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Cuvee Diable - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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: 58 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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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.

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Cuvee Diable from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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