Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by czfreeman:
4.47/5 rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
southern tier cuvee series 1
Saved up for this bottle for a few weeks, I am a huge fan of the extreme talent exibited by the brewers at Southern Tier. If they can make a an ale aged on Belgian Chocolates as immaculate as Choklat, a coffee infused stout as complex as Jahva, leaving a IPA unfiltered to result in pure hop bliss (Unearthly) then aging in French Oak should present no challenge to these guys.
Initial apperance of a malty golden colored ale. Light head wispy, settles quickly, light bubbly carbonation keeps the glass moving. It's a slightly more golden-hue than most super-malted American Strong Ales. I sense a fine glass of delicately crafted perfection in my near future.
Upfront a wave of malty coconut, vanilla, smokiness from the oak, hops come into play keeping all in tight balance. Slightly sweet tangerines, apricot . Alcohol is kept in check, but very apparent. Call me crazy, but a Belgianesque yeastiness is appreciated. Spicy peppery phenols, banana, white grapes, clove, nasturium, musty hays- Im getting a Oaked aged Westmalle in a glass. This smells absolutley drinkably wonderful.
Flavor is amazingly smooth. Its like the perfect Barleywine with all rough edges removed. Coconuts, Belgian Triple- candied sugars, vanilla. I have to stop sipping to type. Is there alcohol in this? Creamy bananas, grapefruits cut by a gentle hoppiness that balances the flavor as well as the aroma. Spicy, rummy white raisins, maybe even a suggestion of white chocolate.White wine poached spiced pears. A kaliedoscope of delicately balanced flavor all kept in check by a slightly alcoholic bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy, yet extremely balanced on the finish. Once again, Triple is called to mind.Drinkability is great, it really is difficult to not down the glass(limited by price). I hope to secure and age another one of the bottles.
This beer is immensley smooth and drinkable, I really was suprised by the Triple qualities of this brew. Congratulation Southern Tier, I can't wait for Series 2
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2009 01:40:20 | More by czfreeman
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3.64/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruit, some alcohol and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. Then some alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The oak essence is also prevalent. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok aged beer to drink for a while.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 03:56:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.