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Cuvee One | Redbud Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Redbud Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 02-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by chocosushi:
Photo of chocosushi
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried once awhile back towards the end
So glad I finally get to crack this one
after letting it rest for a few months.

750ml->Blanche de Chambly Glass

A ~ A Lot of character.
Deep-sunset color that's got the color of a Fuji apple with some yeast particles that look like fine grain pulp. Glad I chose this glass for it. Very nice. Darker than most Belgo-Strongs with pale legs. Damn.

S ~ Orange peels, nice bit of Belgian yeast, some cereal grain. Little wiff of vanilla & alcohol

T ~ Strong fresh Apple-juice & white grapes with some clove, and a very full Asian pear note that mellows along the way. A bit of hops & a nice round raw sugar flavor with a little honey-suckle tone around the middle of the beer. Some chili pepper heat on the throat that rounds out dry. Some proofed dough, more yeast and almost plum comes out upon the second pour as well as a leafy flavor I am attributing to hops. Did I say dry?

M ~ Fruit-forward with a sweet body and dry finish. Really light carbonation that suits the beer. Fruit has calmed down, and a spicier dormant flavor has come out. Seems more dry as well. Actually maintains dryness rather than fading out after warming a few degrees.

D ~ Good first (bottled) beer from Redbud. Seriously, props. Released in the winter, but perfect for the summer. I hope you guys still have a few from 5+ months ago, they've matured well. Really choice brew.

I'm letting Cuvee Two cellar for 2 months before I check it out.

Cheers & Happy sipping.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Small white head with a thin collar.

Smell - Fruity. Smells sweet, but a light caramel sweetness. Mildly yeasty.

Taste - Sweet. Caramel sweetness. Belgian yeast kicks in and tempers the sweetness with some fruitiness. Cardboard bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium heavy. Unpleasant finish.

Overall - It was ok until the finish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the biergarten in Jenks:

Pours an effervescent apricot/caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Orchard fruit in abundance, burnt candi-sugar, peaches, green apple peels & honey, almost pulled a 4.5

T: Persimmons, pears, white grapes, candi-sugar, a touch of brown sugar & dryness up front, some lemons & grassyness there as well. Ghost booze, pears, lemony hops & appple peels as this warms & along with some honey, along with a slight sourwood flavor, plus pineapple. Finishes dry, some honey sweetness, fruitty with a mix of somewhat boozey pineapple & pears, almost pulled the 4.5

MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation & dryness. Pretty warming, thickens up over time. Some of the ABV seets itslef, but in fairly subtle manner

Drinks easy, probably will become a totally different/more interesting beer in another year with proper cellaring.., No slouch now. Contract brewed through Huebert, good to see good beer flow from that joint

A nice first taste from the Sooner State's newest brewery, me likeee!

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Photo of Beertracker
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the label: Cuvee One is the first in Redbud's Cuvee Line, A series of beers brewed with unique ingredients, each aged in a unique way, and blended to perfection. Cuvee One is Loaded with Belgian Malts and Candi Sugar, then fermented with a classic Belgian Yeast. Enjoy this beer year-round, or tuck it away to see how things improve. Cheers! Redbud Brewing Co.

Redbud's Cuvee One pours up with an enthusiastic effervescent that creates a mirage of various sized bubbles forming a creamy white head that briefly sits atop the slightly hazy, deep sunset orange-gamboge colored body. The head retention suffers a bit from the higher alcohol & the clarity should improve with more conditioning. The aromatic bouquet shows a moderate spiciness (annatto, capers, green peppercorn) from the chosen yeast along with a light tropical fruitiness reminiscent of dried mango, guava, ripe plantains that become more prominent as this one warms in hand. Maybe just a touch of orange-creme/vanilla in the end? There's a notable honey-like (Orange Blossom), sugary (Demerara) sweetness along with a supportive aromatic graininess with a touch of yeasty breadiness that lingers before the higher alcohol(s) sneak-up and dominate the rest of the nose. The flavor starts-off rather cloying showing a generous maltiness (aromatic/pale/pils/candi sugar) with a touch of toastiness before the underlying spiciness and the Noble-type hop bitterness catches up to lend some balance to this strong, fruity, sugarfed Belgian monster. The finish is rich, spicy & quite warming. This medium-medium full bodied Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale drinks more like a tripel, as it needs a less body & more effervescent for a Golden Ale, but regardless of lineage... it makes up marks for its big, stealthy personality. This One is a bit immature in the bottle, but the aging potential is ginormous! If you're a Belgie fan, then go buy all the bottles your budget will allow, drink one now, then lay the rest down until something nourishing & strong is needed. Cuvee One may be the first bottled release from this upstart new brewery, but if it's any indication of the great things to come then Oklahoma is in for a real good beer experience!

À votre Santé! Beertracker

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kylejohnson03
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvee One pours a hazy golden-orange, with a fluffy tan head which recedes into a thin collar. Smells of sweet candi sugar, honey, and banana. Starts off dry, with lemon, pear, and a touch of sourness. A little bit of heat give Cuvee One a peppery finish. Medium bodied, could use a little more carbonation but I knew this bottle would be a little bit young still. I have been looking forward to Chase's return to brewing in Oklahoma, and he didn't disappoint with this initial offering. If you have a chance to pick up a bottle or trade for one, I highly recommend it. This beer will be limited, as only 1056 750ml bottles were produced.


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Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of csiewert
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrives in a wine type bottle with a homemade sticker and plain cap that really brings across the nature of the beer... Homebrew. This is a proper small local brewery beer. It pours a hazy orange color with a little trace of thick white head. The aroma has hints of bubblegum and banana. The taste starts with that banana flavor typical of Belgian blondes and then finishes sweet with a hint of alcohol at the end. The alcohol taste is not nearly as bad as some with the same ABV. The mouthfeel is very smooth and finishes clean. I would buy a bottle and let it sit for a while and it will be so much better.

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Photo of Spider889
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BlueOkie felt that I needed to round out my Redbud Cuvee experience with #1 and #4 when we met at the last Jackie O's release. All I can say is that this is the kind of generosity that is uncalled for but is also so great about the beer community. Thanks Scot!

Poured into an Ovila chalice. This one is cloudy, a ruddy orange color with darker hues of umber. It was pretty tough to get any head off of Cuvee One, though some persistent bubbles akin to tapioca pearls topped some of the brew throughout the majority of the first glass.

The aroma is really nice. There's a very straightforward and typical Belgian yeast profile, but also underlying this is a fun and inviting flavor profile more unique to this beer. The Belgian aspect is faintly peppery and shows off estery notes of banana and cardamom. Cuvee one shines when you start to detect resplendent aromas of tangerine and apricot. There's even the notion of white grape juice on the back end. I would call the aroma quite soft though, and nicely balanced.

Cuvee One tastes more classic in a Belgian Golden Ale sense than the nose would suggest. Clove and peppercorn flavors rule here. Fairly sweet, the candi sugar is in evidence. It would have been interesting to try this fresh, but I am imagining that this bottle is better off for the minimal age it has gained.

Chewy mouthfeel surprisingly; sweet, and with a smooth finish. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall not my favorite in the Cuvee Series, but this is still a very enjoyable beer. Redbud seems to be producing the best beer in Oklahoma at the moment.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweetish Belgian-style golden ale with a strong estery fruit character, spicy balance, and long warming finish. Succulent and full for lovers of mead-like mulled beverages.

Cuvee One pours with a deep golden, light amber color with a dense and diffused honeyish glow due to the mild yeasty haze. Low head character to start, but a firm swirl of the glass brings about a creamy white and dense head that falls under its own weight.

Honey, candied cherries, and spicy peppers and alcohol fill the olfactories with a background note of sugar cookies, yeast, apples, oranges, and pears. Low on hops, only a slight herbal tone gives the most modest glimpse into any bitter rebuttal to come.

Malty sweetness further reinforce the notion of honey. Combined with a few floral and estery tones, the beer begins to taste like meads. White pepper, curraco, clove, cinnamon, and alcohol lather into a mulled spice taste for balance and intrigue. Red and green apples, cherries, tart berries, pears, and oranges all share the stage while reinforcing malt sweetness. With low hop bitterness, the beer's sweet taste has full command.

Rich and full bodied, the beer's sweetness throughout reaches near-cloying proportions. But the alcohol helps to thin the beer while the peppery spice helps with the balance not provided for by hops. Finishing with a warm and linger sweetness, the beer leaves a lot of residual sugars on the mouth.

Cuvee One is a nice and enjoyable beer, especially for those of us who don't mind a sweeter Belgian-style ale from time to time. But the lack of depth, complexity, and layers causes me to focus too much on the sheer sweetness of the malts.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy pale orangish yellow.

S. Blind, I thought this might be a saison. Some spice, light fruits (pear

T. Tastes like a Belgian. Spice, fruity sweetness.

M. Medium body with a fairly low carbonation.

D. Good. Comes across as nicely Belgian.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of stephens101
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden orange with an ephemeral off-white head that leaves behind a few bubbles and miniscule dots of lace.

Fruity (pears, oranges, apples) and malty aroma with some clove and butterscotch mixed in. To the tongue you get taffy, more light fruits and butterscotch candy, sweet malts, a dab of grain, some burnt sugar, and even a nice bit of pine at the end to keep the sweetness in check.

Creamy middle but becomes drier at the end with a semi-chalky lining that does little to detract. Medium to heavy mouth-feel, a little syrupy, and with a faint alcohol heat throughout.

Another well-crafted brew that makes me proud of the Oklahoma craft beer scene, and I'm stoked that Chase introduced a bigger, bolder beer for his first outing. I can't imagine the effort and knowledge it takes to make a beer like this, but I'm not going to spend a lot of time thinking about that, and just enjoy sipping this beautiful afternoon away. Kudos.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Eric for this one

Pours a nice hazy orange. a tiny bit of white head that dissipates quickly. Smells great. Lots of light fruits and floral touches. Taste is sweet and very complex. The floral profile on the nose is expressed on the tongue. Lots of light fruits on the tongue. Overall very nice but I wish it were a tad more carbonated

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Photo of bump8628
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a tulip a clouded gold-orange with a white cap of big-bubbled foam that falls quickly back into the beer.

Overly ripe pear and banana mix with clove, peppery spice, and faint tropical fruit note. Some rough fusels stand out too. Sweet, honeyed malt and an overtone of grassiness helps soften the yeast somewhat.

This one is a little rough around the edges for me be to go back to after I finish off this bottle, but it's a nice start to a series that I'm looking forward to watching evolve.

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Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to see that BierGarten in Jenks, OK had this 750mL offering from Redbud. Thanks for pointing it out, Freddy!

Cuvee One poured a honey golden orange into a New Belgium globe. Topped off by two fingers of off white bubbles of varied size which calms to a thin cap in a couple of minutes. Not much lacing to speak of except for a few small spotty areas closer to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas are nicely Belgianesque: sweet fruity esters (green apple, pear, peach, orange), banana, bubble gum, lingering sweet malts, slight grassiness, and alcohol premonition. Very similar to authentic Belgian golden ales I've experienced.

Flavors mirror the aromas: slightly sour fruitiness of green apple, pear, peach, and oranges. This is followed by banana/bubble gum and some bittering hops make a flash guest appearance. Sweet doughy malt smiles as it passes on by after some spicey pepper notes tingle the tongue. I'll have to say the alcohol presence bugs me a bit. It resides in the backround from start to early finish and then rears it's head whole-heartedly at the end - a bit sharp. I would think that age would mellow this out a bit. Still good.

Feel is moderate with a dry finish. Carbonation is about what I'd expect from a Belgian golden ale - fairly effervescent, slightly prickly at first, but calms down smoothly after open for a while. As drinkable as any other offering of its style.

Overall I would say this represents the style well, but the best of Cuvee One may come by way of the cellar after a few months up to a year.

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Photo of KOrtega
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a deep golden orange. Limited head with some lacing.

S-Mellow banana aroma with some sharp alcohol notes.

T-Sweet malt is the primary flavor. There's a hint of sugar just before the finish. There's a sticky bitter finish which lasts.

M-Very sticky on the mouth. There's a bit of a bit on the front of the tongue as you drink.

O-Mellow aroma but a big malt body leads to a sticky and salivating mouth. Fairly drinkable. Drinking a bottle which aged for about 15 months, very similar to when first released.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750ml bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours a hazy colour of apricot with a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing looks to be top notch.

Lovely aroma. Candi sugar, yeast, spiced with white pepper, a bit of mustiness, light note of some hop bitterness. Wow. The nose promises a heck of a lot.

The taste, well, it delivers. Spicy, loads of candi sugar and yeasty, very fruity(orange peel, light pitted fruits), some citric bitterness. This tastes SO Belgian like that it’s scary…in a good way.

On the light side of medium bodied generally though it does get a bit syrupy at times, the carbonation is lively and brings a nice mouth feel to this damn drinkable Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Man, this is a sleeper if I’ve tasted one and very authentic for the style. Big thumbs up from yours truly.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from coldmeat23. Served in a snifter. Bottle aged roughly 2 years.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Hazy peach body.

S - Smells a bit aged, with sweet, fruity notes, a touch of phenolic yeast, and a hefty dose of sweet candi sugar. There's a slight muskiness to this, but I think it's the yeast and not any sign of nascent infection. The Belgian yeast isn't the most expressive, and this is very sweet as a result.

T - The taste is better, with more phenols, grain, and bread to help offset the near-cloying sweetness level. Lots of sweet fruits, with an emphasis bit of pear and white grape, as well as some candi sugar and light honey notes.

M - Medium-full body supports the higher ABV, and there's nary a trace of the 9%. Lower carbonation, and quite chewy. Could use more spritz, but not bad otherwise.

D - Not terrible, but largely mediocre. There aren't any off flavors, but this is exactly what I don't want from a Belgian Strong. Age seems to have mellowed whatever spiciness the yeast imparted, but I didn't feel 2 years should be unreasonable for this style and ABV.

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