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

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Soomars
5/5  rDev +55.3%

Photo of dkepner
4.92/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber/burgundy color with a small head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, cherry, and caramel. Taste includes oak, vanilla, cherry, and caramel as well. It is a sweet malty delight with noticeable alcohol but not as noticeable as the 11% would suggest. Very smooth with medium to heavy body and moderate carbonation. Enjoyed at cellar temperature - I really loved this beer!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, medium golden-brown. sits amber with brilliant clarity

Smell: first aromas to smack you in the face is the French oak followed by vanilla notes. as the beers breathes and opens up other fragrances are detectable. also coming through are hints of banana, chocolate and caramel followed by the coconut suggested on the box. alcohol is light and just noticeable in the back of the nose

Taste: LOTS of French oak, followed by vanilla, banana and coconut. some balls in my ass. just a hint of smokiness and maybe even a little bit of creamed corn. finish is woody with a somewhat dry sweetness and very low bitterness

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: wonderfully complex and evolving brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +47.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

Photo of Pencible
4.42/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear reddish copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and vanilla and sweet toffee, with some tart metallic hops and earthy butterscotch.
T: It tasted like sweet honey and tart cherry and lots of oak and vanilla, with some metallic hops and earthy toffee and raisin. It had a rich bittersweet aftertaste that was very clean and smooth.
M: It was thick and viscous with some carbonation. Quite a full and velvety body.
D: After waiting over a year for this beer to be released, this was worth it. Super delicate and delicious, with great complex scent and taste. It had excellent body too, and the alcohol was fairly well hidden. So it was easy to drink, but it should be sipped. Age would probably help further improve (smooth out the metallic notes). But this is already phenomenal fresh. A top oak-aged ale (non-stout). Highly recommended.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.35/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish coppery color. No sediment or haze. Definitely was filtered. Very little head.

S: I honestly do get elements of French and American Oak. Vanilla and caramel. Butterscotch, copper, marzipan, and maybe some sweetened condensed milk.

T: Very smooth. None of the harsh oakiness I was concerned would exist. Coppery, butterscotch, and hints of red ale flavors. French oak and malt flavors merge to produce subtle buttery caramel and mild vanilla.

M: Strikingly velvety texture. Good density and viscosity with exceptionally fine carbonation in sparing, yet sufficient quantity. Excellent.

D: Nice flavors and excellent texture. Relatively low alcohol flavor. Very nice cold or cellar temperature.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.32/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain well before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some ripples of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves behind small, spotty foam on the side of the glass.

S- Very nutty with some cereal grain malt sweetness that's laced with oak and booze. Notes of almond, dark fruit and some bourbon.

T- Very smooth execution of malty sweetness, oak, caramel and vanilla flavors. There's a mild, underlying astringency that keeps things interesting while also exhibiting notes of dark fruit and raisin. The balance is remarkable as each sip brings more complexity to the palate. Certainly not highly quaffable, but all the flavors are in line with what one would expect from a beer of this magnitude thus resulting in an enjoyable drinking experience. A bit of oxidation might be what's driving this smoothness.

M- Thick and syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- What got me with this one was just how nutty the aroma is. That and how much more enjoyable it was compared to the Series Two. Not the greatest extreme beer I've ever tasted, but it's worth the money ($10.99) in my eyes.

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4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee 3, bottle bought along the Delaware River not too far from Philadelphia for $8.99.

Bottled somewhere around 2008-2009? Enjoyed during a rainy, hot late August evening, 2016.

Cuvee 3 was a gusher, exploding in my bare chest and making a sticky mess like a beery bukkake. But this brew is not over-carbonated; just lively and jovial despite the eight years it's been brooding inside the bottle. The color is a deep auburn with a surprisingly hefty white-colored head that lives some lacing behind.

The smell is of sweetness, unhinged sweetness, oh-my-god-delicious-but-I-got-diabetes sugary sweetness. Sugar, toffee, iced-tea, butterscotch. Dyacetil galore.

The taste follows the nose, with added raisins, grapefruit juice and Mad Dog 20-20. Vanilla, toffee, some hops. Nuttiness, caramel. I don't get much oak or barrel-aging, though.

The mouthfeel is rather fine for such an old beer, and overall I am surprised at how good this still is. Drinkable, well preserved, fine. Yessir, it is a sugah bomb... but if you like sweet beers, you'll enjoy this brew. It reminded me of the Mikkeller Foret series I recently had.

Also, and judging by its current sweetness, you could age this another eight years and it'd still be drinkable. The sugar will mellow more and more... Cuvee 3 is like one of those English barleywines you can have after 20 years. I *get* the bad reviews, but can't agree with them.

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4.25/5  rDev +32%

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4.25/5  rDev +32%

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4.25/5  rDev +32%

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 crow
4.19/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a transparent amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a tiny cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rum, peaches, vanilla, oak, coconut, citrus, and a touch of Southern Comfort.
Taste is of the aromas with a blending of peach, apricots, citrus, and vanilla cream being the standouts. A bit sweet but not too cloying given the intentions of this brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, chewy, and slick on the finish.

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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 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 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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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.5% out of 100 with 146 ratings
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