Cuvee Diable - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Cuvee DiableCuvee Diable

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t8dd on 03-06-2014

Cuvee Diable is the second in our barrel aged saison series. Cuvee Diable is a soft and delicate farmhouse ale fermented with wild yeast and aged in red wine barrels with tart cherries. Cuvee Diable pours rose in color with notes of cherry, funk, wood, and spice.
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of a mini "takeover" that featured a firkin of Contact High infused with lime zest and their peanut butter chocolate milk stout. Poured into a large Belgian-style tulip glass with a flared rim.

Appearance - Pours a pomegranate seed red hue with shades of auburn and vermilion highlights. Slightly hazy so that I can't really see through the liquid to see if there are any carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Atop the body sits a powder white head about a finger thick, taller and with larger bubbles near the sides of the glass, and thinner, more film-like near the center. Retention is good, lasting for a couple minutes before settling as a thick film across the entire body. Lacing is scant--almost nonexistent.

Smell - Knowing that this is aged in wine barrels with cherries, and based on my experience with Cuvee Ange, I expected a really tart and vinegary smelling beer. Not so. Instead, there is a subdued fruitiness, with pleasantly gentle tartness evoking cherry pie and notes of woody funk and even wet hay from the barrel and yeast profile. There is also a light vinous quality that lends a bit of depth to the otherwise predominantly fruity smell.

Taste - Here, there is a bit more pucker factor than hinted at by the aroma. The fruit is more aggressive, with notes of candied sour cherry, but not overly-sweet--just a hint of sweetness to take the edge off the sour and vinegar characteristics. Vinous tannins and musty wood notes come through on subsequent drinks, but the overall profile never becomes the sort of mouth-punch you can sometimes expect from a sour(ish) beer. I do really enjoy the hints of cinnamon candies and cabernet saugivnon that I get as it warms. This is one of those sour beers that's so refreshing that I could pop open a 750 bottle all on my own and down it in about an hour. It screams to be drunk during the spring and summer, as the weather begins to warm.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate-to-low carbonation and a very dry, but not unpleasantly so, finish.

Overall, this is just a wonderful beer, and clearly 4 Hands needs to spend more time producing beers with sour characteristics. This and Cuvee Ange might be my two favorite beers they make, and I would love to have a local brewer putting out more easily accessible sour beers. The only reason I couldn't rate this one any higher is because I would have liked a little more assertiveness on the smell and flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried this at the extreme beer fest. could of been the other 49 beers I sampled but I did not care for this one

Photo of KevSal
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extra'd by smokeybear83, thanks tony!

Looks good and smells great! Taste is good but wishing it followed the nose a bit more with so,e more sour and funk. Thick body for 5.5 abc beer. I can imagine a little age will make this better.

4 hands has impressing the hell out of me lately and I can see their sour program going in the right direction

Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives blood orange in color with a rather modest head that fails to deliver much lacing

Smell: Cherry fruit, with oak and vinous elements and just a hint of funk

Taste: Tart cherry, moderate funk and a touch of sweetness, up front, with the oak from the Cabernet wine barrels asserting a woody and vinous character in the mid-palate; the oak and vinous tones build in complexity, after the swallow, complementing the cherry elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A real treat and I look forward to trying more beers from this breweries sour program

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice orange and slight ruby red color. There is thin and mildly dense off-white head that forms but recedes quickly to a very thin film. This is a very attractive looking beer.

Aroma starts off with some nice funkyness, notes of wood and some very mild yet appetizing tartness. Slight mild vanilla notes are also present. Nice notes of mild leather and tobacco in the nose. Nice vinous character and dryness as well. This could score higher if the nose was more vibrant. Still, really enticing.

Flavor is very very nice. Starts off with some funk and quick woody notes. Then, followed by some nice tartness, some cherry character and some nice notes of vanilla spice and sweetness. The notes of the wine barrel and the cherries work so well together. There are notes of wood and cherry tartness mixed in with some slight acidity and a nice cherry sweetness as well. The brew gets even more complex and delicious as it warms. Amazing complexity and notes of vinous character. Mouthfeel is nice and light with some lower carbonation and nice dry finish and residual midl tartness.

Overall, 4 Hands keeps bringing great releases. Especially from their barrel aged series. This brew has great fruit notes but isn't fruity. Nice tart notes but it isn't too tart and great woody barrel funk but its not overly dry or funky. The cherry notes really make this beer and they work really well with the woody barrel and vinous notes.

Photo of leroybrown10
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant pale gold with minor haze. Small white head which disappears quickly. No lacing left behind.

Bright fruity aroma. Cherry, grape, and lemon. Some funkiness and earthy yeast. Oak barrel.

Cherry and funk is the first thing I notice in the taste. Some oak barrel, citrus, straw, and grape.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Some dryness especially at the end.

Very nice barrel aged saison. Good fruity flavors with noticeable funk. Could use a bit more earthy/malty body.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy and orange to rose in color. Tons of carbonation rising in the body. Small, very fizzy head of about 1 finger only hangs around a little while before reducing down to a small bit of froth. There is a little bit of lacing, but not too much.

S- Starts off somewhat fruity, a little grainy, and very musty. Lots of typical farmhouse scents here, grains and yeast and a little bit of wet blanket. Slightly tart cherries lie over the rest of the scents, with just a touch of acidic wine and oak flavors in there too.

T- Really much more of a saison than the potential somewhat sour beer the scent would imply. Starts off with lots of light grains, focusing mostly towards a grassy flavor. Moves towards a slightly dry oak flavor from the barrel before the slightly tart cherry flavor moves in and lingers after the drink.

M- Rather smooth across the tongue, yet light in feel. Not too highly carbonated for the style, yet still fairly carbonated. Rather easy drinking due to the lack of sourness and low alcohol content.

Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged saison, although I would have liked it to have more cherry presence. That being said, this beer has a lot of subtle flavors and is very well done.

Cuvee Diable from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.