Ahh, Tuesday Night Beer Club (TNBC) brings out some of the best American craft beers from a group friends in which we all share. Trying to save the complete round up for another blog entry when and if Shawn gets me the ratings 😉 But the evening had a theme of states that touch either the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. There was a nice mix of breweries represented from both coasts.
The highlight of the evening for me was a bottle of 2009 Cuvee De Tomme from The Lost Abbey that was brought by Ed. I had heard good things of this beer but you never know if a beer will live up to the hype. Also, I was worried how sour the beer might be based on some of the other American wild ales that come out of The Lost Abbey.
All of my worries were quickly quieted after I took my first sip but only after taking the appropriate five wafts of the bouquet of the beer. The taste is complex as is the nose. Cherries abound while oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a multitude of other flavors hit the pallet at various times. Tart but not sour, which is perfect for my preference. This beer is probably the best American wild ale I have had. I was almost going to give it a 10 and, if I have it again and impressed in the same, that might happen. An eleven percent ABV is completely hidden making the beer dangerously easy to drink.
Don’t hog this beer to yourself, share it with your friends. If you don’t have any, I am sure you will find some quickly if you tell them you want to share your bottle of Cuvee De Tomme with them. Enjoy!
Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 10 (35%), Overall: 9.6
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