Tête de Cuvée Blend 1
Side Project Brewing

Tête de Cuvée Blend 1Tête de Cuvée Blend 1
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.66 | pDev: 5.36%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
99
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
100
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Tête de Cuvée Blend 1Tête de Cuvée Blend 1
Notes: Tête de Cuvée is a blend of some of our finest and oldest wine barrel fermented and aged Saisons. Blend #1 contains Oude Fermier, Oude du Blé and several experimental barrel fermented Saisons, each of which was barrel fermented in French Oak and aged at least 1 year before blending and being naturally conditioned in this bottle.

Oude Fermier
Oude du Blé
Saison #1 (this recipe is now called Tête #1)
Saison #2 (this recipe is now called Tête #2)
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 99 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful sparkling orange-amber with a persistently fluffy white blanket that very slowly settles to a bubbly collar leaving very thin, white hair-like lace.

Aroma exudes a touch of funk, as it is woodier, softer and earthier than taste, with a little milkiness and pungent peach. It's simply complex. A note of barnyard develops as it warms.

Beautifully balanced, the delicate tartness is cleanly expressive of lemon, orange and pear as the fluffy, light-medium body exhibits quite a uniquely beautiful oak with a touch of white wine and olive. Digging in further, a light touch of black pepper and even white raspberry develops, as green apple comes out on the exhale.

This is so easy to drink for something of this style, and is quite possibly one of the best I've had, even taking into consideration more traditionally revered Gueuze from the Pajottenland.

Apr 16, 2019
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danh53 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden straw color without much head. Aroma is stone fruit, lemon, vanilla, barrel, and mineral yeast. Taste is grape, lemon, apricot, white wine. Low carb and soft mouth feel. Deep flavors. Fantastic.

Aug 18, 2017
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frasergrove from California

4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible engagement beer! Pours a lightly hazy yellow with golden notes and a fluffy white head. Aroma is smooth and tangy, some notes of pepper, lemon, white grape and bread as it warms. Super duper smooth, phenominal mouthfeel. Nice light acidity which blends smoothly with the wood barrel characteristics. Tastes like saison made a baby with champagne.

Aug 08, 2017
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of saisons... I will always be ISO of this beer and holds a special place in my heart. King of Saisons...

Better than Art/Ann/CD11/Clover etc. I have had some bottles that have blown me away.

A - Straw looking beer with some cloudiness fromt eh yeast, nice head retention, beautiful looking beer

N - Tons of lemon, wet straw, and some minerally nose that develops into a citrusy stone fruit twang .it is fairly lemon-forward on the nose.

T - Flavor is a bit different; more of the lemon comes through the background with some oak and white wine playing through. As this bottle has aged it has really balanced out well with even stone fruit notes in there.

M - The mouthfeel is a lot like Cory's other saisons but with a bit of a fluffier "pillowy -soft" mouthfeel

O - Top 10 beer overall for me across all styles

Apr 26, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

an extremely mature saison, apparently a blend of some of their oldest and clearly most refined saison types. its interesting and different, but also subtle and approachable at the same time. i think that starts with the wood, where there is a ton of oak and wine tannins all over the place here, both familiar and warming, but also a little sharp and attention grabbing. very obviously wheat heavy as well, the beer has a wonderful dry cereal malt complexion that doesnt taste old at all, and a big round soft fluffy body that could only come from wheat. the different strands in the blend are not as obvious as individuals to me, partially due to being less familiar with some of the elements, but also i think it speaks to the cohesive nature of the blend, uniform and clean, something really new, beyond the parts that comprise it. there is a great mix of sour and funk here, but this is pretty acidic. i get a hint of vinegar to it, some lactic pucker with a citrus element that brings out some of the wine fruitiness from the barrels, and then a dry rustic bretty quality with the wood that linger in the finish. lemon comes to mind, white wine, mild vanilla, even coriander seed. great carbonation, this looks and feels like champagne in the glass in terms of effervescence, light an refreshing. i have to remind myself to slow down and savor this, its too easy drinking, but at this price point and rarity, i need to chill and really enjoy. awesome beer again from side project, maybe not as far out as it sounds like it should be, but an extremely high quality wild saison. elite level stuff worthy of its price tag...

Nov 30, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Regarded perhaps of their most exclusive saison, the patience of the Side Project team rewards the senses with a farmhouse-style ale with a plethora of oak and wine character with the spice-balanced, dry fruit flavor that seduces the senses like few beers can.

Pale straw and with a faint haze, streaming carbonation reaffirms the notion of champagne. One pass of the nose does even more. Dry citrus, apple and grape rest just above a frothy honeycomb structure and seduces the senses with ease. A peppery tinge and an earthen perfume follows while the first sip is supple with bready, doughy, grain sweetness.

The maltiness of the ale breaks apart by way of a militant carbonic bite. Highlighting the beer's fruit flavor, a taste of weathered lemon, lime, white grape, orange and melon lays its flavor on the middle plate. Its pepper and earth character follows with fresh-cracked peppercorn, cumin, coriander, paradise seed and star anise. While its bitterness links up with the peppery tilt, the beer trails with peppery lemongrass, dry hay and an overall oaken, broth-like must.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer's premiere dryness and acute effervescence keeps the mouthfeel arid and spicy. A finish of light yeast, saddle leather and nutty french oak trail into a medium-length, grassy afterglow. Moderate alcohol action warms the throat and assists the beer's spice-forward demeanor.

Nov 11, 2016
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bennyman12 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Far and away the best saison I've ever had. From a bottle at the cellar after running a few miles tonight. Big, rich wine barrel character, thick mouthfeel, sophisticated tartness, yet thirst quenching as a result of an unbelievably clean finish. Amazing!

Nov 09, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer fell into the "pretty good but not great" category. Nothing on the nose or palate really screamed "extraordinary" or "amazing" to me, just a lightly tart, slightly funky, clean, barrel aged saison.

Maybe I missed something?

Truthfully, had Cory not personally poured me the 6 ounce sample I received, I would not have believed that this was the legendary Tete De Cuvee.

I am glad that I did not have to give up an arm and a leg to try this beer.

Aug 14, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange body. Smells intense. Lots of oak. Citrusy. Heavy white wine. And more oak. Tastes equally oaky all the way through. Acidic citrus by way of lemon and orange. White wine is strong too. Really, every flavor is strong. It's an intense saison. Medium body. A white wine barrel tart saison is more of a subtle creature, but this one is strong on all fronts.

Jul 26, 2016
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow color with a lingering white lacing. The nose is simple straight saison. The taste starts as earthy saison with a good tart finish. Feel is very clean and easy. Overall, quite good beer.

May 21, 2016
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steve032 from Arkansas

4.98/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours straw gold, smells like lemon, citrus, hay, wood/tree bark, earth and a little bit of "outside". Finishes dry with a pretty pronounced tartness. One of the best beers I've had in the last year.

May 09, 2016
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gibgink from Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the site, "Blend #1 contains Oude Fermier, Oude du Blé and several experimental barrel fermented Saisons, each of which was barrel fermented in French Oak and aged at least 1 year before blending and being naturally conditioned in this bottle."

Huge thanks to Will for opening his bottle. Never thought I would have the chance to try this one. Pours goldenrod with typical fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very earthy smell. Not really "funky" in my opinion, but you just know that this beer is a level above other saisons, because there is just a depth in the aroma alone.

The taste is very hard to describe. There is a minerality and a tartness that blend together to make a profile that is so good and unlike any other saison I've had, even from Side Project. I really don't want the beer in my glass to end, but alas, it must.

This beer will be extremely hard to come by, but if you get a chance to try it, you will not be disappointed!

May 09, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, blend 1, white wax. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a light straw yellow body, clear and effervescent with a thick one finger white head, great retention, lots of lacing. A good lookin' beer. Smells of lemon, wet straw, a bit of cheese, mild cereal and a lot of mineral. Specifically, there is a bit of sulfur there, which seems to accentuate the cheese aspect of things. It's not as lemon-forward as say, Saison du Fermier, but it is fairly lemon-forward on the nose. The cheese, mineral and straw aren't as strong as I'm making it to sound, but they're definitely big players here. Flavour is a bit different; more of the lemon comes through the background of cheese and mineral. Less sulfur. The profile is a lot like Cory's other saisons such as Fermier and du Ble, but the background of mineral and cheese is a bit novel and adds more complexity; I don't recall Fermier, du Ble, etc. to have this level of funk. It's quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, without being heavy-handed. Pillowy mouthfeel is really nice here and it's way too easy to drink this beer. Packed full of flavour with the means to deliver it. This is a pretty damn good saison, definitely an improvement on the base saisons. I'd argue that it probably isn't worth what it takes compared to the base blends, but this is the same tale for most of the highly sought after beers. I wouldn't fault anyone for trading for a bottle of this.

May 01, 2016
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding beer that Im glad I got to try. The aroma has so many flavors in it and the taste is just the right amount of tart. Carbonation level was perfect and just a really solid beer.

Apr 24, 2016
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A "fluffy" pour is how I will describe this in what has become a Side Project saison staple. The body is a glowing and hazy, full orange in color that may lean just a bit towards a medium hay color. As the liquid is flowing softly into the glass, a small to medium sized head of about 1-1.5 fingers thickness forms. The head sticks around for a bit and eventually reduces to a few millimeters in thickness. As the drink goes down, the lacing is pretty good as well.

S- So many of the descriptors I can think of to describe this beer remind me of my grandpa's barn. First I get fresh cut hay or straw, right before it gets fully dry. Next comes a subtle bit of citrus with light orange zest before moving back towards some barnyard smells. The back end of the scent brings the funky yeast profile that Cory's saisons are know for, as well as a slight bit of a moist summer night's smell.

T- As the liquid hits the tongue, the first flavors that greet you are juicy oranges and light funk. Subtle tartness kicks up just a little bit next to join the orange and other citrus flavors. The middle of the drink sees a return of the funk and barnyard flavors that are prominent in the scent. Hay and oak flavors combine the funk and dryness that they both bring to the scent and then fade as the drink washes off the tongue. The lingering flavor is the light, orange tartness and just a touch of funky must.

M- Just as expected from the appearance of the pour, this beer feels light, soft, fluffy, and amazing on the palate. The carbonation is fairly high, but when it is combined with the thickness of the body, it makes for a really satisfying drink. It is very easy to drink and incredibly soft across the tongue, drinking the way I always hope for from a saison.

Overall, this is a truly amazing beer. It is a fairly dry and funky/musty tasting beer, but it displays a load of complexity because of that. The age of the beers in the blend is apparent, but to me this is the beer's best characteristic because it dries out the flavors and really lets more go on than just the tartness and wild yeast. This one is just the slightest bit away from perfect 5's because it gets just a bit diluted in the flavor at the very end of the drink. In any event, this is an awesome beer and plays right to my personal preference of dry, funky, and lightly tart saisons.

Mar 25, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rating "look" seems a crap shoot to me. This was a great looking beer. Why not give it a 5? I'm not sure. Had a nice glow to it, carbonation had structure and persistence. Bottle slowly gushed and there was some yeasty sludge detracting a touch from clarity, dulling the golden hue.

An incredible smelling beer. Even in a line-up of excellent beers - CD10 / CD11 / CD15 - this stoood out. Dry hay, almost toasted in the sun; washed rind cheese funk ... sock sweat ... notes that shy just the pleasant side of iodine and amonia; fruit that's more to the orange end of the citrus spectrum, some tropical fruit, a minerality to keep it from getting muddled.

Feel almost gets too soft as it warms a bit, loosing focus and becoming a bit watery. Perhaps it's the age of the beers. Perhaps they're calling for some young beer to be blended into the mix to tighten up the ending? It's the one week link. Nevertheless, a phenomenal beer but not without small imperfections.

Mar 13, 2016
Tête de Cuvée Blend 1 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 99 ratings