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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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94
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1,002 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 638
Gots: 248 | FT: 14
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-14-2006)
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Photo of tayner
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip at fridge temp and then allowed to warm in the glass.

Poured a very dark brown, opaque color with a medium head that quicky fell to a tiny, tiny ring. If you look close you can see tiny bubbles rising close to the sides of the glass, but the beer is too dark to see beyond just the edge of the glass.

Smell is sour, funky wood. There are some cherry and sweet raisin notes in there as well. In the background I am picking up some hint of bourbon but it is subtle. This is my kind of smellin beer.

Taste is up front sour. There is an obvious lactic acid, sour character that slaps you in the face, but then this gives way to a hint of oak with just slight vanilla notes. Then there are some dark fruit notes (raisins, figs) midpalate that help balance the sour cherry and brett funk. The finish is a warming oak and slight bourbon flavor. I cant believe this is 12% though, except for the lack of head. As it warms the flavors begin to meld together more and each nuance is harder for me to pick out as they all become one very nice beer.

This one is medium to full bodied, a bit oily on the tongue, and slightly light on the carbonation, but not less than i would expect for a beer of 12% ABV.

If this beer was not a limited edition/seasonal, limited purchase, expensive beer I could drink a glass of it every night. As it stands, at $15 a pop I am still thankful I bought my limit, and I will ration them accordingly to make them last until the next release.

tayner, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DRINKNDRIVE for this.

Pours a dark brown with almost no head, a chunk of yeast fell out at the end. I heard some people had cherry skins in their bottles, I was a little disappointed I didn't.

Smell: Cherries, Oak, Bourbon, Leather, Apple Cider. The cherries are definitely dominant though with some brett and lactic acid coming through.

Taste: Tart Cherries, Bourbon, Woody, finishes with a dry wine like kick to the taste buds. Pretty Tart and Sour, a little boozy, medium body and carbonation.

TheBlackMallard, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2008 sampling courtesy of BA Barleywinebrewer..Thanks!

Pours brownish amber, almost opaque, with a crimson tinge on the edges. Zero head or lacework. Perfectly clear legs on the glass.

Aromatics are intense and complex. Tart cherries, brandy, bourbon, vanilla, raisins, and a touch of balsamic. Plenty of boozy alcohol and sour fruit.

Medium bodied, a bit syrupy and chewy. Pretty much flat with a hint of carbonation.

A concentration of sour cherries, brandy, bourbon, and balsamic steeped raisins lead off the pallet. Warming and plenty of lingering sourness. A wine-like vineousity contrasts the boozy alcohol nicely.
Dry and juicy, with plenty of oak and vanilla that struggle to follow through.

Finishes with lingering balsamic, cherry stones, and warming booze.

I don't like to reference other beers when reviewing, but the intense balsamic sourness reminded me of Earthmonk. Add the Cherries and the bourbon/brandy character and this beer is in a class by itself.
I think Tomme needs to work on the carbonation issues of his beers though. If this beer was carbonated the aromatics would have been more intense, and the pallet could use some liveliness.

brewandbbq, Jun 06, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release; Sampled June 2008
A somewhat soft pour produces a 1/4-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt-amber color that shows a lightly hazy, deep red color when held up to the light. As I am pouring this beer I immediately notice aromas of Bourbon and oak as well as a rich fruitiness. A more focused inspection of the aroma yields a sourness that is reminiscent of fruity balsamic vinegar, light Bourbon aromatics (including a bit of hot alcohol), ample barrel notes of spicy wood and buttery oak, some soft vanillin and a touch of something like an oaky zinfandel wine. The Bourbon, while noticeable, thankfully does not completely overwhelm everything else. Having said that it is hard to pick out the base beer notes from the overall barrel character.

Softly carbonated, but still a bit prickly; the carbonation is actually just about perfect for this big beer. This is quite tart tasting, my mouth even puckers a bit as I take my first sip. A tannic character seems to accentuate flavors of cherry skins and also coats the teeth and palate like a strong tea. The barrel flavors contribute a soft, buttery oak component, just a touch of vanillin, and a lightly spicy woodiness as well as some light Bourbon notes; I like how light the Bourbon is in the flavor, it is much reduced compared to the aroma. Pretty darn near bone dry tasting, it does have a viscous fullness to it that shows there is residual sugars & malt here, but this is almost completely tempered by the sourness and barrel flavors. The finish has a touch of heat to it from the alcohol and barrel influences though it is somewhat soft.

As the beer warms up a bit some dry raisin flavors become more noticeable, essence of prunes also is found as is a noticeable tart cherry pulp flavor. I really like how the sourness melds with the fullish body; the combination just seems to work quite well here.

This is probably a bit tastier than the black label (Russian River) version I had before this, but I get the feeling that prior versions achieved a closer-to-perfection result than this; such is the vagaries of experiments with bugs and barrels. I look forward to sampling future vintages in the coming years.

Gueuzedude, Jun 06, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came home tonight and met the FedEx guy in my driveway with a box from Port Brewing. My Cuvee de Tomme had arrived!

Pours a deep tea-colored slightly cloudy liquid with a massive tan head that disappeared very quickly to a mere faint ring.

Aromas are definite woods...oak with an only slightly sweet cherry scent and a bit of funkiness. It's actually a warming kind of smell.

Taste is immediately sour belgian beer with a balance of the oak and sour cherries. Nothing sweet in here but nothing bitter either. A very pleasant sourness that seems to hide the alcohol well although the warmth from the 12% definitely comes through.

This is a great dinner beer or substitute for red wine. I'm going to love finishing off this bottle.

IntriqKen, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of errantnight
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Y'know, Port Brewing and the Lost Abbey make some great beers. But they're maddeningly inconsistent, and their seasonals and one-offs bear the mark of unrefined product.

Cuvee de Tomme bears the mark of an intriguing and beguiling blend of a beer that most likely knocked the socks off early tasters... and it certainly has a taste all to its own... but is a muddled mess with parts fighting with each other to achieve a confusing, and largely unsatisfying conclusion.

There's tons of big flavors here, even good big flavors, but how this jumbled mess of a beer is among the most widely regarded and sought after beers on the planet is beyond me.

I've opened two bottles thus far, and the second unfortunately was not of much help in re-evaluating my position, as it was completely flat, and corked. At 15 a bottle and bottled recently enough that one could say "weeks ago" and not be resorting to hyperbole... it's unacceptable, if understandable. But underneath the oxidized notes I perceived the same, unspoiled beer from which I made my original tasting notes.

It pours a slightly muddied, rich brown with a thin film of head, not unlike a Flemish Brown or Red, but without some of the brilliance. Head disappears rapidly, not a shocker with the bugs at play.

Aroma brings the bright cherries to the fore, which drift into a slightly boozy, there's belgian esters of bubblegum... there's oak notes of vanilla... there's roasty malt... they're all good... they just don't feel like they're all working towards a common goal.

And tasting really confirms what the nose suggests. There's bourbon forward malt presence that slams right into a mouthful of Belgian dark beer... a bubblegum and banana fruitiness that cuts off with a tart, cherry bite. It's not.... really pleasant. There's a heavy, oiliness to the proceeding that meshes poorly with the bright, sour notes, and the vanilla and alcohol notes don't do well with the fruitiness. There's some grapefruit brett funk in the mix, a barnyardy wildness and earthiness that slips in everywhere and seems like the unifying fixture, but it's still in the background.

It's interesting, and I keep going back for more... but it's never satisfying. It's an awesome creation, and maybe this just needs a year (or two, or three, or dozen) in the back of a properly temped cellar for this to come together... but for now, this is nothing more than a beguiling, entertaining mess.

errantnight, Jun 05, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dull, wooden (in fact it matches the color of the table) brown body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of condensed and stewed cherries, pits and all. Notes of wooden planks seasoned with sea salt.

Taste: Woody, leathery, but never forgets its cherry heritage. Nice Bretty, lactic qualities. Reasonably tart and sour, though there's some subtle malty sweetness to be found. Touch of spice. A few drops of tawny port. Unshakable tastes reminiscent of salty potato skins and grilled portabello mushrooms. The flavors rise and fall on the long, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Man, I never would've guessed it was over let alone near being 10% ABV. Very tasty for sure. Well played, Tomme.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 02, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cajang for this bottle. 2008 vintage

a - pour very dark brown with reddish tint, large khaki head with decent retention and lacing, a tone of huge chunks in this one, looks almost like cherry skin

s - tart cherry, lots of funkiness, some oak/woodiness, hints of leather and alcohol

t - sweet cherry up front which quickly turns tart and sour, lots of sourness and nice funk on the midpalate with the cherries still prevalent, the finish is lingering tartness with some dark raisin and oak becoming evident, alcohol is pretty well hidden, but you can tell it's there

m - medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation, the chunks, though I took out the huge ones, still take away from the mouthfeel, finish if pretty well balanced, not overly sweet or dry

d - quite drinkable for a 12% beer, the tartness and sourness are prominent, but they don't destroy the palate, very complex, which keeps me drinking

Great beer overall. I love the taste and aroma, and the drinkability is quite high for something so strong. Perhaps something happened in transit from CA to cause the film or cherry skin-like substance. I'm not going to dock the appearance or mouthfeel too much, because I think this is probably just something unique to my bottle. I'd love to try this again.

WeisGuy, May 31, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- poured a dark auburn color with no head at all. surprising i thought this beer would be a lot lighter.

s - first note is a sour smell similar to a lambic or geueze style. with a minor earthy smell towards the end

t - up front is slight sour cherry and other fruity taste with a whole face full of brettnomyces which seems to be the case with most of lost abbeys special release beers. as this beer tastes perfectly crafted i can tell that with age the beer will come together more as the sour notes are having a hard time blending with the malt foundation. but who can really say anything bad when there is just too much flavor goin on in a beer! so look for my followup review in a couple months.

robotfoot, May 26, 2008
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 bottling poured into my RR BA stem. Nice 74 degrees on the front porch, with winds out of the northwest at 2 mph.

Poured a deep mysterious brown into the glass. Or is it reddish brown? From the side, it is all brown with a few teases of red. Standing over top, I really see more cherry than brown. Fizzy white head that quickly dissolved.

Intoxicating aromas of cherry tartness, funk, bourbon hotness with a slight hint of toffee. Nostrils are tingly and ready to dive in.

Cherry taste hits me right away...nice & tart. Funky, tart, cherry, dry...real sexy. So rich and complex...layers upon layers. I get lots of hot bourbon flavor and not really any pronounced oak, which I absolutely love.

Mouthfeel of cherry, funk, & dry tartness. Super smooth, sex machine. For an ale this complex, with the 11% weight, I could drink all night. I savored the 12.7 for over 60 minutes, adding the yeast at the very end of my session.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

RustyDiamond, May 25, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08 vintage.

Appearance: Dark brownish-red, murky and opaque. Carbonation is low but the tan-colored head lasted for the entire hour I sipped on this brew.

Smell: A huge aroma of caramel and vanilla wafts from the bottle as soon as it's uncorked. Cherries come out more once it's actually in the glass, but they're almost overpowered by the character of the barrel. Raisins are in there as well, but it's more of a background note.

Taste & mouthfeel: Surprisingly different from the nose and much drier than I was expecting, which is very welcome. Lots of tannic oak flavor, vanilla, sweet and sour cherries (leaning heavily toward the sour side), raisins and very subtle funk. The bottle mentions bourbon barrels, but I'm not getting any distinct notes of bourbon. Sourness and acidity are quite mild; this is very rounded stuff. The body is on the lighter side of medium, pretty standard for a quad, while the carbonation is quite low.

Drinkability: Goes down ridiculously easy for an 11% brew. The balance of flavors and lack of noticeable alcohol make this incredibly drinkable stuff.

largadeer, May 16, 2008
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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
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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
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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
Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.