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Cuvee De Bubba - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 03-08-2009

A custom blend of the beers of Bear Republic, Cuvee de Bubba is refermented in oak barrels using only the wild microflora and fauna native to the Alexander Valley. A bouquet of stone fruits with a complex flavor profile of malt, tobacco, and cherry pie sourness.

2012 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer-Wild Acidic Beer-SILVER
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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 107
Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass at the 4th Cellar Party at Bear Republic brewery. Bubba himself poured it. From notes. Reviewed 30 September 2012.

A: No head, light lacing, clear gold.

S: Sour Belgian-wild yeast. It reminds me of an Oud Bruin. Tart, fruity, vinegary, and engaging.

T: Puckery! Fruity. Reminiscent of Lost Abbey Red Poppy. Balsamic raspberries and bright lemon juice. The finish is Brett-funky.

M: Interesting and forceful! It has presence.

O: Great beer; very nice. Highly recommended. A delicious barrel-aged sour. (523 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port OB.
Beer pours a very murky dark golden color with a half finger of white head that lasts quite awhile. The nose is pretty tart with a cherry smell as well as some strong vinegar notes and some funkyness. On the taste this beer is pretty tart and really puts out the vinegar flavors with some cherry sweetness. Medium bodied with good carbonation and flavors that cling to the mouth. I found this one to be extremely enjoyable, never heard of it before having it and I was surprised to see it rated as low as it is. I'd love to have some more of this one. (576 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper with a small light white head.

S: Tart lemon, funky Belgian yeast and wheat in the nose.

T: Tart lemon again, maybe some orange, citrus rind, funky Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with medium smoothness.

O: Pretty good, not the best wild ale out there, but worth a try if you can find it (I'm assuming it's tap-only, brewery-only). (359 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/8/2011

On tap at URGE.

A: Dark orange with some transparency and a small white head.

S: Apricot is bright and it's accompanied by vinegar and a little acetone. There's some cherry and light oak notes. The nose has a sugary quality to it.

T: Tart up front with a light lactic sourness. Cherry blends with apricot, plum, and oak. There's a upper low acetic acidity and a little vinegar in the flavor. I get just a touch of acetone.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: This was well done. Recommended. (532 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/27/14 notes. Had on tap at Beer Authority in NYC after their BR event. 14 oz. pour in a stange type glass.

a - Pours a deep reddish color with one inch of off white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells sour dark fruits, vinegar, raspberries, sour cherries, oak, light funk, citrus, and earthy notes. Light floral hops. Awesome smell, smells very sour and lots of dark fruits.

t - Tastes of sweet and sour cherries and other dark fruits, citrus hops, oak, light vinegar, earthy notes, grapefruit, fruity malts. Taste is good but less sour than the nose; little bit sweeter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lightly acedic but not too much.

o - Overall a really nice wild ale from BR. Not the sourest taste is the world but that is fine, it smells great and tastes very good. Worth checking out. (824 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Surly Goat.

Clear golden amber colour with a small white head. Fair lacing and head retention.

Big oak and acid aroma. Tons of coconut and vanilla with a nice acid that works. Some grape notes.

As with the aroma this is a big combo of oak and sour. Fruity esters add interest and are a nice foil for the oak which dominates. Lots of coconut and grape. Acid is plentiful but balanced.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A really solid beer. Tasty and fun. It seems a touch high on the oak but I still like it. (545 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Neighborhood, 11/10/11.

A-Pour is a light hazy ruby, with no head or lacing.

S-Tart with light vinegar notes.

T-Puckery but not overdone, vinegar and sweet fruit.

M-Light bodied, low carbonation.

O-Very nice. Who knew Bear Republic made a sour? Not a great one, but pretty solid.

HV (298 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion. (626 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub – Healdsburg, CA
06/12/14 – From a 4oz taster

A: Dark golden amber with some auburn hues and a real pure clarity to it. A thin film of meek khaki froth forms over and is short-lived with only a few light etchings of lace left to the glass. As expected for a barrel aged wild ale with a surprising conditioned quality to it.

S: Smells very floral like lavender blossoms with a touch of dark soured fruits and some mild vinegar qualities. The nose has a big honey like sweetness that was a little unexpected. Not bad but a bit sweet and fruit forwardSeems like some nice local ingredients have been incorporated here

T: Mixed dark berries give a light to mild amount of tartness to the brew along with some apple cider vinegar and lemon. Flavors segue into a big floral honey like sweetness. This is so much like a mead in some ways. There is little to no perceived bitterness with some and the alcohol is kept really well hidden throughout. I get some some woodsy oak tannins and a dusty mineral character towards the finish. Detecting a miniscule amount of acetone there too but it is not enough to be reproachful. Interesting brew and fairly unique.

M: The mouth feel is medium to light and a bit watered down. There is mellow amount of tart pucker to it with a touch of drying at the finish. Clean retreat but lands mostly on the watery thin side.

D: This was an okay wild and nice to try but far from being a favorite. There is a lot of berry tartness and florals but not much funk at all with a massive amount of honey like sweetness. A lot of components to this one, some nicer than others, but just didn’t wow me in the end. (1,666 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap during Beachwood BBQ's sour fest. On to the beer:

A pale orange colored beer. Mild tartness hits the nose with a little rye spice. Faint strawberry. To taste, it is a spicy kind of sourness. It has a sharp feeling sourness, which is...um, different. As it ends, tobacco appears. An interesting ride, though it could be improved upon. (341 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a snifter at The Bistro, reviewed from notes. Beer pours a golden orange with a thin film of a off white collar. Minimal lacing that quickly slid right back into the glass. Not much carbonation visible, a bubble floating up every now and then.

Nose is heavy on brett funk, but it dominates too much. Very funky, wet horse blanket is appropriate for this. Beyond the funk, some very minor stone fruit and lemon with a little oak tannin, but then you get more brett funk to remind you it's there.

Taste is pretty one dimensional, lactic sourness, with some slight plum sweetness on the way down.

Light body with little to no carbonation. A case where maybe there was a little too much brett character in a beer. (734 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The beer pours a hazy golden amber color with a small white head.

S: The nose features a Mild vinegar note as well as a distinct Cheerios character. There is some wet oak and grass as well as the ever popular straw/hay. A little booze and a mild malt sweetness.

T: The flavor starts out with a slight sweetness followed by plenty of grass, green apple, and lemon zest. As with the aroma, some vinegar is present, as is the cereal sweetness and flavor of Cheerios.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: While not atrocious, this was not very good by any means. (599 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at Night of the Barrels 2009.

Pours moderately murky and red/brown with little head and no lacing or retention. Its about par for the course for sour beers.

Smell was fruity and funky at the same time. Some malt was present in the aroma as well. Anything with brett in it is going to be complex and this is no different.

Flavor is interesting and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Its sour and fruity but also bitter (which is distracting) and quite malty. Some red (crystal) malts present for sure. In my notes I added "Sour Barleywine" but if I had to guess if they weren't going for a sour barleywine then they were going for a flanders red. It is also quite dry.

Body is thin, which is to be expected but again the bitterness gets in the way. This could have done with a touch more CO2. Wouldn't drink much of this.

Its a good first try for a sour and I would like to see what they can do with the genre. Its just that this one was kind of a miss. (982 characters)

Photo of Cakanator
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasting notes from 5/09. On tap @ the truth. I had also had this one a NOTB 09 but have a better memory of it at the dove. Poured out a reddish brown minimal lacing and head. Interesting nose, maybe some sourness or smoke? Seemed unbalanced sharp sourness that didn't come together in the end. A good try but just didn't pan out for me. (336 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a hazy copperish amber with a small white head that disappears relatively quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma is some brett, a bit of oak, and a light peppery not. Pretty bland. Taste is some bretty funkiness, a bit of oak, and some light lemon. Finishes with a light tartness. Light, watery body. Low carbonation. A pretty bland, boring beer. Not really worth trying. (439 characters)

Cuvee De Bubba from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.