Cuvee Ange - 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.14/5 rDev +10.1%
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of their first anniversary Midwest tap takeover. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Pours an opaque ruddy orange, like orange preserves or jam with more reddish copper hues as well. Liquid doesn't allow a lot of light to pass through, leaving the faintest of lighter orange highlights right on the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a finger of frothy off-white foam that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving light lacing and finally settling on a ring of snowdrift like build-up of foam around the glass.
Smell - Tart and fruity, with notes of chardonnay and buttery oak providing the foundation for more acidic notes of dark cherry, blackberry and red currant. In some ways reminds me of a sparkling blush, but with more of a grain foundation than the grape notes you get from wine.
Taste - Not overpoweringly sour, but quite tart and pleasantly palate jolting. Here, the fruits from the aroma come through a bit more aggressively with blackberry and red currant leading the charge. Here the oak that I got in the aroma is less distinct and come through as more generic wort-soaked wood. As it warms, the lactic sourness becomes more predominant and turns a good beer into a very good beer... if you like sour beers that is.
Mouthfeel - Body is on the light side of medium--there is definitely a bit of meat to the feel. Carbonation is moderate to high, with plenty of effervescence to complement the sour tartness of teh beer. Dry, slightly puckering finish.
Overall, a very solid offering from 4 Hands. I've not had anything from them that just knocks me out of my chair, but this is yet another very good take on a style I like. Too bad this one isn't easier to come by, as I would turn to it regularly as a reasonably-priced and well-made sour beer.
01-02-2014 09:44:19 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.76/5 rDev 0%
Light brown in color with lots of small active carbonation bubbles. A half inch head of tightly knit off white foam is on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is full of Brett and Chardonnay but is a bit subdued. The body is heavily carbonated and crisp. The sourness of the Brett pricks the tongue. I also get the tartness of the blackberries and raspberries and the Brett on the fade. It seems to lose complexity as it warms.
03-29-2014 20:17:10 | More by Franziskaner
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Pour was a brigt copper, light head, light lacing, fairly crisp.
Very dominant raspberry and blackberry, lighter funk and spice. Hints of malt.
Very combination of raspberry and blackberry. Lighter hints of dry red wine and grape. A bit of malt and spice beneath. Layered very well.
Light and easy, dry finish. A bit sticky.
For a first BA release, homerun. This is a farmhouse ale, half barred aged with raspberries and half with blackberries, then combined.
09-07-2012 18:07:49 | More by hooliganlife
Cuvee Ange from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.