Cuvee Ange | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Cuvee AngeCuvee Ange

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.

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Photo of Alykathleen
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Settles into the glass with slightly hazy ruby body. Thin, fizzy off-white head settles quickly and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edges. Big fruit aroma on the nose, with lots of berries coming through. Raspberries, plums, white grapes, hints of peach, blueberries all come through along with some woody oak. Wow, even more berries in the flavor. Blueberries and raspberries come through in a big way, then the white grapes and oak come through heavily. Slightly tart and acidic, but not quite sour. Almost a different beer from the beginning of the taste to the end. The feel is pretty good, with medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, with a lingering sweet tartness. This is a really nice beer that is a combination of a sour and a fruit beer. Really complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy and murky dark copper color with some nice orange hues to it. Very little light can come through. There is a slight white head that forms of about half and inch.

Aroma of berries. Nice tart notes with some slight vinegar but still not too overwhelming. The tartness is very nice and fruity and mixes well with some nice slight funk and a bit of a vinous character.

Flavor is pretty delicious. I should let it sit for a bit before I continue. After warming for a bit. Flavor of berries with some nice tartness and some slight fruity sugary sweetness. There is some nice funk and woody notes that mix in with some vinous notes a well. The tartness is not too overwhelming and compliments the fruity sweetness very well. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some dry notes and a slightly vinous finish.

Definitely my favorite 4 Hands brew. Great sour with some nice berry notes and sweetness mixed in with great wild ale tartness.

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A total of 4-6 ounces tasted at the GToMW. Was a very tasty treat. I'm no expert but have gotten into Wild Ales and Farmhouse Ales a bit over the past year and a half. What came to mind about this was that it had some Jester-King like qualities to it (which can only be a great thing). The wild characteristics of this were on point: tart and enough pucker with the slight horsey and farmhouse-ness that played well with the wine-barrel nuances.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 ColForbinBC
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

An orange body with a slight reddish tint. A small white soapy cap rises and falls quickly, leaving some delicate lace inside the glass.

Tart lactic nose. Berries, oak, and a touch of perfume mixed with vinegar. A clean, light, crackery malt bill stays out of the way.

A touch of berry sweetness is quickly beaten back by sweeping lactic tartness. Some vinegar and malt through the middle melding with dry oak. A little bit of grape pokes through before the berry and lactic tartness return for a tart, dry finish.

Carbonation is high, but right on point for the style. Light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

This is a fine wild ale. None of the flavors are overbearing, but everything is on point. The berries give this beer a welcome roundness. I hope I can get this guy in my glass again soon.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of ShanePB
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Ruby orange colored body with a thin, quickly fizzling head. No lacing and minimal retention ring. Aromas of oak, wood, berries, red wine and a sour note. Flavors are tart up-front with some oak and red wine, a bit of fruit (berries) towards the back-end.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dull, cloudy, dark amber with a sticky, foamy, off-white head that laces. The nose has a pungent berry sweetness upfront followed by whiskey barrel notes and a little orange juice concentrate. The taste is an amalgam of citrus-berry, semi-syrupy sweetness and harsh tannins from the oak and berry skin. This beer's medium, semi-sweet body is a bit more syrupy than airy and packs a bitter tannic punch, while having a slight tartness that makes each sip refreshing. A lingering berry-whisky flavor satiates and challenges the palate. Pairings with this beer would be tough, more of a novelty in my opinion, but worth sitting on for a few months before drinking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is next level stuff from these guys, i had no idea they did this kind of beer, and what a shining specimen it is! man, i really dug this, its super complex, and uses the wine barrels brilliantly. there is a light pinkish color to the beer from the tap, with a tangy attractive aroma of wet old oak, dried fruity red wine, oak tannins, slight raspberry, and ripe plum. lots going on, and the flavor is equally complex. the wine aspect is incredible in the flavor, rich and high quality, dense and fruity, ad i definitely get more fruit from the wine here than i do from the added berries. the wine shows black cherry and raisin, while the berries amount to a sort of generic fruity sweetness, but i could swear there are fresh plums in here, i get the tart dark skins and the sweet fleshy fruit, must be the different elements combining uniquely to tease the plum, but its really definite to me. some acidity making this appear a little sour as it finishes, but the earthy flatness of the wood seems to more than temper that, and whats left of the yeast to appreciate, at least for me, is the wild aspect, funky and old worldy, perhaps a little young, but tasty and complimentary to everything else happening here. this beer represents a huge evolution for these guys, who i certainly did now know were crafting beers like this. very impressive brew that i am sure will continue to improve nicely with time!

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Photo of msf1cnc
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great wild ale.... one of my favorite beers of 2014 so far. Color pours hay, the funk come through on the nose, but not overpowering. Taste, is mild sourness, definitely nor over-powering as the style can sometimes be. Delicate. Refreshing. Subtle. A perfect beer for a spring day. Stone fruit on the pallet. Light carbonation.

A great introduction into wild ales.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small 6 oz wine glass at the Rattlesnake.

Appearance: The small head reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber orange haze with no visibility of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity tartness, funky, bready, chardonnay grapes, and some barnyard.

Taste: Barnyard funkyness and sour, tart, wine barrels, oak, vanilla, bready malts, a little booze, wine grapes, chardonnay, and berries.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, dry, medium to high carbonation, a little booze, and medium bodied.

Overall: Boy do I love wild and sour beers. Well constructed and put together. Hope there draft beers stick around in Boston for a little while.

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Photo of rodkin
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A light reddish-purplish color, decently foamy head that reduces quickly. Visible carbonation.

Smell kind of reminds me of st lamvinus, though a bit less funky. Got lactic tartness upfront, followed by the berries and a bit of barrel, with some sweet grape in the finish. There's definitely some funk in there, too.

This is interesting... not really like any sour I've had before. Definitely getting wood, a bit of bitterness, a bit less fruit than I got in the nose. The berries do come through though. Vinous, not as tart as I was hoping. The fruit, though not very big upfront, lingers quite a bit. Refreshing and smooth. The more I drink, the more I like. I'd say this is the best I've had from 4 Hands so far.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Light and spritzy, slightly creamy.

I'm not really sure what to make of this one. I haven't really had anything like it, so I don't know what to compare it to. But it's tasty, refreshing, and the low alcohol makes it very sessionable. I'd say this is a winner.

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Photo of kodt
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper brown but appears closer to ruby red in the glass. Looks very enticing.

Smells of raspberries, sour cherries, brett funk, some sharp hints of sour. Brett can be a little off-putting.

Taste was initially more sour than I expected, but really it is a pretty mild sour note, I guess I was expecting more dry brett, but there is plenty of brett to be found. The fruits help balance the dryness, thankfully because I don't like brett to be the only dominating flavor. Oak can be detected as well.

The brett is what makes this beer both interesting, but also gives it some dirty chemical hints which are off-putting. Thankfully the oak and fruit are enough to make this a nice beer.

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Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, 2015, poured into a tulip

A- A hazy ruby red with and brown tint and and off-white head.

S- Raspberries with a jam like sweetness, sour cherries, blackberries, some funk, touch of oak, some red wine.

T- Tart fruits, mix of cherries, blackberries and some raspberries, some red wine/grape skins, finish is oaky, bitter, earthy, and a little funky. Taste is decently sour then turns to be more wine like.

M- Light body, nice carbonation.

O- A decent sour, with it was fruitier and more sour. Feel like this could maybe benefit from time to let the yeast to its thing and maybe a bigger base beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a bit off-putting for me. Overall the flavor was a little overpowering. I expected this to be a lot more drinkable, and I was overwhelmed by the wine barrel aging. I probably should have sat on it a little longer.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew has a gorgeous color - an opaque red-orange. The head is bright white and leaves very little lacing. I can barely see the columns of bubbles rising. The head dissipates quickly and leaves behind blotches.

The nose is awesome. It's dominated by blackberries, followed by tart raspberries and some funk. The smell is very candy-like and reminds me of sweet-tarts.

When the brew is cold, the taste begins with a dose of tart raspberries, followed by funky wild yeast then concludes with a lot of wood character. The barrel aging is a little off-putting, because it is too vinous or perhaps too much oak character. However, when it warms up the barrel character subsides significantly. I also get less funk and more of the base beer. Perhaps my mouth is getting used to these strong flavors?

The feel is average for the style. It's medium, but not much carbonation is felt. Seems like this is not bottle conditioned, but could be wrong.

Overall, I did enjoy this brew. I like the idea of blending different wine barrels which adds a lot of character. The nose on this ale is the best quality. I thought it was very inviting. However, the taste does not provide the same excitement.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep rose to light amber in color. The body of the beer is rather clear for a farmhouse ale. The head smaller and off white in color, but is a little lacking in retention. There is a little bit of lacing.

S- Bright fruit hits the nose first with a juicy and slightly tart smell. There is a funky undertone that also includes some grassy notes. Lingering scent is of raspberries and a touch of the dry French oak.

T- The raspberries start off the taste of the beer with a moderately juicy and fruity bang. Only slightly tart, the raspberries quickly move on and the flavor of the beer turns toward it's funky farmhouse base. At first, the funk is musty and grassy in flavor, but it quickly moves towards an oddly artificial, almost chemical flavor. It is definitely the brett making this flavor, and it is a little off putting, but it moves on after a bit and the drink ends with a return of the berries and a lingering bit of bitterness.

M- Not much to say here other than this beer drinks exactly as a farmhouse should, with a light body and high carbonation. It is easily sessionable and light on the tongue and somewhat thirst quenching.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but the odd brett/chemical flavor in the middle of the drink is really a downer. Outside of the off flavor, this beer shows good characteristics of both fruit and funk.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of t8dd
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Aroma slightly offensive (urine?). Poured a hazy copper color with a foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Flavors of wine barrel, dried apricot, sour, funk. Crisp and refreshing. Earthy bitterness on the finish. I like it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty brown with considerable haze and a few floaties. 1 finger head is off-white in color. Minimal lacing left behind.

Aroma is quite tart and a bit vinegary. Tart fruit in the form of blackberry, raspberry, lemon, and sour grape. Very mild brett funk.

Taste is very tart fruit. Raspberry and blackberry. Mild citrus. Oak and mild caramel. Vinegar and a bit of brett.

Medium body with high carbonation. Tart with lingering dryness. Vinegar lingers and grows at the end.

A decent wild ale with good fruit flavor. Mild brett present which I would love to taste more of. Maybe could use some age for improvement.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sour fruits with some caramel malt.

T - Good tart, sour berry flavor. The was a tannin taste, too. Which I suppose is the wine barrel aging.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a slight pucker-factor.

O - This is an nice wild ale. I wonder if the bottle version could be aged to mellow out the tannins.

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Photo of stakem
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Stormking47 for the share. Bomber into a pils glass, the brew appears a clear copper with a tan cap. Some sudsy spots of lace stick to the glass and a swirl revies some large bubbles from solution back to the surface.

The aroma includes faint notes of fruits that are vaguely reminescent of blueberry and raspberry. A mild suggestion of caramel grain is also present. While the description of this brew sounds awesome, the aromatics are pretty dull and linear.

The flavor has an unexpected aspect that is somewhat perfume-like. It is a little abrasive with a fake sort of raspberry mixed with an unidentifiable sort of obscure fruity to fusel character. A minor hint of cheese is contrasted by herbal to medicinal bitterness that is somewhat grassy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. While this sounded pretty awesome via the label description, it turned out to be a flop. A very disjointed strange brew that I would probably not buy but I would give it a try again just to see if the bottle we had was an exception to what this brew was suppose to be.

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Cuvee Ange from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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