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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.76/5
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308 Ratings
Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
308
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibley eveready rabbit drinkable..goes on and on over supper. Georgeous fruity peachy yellow, with minimum head though clinging white lace. Sophisticated and boozy yeasty aroma. Medium moutjhfeel, smooth drinking. Wood was in the backgound and trained the yeast and ingrediants. Like to have this again in several years. It keeps going.What American strong--give the Belgians credit.

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Photo of acurtis
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember buying this beer at a local beer shop in my area and the guy was talking it up quite a bit. That was back in 2008 and I really didn't know much about Southern Tier yet. This beer was interesting to be because of it being part of a series. Stuff like that intrigues and also hurts my wallet. If I have one I wanna try them all eventually.

This brew pours out as an orange color with a very little head, suppose that from the barrel aging. The smell is quite sweet and boozey. The taste is kind of along the lines of a Belgian Tripel but much sweeter and the oak sets it apart from that as well. There was a slight tartness in there as well. The mouthfeel was pretty thick for such a light colored ale.

After finishing this I waited almost 2 years before finding Series 2.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color. It poured with a minimal head that left just a thin layer of bubbles around the collar.
S: Light aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of oak along with notes of caramel malts and brown sugar and hints of toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Having been aged seven years, this beer seems to be somewhat muted from what I would normally expect, especially since it doesn't have a heavy and sticky mouthfeel.

Note: 2008 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in 10/08 for $12.99. Held onto it for a while after reading the early reviews, hoping the booze might mellow a little.

Served cold into the recommended tulip glass, and allowed to warm slightly. Initial two fingers of foam that subsided quickly, leaving little trace. Color was an attractive deep amber, with slow ascending bubbles from the center. The aroma was pleasant, sweet cantaloupe, toasted coconut, and caramel apple. The flavor echoed this, plus banana and vanilla, with more brashness from the oak and alcohol. The feel was syrupy and candy sweet, then dry with oak finish. I enjoyed the fruit and oak elements, but it was still a bit harsh and unbalanced. Can't say i'm too intrigued to try the others in the series...

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a roacky ecru head that dribbles lacing down the sides of my tulip

Smell: Warmly inviting blend of oak, vanilla, toffee, almonds, dried golden fruit and honeysuckle

Taste: Opens with a toffee, almond and vanilla blend that adds oaky complexity by mid-palate, with dried fruit and honey flavors arriving as well; after the swallow, the honeysuckle candi sugar flavor dominates, with the other elements adding balance underneath

Mouthfeel: Thick body with low carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Although I would prefer a spritelier body, the flavor profile of this beer is quite compelling and is one of those beers to drink by the fireplace with a good book in hand

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Photo of oline73
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an orangish amber color with a half finger of fluffy white head. The head disappears almost immediately.

Smell: Super sweet, I'm picking up malt with caramel and some fruity grape sweetness. There are also hints of oak with some vanilla.

Taste: Again, super sweet. I'm still picking up caramel and a bit of grape. The wood stands out more here, definitely picking up vanilla from the barrels. At the end there is some alcohol with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body. Very mild tingly carbonation with a hint of dryness at the finish.

Overall: This beer was pretty good, but I'm not sure I would want another bottle. I would have liked the alcohol to be a little bit smoother. The oak was a nice addition.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden honey color ale with small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet rich malt with some bitter grassy hoppy notes also discernible. Taste is more or less interesting with some overly sweet malt notes and a clashing bitter hoppy finish. Body is full with medium to low carbonation and no alcohol perceptible per say. Overly sweet mess with clashing hops and no real presence of oak is a real disappointment.

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Photo of largadeer
1.86/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Got this one in a trade with spacecoyote. Thanks!

Appearance: Murky and cloudy with a body the color of apricot skins. Pours with practically no head, although carbonation levels are fine.

Smell: Fruity and ridiculously sweet. Smells like dried mangoes, dried peaches, overripe, nearly rotting apricots and diabetes. This is going to be challenging.

Taste & mouthfeel: Insanely, horribly sweet up front with nothing balancing the sweetness. Fucking hell. It's like someone pureed a bunch of dried fruit and added a few shots of whiskey for texture and bonus alcohol burn. And I'm not talking regular dried fruit here, I'm talking the shit that's dried and then covered in even more sugar; dried fruit for people that don't value their health and teeth and have no concept of insulin levels. Oak is present only in the form of astringent tannins at the end, which almost quells the sweetness, but it's really more like chewing on a sugar-coated log.

I've never been a big fan of Southern Tier and their under-attenuated, syrupy sweet beers, but this one is truly atrocious. Best avoided unless you've got a sweet tooth that knows no bounds.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in 2008, so around 6.5 years old. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, light nuttiness, light herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, vanilla, oak, light nuttiness, light herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and oak flavors; with a great malt/oak balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with minimal warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with ThePeskyDingo

Pours a 1/2 finger head that is slightly tan. Thins down quickly. Not a lot of lace here. Color is burnt orange/dark peach. Very hazy.

Aroma: apricots. dried fruits, slight alcohol. Floral hops. Very sweet smell. Hints of a witbier (banana and cloves). Slight oak aroma. Amazing.

Taste is booze of the top. The oak-aged part comes out a lot here. Wood flavor. Apricots and dried fruits are present like the smell. A lot of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, then the hops setlle a little. Alcohol rushes the palate. It smooths out a bit leaving a very sticky, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Very expensive, but it had some great flavors to it. I am glad that I got to try it, but at the price tag it is to much for a college kid to buy more than one of. I highly recommend this one.

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JUNE 2009 - Age this one a bit !!!

Cuvee 1 pours a hazy orange body beneath a 2" head of yellowed-white froth. The head retention is quite good, although it fails to maintain a surface covering once it drops. That's not really surprising though, as it's got a pretty soft carbonation to it. The lacing is nice though, leaving wide, jagged rings of sticky lace about the glass.

Sweet malt greets you in the nose with a touch of vanilla-tinged caramel, and then some mild woodiness.

It's medium bodied and quite creamy in the mouth, although the alcohol is perceptible.

The flavor is very much as the nose suggests with sweetish golden caramel and honey dominating over a thin bit of fruitiness (apple, some plum, a hint of citrus and melon, some very minor red berries) and a delicate touch of grassy hoppiness. The alcohol is noticeable, but it also helps to cut through the maltiness as the bitterness is fairly restrained. What oak is there is nice, although I was expecting a little more. (At least it's not overdone; and if, as I suspect, this is aged a little longer it may dry a bit and exhibit more of the oak). It finishes with a touch of sweet, caramelish and doughy maltiness, but then the wide bitterness evolves and lingers for a bit, eventually drying the palate completely.

Overall it's a pretty impressive beer. I think it could be more complex, but at the same time I think a little bit of aging will dry it out, and then the woodiness will show better, and some other flavors will be able to find their way around the big maltiness. I'm definitely going to grab another bottle, if not two or three, and put it in the cellar for a half year or so to see how it rounds. Nicely done! And certainly worth trying if you don't want to wait.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky deep amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and light amounts of copper and golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel + toffee malts with moderate amounts of oak + vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel and toffee malts with light flavors of toasted malts and moderate to strong amounts of caramel/toffee sweetness which is almost cloying. Moderate flavors of oak and vanilla with a hint of booziness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Having been cellared for roughly 7 years, the mouthfeel of this beer has definitely mellowed. Still very sweet, almost cloyingly so and the oak from the barrel agin is definitely more prominent than I expected.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruit, some alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. Then some alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The oak essence is also prevalent. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s an ok aged beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat-dark golden color with a thin head without much retention. The nose brings sweet honey and candy with a bit of fruit. Definite booze. Oak as well. The taste is really just a mix of flavors with nothing coming together, even though it seems to work in theory. The oak is overcome by alcohol and a strong sweetness. A bit cloying and boozy, this doesn't drink terribly well.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 308 ratings
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