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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 25.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 72
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Dark amber color, thin off-white head. A little bit of lace.
Oaky, vanilla aroma. Sweet caramel.
Caramel, fruity, some hop bitterness. Kind of understated.
This beer was way too sweet. So sweet that it became not very enjoyable.

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber, comes dressed up in a box, $11.99 @ Cable Bev. in Bardonia (Rockland County), NY. No freshness/vintage info offered.

Pours clear, glowing medium amber with a distinct reddish, slightly warmingly golden hue. Minor head, off white in color, fine bubble in nature and leaving just the slightest of lace.

Fruity sweet nose, with some vanilla and rum.

The obvious problem with this one is...its too damn sweet....near cloyingly so...more fruit, some vanilla infused rum, but beneath it all, unfortunatly cough syrup comes to mind. Not my favorite, lots of better beer out there...

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah--beer review #1,000. Wanted something special and I have always liked Southern Tier's big beers so here goes...

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, clear, red-brown with tannins, medium carbonation

Smell: caramel, oak, and toffee

Taste: oak, deep caramel taste, pineapple, sugar, and vanilla

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet and oaky with noticeable alcohol, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A beer worthy of 1,000. A nice and super sweet malt bomb that I am sure will not appeal to all, but is a winner for me. This one is a sipper with flavors much in line with the other Cuvees in the series. Very complex, I will certainly look for this again. If you like the other Cuvee beers or malt bombs go out and get this one.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright amber with an off white head that dissipates very quickly to nothing. The color was impressive, the lack of head was not so.

Aromas of light butterscotch, light fruits, and a slight hint of pine hops. Minerally with a whiff of alchohol.

Taste is sweet, very sweet...candied sugar, dried berries, honey, oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla. The sweetness is almost over-bearing.

Medium mouthfeel was sticky, syrup-like with high carbonation. ABV% was pretty well hidden in the taste.

Overall this is not a beer I'd look for again, it's just too sweet. It seems like this would be best suited as an after-dinner dessert brew.

Photo of glid02
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear honey-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of very sweet caramel malts with large amounts of vanilla and toffee. Also present are hints of burnt sugar aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Almost cloyingly sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by syrupy toffee. Midway through the sip vanilla beans work their way into things, carrying through to a decidedly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not very good. I had a hard time finishing my glass and would not order another.

Overall I think many of ST's beers are over the top but this one was too much for me. Some nice flavors were lurking beneath the sweetness but unfortunately they weren't allowed to shine. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

Photo of tdm168
4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased this on a recent trip to NY over Thanksgiving weekend

A - ruby amber with a super-thin lacing of head that fades away instantly

S - huge breadiness, sugar, caramel, and something I can only describe as a baked potato

T - giant bready malts, sugary, some caramel, faint bitterness in the finish, there is some woodiness and oak in the finish, alcohol

M - full bodied, well carbonated, warming alcohol

This is certainly better than it's 3.22 average. I can see where it's a bit unbalanced and not well meshed. Being a blend of Cuvee 1 and 2, it seems that Cuvee 1 is more noticeable. The bready malts come through and dominate but it seems that Cuvee 2 provides a good deal of candy sugar and caramel. I'm glad that I had all 3 of this series. It's been a great privilege to be able to enjoy each one. This isn't the best of the series, but this is nice offering even if it's not the best balanced beer. I'm very glad I tried this beer.

Photo of prototypic
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cuvee Three pours a deep copper color. It's very clear, and has bright crimson highlights with backlighting. It's a nice color. A cream colored head caps it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was relatively short. Lacing was very, very light. Maybe the 11% abv was too much for it.

The nose is very average. It smells sweet and caramel heavy. No big shock there. There's some oak and vanilla lingering about. They make things a little interesting. Cherry is strong, and gives it a medicinal aroma. Not a good thing. Alcohol is strong in the mix. Definitely comes across as boozy. It doesn't smell overtly bad, but it's not far off. Average at best.

The flavor is actually below average. It does have a substantial caramel malt base that is rather sweet. The oak aging definitely added oak and vanilla flavors. They're present, but I'm not sure that they complement much. Cherry is definitely noted and makes it quite cough syrup-esque. There's also a hint of a nutty flavor, but it doesn't add anything. Alcohol is definitely strong and warm. Finishes boozy and medicinal. Eh. Not good.

Cuvee Three has a medium body that leans full with warming. For what it's worth at this point, the feel is good. Carbonation is light and works well. Drinkability is below average. Despite its nice feel, the flavor isn't good enough to encourage consumption. It's also big and very warm. A 22 ounce is way too big of a serving size.

I'm honestly not sure what I was thinking when I bought this bottle. Cuvee One and Two both were disappointing. Perhaps I was hoping that a blend of two negatives would equal a positive. Unfortunately, that isn't the case here. Cuvee Three is my least favorite of the bunch. Its worst qualities are that it's medicinal and too boozy. I'm a fan of Southern Tier, but not of this series. Just scrap it and do not revisit.

Photo of Mavajo
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Amber color with a moderate cream/white head.

Nose has notes of herbal/floral, zesty tangerine characteristics. Oak notes back it all up. Decent nose - interesting.

Taste - wowzers. The wheels are falling off here. This is not enjoyable. Very sweet, with strong caramel malt and toffee characteristics and oak notes - backed up by a sort of herbal/floral undertone. There's an unpleasant bitter aftertaste here that just lingers and lingers on the palate. When it was cold, it was at least drinkable - as it warmed, though, this turned into a disaster. Not in the least bit enjoyable. I soldiered on through about half the bottle, but I'm gonna have to dump the rest - and this is after already drinking a bomber of Black Butte. If a bomber of ~10% can't make a beer drinkable, that beer has problems.

Mouthfeel is decent in the thickness and carbonation department. Very sticky though.

Overall, this beer is a failure in the taste department. I find nothing redeeming about this brew, and I would not drink it again even if it was offered for free. Extremely disappointed in Southern Tier.

Photo of russpowell
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an effervescent orange with a slight tan head that fizzles quickly. Minimal head retention & zero lacing

S: Rich cherry & fig notes, the only redeeming feature of this offering

T: Figs, cinnamon, canned pears, & candied orange slices with some cayenne pepper thrown in up front. Cherry Brandy notes as this warms, with booze heat, plus raisins, but none of this really works in harmony, maybe too much oak aging??? Sooo many things wrong here. Finishes beyond cloying, with raisins, cherries & cut-rate pineapple juice

MF: Still carbonation, slick, a touch hot

This is still a mess, glad I got to try it, suprised I did not drain pour it, avoid! Can't believe ST put this clunker out...

Edit, I did drain pour about half of this

Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a reddish brown color. One finger off white head shows light retention dying to whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Some long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- To be honest I get a shit ton of pineapple notes on this. Almost overpowering in the pineapple. There is a light sweetness as far as caramel malts go. Don't really get much else and nothing really stands out in the beer. Almost to sickly sweet and one sided.

T- Tons of caramel malts in the front of this kick off the sweet rush. Lots of pineapple like flavors with a hint of toffee malts in the middle of the beer. Light oak notes in the very ending with some alcohol..well some sweet alcohol in the ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light overall I would say. Sweet malts and pineapple left on the palate. Aftertaste is a lot of pineapple and sweet alcohol. Medium heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were one dimensional and sickly sweet a lot of the time. No off flavors could be detected.

D- This beer is just average. It comes off very sweet at times but that just cuts back on drinkability. The ABV is hidden well but only because the sugary sweetness overtakes everything. Higher ABV limits this beer but the sweetness really kills this beer for me.

Photo of Kikkycat
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA Saturday Jan. 8th.

A: deep reddish brown. Quarter finger of beige head, dissipating as quickly as I can text this post. Head is, a few minutes later, totally gone but some good lacing remains.

S: raisins, overripe fruit

T: sweet and tart in tandem. Raisins, peach or apricot, sugar, vanilla. As it warms it heads into the sweet side more noticeably.

M: firm and pleasant body

D: it'd be a tough one to drink a lot of, based on ABV alone. It's also too much on the sweet part of the palate.

I tend to run hot and cold on Southern Tier. I've been disappointed as often as I've bern pleased. Unfortunately, this one leans more towards disappointment for me.

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike and Jen for this bomber. I skipped over Cuvee 2.

A: The strong ale is a syrupy golden orange color, still transparent despite its darker hues. A thin head, wispy bands at best, are the result of a rather relaxed pour. Minimal lacing.

S: The nose is syrupy sweet, molasses and brown sugar are prominent. The oak comes in the form of strong vanilla. The darker sugars and barrel aging are logarithmic, amplifying the sweetness of the nose.

T: The nose all over again, more darker sugars with a finishing sweetness. Molasses is fuller, cut by the brown sugar. Sweet malts abound, with a vanilla flavor that isn't full enough to be full-on barrels. Oak chips, gotta be. The entire package is a sweet syrupy mess of flavor. I like the fullness left behind, more even than that flavors delivered in each sip.

M: The mouthfeel never gets off the sweetness track. The darker flavors, all sugary in some form, coalesce with the oak chips in a muddled format. I knew there was a reason I passed on No. 2.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. I know this has some age on it since I bought the bottle about a year ago, but I figured I'd drink it anyway since I had tried the Cuvée Series 1 and 2 in the past. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and sticky with low carbonation. Overall I thought this was a solid brew, but I do wonder what it was like when fresh. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Red throughout, fairly clean, and a good looking tan head.

S: Very sweet at first, notes of maple and caramel. A sweet syrupy smell with a nice oak scent. A hint of booze, and almost a grape or wine like character.

T: Wow, that is one sweet beer. Sweet, syrupy, with an underlying oakiness. There is a caramel/ roasty flavor in the finish that I like, and a touch of booze/ bitterness.

M: Syrupy, and thick. Carbonation is low in quantity, and fine is size. Definitely coats the mouth.

O: Overall I think it is a bit too cloying and sweet. It has some good flavors working for it, but way too sweet.

Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, medium golden-brown. sits amber with brilliant clarity

Smell: first aromas to smack you in the face is the French oak followed by vanilla notes. as the beers breathes and opens up other fragrances are detectable. also coming through are hints of banana, chocolate and caramel followed by the coconut suggested on the box. alcohol is light and just noticeable in the back of the nose

Taste: LOTS of French oak, followed by vanilla, banana and coconut. some balls in my ass. just a hint of smokiness and maybe even a little bit of creamed corn. finish is woody with a somewhat dry sweetness and very low bitterness

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: wonderfully complex and evolving brew.

Photo of jmarsh123
1.46/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Pours puke orange with a small beige head leaving no retention or lacing.

By the time my nose was even a foot away, I could tell this one was bad. Strong caramel cherry and dark fruits. Way way too malty and a little funky smelling on top.

Straight up diabetes in the flavor. Lots of cherry and fig with some oak. Tastes like the fake 3% real fruit fruit juices. Beyond sweet.

Little carbonation and a full body which served to point out even more how sweet this one.

Good God this is one of the worst beers I've had in a while and one of the worst without any infection issues. No complexity whatsoever only an all out sweet assault. Out of the 6 people sharing at my house every single one drain poured this.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Decent lacing falling down the sides.

Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. But it was a touch off, not having the depth to it that I had hoped it would. The taste was very intresting, but again seeemed to be lacking that push to make it over the top. Clean barrel, oak, bourbon, touch of fig and prune with a vanilla touch to it. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I just wish it was a little more evolved

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.14/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden ruby color with a small watery white head.

Overwhelming cane sugar and caramel malt. Very faint cherry
aroma is there as well.

Taste is as sugary sweet as the nose suggests. Also get some tobacco, leather and some hints of vanilla. Seems like the oak is gone.

Mouthfeel was on the thicker side with little carbonation.

Reminds me of one of their big stouts minus any redeeming qualities. One the worst beers I've had this year. I couldn't choke this down but the sink had no trouble finishing his 17oz portion. Came in a fancy box and had a shiny label so I had higher hopes for this one;o(

Photo of Immortale25
4.32/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain well before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some ripples of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves behind small, spotty foam on the side of the glass.

S- Very nutty with some cereal grain malt sweetness that's laced with oak and booze. Notes of almond, dark fruit and some bourbon.

T- Very smooth execution of malty sweetness, oak, caramel and vanilla flavors. There's a mild, underlying astringency that keeps things interesting while also exhibiting notes of dark fruit and raisin. The balance is remarkable as each sip brings more complexity to the palate. Certainly not highly quaffable, but all the flavors are in line with what one would expect from a beer of this magnitude thus resulting in an enjoyable drinking experience. A bit of oxidation might be what's driving this smoothness.

M- Thick and syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- What got me with this one was just how nutty the aroma is. That and how much more enjoyable it was compared to the Series Two. Not the greatest extreme beer I've ever tasted, but it's worth the money ($10.99) in my eyes.

Photo of rlee1390
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark amber (not as dark/red as Number Two). Has about a one finger head that leaves some lacing

S-Very sweet smelling; orange, lemon, vanilla

T-The same sweet smells are present in the taste. The finish is not very bitter. Also lacking the oak tones that were prominent in the Number 2.

M-Medium bodied, slightly creamy

D-Sweetness limits the drinkability but better than the Number Two. If I can get my hands on Number One I'll try and update this compared to One, but the reviews for One are worse than this one.

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a transparent amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rum, peaches, vanilla, oak, coconut, citrus, and a touch of Southern Comfort.
Taste is of the aromas with a blending of peach, apricots, citrus, and vanilla cream being the standouts. A bit sweet but not too cloying given the intentions of this brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, chewy, and slick on the finish.

Photo of GbVDave
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet at The Funky Buddha 3/4/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn, HollyAnn, and Keith for the assist!

A: Served a deep, dark russet color with not a trace of head on top. Instead, it came to the table with a thick ring and whispy skim. A few strands of lace were left behind.

S: Huge nose full of caramel drenched cherries. A bit of spicy oak tries to get through but the sweetness keeps it down.

T: Same as above. Caramel and cherry with a dusting of cocoa and spicy oak.

M: Slick, oily, sweetness that gets pretty tiring by the end of the glass. Thankfully I had some help with this one!

D: I wondered if the third in the Cuvee series would be better than the first two but alas, it isn't. Sorry, but no.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter

Pours a 1/8” cap which quickly disappears, leaving a nonexistent head, very deep dark amber color

Wow! This is really bizarre but the first thing I smell is the distinct aroma of smoked meat (bacon), followed by thick smelling malt. I know that this is strange, but it is the best that I can do, never encountered anything like this before! The smoked smell hangs from beginning to end, unfortunately.

Rather sweet entry in the mouth, followed by rich thick syrupy malt, no noticeable hops here at all. The high ABV of 11% is completely buried by the flavor profile of this ale. Huge body, very full, from the intense malting and high ABV. I have to say that this ale is completely unbalanced, for lack of any hops and extremely light acidity. There is not a single flavor here that is appealing, sorry STBC.

I have had a few of this breweries offerings and have liked them all. I purchased this without any prior information because of the producer and the fact that it was oak aged. I don’t know what they were trying for here but it’s not for me or anyone else that I can think of. I am no stranger to “over the top brews”, in fact I search them out, but this is one for the books. Very hard to find anything to like about this except a totally different, if not very good experience. This bottle was not oxidized as some reading this may assume, I know that taste in beer and wine. I have to admit that I dumped this ale, something I cannot recall doing for at least 20 years. I have to say WTF was this!

Photo of garbercury
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk. Steeler pre-game-ish...night before, on a bender...Take it for what it is worth...

A---Amber-reddish, not much lacing or carbonation but good.

S--Fruity esters in this one, lots of fruits on the nose, nice.

T--Continues with the flavors of raisin, grape, malt. Not too much oak, in fact, very little...Cloying!

M--Smooth feel.

D--Heavy, needs some time, super sweet...Stupid to open this so young. This needs a year or two before you open...Go Steelers!

Photo of Rifugium
1.4/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Wow, I really wish I would've looked over some reviews before randomly buying this bottle.

Slight gusher open opening. Poured into a ST tulip, a glossy, dark brown color with a slight haze, topped with a cap of off white head; good retention and lacing. All downhill from there. When I first opened the bottle, it actually had a decent aroma somewhat resembling a vinous barleywine. But that quickly turned for the worse. I really don't even know how to accurately describe the horrors of this beer's aroma, but I honestly could not even bring the glass close to my face without throwing up a little in my mouth. Some cloying sweet caramel, grapes, solvent, battery acid, bile...I don't know, rotten raisins maybe? You know that puddle of old flat liquid that pools in the bottom of your bag of recyclables over the course of a week? Maybe that. My palate and all senses were pretty much destroyed at this point, but I held my nose and took a sip. Harsh sulfur, all kinds of cheap booze, varnish, rotten wood, sickeningly sweet rotten fruit. Wow, this was really bad. Not even going to make note of the mouthfeel, because after that one sip, the rest of this went down the drain, and I actually feel bad for my drain because of it.

Easily one of the worst beers I've had from the craft scene, and even when compared to some macros.

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.