Dionysus Cuvée | Wild Heaven Beer

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Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Zach136 on 07-17-2015

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Gerasimos
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of T_Hass
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suckaj
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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 richj1970
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.
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 3-Ball
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +22.5%
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 GTJayG
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlawrence
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fordknox
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Would probably have been a fairly enjoyable brew if it wasn't one of the most carbonated bombs I've ever opened.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Domvan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 StevenNebulous
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chiefbender
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
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 sendbeer
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ern19
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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 -6.6%
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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Dionysus Cuvée from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 35 ratings