Cuvee De Viking | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Cuvee De VikingCuvee De Viking
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
RuggGoop aged in red wine barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 11-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
22.35%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of fvernon
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 155/356, served into a d'Achouffe tulip. Pours the color of mulled cider - a thick burnt orange with a nice mother-of-pearl head that retreats to a thin film and little lacing.

The aroma is incredibly complex - red wine, tart cherry (hmmm... should this have sour notes?), a slight brett, rye seeds, rye toast, and pine resin buried at the end. The front end of the sip is light and tart with cherries and apricots, then oaked red wine, sweet rye malts, and a nice hop finish. The balance of sweet, spicy, and sour is excellent and unexpected. The mouthfeel is a little thin from the barreling, but the tartness makes it work.

This is really a delicious and unique beer, but I'd worry that aging it would work against what's going on here - the balance is spot-on, but it may get too sour in months to come. If you were lucky enough to get a bottle, I'd recommend enjoying it soon!

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-16-12

Appearance: a dark and cloudy brown color with an immense tan head that leaves huge chunks of lacing.

Smell: is very strange, an odd combination of hops and oak. Very deep with alot of aromas that are hard to place, resulting in big complexity.

Taste: is surprising well blended, still maintaining the tart hops and oak barrel character. The more I have the more I like it. The finish has a distinct red wine quality with an almost fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: a pleasant thickness helps the sweet flavors while sizable carbonation lightens things up.

Overall: much better than I was expecting and I'm glad I was able to pick one up.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Cuvee De Viking

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottle 227/386
Barrel Aged Ruggoop

A – Pours a very nice murky and muddy slight orange liquid with a lively and nice dense ecru head. The head is about 0.5 inches tall and there are some bigger medium sized bubbles intermingled. In the glass it looks like a murky glass of Mississippi River water. In a good way. (4.5)

S – Very complex nose. Starts off with some strong hop character. Tons of grapefruit notes and other citrus aromas which indicate a nicely hoped brew. There is some nice woody notes in there mixed in with some sweeter malt notes. There is some slight molasses as well as some mild burnt caramel. Dark fruits as well as some slight vinous character. The nose is pretty well balanced between the hop notes and the malt backbone. Overall this is a big beer. (4.0)

T & M – Interesting taste that’s for sure. There is definitely more red wine and woody oak notes on the flavor than the nose. The flavor is lighter than I expected. After the initial vinous and woody notes there is a nice hop intensity and bitterness that comes up. Slight grapefruit and orange notes and some nice bitterness throughout the middle portion of the beer can be perceived. There is some nice boozyness to the beer as well. The wood notes give it a real earthy tone and the vinous and slight red wine character also make it quite earthy. The red wine portion of the flavor is more of a subtle cherry and dark fruit note as opposed to the wood, which is a bit more intense. The beer has a nice medium mouthfeel but it is a bit lighter than expected. (4.0) (4.0)

O – Very interesting and complex take on this beer. The flavors are intense and interesting and at some points seem conflicting but it is still delicious. (4.0)

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to dave for bringing this to our last tasting!

750ml capped bottle. bottle number 361/386. poured into a bruery snifter.

pours out a super murky brownish color with a retentive off white head. decent lacing and retention.

lots of the wine barrel coming through in the aroma. acidic red wine, a touch of funk, grapey. slightly woody, oaky, vinious subdued funk. maybe even a touch of orange peel and caraway seed.

again, the wine barrel is at the forefront. lots of slightly acidic red wine, fruity esters. some of the grapey vinious oak, a bit funky, and some grainy rye.

this has kind of a thinner feel to it.

quite a complex beer, but really not my style. way too much wine qualities that really made the BW aspect of the beer become lost. to me this came off more like a belgian style than a BW.

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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee aroma, with sharp unadulterated vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. More of a bourbon taste,some sips more chocolate or wine-like, with coconut and vanilla, wood and vinegar taste. A sipper, and a worthy rare beer. Murky body. Once in a lifetime in enough. Thanks Dave.

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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmoney575 for sharing his bottle.

A- Pours a deep, murky brown with a thin white head that has decent retention. Looks serious.

S- Vanilla, oak, red wine, caramel, pine, citrus, and alcohol. Unique to say the least. I am not sure how well the different aspects mesh.

T- The aspects blend better here. Red wine, oak, caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Unique and interesting. Ever so slightly sour on the finish.

M- Creamy body with a bit of carbonation to keep things light and some tannins on the finish.

O- A very unique offering from the brewery. Smooth and the wine flavors really bring a tasty edge to the beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber (#299/386) into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Chris for sharing this treat.

A: Murky, muddy, disgusting orange-brown body under a solid finger of coarse tan bubbles. Not great retention, light lace. Ugly.

S: Bizarre, but enchanting. Huge, tart wine presence on top of sweet butterscotch and wheat. Grapes, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, and craziness.

T: Sweet and vinous, with all the flavors just exploding. A bit tart, with the fruity and tannins delivering some bitterness to balance out the sweet, buttery malt. Nice.

M: Full body; plenty of fine, creamy carbonation. Excellent.

O: At first I wasn't entirely on board with the buttery component, but once I stopped thinking and just experienced the beer I found that I really enjoyed it. It's certainly unique, that much can be said without a doubt.

Cheers!

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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Cuvee De Viking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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