Cuvee De Tomme | The Lost Abbey

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4.21/5
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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:
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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pDev:
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Photo of francisweizen
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First Review:

750ml corked and caged bottle. This is the latest batch, the one pictured here on BA. It was brewed and bottled at Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA. This bottle was brought back from CA by my girlfriend Erica. Thanks! $20 a 750, but well worth it. This one gushed out of the bottle, but luckily I contained it all in two chalices! This dark, ruddy, cherry-coloured brew has a head that is 1/2" once it settles, and the lacing is sporadic, insane, and great. The aromas are al over the place. American oak, Cherries and other fruits, some Vanilla and caramel hints, Funky orval-like brett notes, and some lactic, lambic-like sourness. The taste is intense as well. At this young age, Oak and Brett dominate with the fruitiness in the background. There are still some vanilla and caramel notes in the taste and they mix nicely with the hot oak and funky brett notes. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and drinkability is great. Wow, the MOAB is great as it is, but this one is a mind-blower!

Second Tasting:: Silver foiled vintage bottle proved less oaky and more cherry-ish with more pronounced brett and flemish red notes. Just as I had expected. Wonderful wonderful stuff!

Third Tasting: The new lost abbey version is pretty much the same exact blend as the Russian River bottling as far as I can tell. Not quite as complex yet, but this was the first batch thjey released at the new brewery. I believe that by the second or third batch at the nrew brewery this will be one of the most magical beers in the land. Truly a piece of modern art.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown color with garnet hues, fairly hazy, and very still with just a few bubbles appearing. Cherries come through nicely in the aroma, both tart and sweet, like tart cherries dipped in sugar. The sweet cherry blends with a light vanilla and a deep woodiness. A hint of the alcohol in the aroma as well. Taste is also a great blend of sweet cherry flavor along with a well balanced tartness. Light vanilla complements the cherries and a dry oak flavor begins mid taste and lasts in the aftertaste. The 11% is unnoticeable in the taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, very little carbonation. A slightly tannic bitterness blends nicely with a drying woodiness in the finish. Delicious beer with the perfect blend of sweet and tart, all accentuated by the cherry and wood notes

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

Purchased on 5/5/07 at the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey 1st year anniversary party.

A: (4) Poured into a small brandy snifter. Clear but darker brown liquid, pours without any head.
S: (4.5) Bourbon and sour cherries, I might be picking up the slightest amount of vanilla w/ a deep sniff. I usually can't pick up vanilla in oaked beers but I think I may have it a bit here.
T: (5) Oak and sour cherries compliment one another. Neither becomes too aggressive. Alcohol heat is present the entire time. Seems as if some sour brett comes in at the end after being held in check by the bourbon initially.
M: (4) No real complaints. It drinks very smooth, probably because carbonation is almost non-existent. There still is a very tiny amount though and it is very fine in texture. It might benefit from just the slightest increase in carbonation but I think anything more than that would hurt this beer.
D: (4.5) This stuff tastes so good you can drink it so easily. Lucky for us they only come in 375mL bottles which may keep people from overdoing it!

Having had Angel's Share, Older Viscosity, and Cuvee I can say that Lost Abbey makes some of, if not the best, strong barrel aged beers in the world.
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6/9/08
Batch sold on 5/3/08 during this year's annniversary party.

Had it on tap during the anniversary party at the Lost Abbey and remember the cherries and sourness coming in more than last year's bottled version, but the level of bourbon was very nice and rich as it was last year. The bottle that I opened up tonight, had a pretty big sourness as well, cherries were really good, but I couldn't detect much, if any, bourbon character at all.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to try this rare gem of an ale. Careful pour into a Chimay goblet reveals a stormy dark brown beer with purple highlights. Quite opaque and viscous looking with a thin tan head that remains as a delicate veil.

Aroma is complex and multi-faceted. Big Quad flavors of dark, stewed fruits, berries, and sherry mingle with booze soaked sweet-tart cherries and warm vanilla oak. There is an underlying funkiness that must be the wild yeasts.

Flavor is equally incredible. All those big Quad flavors smothered in juicey tart then sweet cherries. The oak notes are wonderful, warm, and loaded with vanilla tannins. The oak seems to tie everything together into a seemless masterpiece. The finish dries with fruit pit and tart, musty yeast. Wildly complex.

Body is full and smooth with very light carbonation. The aftertaste is long on this one allowing you an extra bit of enjoyment. Deliciously drinkable and worth the hype.

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

A- Thin tan head which fades very fast and this is when poured hard. Very dark body, pretty much black with brown hues, but, when held to light some amber hues do come through.
S- Very complex aroma with blend of cherries, chocolate, alcohol, oak. Chocolate, toffee, raisins, and a hint of spice all come through on the quad side of things. The cherries smell sour and tart with oak blended in with them giving some vanilla and old oak aromas to it as well. Alcohol comes through all of it, but doesn't over power anything while doing so.
T- There a ton of flavors all going on at once and you really have to sit and focus on it to pick out the different ones. The quad comes through first with the raisins being the main star along with some chocolate notes. As soon as you start to swallow the cherries sweep the tongue with a sour and tart flavor and alcohol comes along for the ride. That takes a couple seconds to fade away and while doing so the vanilla and big wood flavors so themselves the most at this point. After the main assault from the cherries is gone it leaves you with a light tart cherry flavor mixed with some oak, chocolate, raisins, and a light bitterness on the tongue. The alcohol also leaves a light warming but not to much.
M-Full body with smooth low carbonation. Leaves the mouth pretty dry as well.
D- I think this is a very interesting beer and haven't had one like it. Very complicated and complex. I'm not sure if it's one of the best beers I have had but if I get the chance to drink it again I will jump on it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber, small tan head that did not last at all. Aromas that are dark cherries, vanilla, cedar/ oak and bourbon hints. In the taste, sour cherries and a woody sourness, kind of like a huge Rodenbach. A sour, fruity mouthfeel and a dry sour cherry/ bourbon aftertaste. Complex with the sour cherry, bourbon notes, and woody charcteristics. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Corked and caged. The color is a deep red with light brown hues. Mostly clear, no head, and only a few bubbles erupting here and there. Deep vinous aroma with tart cherries and a woody sharpness. Moderate alcohol fume is detectible.

Tangy grape, raisin, and cherry flavors dominate early, becoming a great deal more intense as the beer warms further. Hints of vanilla are also present in the background. There is a decent sourness up front but it really becomes puckering toward the finish. The alcohol is blended perfectly in the mix. The carbonation is very low, almost too weak although it is likely intended. The smoothness is unbeatable.

This was a very intersting offering, nothing else like it in my opinion. To me it was so much like wine, and unfortunately I have little knowledge of wines. Perhaps I am not worthy but I would love to experience again the depth and complexity of this beer...

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice ruby hue with a short foamy white head. I served this one up in a tulip glass to help capture the aromas. The smell was that of a tart cherry lambic with slight notes of toasted oak and some barnyard funk.

The aroma was somewhat remeniscent of RR Supplication.

The flavor was full of tart cherries, oak, and merlot. The malt fills out the flavor and provides a medium mouthfeel. Considering this beer is 11% ABV, it's amazingly smooth - very drinkable.

The carbonation is tight and compliments this beer's punch. Highly recommended if you can score a bottle.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a chocolaty brown with auburn highlights with a bit of opacity to it. Ruddy and unfiltered…just the way I like my beers. Head is simple and thin leaving a small pool of foam on top of the body and a decent ring of whipped butter colored bubbles around the sides.

S: YOWZA! Peach yogurt, oak, cherries, blackstrap molasses, butterscotch, salt water taffy with a touch of cherry vanilla coke. Mighty fine smellin’ beer I reckon.

T: The first sip is pretty much an overwhelming experience. I’m not going to try to explain what’s going on in my mouth…I’m going to give my tongue a minute of “quiet time” to regroup and regain my thoughts.

OK, here we go. Begins with prickly sourness way along the lines of bing cherries, watermelon rind, under ripe blueberries and fresh ground black pepper. The brett is strong in this beer with flagrant peach yogurt tastes being thrown around with reckless abandon. Pungent oak is prevalent adding a precise bitterness that only oak can add. A strong underlying current of pureed raisins blended with toffee, coffee candy and delicately roasted grains creates the foundation in which all the other flavors can frolic. Finishes with peach propped up with vanilla, orange marmalade across the roof of the mouth then *POW*…the sourness hits…and boy is it sour. Like somebody ground up a vitamin C into the beer and put it on time release for 8 seconds after the swallow. Only a touch of syrup and cloying tastes afterwards but the bitterness really helps to balance this out.

M: Full, soft and silky

D: Scrumptious. I try not to use that word. Sounds a bit “flamboyant” and pretentious if you ask me. But in this case…I can’t help myself.

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

I picked up a few bottles from the Lost Abbey 1st anniversery party.

This beer pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint to it. It has no head, and I can not detect any signs of carbonation.

This beer smells or sour cherries. It also has a very nice spicy aroma. I smell some citrusy hops, and some spices. Coriander mostly. Cherries, however, are the dominate aroma.

This beer tastes great. It tastes like sour cherries. It is sour, with a nice Belgian spicy flavor. It has some citrusy flavor as well. The alcohol in very well hidden in this beers flavor. As with the aroma, the sour cherries are the dominate flavor.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is not carbonated at all. I think it would be a little better if it had some carbonation. I am not sure if it was supposed to be carbonated. It was still pretty good though.

I doubt this beer would be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the sour flavor might become a little overbearing after a time. Also, it is hard to come by an it was a little pricy at $15 for a 350ML.

Overall: I have had this beer before, and I will have it again. I love it. What more do I need to say?

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Photo of ggaughan
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice deep brown color with a slight tan head. This beer definitely has the look and aroma of a nice fruity Port. The taste was of a nice low carbonated, earthy brew with slight taste of oaking from the aging process. The 12% abv makes this a nice dessert drink to sip on and that is how I had it. The alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is corked and caged in silver foil, cellared for almost two years. When this arrived as a Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club selection, it was advised that it be stored as such for the flavors to fully develop. And now, the moment has finally come.

Served at cellar temperature in a Chimay chalice.

Appearance- Pours a clear reddish brown, certainly a testament to the cherries added in the process. The head crackles while still in the neck of this 750ml bottle, and continues to do so as it floats atop the beer. Off-white to tan in color, the thin head moves away from the center and lines the outside of my glass.

Smell- Funky brett and sour cherries dominate the nose, with a musty odor and strong, overripe fruit character. The aroma is so full and balanced, carrying a sweetness that always lurks behind the fermented fruit. Incredible complexity.

Taste- Where is the alcohol hiding in this monster of an ale? As my belly warms and senses fuzz, the taste is all about Belgium's wild yeasts and cherries gone over the edge. I keep forgetting this is San Diego, not Flanders!

Upon greeting the tongue, the beer introduces its tart cherries immediately... while in the middle we have brett, brett and brett imparting its own wonderfully funk-filled extravaganza of flavor. The finish lasts a long time, leaving a coating of sour fruit on the lips and teeth. I'm not getting too much in the way of the whiskey barrel aging, just barely a hint of the wood right at the end. A phenomenal interepretation of a Belgian Strong Ale, and a remarkably successful masking of the 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Excellent, pleasing texture in the mouth... the gentle prickle of carbonation recedes and becomes almost spongy, giving me something to chew on as I take in all of the flavors. This beer is enormous in its proportions, yet fantastically drinkable. I want to sip and savor this one all night, I know that when it's gone it's gone forever... this is a rare treat that is impossible to replenish. Thank you Tomme and all of your creative, inspired brew team for this experience.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold Foil. Hand Bottle # CUNV42. This bottle is approximately 2 years old. And it WAS brewed at Solano Beach, not San Marcos.

Appearance: Dark cherry red tone. More like a plum color. No head. A somewhat bubbly brown collar. Looks like a port.

Aroma: A very noticeable chery character on the nose. Seems more sour than sweet. I also get some whiffs of alcohol and oak. And some wine traits as well.

Taste: Wow is this good. Even with the extra age, this has held up beautifully. Sweet and sour cherry aspects abound in plenty. Lactic sourness adds a slightly refreshing and tart quality to the whole picture. A little brown sugar residue on the tongue. Not much. A cherry juice feel every so often. Quite a rounded flavor profile now.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is the kind of beer that begs sip after sip just to verify what the hell you're tasting. And it's hard to put in words. But it's very drinkable in that aspect. In that you want to keep sipping continuously. The body is light-medium in stature. And the carbaontion quite low....but to be expected. This beer has not lost much with age, if anything. And it may have actually rounded out its flavor profile a little bit better.

Thanks again to the D-Man from Long Beach. I got this right around Christmas 2 years ago with a Silver Foil bottle and "C" bottle as well. Thus I was afforded that chance to see what a little age does to the beer. Thanks yet again Darren!!

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Photo of BillyB
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at a Michael Jackson beer dinner. Luckily it was one of the first on the menu so my palate and taste buds (as well as most of my other senses were not totally mangled).

Appearance is a dark reddish brown with dark ruby highlights and a thick, off-white, to tan head.

Taste is oakey, winey, brandy-like. With some elements of tartness/sourness mixed in(believe it or not). Bready, nutty,barnyard tastes (and a number of complex tastes that I just can't put a name to).
Definitely some vanilla, caramel and some sweet maltiness,

Overall one of the most complex and challenging beers I've ever tasted. I'm sure that is why Jackson chose it for the tasting.


Another example of two of our craft beer pioneers pushing the envelope (and the discerning drinkers palate) further.

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Photo of Crosling
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As the beer descends into my vessel it appears a deep mahogany bordering on russet in color. Rich caramel and chocolate aromas waft upward while the other elements of plums, raisins, grapes and cherries seem delightfully restrained and well masked by the aromatic brettanomyces contribution, oak and leather aromas. The front palate is initially malt accented providing hints of chocolate and roast, which then leads into the mid-palate, where the brettanomyces begins to take over giving a subtle and funky tartness along with notes of cherries and green grapes. The finish is unusually lingering where the chocolate, fruit and oak flavors create a simplistic bliss. Extremely complex flavor. But the most amazing thing about this beer is its feel on the palate. Knowing that it is basically fermented with 100% brettanomyces, I expected it to be fairly light in body, yet it is by far the most coating and texturized brettanomyces infused beers that has ever touch my lips. A true sensory receptor overload with a numbing effect.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nasty! Sludgy brown, explosive diarrhea, with a couple of bubbles. At least it didn't have any protein chunks, it would have scored even lower! It reminds me of every time I go to the States and eat American junkfood, Taco Bell for instance, I always get the runs, like my body rejects it and decides to give my colon a backwash as punishment. That's why I stick to places like Whole Foods, although the attraction is just too great and I always end up caving in! Anyways, you get my point, back to the Beer.

Smell: Well maderized, roasted pecans, cherries macerated in that spicy vodka who's name escapes me, it was like NG Belgian red on cristal meth. I even smelled a bit of curry in there! Whoh!

Taste: Excellent body, the cherries and acidity make a wonderful balancing act, the murky, yeasty funk is there and the alcohol is solid and warming at the end. Really not much to look at, but if you can look beyond that it's a phenomenal Beer.

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Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak and red wine as well as some bourbon notes. Dark amber in color with a large fluffy head. Sour fore that tastes like a stab at bourbon vinegar. There is a whole basket full of fruits making appearances here, but the acidic sourness dominates the flavor profile. The overall feel is smooth though and it is a beer that compels you to keep sipping.

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Photo of rowew
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged. Black label - this is from the batch brewed at Russian River. Nice description of the brewing process and the beer.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color with a nice thick off-white head. Head leaves a thick lacing on both the top of the beer and the glass.

Smell: Very sour aroma - smells more like a wine than a beer. Earthy, with hints of fruit and vanilla.

Taste: Medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Very smooth mouthfeel. Starts off sour, with a very tart taste blending into more smooth vanilla and fruit. Very well balanced.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable and dangerous - lots of complexities here that are beyond my reviewing skills. Definitely a great example of an American brewers attempt at a Belgian style.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bronzy mohogany, mud brown color fills my glass with a small oatmeal color head that doesnt last too long.
S - Liquor and brandy scents waft up leading to faint sweat malt and maybe plums and cherry pie.
T - Damn this is good. A tanginess of brett with very slight barrel qualities... not overpowering the brew thank god. These give way to wet hay and a sweet balsamic/port reduction sauce. Very good.
M &Dr - a little over medium on the tongue and rather complex, well rounded, thick but crisp beverage. I have to have more of this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009, enjoyed on August 31, 2009: This year's is much more tart and bitter than I remember from the '08 a few months ago. I expected the younger version to be big on bitterness but not that vineous, tart cherry character. Though not as rounded with the rise of the raison and softer, sweeter tones abounding; this is still one world class sour. My scores reflect this latest vintage.
Thanks JMBSH!

Vintage 2008, enjoyed on June 12, 2009: Again, an insanely good beer. All of the comments from three years ago still apply (see below) but I notice a great showing of raisons, cherries, bourbon-soaked woods, caramels, and even chocolates. Extremely delicate for such power. Vineous and rich throughout. I've never been more sad to see the bottom of a glass. Thanks Clvand0!

Another jewel available at Chicago's FoBAB last weekend. Colored the belgian mohogany-rust color with little 'floaties' swimming around in there. Lightly fizzy head retention reduced to a film. Aromas are solid, spicy of the Belgian Trippel base but with some serious tartness and fruitiness. Musky, but not yet horse blanket like. Low level sweetness gives way to tart cherries, grapefruit, peaches, and pears. A mild nutty, cocoa, dates sweetness rounds off the lactic sourness to a pleasant tartness. A thin, yet creamy, texture thins into the throat. Mildly puckering, but not astringent or grainy. Warming in the back of the throat accompanies some bittering. Finishes clean and tart. Not as drying as expected. My first Pizza Port offering did not disapoint!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was given this bottle as a gift from Venom. Thanks a lot man!

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a snifter that I am sharing with my new wife, mom-in-law, and bro-in-law. Perfect opportunity to open a special bottle of beer!
The brew pours a dark and cloudy mahogany color some small, white sediment chunks are suspended in my glass. There is a small beige fluffy head of 1 cm that remains as a surface layer throughout.
Aroma is deep and complex with fruity cherry, boozy whisky notes, some oak, a little raisin and dark fruit, and a general funkiness. Very appealing to me and all who are trying this beer with me.
First sip reveals a very smooth yet thick body with mild carbonation. The brew reveals little of the alcohol up front.
Flavor is rich and fruity with cherries and dark fruit mixing with wooden oak notes, similar to licking a popsicle stick, and again whisky/bourbon notes come through on the end. I also get just a hint of dry cocoa powder at the start of each sip. Overall the beer is mildy sweet and funky. The alcohol barely makes a notice with just a hint of warmth on the finish in the back of my throat. Also the general happiness of the group at the end of the bottle hints that there was some booze consumed!
This was a definate treat of a beer and I am indebted to Venom for the opportunity!

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Photo of meathookjones
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black label with the big C, no foil. Pretty dark cola color with a tall light tan head, which fell quickly leaving some webbings of lace. Big woody notes come out in the aroma with a strong tartness. There are some noticeable sour cherry notes with a hint of sweetness. Seems like I pick up a faint chocolate smell in there as well. Very interesting aroma. Flavor starts off with a big sour cherry that is sweet at times. Plenty of wood in the flavor as well. No sign of the huge 12% alcohol here. Vinous notes and some funkiness play well also. Plenty of little complexities going on with this one that keep it interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth and surprisingly drinkable. Very unique and flavorful beer that I enjoyed a lot.

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Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears looking like a merlot. No head or lacing is left but it definitely looks interesting.
Smell is awesome. Lots of brett with an oakiness, rasperries, and vinous aromas.
Taste is very vinous with raspberries and sour cherries coming through.
Mouthfeel is sour but slowly fading and pleasant and unique.
Drinkability...I love this, especially the aroma.

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Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burgundy color…regal apperance…soft little tan head…Wood, earthiness, soft cherries and sweet bourbon on the nose…first taste impression is tart cherries…mellows into a smooth bourbon soaked cherry flavor….a lot of booze in this…nice sipper…nice tartness without puckering up your mouth entirely…some very nice components…nice treat…thanks go to Long Beach Bum via Big Hugey for the chance to try this hard to find classic.

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Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,237 ratings