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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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Sammy
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Bottle # 311/386.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and slight sour fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and slight sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but I can't tell if there is a slight infection or the red wine barrel aging is making things slightly sour.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Richard on 1-14-12.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again, Richard.

The pour is a murky amber color with a small off-white head. An interesting combination of aromas. I get grapefruit, vinegar, and lots of butter. There’s a bit of a solvent/chemical type smell to it as well. The flavor is a touch watery, which I suppose is a good thing, but the bad things about the aroma (butter, vinegar, solvent) are also there. A touch of fruit such as apple and citrus. A bit thin in body with medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BeerOps
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HopHead84
1.76/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

7/6/2012

Bottle shared by Jason. Thanks! Bottle 266/286.

A: Orangish brown with a fast fading beige head.

S: Paint thinner, alcohol, and acetone. Tomato and cooked carrots. Good god.

T: Vegetal to the max - cabbage, cooked carrots, tomato soup. Big acetone presence with harsh acetic and boozy notes.

M: Thin body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty awful. Avoid.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BA Roogoop.

Looked like Mississippi River water. Tasted like something that probably shouldn’t have been aged. There was some bourbon burn, some rye tang, but it mostly was just thick and alcoholic.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 340/386. Brought up to the Royale tasting group bottle share.

A - pours a cherry brown with a decent head that forms a small rim around the beer after it dies down

S - lots of sticky caramel malts with some vanilla in the mix

T - barleywine flavors come through. Starts with sweet citrus hops that move to caramel and vanilla. Ends with a boozy port cherry flavor and a touch of sourness. Pretty solid complexity - combines a barleywine with some sour notes added in.

M - decent body and leaves a dry, tannic finish

D - nice complexity / take on a barleywine. Worth a shot if you were lucky enough to grab a bottle.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Bottle # 322/386. Found a bottle of this stuff for a good price so i couldn't resist. Written on the bottle as Cuvee Du Viking. "Barrel Aged Beer". No abv listed anywhere, so it is a mystery. My first bottle from any of Three Floyds' Dark Lord Day release beers, and i'm excited to have it! Released in 2011, this bottle has been aged 5 years.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a murky swampy caramel-toffee infused looking brown body. Looks like liquid caramel. Still manages to conjure about a half finger of bubbles, and a khaki ring, with some slight sticky spotty lacing. Not the most attractive looking beer, but I can't doubt it for a 5 year old barleywine.

S - Aroma is hugely musty. Big notes of oak and damp wood. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mustiness.

T - There is actually a lot going on here - musty from the barrel, with notes of oak wood, toffee, vanilla, black tea, caramel, brown sugar, port, cranberry, figs, dates, raisins, cherry stems. Not really tart or sour at all. "Red wine" never really comes through to me. It's more oaky and musty than anything, with caramel, vanilla, & dark fruits becoming more and more pronounced as the beer continues to warm.

M - The feel comes off a bit thin / watery for the style. The body is crisp & creamy; semi-sticky & sweet, with residual burnt brown / caramelized sugars. The abv doesn't really feel or taste like anymore than 9.00%, which probably isn't far off. (Ruggoop is 9.50% abv).

Overall, definitely a unique and interesting beer from Three Floyds. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have a bottle of this; of 386 bottles, there probably aren't very many left now - I suggest drinking it now if you have it.

Three Floyds Cuvee Du Viking -----4/5.

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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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Photo of Florida9
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy orangish-brown in color. Forms a bubbly head and a small surface coating. No lacing. 4.0

S: Rather stinky and vegetal. Stewed veggies, with a hint of vanilla, presumably from the barrel aging, alcohol and an off note of varnish. 3.0

T: The taste is just wrong resulting in a beer that is almost undrinkable. Flavor is reminiscent of stewed vegetables, specifically the water resulting from overcooked greens. Mildly sweet, mildly malty, and with a mild vinous sourness that does not play well with the other flavors. 2.0

M: Medium bodied. Thin finish. Low carbonation. Mild bitterness. 4.0

O: This beer isn't very good and the rarity doesn't help it. It is barely palatable, with an aroma and flavor that are simply unenjoyable. One glass and drain poured the rest. Fucking waste of $30. 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of gordavidson
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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Cuvee De Viking from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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