Cuvee Jeune | The Bruery

41 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnQVegas on 03-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little fizzy white head. Good retention. Color is a burnt golden orange.

Aroma: Light. Herbal and floral with wine flavors. Grape and grapefruit both shows. A little sourness and some tart. Oak and dry spice. Very muted.

Taste: Way more tart, but very dry. White grapes. Wine-like. Oaky and spiced. Very basic. Not much here.

Mouthfeel: Dry, sour, and tart. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with this one. It was light and drinkable, but it just didn't have a lot of flavor. I would however enjoy this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Blond color with a white head. Funky, leathery aroma with some yoghurt as well and a sharp tartness. Lightly tart flavor with moderate funk and overall dryness. Pretty straight-forward and not too far from traditional lambic. Not very sour at this point, but it is still pretty young. I could drink this for days; it has a perfect sweet-sour balance for my tastes.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this beer for quite some time and I got my shot this past weekend as The Bruery decided to put it back on tap!

A: Cuvee Jeune pours a hazy, light orange-yellow color with no real signs of head or lacing.

S: The nose is full of tart fruit, especially lemons, apples, and (of course) grapes. There is also a quite pronounced Brett (funk) aroma, but not overwhelming in any sense.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose in terms of the tart fruit component; with the grapes and citrus flavors being the most forward. The Brett funkiness is still there and provides a nice level of complexity. There is also a tannic component to this which is probably from a combination of the grapes and the barrels.

M: The tannins and high level of carbonation provide a very dry mouthfeel and finish. I personally enjoy this quite a bit. The body of the beer itself is on the lighter side.

D: The dry feel and intense flavors make this beer very enjoyable to drink. But, after awhile, the tannins start to take a bit of a toll on the palette and so I had to knock a few points off my ranking for that.

Overall: The beer is progressing wonderfully (and from looking at recent reviews, apparently has come quite a way in just a couple months). I hope to have this again (and again), as I find it to be very interesting and quite delicious.

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Photo of Overlord
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange-ish gold. Surprisingly translucent.

Smells interestingly fruity, with apricots, peaches?, and ... lemon. Not much funk in the nose.

Not much funk the flavor either, and the sour is melded nicely with the sweeter fruits. It has a very, very strange vinous character that is unlike the typical, sour/vinegar-y zing. I did some research and found it was aged in Chardonnay barrels. Maybe that was it.

Good, might be interesting to work through a growler or too to focus on the different fruit notes.

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Photo of jgap
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at stone- poured a straw yellow with an easy lace that fades away quickly. Smell is zesty lemon with lots of brett. Taste is citrus lemon peel with a hint of spice (coriander?) that fades to a nice sour brett and a hint of that oak. Yeasty and refreshing. Tastes like a barn-yard grass, hay, and some lactic acid in the finish. Good amount of carbonation. Wonderful dry afertaste. Great beer- I'd like to have it aged.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's for their Bitter and Sour Night. I enjoyed this one so much that I came back the following night to try it again.

The beer appears hazy yellowish orange with a small white head.

The aroma is of apricots, peaches, white grapes, and wood. Tannins and some musty Brettanomyces are noticeable, as well as a low level of tartness and some sweetness.

The flavor is of white grapes, as well as, peaches, lemons, and apricots. As the beer warms, the tartness becomes more evident, and makes the beer more enjoyable and complex. The Brett imparts low barnyard characteristics, but nothing too funky. Some tannic acid and a little vinegar are present, as well as wood notes. The beer is a little sweet but it's pretty subdued, having more of an affinity for tartness.

The beer is light bodied. Cuvee Jeune is a very well crafted sour from The Bruery, and one I wish they bottled.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CT for providing me with this sample.
NOTE: This review is based on the first (5/19) and second tasting (5/20) from a growler filled this past Saturday (5/16). Have yet to try this totally fresh.

A: Nice hazy, golden hues with a smallish head. Today it's rather flat, but the carbonation was lively when we first popped open this 2 liter jug yesterday.

S: Funky notes with oak, apple and citrus aromas.

T: Very refreshing, tart young lambic. The fact that Cuvee Jeune was aged in chardonnay barrels is apparent and in a good way (not much of a chard fan). Just a hint of wood in there.

M: The carbonation is just right for the style. A light to medium-bodied lambic. The smooth, dry finish is excellent.

D: Ranks high due to its tastiness and 6% abv. Had this with some pasta last night and both my wife and I were most impressed with its pairing potential.

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4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Cask @ the Blind Tiger 04-24-09

A- Poured into a mug, had a hazy glowing yellow/orange with lingering bubbles, no head
S- Sour, funky, yeasty notes, already smells like a winner
T- Sweet/sour at first then settles down, I think having this on cask is a good way to get someone into Wild Ales, and people who love the funk this one still has it
M- refreshing, smooth, and sour
D- Very easy drinking even though it was from a cask, it was great to drink on a hot day.
Glad to see the Bruery making its way through NYC, another excellent brew from them

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3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my man Richie for the shot to try this.
I will say this is my least fav Bruery beer thus far.
Poured a deep yellow with a small white head. Nose was sour, maybe an apple cider with some lemon rinds. Taste was like a cheap white wine, old apple juice and apple cider with some lemon peel. Mouthfeel was just off, not good, not pleasing. It was more sour than anything.

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Photo of treyrab
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the man, the myth, the legend Hophead22 for sending me this out here. This is my first Bruery beer, and a dandy it was. Split the growler last weekend with jac5084 and my girlfriend.

A: Poured a semi-hazy glowing yellow with a head as white as can be. Tons of fizzy carbonation flowing up the glass to retain the perfectly sized head. The beer laces slightly.

S: Wow. Tons of cheese funk, lemon rinds, lemon juice, white grapes, pepper spices and light fruits (orange mostly). Smells like one wild-ass beer.

T: Incredibly deep in flavor with a significant amount of funk qualities. Sour lemon rinds, cheese, nice horseblanket, dry chardonnay and oak. Extremely flavorful.

Overall, this beer is an incredible wild ale. Right up there with my favorites that are Isabelle and Beatification. Very flavorful, but very drinkable.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: no head to speak of, served in a handled mug, the beer is a hazy chestnut brown

s: pungent sour dominates a dry wheat malt body, a range of underripe fruits, tart green apple, pear, lemon, fresh and bright chardonnay, mild oak, cider vinegar

m: not sure this style translates perfectly to cask, as the delicate carbonation found in many examples of the style really make the mouthfeel for me, here the carbonation is nearly nonexistent, light-medium bodied

t: puckering apple vinegar sour upfront, full of green apple pulp and various light fruits, lemony citric acid and a refreshing white wine snap, any malt sweetness has been almost completely converted by the brett, leaving only delicate wheaty flavors in its wake

d: the refreshing sour makes for a refreshing drink, a totally complex and engrossing experience

mug at the Blind Tiger, NYC

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very generously shared by Shane(Beachbum). Thanks again man!
Pours a cloudy light yellow in color. Carbonated bubbles race up the glass and gather on top of the beer. No head to really speak of. Smell is tart.
Wow! What flavor this has. This is among the most sour, mouth puckering beer that I've had. And yes I'm looking at you Mr. Beatification. This is just an onslaught on the mouth. Very tart and very beautiful. Some lemon and citrus undertones with all the sour goodness.
Holy hell this is one mighty fine beer. Very glad I had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First things first... Big shout out of thanks to errantnight for running to the Bruery and snagging me a mighty growler of this a short time ago... I would have shared it sooner, but I've been helping my amazing wife recover from surgery and haven't had an opportunity to entertain. Thanks again for the trade, Derek!

Shared with pwoods, DrewOSU and newtonty tonight - reviewed on the fly. 64 oz brown growler reminiscent in style to Russian River's growlers.

Pours a semi-bright brass color with hints of orange. Slightly cloudy (reminiscent of how Cable Car looked, actually!). Light, creamy white head leaving a handsome, big bubbled foam halo around the edges of my over-sized Duvel tulip.

Very big nose o' funk here! At first, I got some moldy cheese, gym socks and vinegar, but as it rested in my glass, a sweet and sour twang of lemon popped up. This think smells like a (controlled) infection or funk infestation in a bottle - nice!

As expected, very light bodied and thin at times. Sour lemons, big foam, light citrus and some yeasty breadiness all in a crisp little package. It was actually a bit light in the flavor department in contrast to the nose.

Nice, but I wish the flavor was a tad bigger. Very nice example for it's style nonetheless and I am glad I finally had the opportunity to try a Bruery beer!

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Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shane(beachbum1975) for sharing this.

A: A pale golden yellow pour with good clarity. Decent head with a little bit of retention before dieing. Not much lacing.

S: Very funky and very stinky. Gym sock, moldy cheese, and a touch of cider vinager. Sourness is in a second role. A bit of lemon in the back.

T/M: Plenty of funk but not nearly as much as in the nose. Lots of sourness and barnyard funk. Still enough funk to say gym sock. Sharp cheese. Light tart fruits, green apples and lemon. Body is light with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry finish which is surpising that it's not higher.

D: Pretty drinkable especially for all the funk. 6% helps, too.

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Cuvee Jeune from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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