Cuvee Ange | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cuvee Ange was inspired by the French Oak wine barrels we used for this project that once housed all French wine varietals. Fermented with wild yeast and aged in a combination of Cabernet, Merlot, and Grenache barrels with raspberries and blackberries, Cuvee Ange is a fruity, tart, complex ale. Cuvee Ange pours a bright rose with aromas of fruit, funk, and wood.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 08-30-2012

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as part of their first anniversary Midwest tap takeover. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours an opaque ruddy orange, like orange preserves or jam with more reddish copper hues as well. Liquid doesn't allow a lot of light to pass through, leaving the faintest of lighter orange highlights right on the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a finger of frothy off-white foam that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving light lacing and finally settling on a ring of snowdrift like build-up of foam around the glass.

Smell - Tart and fruity, with notes of chardonnay and buttery oak providing the foundation for more acidic notes of dark cherry, blackberry and red currant. In some ways reminds me of a sparkling blush, but with more of a grain foundation than the grape notes you get from wine.

Taste - Not overpoweringly sour, but quite tart and pleasantly palate jolting. Here, the fruits from the aroma come through a bit more aggressively with blackberry and red currant leading the charge. Here the oak that I got in the aroma is less distinct and come through as more generic wort-soaked wood. As it warms, the lactic sourness becomes more predominant and turns a good beer into a very good beer... if you like sour beers that is.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the light side of medium--there is definitely a bit of meat to the feel. Carbonation is moderate to high, with plenty of effervescence to complement the sour tartness of teh beer. Dry, slightly puckering finish.

Overall, a very solid offering from 4 Hands. I've not had anything from them that just knocks me out of my chair, but this is yet another very good take on a style I like. Too bad this one isn't easier to come by, as I would turn to it regularly as a reasonably-priced and well-made sour beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color with lots of small active carbonation bubbles. A half inch head of tightly knit off white foam is on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is full of Brett and Chardonnay but is a bit subdued. The body is heavily carbonated and crisp. The sourness of the Brett pricks the tongue. I also get the tartness of the blackberries and raspberries and the Brett on the fade. It seems to lose complexity as it warms.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Shawner
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a brigt copper, light head, light lacing, fairly crisp.

Very dominant raspberry and blackberry, lighter funk and spice. Hints of malt.

Very combination of raspberry and blackberry. Lighter hints of dry red wine and grape. A bit of malt and spice beneath. Layered very well.

Light and easy, dry finish. A bit sticky.

For a first BA release, homerun. This is a farmhouse ale, half barred aged with raspberries and half with blackberries, then combined.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Pours deep red, like red wine. A thin collar. Smells of strong red wine, blackberry and sour raspberry. Oaky and acidic. Tastes much the same. Perhaps even more like red wine. Fruity, but less sour than it smells. It smells a little bit vinegary, but it doesn't come through in the taste at all. The blackberry flavor is dry without being juicy and sweet at all. Long oaky finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Dominated by wine and barrel. Maybe not so much by the fruit, but it's more prevalent than any base beer flavors.

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Photo of Rborre321
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of robgage
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mbmiche
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Danielr26
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alykathleen
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This ale is sour and tangy, just the thing this sour beer lover was in the mood for. Wonderfully carbonated with an earthy finish. Very good over all.

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Cuvee Ange from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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