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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 638
Gots: 244 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 Floydster
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle purchased a few days ago at the brewery for fifteen dollars, 2008 vintage, also tried at the party from the tap, better in the bottle in my opinion, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Dark reddish brown color, absolutely no head whatsoever, color looked great in the light though, barely any bubbles either, although it did not seem like the carbonation was off, could tell this was unfiltered from the look of it as well, only a couple floaties though

S-Cherries dominate the aroma, it almost smelled like a Cherry 7Up when I popped the cork, not too vinegary though thankfully, could smell a lot of bourbon and vanilla surprisingly, the oak character was much stronger than I anticipated, tarty, also some strong raisin aromas, and sour apples

T-First though was sparkling cherry cider when I initially sipped on this one, but then some raisins and malt hit me in the middle, the finish was a little tarty with more cherries, sourness was stronger at first and the first few sips were the most enjoyable although it was good all the way through, later on it became sweeter rather than sour and the body seemed a little thinner, the cherries were still there for sure but there was more of a bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla in the aftertaste, finish became drier and more oak was present, by the end, it was very sweet and not much tart was evident except for the first few seconds of each sip, loved the balance on this one, only wish was that is was slightly more sour but it was great anyways, enjoyed its flavor a lot

M-Sour, tart, sweet, dry, and a little boozy mouthfeel, body was medium but on the thinner side, like I said before there was barely any carbonation, taste did not linger for a long time after, the last sip I just took had an aftertaste of almost ten minutes

D-Drank this bottle no problem but would get a little heavy after a while, the alcohol content is very high at twelve percent too, incredibly smooth for how tart it was initially, taste keeps you coming back for more and more, alcohol is hidden pretty well considering its ABV

Finally got to try this after hearing so much about it, further proves why Lost Abbey is one of my favorite breweries, the cherries do this beer wonders because I could not stand Judgment Day by itself, will definitely be drinking my other bottles of this in the next couple months, highly recommended

Floydster, May 06, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage-375ml.brown cork finished bottle.

Although I was drinking this on tap at the Lost Abbey this past weekend and picked up several bottles of the latest (2008 release) Cuvee, I opted to give last years release an annual taste and review.

Popped the cork and poured into a small tulip...an un-filtered dark auburn ale with a small, dark bone colored head. A bit of cherry skin and other residuals floating around in this mildly cabonated brew. Looks kinda chewy, yet inviting.

The nose is sweet, sour and tart with an earthy and rich malt background. Big note of cherries and some intoxicating alcohol pull through with authority as this ale warms. Nice subtle oak in there too.

The flavor has really come along...the bretts, sour cherries, raisins and time are working wonders to the taste. Full sweet and sour fruit flavor unfolds to a lingering tart finish. Bigger and smoother than Red Poppy, this ale has really got me going on the sours as of late.

Full body with the alcohol really subdued for this potency and the carbonation complementing the overall drinkability of this masterpiece.

Amazing ale the is worth your time and money...get it while you can, each batch is different.

scottoale, May 05, 2008
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4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

May '08 release, 375ml corked & caged bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a ruby tint. Barely any head, with little lace along with it. Nose is incredibly complex & layered. Dark fruits, caramel, oak, cherries, & funk all hit the nose simultaneously, with none pulling further ahead than any other. I could have my nose in this thing all day! The flavor is equally complex, with fig, plum, and caramel sweetness, sour cherry, and a definate oakiness. Very little carbonation, medium body, and a very noticable, but not overwhelming, alchohol burn in the finish.

With this and the Angel's Share, its very easy to see why Lost Abbey brews are so highly regarded, and so sought after. I feel privileged to be close enough to the brewery to have access to these amazing beers. Aquire at all costs!

0110x011, May 04, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BA OWSLEY069 for sharing this beauty with me. Pours up a dark brown, almost purplish tinge with relatively little to no head other than a thin cream-colored collar. Woody, grape/cherry nose melded with some cedary notes and a healthy dosage of brett. Hints of Bourbon. Lovely sourness with suggestions of a day-old manhattan glass, some sour cherry and significant oakiness. Lightly sweet, yet lightly astringent; but finishes dry. Lowly, yet amply carbonated. Some beers are just difficult for me to formulate words for, this gem is one of them. Mind-blowing, to say the least.

crookedhalo, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First Review:

750ml corked and caged bottle. This is the latest batch, the one pictured here on BA. It was brewed and bottled at Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA. This bottle was brought back from CA by my girlfriend Erica. Thanks! $20 a 750, but well worth it. This one gushed out of the bottle, but luckily I contained it all in two chalices! This dark, ruddy, cherry-coloured brew has a head that is 1/2" once it settles, and the lacing is sporadic, insane, and great. The aromas are al over the place. American oak, Cherries and other fruits, some Vanilla and caramel hints, Funky orval-like brett notes, and some lactic, lambic-like sourness. The taste is intense as well. At this young age, Oak and Brett dominate with the fruitiness in the background. There are still some vanilla and caramel notes in the taste and they mix nicely with the hot oak and funky brett notes. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and drinkability is great. Wow, the MOAB is great as it is, but this one is a mind-blower!

Second Tasting:: Silver foiled vintage bottle proved less oaky and more cherry-ish with more pronounced brett and flemish red notes. Just as I had expected. Wonderful wonderful stuff!

Third Tasting: The new lost abbey version is pretty much the same exact blend as the Russian River bottling as far as I can tell. Not quite as complex yet, but this was the first batch thjey released at the new brewery. I believe that by the second or third batch at the nrew brewery this will be one of the most magical beers in the land. Truly a piece of modern art.

francisweizen, Apr 03, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown color with garnet hues, fairly hazy, and very still with just a few bubbles appearing. Cherries come through nicely in the aroma, both tart and sweet, like tart cherries dipped in sugar. The sweet cherry blends with a light vanilla and a deep woodiness. A hint of the alcohol in the aroma as well. Taste is also a great blend of sweet cherry flavor along with a well balanced tartness. Light vanilla complements the cherries and a dry oak flavor begins mid taste and lasts in the aftertaste. The 11% is unnoticeable in the taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, very little carbonation. A slightly tannic bitterness blends nicely with a drying woodiness in the finish. Delicious beer with the perfect blend of sweet and tart, all accentuated by the cherry and wood notes

hoppymeal, Mar 23, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on 5/5/07 at the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey 1st year anniversary party.

A: (4) Poured into a small brandy snifter. Clear but darker brown liquid, pours without any head.
S: (4.5) Bourbon and sour cherries, I might be picking up the slightest amount of vanilla w/ a deep sniff. I usually can't pick up vanilla in oaked beers but I think I may have it a bit here.
T: (5) Oak and sour cherries compliment one another. Neither becomes too aggressive. Alcohol heat is present the entire time. Seems as if some sour brett comes in at the end after being held in check by the bourbon initially.
M: (4) No real complaints. It drinks very smooth, probably because carbonation is almost non-existent. There still is a very tiny amount though and it is very fine in texture. It might benefit from just the slightest increase in carbonation but I think anything more than that would hurt this beer.
D: (4.5) This stuff tastes so good you can drink it so easily. Lucky for us they only come in 375mL bottles which may keep people from overdoing it!

Having had Angel's Share, Older Viscosity, and Cuvee I can say that Lost Abbey makes some of, if not the best, strong barrel aged beers in the world.
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6/9/08
Batch sold on 5/3/08 during this year's annniversary party.

Had it on tap during the anniversary party at the Lost Abbey and remember the cherries and sourness coming in more than last year's bottled version, but the level of bourbon was very nice and rich as it was last year. The bottle that I opened up tonight, had a pretty big sourness as well, cherries were really good, but I couldn't detect much, if any, bourbon character at all.

MiScusi, Dec 24, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to try this rare gem of an ale. Careful pour into a Chimay goblet reveals a stormy dark brown beer with purple highlights. Quite opaque and viscous looking with a thin tan head that remains as a delicate veil.

Aroma is complex and multi-faceted. Big Quad flavors of dark, stewed fruits, berries, and sherry mingle with booze soaked sweet-tart cherries and warm vanilla oak. There is an underlying funkiness that must be the wild yeasts.

Flavor is equally incredible. All those big Quad flavors smothered in juicey tart then sweet cherries. The oak notes are wonderful, warm, and loaded with vanilla tannins. The oak seems to tie everything together into a seemless masterpiece. The finish dries with fruit pit and tart, musty yeast. Wildly complex.

Body is full and smooth with very light carbonation. The aftertaste is long on this one allowing you an extra bit of enjoyment. Deliciously drinkable and worth the hype.

AlexJ, Dec 22, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin tan head which fades very fast and this is when poured hard. Very dark body, pretty much black with brown hues, but, when held to light some amber hues do come through.
S- Very complex aroma with blend of cherries, chocolate, alcohol, oak. Chocolate, toffee, raisins, and a hint of spice all come through on the quad side of things. The cherries smell sour and tart with oak blended in with them giving some vanilla and old oak aromas to it as well. Alcohol comes through all of it, but doesn't over power anything while doing so.
T- There a ton of flavors all going on at once and you really have to sit and focus on it to pick out the different ones. The quad comes through first with the raisins being the main star along with some chocolate notes. As soon as you start to swallow the cherries sweep the tongue with a sour and tart flavor and alcohol comes along for the ride. That takes a couple seconds to fade away and while doing so the vanilla and big wood flavors so themselves the most at this point. After the main assault from the cherries is gone it leaves you with a light tart cherry flavor mixed with some oak, chocolate, raisins, and a light bitterness on the tongue. The alcohol also leaves a light warming but not to much.
M-Full body with smooth low carbonation. Leaves the mouth pretty dry as well.
D- I think this is a very interesting beer and haven't had one like it. Very complicated and complex. I'm not sure if it's one of the best beers I have had but if I get the chance to drink it again I will jump on it.

BlindPig, Nov 19, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber, small tan head that did not last at all. Aromas that are dark cherries, vanilla, cedar/ oak and bourbon hints. In the taste, sour cherries and a woody sourness, kind of like a huge Rodenbach. A sour, fruity mouthfeel and a dry sour cherry/ bourbon aftertaste. Complex with the sour cherry, bourbon notes, and woody charcteristics. Fantastic beer.

OWSLEY069, Nov 12, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Corked and caged. The color is a deep red with light brown hues. Mostly clear, no head, and only a few bubbles erupting here and there. Deep vinous aroma with tart cherries and a woody sharpness. Moderate alcohol fume is detectible.

Tangy grape, raisin, and cherry flavors dominate early, becoming a great deal more intense as the beer warms further. Hints of vanilla are also present in the background. There is a decent sourness up front but it really becomes puckering toward the finish. The alcohol is blended perfectly in the mix. The carbonation is very low, almost too weak although it is likely intended. The smoothness is unbeatable.

This was a very intersting offering, nothing else like it in my opinion. To me it was so much like wine, and unfortunately I have little knowledge of wines. Perhaps I am not worthy but I would love to experience again the depth and complexity of this beer...

bennetj17, Aug 31, 2007
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 North Vineyard. Tomme produces an unlabeled bottle with cryptic Sharpie markings on the cap. According to him, an unreleased early vintage. Pouring into the glass a cherubic Indian ruby sapphire, glowing with clear glassy edges and a blood rim. Aroma carries one away into an overwhelming presence of intense red fruits from across the board, cherries and raisins percolate in the core of my brain. So bright, alive and refined. Absolutely stunning. Finally passing my lips, this lubricious liquid takes form as a mindnumbing shapeshifter. What first presents itself as a unmarked, world class malt and fruit chimeric belgian strong ale, quickly cloaks itself in a world of sourness. The best of both worlds! Trying to parse out the intricate corners of the beer, I’m at a loss, it’s all too much. Rodenbach Alexander quickly comes to mind. The fruit character so deft, real and upfront. Palate couldn’t be more satisfying, yet exacting. I’ll review again with a bottle of the current batch, but I needed to expunge my thoughts with this rarest of gems.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 23, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby hue with a short foamy white head. I served this one up in a tulip glass to help capture the aromas. The smell was that of a tart cherry lambic with slight notes of toasted oak and some barnyard funk.

The aroma was somewhat remeniscent of RR Supplication.

The flavor was full of tart cherries, oak, and merlot. The malt fills out the flavor and provides a medium mouthfeel. Considering this beer is 11% ABV, it's amazingly smooth - very drinkable.

The carbonation is tight and compliments this beer's punch. Highly recommended if you can score a bottle.

SacoDeToro, May 30, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a chocolaty brown with auburn highlights with a bit of opacity to it. Ruddy and unfiltered…just the way I like my beers. Head is simple and thin leaving a small pool of foam on top of the body and a decent ring of whipped butter colored bubbles around the sides.

S: YOWZA! Peach yogurt, oak, cherries, blackstrap molasses, butterscotch, salt water taffy with a touch of cherry vanilla coke. Mighty fine smellin’ beer I reckon.

T: The first sip is pretty much an overwhelming experience. I’m not going to try to explain what’s going on in my mouth…I’m going to give my tongue a minute of “quiet time” to regroup and regain my thoughts.

OK, here we go. Begins with prickly sourness way along the lines of bing cherries, watermelon rind, under ripe blueberries and fresh ground black pepper. The brett is strong in this beer with flagrant peach yogurt tastes being thrown around with reckless abandon. Pungent oak is prevalent adding a precise bitterness that only oak can add. A strong underlying current of pureed raisins blended with toffee, coffee candy and delicately roasted grains creates the foundation in which all the other flavors can frolic. Finishes with peach propped up with vanilla, orange marmalade across the roof of the mouth then *POW*…the sourness hits…and boy is it sour. Like somebody ground up a vitamin C into the beer and put it on time release for 8 seconds after the swallow. Only a touch of syrup and cloying tastes afterwards but the bitterness really helps to balance this out.

M: Full, soft and silky

D: Scrumptious. I try not to use that word. Sounds a bit “flamboyant” and pretentious if you ask me. But in this case…I can’t help myself.

Westsidethreat, May 26, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bottles from the Lost Abbey 1st anniversery party.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint to it. It has no head, and I can not detect any signs of carbonation.

This beer smells or sour cherries. It also has a very nice spicy aroma. I smell some citrusy hops, and some spices. Coriander mostly. Cherries, however, are the dominate aroma.

This beer tastes great. It tastes like sour cherries. It is sour, with a nice Belgian spicy flavor. It has some citrusy flavor as well. The alcohol in very well hidden in this beers flavor. As with the aroma, the sour cherries are the dominate flavor.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is not carbonated at all. I think it would be a little better if it had some carbonation. I am not sure if it was supposed to be carbonated. It was still pretty good though.

I doubt this beer would be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the sour flavor might become a little overbearing after a time. Also, it is hard to come by an it was a little pricy at $15 for a 350ML.

Overall: I have had this beer before, and I will have it again. I love it. What more do I need to say?

OStrungT, May 12, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice deep brown color with a slight tan head. This beer definitely has the look and aroma of a nice fruity Port. The taste was of a nice low carbonated, earthy brew with slight taste of oaking from the aging process. The 12% abv makes this a nice dessert drink to sip on and that is how I had it. The alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

ggaughan, Feb 09, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is corked and caged in silver foil, cellared for almost two years. When this arrived as a Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club selection, it was advised that it be stored as such for the flavors to fully develop. And now, the moment has finally come.

Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay chalice.

Appearance- Pours a clear reddish brown, certainly a testament to the cherries added in the process. The head crackles while still in the neck of this 750ml bottle, and continues to do so as it floats atop the beer. Off-white to tan in color, the thin head moves away from the center and lines the outside of my glass.

Smell- Funky brett and sour cherries dominate the nose, with a musty odor and strong, overripe fruit character. The aroma is so full and balanced, carrying a sweetness that always lurks behind the fermented fruit. Incredible complexity.

Taste- Where is the alcohol hiding in this monster of an ale? As my belly warms and senses fuzz, the taste is all about Belgium's wild yeasts and cherries gone over the edge. I keep forgetting this is San Diego, not Flanders!

Upon greeting the tongue, the beer introduces its tart cherries immediately... while in the middle we have brett, brett and brett imparting its own wonderfully funk-filled extravaganza of flavor. The finish lasts a long time, leaving a coating of sour fruit on the lips and teeth. I'm not getting too much in the way of the whiskey barrel aging, just barely a hint of the wood right at the end. A phenomenal interepretation of a Belgian Strong Ale, and a remarkably successful masking of the 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Excellent, pleasing texture in the mouth... the gentle prickle of carbonation recedes and becomes almost spongy, giving me something to chew on as I take in all of the flavors. This beer is enormous in its proportions, yet fantastically drinkable. I want to sip and savor this one all night, I know that when it's gone it's gone forever... this is a rare treat that is impossible to replenish. Thank you Tomme and all of your creative, inspired brew team for this experience.

yelterdow, Jan 11, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold Foil. Hand Bottle # CUNV42. This bottle is approximately 2 years old. And it WAS brewed at Solano Beach, not San Marcos.

Appearance: Dark cherry red tone. More like a plum color. No head. A somewhat bubbly brown collar. Looks like a port.

Aroma: A very noticeable chery character on the nose. Seems more sour than sweet. I also get some whiffs of alcohol and oak. And some wine traits as well.

Taste: Wow is this good. Even with the extra age, this has held up beautifully. Sweet and sour cherry aspects abound in plenty. Lactic sourness adds a slightly refreshing and tart quality to the whole picture. A little brown sugar residue on the tongue. Not much. A cherry juice feel every so often. Quite a rounded flavor profile now.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that begs sip after sip just to verify what the hell you're tasting. And it's hard to put in words. But it's very drinkable in that aspect. In that you want to keep sipping continuously. The body is light-medium in stature. And the carbaontion quite low....but to be expected. This beer has not lost much with age, if anything. And it may have actually rounded out its flavor profile a little bit better.

Thanks again to the D-Man from Long Beach. I got this right around Christmas 2 years ago with a Silver Foil bottle and "C" bottle as well. Thus I was afforded that chance to see what a little age does to the beer. Thanks yet again Darren!!

Bighuge, Jan 05, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at a Michael Jackson beer dinner. Luckily it was one of the first on the menu so my palate and taste buds (as well as most of my other senses were not totally mangled).

Appearance is a dark reddish brown with dark ruby highlights and a thick, off-white, to tan head.

Taste is oakey, winey, brandy-like. With some elements of tartness/sourness mixed in(believe it or not). Bready, nutty,barnyard tastes (and a number of complex tastes that I just can't put a name to).
Definitely some vanilla, caramel and some sweet maltiness,

Overall one of the most complex and challenging beers I've ever tasted. I'm sure that is why Jackson chose it for the tasting.


Another example of two of our craft beer pioneers pushing the envelope (and the discerning drinkers palate) further.

BillyB, Dec 14, 2006
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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As the beer descends into my vessel it appears a deep mahogany bordering on russet in color. Rich caramel and chocolate aromas waft upward while the other elements of plums, raisins, grapes and cherries seem delightfully restrained and well masked by the aromatic brettanomyces contribution, oak and leather aromas. The front palate is initially malt accented providing hints of chocolate and roast, which then leads into the mid-palate, where the brettanomyces begins to take over giving a subtle and funky tartness along with notes of cherries and green grapes. The finish is unusually lingering where the chocolate, fruit and oak flavors create a simplistic bliss. Extremely complex flavor. But the most amazing thing about this beer is its feel on the palate. Knowing that it is basically fermented with 100% brettanomyces, I expected it to be fairly light in body, yet it is by far the most coating and texturized brettanomyces infused beers that has ever touch my lips. A true sensory receptor overload with a numbing effect.

Crosling, Mar 13, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nasty! Sludgy brown, explosive diarrhea, with a couple of bubbles. At least it didn't have any protein chunks, it would have scored even lower! It reminds me of every time I go to the States and eat American junkfood, Taco Bell for instance, I always get the runs, like my body rejects it and decides to give my colon a backwash as punishment. That's why I stick to places like Whole Foods, although the attraction is just too great and I always end up caving in! Anyways, you get my point, back to the Beer.

Smell: Well maderized, roasted pecans, cherries macerated in that spicy vodka who's name escapes me, it was like NG Belgian red on cristal meth. I even smelled a bit of curry in there! Whoh!

Taste: Excellent body, the cherries and acidity make a wonderful balancing act, the murky, yeasty funk is there and the alcohol is solid and warming at the end. Really not much to look at, but if you can look beyond that it's a phenomenal Beer.

Goldorak, Mar 05, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak and red wine as well as some bourbon notes. Dark amber in color with a large fluffy head. Sour fore that tastes like a stab at bourbon vinegar. There is a whole basket full of fruits making appearances here, but the acidic sourness dominates the flavor profile. The overall feel is smooth though and it is a beer that compels you to keep sipping.

Jredner, Jan 25, 2006
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4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged. Black label - this is from the batch brewed at Russian River. Nice description of the brewing process and the beer.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color with a nice thick off-white head. Head leaves a thick lacing on both the top of the beer and the glass.

Smell: Very sour aroma - smells more like a wine than a beer. Earthy, with hints of fruit and vanilla.

Taste: Medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts off sour, with a very tart taste blending into more smooth vanilla and fruit. Very well balanced.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable and dangerous - lots of complexities here that are beyond my reviewing skills. Definitely a great example of an American brewers attempt at a Belgian style.

rowew, Jan 01, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bronzy mohogany, mud brown color fills my glass with a small oatmeal color head that doesnt last too long.
S - Liquor and brandy scents waft up leading to faint sweat malt and maybe plums and cherry pie.
T - Damn this is good. A tanginess of brett with very slight barrel qualities... not overpowering the brew thank god. These give way to wet hay and a sweet balsamic/port reduction sauce. Very good.
M &Dr - a little over medium on the tongue and rather complex, well rounded, thick but crisp beverage. I have to have more of this.

SwillinBrew, Dec 15, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009, enjoyed on August 31, 2009: This year's is much more tart and bitter than I remember from the '08 a few months ago. I expected the younger version to be big on bitterness but not that vineous, tart cherry character. Though not as rounded with the rise of the raison and softer, sweeter tones abounding; this is still one world class sour. My scores reflect this latest vintage.
Thanks JMBSH!

Vintage 2008, enjoyed on June 12, 2009: Again, an insanely good beer. All of the comments from three years ago still apply (see below) but I notice a great showing of raisons, cherries, bourbon-soaked woods, caramels, and even chocolates. Extremely delicate for such power. Vineous and rich throughout. I've never been more sad to see the bottom of a glass. Thanks Clvand0!

Another jewel available at Chicago's FoBAB last weekend. Colored the belgian mohogany-rust color with little 'floaties' swimming around in there. Lightly fizzy head retention reduced to a film. Aromas are solid, spicy of the Belgian Trippel base but with some serious tartness and fruitiness. Musky, but not yet horse blanket like. Low level sweetness gives way to tart cherries, grapefruit, peaches, and pears. A mild nutty, cocoa, dates sweetness rounds off the lactic sourness to a pleasant tartness. A thin, yet creamy, texture thins into the throat. Mildly puckering, but not astringent or grainy. Warming in the back of the throat accompanies some bittering. Finishes clean and tart. Not as drying as expected. My first Pizza Port offering did not disapoint!

BEERchitect, Nov 17, 2005
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.