Dionysus Cuvée
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,072
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,202
Avg:
4 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
36
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Wild Heaven Beer
 
Georgia, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Dionysus CuvéeDionysus Cuvée
Notes: Dionysus Cuvee is a barrel-aged wild ale based on our Eschaton quadrupel, blended with five additional unique barrel-aged wild ales. Oak and wine notes combine with a mild tartness and the underlying sweetness from the quad base to create a delicate yet big-flavored beer.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 36
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Huge beer. Poured brown. Richly weet but rather sour and influenced by barrel treatment. The nose has a strong aroma of woody, wild, port wine. The flavor was highly woody and sweet. Lots of acidic tartness actually dries this beer out a bit; with the help of the high alcohol. Still, this beer was huge on the palate. Unique and went well with a really nice steak.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL capped bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. 2015 vintage. I was once pejorativized as "the Dionysus of malt," so this is a rather special (bittersweet? badumpshh) moment for me.
3.5/4/4.75/4.5/5
A: Quite the hiss upon opening. A gentle, small pour results in a tower of head that grows from 2 fingers to 5 and likely would have poured out of a differently-constructed glass. The beer is an opaque, ruddy brown. Not ugly, but points of for obstreperous head.
S: The head smells like demerara sugar. I can't get much else through this ridiculousness. Ima gonna have to slurp some head. Okay. The actual beer still smells very sweet. With some strawberry.
T: The head tastes tart and metallic. Gross. The actual beer though is...riveting. My god, it's full of stars. By which I mean fruit. It's scintillating and tart and magnificent. There are dates, sure, and sugar, but above and beyond that sweet bog of a foundation is gorgeous, perfect fruit of the vine. Not necessarily the grape vine either, although there is a definite "viniferousness" about the flavor, but more blackberry or boysenberry than anything else. (Could I be being influenced by the shade of the label? I suppose it's possible.) It's maybe even better as it warms. not different, just...deeper? A broader soundstage of flavor?
M: Paradoxically hefty and light. The sugar content is unmistakeable, but the acidity of the fruit and the generous carbonation offer a perfect counterpoint.
O: I loved Midnight Sun Mudflats, which is a wine-aged quad, but this is executed even better. I may have a new favorite style. I don't see how you can improve on this. (Unless you hate sugar. Or berries. Then you might not like this.)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The craft beer drinker is a demanding and particular group of folks- "We want sour!", "Sours are too expensive!", "Sours aren't strong enough!" Well, the Wild Heaven brewers hear those voices and answer that bell with an abbey-inspired stronger, darker ale but with the funk and fauna of wild yeast and an assortment of microflora to check that list off one by one.

Dionysus Cuvee opens with a deep burgundy pour, sharing its alluring reds and browns with the eye. Billowing with mounting ecru sea foam, its scent is candied, sour and vinous- rife with dark and pitted fruit all soaked in robust red wine. Its malty-sweetened early palate lays on the taste of grandma's hard candy and the earthen succulence of prune and grape juice.

Chased back to a more supporting role, the premiere acidity of the ale overshadows the malts as the middle palate develops. Ripening with black cherry, prune, red grape, date and fig; the taste quickly turns over to lime, green apple and tart red wine. Hints of balsamic arises in Flemish fashion while the tethers of oak and tobacco round out the finish.

Medium-full on the palate, the brazen acidity buffers the residual malts and tempers its malty-rich effects on the palate. Peppery, sour and warming on the throat the ale trails with red wine and savory toasted malt.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had.
Color is ruby-brown. Smell is funk with rich sweetness.
Taste is crazy. Bready malts and spice with a hint of tart fruit. It's hard to describe how well this is balanced. Don't think of a sour, think of a uber-funked quad that's been aged to subdue the funk. So smooth, never had anything like this.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Very dark mahogany. Huge big bubble head on the pour. Some gripes about over carbonation. I hear by way of the local beer geek pal and store manager, the brewer insists this is intentional. Not a problem for me.
smell: Deep red wine and berry thing on top of the base quad. Some oaky compliments. Just a hint of tart which is nice imo, too much and it disrupts the whole thing.
taste: All the flavors of the nose but better. Well done.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Very akin to a Flanders, dark color on the pour and dark fruits on the nose and palette. The bottles of this I picked up were bombs though, due to overcarbonation, so that definitely reduced my opinion of this beer

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Photo of ern19
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Looks like a quad, who would've thunk it?

Lactic acid at the forefront on the nose, along with some raisin/pruneish dark fruit smells, add in the oak and it really smells like a glass of red wine.

The taste follows the nose, rich, smooth feel with the oaky tannins and lactic acid getting equal footing. Really love this beer, and didnt have the bottle bomb issues that others had thankfully.

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Photo of bonesTdog
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The flavor was really well described by some of the previous reviewers.
This is a really interesting brew with plums, prunes and tart fruit with some funk and oak with a sour, acidic finish. The color is straight out of a muddy river and I thought the carbonation was over the top which created a tall persistent head and a fizzy mouthfeel. This is talked about as a beer-vs-wine gender bender which I can definitely understand. The sweet, fruity bright flavors and complexity could easily interest an open minded cork dork.

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Photo of wcu80
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer several weeks ago and it was quite nice, however, I sent a bottle to a trading buddy in WI along with 6 or 8 other bombers and it didn't make it. This was AFTER I was warned that it was overcarbed and likely to explode in transit. So I taped the hell out of the top with electrical tape and bomb proofed the box. STILL blew the top of the way and made a colossal mess. I think the guys at Wild Heaven need to quit drinking before adding the priming sugar to the bottles or something.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber. Huge 3+ finger head. foggy orange/bronze autumn color. Smells strongly of oak and tart/sour fruit. Taste is the same, with the barrel aging showing up very well. I really enjoyed the tart funkiness of this beer. Should have bought more. Hopefully not too late.

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Photo of Nordbier
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber in an 18oz snifter. Had intended to age this bottle, but the cap started leaking on the way home from the store.

A - Deep, muddy brown. Light, two finger head. Unremarkable appearance.

S - Oak, red wine, funky tropical notes, booze. The tart acidity I expect from the flavor definitely comes through in the aroma. Delicious.

T - Flavor delivers on the aroma in a big way. Opens up with a slight Belgian sweetness, which is muffled by a pleasantly powerful sourness. Oak, red wine, Brett-funk, serious lacto, and a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, fairly acidic. Clean finish.

O - Excellent. I have always enjoyed WH's beers, but this is the first thing I've had from them that could really be considered great. Looking forward to other beers in this series.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 14.99. 2015 Edition, no bottling date but this was just released last week (7/15). Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours a murky, russet brown with over three full fingers of pale khaki head. A thick, frothy layer remains nearly throughout. By the end of the bottle a good bit of lace is left clinging to the glass.

Smells of red wine, funk, tart cherries, over ripe dark fruits, wood and some vague caramel sweetness.

A lot of strange and funky stuff happening in this former quad. Over ripe prunes, red wine, tart cherry, barrel funk, caramel, raisin bread, earth, faint vanilla and a little booze. More funky than sour but very interesting. Doesn't burn near as much as expected for the abv.

Medium full body with a soft yet full carbonation. Semi sour dark fruit, caramel and barrel funk in the finish.

Wild Heaven has created a crazy, interesting and truly wild variation of Eschaton with Dionysus Cuvée. The base quad is intermittently apparent but this is a totally different beer. This is the second release in their Last Wing series and so far they have been worth checking out.

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Photo of Zach136
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy red-brown, tan head, good lasting power and lacing for the style.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium light acidity, oak, red wine, assorted pit fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, some residual sweetness and light drying acid.

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Dionysus Cuvée from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 36 ratings