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Cuvee Du Viking - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Cuvee Du VikingCuvee Du Viking

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BA SCORE
81
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 22.03%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Bottle # 311/386.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and slight sour fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and slight sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but I can't tell if there is a slight infection or the red wine barrel aging is making things slightly sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 18:18:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 20:57:50 | More by jmarsh123
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:16:20 | More by AleWatcher
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HopHead84

California

1.78/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

7/6/2012

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:28:06 | More by HopHead84
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Florida9

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy orangish-brown in color. Forms a bubbly head and a small surface coating. No lacing. 4.0

S: Rather stinky and vegetal. Stewed veggies, with a hint of vanilla, presumably from the barrel aging, alcohol and an off note of varnish. 3.0

T: The taste is just wrong resulting in a beer that is almost undrinkable. Flavor is reminiscent of stewed vegetables, specifically the water resulting from overcooked greens. Mildly sweet, mildly malty, and with a mild vinous sourness that does not play well with the other flavors. 2.0

M: Medium bodied. Thin finish. Low carbonation. Mild bitterness. 4.0

O: This beer isn't very good and the rarity doesn't help it. It is barely palatable, with an aroma and flavor that are simply unenjoyable. One glass and drain poured the rest. Fucking waste of $30. 2.5

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:00:30 | More by Florida9
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BMoney575

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:35:59 | More by BMoney575
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david131

California

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 01:33:37 | More by david131
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:20:50 | More by Sammy
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dogfishandi

New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:53:26 | More by dogfishandi
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fvernon

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:06:34 | More by fvernon
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber (#299/386) into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Chris for sharing this treat.

A: Murky, muddy, disgusting orange-brown body under a solid finger of coarse tan bubbles. Not great retention, light lace. Ugly.

S: Bizarre, but enchanting. Huge, tart wine presence on top of sweet butterscotch and wheat. Grapes, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and craziness.

T: Sweet and vinous, with all the flavors just exploding. A bit tart, with the fruity and tannins delivering some bitterness to balance out the sweet, buttery malt. Nice.

M: Full body; plenty of fine, creamy carbonation. Excellent.

O: At first I wasn't entirely on board with the buttery component, but once I stopped thinking and just experienced the beer I found that I really enjoyed it. It's certainly unique, that much can be said without a doubt.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 23:00:27 | More by woosterbill
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womencantsail

California

2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:05:05 | More by womencantsail
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birchstick

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 340/386. Brought up to the Royale tasting group bottle share.

A - pours a cherry brown with a decent head that forms a small rim around the beer after it dies down

S - lots of sticky caramel malts with some vanilla in the mix

T - barleywine flavors come through. Starts with sweet citrus hops that move to caramel and vanilla. Ends with a boozy port cherry flavor and a touch of sourness. Pretty solid complexity - combines a barleywine with some sour notes added in.

M - decent body and leaves a dry, tannic finish

D - nice complexity / take on a barleywine. Worth a shot if you were lucky enough to grab a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:16:44 | More by birchstick
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Treebs

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 16:50:14 | More by Treebs
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Cuvee De Viking

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottle 227/386
Barrel Aged Ruggoop

A – Pours a very nice murky and muddy slight orange liquid with a lively and nice dense ecru head. The head is about 0.5 inches tall and there are some bigger medium sized bubbles intermingled. In the glass it looks like a murky glass of Mississippi River water. In a good way. (4.5)

S – Very complex nose. Starts off with some strong hop character. Tons of grapefruit notes and other citrus aromas which indicate a nicely hoped brew. There is some nice woody notes in there mixed in with some sweeter malt notes. There is some slight molasses as well as some mild burnt caramel. Dark fruits as well as some slight vinous character. The nose is pretty well balanced between the hop notes and the malt backbone. Overall this is a big beer. (4.0)

T & M – Interesting taste that’s for sure. There is definitely more red wine and woody oak notes on the flavor than the nose. The flavor is lighter than I expected. After the initial vinous and woody notes there is a nice hop intensity and bitterness that comes up. Slight grapefruit and orange notes and some nice bitterness throughout the middle portion of the beer can be perceived. There is some nice boozyness to the beer as well. The wood notes give it a real earthy tone and the vinous and slight red wine character also make it quite earthy. The red wine portion of the flavor is more of a subtle cherry and dark fruit note as opposed to the wood, which is a bit more intense. The beer has a nice medium mouthfeel but it is a bit lighter than expected. (4.0) (4.0)

O – Very interesting and complex take on this beer. The flavors are intense and interesting and at some points seem conflicting but it is still delicious. (4.0)

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:13:51 | More by JoEBoBpr
Cuvee Du Viking from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.