Cuvée De Grâce (2021)
Revolution Brewing

Cuvée De Grâce (2021)Cuvée De Grâce (2021)
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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #19
Ranked #1,917
4.37 | pDev: 3.89%
Apr 10, 2022
Apr 17, 2021
Cuvée De Grâce (2021)Cuvée De Grâce (2021)
Notes: The 2021 version of Cuvée de Grâce is a meticulously crafted blend of 36 oak barrels.

14 barrels of Straight Jacket 38.9%
11 barrels of Deth's Tar 30.5%
7 barrels of Ryeway to Heaven 19.4%
2 barrels of Thundertaker 5.6%
2 barrels of Ryeway to Heaven/Straight Jacket 5.6%

Standing before the multitudes of meticulously stacked barrels in our brewery Taproom may rightly give one a sense of order, of place, of purpose, of fastidious intentions being slowly and silently realized. It's said that nature, however, prefers chaos. Cuvee De Grace seeks to create a cohesive, balanced beer from some of the most disparate and unique barrels at our disposal. Never to be recreated, each blend is a celebration of our most cherished traditions as brewers.
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MacMalt from New Jersey

Received from @fbarber in the NBS BIF #14. Poured into a Revolution tumbler at 54° It pours a deep mahogany with a foamy, medium-mocha colored cap that dissipated quickly leaving minimal lacing. The fragrant smell includes rye, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, fig, raisin, oaky, earthy malt, and just a whiff of bourbon. The taste is rich and complex with dark chocolate, burnt toffee, raisin and other dark fruit notes, sweet, earthy malt, and a much stronger bourbon presence than on the nose. It's quite boozy and sweet. As it settles the chocolate and dark fruit become more pronounced. There is almost no bitterness. It's mouth feel is full and creamy with low to moderate carbonation and there's no escaping the 15% ABV. You can really feel the alcohol heat. It should be sipped slowly and not on an empty stomach. Overall, Cuvée de Grâce is a big, adventuresome blend. You have to buy in to the sweetness and alcohol burn but if you do, then you'll like it a lot.

Apr 10, 2022
4.26 by EdFed from Illinois on Mar 26, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by emerge077 from Illinois

Pours a dark mahogany brown, ample foam and spotty lace. Rich toffee aroma and flavor, dark chocolate, mild vanilla, very smooth creamy feel. ABV is felt but well hidden, no astringency or harshness. Really well blended. Rich and chewy, full bodied but not overly sweet or cloying. Thanks to Chris for sharing this one!

Jan 31, 2022
4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2022
4.25 by brn9000 from Illinois on Jan 14, 2022
4.59 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Dec 24, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured nearly black with cola colored highlights and topped with half inch taupe head. Very nice looking.
The aroma was very quad like, dark fruit, some spices and all wrapped up in malty goodness.
The taste began to follow the aroma which was good, then the boozy flavor of the barrel aging kicked in and everything shifted towards stout territory. Still featuring dark fruit but char and toast and biscuits and maybe molasses. The boozy accent was potent, but matched the 15% this thing brings. Quite good!
The feel was excellent, viscous enough to carry the ABV, but not chewy. Very drinkable.
OA, delicious beer, very glad I got to try it. Thanks to @ovaltine for sending it to me!

Nov 21, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 4/2/21; consumed on 11/17/21

Pours a jet-brown body with slight mahogany accents and topped with a finger and a half of creamy, dark beige foam; head recedes fairly quickly to ¾ of a finger of cap, a thinner, though creamy, collar, and sparse but firm webs/spots of lacing spread around the walls of the glass.

Aroma presents oak barrel and a moderate malt roast at the forefront, soon cut into by tannic, dark fruit undertones of fig and black currant, bakanced in turn by a subtle, honeyed sweetness; caramel and smoked toffee pronounce heavily over the middle while a dusting of bakers cocoa is embraced into bourbon vanillins on the close.

Taste opens to toasty Rolos, sweeter tones contrasted by smoked caramel and charry vanilla swirl in tandem over the mid-palate toward toffee, bourbon barrel, and a seemingly omnipresent milk chocolate on the back end; the finish shows lingering aspects of tootsie roll, caramel candies, and sherried raisin.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-full body, a rounded texture with minimal carbonation coming through; progressively slick/oily, with the boozy warmth in tandem over the mid-palate; a light char/grit appears through the back end, the warmth remaining steady as it fades through the encroaching dryness on the finish.

The barleywine profile shines through with a dark fruit sweetness, an undeniable influence apparent as the richer caramel and toffee tones developed through an increasingly decadent blend; the barrel backs softly, its own influence (and that of darker malts) strung along as balance to an effectively sweet strong ale.

Nov 18, 2021
4.43 by Furlinator from California on Oct 02, 2021
4.44 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Sep 23, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Black color. Khaki head. Can.

Lots going on here. Barleywine and stout. Kind of strong ale like.
Caramel, honey, toffee, molasses, fig, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Smooth, warming, complex. Full bodied.

Sep 18, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a dark cola brown with a light tan head that is a little creamy and sticks around for a while with a bit of lacing, which surprised me given the high ABV (15%). Absolutely gorgeous strong ale.

Given there’s 36 oak barrels utilized to brew this beer, it’s no surprise there’s a significant oak and booze component, but they are surprisingly not overwhelming, allowing molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and stone fruit aromas to shine as well. Wow.

The taste picks up those dark chocolate and vanilla flavors first, and there’s a bit of stone fruit which works well, but it’s the molasses that makes this beer, providing a rich, textured sweet flavor that leads perfectly to the slightly boozy finish. This is SOOOOOO delicious on my palate.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, fitting the gravitas of the beer. What a flavorful joyride this beer is. Extraordinarily well done by one of my favorite breweries.

Aug 15, 2021
4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 07, 2021
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on Jul 21, 2021
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jul 13, 2021
4.25 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 08, 2021
4.38 by loganburgh from Michigan on Jul 03, 2021
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 30, 2021
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4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

Cuvée de Grâce is a meticulously crafted blend of 36 oak barrels.

11 barrels of Deth's Tar, sweet component – Fudgy, ridiculously aromatic with vanilla and marshmallow notes, and quite nearly thicker than our love for Oatmeal Stout. Every bit of this component comes from rum barrels.
7 barrels of Ryeway to Heaven, dry component – This exceedingly dry Ryeway provides the delicate balance and intriguing spice to complement the sweeter elements in the blend. Six of these are from bourbon barrels, and one is a rum barrel.
14 barrels of Straight Jacket, sweet component – This isn’t quite V.S.O.J. Not enough time on it for that. Let’s call it V.S.O.Jr. The sweet toffee and caramel notes are everything you want from an English Barleywine and more. Eight of these barrels are bourbon, and six are rum.
2 barrels of Thundertaker – We kept a few barrels from the 2020 Deep Wood kickoff, and we’re glad we did. The harmony between Canadian rye and chocolatey stout notes give just the right accent.
2 barrels of Ryeway to Heaven/Straight Jacket blend – Mostly Ryeway topped off with a bit of Barleywine to fill volume. The perfect midpoint between our Ryeway and Straight Jacket components.

Jun 28, 2021
4.39 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jun 27, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Really like this cold. Warms up, not as much, get a kinda weird Dr Pepper taste that just wasn’t as standout

Jun 18, 2021
4.39 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2021
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

There are lots of rum barrel components to this blend. And the rum components in this blend are big & boozy. Will be a good beer to age so that it settles down a little bit. It will taste a lot better once the beer smooths out.

May 31, 2021
4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois on May 24, 2021
4.33 by dexterk1 from Illinois on May 19, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. So this is now the rev equivalent of the FW anniversary series? Count me in! Brownish black viscous pour with a light brown head that quickly fades. Aromas of caramel dipped dark fruits, rye, rich dark chocolate, various dark booze, tons of oak, brown sugar, and vanilla. Taste adds touch of smoke, lots of vanillins, decent black strap molasses, light licorice, and a kiss of nuttiness. Like the previous vintage, this one is a sipper, simultaneously feel sweeter and boozier while being plenty grounded. Loving this new annual tradition. The wife loved it

May 15, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

Lots of chocolate fudge at the start of this one. The oak and the vanilla flavor are pretty prevalent. As it warms some toffee and a touch of rum flavor become more distinctive. Awesome blend with so much good stuff in it.

May 10, 2021
4.25 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 02, 2021
4.29 by weavere15 from Illinois on Apr 20, 2021
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 4/2/21; drank 4/17/21 @ the Yarchives.

Dark brown/black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; strong lace.

Oak, cream, brown sugar, caramel & faint spice notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Cream, oak & caramel flavors up front; rum spice & booze heat notes on the finish.

Muted up front, with a boozy rum finish; it's good, but not great. Revolution is capable of a lot better.

Apr 18, 2021
4.46 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Apr 18, 2021
Cuvée De Grâce (2021) from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 31 ratings