Cuvee Three | Redbud Brewing Company

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Cuvee ThreeCuvee Three

Brewed by:
Redbud Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chocosushi on 08-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared at the Batch 600 Swamp Head release. Pours hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma of some belgian yeast and spices, maybe a hint off dead hops. Flavor follows similarly with belgian yeasty notes, some interesting spice, champagne notes and spritzy things going on here, and a hint of deadened hops. Light bodied, crisp, with high carbonation. This one was a little weird. Not sure how old it was (had this on August 2nd, 2014) but the weird spice note

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: One of those gushers - pours a cloudy amber color with an impressive head; nice stickage and gobs of lace

Smell: Nectarine and pear with tones of hay underneath

Taste: Fruity, up front, with apple, pear and nectarine flavors building; pith, grass and hay develop, in the middle, along with a doughy character; very fruity, after the swallow, with a slightly vegetal aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Some carbonation problems with this beer (as others have noted) and I suspect it was better when fresher; still, an interesting prequel for the Prairie beers

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Photo of DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as one of the last of MASSIVE Philly beer week bottle share.

Poured into a 6 oz snifter

Bottles opens with a carbonation proving wisp. Huge, white, fluffy head that settles to a small film.

Smells musty with a bit of peaches.

Taste is tart with a bit of dry fruitiness

This beer is dry with a medium body.

I've been trying to get this for a while and glad it showed up. I will definitely look for again

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Bright amber

SMELL: Ripe nectarine, faint mint, floral, earthy, citric zest, alcoholic esters

TASTE: Peachy, nectarine, leafy, creamy, hoppy, bitter herbs, green peppercorn, dry, pithy, raw, musty

Pretty damn enjoyable. Nice balance between fruitiness, hops, dryness and drinkability. Stone fruit running wild really makes this a unique brew. Great use of hops. Really happy to see this beer pour bright; brewer's attention to detail shows.

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Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey hue with an absolutely huge head--gushes out of the bottle

S: Pineapple, cider, granny smith apples; this smells a bit hoppy and funky and fruity and delicious; some grains but mostly apple and pineapple juice

T: Dry and fruity--apples and pears mainly; quite dry actually with some subtle spicy grainy presence

F: Bubbly and dry--kind of like champagne, but it works well here

O: I really dig this beer; my first from Redbud and definitely not my last; but a warning, this is a GUSHER

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Photo of oline73
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer is really foamy. There is a lot more white foam than beer at first. The head fades eventually to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a bit of lacing. The color is a very cloudy orangish light amber.

Smell: The smell is quite herbal with a strong hop presence. There seems to be a little hot alcohol in the nose as well, but I may be mistaken on that. I'm also picking up some citrus fruit.

Taste: This is the best part of this beer. Just a touch of sweetness with some citrus tartness in there as well. The herbal notes are there. Quite complex even without the hop bitterness in the finish. The finish is bitter and herbal. There is also some warming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that it too aggressive and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This beer is just a short distance from being fantastic. The overcarbonation was a bit distracting and a pain. If the alcohol in the finish was smoothed out, it would help as well. I would definitely have another given the chance.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind beer #7 gift wrapped 750. This beer was shared with my wife. The beer was served in a snifter.

A- 3.5 The body of the beer is a hazy peach coloration. Thick and rocky white colored head. Thick rings of lacing remain to mark this beers rapid passage from my glass.

S- 4.5 A skillful combination of yeasty belgian cloves, citrus hops melding with marshmellow. This beer smells very floral.

T- 4.0 Very dry citrus flavors lead this beers charge at my palate. Nice grapefruit notes, citrus zest, powdery and peppery yeastyness.

M- 4.0 Light bodied a very active and appropriate carbonation accompanies. Very dry character but very nicely executed.

O- 4.5 I think I have a Belgian IPA on my hands but not sure. At any rate I am really enjoying this beer and wish that I hadnt shared this beer with my wife. Call me selfish but I am loving it.

The Reveal: Redbud Brewing Co Cuvee Three. Dry Hopped Belgian Style Ale. Dam this was nice! This was a beer nowhere on my radar and it was wonderful!... I love beer trading as I am able to try hidden gems like this brew. Thanks again Thirstyherf for another wonderful beer treat!

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip.

Sunset orange with a gigantic head that sticks around. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Big lacing. Increasingly cloudy and pale as the bottle is drank down and the yeast is introduced to the glass.

Grassy, earthy hops with white pepper on the nose at first. Other notes of spice and lemon zest come through as the brew warms. A touch of coriander as well.

Lemony in the beginning but moves into those grassy hops rather quickly. Not as much spice as the nose but those white pepper and coriander notes are definitely there. A little bit of sourdough bread too once the yeast is introduced.

Medium bodied with a zesty carbonation, and a little bit of drying.

Good earthy hops with a nice lemony subtle sweetness and spice throughout. A nice surprise from Oklahoma, looking forward to trying my other bottles from them now.

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Photo of coldriver
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Pours a cloudy gold with a huge amount of head and lacing. In fact several minutes after I poured the first glass, the remaining beer in the bottle spontaneously foamed over. I'm not typically into Belgian beers, but I'm slowly coming around. Light citrus and grassy aroma. Orange and lemon muted with grass and white pepper. Champagne-like mouth feel, very dry finish. Nice delicate balance. This was a very tasty but subtle brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A huge white foam settles to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving behind spotty lacing. Murky peach body. Be careful when pouring or your glass will overflow.

S - Lemony hops, white pepper, phenolic yeast, some lotion, and nice pale malt sweetness. Interesting and balanced collection of flavors.

T - Taste is a little less exciting, but it's still quite enjoyable. Nice lemony saison, with pale malts, stone fruits, and negligible alcohol presence. Not as much spice or yeast character as the aroma, but that actually makes it easier to drink.

M - Smooth texture, medium-light body, pleasant active carbonation, and a very clean, slightly dry finish.

D - This is a very nice Saison, and probably the best thing I've had from Oklahoma. I'll have to make a point of acquiring other Redbud offerings to see if they are similarly enjoyable. The dry-hopping and champagne yeast work really well here.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirstyherf for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of fruits spices funk and yeast

T - Lots of fruity flavors then the spices come out and finishes a little funky and yeasty

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

O - This is a very good beer that you need to get some Oklahoma BAs to send you some one of the better stateside Saisons out there tastes great I think I could drink this stuff all night definitely worth hunting down

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvee Three, Possibly one of the best representations of how hard work and diligence can be reflected in the beer that the respective brewer brews...Knowing that to keep up with the Cuvee line of amazing beers, Mr. Healey went all out on Cuvee 3. Dry-hopped and bottled with a Champagne yeast, this is one of the most unique saisons you will ever have.

Once you crack the 750 ML bottle with the Kawasaki green label you can see that the beer is Alive and Kicking. The pour is golden to amber and extremely effervescent. Pineapple, citrus and pine needles BIG on the nose, with a slight Belgian sweetness hidden behind. Extremely drinkable, as soon as it hits your palate you know you are drinking a one of a kind brew. Piny sweet hops dance around on the bubbly yeast bubbles and beg you to take another sip. Mouthfeel is perfect and balanced. This is a VERY refreshing beer for the Geek and novice alike. The finish is medium length and very dry..Excellent. This is my favorite offering (SO FAR) from the Redbud Family and it has LONG legs. This one should age with the best of them. Congrats again Chase of one of the greatest Saisons to EVER come out of Oklahoma! Cheers!

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Photo of crusian
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from grand vin? In Tulsa? I think that is the name.
Pours a cloudy Orange color with more than halt a glass of head. Too much. Lacing all over the place as the head tries to die.
Nose is a brilliant citrus with a bit of a Belgian yeast. A very "bright" nose.
Taste is extremely citrus, almost to the point of tasting like a juice. Extremely smooth on the back end also. Belgian yeast comes though a bit. A bit of a funky brett as well. This is what i expect from a Belgian ipa, not raging bitch.
Mouthfeel is light to medium...
Overall... nice. I like where redbud is headed. Wish I could get their shit easier.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to ThirstyHerf for this local gem!

Pours a medium orange/slight yellow hazy color, with a bright white head.

Nice funky Belgian yeast aroma, light fruity esters, a bit of earthy spiciness.

Slightly funky barnyard, very earthy and yeasty, slightly peppery, with a very slight light fruit note on finish.

Perfectly light, creamy and effervescent. Carbonation is high, but perfect for the style.

Quite a wonderful Saison, and I'd easily call this my next favorite saison after Saison-Brett.

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Photo of Spider889
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlueOkie for this bottle. I had no real expectations going into this one so let's see what it's all about...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Immediately it seemed a tad over-carbonated, with a very large white head rising much too quickly given my conservative pour. I wound up with 3.5 fingers of head easy, but the beer did look nice. A chill-hazed (but bright) gold color, with a tall head, which had very strong retention on it. The ensuing lace was quite nice as well.

Smells wonderful. The minute I began to pour Cuvee Three I was getting big citrus notes of tangerine and lime. Orange wafts in and out as well. After a lengthy pour, I was able to really dig into this beer, and started finding some pine with a big golden malt aroma to boot. I must concede the the wonderful citrus does seem to fade with warmth, being replaced by some alcohol esters, but in general this is just one damn fine smelling beer.

I personally am not agreeing with the "saison" listing currently on the beer, the bottle merely states "Dry Hopped Belgian-Stlye Ale." I assumed this meant a Belgian Pale Ale/IPA and my senses have since agreed with this assessment. No real noticeable Belgian-type aromas are present in Cuvee Three, though in the flavor the native yeast does become apparent.

The flavor begins with a burst of spicy-sweet yeastiness. Mild clove and peppercorn notes plod by quickly, and are replaced by nuances of citrus rind and crackery malts. Nothing amazing, but a good tasting beer. And not conjuring the slightest notion of 'saison' imo.

The mouthfeel begins very over-carbonated. It's strong, vibrant, and nearly oppressive. Had I poured the beer any more slowly the carbonation would have made this almost unpleasant. So I guess the tall head does serve a purpose. In any event, with some time to sit in the glass slowly things even out and the beer assumes a more neutral position on things.

Finally, upon the second pour (nearly an hour after the first, the bottle totally undisturbed the entire time) I get an extremely cloudy, ruddy beer. Large chunks of yeast plop out as well. Hmm, not quite pleasant, but I'm sticking to my initial appearance score. Just be careful when pouring this one, and if possible, do it all in one shot. I imagine that passing this around at a tasting would present some very diverse pours.

Overall, this is a very well-crafted beer. Happy to have tried it, and once more pleased to see exciting things come out of little Oklahoma!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Good lacing from top to bottom.

S - Pine, herbal, floral, apple skins, pepper, spicy yeast, unripe banana, hints of musty yeast come out when warm

T - Woody pine, orange cream citrus then turns sweet with tropical fruits, mango, apricot, granny smith apples move in with some earthy spice, and pepper. Acidic toward the dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate active carbonation.

Good complexity, nicely layered with a dry finish. A fine Saison that hits all the marks.

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Photo of Swillbur
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks for this one Freddy!

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip form a 750ml

Lets just start with the Neon Green Label, it's real nice looking.

A- pours I pretty golden color with some serious head retention. It really took a couple minutes to crumble down into my glass.

S- peaches, appricots, orange candy and some pine. Very Complex

T- Getting everything i smelled plus pepper, lots of pepper but in a good way. Nice smooth citrus finish.

M- This beer has a out of this world mouthfeel and the carbonation is excellent!

O- One of the top 10 beers i have ever tried. Im not even the biggest fan of the style either. I think it's because it's a little bit more on the hoppy side. Having tried Cuvee 2 and how flat it was (with good flavor) i wasn't thinking big things were going to come from this beer. Boy was i wrong, seek this out if you can. I wish i had a lot more to share with my friends out here in Arizona!

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) Poured the beer into my GABF taster glass. It's clearish gold with a thick meringue-like white fluffy head.

The nose is Belgian-style all the way. Orange pulp, white pepper, earth, light brett, and a bit tart.

The taste follows beautifully. White pepper, apricots, peach, tropical, and a dry finish. Great beer!

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Photo of ericandersnavy
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this into my new belgium globe glass. Poured a hazy gold with a bubbly, frothy white head that laced the glass and lasted the life of the beer.

S: A fantastic blend of citrus fruits like peach and apricot followed by an earthy note and finished up with pine on the end.

T: Flavor was almost on par with the nose. Flavor was peach followed by pepper, pine, and apricot on the finish.

M: Body was light and dry with exceptional carbonation that danced the flavor around the palate.

Over: This is an exceptional saison that inspired me to want to brew a one. It is apparent that lots of attention went in to making this nectar.

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Photo of calebroberts811
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another exciting local brew!

A - Dark, hazy golden, yellow. Huge rocky meringue-like head that didn't go anywhere fast.

S - Huge mango/tropical fruit notes with lemon peel, wet grass, floral hop notes, candy (think taffy or caramel), etc. Extremely complex.

T - Very true to aroma, wonderful carbonation and hop bitterness to cut the sweetness. Beautiful funky tropical characteristics with a subtle biscuit finish.

M - Again, some of the finest carbonation I've had.

O - Reminds me somewhat of a less-astringent/more fruity Saison-Brett and for that, I'm really happy. Props to Redbud yet again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh my god will you take a look at that huge, thick, off-white head! Just sits there like meringue on a coconut cream pie (my absolute favorite dessert), slowly crumbling, and leaving magnificent waves and big whirls of lace that cling for dear life.

Color is burnt orange with light red hues. Aroma is a complex and bold fusion of Belgian barnyard funk, sweet malts, big light fruits (apples, pears, white grapes), spice, candied sugar, taffy and and a subtle bitterness that fits in for a consummate symphony of smells. Tastes fruity and grainy up front with a dryness that was a bit unexpected, but not completely unwelcome, and quite appropriate for the style.

Tastes a bit flat, comparatively speaking, as the aroma doesn't seem to be substantiated by the taste as much as the olfactory senses were led to believe. That being said, as it warms, a subtle fruitiness begins to be felt on the tongue, as well as some spice and phenols to add complexity and help alleviate a near drabness.

I'm loving this beer, however, as with the Cuvee 2, a few tweaks here and there are in order. Then again, that could be said for anything worthwhile ever created.

Looks like we have some more Redbud goodness coming up soon, and there is absolutely no reason to think Chase won't keep improving on previous efforts and making damn good beers to keep us wanting more.

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Photo of Riggo
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best Belgian style beer ever production-brewed in Oklahoma, in my opinion. Great to see a brewer in Oklahoma going for so much so fast. I haven't been nearly as impressed with Cuvee 1 and 2 as I am with 3. Of course, saison is my favorite style, so I would imagine that has something to do with it. Regardless, at the moment (fresh) we have a real nice Belgian ale here. I'll be curious to see how it ages.

A nice orangey-golden color. A bit turbid. Pours with loads of head, but then dissipates to a nice cap of foam. Lacing is solid. Smell is lovely. Refreshing. Pine, grapefruit, lime zest, mint, and sage, green apple skin. But also an herbal/medicinal element that is sort of "hot" in the nose. Maybe that is an estery/spiciness that is appropriate to the style. Either way, it's not a negative. The aroma is lovely and refreshing before the first sip is even taken.

On palette, juicy and fruity followed by dry cedary/pineyness. Green apple, then bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. A clean dryness to begin, a juicy, fruity middle, and nice snappy dry finish. Lingering lime, grapefruit and a little earthy hops and a slight tartness appropriate to the style.

No complaints here. There is a deeper fruitiness, slight burnt sugar, and raw "hot" quality that are perhaps not typical of classic saisons. But the whole affair still manages to be light on it's feet and refreshingly drinkable in that classic saison style. Well done. Thanks Chase!

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Photo of bump8628
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Auburn orange and murky with a big bubbled foam on top. Simcoe really shines in the nose with pine, mango, and citrus. Black pepper and lemon zest emerge as it warms, as does some biting medicinal astringency. Alcohol comes out to play some towards the end along with a firm bitterness. Nice dryness and ample carbonation puts it right in line with style. A bit rough around the edges but loaded with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of sdmvd6
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - This beauty pours a murky, unfiltered straw color with a giant fluffy off-white head containing huge bubbles. About a finger hangs around and leaves excellent, sticky lacing.

S - Herbal peppermint and piney hops hit hard in the nose. There are also some wild aromas intertwined with spicy fruits.

T - Bitter, citrus hops up front along with some classic farmhouse ale tartness. Somewhat of a sage flavor comes to mind next that moves to spicy fruit. A touch of nice citrus hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation. Such an ideal feel for a farmhouse ale.

O - This is an extremely refreshing Belgian ale that is a gem of a craft beer in Oklahoma. Don't pass this one up if you get the opportunity to try it!

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Photo of chocosushi
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750->Hennepin Goblet

A ~ An accidentally aggressive pour yields 3" of bold meringue-like head, dissipating into a plateau of fluff in the center. Carbonation is perfect & typical of the style. Body is dirty orange. Lacing is in soft swirls.

S ~ Simcoe hops right up front lend a fresh pine & ripe-fruit scent. There is a bit of haystack, grass & yeast. Remarkable nose. Very hop-driven, but Saison aromas are directly behind it.

T ~ First off, it's all hay, fresh-lemons, & hops...then a melange of Pineapple, Lime, & Guava make an appearance mid-palette. Barnyard notes on the back of the palette. Hint of Bubble-gum & Green-Apple. Every flavor has a purpose in the whole of this beer.

M ~ This would have been a good Saison as-is, but the addition of Simcoe just sends it way over the top. ABV is undetectable & hops keep the palette lively.

D ~ I was anticipating this being great, but it was really exceptional. I am surprised & pleased with this being an Oklahoman Ale. Seek out, especially if you like hop-driven Saisons. This is a damn good one.


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Cuvee Three from Redbud Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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