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RATINGS: 1037   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allmyvinyl (5159) - 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 (2819) - 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 (2873) - 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 (1613) - 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 (1145) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lilja (1902) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (606) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is oaky, vanilla, toffee, funky cherry, taste is hugely tart, cherry, woody, vanilla, dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (381) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
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.

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