Vertical tasting of 2007, 2008, and 2009 vintages on 6/12/10 with my sour beer loving friend Bob. Thanks to WST for the 07 and 08, and JRod for the 09:
2007: Pours a cloudy brown with a faint light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is vast - thick with horseblanket notes over dark fermenting raisins, maybe sherry?, cherries, slight oaky winy notes, a slight vegetal aroma kicks in momentarily but doesn't detract.
Flawor is so freaking deep and changes as it goes down. Initially it's all raisins, darkly sweet on the tongue, and sour cherries on top. The sourness grows, with notes of oak, leather, Brettanomyces, then all of a sudden some chocolate decides to arrive. The hell'd that come from? No idea. Underlying it all is a velvety sweetness. Brett bitterness way in the background at the end. Dear sweet Lord this is complex as hell. Bob's getting a hint of port in there as well, and he's right. Mouthfeel is silky.
2008: Color and pour is the same. Nose is far more tart, with the raisins somewhere off having fun and a cedary, oaky, spicy aroma appearing atop the sour cherries. Hint of vanilla as well.
Not as much deep, raisiny port flavors, but a far brighter palate emerges - full of tart cherries that envelop every tastebud, raw spicy oak, hits of Brett that are there but well controlled, and supporting notes of cocoa, vanilla, cedar... stunning. Puckering but sooo balanced.
2009: As with 2008, but with additional hints of vanilla and raisin. Flavor is right in between the 2007 and 2008 - maybe leaning a bit towards the more bright flavors of the 2008, but definitely with a hit of the port-like flavors of the 2007 to round things out.
Overall - This is an amazingly complex brew, highly enjoyable, truly worthy of an afternoon of sipping and contemplation.
Served In: Snifter
Lost Abbey- Cuvee de Tomme (2008 vintage). I’ve had the good fortune to try this beer a number of times already, from the tap, from various bottles, and from various vintages as well (03, 05, 07, 08, 09) and I think it’s about damn time I sat down and reviewed it. I decided on the 08 vintage because, well that’s the only vintage I had two bottles of.
A nice ‘pop’ and pressure as I removed the cork from the 375ml bottle. The beer pours a dark cola-like color with crimson overtones when struck by light. There’s about a quarter inch of foam that’s produced by a careful pour. The head quickly falls down and leaves a nice, full, ring around my Lost Abbey tulip glass. A stir of the glass brings back about a half inch of tan colored foam.
On first encounter I am greeted by a wonderful mixture of tart cherries, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and hints of chocolate in the background. With a closer inspection I am able to pick up notes of raisins, Belgian candy sugar, candy-like yeast esters, sweet cherries, raspberry candy, and a low level of brett with just a touch of leather. Everything seems to be in harmony and well integrated, the aroma just comes through as a whole. Soft tannins, oak, and vanilla dance around in the background with an interesting combination of light chocolate and caramel.
More tannic in the flavor with a rush of oak, bourbon, cherries, and a finish of caramel, chocolate, and dry leather. There’s a sour cherry flavor that seems to dig itself in every crevice of my gums and lingers there for a few moments. A bit of warming alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Tart dark fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes are more apparent on the second sip. Hints of lemon tartness in the finish with more oak flavors. Cherry juice and caramel flavors intensify as it warms up with just a hint of nuttiness. Some grape flavors also come through.
Moderate carbonation, light, airy, soft, and creamy. The finish is medium to high dry as well. Fairly easy to drink despite the high abv. The 08 batch was really good, the current 09 batch is even better though and I would give it a slightly higher score on taste!
Served In: Tulip
Pours brackish amber with little head. Poured at fridge temp of about 40 degrees and I let it warm up to room temp to let the whole bouquet open up.
Aromas of tart cherry, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and a distinct earthiness. Surprisingly not much funk.
Flavors of caramel, chocolate, bourbon, tart cherry, oak , and sort of muddled in general but in a good way. Again not a ton of funk or real sourness but a nice tart flavor from the cherries and some general dry tart flavor.
Smooth, viscous mouthfeel. low carbonation and really dry.
A pleasure to drink and one that I'm not going to finish for an hour or more. Delicious.
Price: $15.00 Served In: Goblet
The beer pours dark red/brown/black, depending on how it is held to the light. The only signs of head is the slight ring around the edge. Aromas of black cherry (comes of Jolly Rancher-ish), soy sauce, slight musty basement, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is nice and fruity. Loads of tart cherry and plums. Warm alcoholic finish. Silk and oil over the palate. Moderate carbonation. This is less like a beer and more of a wine or high end liquor.
Served In: Snifter
Sinners Club Release
Dark brown thick color.
Sour cherry smell. Doesn't smell too funky. Enticing aroma.
Wow. The sour funk taste is there but so subtle and creamy that I want to kill whomever has bottles of this and steal them all for myself. I woulkd drink myself to death with this one.
Price: $16.00 Served In: Tulip
Many thanks to Westsidethreat for this prized bottle. :bow:
A - This one sure doesn't look like too many beers I have had. Sort of like a muddied up grape juice. It's more brown than purple, but there is definitely a reddish-purple twinge to it. Non existant head, which should be a big surprise at 12% and barrel aged.
S - When I popped the cork on this one and set it on the desk, I could smell the sour cherries without any effort. Alcohol phenols. Grape juice, bordering on wine odors. Oak. The real thing here is the cherries, oh the sour cherries. It's making my mouth water. I better get to trying it.
T - My oh my. I'll do my best here. This doesn't start quietly, but brings you straight into the sour cherries odor that is omni present. But there is so much more here. Big buttery yogurt flavors. Obviously there is brett in action here. The wood comes in with some oakiness. Blends seamlessly into tons of rich dark fruit flavors featuring raisins, cherries, and dates. This melds with some molasses and light dark chocolate flavors. Finish is more sourness, with some cherry and peach yogurt flavors. Wow.
M - Full bodied and smooth as silk. Slips right over the tongue and down the throat.
D - Well, this is no doubt my favorite Lost Abbey brew that I have had. Blends so many flavors together so seamlessly. Why oh why does this one have to be difficult to get?
Served In: Other
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