Cuvee De Tomme | The Lost Abbey

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4.21/5
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Cuvee De TommeCuvee De Tomme
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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 with.

Added by jcalabre on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,144
Reviews:
417
Ratings:
1,233
pDev:
10.93%
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.29/5  rDev -21.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.27/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Rutager.

A: No head over turbid brown liquid.

S: Buttery, fatty, apples, malt vinegar.

T: Butter, malt vinegar, raisins, and apples.

M: medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: not very tasty or drinkable. Won't be visiting this one again any time soon

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a snifter

The body sits a still, muddy chestnut brown with a reddish tan cap that sits about one finger before settling to a thin collar. No visible carbonation.

The nose is seriously sour. Notes of sour cherries, leather, wine barrel oak, dry tobacco, rum soaked raisins...just a ton of lactic sourness.

Intensely sour. Rum soaked raisins blend with wine barrel oak before sour cherries take over. Tobacco and leather lend some drying notes that complement the sourness well. The finish is overly sour with cherry juice.

Medium body with low carbonation. Nothing really mind bending about the feel.

This is a world class sour that delivers on all fronts.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one!

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. I worked for about 5 minutes to rip this cork off. Man, was that thing in there.

L - Ruby-brown color with a few brown bubbles that develop as a head. Quickly dissipates into a few bubbles around the glass at the liquid’s edge and an oil slick on the beer surface in the center. Actually a tiny bit of lacing with the small number of bubbles that are present.

S - Complex aroma here. The vinegar acidity from Acetobacter and/or Lactobacillus is definitely here, along with a subtle mustiness possibly from Brettanomyces. There’s a solid presence of cherries and a subtle grape aroma from the wine barrels. There are also some woody and vanilla aromas here, probably from the bourbon barrels. Maybe a tiny bit of alcohol present, but it could just be the acidity. Smells just like I hoped it would.

T - Cherry, grape, and vanilla sweetness appears up front and quickly develops into cherry and grape sourness. This tongue-tickling, almost mouth-puckering sourness builds and eventually gives way to a dry, woody mustiness.

F - Light-bodied, no carbonation whatsoever, tingling mouthfeel from the acidity, and a nicely dry finish. Sourness lingers for a nice amount of time, but the mustiness and dryness sticks around for longer. Due to the light body and complete lack of carbonation, it feels rather thin. Feels very much like wine.

O - This was very tasty and perfectly sour enough to be drinkable (as opposed to a sipper). It smells and tastes great but the lack of body really holds this one back. It drinks way more like wine than beer due to the ABV, flavors and aromas, and lack of carbonation. That being said, it was a very enjoyable sour, the ABV was hidden extraordinarily well, and I’m very, very glad that I got to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a strange and obviously, divisive beer. Pours a murky looking brown with reddish highlights; pretty much no head or lacing at all. The expected lack carbonation, I see. Aroma is full and complex, oak, sour cherries, vinegar, vinous notes, dark fruits. Flavor follows suit. Lots of sour cherry, woody, oaky notes, a fair amount of vinegar, booze goes completely undetected.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really kind of petered out for me. It’s nearly still, medium-thin bodied, but totally lacking life, so it feels closer to wine than anything else, and more like a poorly cellared, past-its-prime vinegar mess. Some lively carbonation would really give this beer some drinkability and character that I felt was sorely lacking. Watery.

It’s an interesting bottle and I was glad to have tried it. There is a lot of complexity here and it’s certainly thought-provoking. However in the end I found it to be a bit of a failure, and I like sours. There’s just not enough that’s appealing here, and certainly not at the price this one goes for. If you like old vinegar wine or stale cider you may enjoy this but I certainly wouldn’t buy or trade for this one again.

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #300

The beer pours a deep dark brown with no head and little carbonation. It looks like ripe cherries and is definitely getting me hyped to taste. The smell is also incredibly ripe cherries with a subtle touch of brine and sourness. An absolutely lovely taste follow through with a dry, sour aftertaste mixed with cherry sweetness. It's definitely got a slightly medicinal aftertaste, but there's so much going on it's not distracting. It's a super drinkable sour with notes of deep pit fruits and screams cherries. Worth trying for sure.

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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,233 ratings