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)
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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series)

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 73
Reviews by wpqx:
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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Dark amber color, thin off-white head. A little bit of lace.
Oaky, vanilla aroma. Sweet caramel.
Caramel, fruity, some hop bitterness. Kind of understated.
This beer was way too sweet. So sweet that it became not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber, comes dressed up in a box, $11.99 @ Cable Bev. in Bardonia (Rockland County), NY. No freshness/vintage info offered.

Pours clear, glowing medium amber with a distinct reddish, slightly warmingly golden hue. Minor head, off white in color, fine bubble in nature and leaving just the slightest of lace.

Fruity sweet nose, with some vanilla and rum.

The obvious problem with this one is...its too damn sweet....near cloyingly so...more fruit, some vanilla infused rum, but beneath it all, unfortunatly cough syrup comes to mind. Not my favorite, lots of better beer out there...

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah--beer review #1,000. Wanted something special and I have always liked Southern Tier's big beers so here goes...

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, clear, red-brown with tannins, medium carbonation

Smell: caramel, oak, and toffee

Taste: oak, deep caramel taste, pineapple, sugar, and vanilla

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet and oaky with noticeable alcohol, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A beer worthy of 1,000. A nice and super sweet malt bomb that I am sure will not appeal to all, but is a winner for me. This one is a sipper with flavors much in line with the other Cuvees in the series. Very complex, I will certainly look for this again. If you like the other Cuvee beers or malt bombs go out and get this one.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright amber with an off white head that dissipates very quickly to nothing. The color was impressive, the lack of head was not so.

Aromas of light butterscotch, light fruits, and a slight hint of pine hops. Minerally with a whiff of alchohol.

Taste is sweet, very sweet...candied sugar, dried berries, honey, oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla. The sweetness is almost over-bearing.

Medium mouthfeel was sticky, syrup-like with high carbonation. ABV% was pretty well hidden in the taste.

Overall this is not a beer I'd look for again, it's just too sweet. It seems like this would be best suited as an after-dinner dessert brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 acurtis
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DruC4
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.01/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased this on a recent trip to NY over Thanksgiving weekend

A - ruby amber with a super-thin lacing of head that fades away instantly

S - huge breadiness, sugar, caramel, and something I can only describe as a baked potato

T - giant bready malts, sugary, some caramel, faint bitterness in the finish, there is some woodiness and oak in the finish, alcohol

M - full bodied, well carbonated, warming alcohol

This is certainly better than it's 3.22 average. I can see where it's a bit unbalanced and not well meshed. Being a blend of Cuvee 1 and 2, it seems that Cuvee 1 is more noticeable. The bready malts come through and dominate but it seems that Cuvee 2 provides a good deal of candy sugar and caramel. I'm glad that I had all 3 of this series. It's been a great privilege to be able to enjoy each one. This isn't the best of the series, but this is nice offering even if it's not the best balanced beer. I'm very glad I tried this beer.

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Photo of prototypic
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cuvee Three pours a deep copper color. It's very clear, and has bright crimson highlights with backlighting. It's a nice color. A cream colored head caps it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. Retention was relatively short. Lacing was very, very light. Maybe the 11% abv was too much for it.

The nose is very average. It smells sweet and caramel heavy. No big shock there. There's some oak and vanilla lingering about. They make things a little interesting. Cherry is strong, and gives it a medicinal aroma. Not a good thing. Alcohol is strong in the mix. Definitely comes across as boozy. It doesn't smell overtly bad, but it's not far off. Average at best.

The flavor is actually below average. It does have a substantial caramel malt base that is rather sweet. The oak aging definitely added oak and vanilla flavors. They're present, but I'm not sure that they complement much. Cherry is definitely noted and makes it quite cough syrup-esque. There's also a hint of a nutty flavor, but it doesn't add anything. Alcohol is definitely strong and warm. Finishes boozy and medicinal. Eh. Not good.

Cuvee Three has a medium body that leans full with warming. For what it's worth at this point, the feel is good. Carbonation is light and works well. Drinkability is below average. Despite its nice feel, the flavor isn't good enough to encourage consumption. It's also big and very warm. A 22 ounce is way too big of a serving size.

I'm honestly not sure what I was thinking when I bought this bottle. Cuvee One and Two both were disappointing. Perhaps I was hoping that a blend of two negatives would equal a positive. Unfortunately, that isn't the case here. Cuvee Three is my least favorite of the bunch. Its worst qualities are that it's medicinal and too boozy. I'm a fan of Southern Tier, but not of this series. Just scrap it and do not revisit.

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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 russpowell
2.46/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an effervescent orange with a slight tan head that fizzles quickly. Minimal head retention & zero lacing

S: Rich cherry & fig notes, the only redeeming feature of this offering

T: Figs, cinnamon, canned pears, & candied orange slices with some cayenne pepper thrown in up front. Cherry Brandy notes as this warms, with booze heat, plus raisins, but none of this really works in harmony, maybe too much oak aging??? Sooo many things wrong here. Finishes beyond cloying, with raisins, cherries & cut-rate pineapple juice

MF: Still carbonation, slick, a touch hot

This is still a mess, glad I got to try it, suprised I did not drain pour it, avoid! Can't believe ST put this clunker out...

Edit, I did drain pour about half of this

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Beertracker
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a reddish brown color. One finger off white head shows light retention dying to whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Some long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- To be honest I get a shit ton of pineapple notes on this. Almost overpowering in the pineapple. There is a light sweetness as far as caramel malts go. Don't really get much else and nothing really stands out in the beer. Almost to sickly sweet and one sided.

T- Tons of caramel malts in the front of this kick off the sweet rush. Lots of pineapple like flavors with a hint of toffee malts in the middle of the beer. Light oak notes in the very ending with some alcohol..well some sweet alcohol in the ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light overall I would say. Sweet malts and pineapple left on the palate. Aftertaste is a lot of pineapple and sweet alcohol. Medium heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were one dimensional and sickly sweet a lot of the time. No off flavors could be detected.

D- This beer is just average. It comes off very sweet at times but that just cuts back on drinkability. The ABV is hidden well but only because the sugary sweetness overtakes everything. Higher ABV limits this beer but the sweetness really kills this beer for me.

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Photo of Kikkycat
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Capital Ale House, Fredericksburg, VA Saturday Jan. 8th.

A: deep reddish brown. Quarter finger of beige head, dissipating as quickly as I can text this post. Head is, a few minutes later, totally gone but some good lacing remains.

S: raisins, overripe fruit

T: sweet and tart in tandem. Raisins, peach or apricot, sugar, vanilla. As it warms it heads into the sweet side more noticeably.

M: firm and pleasant body

D: it'd be a tough one to drink a lot of, based on ABV alone. It's also too much on the sweet part of the palate.

I tend to run hot and cold on Southern Tier. I've been disappointed as often as I've bern pleased. Unfortunately, this one leans more towards disappointment for me.

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Photo of wesley14
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike and Jen for this bomber. I skipped over Cuvee 2.

A: The strong ale is a syrupy golden orange color, still transparent despite its darker hues. A thin head, wispy bands at best, are the result of a rather relaxed pour. Minimal lacing.

S: The nose is syrupy sweet, molasses and brown sugar are prominent. The oak comes in the form of strong vanilla. The darker sugars and barrel aging are logarithmic, amplifying the sweetness of the nose.

T: The nose all over again, more darker sugars with a finishing sweetness. Molasses is fuller, cut by the brown sugar. Sweet malts abound, with a vanilla flavor that isn't full enough to be full-on barrels. Oak chips, gotta be. The entire package is a sweet syrupy mess of flavor. I like the fullness left behind, more even than that flavors delivered in each sip.

M: The mouthfeel never gets off the sweetness track. The darker flavors, all sugary in some form, coalesce with the oak chips in a muddled format. I knew there was a reason I passed on No. 2.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. I know this has some age on it since I bought the bottle about a year ago, but I figured I'd drink it anyway since I had tried the Cuvée Series 1 and 2 in the past. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla and some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and sticky with low carbonation. Overall I thought this was a solid brew, but I do wonder what it was like when fresh. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Red throughout, fairly clean, and a good looking tan head.

S: Very sweet at first, notes of maple and caramel. A sweet syrupy smell with a nice oak scent. A hint of booze, and almost a grape or wine like character.

T: Wow, that is one sweet beer. Sweet, syrupy, with an underlying oakiness. There is a caramel/ roasty flavor in the finish that I like, and a touch of booze/ bitterness.

M: Syrupy, and thick. Carbonation is low in quantity, and fine is size. Definitely coats the mouth.

O: Overall I think it is a bit too cloying and sweet. It has some good flavors working for it, but way too sweet.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 148 ratings