GarrettB (1117) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
May 4th, 2013 - Ratebeer says I haven’t, but I’m sure I’ve had the Cuvée de Tomme before. Why? My very first trip to the GABF (2007, I believe) I remember rushing over to Lost Abbey’ booth and waiting in line (all of three people) for a taste of the stuff. And Tomme Arthur himself was pouring. It was my first beer celebrity meeting, and is burnt into my memory like a brand into oak. But I neglected to write up a review in the aftermath. Maybe I wasn’t ready to translate the experience into words, or maybe I just lost my notes. But I had a chance to re-taste the Cuvée here at Lost Abbey’s anniversary party, because it was good, but also because it demands another review - a rare phenomenon in my beer drinking habits. The flavor this time around blends chocolate and sour, turning what would normally be discordant tastes into a gripping harmony. There is also cocoa dust, barrel aged sourness, and flower petals drifting here and there in a brew that is complex in a way I can’t parse out after having already had three heavy-weight, beautiful beers. On the aftertaste I catch some ginger candy too, which wraps each sip up tidily like an ornate knot on the top of a furoshiki. The aroma reflects the flavor in depth, intensity and intensity, with the added touch of bubblegum dust (that powder on a slab of Bazooka Joe gum), easing the drinker in to the arcane and inspiring taste ahead.
Lilja (1808) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ölföreningen 2014. Smak och doft av körsbär, tranbär, russin, fikon portvin, ekfat, trä, torkad frukt, plommonkärnor med toner av äppelvinäger. Syrlig, frisk, lagom sötma. Tjock, rund och len. Välbalanserad med lite strävhet i beskan. Så mycket smak, bland det godaste jag smakat.
Saeglopur (483) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle from Beergium.com, 2013 edition.
Dark brownish red body, no head.
Aroma is sour, tart, with barrel notes, barnyard, cherry, dark berries, dried fruits, brown sugar, some vinegar.
Wonderful taste, full, satisfyingly tart and sour, but still comfortable, with quite similar aromas as in the nose, but with even more depth.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a low carbonation.
Finishes sour and with long-lasting wooden barrel notes.
Delicious! Feels more like a red wine than a beer, very complex, deep and luxurious. The balance is just oustanding! One of the very best sour beers I’ve had so far, although I’ve enjoyed the Rodenbach Caractère Rouge even a bit more.
Stuu666 (4063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is oaky, vanilla, toffee, funky cherry, taste is hugely tart, cherry, woody, vanilla, dark fruit.
chimpgibbon (339) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber no head. Yeasty sour aroma with plenty of berries. Alcohol sweetness too. Rich mouthfeel moving to dry end. Good micro bubble zing. Taste is sour cherry, hint of bourbon. Some blackcurrant. Very well crafted - great balance. Up there with the Rodenbach Vintages, indeed maybe better as the BAing gives it a warmth and rounded finish. Top.
beeranarchist (214) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, bit murky, with no head. Love aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, black currants. The taste is sweet and sour with a slightly bitter finish. The flavour is dominated is fruity, almost sweets-like, notes, caramelly and with a sligthly roasty and bready note too. Full-bodiet and flat.
Bobhund (430) - - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drucken på Stoxkholm Beer & Whiskey Festival. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info.
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ciocanelu (101) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours muddy dark brown with absolutely no head. Very complex aroma with dark fruits like sour/bitter cherries, figs, dates, plums and some nice bourbon. Taste starts tart with the fruits mentioned and finishes slightly bitter and tart. Bourbon is present all the way. Long, pleasant aftertaste. Quite balanced considering all the ingredients. Body is pretty heavy with almost no carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer. One of the best and most complex sour beers I ever had.
brnandersen (2156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 375 ml. bottle. Dark amber colour with a thin, lightly tanned head. Fruity, sour aroma with tart fruits, cherries, yeasts - bretts, wood, rich caramel malts. Taste is sour. Full body with an oily texture and a flat carbonation. Finishes rather dry with tart fruits, spices and a vinous note. Well executed Sour.
bartlebier (2066) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2014 12.7oz bottle, no batch or bb date. Bold Object Randomly & Idiosyncratically Smuggled into a generous locals4locals trade box, danke! Dalí meets viticulture manual label, corked and caged. Pours flat and deep bordeaux. Condensed flemish Burgundy, RedBrown aroma: balsamico, cherry stone, milk chocolate, plum wine. Vinous in palate and barrel tannins: oak complements the almond of cherry stone, vanilla, raisin and Mon Chérie sweetness underneath. Drinks like a pinot noir or more bodacious-barreled Spätburgunder, with even less carbonation. Well-made quality US sour that obviously has been granted the luxury of time and patience to grow into a well-rounded sipper. worth a side-to-side tasting with several Rodenbach vintages.