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 Lukafer
1.5/5  rDev -57%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.47/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

Shared by whitemomba.

Kinda murky reddish color... spotty lacing... blah blah blh... Brackish orange...

Smells of spicy rye with big red grape presence, tannins, some oakiness. Too dry, too boozy. There's a definite flavor of bile at the back of my throat...

The overall experience is not even decent-- as far as it goes though, I would be pretty pissed if this were my 1 bottle purchased at the release.

What exactly was FFF going for with this one? Without even knowing what the mark was, I can safely say that I think they missed it. I'm normally a pretty huge FFF fanboy, but this just isn't working for me at all.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Khazadum
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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Photo of AndrewK
3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of thewimperoo
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jeffoatess
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of seeswo
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of hannydawg
1.5/5  rDev -57%

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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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Ajax84
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of sliverX
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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 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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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 trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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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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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Photo of IPx
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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