Cube: Cuvee #1
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #635
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,408
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 6.04%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
37
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
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Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Cube Cuvée #1 represents the first in a new series of beers for us. Two years ago, we began stashing beers away in barrels to use in the production of blended sour beers that would include significant aging character. We finally have enough of these old barrels that we can begin to include them in blends. For this first release, we have selected barrels of 16 month old brown sour ale and 4 month old golden sour. Something in the ballpark of a Flemish Red, CC1 is refermented in the keg for a soft carb, and shows beautifully balanced dried fruit notes and a complex, oaky tartness. Draft only, for now.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 37
Photo of Unworthy_Unconsciousness
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cultivate coffee and tap house. Appearance has short-lived off white head atop a reddish-orange beer. Not much aroma but a little tart and barrel character. Taste is initially acidic and woody then finishes with bright fruit and refreshing tartness. Would get again.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't my favorite Grimm but it also isn't my favorite style so I rated the best I could based on style. Could drink but would choose other options if allowed

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Photo of c_tails
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Proletariat / NYC

poured into Teku glass

smell - raisiny, dried fruit, slight oak

taste - so well balanced. rich tasting but light, soft bubbly mouthfeel. mildly sour but a hint of sweetness. the flavors are deep, dried fruit, cherries, raisin, dried apricot but with a light acidity. refreshing and smooth.

loved it, don't see it very often but wouldn't pass up the chance to drink it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color.
Lot more chocolate and dark fruits than I was expecting, nice cherries. Nose a little lighter but taste is good. Medium body, very smooth.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler from Beershop NYC on the UWS
Pours an opaque rusty reddish brown with limited white head, smells like dates and raisons with slightly tart/boozy/woody characters, like muted mulch basically, taste is a mild sour red grape tartness with a warming red wine tannic booziness, finishes with a dry and light roasted coffee/ dark chocolate bitterness, very low carbonation. A nice mulchy roasted red wine of a sour.

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Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The flavor offers tart lemon and unripen red grapes up front, maraschino cherries, rounding oak throughout, medium minus mouthfeel with a very gentle carbonation. Very much Grimm's interpretation of Flanders Red.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours an almost still looking light, murky brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells a little vinegary at first, but as it warms up, you get some nice toffee, tobacco, dark cherry, and lactic aromas.

Served cold from the tap, I wasn't incredibly impressed with this one. When it warmed up, however, it got pretty fantastic. There's a really great malt backbone to this one, some tobacco, dark fruit, black berry, toffee, and a sort of leathery funk that I really dig. It's pretty acidic but not overly so. The 16 month brown sour portion of the blend comes through much more strongly than the 4 month old blonde sour.

This is lighter bodied, with a soft, lower level of carbonation.

This was a cool little beer, and I can't wait to see what else this series brings.

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Cube: Cuvee #1 from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 37 ratings