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RATINGS: 1040   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (1171) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at Xmas, pours deep cherry red, small head and light carbonation. Cherries in the noise, with cocoa, oak, grape, sour, sour, sour, acidy tannins tingle on the tongue imparting a long full, heavy sour cherry aftertaste. Really well done with great balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14600) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle thanks to..... eek I’m really sorry, someone gave this to me at a Pigs Ear beer festival when it was still at the nightclub. And for that so much thanks. TBone? Ken? Sorry. Pours deep deep ruby almost black with ruby edges. Lasting tan head. Excellent exciting spine tingling sour cherry aroma, with some malt backbone. Like black cherry, some chocolate. Smells like a dark chocolate cherry liquer. The sour aroma is hypnotic. It’s freakin’ excellent. OK so I’d want a bit more farmyard from an authentic Belgian sour, but that is being picky. Smooth dark chocolate and this burst of sour dark cherry. It’s really quite sour. Perfectly balanced though and quite dry on the finish, with a touch of fruity vinegar on the finish. A little bit of tannin. I mean it is superb. Complex flavours. Lacks perhaps the authentic Belgian funk but still, it’s pretty damn good. Smooth, sour. Some vinegar flavours that build. An accomplished sour. It’s rather hypnotising. I’ll have to have a Struise Earthmonk afterwards to compare. I liked it though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (1415) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2014
Couleur sombre, reflets ambrés, mousse qui disparait. Super nez fruits rouges/cerise et bourbon (vanillé et boisé neuf), magnifique. Gout intense de cerises noires, fruits rouges aigres , on dirait une marmelade, avec fut de bourbon vanillé et chêne, note de malt doux, tannins et alcool. Un corps presque huileux bien rond en bouche. Une fin très longue en bouche cerise aigre et acidulée vient clore ce monument!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AshtonMcCobb (3545) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting thanks to BenH. Appearance - muddy brown like starting into a puddle. Also no head whatsoever. Nose - incredible, so much going on. Sour, but salty almost like anchovies, then there’s wood spice complementing the salt with pepper. A sweet tang from fruit going on too. Taste - as per the nose, it drags you in and shows you more and more. Palate - the body is medium in structure, the texture seems delicate to begin with but then it shows great power and persistence. The finish is a continuation of this and it tapers perfectly to the end. A beer of incredible elegance and restrained power. Overall - A beer of true individual personality and now my new favourite beer! Wow, thanks Ben, one I’ll never forget.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allmyvinyl (5431) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Shame we left this so late in to the night! Pours murky brown, no real head. Lovely aromas, leather, sour fruit, oak, spice, raisins, pepper. Lots going on. Taste is cherries, oak, bourbon, and everything else! Very sour finish. Different to everything on that night, and in a class of its own.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (2843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Bit of an ugly brown with no head. Aroma is leathery and funky, raisin, prune, oak, spicy, peppery. Taste is intense, prune, hint of chocolate, super funky, spicy. Extremely sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2944) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle: 2006 vintage, around 8 years old. Reminds me I need to crack my fresh bottle soon. Huge thanks to Mike for this old beast. Muddy, red-brown swamp water. No head at all... Surprised? Looks like shit, to be honest. But the aroma is nice! Sour cherry, vinous red grape, booze-laden & drenched oak, earthy lemon, & hints of vanilla. Very mild on acetic & lactic notes. Taste is boozier than expected with a very slight bourbon tone that transitions more into a boozy wine-like feeling once the rest of the flavors kick in. Acidic cherry skin, red wine grapes, lemon. Oxidation is present, but gives off more of a boozy-sherry vibe at this point, thankfully. Lots of cherry & lots of wet oak in the finish. Leans towards darker fruits (prune, date, raisin) but the acidity & tartness keep things bright. Smooth, oily mouth feel; some carbonation would help a bit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (221) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
375cl bottle served in a Prearis glass (which incidentally is identical to a Lost Abbey glass). Pours a dark mahogany colour with zero carbonation and only with the final drips does a head form (for all of two seconds). Aroma is the most powerful rendition of the style I have experienced. Taste once up to temperature is complex treat of cherries, red wine, oak, and bourbon. Hides its ABV like no other beer and the mouthfeel is luxuriously apt. Very good but rather pricey compared to say a Liefmans Goudenband.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1634) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2014
Niestety piwo nie dam rady wypić…. Lubię kwaśne piwa ale niektóre wywołujā po prostu ból brzucha. Aromat piwa nie jest super intensywny ze względu na brak nasycenia i piany ale można wyczuć drewno, wiśnie, wanilie, przyprawy, rodzynki i tarte. W konsystencji przypomina czerwone wino. W smaku przyprawowe o smaku tarty i suszonych owoców, przypraw i mnóstwo drewna. Do tego mega kwaśne ale na styl octu winnego. Do tego cierpkie jak pestki wiśni. Ogólnie dla tych wytrwałych o mocnym żołādku. Ja nie daje rady. Alkohol świetnie schowany. Jest to piwo, które osobiście bym blendował jak to robi się w gatunku Flanders Brown na przykład by smak był bardziej wyważony. Jest moc.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1162) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
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.

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