell.

T: Tart cherries, champagne, other dark fruits as well. Spicy alcohol, green apple. Oak, bourbon, vanilla. The cherry tartness is overpowering, but the other flavors mix well. Very complex and interesting.

M: Warm, small prickly bubbles not a lot of carbonation, but enough.

D: This is great. A sipper, but very tasty and drinkable. I poured a glass for my friend Jessica who isn't into craft beers at all, and she even appreciated it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle purchased at the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop in August 2009.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a clingy white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Sweet tartness from the cherries, with the quadrupel aspect of the brew coming through underneath with a bit of a nose from the barrel.

T: Tart cherries, a bit sour, but not too puckering. Not as complex as the nose led on, but a very tasty beer. The balance between the tartness and sourness of the cherries compared with the quadrupel base could be a bit better, but no major complaints.

M: A tad bit puckering for some dryness. Medium-bodied.

D: Very tasty all around and one that sat well for quite some time. Glad I picked this one up.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed a long while back on paper while sharing some great beers with inflatablechair... entering in some old notes tonight.

Received as part of a great trade with scottoale... Thanks Scott... fucking proper.

Deep brown with bright garnet highlites when held to a light... nice tan head with great lacing.

Nose is chocolate and cherries... mildly sour... golden raisins appear with warmth... very complex and very rich.

Flavor is waves and waves of new and interesting components... every bit as complex as nearly any beer I've ever had... cherries are pretty dominant... a bit of brett funk is there but vanilla and bourbon come in swinging knocking the funk out... finishes with vanilla and a touch of oak and a mild cherry tartness.

Great body and smooth carbonation... superb.

Awesome beer... I wish I would have taken better notes... I still have a bottle, but I think I will let it lay down for a bit more.

Thanks again Scott... Sorry I took so long to get the review in.

4.5/4.5/5/4/4

Photo of TheNapkin
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgundy with amber around the edges, no head due to the high alcohol and low hops profiles. Good mouthfeel, not thick and syrupy, light in the mouth for having an ABV at this level. Low visible carbonation. Smell and taste are redolent of sour cherries, red wine, and caramel malts. Taste is more oud bruin or Flemish sour than American wild ale (as the style has been listed). Lamic-like tartness, though when I think wild ale I think brettanomyces yeast, barnyard, horse blanket and funk--none of that here. Great tasty and rich malt vinegar flavors but with balanced astringency that slopes in a nice dry finish. Cherries are the dominant flavor, though there's also plums, oak, zinfandel and tempranillo grapes, lemon juice acidity. A tasty beer, perhaps not worth the price (the price--$16 for 375 ml--is the only reason this isn't an A. For $16, you can get true Belgian in a big bottle), but it's nice to see an American brewer making this style.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the cork popped so it must be carbonated. 2008 375ml poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Dark, ruby red sort of maroon color. Not much head to speak of, maybe 1/2 a finger that dissipated quickly. Hazy. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells wonderful. Tart cherries, some sour funkiness, some sweet vanilla and oak aroma's.

Taste: Sizeable amount of dark, sour cherry up front and towards the middle of the sip. A bit of a puckering sourness in there as well. That segues to a mixture of tart cherries, other dark fruits like raisins and figs, and some oak with a pronounced bitterness that comes through which was kind of odd at first but as it warmed it became more enjoyable. Finish is a vanilla and oak sweetness. Finishes dry and tart. This one had ample carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much goes from a light sour pucker, to an unexpected bitterness, to more sour pucker, to a dry finish. Good carbonation. Real smooth.

Drinkability: It's 11% so by the definition of drinkability, it's not very high. But it is "palatable"...whatever that means. I think the fact that it tastes good was covered in the "Taste" section, but I digress. 375ml was no challenge, wish I had a 750ml actually, but it was a christmas present so I won't complain.

Maybe I lucked out with the carbonation? Who knows, but it was a tasty beer. Wish I had an 09 to compare it with.

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

Had this a couple times in different vintages..Poured a deep cloudy reddish color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes with some cherries and light oak notes are all noticeable. Taste is close to a Flander red style beer with loads of oak and cherry notes and a well balanced tart finish. Balanced acidity but still has a nice bite to it more tart wine like than anything..

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy reddish color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes with some cherries and light oak notes are all noticeable. Taste is close to a Flander red style beer with loads of oak and cherry notes and a well balanced tart finish. Balanced acidity is well appreciated while Brett is very hard to notice. Body is quite full with limited filtration and low carbonation. Well made though not s complex as some of the staple of the style such as Rodenbach.

Photo of abecall98
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been saving this beer since summer for the end of my finals.

A - poured a dark brown into my new Belgium globe. Leaves a nice white sticky head. It's cloudy, and appealingly calm.

S- fruity, sweet. Smell of cherries picked way too early and sour, but it's amazing. Little barrel going on in there.

T - starts off sour. Then, te taste of the cherries comes through. So damn good, those cherries. The hint of nice subtle malt comes, and a little oakiness follows. Sourness is the aftertaste with some tart cherries.

M - ok, I have no idea where the flat cuvee de tommes are coming from, but this mouthfeel was full, bubbly, and smooth. It is dry, and finishes with a nice bubble feel going down.

D - this beer is sour as he'll. Can't ask for another right now. Bit for the 11 percent unnoticed abv, this beer is a breeze and an enjoyment to drink.

O - freaking love this beer. Wish it was cheaper, but damn Tomme has something amazing here. This beer makes me look past all the lost abbey hate and appreciate a great brewer. Get this beer if you like sours.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle thanks to Guy411. Working my way through the LA sours, and a pattern emerges: they take a hefty base beer and decimate it with brett and whatever bacteria they are using. Oh, and I'm still 100% on carbonated bottles from Port/Lost Abbey, with this being my 28th rating for them, so there. Brown-red color with a small tan head. Lots of sour cherry in the aroma, with some barrel, light bourbon, and clean sour that isn't coming from the cherries. The flavor has a rich malty base that is toppled by a dry cherry tartness. Alcohol is present but light for a beer this big. Then, sourness. Lots of it, and that is impressive considering the base beer was a pretty malty quad. Lots of cherry flavor, but there is so much going on that the balance seems about right. Full bodied with a medium carbonation level and smooth texture. A huge sour, but very well balanced. Great beer.

Photo of bret27
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of guy411

S: wood, little booze, sour, tartness, cherries

A: Dark brown/amber, average to low carb

T: Starts w/slight vanilla/oak/malt, but mostly taken over by cherry tartness. Cherry tartness is definitely good, but the bourbon/vanilla portion definitely takes the backseat. Dry tart finish.

M: med/thick

D: Very good for ABV

Overall: An 11% beer that tastes this good? D - licious.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved via trade. Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice. Very dark, mahogany (brownish red) with little head. Not much head, tannish in color for what's there. Aroma is a little sour, lot's of cherries, and that's about it.
Taste: It's good, but labeled completely wrong in my oppinion. This is straight up a sour. There's no resemblance to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale what-so-ever. Very decent sourness from the cherries, and once again...the dominant quality. Enjoyable...and very tasty.

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this 2009 from its bottle into a Rochefort glass for my 300th review.

The beer pours a dark brown mohagoney with a light tan head. The head only rises about a finger is gone quickly leaving only some bubbles on the rim of the glass. The lacing is light and watery.

The aroma is strong and complex with lots of flavors. You can tell right away there were wild yeasts as you get lots of funk and vinegar to start. As you peel back the layers you are rewarded further with oak and cherries and vanilla alcohol at the end.

Sadly, the taste is slight let down from the aroma because I was expecting huge varied flavors. Mostly, I just get a sour bitterness that is constant throughout your whole sip. There is not a lof complexity as I was hoping from sweetness from the cherries mixed with some great funk.

The mouthfeel is ok, not great as the end is a little watery.

Despite its sourness it still pretty drinkable.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed as I had such high hopes. Its an ok beer, not a great sour though. It is not complex enough for me, perhaps it ages over time. But for me, if you want a sour there are a lot better options.

Photo of SykDoc
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of stoutsnipas, much thanks. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a very deep amber/ruby mix. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and reduces to a nice lacing around the edges. Practically opaque when held to the light. Some visible sediment is present.

The aroma is quite good, but intense. There is no lack of complexity with hefty doses of cherries, oak, vanilla, and sour components. Unique and very good.

The taste is really intense, almost overwhelming. There are heavy doses of sour cherries and a unique bitterness lurks in the depth. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are definitely present. I'm missing something, but not sure what it is.

The mouthfeel is quite good. The intensity of the tartness comes through and puckers the mouth for a bit and leaves a very nice dryness. Carbonation is reasonable for the flavor and it is light/medium bodied.

I'm going to enjoy drinking this and will not need another for quite some time, mostly because my memory of it will be good and intense, of which I will want to savor. Overall, this is very good and drinkable, but the intensity gets it docked a small amount.

Photo of satowns
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

tasted in 2008. 375ml bottle.
Pours tawny amber. Head is not prevalent. swirling my glass has minimal effect...

Aroma is mostly oak followed by cherry and hints of vanilla tannins.

Bourbon up front. followed by tartness, but not tart cherries. cherry is pretty much undetectable. for an 11% beer, the alcohol is veiled quite nicely.

rich and full bodied.

Photo of callmescraps
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Celebrating not getting a job.

Appearance - Very deep, ruby red color. Looks almost black with a pink hue. A very small ring of bubbles off a vigorous pour. I'd prefer a little more sign of carbonation, but it's not a flat mess, which is a relief.

Smell - Immediate upon opening the bottle. Lots of barnyard funk, and a definite hint of vinegar. Super stinky, with a nice dash of cherry. Like old wine. Sour apples and pears definitely. Yummy, is the correct word.

Taste - Wow, a ton going on. There is a lot of strong cherry, like cough syrup. Also the vanilla comes in pretty strong. Mouth puckering tartness, very sour, lots of sour apple. The vinegar is very noticeable. Definite currants as well. Not a lot of booze.

Mouthfeel - Too fucking flat. Ugh. It simply needs more carbonation as it sits too flat. Too much like drinking cough syrup. Not totally flat, but a lack of the nice tingling bubbles that would really take it some place else.

Drinkability - Very solid on the taste, and no hint of the 11%. However, the lack of bubbles makes it a little hard to stomach.

This is a very nice beer, with lots of good things going on. Unfortunately, the lack of carbonation is a problem. I'm reminded of Consecration which has a wonderful prickly carbonation, and this beer could use some of that. I'm not going to bother ripping Lost Abbey on this account, I;m just a little bummed because otherwise it's a really nice beer.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have my qualms when it comes to Lost Abbey. Their questionable standards for quality control are infuriating at best and unethical at worst. BUT DAMN IS THIS BEER GOOD.

Cuvee de Tomme was the highlight of my 2009 GABF experience, what a beer! I enjoyed a couple samples on Thursday, but on Friday, when the line was inexplicably short, I easily had 5 or 6 pours. In retrospect, GABF is probably the best setting to consume beer from Lost Abbey. You know you are going to get a carbonated beer, something you can't take for granted with Lost Abbey. Of course, you don't have to pay for it either, which is nice.

Cuvee de Tomme showcases all the qualities that make American Wild Ales so exciting. Perhaps no sour pulls it all together better than this. The depth of the malt flavor, the sweetness of the cherries, the acidic vinegar notes of the yeast, the balancing smoothness provided by the barrels. Balance really is the key here. An alphabet soup of flavors, but all appropriately balanced to keep you yearning for more.

I don't know if I would ever pay the asking price of a bottle or if I will ever have the option to purchase one, but I can say that this is without question one of the most satisfying beers I have tasted. Between the Thursday and Friday GABF sessions and the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting, I had the opportunity to try hundreds of this countries finest beers. This may have been my favorite.

Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.