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:
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

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lord Hobo for a Night with Tomme Arthur. 12oz serving in a tulip glass.

A- Dark reddish murky brown, pretty much completely opaque, a thin brownish head that leaves layered lacing, decent carbonation.

S- Chocolate, cherries, some very light vinegar funk and oak hiding in the background. Above average aroma strength, fairly sweet, not as sour as I was expecting.

T- Dark fruits, mostly cherries, some plum, tiny bit of raisins, some oak and bourbon, a light tartness on the finish but more sweet then anything.

M- Medium bodied, can detect a little bit of the abv but for 11% it is very well hidden and easy to drink, moderate carbonation.

O- This was a decent sour that I definitely enjoyed drinking. It wasn't as tart as I was hoping for, but the oak and dark fruits provided a nice taste and aroma to the beer. Not my favorite beer of the night, but well done. At $7/glass I would consider having it again and I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of JohnnieQuest
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of reto21
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage from brick store pub

A: Dark, murky brown body. Very little head, more like a soapy white film develops, but does stick around throughout the tasting. Surprisingly a good amount of silky lacing remains and really boosts the beers appearance.

S: Cherries, sour notes, not overpowering and have a nice sugary undertone. Light hints of bourbon that builds as the beer warms. Caramel and raison notes poke through on the tail end and become quite potent later in the tasting.

T: Pow, that will wake up your taste-buds. Cherry flavors are infused with sour notes. Bourbon and caramel hints are a nice contrast and really round out this beer nicely.

M: Very low to no carbonation, still highly drinkable.

O: I really enjoyed this glad i got to try it

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.17/5  rDev -48%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

375mL courtesy of Shane. Thanks! 2012 vintage.

A: Murky brown with no lacing. This is completely flat. Damn.

N: Cherries and bourbon. Vanilla and caramel. The sourness rises just above the cherries. And there are a lot of cherries here. Marionberry and prune. The smell is quite pleasant.

T: Muddy. Lots of sour cherries mixed with an overpowering sweetness of caramel and bitter chocolate. I admittedly cringed a bit. I've had this before, and it s not nearly as weird, I swear. There is so much cherry here, and it might be the saving grace. If this beer had one. Vinegar and acetone. Honey - almost like a mead.

M: Slick and oily and sharp. Not good.

O: I really don't understand what happened here. Last time I got a bottle of this (a 750mL) this was sublime. Tart and sharp and perfect. This is an unmitigated disaster. And I have one more. With any luck, this will taste good in 2014. And if it seems I'm being overly harsh, it's because I know how good this beer can be.

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Photo of pigc
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, murky brown with a minimal head that fades quickly

S - Tart cherries, alcohol, figs, raisins, plum, bourbon.

T - Tart cherry and raspberries up front followed by a wave of semi sweet bourbon and raisins. Picking up some spice, almost a cinnamon taste on the finish. Somewhat medicinal.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Decent tartness and acidity.

O - This one is sweet and sour. Somewhat over the top for me. I like the idea of trying to meld the tartness with the sweet bourbon qualities but it seems to lack that cohesion that brings them together.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 bottle that Tomme brought to the DC Lost Abbey tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish dark mahogany color with almost no head at all.

Smell: Tart red berries with some mild roast and caramel notes. Nice.

Taste: Lots of red fruit sourness up front. A mild caramel malt like sweetness. Some vinegar sourness as well. There is a bitterness that shows up in the finish along with the fruit and tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is one of the better dark sours I've had. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage - Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

A vigoros pour produces only the most transient evidence of carbonation. A turbid cordovan/bole liquid admits no light and supports not so much as a surface slick. No legs or lacing.

Lovely barrel-derived aromatics suggest bourbon and dark red wine in equal measure. Vanilla, tobacco, mulberry, and more are suggested, albeit delicately, in the nose.

Potent, tart, leathery palate entry is packed with flavor, yet restrained and well integrated. Low but deep vinuous quality emerges along with hints of wood. A dark malt element contributes a touch of burnt sugar, but the sourness and aged flavors prevent the beer from ever tasting sweet. Dry, dusty, tannic, nearly smokey finish.

Medium-light bodied, with no carbonation, though not necessarily a fault with this style at least...

Judgment Day is here transformed into something closer resembling a wine than an ale. Careless with the carbonation perhaps, but the flavor is superior, comparing well to some of the best offerings from Rodenbach in fact...will re-visit when I get around to cracking open my 2009 vintage.

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4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cuvee de Tomme

Bottle from the brewery

A- pours a murky rose/purple/blackish color. No head or lacing. 3  

S- like red wine with a little bourbon and cherries. 4.5 

T- supurb. Very wine like with some bourbon and cherries like the smell. Awesome f'n beer. Nice and sour just like I like it. 4.5  

M- good mouthfeel. A bit thick. Light carbonation but it is there. 4 

O- a wonderful beer that was an absolute pleasure to have. I'd love to have a case of this. 5


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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of chugalug06
2.27/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Brown color brew. No carbonation, head, lacing, or desirable characteristics.

Nice sour brown (with cherry) scent. Tart, sweet, and fruity. Slight wet cardboard.

FLAT, dry, and Zero carbonation. Horrible, tart, musky copper taste. No heat, but weird distracting bitterness. The initial cherry/apple flavor is nice, but once the brew reaches the back of your tongue its horrible.

The only thing nice about this brew is the scent. sadly, this brew ended up as a drain pour... I hope to try it again, when LA figures out how to produce carbonation, but not at the $18 price tag.

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

375 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip. Can't find a date on this anywhere, presumably the 2011 vintage.

A- Pours a dark, murky raisin/brown color. Produces no head or lacing whatsoever.

S- Very complex aroma, some tart cherries mixed with a sweet, fruity aroma of raisins and figs as well as caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon and oak. Moderately boozy. It smells great, there's a lot going on here.

T- Pretty awesome, initial rush of cherry, lactic tartness recedes into a sweet center of bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak and vanilla. Lingering sweetness in the finish, nothing cloying, lots of barrel character towards the end.

M- Medium to full bodied, carbonation is low but still has enough to not be totally flat, has a very dry, tannic finish.

O- This is a damn awesome beer, the flavors are delicious and extremely complex, drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer, alcohol is well-masked for the most part. It's a bit pricey, but this is a really enjoyable beer overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the brewery last month, poured into two stemmed Lost Abbey tulips and shared with DaftCaskBC.

Appearance. Very turbid maroon-brown with no head to speak of.

Smell. Sweet, sweet fruits; cherries and berries, some sherry and cognac with some barrel wood and vanilla.

Taste. Caramel raisins, sweet cherries, red wine, wood and a little sherry.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with almost no carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting beer, lots of flavours going on here but they don't work very well together for me.

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