Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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1.4/5 rDev -56.3%
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.
05-27-2014 19:03:58 | More by Rifugium
2.75/5 rDev -14.1%
A thin, off-white head makes a brief appearance above a reddish, copper, clear ale.
The wine sampler glass presents an overly sweet, spicy, almost rabbit feed, aroma with musty notes, caramel, and vanilla.
As anticipated, this one is exceptionally sweet, with complex spices. However, it is all over the place and confused. Even the finish is sweet, with nuances of dates and prunes.
A full-bodied, syrupy beer that leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Carbonation is modest and alcohol is controlled for 11%.
The sweetness here is over the top and detracting, as are the peculiar spices. It would be difficult to find any suitable pairing to tame this experience. While it is certainly interesting, it is nonetheless difficult to finish the bottle.
04-21-2013 14:44:51 | More by SLeffler27
4.01/5 rDev +25.3%
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.
03-17-2013 01:13:25 | More by tdm168
1.44/5 rDev -55%
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.
02-25-2013 15:04:45 | More by jmarsh123
Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.