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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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BA SCORE
80
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 23.14%
Wants: 31
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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Sammy, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +14.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +14.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev 0%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

drewone, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
1.78/5  rDev -49.1%
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.

HopHead84, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

bsuedekum, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Duff27, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

woosterbill, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

mynie, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Florida9
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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

Florida9, May 07, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

birchstick, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

SadMachine, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of thewimperoo
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

thewimperoo, May 23, 2012
Photo of seeswo
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

seeswo, May 20, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

trxxpaxxs, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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)

JoEBoBpr, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

david131, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

AleWatcher, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

dogfishandi, Mar 12, 2012
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Cuvee Du Viking from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.