DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
#300. 750ml, black bottle from 2005 along with a new, 2007 375ml bottle tasted consecutively. Highly anticipated beer for me, thanks to those who shared. The 2005 pours a red, brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is very similar to a Flemish Sour. Very sour with a healthy touch of vinegar. Not many other characteristics detectable underneath. Taste is tart, very sour, cherries, a bit of alcohol, and the good old Flemish Sour stuff thrown in for good measure. A very strong and intensely sour experience. The newer, 07 bottle (which has some awesome artwork, by the way) pours red/brown with no head or carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is tart, sour, appetizing, surprisingly mild, chocolate. Taste is balanced, delicious, nicely tart and sour but very rounded. Comparing the two vintages the 07 is much more subtle and soft on the palette. More complex and rounded and much, much less sour. They were both great beers but I’d put the 07 above the 05 by a decent amount. Much more enjoyable to me. Lives up to the hype and I’d love to see how the new bottle matures over the next few years.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Near perfection. Great thanks to Bartzilla. This 375ml bottle seems small but packs perfect alcohol content and enough enjoyment in every sip to leave one forgetting all worldly ills. Many great reviews. I will add I thought the aroma was not as strong as I would have liked. While drinking the smells did not fully drift to the nose. That’s about my only complaint.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the black label 05 version. Courtesy footbalm. Thanks Eric! Pours a cloudy dark maroon with a small, light tan head. Smells pretty tart and sour. Some dark fruits, citrus, and malts make up the rest of its aroma. The taste is very complex. The acidity and malts blend together nicely coating the palate. Not extremely sour, but just enough to let you know its there. The main fruits I get are cherries and sour apples. Nice lengthy finish with a sweet aftertaste. This was a damn fine brew.
dmac (5378) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle thanks to Padrefan98 shared with willblake and Dickinsonbeer. Poured an incredibally flat deep reddish/brown with no head at all. Even after some vigirous agitation I could not get even the tiniest bit of head. Aroma was tart, funky and seemed to be chocolate covered cherries soaked in alcohol. The body was smooth and the alcohol was totally hidden especially at 11%. Flavor was very nice with initial sweetness a tart aftertaste and lots chocolate covered fruit flavors in between. Excellent beer thanks for this one Jon.
kepano (256) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Following its base, the "Mother of All Beers", the black-labeled Cuvée de Tomme was an exciting event. Similar in color, the dark body gleamed with a raspberry tinge, presumably reddened by the added cherries. Above, a thick beige foam is strongly erected. Cherries reappear on the nose, sour and juicy, initiating a complex string of scents that seemingly blends the classic Flemish Red components with a deeper and darker foundation. Brown sugar and a profusion oak-induced vanillin add to the rapidly snowballing aroma. This explosive bouquet suggests marshmallow, fig newtons, white chocolate, macadamia nuts, notes of caramel and cinnamon, blueberry and even garlic. An eclectic and exhilarating blend that begs for a sip. I don’t hesitate to indulge. Starting with milk chocolate covered cherries, the flavor comprises a resonating mid-range of whipped cream, vanilla, hazelnut, cardamom and raspberry, finishing with a sweet woody flavor and a hint of teriyaki. The aftertaste is sweet and sour, a long-lasting malty cherry flavor. Unique, to say the least, I found the sourness amplified and more appropriate than it was in the Mother of All Beers. An exceptional brew overall, daring but balanced, creative, and very rewarding for those who can endure chasing the elusive.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 2008 vintage. Still pours dark red/brown/black. No head at all. Really pretty much exactly prior rating. No change.
The Lost Abbey version shared by BBB63. 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. Thanks a million Mike.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2010 I got to try this again from a 2008 bottle thanks to thedm and hotstuff. Whatever issues I had with a previous version they either fixed or I got over. This was one amazing beer. Intoxicating aroma of rich cherries with flavors of sour cherry, vanilla, wood and a little sour pinch that stayed within the cherry flavor. Lots of acid, but well balanced with just a hint of funk. Really amazing beer.
6-15-07 Out of the new Lost Abbey bottle from C-Bus 7. Dark amber beer with no head at all. Tangy Brett nose of funky wet hay. I’m not a fan of sour beers, but this was not awful. Sour cherry, wood, oak, rotten oragne peel, and a long funky rotten hay finish. Not as bad as I feared, but still a beer to drink with full knowledge of what it is.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old black label: Poured a cloudy reddish brown color. Aroma was pretty tart. This had a pretty weak body to it.
New bottle: Poured dark brown with a reddish color. Almost looked still, no carbonation at all. was a little tarter than the older version and had a much better malt profile to it.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 Bottle thanks to JohnC. Pours a deep amber brown color with no head. Aroma is dominated by cherries, and some maltiness. Flavor is malty, a hint of sugar, and sour cherries.
’08 Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is funky, oak, brett, cherries, sweaty, and horse blanket. Flavor is cherries, brett, oak, tart, and a funky sweaty finish.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Tried at OBriens, who was generously selling bottles to drink at the bar. My wife was also generous enough to let me drink on her birthday, today. Sampled with a Judgement Day as a comparison. Judgement day is the base beer for CdT. They look the same, and you can taste many underlying similarities, but then the CdT takes over and rules. The aroma of cherries is wonderful, but not overpowering like Lindemans. Very well mellowed from aging. Perfect balance of sweetness and mild tartness. Very drinkable, despite the unnoticable 11% alchohol. A truly well rounded spectacular beer. Oh, I wish I could drink it everyday. 4.4, should be be a 4.5?, probably.
Tried again at the Lost Abbey 1st Annual Barrel Tasting. Without aging CdT smells like a young red wine. Deep Red Black color. As if enough red could become black. Very tart also like a young red. After barrel aging, the aroma and flavor differences are amazingly different. Wonderful full oak in the aroma. Tartness has faded. A bit of buttery caramel sweetness that I like. Still is better in the bottle with carbonation and a slight chill.
12/30/07: Tried a 2003 vintage from deftim13. First bottling, but second year of the beer. unnumbered, but labeled CVNV3: CuVee North Vinyard 2003. No pop. Uncarbonated. Burnt amber color. This bottle was stored in the cellar below PP Solano untouched until now. Was told this is sourer than others, but it didn’t seem extra sour to me. 11.5% is unnoticable. Lot of sour cherry aroma. My last beer of the day, and I don’t feel good drinking this. 9,3,8,3,17:4.0.