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Cuvee Ange - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Cuvee AngeCuvee Ange

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BA SCORE
86
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.93%


Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cuvee Ange was inspired by the French Oak wine barrels we used for this project that once housed all French wine varietals. Fermented with wild yeast and aged in a combination of Cabernet, Merlot, and Grenache barrels with raspberries and blackberries, Cuvee Ange is a fruity, tart, complex ale. Cuvee Ange pours a bright rose with aromas of fruit, funk, and wood.

(Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 08-30-2012)
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Stormking47 for the share. Bomber into a pils glass, the brew appears a clear copper with a tan cap. Some sudsy spots of lace stick to the glass and a swirl revies some large bubbles from solution back to the surface.

The aroma includes faint notes of fruits that are vaguely reminescent of blueberry and raspberry. A mild suggestion of caramel grain is also present. While the description of this brew sounds awesome, the aromatics are pretty dull and linear.

The flavor has an unexpected aspect that is somewhat perfume-like. It is a little abrasive with a fake sort of raspberry mixed with an unidentifiable sort of obscure fruity to fusel character. A minor hint of cheese is contrasted by herbal to medicinal bitterness that is somewhat grassy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. While this sounded pretty awesome via the label description, it turned out to be a flop. A very disjointed strange brew that I would probably not buy but I would give it a try again just to see if the bottle we had was an exception to what this brew was suppose to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 15:50:15 | More by stakem
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sour fruits with some caramel malt.

T - Good tart, sour berry flavor. The was a tannin taste, too. Which I suppose is the wine barrel aging.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a slight pucker-factor.

O - This is an nice wild ale. I wonder if the bottle version could be aged to mellow out the tannins.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 02:10:10 | More by zeff80
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:17:10 | More by Franziskaner
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has a gorgeous color - an opaque red-orange. The head is bright white and leaves very little lacing. I can barely see the columns of bubbles rising. The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind blotches.

The nose is awesome. It's dominated by blackberries, followed by tart raspberries and some funk. The smell is very candy-like and reminds me of sweet-tarts.

When the brew is cold, the taste begins with a dose of tart raspberries, followed by funky wild yeast then concludes with a lot of wood character. The barrel aging is a little off-putting, because it is too vinous or perhaps too much oak character. However, when it warms up the barrel character subsides significantly. I also get less funk and more of the base beer. Perhaps my mouth is getting used to these strong flavors?

The feel is average for the style. It's medium, but not much carbonation is felt. Seems like this is not bottle conditioned, but could be wrong.

Overall, I did enjoy this brew. I like the idea of blending different wine barrels which adds a lot of character. The nose on this ale is the best quality. I thought it was very inviting. However, the taste does not provide the same excitement.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:01:40 | More by TotallyHosed
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ToddHolder

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma slightly offensive (urine?). Poured a hazy copper color with a foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Flavors of wine barrel, dried apricot, sour, funk. Crisp and refreshing. Earthy bitterness on the finish. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:58:16 | More by ToddHolder
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rodkin

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A light reddish-purplish color, decently foamy head that reduces quickly. Visible carbonation.

Smell kind of reminds me of st lamvinus, though a bit less funky. Got lactic tartness upfront, followed by the berries and a bit of barrel, with some sweet grape in the finish. There's definitely some funk in there, too.

This is interesting... not really like any sour I've had before. Definitely getting wood, a bit of bitterness, a bit less fruit than I got in the nose. The berries do come through though. Vinous, not as tart as I was hoping. The fruit, though not very big upfront, lingers quite a bit. Refreshing and smooth. The more I drink, the more I like. I'd say this is the best I've had from 4 Hands so far.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Light and spritzy, slightly creamy.

I'm not really sure what to make of this one. I haven't really had anything like it, so I don't know what to compare it to. But it's tasty, refreshing, and the low alcohol makes it very sessionable. I'd say this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:41:03 | More by rodkin
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small 6 oz wine glass at the Rattlesnake.

Appearance: The small head reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber orange haze with no visibility of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity tartness, funky, bready, chardonnay grapes, and some barnyard.

Taste: Barnyard funkyness and sour, tart, wine barrels, oak, vanilla, bready malts, a little booze, wine grapes, chardonnay, and berries.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, dry, medium to high carbonation, a little booze, and medium bodied.

Overall: Boy do I love wild and sour beers. Well constructed and put together. Hope there draft beers stick around in Boston for a little while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 18:51:43 | More by Flounder57
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dull, cloudy, dark amber with a sticky, foamy, off-white head that laces. The nose has a pungent berry sweetness upfront followed by whiskey barrel notes and a little orange juice concentrate. The taste is an amalgam of citrus-berry, semi-syrupy sweetness and harsh tannins from the oak and berry skin. This beer's medium, semi-sweet body is a bit more syrupy than airy and packs a bitter tannic punch, while having a slight tartness that makes each sip refreshing. A lingering berry-whisky flavor satiates and challenges the palate. Pairings with this beer would be tough, more of a novelty in my opinion, but worth sitting on for a few months before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:40:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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msf1cnc

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great wild ale.... one of my favorite beers of 2014 so far. Color pours hay, the funk come through on the nose, but not overpowering. Taste, is mild sourness, definitely nor over-powering as the style can sometimes be. Delicate. Refreshing. Subtle. A perfect beer for a spring day. Stone fruit on the pallet. Light carbonation.

A great introduction into wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:04:05 | More by msf1cnc
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

An orange body with a slight reddish tint. A small white soapy cap rises and falls quickly, leaving some delicate lace inside the glass.

Tart lactic nose. Berries, oak, and a touch of perfume mixed with vinegar. A clean, light, crackery malt bill stays out of the way.

A touch of berry sweetness is quickly beaten back by sweeping lactic tartness. Some vinegar and malt through the middle melding with dry oak. A little bit of grape pokes through before the berry and lactic tartness return for a tart, dry finish.

Carbonation is high, but right on point for the style. Light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

This is a fine wild ale. None of the flavors are overbearing, but everything is on point. The berries give this beer a welcome roundness. I hope I can get this guy in my glass again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 18:24:09 | More by ColForbinBC
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 18:07:49 | More by hooliganlife
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy and murky dark copper color with some nice orange hues to it. Very little light can come through. There is a slight white head that forms of about half and inch.

Aroma of berries. Nice tart notes with some slight vinegar but still not too overwhelming. The tartness is very nice and fruity and mixes well with some nice slight funk and a bit of a vinous character.

Flavor is pretty delicious. I should let it sit for a bit before I continue. After warming for a bit. Flavor of berries with some nice tartness and some slight fruity sugary sweetness. There is some nice funk and woody notes that mix in with some vinous notes a well. The tartness is not too overwhelming and compliments the fruity sweetness very well. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some dry notes and a slightly vinous finish.

Definitely my favorite 4 Hands brew. Great sour with some nice berry notes and sweetness mixed in with great wild ale tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:17:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
Cuvee Ange from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.