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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 642
Gots: 254 | FT: 13
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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

A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with.
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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beachbum1975 saw this as one of my top Wants and cracked it open. Thanks man!
Pours reddish brown in color. No head to be found on the pour. Smell is lots of sour cherry and some woody oak. Incredibly lip puckering and tart. Lots of good sour notes coming through in the flavor. The cherry flavor is perfectly done. Very complimentary to the rest of the beer. Just a hint of alcohol burn in the finish. Fairly thick and coating in the mouth. The cherries, sour and oak work amazingly well together and are incredible. This is a world class beer. One of the few, rare and hyped beers that has lived up to the expectations. Incredible beer.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a recent trade with numbeercruncher - thanks, man!!! Shared with DrewOSA, pwoods and Ftownthrowdown.

2008 vintage - 375ml

A: Gorgeous bottle and label with cork and black cage. Lost Abbey package is the best - I feel like I am drinking a rare, medieval elixir! Pours a clear, brown with dark red/ruby highlights. Head didn't stick around long enough for me to describe it.

S: Hmmm, sour cherries all over the place! Nose is rich and poignant cherries and sourness. I think some malts are hanging around in the background, but it's hard to tell. It's a sour cherry bomb on the nose.

T: Ok, you might have sit down for the term described for the predominant taste... Ready? SOUR CHERRIES! Ok, now that the shock has passed, let me see if I can pull any other fancy, descriptive words to describe this beers' flavor.... High levels of sour cherries mixed with some sherry and whiskey attributes. This is not a fresh, juicy, or artificial cherry taste, but rather a fermented, alcohol-ized cherry almost hinging on vinegar, but not in a bad way. The flavor of this beer is not complex - as there's not a whole bouquet of things to try and describe, but rather complex in it's hard to describe the primary flavor itself. If that made any sense at all to you, let's move on. If not, read someone else's review!

M: Highly dry with low carbonation, but enjoyable nonetheless - unique. I can definitely feel the presence of wine in this, because of the high degree of driness... VERY unique and enjoyable to me.

Now... would I stalk the ISO threads on BA, monitor ebay auctions, craigslist posts and lost abbey's new sections waiting for the next release? Nahh... I'll save that for the other BA folks ;)

Glad I had the opportunity to try this incredibly unique and rare beer. Thanks again, Matt - you've opened my door to the world of unique, American-made sours (I was going to say "pop by cherry", but it something about that just didn't seem right)!

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

2008

Pours a very dark brown you can still see through with an almost non-existent tannish head. Nose is tart cherries with a minor funk. Flavor is funky. Very Flanders-like. Tart cherries on wood. Quite dry. I like the aftertaste of the lactic tones. Definitely get the barrel aged thing going on. Almost a vanilla tone in there. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid and carbonation is lower. This is a pretty hearty beer. I like it, but I think it'd be even better if it mellowed a bit. If you like Flanders style beers, you'll like this one.

Thanks to srroos for this one.

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

Pours cloudy brown with a nearly tan head. Cherrybomb aroma, with nice oak and bourbon. Taste is heavily cherries, but nice brown sugar, nuts, sour yeast, and alcohol round it out so it is not overwhelming. Good bourbon and cognac flavors come through as it warms. I know it says this is a Strong Ale, but it drinks like a liquer.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy cola brown with reddish hues with negligible fizzy light tan head and little lacing. The smell is an intense tart cherry vinegar. Another broad interpretation of style; i prefer the dark fruit variety. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light and boldly tart. Full flavored, the tart cherry character is monolithic. The sourness is right on the edge of my personal envelop of tolerance. This one hasn't earned a place in my heart...but if you favor tart..knock yourself out. Disappointingly far from 'center style'...amen to Lew Bryson's words on the matter.

Currently on the Top 100....it's not going to last long on "the list" if you ask me.

Photo of drseamus
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Edition, served in my DFH snifter.

A: Deep rich brown with a good red tinge when held to the light. It had a white head initially but disappeared quickly leaving only a rim of foam.

S: The smell is bold and intense. Cherries float out of the glass and a touch of vinegar assaults my nostrils. Behind that a sweet malt lurks in the background.

T: Cherries and tartness right up front followed by a short but intense dryness with a ton of dustiness. I'd guess some Brett is to blame for that. Finish is dry but not nearly as much so as that quick burst. As it warms, the cherries diminish slightly and the tartness and vinegar increase.

M: When held in my mouth, I don't notice much carbonation. When I swallow or swish though, the carbonation causes a light tingling. Very smooth with ZERO evidence of any alcohol. If I had to complain about anything, I would like a touch more carbonation.

D: This isn't good, it's great. The tartness is good but not over the top. Nice balance between fruitiness and tartness.

Photo of egajdzis
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Multiple samples, tasted fresh, and up to 5 yrs old!

Poured a deep dark brown color with a small tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Funky, sweet caramel, brett, tart apples some roast, cocoa, and pineapples. Roasty and tart taste, more apples, vinous, some strawberries and sweet finish. Fuckin awesome!

Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color that refuses to raise much of a head, despite an aggressive pour; no lacing

Smell: An extraordinary range of aromas - cherry pits, bourbon/vanilla, raisins, caramel and Brett

Taste: Opens with a caramel and bourbon sweetness that grows increasingly sour as we move into the mid-palate (it becomes almost impossible to let it rest on the tongue) ; after the swallow, the sour flavors fold back to display the fruit, with the cherries and raisins dominant; the sweetness doesn't last, however, and the sour flavors linger on the finish for an extended period

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonationl; almost juicy

Drinkability: Just an extraodinary beer, but not something you can drink on a regular basis; definitely meant for sharing

Photo of DrJay
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008. Got this one in a trade from todd1. Thanks!
Brown, coppery colour with a thin cap of beige bubbles that formed a thick collar and left a thin skim on top of the beer. Some lacing, not overly sticky. Earthy aroma, tobacco and wood, cherry pits and light bourbon, just a bit of sour cherry. Same in the flavour, but with a mild tartness up front and a hint of acetic acid character in the finish. Very earthy cherry flavour throughout with mild bourbon and vanilla towards the end. Mild caramel and brown sugar, but with a lot of fruity character in the forefront. Fairly acidic, but not overpowering, since there's some sweetness to provide balance. Quite complex, with a lot of wood and funk going on. Medium bodied with soft, creamy carbonation. Some dryness from tannins, mild alcohol warmth. Great stuff and very drinkable. Very nice balance too.

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

A- Pours a cloudy dark brown with a light ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- Not as intensely sour as I had imagined. Tart cherries, brown sugar and sweet esters come through and then the sourness kicks in a little stronger.

T- Much more sour than the aroma. Brett and cherries come through with hints of brown sugar and mild herbal tones.

M- Very dry, wine-like finish.

D- This one's a sipper, but not at all from the alcohol. I actually am just realizing the high abv on this beer. The sourness isn't incredibly intense, but certainly adds a good kick.

Photo of Douglas88
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shard by footbalm. Pours a dark red/brown with a small white head. The aroma is just amazing; bourbon, sweet fruit and tart cherries, vanilla, just tons stuff in here. The taste was surprisingly tart; sour cherries, whiskey and bourbon, some funk and yeast, raisins and more of that full tartness from barrel aged sour cherries. A full and medium thick mouthfeel. A great aftertaste like a amazing dessert. Just great. Sour, but also allowing so many other flavors. Thanks Eric for this gem.

Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of tprokop7
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of waltonc
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
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....

Photo of abfraser
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Photo of lightindarkness
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
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