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Cuvee Two - Redbud Brewing Company

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Cuvee Two
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89
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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: Bierlerner on 05-30-2011)
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BierGartenok

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here we are with Redbud's 1st attempt at a Whiskey Barrel Aged Brew. Cuvee 2. This is a Belgian Style Pale Ale Aged in Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrels. The base beer was Cuvee one, which alone was a great beer that Redbud used to introduce us into the amazing line of Cuvee Beers. What I loved about this one was the complexity that was lacking in the Cuvee one.

Sampled from a nice 750ML, as soon as you crack off the hand capped top you can smell the whiskey. Little to no head or retention, Cuvee 2 has, at some points been called flat, this is FAR from the truth. The beer is very still, yes, but not flat. The taste is sweet and boozy. Lots of sweet malts come through the Whiskey notes. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Slightly oaky and inviting. Sweetness follows the whiskey down, slight hints of clove and pine, finish is smooth and lingers on the whiskey.

This is my 2nd Favorite in the Cuvee Line (So Far) and it is only getting better. We had a bottle that had aged for a year and it was phenomenal!! If you are lucky to find one, GRAB IT...you will not be disappointed! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 19:56:32 | More by BierGartenok
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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cosmicevan

New York

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here is one I forgot I had, enjoyed from a prairie teku.

a - brew opens without much fanfar and fairly silent. It pours fairly still as well but some minimal head forms on the surface and leaves sparse bubbling in its wake. Deep brown sienna orange. Opaque.

s - nose is sweet booziness over Belgian candy. Syrupy and rich.

t/m - the nose and look did not lie. Mathis is fairly thick and syrupy and under carbed. Mostly just sweet malty toffee on the flavor. Resembles a golden ale but run through the syrup mill. Big caramel candy dominates the flavor and the whiskey seems to add a minor element to the top if at all. The wood seems present as we'll if not the only aspect of the flavor to shine through.

o - overall seems like a once decent beer that was held too long. Drink me if you got me. The drink ability is good enough that I will prob finish the bottle but not something to seek out at this point. Fairly meh.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 23:58:04 | More by cosmicevan
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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BeerRefugee

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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color. Thin, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is bourbon, oak, peach and vanilla. Flavor is similar with a little bit of candi sugar sweetness and heavy emphasis on the whiskey barrel flavor. Medium bodied and slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced beer (a little heavy on the oak IMO) but not something I would probably go back to load up on.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 21:55:35 | More by BeerRefugee
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MasterSki

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3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from coldmeat23. Served in a snifter.

A - Minimal foam settles to nothing. Otherwise, looks like Cuvee One.

S - Smells quite similar to the base beer, but with a mild dose of whiskey that grows as the beer warms up. Not a ton of oak presence, but the whiskey cuts some of the sweetness which is nice.

T - The taste is again quite similar to the base beer, but this time oaky vanilla pervades and pushes overt whiskey to the periphery. Barrel is still fairly understated, and candi sugar and fruits dominate the palate.

M - Chewy medium-full body, lower carbonation, well-hidden booze. Again, a few more bubbles would keep this from being overly heavy.

D - Well it's a step up from the base beer it's still not great. I'm rarely convinced the whiskey barrel-aged Belgians are a great idea to begin with, and this does nothing to convince me otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:41:21 | More by MasterSki
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ThirstyHerf

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Oregon

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jlb502

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 03:03:29 | More by jlb502
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great surprise from ThirstyHerf

A- Poured into a laser etched Duvel tulip glass... the laser etching couldn't help this one in the head department. Not much to start, and what little was there was gone in a hurry. Beer is golden in color with no activity

S- Smells nice... honey, butterscotch, belgian sweetness, and a whole lot of whiskey goodness

T- Starts with typical belgian qualities, candied sugar and sweet malts, before being accompanied by cherry and whiskey heat

M- Light medium body, with little carbonation

O- Some ups and downs on this one. Not the greatest first impression as the appearance wasn't stellar, but the smell and taste were definitely worthwhile. I'd recommend people trying it, as I'd drink it again if given the chance

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:33:14 | More by bbeane
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Spider889

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by heyta at the Brick Store in July. I caught the end of the bottle once I arrived at the bottle share. Thanks for the sample Mark!

A - Cloudy and ruddy looking with a short lacy head. This is likely due to roused yeast at the end of the bottle, which I think is common for Redbud (was getting that in my bottle of Cuvee Three as well).

S - The aroma initially reminded me of Kentucky Monk (a very fine compliment). Fruity Belgian yeast mingles with sweet bourbon. Quite oaky with notion of golden raisin. Nice stuff.

T - Sweet bourbon is the first thing you notice. This gains in sweetness and oak, which makes me think of white rum as well. The flavor is light but spicy compliments of the yeast. There's some orange peel to be found as well, compliments of the hops maybe? The finish was bitter though, more than I'd like.

M - Sweet and smooth.

O - Very good brew here. Redbud is making some interesting stuff, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:41:42 | More by Spider889
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claytong

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a 9% beer not 7. you can definitely smell the whisky.

appearance - a beautiful sun orange. no head, but lacing manages to come after beer is poured. lacing is beautiful webbing. very interesting looking.

smell - wow, some funk, get a little worried. then smell apples and whisky. horse blanket and scotch definitely dominate here. i like it again.

taste - more apple and pear, lots of whisky, a bit of funk in the middle.

moutfeel - very smooth very having so much scotch taste. carbonation is actually pretty good compared to what i thought itd be. nice body.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 22:42:39 | More by claytong
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been letting this one set for a few weeks hoping for some carbonation buildup since early reports had this one suffering from the same malady as the Cuvee 1. I really wish Chase the best, as I've been following him for a long time, and I know there's a lot of talent there, so let's see how this one pans out.

Hard pour straight down the middle and no froth. Here we go again? Surely not. Slightly hazy reddish orange in color. A few bubbles hang lonely on the side.

Aroma is a different story with bold sweet bready notes, cinnamon bread, and complex fruits such as apple, orange and pear abound. Subtle phenols are noticed before certain, near-striking fusel alcohol wafts up and through the bouquet.

More flavorful big fresh- baked sweet bread and more complex fruitiness abound. Some noticeable oakiness and a little chalkiness move through the middle. Some notes of bubblegum and taffy work themselves into the mix as the beer warms.

A bit hot at the end and becomes a little sweeter than I generally like as the session progresses. Creamy but a bit weighted down with a medium to heavy mouth-feel.

Overall this is a damn fine sipper. A handful of tweaks here and there and some rounding off of a few rough edges and you've got yourself the future of Redbud Brewing. Very nice work Chase. Complete redemption.

I'm seriously looking forward to some more Redbud goodness. Can anyone say Cuvee 3!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 23:18:52 | More by stephens101
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long awaited.
I know there wasn't much
yeast in the bottle as the C1,
But I cellared it for 2 months anyway.

750ml->Blanche de Chambly Flute

A ~ Similar color to Cuvee One with more an
Amber Hue & (surprisingly) Crystal Clarity. This was a shocker!
Little to no carbonation/head. Small bubbles.

S ~ Raisin Bread, Banana Bread, Sweet Oak,
& a splash of cherries & molasses. Touch of clove.

T ~ Wow! Bourbon-soaked breads (Raisin, Banana, Wheat) follow heavily with rich caramel & vanilla bean notes filling the body. The pale-fleshed & pitted fruit flavors of C1 have ripened quite a bit. Spices include clove, black pepper, cinnamon, almond & of course vanilla. The sliced apple & pear are present of the previous Cuvee are mellow & in the background. Lovely character reminiscent of Fresh-baked Malasadas is present upon warming. . . Brought back great memories.

M ~ Pretty incredible how Redbud achieved to transform the dry palette of Cuvee One into a Sweet, but not-sticky mouthfeel. ABV is of medium detectability...This Cuvee is a nightcap sipper by all means. Honestly though, I longed for a bit more of the yeast character of C1.

D ~ Very delectable brew with barrel-aged flavors coming through nicely. Redbud has yet to disappoint. What was strived for was achieved elegantly. Would be excellent for Winter Nights.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:40:39 | More by chocosushi
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Cuvee Two from Redbud Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.