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

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of REVZEB
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 stakem
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Duff27
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Cuvee Ange from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 204 ratings