Cuvee Jeune | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnQVegas on 03-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 -3.1%
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 +1.4%
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 +5.2%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of bonbini26
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
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 +9.4%
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 +1.6%
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 +6.4%
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 -10.6%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of DrewOSU
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this with me.

A: Pours a clear, washed out yellow, with a tiny bit of bright white head. Lacing is minimal to none, falling down the glass on the initial pour.

S: HUGE NOSE! Full barnyard effect. Smells like wet hay, wrapped in a horse blanket. A little overwhelming for my unsophisticated pallet. Makes me a little intimidated to try it.

M/T: Light mouth feel, lots of carbonation biting on the tongue. Huge lemon and tart on the tongue. Feels like I am drinking two different beers from the nose. Tastes nothing like it smells. Dry, clean and tart. Goes down easy. Tastes fresh, bold and biting.

D: Easy drinking if you can get past the nose. Very nice.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Devoured this tasty beverage at the Bruery with Aimstatus; poured into a tulip glass.

A: Not too much head...which I come to expect with this style, along with a nice and crisp looking burnt orange/honey hue. Carbonation was clearly visible as well.

S: An immediate funky/tart/sourness was picked up in the aroma with slight hints of green grapes and/or grapefruit.

T: Not necessarily a pucker...but the initial sip made my tongue sort of cramped up...I know that sounds weird, but that's how it was. LOL. Anyways, once my palate got adjusted to this AWA, the tart quality seemed to balance out with the citrus fruits.

M: Medium to light body beer (which was perfect considering it was 2 pm and sunny in Southern California) with perfect carbonation. The feel may have been a little soapy, but it may have also helped the tart flavor calm down a bit.

D: An absolute delight! What I expected when ordering this beverage and the 6% ABV makes it real easy to drink.

Overall: Probably my favorite "Bruery" beer to date and a must try by all BA's. Cheers!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery tasting room on 3/21/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin wispy brite-white head. Retention is good, firing up nicely around the edges, leaving back some decent looking foamy lacing. Probably about as good of a look as your going to get out of a barrel-aged Lambic. The aroma is quite deep smelling, with a robust combo of oak and funk. Tart and fruity citrus notes (I'm assuming from the chardonnay character) and a more lighter tone of acetic acid rounds out the profile.

The fruit flavors come out even more in the taste, with spice and tart flavors of lemons, oranges, and grapes all standing out. This quickly blends in some funky lactic sour character and oaky notes. Like a good Lambic does, this evens out nicely as it warms, with the lactic and acetic aspects of this becoming less sour and more tart as I work through the glass. Finishes with lingering tartness and a light dryness from the chardonnay. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower carbonation to it and a slippery and almost vinous feel in the mouth. This feels pretty spot on.

Very nice. The thicker body and sourness were a little tough to get through at first but then this opened up nicely as it warmed. I really like what the chardonnay aspects of this brought to the table, adding some fruity flavors and dryness to the profile. I love what they are doing at this place!

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Photo of gregc
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Rattle and Hum

Pour is a hazy yellow with no head.

Aroma is nice, it still smells young for a wild ale, but i got a nice amount of brett funkiness, sour lemons and wet grass. Taste was nice it was a bit more sour then expected. Nice brett undertones, with some sour lemon flavors and a bit of hops. A little too acidic to drink more then one, but a nice beer. Could be really great with a bit more time in the barrels.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on March 28th thanks to Patrick for sharing this gem from his Bruery!

Pineapple golden color with a thin ring.

Tropical fruits explode on the nose, funky brett well integrated all around. Pineapple, apples, bitter and sour oranges. Wonderful.

Tart upfront with tropical fruits and a slight toast and caramel finish. Grapes in the middle and finish, slightly sparkly wine type of flavor. Hints of crackers in the finish. Medium carbonation. Very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of rallison
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Patrick.

This is basically a young lambic - awesome to be able to taste a sub-style that is virtually impossible to find in the US.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a minimal white head.

Smells funky, cheesy, and slightly sulfuric. Lightly floral.

Taste is nice. Not overly complex, but a pleasant sour character against a backdrop of a soft wheat body with a floral quality and touches of citrus and tropical fruits. I take back my "not overly complex" statement - there is definitely complexity and, possibly more importantly, excellent balance in this beer.

Carbonation is medium to low - perfect for this beer, meshing nicely with the soft wheat character in the body. Finishes soft with a slightly dry character.

Extremely easy to drink. If you are hoping for a "strip the enamel off of your teeth" sort of lambic, skip this and pick up some Fou Fonne or something along those lines. If you want a well done, way too easy to drink, young lambic, try this.

Edit: A couple glasses worth and I am really digging this beer. Rating bumped up a bit.

Edit: Another glass had at the Bruery, and the rotten egg/sulfur smell is much more noticeable than before (may just be my palate was fresher). Anyway, smell rating lowered as this is a flaw.

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Hazy orange copper color; poured with absolutely no head. No visible carbonation

S - Sour aromas up front, bit of a white grape tartness. Touch of funkiness in the aroma, but not dominant

T - Sour taste mirrors aroma, nice mellow bit of the wildness comes in. Tart, but not that snappy. Damn solid

M - Lighter MF, dryish, next to no carbonation (cask). Even though it's on cask, a touch of carbonation would notch this brew up for me

D - Really drinkable, as it's not overwhelming in the sour and funk levels. Refreshing and interesting to keep me coming back with thoughts.

Overall, really nice take on the style and very much aligned with what I would expect. Recommended...classy brew.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, matte, light orange color with brown accents and no head, obviously. The smell is super funky; lots of leather, barn, and sourness. The taste begins sweet and moves into a moderate sourness with some oak, watered-down honey, and of course funk (best way to describe it). Great mouthfeel because of the cask. Freakin awesome beer...I feel super lucky to have been able to try it on cask in NYC.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drseamus for the growler tugs.

A: Hazy brown color with minimal white head.

S: A nice bit of tartness in the nose. A nice touch of malt as well. Bisquit malt. Probably from the cask that the growler was filled from. A little bit of sweetness. Spoiled apples.

T: Nice and sour. Tartness is there as well. A nice balance. Not nearly as sour as it was when I had it on tap.

M: Light on the tongue. Super low carbonation but that is to be expected. On tap it had a nice prickly carbonation.

D: Super drinkable. All day long really. A very nice wild ale. Nice to be able to try this on cask as it was really different than the version I had on tap.

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Photo of TaddyPorter
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was one of the decisive factors in making the Bruery my new fetish brewery. Is there such a thing as too sour? This beer is going to answer that question for you. I was extremely fortunate and got to enjoy a pint of this from the cask at Rattle 'N' Hum, along with two other Bruery offerings and some tasty Left Hand treats, all leftovers from events at the bar. The Bruery's beers blew me away, and this one was by far the most memorable drink of the evening. Do I want to drink one every night? Probably not. Am I extremely thankful for beers like this, which push my horizons to expand? Hell yes.

Appearance: Canary yellow and almost glowing from within; something special was in this pint, laying still beneath a thin layer of cask-conditioned suds.

Smell: Oh you can tell this is going to be a sour, yeasty beasty. There is nothing else to say about it. Time to dive in.

Taste: Whoa! First thought: Sweet Tarts. Candy-like sour/sweet combination that is a bit overwhelming at first. Letting it stick around the palate for a minute, it lightens up and reveals a funky and fruity Belgian depth beneath its surly sour power. Then I start thinking about Sour Patch Kids, and I think that's most definitely a parallel for this unique powerhouse.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warm, fresh from the cask. The wifey gave it the unfortunate descriptor of piss-like (she couldn't shake the warm feel combined with the sourness), but I was more charitable and considered it a perfectly smooth creation.

Drinkability: Really hard to say on this one. I made it through the pint, but it was definitely more of a horizon-expander for me than a go-to drink. Perhaps the greatest thing about it is that tasting something at this extreme of sourness attunes the palate to taste that flavor profile in its lighter incarnations in other beers, and for that I am eternally indebted to this wild ride of a brew.


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Photo of Halcyondays
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery and a 2L growler,

A: Pours a cloudy murky yellow, with a soft, white acidic head.

S: Complex notes from lactic fermentation, lemon, white wine, Brett, barnyard.

T: Sweet lemon juice, white grapefruit, white wine, oak, and lactic acid mix together to make a truly delicious taste experience. Kind of hard to describe, reminds me of a slightly sweeter version of Beatification.

M: Tart, sour, but not overly pukering or too light. Perfect to style.

D: My favourite release from The Bruery so far that is not super limited. A must try, I'm glad a brewery so close is making sours this good.

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