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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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Reviews: 73
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 18.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ya know, southern tier is gold in a million ways, but this really does not impress me. it cost 7 bucks or so from global brew in edwardsville, il. it pours crimson and clear, with a tan head thats tan, and gone in seconds. the nose is pretty rough, stright booze, wood, but not mature and refined, and sweet from a red malt that doesnt stand up to the sugar and booze its given birth to. the flavor is alcoholic and malty, a little vanilla, but largely unbalanced and separate. aftertaste is sharp and sweet in a kind of gross way really, long lasting and not delicious. the complexity is a negative in this case. needs way longer in oak i think. feel is okay, needs more bubbles and less sugar, but the medium body is fine, its cool, but its a nearly undrinkable bomber. glad i have two other doods to share this with. really unimpressive unfortunately. got a creme brule on deck though... (890 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet color with a modest head that leaves strands of lace behind

Smell: An abundance of caramel with oaky/vanilla elements

Taste: Caramel, caramel and more caramel, up front, with a oaky/vanilla aspect that develops by mid-palate, along with a cheery cough syrup character, as well; after the swallow, the sweet flavors become rather cloying

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low to moderate carbonation; very sticky with warmth in the gullet

Overall: Far too one-dimensional, with a lack of hop balance; I really tried to like it but ultimately, the sweetness got the better of me (608 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a glass of this at the Spinnerstown Hotel a few months ago and found it to be pretty good. The look of the beer had a red hue to it. The head lasted for a minute or so till the booze killed it off. The smell of the beer had a boozey sweetness to it. Some sugar and fermented fruits on the nose. The flavor was pretty strong, had some fruits and some vanilla in there. There was a bit of Belgian yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with not much carbonation. I thought this beer was the better of the three. But that's my opinion. (551 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
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 (628 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.46/5  rDev -21.4%
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 (741 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.4/5  rDev -55.3%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
1.97/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sample with #1 and #2. Taster glass.

A - Thing white foam, wispy cap, thin collar, spotty lace. Transparent dark brown body. Why is this filtered when the others aren't?

S - Alcohol, dark fruits, candi sugar, oaky vanilla, grape juice, a slightly earhty note, and barbaric cloying sweetness. Combines all the elements of #1 and #2 that I didn't like.

T - Taste is slightly better, but still quite bad. Alcohol, oak, cheap port, grain. Something has gone terribly awry - the component parts were much better than the resulting blend.

M - Low carbonation, thick, viscous, full body, definite alcohol heat.

D - This is by far the worst of the three beers - impressively bad blend that evokes largadeer's finest cuvées. Why did it take nearly two years for them to make this after the first two releases? (806 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Picked this up at Ricks last weekend. Wasn't the biggest fan of 1, but 2 was an improvement so figured I'd check out 3.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention and light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of oak, coconuts, fruity malts, caramel malts, and light vanilla. The coconuts are very strong here. Smell is interesting; the coconuts and oak dominate it.

t - Tastes of coconuts, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, fruity malts, alcohol, toffee, and some dark fruits or cherries. Again, coconuts dominate the taste.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body, pretty nice.

d - An interesting beer, but a bit odd. I wasn't expecting so much coconut in the smell and taste; it didn't seem to mix too well together. The mouthfeel was nice but I wouldn't buy it again. I thought this was worse than Cuvee Series 2, and about on par with Cuvee Series 1, though it had more coconut than 1. (1,046 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thin ring. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma: A lot of oak. Toasted coconut and marshmallow flavors. Brown sugar and caramel. Some vanilla. A lot of malts.

Taste: Very rich and sweet. A ton of toasted coconut and oak. Some marshmallow. Caramel and toffee sweetness. Vanilla and brown sugar. Mimics the nose with the exception of some alcohol here.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, smooth, cloying. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and sweet.

Overall, the sweetness was a bit too much for me. Very cloying. This one tasted fine, but it was really hard to drink a lot.

EDIT: The more I drank of this beer, the harder it became to drink. I could hardly finish a few ounces. (745 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.01/5  rDev +28.1%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my Devil's Backbone glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a thin tan head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the oak wood to it. Caramel, cherry and some yeast spice are there as well. The wood is a little strong and it feels a little overly sweet and sugary, but I like the how the oak comes together with the sweet maltiness. It's a little boozy, but tolerable.

The taste shows more of the malty sweetness, so much that it becomes a little syrupy towards the finish. I'm really liking the dark fruits though, as I get notes of cherry and fig out of it. The oak is complimenting, but not enough to overcome the sweet, syrupy finish.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, I enjoyed this beer as well as others in the series. It may have been a little sweet and syrupy at times, but I liked how the bold oak and sweet malt flavors came together. This was probably my least favorite of the Cuvee's, but it was still a decent beer to sip on this evening. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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... (586 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
1.7/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Lures.

Why me? Whyyy? Ugh, I think I finally found something more offensive to my palate than ST's cherry saison. This was devastatingly sweet, with vanilla and coconut along with some odd, misplaced bitterness. After a few sips this went straight down the drain. Whatever guys, this was rank. (304 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Southern Tier Cuvee 3

Pours a ruby red, small foamy head forms, retention is ok. Smells of ripe cherries and raisen. In the flavor, quite sweet with a small barrel aged vanilla note and some wood tones. Sugary sweetness dominates. Had it not been for the barrel aging, this beer would have nothing to offer, as it is cloyingly sweet, no hops to balance, and not very complex. (376 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +33.2%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is very sweet, showcasing considerable vanilla, cherry cough drop and hawaiin punch. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this extremely sweet beer. Diabetics need to be warned off of this one. Wow! This beer tastes like liquid cherry cough drops, with some honey, vanilla and orange cough syrup thrown in for good measure. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet finish. As for drinkability, this beer is so boozy, so cloyingly sweet and heavy on the palate, it's hard to believe this is what the brewer was going for. The combination of sweetness and all too noticeable alcohol is nearly enough to make me gag.

Have not been a big fan of the Cuvee series, but this is the worst yet from ST IMHO. Back to the drawing board guys... this is just undrinkable. (909 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer for a while now. Time to dig in and give it a taste.

Pours a nice burgundy color into my glass. Bright and yet, so inviting. What else can I say?

A wisp of oak is followed by cherry in the nose. Not overpowering. Simple enough to start with.

Wow. Sweet with cherry,plum and apple notes. The oak is safely at the back of the palate. A bit of alcohol warmth to heat up the throat. Interesting mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cherry and apple. Oak adds more to the texture with a "woody" feel. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly not as strong as originally thought.

Complex and yet, quite drinkable for 11%. It's certainly in league with other "strong ales" in challenging the palate. Kind of like OA Arrogant Bastard but without the excessive alcohol heat and hops. (798 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet and tart fruitiness, somewhat like white grapes. In the taste, Belgian candy sugar, fruity, and a small tartness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sugar and white grape in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, but a nice small tartness. Not bad at all. (352 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.14/5  rDev -31.6%
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( (613 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.32/5  rDev +38%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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. (265 characters)

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.