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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
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938 Ratings
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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 633
Gots: 244 | 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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

Viggo shared this bottle. thanks eric!

375ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 8/08.

pours deep dark red with a thin ring of fine tan bubbles. drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. malt vinegar. sour cherry. bit of lemon. white bread. cracker. light alcohol. vanilla. raw oak. bit of white wine. white and red grapes.

taste is great. malt vinegar. lots of sour cherry. touch of lemon. vanilla and raw oak. white and red grapes. light caramel sweetness. lots of other fruity stuff going on too. bit of horse blanket. leather. almost no trace of the 12%abv. touch of belgian yeasty spice character too, though nothing specific that i could pick out.

mouthfeel is good. bit of a clinging, lingering sour/funky character on the tongue, but nothing that overpowers. fairly high carbonation level, but fine and well integrated with very little sting. medium body with a somewhat dry finish.

drinkability is great. the alcohol is hidden quite well, and the sour character manages to stay just in check without taking over. great depth to the fruity character. overall, quite a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:28:50 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Big thanks to oakbluff for sending this one my way!

Pours a hazy dark brownish red, almost burgundy in the corners, thick light tan head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, tight bubbles, thin layer, looks real nice. Smell is big, very sour cherries, bread, alcohol, wood, very acidic, lemons, caramel, quite funky, real nice. Taste is very sour, apple juice up front, caramel, lemons/orange peel, sour cherries, quite acidic, bit of funk, lots of alcohol, brown sugar, very woody, pretty intense finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very mouth puckering finish, but very interesting. Thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 02:24:20 | More by Viggo
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

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

Pours cloudy and reddish brown, without much head. Smells very sour. I know it's supposed to smell like cherries, but even searching for it it's tough to find behind the sourness. Slight astringent taste just as the beer hits your mouth, but it quickly fades to sourness and dark cherries, which are much more prevalent now than in the smell. Some dark plum and blackberry flavors in the finish. Carbonation is balanced, but it is very acidic in the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 03:41:49 | More by tprokop7
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks). Silver foil and labeled CUSU28.

I opened this one up and dedicated it to the birth of my second Daughter Eve.

Poured a darker reddish color with almost no head at all. Ohh the aromas of brett, cherries, and oak with a vinous quality to it. Tastes of dark fruits, brett, wine, and cherries. Nice tart cherry finish.

Alcohol content well hidden. Has a very nice complexity to it.

I've had this a bunch more times and various vintages, and all I can say, is this one has never let me down!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 18:26:53 | More by hopdog
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waltonc

Colorado

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

Bottle purchased at Toronado last August.

A: Murky brown with minimal head. There are a few strings of bubbles cruising around in this swamp-like brew.

S: Brett, sour cherries.

T: Brett and sour cherries, very dark fruit, maybe a little hint of burntness, tart, bitter, oak. Fairly dry. Very interesting flavors. I've definitely never tasted anything like it.

M: Fairly thick, with light-medium carbonation.

D: A beer to be sipped, though not in your face gigantic flavors. I could chug this if I had to. But I'd rather enjoy it. I appreciate the effort to create an interesting, unusual beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 04:04:26 | More by waltonc
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

375ml 2007 bottle. Thanks a bunch to numbeercruncher for sending this my way. The first sniff was cherries and I expected something akin to supplication but as I poured this into my snifter I quickly realized that this is a totally different animal. Dark brown with red tints. It has a hint of cherry in the smell but there is a lot of barrel going on here, wood, whiskey. The taste is more bourbon barrel, wood, slightly sour interesting mix of flavors. Overall this was interesting but not something I will seek out again. The bourbon flavors are good but don't seem to match up with the sour flavors and really start to wear on me after a while, I wonder what this beer would be like if they had only used wine barrels....

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:08:21 | More by ArrogantB
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abfraser

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

A: Dark, dark red, almost black. Pours with very little carbonation almost like a soda that's been sitting out for awhile, which doesn't make for a particularly beautiful beer

S: Tart, alcohol soaked cherries, with faint nice sweet caramel malt aroma

T/M: Whoa. Tart dark chocolate cherries, a strange combination. Super tart. Definitely a bit musky from the Brett but nothing overpowering. Raisins. The earthiness goes well with the sour but a little out of whack with the dark fruit. This is definitely a sour over a quad. Mouthfeel is lacking in carbonation but very full-bodied. The taste lingers and lingers. This is crazy stuff, and I'm not quite convinced its in a good way.

D: Absolutely positively a sipper to be consumed over the course of 30+ minutes to let everything come out. It's absurdly difficult to get this beer (too much so), which clearly makes it a few and far between special occasion

A very complex, different beer. Was expecting the quad to come through a bit more, but still quite commendable. I still don't get the lack of carbonation I've had recently in a lot of Lost Abbey beers. This would be that much better with some. Overall, clearly one to get but a little less than I was expecting (maybe its the utter scarcity?). I've got a couple more bottles; we'll see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 05:08:48 | More by abfraser
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked & caged bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark brown (with some ruby highlights coming out around the bottom) with a ½ finger of burnt tan head that fizzles down pretty quickly and continues to pop and fizzle for a good bit. This looks just like cola being poured into a glass. Very interesting. There isn't too much to the retention beyond some good flare up around the edges that stay firm, leaving some nice cascading lace behind. The aroma starts with a whiff of crisp Brett right off the bat, mixed in with a waft of cherry tartness that makes for quite the lovely tandem. Additional supportive notes of oak and vanilla lie underneath, as does just a touch of alcohol beefiness.

The taste is a beautiful marriage of Brett sourness and tart cherry character that forms a lip-puckering mix that zings the mouth. Fortunately, the Brett pulls back at just the right moment before becoming overly sour or distracting from the other flavors. Underneath, there are silky notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, spice, and an woody wet tobacco presence that offers support and balance for all of that tartness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick feel up front but then smoothes out into a more moderate carbonation and a slick feel that glides across the palette. The alcohol is barely detectable and only makes itself known with a slight boozy feel on the breath.

Wow! This really was a pleasure to sit down and sip at. A fantastic marriage of Brett, cherries, Quad character, and oak aging that drinks incredibly well for it's size. Another outstanding offering from the Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 18:53:38 | More by Kegatron
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish/raspberry color with no head whatsoever. Beautiful smells of tarty, sour fruits with pears, cherries, and raisins. First taste is sweet, tarty and sour with cherries, raisins, green apples, and grapes all meshing into wonderful full sensory experience. Damn this is good. A tad more carbonation, please? - Complex yet mellow. Loud but quiet.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 23:08:12 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Billolick

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small bottle, pours very dark amber, dangerous at 12%, long lasting dark tan head, rich nose of dark malts, wood, dark fruits and cherries. Rich, complex and viscous on the tongue. Cherries, wood, bourbon, more dark fruit, moderate sour permeating the mixture and adding more interest and somehow more complexity. World class creation. Night capper, dessert beer supreme. Please send this to NYC/CT/NJ/Mass sometime soon

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 14:43:23 | More by Billolick
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ode to all things good and tasty. Thanks to Prototypic for the surprise hook up. Can't thank you enough for this one.

375 mL caged corked bottle marked 11%abv

Pours a dark cloudy reddish brown, little visible light but nice rich deep color. A sudsy grayish khaki head bubbles up then vanishes into near nothingness.

The nose is indeed amazing. Oak, sour wild yeast, tart bright fruit, softer hiding raisin, and a very subtle soft dough. Balanced and enticing. Not too strong, but very very nice.

Taste was a bit of a surprise. Intense citric acid sour tartness hails the taste buds to attention. Cherry and darker malts flood over the palate with a light but sturdy flavor. Some heartier grain aromas hang in nasal passage as the tart fruit and bright yeast play on the tongue. Some illusive sweetness teases just before it finishes out with fading under-ripe strawberry, cherry, alcohol fume, and firm oaky tannins. Vinous, belgian, and distinctly unique.

Carbonation reintroduces itself on the palate once it fades from appearance. Medium feel, but bright, becomes somewhat thicker at the finish.

So tasty I could sip on this one indefinitely. I'm definitely feeling the alcohol warmth, but the taste keeps me wanting more. It's surprisingly rich though, and the tart sour character certainly lends a hand to easily drinking too much too fast. Sip carefully and enjoy each taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 23:32:03 | More by lightindarkness
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to dkachur for sharing this one!

A: Deep brown... a short head leaving a nice little trim of lacing.

S: Chocolate covered cherries... almost candy-like, with some caramelized brown sugar notes. Great!

T: Big, tart cherry flavours with a creamy, chocolate flavour rounding it out. A nice and full malty backbone also keeps the sourness of the cherry from dominating. Quite intriguing and tasty.

M + D: Smooth carbonation, rich feel... I might prefer it a little dryer (more of a preference for the sour cherry kinda thing being a little more dry when it finishes). No real love lost, though, by any means. A good sipper, and that aroma! Definitely worthy of having again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 03:53:59 | More by Proteus93
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Bottle courtesy of dkachur, split three ways at a tasting - thanks! Poured into a Rochefort glass.

Appearance: A ruddy, hazy, sediment-filled brown-bodied beer with a fuzzy, fast-fading head.

Aroma: Whew. Chocolate cherry bread is how I'd have to describe this if forced to. Tons of pure roasted barley notes, some light tartness, a light, high, sweet estery alcohol presence, apricots and apple skins.

Taste: Hello! Completely unexpected. Cherry pie w/ a graham cracker crust - that breadiness, manifested - caramel, spiciness (cinnamon), dark (plums, raisins) and light (tart cherries, apples, though here obviously from the actual tart cherries) fruity esters. Pretty complex and thorough, and a very unusual but interesting combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and syrupy, though the tartness keeps it crisp and tart and puckering.

Drinkability: This was one strange, crazy beer, though it's exactly what you'd expected from a quad aged in oak barrels with cherries. Not one I'd try often (least of all because of the price tag), but a tasty dessert beer if you're into wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:32:02 | More by CrellMoset
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younger35

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Won this bottle compliments of NitroGen in his Cuvee De Tomme LIF. Have been excited to try this one for awhile now. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish red with loads of bubbly carbonation and a soft half finger dirty white head. Cap disappears quickly due to the carbonation but a nice collar is left that leaves no lacing. Some yeast and a few random chunks of cherry are floating about though.
Smell- Starts with tinges of cherry and plenty of dirty wet horse hair goodness. The cherries are tart and funky and juicy. Apple cider vinegar and vanilla are infused in a light Tootsie Roll backbone. The oak isn't very noticeable under all the other goodies but comes forward as it warms.
Taste- The polar opposite of the nose. Starts with a big rush of rich vanilla and bourbon and notes of tobacco. The sour cherries are tart and somewhat port like in the richness of the brew. The yeast takes the sourness to a whole new level as it's acidic and sharp. The oak really shows up well in the finish along with a bit of spicy zip from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Really full and nice with sharp carbonation and a light zesty feel.
Drinkability- This is most definitely a sipper. There is a almost bitter part of the taste that lies somewhere in the middle that seems just bit off to me. It's the only thing that is stopping me from a perfect 5 on the taste. It's definitely hit that sweet spot in terms of sourness and the cherries are really awesome. Great beer and big thanks to Tom for his generosity!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 23:57:36 | More by younger35
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emerge077

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #800

Served in a Rodenbach flute. Murky and hazy reddish brown, with visible suspended sediment. Tiny streams of slow carbonation rise to the surface.

Rustic oak and wild funk in the nose, black cherry flesh and pits are the clear notes that dominate, with a hint of brown sugar in the background.

Tangy tart cherry initially, with a complex mix of leather, rhubarb, oak tannin, and farmhouse character from the barrel. A low level of spice is also present, not sure if its from the alcohol, barrel, or ingredients. Finish is long and savory, with the tangy cherry riding off into the sunset. Carbonation is light, and the body is near perfect. Really tasty, and a slow sipper to be sure.

Thanks to Weibull for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 21:38:48 | More by emerge077
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008. Rather plain brown in color. Bottle opened with a pop but fairly flat looking beer. Nice aroma of sour cherries and a touch of oak. Reminds me of a very thin or light port. Very complex flavor-cherries and plums come to mind up front. Raisens and dried fruits round out the taste. Somewhat oakey-not overly so. Great sourness upfront but helps to accentuate the fruit not overwhelm it. Nice mouthfeel-lactic sort of tang is good. 12%? Where? A very interesting and unigue beer from a great US brewer. I need to get some more to age. Great stuff, completely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:41:31 | More by lackenhauser
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mentor

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small ring of tan head over a dark brandy-brown/red liquid. Smells marchino cherry and acetic. Oak and white grapes.

Tastes heavy dark cherry with drying tart. Syrupy with mild lambic sour. Sour of cherry melds with the sour of the yeast contribution. Woody/pit-like driness. Is this a brettanomyces beer? The horseblanket is extremely low. Md, but slick mouthfeel when sloshed in the mouth. Moderate carbonation and decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 04:46:06 | More by mentor
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

2009 vintage. 375ml corked bottle. Dark cola brown pour with red highlights and not much head...a ring of khaki bubbles. Aromas of deep malts swimming with a mix of raisin and tart cherry. Woody notes and vinegar funk. Vanilla undertone...the tart cherry is vibrant.

First sip is rich sweet dark malts enveloped in a mix of tart cherries and raisins. Big sourness along with woody oak tannins and a nice funk throughout. Interplay between sweet and sour all the way down. Not as acidic as the '08. Touch of vanilla and brown sugar on the finish. Damn good.

Mouthfeel is very mellow carbonation but it works well...body is good and well placed. Each sip leads to the next and the alcohol provides some warming. I'm enjoying this vintage.

2008 vintage. 375ml corked bottle. Pours into my tulip glass a deep dark, hazy cola brown color with a small light tan head on top that fades to a ring. Aromas start out with rich, intoxicating malts. Somewhat roasted with caramel, vanilla and raisins. Cherries are big in the nose alongside a tart funkiness with mild vinegar. Brown sugar and oak nuances with light bourbon.

First sip brings roasted, dark malts upfront with notes of caramel and vanilla. Raisins make quite an appearance as well. The middle brings a melding of sour cherries, oak tannins and a tart, somewhat funky brett aspect. Flows down with a whisper of bourbon and finishes quite dry with lingering cherry tones and a tart afterthought. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. A deeply multi-layered taste experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth airy quality about it. Good carbonation all the way through. This is somewhat more acidic, with more woody tannins than the original black label bottles I've drank. Overall though, it's still a very tasty treat and I'm glad to have had the chance to sample this year's version. Cheers to Lost Abbey and the Sinner's Club.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 22:05:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

2008 version, received in trades with dave12285 and MiScusi. Huge thanks to both! Chilled and into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep brownish red with a 1-finger thick brown head that recedes fairly quick to a ring. Murky, red highlights. Plenty of visible carbonation

S: The Brett funk right off the bat makes me smile. It's pleasant, present and mildly acidic. Not overpowering by any stretch of imagination. Behind the Brett funk is a pleasing aroma of cherries, mild oak and a definite hint of vanilla. The fact that this isn't a "traditional" wild ale and is in fact some sort of a quad adds to the complexity with more fruits (figs) and some sweetness. Touche, Tomme. This is a great, great beer so far.

T: Starts off surprisingly sour with plenty of acidity but the oak and vanilla are present, conspicuous and don't let things get out of control. The combination of the vinegary acidity with the sour cherries makes for a very pleasant palate. Beyond the sour are the quad characteristics - fruity with figs and raisins and the more complex sweetness, again with oak and vanilla appearing, along with a hint of alcohol on the finish.

M: This one's a bit of a conundrum on the palate - it has a moderate body to start off, is surprisingly thick before finishing dry and tart. The tartness is more like chewing on the skins of a cherry rather than the cherry itself (does that qualify as tannic?) Amply carbonated

D: Fantastic stuff. There's no way you could tell this is a 12.5% beer. I'm savoring this

**Edit 4th October 2009
I'm drinking a bottle of the 2009 release, and I have to say it's better. First up, the head, retention and lacing are superior. The nose has a more pronounced acidity with some acetic character, and the cherry fruitiness is awesome. With a touch of chocolate, I could not fault the nose. The flavors on the palate are equally good, with great balance between the flavors of cherry, vinegar, vanilla and oak. An all-round stunning beer. Scores: Appearance, taste +0.5

** Edit 24 Jan 2010
Brad brought a Black Label Cuvee de Tomme to an epic tasting last night.
The pour was still, muddy brown, not particularly attractive, but who cares? The nose is quite awesome with a pronounced chocolate character, some oxidation, a little more vinegar than I'm used to, and less cherry while staying fruity. The cocoa character is awesome, this beer is surprisingly boozy with a big barrel character. The palate opens with plenty of bourbon with vanilla and brown sugar, more than from the more recent vintages. Some oxidation is present, the bourbon really dominates. The sourness is comparatively lower too. Medium in body and relatively flat, this was a treat to try. If I were to score the S,T,M, I'd give it 4.5,4.25,4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:29:20 | More by DefenCorps
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LittleBreeze

New York

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

Dark brown with a reddish. Attractive in a tulip or stem. This beer has one of the best aromas ever. It is an intense combination of wood, chocolate, cherries, vanilla, booze...maybe a little raisin. Those aromas are also in the taste. They seem to layer upon each other...and well. In general I don't like sour or tart beer. This one was a pleasure. The tart cherry made me want to sneak another little sip. Then sweetness would come a long and confuse me. Each little taste was like a guilty pleasure. There was a richness that imo begged for a nice cheese. This beer is not a style I appreciate and it still managed to impress me. This is one of those beers you really have to try for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 05:31:13 | More by LittleBreeze
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illidurit

California

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG 08. Poured into a wine glass. Shimmering amber color with no head or lacing. Aroma is dominated by barrel influences with a big scotch note, musty wood, and vanilla. Flavor starts out with caramel and scotch, then tart overripe cherries shine through mid-palate. The sourness and the booziness make this a bit uneven, but a prime candidate for aging. Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 18:27:22 | More by illidurit
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for sending this one my way. I have been literally dying to try this one, and threw it in the fridge to cool down the second it arrived. Your typical very nice looking Lost Abbey bottle, corked and caged 375ml. 2008 Vintage. Served in an oversized wine glass, and consumed on 08/03/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown, very hazy and cloudy with a rich tan colored head. Excellent retention left behind thick coating side glass lace. Some light carbonation at first, but this quickly diminished. This one looking like a monster though, not really sure what else to say, accept this looked awesome!

The aromas, wow I do not even know where to start with this one. So intricate and complex, it almost was beyond description. The first notes to come across were funky and sour, which were to be expected, however, letting this one warm up brought about all sorts of goodness. This one had to warm though to really let you appreciate all of the subtleties that were going on here. Rich notes of caramel and tart cherries, light notes of oak and woodsy like malts. Extremely complex here. The flavor was much more of the same, just absolutely decadent and delicious. This was honestly one of the best flavors I have ever experienced in a beer, and I really mean that. It was tremendously good. Started out a nice rush of Brett funkiness in all of its glory, rich notes of fruit, cherries layered in on top of that with an almost toffee like flavor as the base. This was very reminiscent of a funky KRE in its complexity. A rich cascade of semi sweet flavor then rolled through and tool over as it always does. I have to admit it needed a little bit more punch in the carbonation though it was still very well done. I have to comment though that this was ridiculously session able for a 12% ale. I was sipping this like a 6% Kriek, until I realized that it was starting to catch up to me. It's really hard though to place a style on this one. It had a lit of the almost chewy character of the Angels share, but with some much tartness, ala a Red Poppy, when it was fresh, but the level this reached was much better though, and they are both fantastic in their own right.

Overall I was blow away with this one. It was just ridiculously good. I have had very few beers that can live up to this kind of expectation, but this one I am proud to say was one of them. I would love to try this again any day, it was just fantastic. Go out and try to find this one if you can, it is well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:45:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Overlord

California

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

Huge thanks to Jwolfie70 for his incredible generosity over the weekend. Had a chance to sample this along with some other rare brews as he cracked open his cellar (it took some cracking) to break out some of his Cable Car, Cuvee de Tomme, and other delicacies.

Pours a dark brownish red. Almost no carbonation, just some bubbling on the edges. Smells like sour cherries. Tastes ... like sour cherries mixed with some other fruits (I thought raisins/prunes, though jwolfie70 disagreed), some oakiness ... maybe a few other things. This brew had the unfortunate distinction of being drank within hours of several true masterpieces, and, frankly, it was overshadowed, though I still liked it quite a bit.

One problem might be the carbonation level. The flavors, while strong, tend to get a bit one-note. Still, it's sour with a splash of delicious cherries.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 06:38:14 | More by Overlord
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goethean

Illinois

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

Perfectly paired with some Moser-Roth dark chocolate. Poured into a duvel tulip glass. Nice and fizzy.

Very sour; gleeky. Intensely, bracingly tart. Sweet tart, sour-patch kid tart, but not vinegary. Like the pickled plums found in some sushi.

Loads and loads of dark fruits: sour black cherries, extremely rich, sticky sour cherry pie. Mouthfillingly complex. No roast or coffee sharpness. I didn't pick up much horsey funkiness, but there are some dark currents like tobacco or leather.

Comparatively dry, clean aftertaste with a bit of lingering sour cherry. Sort of a reproduction of a 19th century, extremely old vintage infected strong ale. Sets a new standard.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 02:01:16 | More by goethean
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joey!

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into snifter. 2008 vintage.

Pours dark brown with a quick khaki colored head that vanishes into almost nothing other than an outer ring on the sides. Swirling the glass leaves a tiny bit of lacing, but not much. Wow, smell is like no other. Tart cherries, honey, bourbon, dates, caramel, raisins, booze, and fig. The aroma with this is so complex and full, I know I'm missing something. Taste begins pretty funky and sour with young cherries and oak. The bourbon appears midway with some bready characteristics and a touch of sweet butterscotch. Aftertaste consists of sour grapes, green apples, and vanilla. Pretty sour all the way through, I could use more dark fruits on the tongue. Light to medium body with a very lively carbonation that stings the mouth. The fact that this beer is 12% is pretty scary. If I was to guess before knowing the abv, I would probably say 6-7%. Very crazy beer to say the least, one that I look forward to seeing what some age will do to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 00:17:25 | More by BeerTruth
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