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Cuvee Du Viking - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Cuvee Du VikingCuvee Du Viking

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 23.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Red wine barrel aged Ruggoop.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-15-2011)
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Reviews by Treebs:
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

750ml waxed bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter. Bottle 232/386. Random Sunday afternoon opening before the Blackhawks game with danielnovak3. Thanks for the pour Dan!

A: Pours a very murky brown with a thin off white head forming on the pour. The body is very still and there are very few bubbles.

S: Smells of vinous barrel and dark fruits. There is a caramel like sweetness to it as well with a faint hoppiness. The barrel is showcased so far.

T: More barrel here. Vinous red wine smell with a mild oak. Nice Three Floyds grapefruit hop profile in there that is much more potent than the nose. There is some tart green apple and the finish is a sweet butterscotch. ABV is completely hidden.

M: Heavy bodied and sticky with lower carbonation. It works very well and is typical of the "-Goop" beers.

O: Once you get past the fact this looks like toilet water after a bad case of Taco Bell it really is nice beer and the red wine barrel is showcased without being the star of the show. The beer works well together.

01-16-2012 16:50:14 | More by Treebs
More User Reviews:
Photo of fo1ksguitar


4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

01-04-2012 15:17:53 | More by fo1ksguitar
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

huge thanks to dave for bringing this to our last tasting!

750ml capped bottle. bottle number 361/386. poured into a bruery snifter.

pours out a super murky brownish color with a retentive off white head. decent lacing and retention.

lots of the wine barrel coming through in the aroma. acidic red wine, a touch of funk, grapey. slightly woody, oaky, vinious subdued funk. maybe even a touch of orange peel and caraway seed.

again, the wine barrel is at the forefront. lots of slightly acidic red wine, fruity esters. some of the grapey vinious oak, a bit funky, and some grainy rye.

this has kind of a thinner feel to it.

quite a complex beer, but really not my style. way too much wine qualities that really made the BW aspect of the beer become lost. to me this came off more like a belgian style than a BW.

03-12-2012 00:53:26 | More by dogfishandi
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Cuvee aroma, with sharp unadulterated vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. More of a bourbon taste,some sips more chocolate or wine-like, with coconut and vanilla, wood and vinegar taste. A sipper, and a worthy rare beer. Murky body. Once in a lifetime in enough. Thanks Dave.

03-13-2012 03:20:50 | More by Sammy
Photo of Gonzoillini


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-20-2013 22:58:42 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of FievelGoesWest


2/5  rDev -42.9%

02-17-2013 03:06:42 | More by FievelGoesWest
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-08-2014 03:49:57 | More by GRG1313
Photo of jmarsh123


3.15/5  rDev -10%

Pours murky rusty red. A bit of lacing. Little retention.

A bit of a weird aroma. Lots of vinous, tannic notes along with some rye spice with booze.

Tastes similar. Not really bad, but just weird. It hasn't really coalesced. Tastes like someone just dumped a glass of dry red wine into a barleywine. Very dry and just overall weird.

As mentioned finishes very dry with a medium mouthfeel and adequate carb.

Don't really know what to think of this one. There was nothing off on this and it didn't taste like paint thinner like some BA FFF releases, but it wasn't particularly good either. Just sort of meh.

02-27-2013 20:57:50 | More by jmarsh123
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-16-2012 08:02:49 | More by Anonymous1
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

01-18-2014 20:26:40 | More by SadMachine
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-08-2013 04:13:24 | More by DangerDawg
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

05-14-2013 13:35:18 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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2.43/5  rDev -30.6%

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

Shared by whitemomba.

Kinda murky reddish color... spotty lacing... blah blah blh... Brackish orange...

Smells of spicy rye with big red grape presence, tannins, some oakiness. Too dry, too boozy. There's a definite flavor of bile at the back of my throat...

The overall experience is not even decent-- as far as it goes though, I would be pretty pissed if this were my 1 bottle purchased at the release.

What exactly was FFF going for with this one? Without even knowing what the mark was, I can safely say that I think they missed it. I'm normally a pretty huge FFF fanboy, but this just isn't working for me at all.

09-30-2012 00:16:20 | More by AleWatcher
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

09-29-2012 03:37:24 | More by drewone
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2.58/5  rDev -26.3%

Thanks again, Richard.

The pour is a murky amber color with a small off-white head. An interesting combination of aromas. I get grapefruit, vinegar, and lots of butter. There’s a bit of a solvent/chemical type smell to it as well. The flavor is a touch watery, which I suppose is a good thing, but the bad things about the aroma (butter, vinegar, solvent) are also there. A touch of fruit such as apple and citrus. A bit thin in body with medium carbonation.

01-22-2012 17:05:05 | More by womencantsail
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

Sampled on 3-16-12

Appearance: a dark and cloudy brown color with an immense tan head that leaves huge chunks of lacing.

Smell: is very strange, an odd combination of hops and oak. Very deep with alot of aromas that are hard to place, resulting in big complexity.

Taste: is surprising well blended, still maintaining the tart hops and oak barrel character. The more I have the more I like it. The finish has a distinct red wine quality with an almost fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: a pleasant thickness helps the sweet flavors while sizable carbonation lightens things up.

Overall: much better than I was expecting and I'm glad I was able to pick one up.

03-17-2012 01:35:59 | More by BMoney575
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-15-2012 23:53:28 | More by rmalinowski4
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

03-23-2013 23:46:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

08-25-2012 23:08:23 | More by Khazadum
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Thanks to bmoney575 for sharing his bottle.

A- Pours a deep, murky brown with a thin white head that has decent retention. Looks serious.

S- Vanilla, oak, red wine, caramel, pine, citrus, and alcohol. Unique to say the least. I am not sure how well the different aspects mesh.

T- The aspects blend better here. Red wine, oak, caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Unique and interesting. Ever so slightly sour on the finish.

M- Creamy body with a bit of carbonation to keep things light and some tannins on the finish.

O- A very unique offering from the brewery. Smooth and the wine flavors really bring a tasty edge to the beer.

03-17-2012 01:33:37 | More by david131
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4.4/5  rDev +25.7%

Bottle number 155/356, served into a d'Achouffe tulip. Pours the color of mulled cider - a thick burnt orange with a nice mother-of-pearl head that retreats to a thin film and little lacing.

The aroma is incredibly complex - red wine, tart cherry (hmmm... should this have sour notes?), a slight brett, rye seeds, rye toast, and pine resin buried at the end. The front end of the sip is light and tart with cherries and apricots, then oaked red wine, sweet rye malts, and a nice hop finish. The balance of sweet, spicy, and sour is excellent and unexpected. The mouthfeel is a little thin from the barreling, but the tartness makes it work.

This is really a delicious and unique beer, but I'd worry that aging it would work against what's going on here - the balance is spot-on, but it may get too sour in months to come. If you were lucky enough to get a bottle, I'd recommend enjoying it soon!

02-06-2012 04:06:34 | More by fvernon
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

01-02-2014 03:07:39 | More by Hugonaut13
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1.78/5  rDev -49.1%


Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! Bottle 266/286.

A: Orangish brown with a fast fading beige head.

S: Paint thinner, alcohol, and acetone. Tomato and cooked carrots. Good god.

T: Vegetal to the max - cabbage, cooked carrots, tomato soup. Big acetone presence with harsh acetic and boozy notes.

M: Thin body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty awful. Avoid.

07-10-2012 02:28:06 | More by HopHead84
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

05-23-2012 01:19:37 | More by thewimperoo
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

04-28-2012 19:54:36 | More by Duff27
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Cuvee Du Viking from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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