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Cuvee Ange - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 08-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 14
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cuvee Ange from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.