Cuvee De Tomme | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by jcalabre on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,205
Reviews:
413
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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684
Gots:
271
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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer seems to be a deep amber color with little visible carbonation.

Smell - The nose is sour with a pleasant oakiness.

Taste - I am impressed with an overall sour profile. The cherry is sour but has a background of sweetness from candy sugar. The oak gives a dry impression that continues to the end. I also get a little of cinnamon. The cherries matured nicely in this one.

Mouthfeel - Though it seems thin, the oak gives an impression of stickiness.

Overall - This is great. Seek it.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datchethilbery
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ineluctablemodality
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeledonia
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Chuck's Greenwood in Seattle. Tasted 3 June 2016.

Pours a deep, murky brown. More head than the glass would take, decent retention, some lacing. Fine.

Smell is a lovely mix of potent sweet malty stuff, cherries, sharp acidic sour. Really nice.

Taste is like an unbalanced version of the smell. The fruit comes through, but all the subtlety is blasted out of the way by the sour, which is a little more acrid than I'd like.

Feel is good. Fairly heavy, but well carbonated to keep things moving. Feels like a sour, with that prickly lightness dominating any residual malty sludge I thought I might get based on the appearance.

A decent sour. The taste is chaotic, and I lose things I'd like to be able to taste.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tshanahan
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vonSchulze
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevBot89
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kodt
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks a brown and red color, more brownish. Thin head 1/5" off white to tan. Aroma was nice, berries, cherries, oak, dark fruit, sourness.

Taste hid the alcohol amazingly well, lots of wine (red) notes, tannins, vanilla. Man, the base beer for this sucks by itself, but do this magic and it comes along so nice. Carbonation issues have come around, they used to be close to flat and terrible customer service from the brewery made some shy away. I've checked 'em out when I can get the 375ml bottles for $15, but I wouldn't stock up, its just a nice beer to have in the cellar for a special occasion.

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Photo of nhindian
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a beautiful burgundy color with great clarity despite the dark nature. The head is a light tan with zesty carbonation and a short height.

Aroma - The nose is tart but is ripe with sour cherry, vinious notes, and a strong barrel presence. The oak imparts subtle aromas of vanilla and wood with an underlying bourbon sweetness.

Taste - The flavor is quite complex as it spans the spectrum from sweet to sour while delicately balancing a vinegar note that just goes far enough without being overwhelming. At first, the barrel comes along deliver a surprisingly strong vanilla taste that serves as a foundation for the sour notes to play on. I'm actually surprised that the sweetness comes through so much, but it is very welcome. From there, the tannic qualities of the barrel serve as a segue for the tartness to come. Cherries form the strongest flavor here, giving both sour and an earthy, pit taste. It finally leads to a vinegar note that pushes the boundaries of the level I like in this type of beer, but never fully crosses the line. Rounding out the finish is a resurgence of sweetness, as the vanilla combines with the oak and bourbon to allude towards a booze-soaked cherry dessert that is delicious.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with okay carbonation. This serving is from a growler that was filled about a week ago, so there's probably some variance here. The feel on the palate is great, though, as the tartness forces some puckering, and when combined with the tannic astringency of the barrel, is a winning duo.

Closing Arguments - Overall, this is a wonderful beer. It is complex enough that it evolves over time, but the formula throughout is the same. The barrel and cherries are the stars here, and the play between them as the temperature changes is a thing of beauty. While there is a boozy quality, it never seems hot, and I would never guess this is an 11% beer. This is a beer I will surely seek out in the future.

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of judkinst
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grodd87
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of THSmusicman
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OleDixie
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_encinitan
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
4.17 out of 5 based on 1,205 ratings.
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