Cuvee Two | Redbud Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by eclaycamp:
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4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this on a recent trip to Tulsa. I don’t know a lot about it, though a cursory glance at the label shows that this is a Belgian Pale Ale aged in Whiskey barrels. Hmm. Interesting.

The beer pours a cloudy orange to amber, darker than I would expect for something billing itself as a “pale ale.” Very little head on this one, despite me pouring from about a foot away from the glass. It’s nice to look at, with a moderate amount of bubbles ringing the beer.

Aroma is different, as there’s a sweet Belgian yeast characteristic followed by the heat from the whiskey barrel. I get a bit of an apple pie characteristic, or at least the pie like my mom used to make – without the cinnamon. Not a lot of oak, but there’s also a welcome vanilla note that is hidden somewhere in the background.

Taste is quite nice. Okay, that’s not quite fair. Taste is pretty damn amazing. This is like a liquid apple pie. Layers of sweet and light fruit are followed by wonderful sweet caramel malt flavor. The whiskey and oak serve to enhance the whole sensory experience, adding to the perception that this isn’t a beer but a dessert in a glass. I often don’t like whiskey or alcohol tones in my beer, but in this case it works. It almost feels like I’m drinking a liquid whiskey bread pudding. The whiskey is muted and underscored, which helps in turn to elevate the entire experience. This is a very well constructed beer from start to finish.

The mouth feel is slightly syrupy, with only a small amount of carbonation. This leads to a somewhat cloying character on the palate. I suspect that this is one of those beers that you can’t drink a lot of. Taken as a single glass, it’s quite wonderful, with this delicious apple-whiskey-vanilla-dessert thing going on. However, I’m afraid that this is one of those one-and-done type beers, meaning that it’s not one I think you could drink a lot of. Still, as a one-and-done, it’s quite fantastic, and easily the best thing I’ve tasted from Oklahoma.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark – much obliged!

Pours a hazy honey-golden color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts with large amounts of vanilla, oak, and spicy whiskey. Also present are honey-drenched pears and hints of raisins.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Solidly sweet medium malts up front are joined quickly by boozy pears with hints of oak. Midway through the barrel influence really takes over, with large amounts of vanilla and whiskey that carry through to a moderately sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I found this beer to be too far on the sweet side to be enjoyable. The barrel influence was nice but the heaviness of the malts was overpowering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
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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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with zero hints of carbonation, pours a semi-hazed apricot with minimal head retention. No lacing or head retention, nice viscosity to this

S: Tartness/sourness & Bourbon notes

T: Oaky & Bourbon notes, pears & passion fruit notes up front. Honey notes, mix with boozey, Bourbon warmth, lemony hops & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, warming & with nice vanilla & pineapple notes, damn near pulled a 5.0

MF: Fairly chewy & with minimal carbonation, fairly warming& slick. Slight carbonation isn't hurting this at all

I love the barrel aging on this one. Will pick up many bottles if I find it again. Not pefect, but easily one of the best beers of this hybrid style/genere I've ever tried!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of crusian
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle thanks to Ericandersnavy, thanks man!

Pours with a Damnit from me as it appears to be flat as hell when I pour the dark mustard colored liquid. VERY large bubbles form as the pour agitates the liquid in the glass. Then, as if a mirical is happening in front of my eyes, a small ring of tiny bubbles form arounf the ring of the glass and continues across the diameter of the glass.

Smell was incredible, then i got a whiff of urine... so I smelled again and again. Vanilla from the barrels is very nice, whiskey is there as well, and the urine odor appears to cling to the whiskey. Booze finishes off the nose, but it is not overly present. I cant get past that urine smell... Very good otherwise.

Taste is not what i was expecting at all. i was actually expecting a sour/tartness... though now that I reflect back on the nose, not sure why i was thinking that. I guess it is the history of the word "cuvee" I have had. though Cuvee means blend of wine... or vat more or less. It has a nice light whiskey flavor to it. Loads of vanilla from the oak, very crisp, clean taste. There really isnt much more than that. It is a light whiskey/vanilla flavored beer. The label says Belgian Golden style... and it is very nice. I could not drink a lot of this, but it is a great light dessert beer.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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Photo of chocosushi
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long awaited.
I know there wasn't much
yeast in the bottle as the C1,
But I cellared it for 2 months anyway.

750ml->Blanche de Chambly Flute

A ~ Similar color to Cuvee One with more an
Amber Hue & (surprisingly) Crystal Clarity. This was a shocker!
Little to no carbonation/head. Small bubbles.

S ~ Raisin Bread, Banana Bread, Sweet Oak,
& a splash of cherries & molasses. Touch of clove.

T ~ Wow! Bourbon-soaked breads (Raisin, Banana, Wheat) follow heavily with rich caramel & vanilla bean notes filling the body. The pale-fleshed & pitted fruit flavors of C1 have ripened quite a bit. Spices include clove, black pepper, cinnamon, almond & of course vanilla. The sliced apple & pear are present of the previous Cuvee are mellow & in the background. Lovely character reminiscent of Fresh-baked Malasadas is present upon warming. . . Brought back great memories.

M ~ Pretty incredible how Redbud achieved to transform the dry palette of Cuvee One into a Sweet, but not-sticky mouthfeel. ABV is of medium detectability...This Cuvee is a nightcap sipper by all means. Honestly though, I longed for a bit more of the yeast character of C1.

D ~ Very delectable brew with barrel-aged flavors coming through nicely. Redbud has yet to disappoint. What was strived for was achieved elegantly. Would be excellent for Winter Nights.


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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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Gushue3
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThirstyHerf for this bottle

A- Not much of a head really with some off white bubbles left around the edges. pretty much no lacing. Hazy orange copper body in my snifter.

S- Light sweet fruits are dominant like green apple/cider, bready yeast and a nice alcohol whiskey scent that definitely isn't overkill.

T- Alot like the nose where the apple is present along with spicier Belgian yeast and apricots. The whiskey is present toward the middle and end that blends very well with everything else. Light sweetness lingers. Nicely balanced.

M- medium light mouthfeel that that has a nice very small amount of carbonation that's almost flat.

O- Nice beer thats well balanced. Some bolder flavors could have made this offering a little better but no problems with how it is.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been letting this one set for a few weeks hoping for some carbonation buildup since early reports had this one suffering from the same malady as the Cuvee 1. I really wish Chase the best, as I've been following him for a long time, and I know there's a lot of talent there, so let's see how this one pans out.

Hard pour straight down the middle and no froth. Here we go again? Surely not. Slightly hazy reddish orange in color. A few bubbles hang lonely on the side.

Aroma is a different story with bold sweet bready notes, cinnamon bread, and complex fruits such as apple, orange and pear abound. Subtle phenols are noticed before certain, near-striking fusel alcohol wafts up and through the bouquet.

More flavorful big fresh- baked sweet bread and more complex fruitiness abound. Some noticeable oakiness and a little chalkiness move through the middle. Some notes of bubblegum and taffy work themselves into the mix as the beer warms.

A bit hot at the end and becomes a little sweeter than I generally like as the session progresses. Creamy but a bit weighted down with a medium to heavy mouth-feel.

Overall this is a damn fine sipper. A handful of tweaks here and there and some rounding off of a few rough edges and you've got yourself the future of Redbud Brewing. Very nice work Chase. Complete redemption.

I'm seriously looking forward to some more Redbud goodness. Can anyone say Cuvee 3!

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of claytong
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a 9% beer not 7. you can definitely smell the whisky.

appearance - a beautiful sun orange. no head, but lacing manages to come after beer is poured. lacing is beautiful webbing. very interesting looking.

smell - wow, some funk, get a little worried. then smell apples and whisky. horse blanket and scotch definitely dominate here. i like it again.

taste - more apple and pear, lots of whisky, a bit of funk in the middle.

moutfeel - very smooth very having so much scotch taste. carbonation is actually pretty good compared to what i thought itd be. nice body.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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