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Cuvee De Tomme - The Lost Abbey

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94
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1,026 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,026
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 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!

Photo of emerge077
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of lackenhauser
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of goethean
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.22/5  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.

Photo of paytoplay
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08 375ml at O'Briens in SD. Drinking pretty darn good right out of the bottle. Murky brown color. Nose is slightly sweet, burbon with a super thin head. Tons of aroma when you swirl this around. Great balance, somewhat sour, but then the finish shows the burbon barrels, oak, carmel, burbon alc, very nice. Easy to see the sour aspect and the barrel aged aspect side by side in the same beer. Really nice. Glad to have more to age this for several years before revisiting.

Photo of gford217
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a short lived off-white head that dissipated to a ring leaving no lacing. Honestly, not the most impressive looking of beers.

S: This beer is massively aromatic and smells wonderful. There is great balance of the oak and the sour cherries with a hint of alcohol burn as well, mainly bourbon. All this on to of a sugary sweetness with some vanilla and candied sugar as well.

T: Taste is complex but very reminiscent of a sour belgian dark with the slightly acidic tartness of the cherries hitting up front with a bit of barnyard funk coming through as well. The oak comes through in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. There are hints of the vanilla and sugar in the taste but less evident than the aroma would suggest.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice prickly carbonation which leads to a nice crisp finish.

D: This is an extremely unique offering and I enjoyed it thoroughly though I would definitely term this one as a sipper.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got around to working through this for my review. what an unusual beer.

A - deep red / brown color with no head whatsoever.

S - strong mix of tart / sour cherries, brandy, vanilla, raisisn, booze.

T - this beer comes on in wavews of sour cherries, brandy, raisins, sour, oak and vanilla.

M - medium full bodied, trace carbonation, wine like

D - a tast treat to tantalize and confound your taste buds.

Carbonate this one properly and I think the score goes way up! that said, still worth a try if you can score one.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was excited to finally get to try this, as I'm a big fan of Belgian Darks and of sour beers as well. I think this brewery can be among the best in the country when they get it right. The definitely got this one right. I'm drinking the most recent bottling of this for the review. Pours extremely dark brown with a light head and no real lacing. The aroma is incredible! Dark fruits, rich cherries, bitter cocoa, and some nice sourness seellessly blended. The taste is even better, with those same wonderful cherry and bitter cocoa flavoers melded together with a wonderful sourness that is somewhat restrained, but accented by the tartness of the cherries. Even though the beer is quite sour, the chocolate is so lush and pronounced that the flavors are balanced. It is like a cherry eggcream, with brandied cherries, the best quality dark chocolate, and a wonderfully minerally seltzer and some sour cherry juice added to funk it up. In addition, the oak comes through cleanly, but as a nice additional flavor and supporting actor rather than the star. Not overwhelming at all, it adds a firming woody note and some sweet vanilla. Wonderfully enjoyable! Extremely rich and lush in the mouth, but with the sour cherry that cuts right through that and makes the whole thing tremendously delicious. What a tremendous beer!

Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from O'Briens. Dark brown color. Aroma of sour cherries, oak and some strawberries. More sour cherries, wood and spices. Very tart with a hint of sweetness towards the end. I was the only one who liked this so I drank the entire bottle. Tastes almost like a port and I've never really been a big fan of ports but this was pretty good.

Photo of JDV
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'05 bottle shared by miketd. Thanks dude!
Pours a smooth, rich dark muddy brownish color. Smell is slightly sour cherry, and very smooth. Taste is lightly sweet and equally mildly tart with nice semi dry cherry flavor. I thought this one was really nice, and look forward to trying it fresh as well. Thanks for this one, Mike.

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

This poured a translucent brown in color with almost no head at all. The nose was sour with vinous scents of red fruit (mainly cherry) and a woodsy element from the oak along with a touch of baking spices. In the mouth it was tart and kept the red fruit from the nose. Given the level of sourness this was amazingly concentrated and came off almost full-bodied as well as light-on-its-feet. Just a wonderful drink with a lingering finish.

Photo of SaucyA
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a 22oz snifter. With a scant, slightly off-white head of creamy bubbles, this brew looks just okay. The head transforms into a paper-thin layer of foam halfway through the glass. Nothing grabbing me, but the color, a deep, dark, burgandy-brown is quite inviting. No lacing.

S - Seems I've been drinking a lot of beers that smell like this lately. Brett, oak, sour cherries, dark dried fruits, wine affects. Quite delightful.

T - Tart cherries, oak, brettanomyces. Wine notes, as well as bourbon. Hints of raisins and spice... wonderfully tart/dry finish. Frankly, the finish is the best part of this brew. It's well-crafted, but could stand to be slightly more complex for as highly touted as it is.

M - Creamy, medium bodied, definitely could use a bump in carbonation.

D - It's good and easy drinking, and the ABV isn't really noted. The problem with this is the mouthfeel and on some sips it's wonderful, and others it really kills it.

Notes: This just makes me appreciate Enigma that much more. Quite frankly, if this had the same mouthfeel as Bourbon Angel's Share, and vice versa, it would put both these beers in the A+ range.

Photo of sfoley333
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 ml bottle from release at Lost Abbey, into a Delirum Tremens snifter. It poured a dark brown color with a small fizzy off white head that was gone in 60 seconds. Smell is tart cherry with spiced plum pudding and a slight brett funk. Taste is raisin, dark fruit, tart cherries, a mellow oak tannin flavor comes out along with vanilla and a warm alcohol feel. Mouthfeel is a medium body with a dry tart feel, the carbonation is low for my taste but all in all one of the best beers out there, highly quaffable.

Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 and JoeyR for each providing a bottle of this one at a recent tasting.

A: Pours the most beautiful of hues. The beer changes color as you go up the glass. The bottom is a cloudy brown, the brown fades to red and the red to orange at the top of the pour. There is very little head and no lace.

S: Bring on the funk! This one has tons of oak and tart cherries. There is a sour funkiness to it that is very inviting. A hint of booze and vanilla seems to hide nicely beneath all of this.

T: Wow very nice. I really like it. Taste matches nose. Tons of Oak and extra tart cherries. Vanilla and sour funky acid come thru. Just a touch of beer rounds things out. It is a wonderful beer.

M: Nice medium body, despite the lack of head ample carbonation provides some prickles on the tongue.

D: Not the most drinkable of beers, though I don't think it is intended to be.

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

From a 2008 bottle and a huge thanks to peruster for letting me try this one. Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - A very deep and dark burgundy color that almost appears to be brown or black. Holding it up to the light gives off a slight golden hue to it but that is it. I was a bit surprised by the utter darkness of the beer. Had a small dirty brown head that sat on top before disappearing and sitting on the sides.

S - Smells a tart cherry with a bit of a musty, barnyard funk to it as well. Reminds me of the red poppy except a bit tarter. Also hints of vanilla, cinnamon and oak waft up as well. A bit surprised that each smell came out a bit different which gave the nose some nice complexity, yet I have to note that I found it to be rather subtle.

T - Taste at first is sweet vanilla and then the tart cherry that comes on strong. There is also a big hit of the barnyard funk mixed in. One interesting aspect is that the cherry seems to gyrate back and forth from sweet to tart. There is also a slight reminder of the quadrupel base as I get a slight hint of raisins intermixed as well. Also get a slight cinnamon spice that seems to pop here and there. The aftertaste is long lasting and is a mix of tart cherry and funk that sits on your tongue for minutes. As the beer warmed up more, I got a bigger hit of the oak spiciness coming forth in the end of the beer and the vanilla near the beginning.

MF - Light carbonation comes in and delivers the flavor. Despite the light carbonation it is long lasting and seems to really make that tart cherry stand out. It leaves the tingle in your mouth as the flavors linger on. There is a medium body and could be a bit thicker possibly but no compliaints.

D - Overall, a very interesting and complex beer. You have to love all of the experimentation going on out there in Port Brewing. This beer really stands out on it complexity more than anything else as each sip is a unique experience. Definitely would have trouble having multiple given the alcohol level since I am feeling it a bit after one but that doesn't mean I wouldn't mind having another. Seems like a good beer to have with some cheese and crackers as well. The one thing hurting the drinkability is that the tart flavors are the ones that really last. After they sit in your mouth for a while, I start to tire of them and desire another beer.

Photo of tayner
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.