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

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
147
pDev:
25.47%
 
 
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11
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52
Trade:
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
1.83/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Ruby in color, clear body, decent head given the ABV. Overall, a fine looking ale.

S: Bouquet is well presented, with honey, cantaloupe, and cinnamon clashing in an excessively sweet mess.

T: Sweet cannot begin to describe this beer. Even "cloying" seems to fall short. There are plenty of good flavors here (vanilla, creme brulee, melon) but this beer is just too damn sweet to enjoy them.

M: Heavy, sticky, flabby...

D: I've read a few other reviews of this beer that address this beer's sweetness, but few have given the score to back it up. I am fairly open minded to the flavors a beer can /should posses, but this is just a mess. Avoid at all cost.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of caseyf
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I really loved the ST Cuvee 1 and I splurged for the 3rd after reading the reviews on BA. I know that some people aren't into the over-the-top ST beers and I wrote off the negative reviews.

This is not a great beer. Flat, sweet, lopsided. Really tough to drink, and I'm a fan of sweet and malty. More hop bitterness, more carbonation, and more dryness would have helped me.

Very disappointing given how much I liked the first from the Oak Aged series. I hate to say it, but save your money.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Decent lacing falling down the sides.

Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. But it was a touch off, not having the depth to it that I had hoped it would. The taste was very intresting, but again seeemed to be lacking that push to make it over the top. Clean barrel, oak, bourbon, touch of fig and prune with a vanilla touch to it. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I just wish it was a little more evolved

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Photo of yourefragile
1.7/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Lures.

Why me? Whyyy? Ugh, I think I finally found something more offensive to my palate than ST's cherry saison. This was devastatingly sweet, with vanilla and coconut along with some odd, misplaced bitterness. After a few sips this went straight down the drain. Whatever guys, this was rank.

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Photo of MasterSki
1.97/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sample with #1 and #2. Taster glass.

A - Thing white foam, wispy cap, thin collar, spotty lace. Transparent dark brown body. Why is this filtered when the others aren't?

S - Alcohol, dark fruits, candi sugar, oaky vanilla, grape juice, a slightly earhty note, and barbaric cloying sweetness. Combines all the elements of #1 and #2 that I didn't like.

T - Taste is slightly better, but still quite bad. Alcohol, oak, cheap port, grain. Something has gone terribly awry - the component parts were much better than the resulting blend.

M - Low carbonation, thick, viscous, full body, definite alcohol heat.

D - This is by far the worst of the three beers - impressively bad blend that evokes largadeer's finest cuvées. Why did it take nearly two years for them to make this after the first two releases?

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $11.99.

A: Amber-rose hue with 1-2 fingers of off-white frothy head with scattered lace formations.

S: Extraordinarily malty with almond, brown sugar, pecans, nougat, and vanilla notes with berryish alcohol. Hops have no presence. Very woody and vinous.

T: This borders on cloying but is unique with candied nut flavors, nougat, caramel syrup, and almond. Alcohol is very strong throughout and hops make no appearance.

M: The carbonation is low and the body is full. The alcohol is a bit too heavy to bump it up a notch.

O: A little too cloyingly sweet but it is awfully interesting with the nutty, candy flavors bringing a decadent sweet brew. I think some time in the cellar would help this brew mellow and smooth out to some extent.

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Photo of Mavajo
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Amber color with a moderate cream/white head.

Nose has notes of herbal/floral, zesty tangerine characteristics. Oak notes back it all up. Decent nose - interesting.

Taste - wowzers. The wheels are falling off here. This is not enjoyable. Very sweet, with strong caramel malt and toffee characteristics and oak notes - backed up by a sort of herbal/floral undertone. There's an unpleasant bitter aftertaste here that just lingers and lingers on the palate. When it was cold, it was at least drinkable - as it warmed, though, this turned into a disaster. Not in the least bit enjoyable. I soldiered on through about half the bottle, but I'm gonna have to dump the rest - and this is after already drinking a bomber of Black Butte. If a bomber of ~10% can't make a beer drinkable, that beer has problems.

Mouthfeel is decent in the thickness and carbonation department. Very sticky though.

Overall, this beer is a failure in the taste department. I find nothing redeeming about this brew, and I would not drink it again even if it was offered for free. Extremely disappointed in Southern Tier.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at terrace taproom.

A- small fizz of off white head on arrival that settles quickly leaving only a small wisp on top. Dark bronze orange brown in color with a nice glow to it.

S- sweet caramel and toffee and lots of them. Small vanilla oaky touch and light fruity flair.

T- super sweet with loads of caramel and toffee just too much really. The oak doesn't make to big of an impression. Bits of sweet candied fruits and vanilla. Slight hints of wheat bread at times.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body with a light carb. Not really any hint of the abv but its almost needs it how sweet it is.

D- way to sweet completely over powering. Not one ill try again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer for a while now. Time to dig in and give it a taste.

Pours a nice burgundy color into my glass. Bright and yet, so inviting. What else can I say?

A wisp of oak is followed by cherry in the nose. Not overpowering. Simple enough to start with.

Wow. Sweet with cherry,plum and apple notes. The oak is safely at the back of the palate. A bit of alcohol warmth to heat up the throat. Interesting mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cherry and apple. Oak adds more to the texture with a "woody" feel. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly not as strong as originally thought.

Complex and yet, quite drinkable for 11%. It's certainly in league with other "strong ales" in challenging the palate. Kind of like OA Arrogant Bastard but without the excessive alcohol heat and hops.

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Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a small wispy beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.

Aroma is strong and sweet. Starts with lots of vanilla and spicy oak, then some caramel and coconut. Definitely some fruits, alcohol-soaked pears maybe.

The taste is even sweeter and with a big alcohol kick. I'm getting even more coconut and almonds, which I didn't get in the aroma. Vanilla, caramel and raisins bringing the sweetness before the finish which is all about the dry French oak.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels heavier because of the alcohol, which is certainly not hidden.

Given the spectacular blends out there (FW especially), this one isn't all that impressive. If you're a fan of oak-heavy, sweet, boozy strong ales, this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet and tart fruitiness, somewhat like white grapes. In the taste, Belgian candy sugar, fruity, and a small tartness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry sugar and white grape in the aftertaste. A bit boozy, but a nice small tartness. Not bad at all.

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Photo of halo913
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of blmar311
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mothman
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thin ring. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma: A lot of oak. Toasted coconut and marshmallow flavors. Brown sugar and caramel. Some vanilla. A lot of malts.

Taste: Very rich and sweet. A ton of toasted coconut and oak. Some marshmallow. Caramel and toffee sweetness. Vanilla and brown sugar. Mimics the nose with the exception of some alcohol here.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, smooth, cloying. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and sweet.

Overall, the sweetness was a bit too much for me. Very cloying. This one tasted fine, but it was really hard to drink a lot.

EDIT: The more I drank of this beer, the harder it became to drink. I could hardly finish a few ounces.

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Photo of garbercury
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk. Steeler pre-game-ish...night before, on a bender...Take it for what it is worth...

A---Amber-reddish, not much lacing or carbonation but good.

S--Fruity esters in this one, lots of fruits on the nose, nice.

T--Continues with the flavors of raisin, grape, malt. Not too much oak, in fact, very little...Cloying!

M--Smooth feel.

D--Heavy, needs some time, super sweet...Stupid to open this so young. This needs a year or two before you open...Go Steelers!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Plan B in West Hartford, Conn.

A: Bold, deep amber color with slight ruby highlights showing great clarity and dense head of off-white foam. Looks pretty viscous and slightly mysterious with a chilled haze.

S: Complex bouquet of fruity malts and floral, bitter hops. There are apples, pears, citrus fruits and berry notes floating around this strong ale, with a whiff of alcohol to boot.

T: Rich, fruity malt complex up front showing signs of plum, raisin and lighter apple and citrus tones. The alcohol comes in around mid palate with a warming flavor before finishing with a fruity, herbal hop bitterness that lingers with some residual alcohol burn. The woody, tobacco and smooth oak flavors are at play the whole time.

M: Rich, full bodied and sweet brew. It's a little hot and boozy, but as a sipper, it's mighty fine.

D: The 11% ABV and rich, complex flavors of the Cuvee will make you want to sip on it and contemplate the play of flavors. Approach it in anything greater than tastes and the big, boozy flavor might turn you off. I'd pop a bomber sometime to share with those who appreciate it's fine, mellow, oaky qualities.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.17/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brilliant Blind Pig in downtown Champaign.

Two frothy fingers of off-white foam top a clear amber-ruby body; somewhat fleeting head duration, and moderate lacing on the splendid Boulevard tulip. The oak emerges prominently in the smell, really enhancing the various aromas. It is very fruity--lots of berry, maraschino cherry--with some dark chocolate, and ginger with the oak; wonderful nose, very floral.

Good taste, heavy on the fruit. The oak is nice and slightly more subdued than I would have expected from the smell; not a bad thing. Well-hopped, it is also somewhat less malty than many strong ales I've had. This leaves the mouthfeel a little thin; it is not a full, robust texture. The taste is quite good, no doubt and, for its potency (11% ABV), I didn't find this a sipper at all. It is very flavorful, but lacked that strong ale heft in texture I really enjoy.

Overall, Cuvee Series Three is really good beer, surprisingly sweet and, while not overly complex, certainly distinct and creative enough to satisfy most ST fans. Good, innovative beer from one of the very best breweries around.

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Photo of glid02
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear honey-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of very sweet caramel malts with large amounts of vanilla and toffee. Also present are hints of burnt sugar aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Almost cloyingly sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by syrupy toffee. Midway through the sip vanilla beans work their way into things, carrying through to a decidedly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not very good. I had a hard time finishing my glass and would not order another.

Overall I think many of ST's beers are over the top but this one was too much for me. Some nice flavors were lurking beneath the sweetness but unfortunately they weren't allowed to shine. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter

Pours a 1/8” cap which quickly disappears, leaving a nonexistent head, very deep dark amber color

Wow! This is really bizarre but the first thing I smell is the distinct aroma of smoked meat (bacon), followed by thick smelling malt. I know that this is strange, but it is the best that I can do, never encountered anything like this before! The smoked smell hangs from beginning to end, unfortunately.

Rather sweet entry in the mouth, followed by rich thick syrupy malt, no noticeable hops here at all. The high ABV of 11% is completely buried by the flavor profile of this ale. Huge body, very full, from the intense malting and high ABV. I have to say that this ale is completely unbalanced, for lack of any hops and extremely light acidity. There is not a single flavor here that is appealing, sorry STBC.

I have had a few of this breweries offerings and have liked them all. I purchased this without any prior information because of the producer and the fact that it was oak aged. I don’t know what they were trying for here but it’s not for me or anyone else that I can think of. I am no stranger to “over the top brews”, in fact I search them out, but this is one for the books. Very hard to find anything to like about this except a totally different, if not very good experience. This bottle was not oxidized as some reading this may assume, I know that taste in beer and wine. I have to admit that I dumped this ale, something I cannot recall doing for at least 20 years. I have to say WTF was this!

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Photo of nmann08
2.06/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of mikereaser
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Southern Tier Oak Aged Cuvee 3

A - Pours a reddish auburn with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly faded to a layer of fine bubbles.
S - malty aroma up front with hints of oak and some cherries. it has a biscuit aroma as well.
T - very sweet all the way through, way too sweet for me, the oak is very prominent and adds a strange bitterness to it. Very caramel malty and just not enjoyable.
M - very syrupy mouthfeel, good carbonation, sort of reminds me of taking cough syrup as a kid. just not enjoyable.
D - I don't know if I will be able to finish the glass much less the bottle. A real disappointment for me.
3.5/3.5/3/3/2.5

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of cld253
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A thin, off-white head makes a brief appearance above a reddish, copper, clear ale.

The wine sampler glass presents an overly sweet, spicy, almost rabbit feed, aroma with musty notes, caramel, and vanilla.

As anticipated, this one is exceptionally sweet, with complex spices. However, it is all over the place and confused. Even the finish is sweet, with nuances of dates and prunes.

A full-bodied, syrupy beer that leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Carbonation is modest and alcohol is controlled for 11%.

The sweetness here is over the top and detracting, as are the peculiar spices. It would be difficult to find any suitable pairing to tame this experience. While it is certainly interesting, it is nonetheless difficult to finish the bottle.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +24.2%

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 147 ratings