Caramel Apple Cuvee
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Caramel Apple CuveeCaramel Apple Cuvee
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #259
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #42,406
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 11.95%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
36
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Ellicottville Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
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Caramel Apple CuveeCaramel Apple Cuvee
Notes: Cuvée (pronounced koo-vay´) is a distinctive beer, designed to mature in wood. Ours is a strong blonde ale brewed with caramel, tart green apple, citrus rind and mild vanilla. The character of each barrel blends with the beer’s complex flavors, creating a dry finish with a bold oak essence. From sip to swallow, an interesting and unique flavor experience.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 36
Photo of HandMeAnother
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I took one sip of this beer and there I was at Sara's Halloween party. I had just turned 12 and it was my turn to Bob for apples. The water had turned a golden blonde color because Johnny & Aaron bit into a few of the apples and had put them back into the bucket. I knew I just couldn't miss out on the bucket bobbing though. As I knelt down to lean in I could smell the sweet aroma of the apples but when I dove in for a bite I was greeted with this pungent hint of cider. As the night went on though the subtleness of the apples became sweeter and more potent. Then the heavenly scents of vanilla and oak began to swirl in the air. Sara's mom even brought out some caramel for us to dip the apples in. What a great day.

AKA- blonde color, didn't get much head, smells & taste had a light hint of warm cider, kinda weak flavor at first but as it settles has a bit more of a sweet apple taste accompanied by the hints of oak, vanilla and caramel. Drinkable but wouldn't go out of my way. I would find this most enjoyable in a flight.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't find anything unpleasant about this beer. It's just that I don't find much that's distinctive about it.

I find the smell to be quite a delight. Sour apple dominates. Maybe a touch of the caramel, though muted. The beer looks okay. Apple juice amber, some lacing, almost no head.

The taste is only somewhat like the smell. It's rather mild, but pleasant. However, I find it to be refreshing and pretty drinkable for the high ABV. Carbonation is fine, and the feel is a bit on the watery side.

It's not great, but it's good. People who like something refreshing, but with a bit of an alcohol kick to it should enjoy this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ellicottville Brewing Co. "Caramel Apple Cuvee"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 07/27/17 0198 09:27"
$2.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Look: Somewhat hazy amber-orange in color beneath a short head of white that fades readily leaving only spotty lacing behind.
Smell: Distinct, juicy sweet green apple over light caramel and toasty malt. Clean, fresh, and bright. Enticing.
Taste: The apple steps aside to allow the caramel to come through. Citrus and vanilla are present as well. A modest bitterness balances it and the oak appears in the finish helping to dry it. Green apple, nondescript citrus, and oak linger gently for some time, and then erode (except for the green apple) leaving some caramelish malt showing. At 8.5% ABV the alcohol is very well hidden.
Feel: Medium-light in body with a moderate fine-bubbled carbonation that's gently crisp then smooth across the palate. Anything more would be distracting, anything less would leave it dull.
Overall: More than a gimmicky beer, this has great finesses and balance. I have to question though if it's really "brewed with caramel, green apple, citrus and vanilla" or if those are extracts. I'll trust the oak is real as it reads "...aged in American oak" although I wouldn't be surprised if some oak extract was added as well. Regardless of what's in it's make up it's fairly exceptional. It's interesting, complex, refreshing, and highly drinkable. It could serve as a dessert beer simply on its own, or it would pair well with a huge variety of items, and I'd think it would be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. Additionally, although you might not want to have multiple servings, it could simply be enjoyed on its own as you might any other beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear, slightly hazy copper with floating sediment, with a soapy white head with excellent retention and copious lacing.

S: Tons of green apple, like artificial green apple candy--think green apple Jolly Ranchers--with lots of caramel and brown sugar. A touch of toasted biscuit and earth, but this smells almost exactly like caramel-coated apple. It doesn't even smell like a beer.

T: On the palate, it's mostly tons of caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee. Some toasted biscuit, cashews, and pecans. The green apple candy is also there. Hints of oak and vanilla. It balances a little on the finish, but it's very sweet, candy-like beer. There's a little bit of warmth going down, the only reminder that it's a strong beer.

F: The texture is nice and creamy, full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very pleasant to drink aside from the almost overwhelming sweetness.

O: It's good for what it does. Not my cup of tea--er, beer--though. It's a caramel-coated apple candy in liquid form.

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Photo of epolanowskirn
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottles purchased in a 4-pk, $14. I expected a caramel apple beer to have a little sweetness and body. This is thin, dry, and unpleasantly harsh on the back of the tongue. High abv is hardly noticeable. There is no redeeming cider flavor, only some apple skin and oak. The warmer this beer gets, the more the unpleasant flavors of oak and, what I can only describe as a saccharine aftertaste, become prominent and are wholly unwelcome. There is a wine component, Chardonnay flavors, buttery, but out of place. I was disappointed with this beer, and would not buy it again

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Photo of tomdiamond
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a yellower shade of apple juice, similarly clear, light head with some lacing.
S: apple juice and oak. Lots of oak.
T: very sweet and fruity upfront. Sweet apple with some caramel and vanilla behind, if subdued. Finishes like a cabernet, very dry and oaky.
M: light and bubbly
O: a fall seasonal imperial from ellicottville, the 8.5% comes through clearly. A cross between a sweet cider and a wine, the oak adds a great layer of complexity to this beer. A nice fall beer to drink when a simple märzen wouldn't fit the bill

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Photo of mattpuskas
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imagine a thin-bodied and thin-tasting cider mixed with some flat white wine. That's the impression this beer gave me. The oak aging gave it the dry feel going down, and the caramel only really made its presence felt in the aftertaste. Surprised about the ABV of this beer. Not a bad beer, and I'm glad I tried it; but to be honest I probably won't pick up another 4pk.

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Caramel Apple Cuvee from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 36 ratings