Cuvee Two | 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 Bierlerner on 05-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange body. Not much of a head. Chunky collar with big bubbles.

Smell - Same sweet fruity aroma as Cuvee One, but has a woody vanilla and whiskey aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Oak comes through before vanilla. Whiskey in the finish seems to hide any of the yeast characteristics and that unpleasant cardboard finish that Cuvee One had.

Mouthfeel - Nearly flat. Medium heavy.

Overall - Kinda tasty, if only because of the barrel.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here is one I forgot I had, enjoyed from a prairie teku.

a - brew opens without much fanfar and fairly silent. It pours fairly still as well but some minimal head forms on the surface and leaves sparse bubbling in its wake. Deep brown sienna orange. Opaque.

s - nose is sweet booziness over Belgian candy. Syrupy and rich.

t/m - the nose and look did not lie. Mathis is fairly thick and syrupy and under carbed. Mostly just sweet malty toffee on the flavor. Resembles a golden ale but run through the syrup mill. Big caramel candy dominates the flavor and the whiskey seems to add a minor element to the top if at all. The wood seems present as we'll if not the only aspect of the flavor to shine through.

o - overall seems like a once decent beer that was held too long. Drink me if you got me. The drink ability is good enough that I will prob finish the bottle but not something to seek out at this point. Fairly meh.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BeerRefugee
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color. Thin, fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is bourbon, oak, peach and vanilla. Flavor is similar with a little bit of candi sugar sweetness and heavy emphasis on the whiskey barrel flavor. Medium bodied and slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced beer (a little heavy on the oak IMO) but not something I would probably go back to load up on.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MasterSki
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from coldmeat23. Served in a snifter.

A - Minimal foam settles to nothing. Otherwise, looks like Cuvee One.

S - Smells quite similar to the base beer, but with a mild dose of whiskey that grows as the beer warms up. Not a ton of oak presence, but the whiskey cuts some of the sweetness which is nice.

T - The taste is again quite similar to the base beer, but this time oaky vanilla pervades and pushes overt whiskey to the periphery. Barrel is still fairly understated, and candi sugar and fruits dominate the palate.

M - Chewy medium-full body, lower carbonation, well-hidden booze. Again, a few more bubbles would keep this from being overly heavy.

D - Well it's a step up from the base beer it's still not great. I'm rarely convinced the whiskey barrel-aged Belgians are a great idea to begin with, and this does nothing to convince me otherwise.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of BierGartenok
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here we are with Redbud's 1st attempt at a Whiskey Barrel Aged Brew. Cuvee 2. This is a Belgian Style Pale Ale Aged in Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrels. The base beer was Cuvee one, which alone was a great beer that Redbud used to introduce us into the amazing line of Cuvee Beers. What I loved about this one was the complexity that was lacking in the Cuvee one.

Sampled from a nice 750ML, as soon as you crack off the hand capped top you can smell the whiskey. Little to no head or retention, Cuvee 2 has, at some points been called flat, this is FAR from the truth. The beer is very still, yes, but not flat. The taste is sweet and boozy. Lots of sweet malts come through the Whiskey notes. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Slightly oaky and inviting. Sweetness follows the whiskey down, slight hints of clove and pine, finish is smooth and lingers on the whiskey.

This is my 2nd Favorite in the Cuvee Line (So Far) and it is only getting better. We had a bottle that had aged for a year and it was phenomenal!! If you are lucky to find one, GRAB will not be disappointed! Cheers!

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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great surprise from ThirstyHerf

A- Poured into a laser etched Duvel tulip glass... the laser etching couldn't help this one in the head department. Not much to start, and what little was there was gone in a hurry. Beer is golden in color with no activity

S- Smells nice... honey, butterscotch, belgian sweetness, and a whole lot of whiskey goodness

T- Starts with typical belgian qualities, candied sugar and sweet malts, before being accompanied by cherry and whiskey heat

M- Light medium body, with little carbonation

O- Some ups and downs on this one. Not the greatest first impression as the appearance wasn't stellar, but the smell and taste were definitely worthwhile. I'd recommend people trying it, as I'd drink it again if given the chance

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Photo of Spider889
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by heyta at the Brick Store in July. I caught the end of the bottle once I arrived at the bottle share. Thanks for the sample Mark!

A - Cloudy and ruddy looking with a short lacy head. This is likely due to roused yeast at the end of the bottle, which I think is common for Redbud (was getting that in my bottle of Cuvee Three as well).

S - The aroma initially reminded me of Kentucky Monk (a very fine compliment). Fruity Belgian yeast mingles with sweet bourbon. Quite oaky with notion of golden raisin. Nice stuff.

T - Sweet bourbon is the first thing you notice. This gains in sweetness and oak, which makes me think of white rum as well. The flavor is light but spicy compliments of the yeast. There's some orange peel to be found as well, compliments of the hops maybe? The finish was bitter though, more than I'd like.

M - Sweet and smooth.

O - Very good brew here. Redbud is making some interesting stuff, for sure.

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Cuvee Two from Redbud Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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