Cuvee Ange - 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.14/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-02-2014 09:44:19 | More by LambicPentameter
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