Cuvee De Tomme | The Lost Abbey

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Cuvee De TommeCuvee De Tomme

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blended dark strong ale with sour cherries aged in American oak and French oak red wine barrels.

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.

Added by jcalabre on 06-14-2003

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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.

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2/24/18 draft @ Lizardville

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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!

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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
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