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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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. One of the most complex and unique beers we make each year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle from Eyedrinkale. Ruby colored with a tannish head. Seriously tart and sour aroma!!! Salivary glands kick into overdrive just from the smells coming off of this beer. Acidic, funky, sour, tart, drying. WOW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Deep ruby color, with a dark tan head. Tart cherry aroma, mouth watering like a sour ball, along with some hints of oak. Puckering sour taste, cherries mostly but other fruits as well. I love that sour taste so much and this was great. Long lasting finish that seems to stick to all parts of the mouth. Need to get some more of this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
2003, Red Foil. Bottle #91. Clear, dark garnet with a small ring of brown bubbles. Elegant, tart aroma of sweet and sour cherries, oak barrels, blended red wine, substantial brett notes, light caramel, light smoke and a bit of light cheese. The body is pretty good, but could use a bit more heft. Otherwise, itís creamy and smooth. The flavors are just great. Tart and tangy in the beginning with the cherries and brett working hard. In the middle, the underlying base of subtle caramel and toasted grains peak around the corner, just so you know theyíre there. The oak gives an elegant, vinous smoothness before the tang somes back at the finish. The alcohol isnít a factor considering the rather high level, but the underlying warmth extends from the mouth throughout the body and out through the ethers. The finish is long, lasting and dry. Truly a world-class beer, this is art in a bottle. There are so many good things to say about this. Yes, itís that good! Thank you Tomme and Jeff! A perfect beer to celebrate my birthday.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
A cabernet aroma w/ vinious notes, and soury dark fermented fruit. The flavor the same w/ a slight hint of chocolate. The beer poured a deep purple / brown color w/ red highlights, no head and lacing. The mouthfeel was tart and aggressive w/ minor effervescence, well-rounded and a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is vinegary and sour with a cherries much like a lambic. Pours a dark mahogany with a tan ring around the edges. Strong sourness in the beginning that mellows a little in the finish. Very tart cherry flavor leaves a long lasting tart aftertaste. Another top 50 from Eyedrinkale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Huge Thanks to Sean (DAAS) for hooking me up with this one. Bottle CU114, Silver. Very little carbonation. Aroma is sour cherries, alcohol, and dried fruits. Taste is heavily sour, with cherries and a hint of chocolate. Pretty nice brew, would have been nice if the carbonation was there, but this is the type of beer that is íokí without carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 silver foil batch # cu 114 thanks to enniskillen.this b.s.a. poured out looking just like cherry soda with no head at all.the aroma was much like a lambic or gueze with some black cherries,and a bit of barnyard funk.the flavor was again alot like a lambic or gueze containing black cherries,sourness,and finally a hint of chocolate.one thing i must add is the beer lacked any carbonation at all.this is really the only downfall of this brew.well,that and id stick it in the lambic or gueze catagory,its not really a belgian strong.(2008 BOTTLE RATED ON 5-31-08)murky reddish brown with a small brown head.the aroma is seriously outstanding.i pick up sour cherries,oak,bourbon,vanilla,malts,grapes,and lemon.the flavor is much of the same with the lemon and funk coming through just a bit more.this is very nice and much different form the other bottle i had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Intense sour cherry aroma slapped me in the face as I brought the 4oz. sample towards my nose. Actually about 18" from the nose. The color was a deep, deep, red-brown...with no head whatsoever. And the flavor was so sour...like cherries and vinegar and maybe caramel...I got a base note of roasted malt, of course, but this was just so sour and fruity that I just couldnít get past it... Oak barrels lent some smoothness...but Iím not sure about this one. The finish was sour, face-puckering tartness and alcohol fumes. A little too weird for me, but if I find one again, Iíll give it another shot. It kind of spoke to me towards the end...I think I heard it say, "Just try to remember where you parked the car!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Silver Foil - 750 ml. A fellow homebrewer was kind enough to share a bottle at the last G.L.U.B. Club homebrewers meeting. He picked up two bottles while recently visting Pizza Port. I know this sample may be a bit "green" but I could not turn down the oppurtunity to sample Cuvee de Tomme. Sour cherry aroma, sweet-tart flavors of wine grapes, lambic, and yeast. Appearance resembles Juicy Juice in my glass. Enjoyable complex ale from Pizza Port.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 2003 Silver Foil Sampled Feb í05. Thanks to who else, Eyedrinkale.
Fantastic pour and aroma, all that you would expect from a top notch Flemish sour. Bright, yet deep, cherry-mahogany brown, hazy and thick, with highlights running the spectrum from light yellow to deep burgundy-brown. Small light beige colored head and an aroma that is near perfect in my books.
Fresh squeezed tart cherry juice mixes perfectly and stunningly with ample funky Brett notes. Sour oak hides in the background with a touch of candi sugar-like residual sweetness. Powerful and unrelenting, I can smell this small sample as strong as ever from the first sip to the last drop.
Flavor begins with tart Brett notes, sour and fruity, with plenty of acidity nipping at the palate. Cherries, light brown malts and a touch of earthy/wood-like notes. My only complaints come from the finish. Rastacouere calls it "sticky" but it is more than the mouthfeel that irks me. It has a bit of a stale or overly dry, nutty, lightly astringent (though not bitter, just bland and drying) note. My best guess would be that there was a large amount of yeast in my sample, as I do belive I got a pour from towards the end of the bottle. Wonít hold it against the beer as the rest is done spectacularly.
Perfect, light and tingly carbonation, with a soothing, oily texture. Instantly one of my new favorites. Itís like everything that is good about beer mixed with everything good about wine. 10/5/9/4/18
Black label bottle consumed on 7/3/2005. Fine bubbles create a lasting, light-tan head, quite dense and very large. Deep, deep mahogany colored body is well-unfiltered. Plenty of lacing coats the glass. Smells of oak, cherry, chocolate. Dry, lightly sharp oak tones challenge the nostrils. Light hints of brett in the background create a pleasing interest. Bits of balsamic vinegar in the nose as well. Flavor begins, up front, with a big complex burst of raspberries, cherries, chocolate liqueur and whiskey. Sharp and highly tannic. Mouthfeel has low, tingly carbonation with some wateriness. Quite acidic. Tastes like a hint of cabernet when chilled, but after it warms and breathes, the whiskey takes over in the nose and flavor, leaving a burning, acidic finish. Some alcohol and light cocoa beans, with light earth tones. Too much whiskey for me, though. Iíll gladly take the older vintages. 9/5/8/3/15

2003 Red Foil from the generous JCW Shared with SuIIy on 2/9/06. Pretty much pure perfection in a bottle. Hard yet simple to describe. Thick cherries, wonderfully balancing brett, vinegar, sweet chocolate malts, drying oak. Perfect mouthfeel, finely bubbled, tight carbonation, strong aroma, lacing, great retention on head, no alcohol apparency. Get where itís going? 5.0

2013 draught at Publick House on 3/20/14
Tomme said he was happiest with this vintage of any since moving to the new brewery. Wish I could weigh in but I havent had it since they brewed it back at Pizza Port....Ha, just a mere 10 years ago....Anyways, this was still pretty fuckin phenomenal. Alcohol, prunes, cherries, brett acids and tons of malo-lactic notes join the lovely and perfectly done barrel character. Not sweet, of course, but with more malt structure and balance than framboise or red poppy. Incredibly complex and delicious and well-balanced between barrel, sourness, malt and with a very tight, engaging carbonation. Still a masterpiece, not that I expected any less.

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