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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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mcallister on 07-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
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 PorterLambic
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coppery orange with a smallish off-white head that dissipates to a chunky ring pretty quickly. No lace expected here.
Smell is rich and sweet with notes of honey, floral, medicinal, wet white malt and malt. No pretense at hops here.
Taste is all of that with a hint fermented apple and sweet spiced rum added in. A pretty fair balance but strongly flavored throughout.
Full bodied, very light effervescence. Cloyingly rich with a goodly coating of the tongue and palate. Seriously sweet, this is a beer for dessert. Sip it and love it, slam it and suffer.

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Photo of codsmith
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red with a nice thin layer of off-white foam

S: Has a sweet and malty biscuit aroma really comes off the top. There almost seems to be more of a flavor influence coming from the French oak, with the American oak covered up. It could benefit from some more of the vanilla flavor that is predominate in American oak. There is a VERY subtle citrus hop aroma

T: Very sweet throughout 95% of the beer, but finishes with an odd bitterness. There is an OVERABUNDANCE of caramel is really hard to get passed it.

M: Sits very heavy in the mouth, almost like a thin syrup. Carbonation levels are perfect for the this beer.

O: I was really expecting more from this due to the description on the box... but sadly there was just way too much caramel to even enjoy this beer. It did have good carbonation and appearance, but lacked everywhere else.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Southern Tier Cuvee 3

Pours a ruby red, small foamy head forms, retention is ok. Smells of ripe cherries and raisen. In the flavor, quite sweet with a small barrel aged vanilla note and some wood tones. Sugary sweetness dominates. Had it not been for the barrel aging, this beer would have nothing to offer, as it is cloyingly sweet, no hops to balance, and not very complex.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a glass of this at the Spinnerstown Hotel a few months ago and found it to be pretty good. The look of the beer had a red hue to it. The head lasted for a minute or so till the booze killed it off. The smell of the beer had a boozey sweetness to it. Some sugar and fermented fruits on the nose. The flavor was pretty strong, had some fruits and some vanilla in there. There was a bit of Belgian yeast in there too. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with not much carbonation. I thought this beer was the better of the three. But that's my opinion.

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Photo of Goatshaver
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A transparent dark amber brown color, small head that disappeared quickly

S: Sweet fruity, smell of cherries and oak barrel smell.

T: Very cherry taste so sweet immediate, then the oak aged barrel tastes come through with a little hops at the end.

M: Sweet flavor with a medium feel and bite of alcohol

D: I like the sweetness of it with the oak finish, but maybe a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Marty30
2.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler poured into my Harpoon 100 barrel series glass at fridge temp.

A. Deep,clear ruby red body,very nice.poured pretty aggresively it gives a nice two finger fluffy head.Leave some spotty lacing through out the glass.

S. It smells very sweet,sugary raisons and figs.I get alot of the oak as well.It has kind of that belgian spicy smell in there to.

T. Wow very sweet,definately plums and raisons and the dark fruit thing going on here.I get a little of the oak,getting some of that spicyness.I don't know just to damn sweet.

M. Mouth is very thick and coats really nice.some carbonation but not much. Leaves a sweet after taste that lingers.

Overall like I said numerous times this beer is very sweet,way to sweet for my liking.I have a growler of this and I'm struggling to get this glass down.Kind of dissapointing.

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Photo of bbeane
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a DFH laser etched chalice... starts with a decent off-white somewhat creamy head that leaves behind some spotted lacing. Beer is a dark crimson color, ruby when held up to the light

S- Smells malty sweet, spicey, with a hint of bready yeastyness

T- Interesting. Has a very sweet spicey start before a burnt toasty finish. Not really getting much from the oak though

M- Medium body with low carbonation

O- Definitely not up to par with the others of the series, but not bad. Biggest drawback was the lack of carbonation IMO...


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Photo of Beejay
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foamy light tan head rises about 2 fingers above the Amber/Reddish beer. Good clarity and some lacing remain.

Very Malty with a whiff of oak. Some sweetness as well.

The malty focus continues. Much darker and sweeter in malt than I remember the first two versions. Oak combines with sweet caramel. Some coconut and other nut flavors.

Fairly thick body and almost a sense of sticky...

Clearly the runt of the litter of the three releases. Perhaps it took so long to release because they were hoping it would improve somehow. Glad I finished the series... But sorry to see it end on a low note.

Easily a beer to skip.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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 bort11
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Grimbergen goblet, there is a 1/4" tan head. Good retention on the foam, but not much in the way of lacing. Body color is a dark, yet clear, ruby red hue.

Smell is a sharp oak wood resin with a sweet dried cherry. Small hints of vanilla. Through it all, the alcohol is very noticeable. The taste has more cherries in it than the smell. There is a candy sweetness that accentuates the vanilla notes from the oak. This is also a very warm beer from the alcohol. The wood flavoring wit the alcohol borders on overwhelming.

So over all, if you like oak-aged beers, I would give this a try. If you do like wood, I would go even further and age this for another year or two to mellow out the alcohol heat.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Chaney
2.61/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a few ounces into a Williamsburg Alewerks sample glass.

A: A slight head that was almost non-existent, and a see-through maroon colored brew that was just waiting to be consumed!

S: A bit of oak, candy sugar, and malt. Supposedly there was some coconut in here, but I honestly couldn't detect any.

T: An oaked-aged sugar bomb for sure. After a few sips, the syrupy, sugary elements started to grate on me.

M: The sugar coated the mouth rather intensely and in a very unpleasant way. The carbonation was extremely low, which only added to my frustration.

O: I'm glad I got to try this, but I'm also glad that it's going to be retired within the next year or so.

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

Served in a goblet at The Funky Buddha 3/4/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn, HollyAnn, and Keith for the assist!

A: Served a deep, dark russet color with not a trace of head on top. Instead, it came to the table with a thick ring and whispy skim. A few strands of lace were left behind.

S: Huge nose full of caramel drenched cherries. A bit of spicy oak tries to get through but the sweetness keeps it down.

T: Same as above. Caramel and cherry with a dusting of cocoa and spicy oak.

M: Slick, oily, sweetness that gets pretty tiring by the end of the glass. Thankfully I had some help with this one!

D: I wondered if the third in the Cuvee series would be better than the first two but alas, it isn't. Sorry, but no.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
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 caseyf
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
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 prototypic
2.83/5  rDev -11%
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 Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +28.3%
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 Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +32.1%
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 yourefragile
1.7/5  rDev -46.5%
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 AdamBear
1.67/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to BigBlacke for getting ahold of this for me!

A-reddish chestnut with a thin cream colored head. looks beautiful!

S-smells like sweet syrup with some vanilla and oak. has a medium strength. it smells unique!

T-oh my...this beer i will never forget. it comes in with a taste of vanilla and oak and then it transforms and in to a large and odd bitterness. the after-taste has a bit of cinnamon spice but more than anything it reminds me of cough syrup...seriously...this whole beer reminds me exactly of cough syrup

M-i want to not the mouth-feel but i'm afraid to take another sip. well here i go...
it has a medium carbonation with a gross syrupy finish


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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Picked this up at Ricks last weekend. Wasn't the biggest fan of 1, but 2 was an improvement so figured I'd check out 3.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention and light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of oak, coconuts, fruity malts, caramel malts, and light vanilla. The coconuts are very strong here. Smell is interesting; the coconuts and oak dominate it.

t - Tastes of coconuts, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, fruity malts, alcohol, toffee, and some dark fruits or cherries. Again, coconuts dominate the taste.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body, pretty nice.

d - An interesting beer, but a bit odd. I wasn't expecting so much coconut in the smell and taste; it didn't seem to mix too well together. The mouthfeel was nice but I wouldn't buy it again. I thought this was worse than Cuvee Series 2, and about on par with Cuvee Series 1, though it had more coconut than 1.

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Photo of Avagadro
1.83/5  rDev -42.5%
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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Photo of jwinship83
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the grumpy bulldog in naperville. 10oz snifter.

A- its brought to me in a big eddy snifter looking very dark brown colored body with a pretty much nonexistent head. what little there is looks like a crown of khaki colored bubbles. no lacing left behind.

S- sweet caramel malts and brown sugar are the first things to hit my nose. after that i get a bunch of vanilla and coconut from the oak. alcohol and toffee are also quite prevalent. slightly fruity.

T- very sweet right off the bat. plenty of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. after that i pick out some cherries and pears. the oak comes through with plenty of force. lots of coconut and vanilla. alcohol and faded hops at the end.

M- medium bodied, maybe bordering on full. a low level of carbonation makes this quite syrupy. moderate to strong warming from the alcohol. decently smooth.

D- i dont think i could have ordered another one. it didnt thrill me, and then i found out that this little snifter cost $9. ouch. definitely wont buy another at that price.

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Cuvee Series Three (Oak Aged Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.18 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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