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RATINGS: 1083   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4076) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
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. Iím 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
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. 5/31/08 í08 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1860) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
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 didnít seem extra sour to me. 11.5% is unnoticable. Lot of sour cherry aroma. My last beer of the day, and I donít feel good drinking this. 9,3,8,3,17:4.0.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Rating #900. 375 fresh bottle from Moejuck. Pours completely, totally dead flat. Iíd wonder if there were something wrong but other people mentioned it, so I dunno. Aroma is lightly tart cherries, raspberry, chocolate malts and hot alcohol. Not too much complexity. Taste is much bigger, bustling with activity, dark breadiness/pumpernickel and warm malts up front, raspberries along the side of the tongue and a dry, slightly chalky finish. Very chewy and filling with little heat in the taste. Muddled wine and grains skirt the tongue at the fore. I must admit, Iím pretty disappointed with this. It really, really needs some carbonation. One of the most appealing attributes of fruited beers like this is the spritziness they gain from the carbonation, almost like a highly complex and rich soda. This is completely missing that, and really I donít think itís that complex, either. With carbonation this probably wouldíve done 4.2 or so. Iíve got a black label 750 sitting in the cellar, weíll see how that one goes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
CT7 Bottle shared by moejuck. Black Label: Dirty brown pour witha light tan head. Aroma of oak, brown sugar, brett, booze and sour cherry. Flavors of sweet malt, sour, and dry cherry. Medium body, bitter/sour/sweet throughout with a dry/sour finish. Awesome!

The new version: Similar in appearence. The aroma held some more bourbon qualities to it and a little less sour. The flavor wasd a bit more sweet as well and perhaps a bit less dry. Still good stuff though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
C-bus 7. Black Label older version: Warm aroma with light sour fruit--nice. Murky brown body. A medium palate lies under tastes of spice, fruits, and yeast with the expected light sour cherry flavor behind it all. Nicely done.

New version: Pretty much the same as the older version, though the alcohol is more detectable for certain and I think it has a more complex flavor actually. I would rate the new version just slightly higher than the old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Got some slight spice and some alcohol in the aroma.Pours a deep mahogany with a medium off white head.Dark fruits,licorice and alcohol stood out in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfel with a big alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Black label 750 ml bottle and new í07 375ml bottle shared by Moejuck and Spector...Thanks guys! I think I enjoyed the newer version more, but it is apparent it still needs some time as it is very young and the alcohol is present...but it is very easy to see the potential in this beer. The nose has some yeasty spicyness to it with oak and sour cherries coming through as well. It is also fairly easy to pick up on all the brett in this beer. Overall a great belgian strong ale, and one of my favorite beers from Pizza Port/Lost Abbey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
C-Bus 7 Bottle shared by moejuck: Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma, caramel, some spice, oaky. Flavor, slight smoke, caramel, fruity, tart, yeasty, a hint of tobacco. That the first batch. Also had an í07 bottle that was more oaky, and boozy, with a bit more heat, not as soft as the older bottle.

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