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Cuvee One - Redbud Brewing Company

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86
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redbud Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-20-2011)
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Kansas

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Florida

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California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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MasterSki

Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from coldmeat23. Served in a snifter. Bottle aged roughly 2 years.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Smells a bit aged, with sweet, fruity notes, a touch of phenolic yeast, and a hefty dose of sweet candi sugar. There's a slight muskiness to this, but I think it's the yeast and not any sign of nascent infection. The Belgian yeast isn't the most expressive, and this is very sweet as a result.

T - The taste is better, with more phenols, grain, and bread to help offset the near-cloying sweetness level. Lots of sweet fruits, with an emphasis bit of pear and white grape, as well as some candi sugar and light honey notes.

M - Medium-full body supports the higher ABV, and there's nary a trace of the 9%. Lower carbonation, and quite chewy. Could use more spritz, but not bad otherwise.

D - Not terrible, but largely mediocre. There aren't any off flavors, but this is exactly what I don't want from a Belgian Strong. Age seems to have mellowed whatever spiciness the yeast imparted, but I didn't feel 2 years should be unreasonable for this style and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:31:04 | More by MasterSki
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Illinois

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California

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California

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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-03-2012 02:54:31 | More by ThirstyHerf
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Spider889

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BlueOkie felt that I needed to round out my Redbud Cuvee experience with #1 and #4 when we met at the last Jackie O's release. All I can say is that this is the kind of generosity that is uncalled for but is also so great about the beer community. Thanks Scot!

Poured into an Ovila chalice. This one is cloudy, a ruddy orange color with darker hues of umber. It was pretty tough to get any head off of Cuvee One, though some persistent bubbles akin to tapioca pearls topped some of the brew throughout the majority of the first glass.

The aroma is really nice. There's a very straightforward and typical Belgian yeast profile, but also underlying this is a fun and inviting flavor profile more unique to this beer. The Belgian aspect is faintly peppery and shows off estery notes of banana and cardamom. Cuvee one shines when you start to detect resplendent aromas of tangerine and apricot. There's even the notion of white grape juice on the back end. I would call the aroma quite soft though, and nicely balanced.

Cuvee One tastes more classic in a Belgian Golden Ale sense than the nose would suggest. Clove and peppercorn flavors rule here. Fairly sweet, the candi sugar is in evidence. It would have been interesting to try this fresh, but I am imagining that this bottle is better off for the minimal age it has gained.

Chewy mouthfeel surprisingly; sweet, and with a smooth finish. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall not my favorite in the Cuvee Series, but this is still a very enjoyable beer. Redbud seems to be producing the best beer in Oklahoma at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 06:11:35 | More by Spider889
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KOrtega

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a deep golden orange. Limited head with some lacing.

S-Mellow banana aroma with some sharp alcohol notes.

T-Sweet malt is the primary flavor. There's a hint of sugar just before the finish. There's a sticky bitter finish which lasts.

M-Very sticky on the mouth. There's a bit of a bit on the front of the tongue as you drink.

O-Mellow aroma but a big malt body leads to a sticky and salivating mouth. Fairly drinkable. Drinking a bottle which aged for about 15 months, very similar to when first released.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:39:17 | More by KOrtega
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweetish Belgian-style golden ale with a strong estery fruit character, spicy balance, and long warming finish. Succulent and full for lovers of mead-like mulled beverages.

Cuvee One pours with a deep golden, light amber color with a dense and diffused honeyish glow due to the mild yeasty haze. Low head character to start, but a firm swirl of the glass brings about a creamy white and dense head that falls under its own weight.

Honey, candied cherries, and spicy peppers and alcohol fill the olfactories with a background note of sugar cookies, yeast, apples, oranges, and pears. Low on hops, only a slight herbal tone gives the most modest glimpse into any bitter rebuttal to come.

Malty sweetness further reinforce the notion of honey. Combined with a few floral and estery tones, the beer begins to taste like meads. White pepper, curraco, clove, cinnamon, and alcohol lather into a mulled spice taste for balance and intrigue. Red and green apples, cherries, tart berries, pears, and oranges all share the stage while reinforcing malt sweetness. With low hop bitterness, the beer's sweet taste has full command.

Rich and full bodied, the beer's sweetness throughout reaches near-cloying proportions. But the alcohol helps to thin the beer while the peppery spice helps with the balance not provided for by hops. Finishing with a warm and linger sweetness, the beer leaves a lot of residual sugars on the mouth.

Cuvee One is a nice and enjoyable beer, especially for those of us who don't mind a sweeter Belgian-style ale from time to time. But the lack of depth, complexity, and layers causes me to focus too much on the sheer sweetness of the malts.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 04:41:43 | More by BEERchitect
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried once awhile back towards the end
So glad I finally get to crack this one
after letting it rest for a few months.

750ml->Blanche de Chambly Glass

A ~ A Lot of character.
Deep-sunset color that's got the color of a Fuji apple with some yeast particles that look like fine grain pulp. Glad I chose this glass for it. Very nice. Darker than most Belgo-Strongs with pale legs. Damn.

S ~ Orange peels, nice bit of Belgian yeast, some cereal grain. Little wiff of vanilla & alcohol

T ~ Strong fresh Apple-juice & white grapes with some clove, and a very full Asian pear note that mellows along the way. A bit of hops & a nice round raw sugar flavor with a little honey-suckle tone around the middle of the beer. Some chili pepper heat on the throat that rounds out dry. Some proofed dough, more yeast and almost plum comes out upon the second pour as well as a leafy flavor I am attributing to hops. Did I say dry?

M ~ Fruit-forward with a sweet body and dry finish. Really light carbonation that suits the beer. Fruit has calmed down, and a spicier dormant flavor has come out. Seems more dry as well. Actually maintains dryness rather than fading out after warming a few degrees.

D ~ Good first (bottled) beer from Redbud. Seriously, props. Released in the winter, but perfect for the summer. I hope you guys still have a few from 5+ months ago, they've matured well. Really choice brew.

I'm letting Cuvee Two cellar for 2 months before I check it out.

Cheers & Happy sipping.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 03:48:13 | More by chocosushi
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber with a billowy 2 finger head that retains well for the ABV.

S - Lots of fruit and spice - bananas, candied pears, apricots, tart plums, apples, clove, breaths of alcohol.

T - Starts out sweet with a mix of sugary and tart fruit, pear, tangy mango, apricots, bananas, tart strawberries. A good amount of clove and peppery spice then turns very dry with notes of grape skins, and some subtle hops on the finish.

M - Medium body with tight carbonation, slightly syrupy, very dry.

I've been waiting to break this out since it hit the shelves in Febuary and I couldn't wait any longer. The nose is very complex. Great Belgian flavors that are hard to pick out but meld together very well. A very good example of the style. This beer brings more character than I expected and I'll definitely be picking up a few more bottles for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 00:09:05 | More by StaveHooks
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to see that BierGarten in Jenks, OK had this 750mL offering from Redbud. Thanks for pointing it out, Freddy!

Cuvee One poured a honey golden orange into a New Belgium globe. Topped off by two fingers of off white bubbles of varied size which calms to a thin cap in a couple of minutes. Not much lacing to speak of except for a few small spotty areas closer to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas are nicely Belgianesque: sweet fruity esters (green apple, pear, peach, orange), banana, bubble gum, lingering sweet malts, slight grassiness, and alcohol premonition. Very similar to authentic Belgian golden ales I've experienced.

Flavors mirror the aromas: slightly sour fruitiness of green apple, pear, peach, and oranges. This is followed by banana/bubble gum and some bittering hops make a flash guest appearance. Sweet doughy malt smiles as it passes on by after some spicey pepper notes tingle the tongue. I'll have to say the alcohol presence bugs me a bit. It resides in the backround from start to early finish and then rears it's head whole-heartedly at the end - a bit sharp. I would think that age would mellow this out a bit. Still good.

Feel is moderate with a dry finish. Carbonation is about what I'd expect from a Belgian golden ale - fairly effervescent, slightly prickly at first, but calms down smoothly after open for a while. As drinkable as any other offering of its style.

Overall I would say this represents the style well, but the best of Cuvee One may come by way of the cellar after a few months up to a year.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:14:15 | More by DelMontiac
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric for this one

Pours a nice hazy orange. a tiny bit of white head that dissipates quickly. Smells great. Lots of light fruits and floral touches. Taste is sweet and very complex. The floral profile on the nose is expressed on the tongue. Lots of light fruits on the tongue. Overall very nice but I wish it were a tad more carbonated

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 16:48:45 | More by Urbancaver
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy pale orangish yellow.

S. Blind, I thought this might be a saison. Some spice, light fruits (pear

T. Tastes like a Belgian. Spice, fruity sweetness.

M. Medium body with a fairly low carbonation.

D. Good. Comes across as nicely Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 04:13:09 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750ml bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy colour of apricot with a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing looks to be top notch.

Lovely aroma. Candi sugar, yeast, spiced with white pepper, a bit of mustiness, light note of some hop bitterness. Wow. The nose promises a heck of a lot.

The taste, well, it delivers. Spicy, loads of candi sugar and yeasty, very fruity(orange peel, light pitted fruits), some citric bitterness. This tastes SO Belgian like that it’s scary…in a good way.

On the light side of medium bodied generally though it does get a bit syrupy at times, the carbonation is lively and brings a nice mouth feel to this damn drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Man, this is a sleeper if I’ve tasted one and very authentic for the style. Big thumbs up from yours truly.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:32:29 | More by Bitterbill
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden orange with an ephemeral off-white head that leaves behind a few bubbles and miniscule dots of lace.

Fruity (pears, oranges, apples) and malty aroma with some clove and butterscotch mixed in. To the tongue you get taffy, more light fruits and butterscotch candy, sweet malts, a dab of grain, some burnt sugar, and even a nice bit of pine at the end to keep the sweetness in check.

Creamy middle but becomes drier at the end with a semi-chalky lining that does little to detract. Medium to heavy mouth-feel, a little syrupy, and with a faint alcohol heat throughout.

Another well-crafted brew that makes me proud of the Oklahoma craft beer scene, and I'm stoked that Chase introduced a bigger, bolder beer for his first outing. I can't imagine the effort and knowledge it takes to make a beer like this, but I'm not going to spend a lot of time thinking about that, and just enjoy sipping this beautiful afternoon away. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:04:40 | More by stephens101
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csiewert

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrives in a wine type bottle with a homemade sticker and plain cap that really brings across the nature of the beer... Homebrew. This is a proper small local brewery beer. It pours a hazy orange color with a little trace of thick white head. The aroma has hints of bubblegum and banana. The taste starts with that banana flavor typical of Belgian blondes and then finishes sweet with a hint of alcohol at the end. The alcohol taste is not nearly as bad as some with the same ABV. The mouthfeel is very smooth and finishes clean. I would buy a bottle and let it sit for a while and it will be so much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:52:46 | More by csiewert
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Cuvee One from Redbud Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.