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

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

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 25.39%

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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 07-15-2008)
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Photo of russpowell


2.38/5  rDev -26.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 05:19:56 | More by russpowell
Photo of Zachtheporter


3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stella Artois Chalice.

A- A deep ruby amber with a head that dissipates right away.

S- Very overpoweringly woody and roasty. Hints of grain, caramel, biscuit and vanilla.

T- Tastes very strongly of roasted wood as well as being very carmally and slightly nutty. A very sweet beer there is also a very intense vanilla flavor. Their are some biscuit and bread notes very similar to a sweet desert. Slight hints of berry-like fruit. Very overwhelmingly complex.

M- Very rich with little carbonation, it has a full body that hangs to the side of the glass. Very thick. Heavily coats the inside of you're mouth.

O- This beer is super intense and definitely a sipper. That being said though it is very good, however I can definitely see where this could be considered bad for many people. You have to really be into rich and strong beers in order to enjoy this, not to mention you really have to enjoy the taste of oak in your beer. It is very overly sweet and very potent and not to mention powerful. I got to enjoy this beer on my 21st birthday with my father and we had a great time sipping it together. Definitely not for the weak of palate. I'm very glad that I bought this, especially since it was the last bottle at the specialty store that I frequent. Would love to have been able to try series one and two. While I thought that this beer was phenomenal I definitely have to give it only a 3.5 just because of the fact that it was so overly complex. Unless you really took a nice slow time sipping this beer it would almost be to hard to distinguish flavors and whatnot. I can definitely see where Southern tier was trying to go with this though and I can definitely respect what they were able to accomplish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 19:08:12 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of phichifiji00


3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with ruby hues. Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing. Lots of bubbles clinging to the bottom and sides of the glass.

Smell: malty, caramel, hops, oak, nutty, citrus, raisin, figs.

Taste: sweet, malty, nutty, oak, raisins, figs, plums.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. sweet.

Overall: Although I thought this was the best of the three beers in the Cuvee series, this was still overly sweet and malty. The balance in all three beers was way off. Drinkability is low.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 20:48:57 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of GoldenChild


1.15/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well I'll start by saying any beer that i drain pour gets a F

I was dumb enough to let some guys at a beer store that i do not frequent tell me that this beer was amazing and i had to buy it. So I bought 2 at 13.99 a piece passed up beer like Blushing monk for instance.

A- Very red cherry color

S- Tons of cherry maybe and sweetness no hops what so ever

T- Fruit, sugar, taste like cough syrup

M- I cant get past the sweetness

O- Nasty. Now what am i supposed to do with the other bottle?

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:50:00 | More by GoldenChild
Photo of dkepner


4.93/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber/burgundy color with a small head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, cherry, and caramel. Taste includes oak, vanilla, cherry, and caramel as well. It is a sweet malty delight with noticeable alcohol but not as noticeable as the 11% would suggest. Very smooth with medium to heavy body and moderate carbonation. Enjoyed at cellar temperature - I really loved this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 15:46:29 | More by dkepner
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium auburn with a finger off white head that fades quickly leaving a few bubble and very spotty lacing.

Aroma of caramel, malt and oak.

Taste followed the nose with a very sweet sugary caramel, sweet bready malt, a very light oak and alcohol.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, syrupy and a strong alcohol warming.

Overall this ale topped the sweetness scale for my taste, it's good that this is a one time series.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:52:43 | More by dtivp
Photo of akorsak


3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:21:04 | More by akorsak
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 22:34:36 | More by brentk56
Photo of MasterSki


1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 15:34:25 | More by MasterSki
Photo of JTSbeerislife


2.1/5  rDev -35%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:38:47 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 12:57:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.68/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:02:46 | More by mothman
Photo of bigdaddyeric301


2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: not much of a head generated. It's pretty easy to see through this beer.
Smell: Carmel in the nose. A lot of oak, too.
Taste: Am I drinking oak syrup?
Mouthfeel: a nice thick, syrupy feel.
Overall: Too much oak. Too syruppy. It would be good in a shot glass but it's not fit for a pint glass.
I wouldn't do it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:50:56 | More by bigdaddyeric301
Photo of mikereaser


3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Southern Tier Oak Aged Cuvee 3

A - Pours a reddish auburn with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly faded to a layer of fine bubbles.
S - malty aroma up front with hints of oak and some cherries. it has a biscuit aroma as well.
T - very sweet all the way through, way too sweet for me, the oak is very prominent and adds a strange bitterness to it. Very caramel malty and just not enjoyable.
M - very syrupy mouthfeel, good carbonation, sort of reminds me of taking cough syrup as a kid. just not enjoyable.
D - I don't know if I will be able to finish the glass much less the bottle. A real disappointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 20:37:00 | More by mikereaser
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 18:26:08 | More by tigg924
Photo of codsmith


2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red with a nice thin layer of off-white foam

S: Has a sweet and malty biscuit aroma really comes off the top. There almost seems to be more of a flavor influence coming from the French oak, with the American oak covered up. It could benefit from some more of the vanilla flavor that is predominate in American oak. There is a VERY subtle citrus hop aroma

T: Very sweet throughout 95% of the beer, but finishes with an odd bitterness. There is an OVERABUNDANCE of caramel malt...it is really hard to get passed it.

M: Sits very heavy in the mouth, almost like a thin syrup. Carbonation levels are perfect for the this beer.

O: I was really expecting more from this due to the description on the box... but sadly there was just way too much caramel to even enjoy this beer. It did have good carbonation and appearance, but lacked everywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 03:47:35 | More by codsmith
Photo of Goatshaver


3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A transparent dark amber brown color, small head that disappeared quickly

S: Sweet fruity, smell of cherries and oak barrel smell.

T: Very cherry taste so sweet immediate, then the oak aged barrel tastes come through with a little hops at the end.

M: Sweet flavor with a medium feel and bite of alcohol

D: I like the sweetness of it with the oak finish, but maybe a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:01:01 | More by Goatshaver
Photo of Marty30


2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler poured into my Harpoon 100 barrel series glass at fridge temp.

A. Deep,clear ruby red body,very nice.poured pretty aggresively it gives a nice two finger fluffy head.Leave some spotty lacing through out the glass.

S. It smells very sweet,sugary raisons and figs.I get alot of the oak as well.It has kind of that belgian spicy smell in there to.

T. Wow very sweet,definately plums and raisons and the dark fruit thing going on here.I get a little of the oak,getting some of that spicyness.I don't know just to damn sweet.

M. Mouth is very thick and coats really nice.some carbonation but not much. Leaves a sweet after taste that lingers.

Overall like I said numerous times this beer is very sweet,way to sweet for my liking.I have a growler of this and I'm struggling to get this glass down.Kind of dissapointing.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 00:43:08 | More by Marty30
Photo of bbeane


3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a DFH laser etched chalice... starts with a decent off-white somewhat creamy head that leaves behind some spotted lacing. Beer is a dark crimson color, ruby when held up to the light

S- Smells malty sweet, spicey, with a hint of bready yeastyness

T- Interesting. Has a very sweet spicey start before a burnt toasty finish. Not really getting much from the oak though

M- Medium body with low carbonation

O- Definitely not up to par with the others of the series, but not bad. Biggest drawback was the lack of carbonation IMO...


Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:52:04 | More by bbeane
Photo of Beejay


3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:46:22 | More by Beejay
Photo of Reagan1984


3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foamy light tan head rises about 2 fingers above the Amber/Reddish beer. Good clarity and some lacing remain.

Very Malty with a whiff of oak. Some sweetness as well.

The malty focus continues. Much darker and sweeter in malt than I remember the first two versions. Oak combines with sweet caramel. Some coconut and other nut flavors.

Fairly thick body and almost a sense of sticky...

Clearly the runt of the litter of the three releases. Perhaps it took so long to release because they were hoping it would improve somehow. Glad I finished the series... But sorry to see it end on a low note.

Easily a beer to skip.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 11:11:04 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of argock


3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $11.99.

A: Amber-rose hue with 1-2 fingers of off-white frothy head with scattered lace formations.

S: Extraordinarily malty with almond, brown sugar, pecans, nougat, and vanilla notes with berryish alcohol. Hops have no presence. Very woody and vinous.

T: This borders on cloying but is unique with candied nut flavors, nougat, caramel syrup, and almond. Alcohol is very strong throughout and hops make no appearance.

M: The carbonation is low and the body is full. The alcohol is a bit too heavy to bump it up a notch.

O: A little too cloyingly sweet but it is awfully interesting with the nutty, candy flavors bringing a decadent sweet brew. I think some time in the cellar would help this brew mellow and smooth out to some extent.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 04:54:28 | More by argock
Photo of bort11


3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Grimbergen goblet, there is a 1/4" tan head. Good retention on the foam, but not much in the way of lacing. Body color is a dark, yet clear, ruby red hue.

Smell is a sharp oak wood resin with a sweet dried cherry. Small hints of vanilla. Through it all, the alcohol is very noticeable. The taste has more cherries in it than the smell. There is a candy sweetness that accentuates the vanilla notes from the oak. This is also a very warm beer from the alcohol. The wood flavoring wit the alcohol borders on overwhelming.

So over all, if you like oak-aged beers, I would give this a try. If you do like wood, I would go even further and age this for another year or two to mellow out the alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:52:47 | More by bort11
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:37:59 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a few ounces into a Williamsburg Alewerks sample glass.

A: A slight head that was almost non-existent, and a see-through maroon colored brew that was just waiting to be consumed!

S: A bit of oak, candy sugar, and malt. Supposedly there was some coconut in here, but I honestly couldn't detect any.

T: An oaked-aged sugar bomb for sure. After a few sips, the syrupy, sugary elements started to grate on me.

M: The sugar coated the mouth rather intensely and in a very unpleasant way. The carbonation was extremely low, which only added to my frustration.

O: I'm glad I got to try this, but I'm also glad that it's going to be retired within the next year or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:48:33 | More by Chaney
Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.