Side Project Tête de Cuvée - Vintage 2015

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 4.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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For the second release of Tête de Cuvée, I chose a blend that was 76.3% of Tête (Saison) #2 that was fermented in and aged in the exact barrels that contained all of the threads from Blend #1. Hoping that the magic of those original barrels would once again impart their unique impressions on the new fermentation in them. This recipe is a slight variation of our Saison du Fermier recipe and the barrels were a mix of 225L French Oak Chardonnay and 500L French Oak Pinot Noir. Barreled on November 14, 2015.

The remaining 23.7% of the blend was our classic Oude Fermier that was fermented in and aged in 225L French Oak Chardonnay barrels. These barrels were first use for us, imparting bold notes of almond, vanilla and the classic French Oak spice. A flowing mouthfeel and subtle acidity resembles more of a Burgundian White Wine than beer in this blend. Barreled May 30, 2014.

After 3 months of bottle conditioning, we feel as though this vintage is ready to share with you. The result is an aged Missouri Saison that is our deepest expression of our Saison-inspired beers yet. Billowy mouthfeel, a complex acidity that falls right between the first blend of Tête de Cuvée and our Saison du Fermier from Pinot Noir Puncheons, and endless, layered expressions and nuances round out this exciting beer.

For this release and all Tête de Cuvée releases going forward, the bottles will be vintage dated as the year of the youngest barreled thread of the blend.

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3.7
Pinball (12647) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2018
clear dark yellow small white head. aroms is mild slightly sour. flavor is herbal hoppy sour well blended dry sour fantastic

3.6
yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2017
75 cl bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a huge white head. Aroma is wooden, slight citric and bretty. Dry, slight fruity. Wooden. Bretty and sourish. Lingering wineous and fruity. Dry and acetic to citric finish.

4.3
hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2017
October 14, 2017. Bottle at Koelschip.
Light hazy golden with a medium sized white head. Aroma is fruity with apricot, peach, citric notes, some grape skins, slight funk, some oak, light earthiness. Taste is tart, fruity, light funky with a smooth sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly dry, soft to average carbonation. Refreshing tart fruity finish with nice balancing sweetness and funky notes.

4.2
b3shine (9353) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2017
750 ml bottle to teku (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a geuzy orange with white head that slowly but steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; oaky and moderately funky alongside soft notes of almond and Chardonnay. Tastes like it smells, but more robust, and with some nice white wine tartness. Some lemon on the tongue as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some well-balanced tartness. Delicious.

4.2
Desverger (14060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2017
Bottle thanks to Ronny/Jacob/[email protected], Copenhagen (14/10/2017) - golden orange pour with white head. Medium sour citrus fruity with notes of lemon, subtle white wine grape soaked wooden accents, well balanced acidity, light funky, delicate vanilla nuance into the tart fruity finish. Gorgeous.

4.1
gregwilsonstl (2735) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2017
sour but real smooth. Not tart. Some earthiness. Oak is subtle. Tasted at TWCP w carter.

4.4
Ataraxia (589) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2017
Clear, bright golden color, small white head. Complex aroma of funk, lemon, mineral water, oak, and hints of white grape. Tart and bright, light bodied, and moderately carbed.

4
djd07 (16463) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2017
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a cloudy orange gold with small white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong funk, grape, oak, stone fruit. Thin body, funky, grape, stone fruit, oak, nice tartness, enjoyed this.

4.3
PhillyCraft (8323) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2017
My favorite from Side Project and a top 3 of the 2017 FOFA event. Poured a hazy shimmering golden color with small to medium white head. Aroma and taste are nectarine, lemon, oak, wine, peach skin, leather, and grapes. So complex with just the right amount of acidity and tartness. Top notch sour from SP

4.4
phaleslu (11002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2017
750 ml bottle at the brewery, shared by Doug - thanks again, Doug! Pours a mostly clear, bright, vivid gold with some carbonation bubbles throughout initially and a moderate white head that fizzles into a ring and film, gradually going away. I didn’t have it side-by-side with the original, but this definitely lined up relatively well with my memory of that one. Moderate funk, vanilla, grape must, oak, stone fruit, lemon, and a sweet nuttiness. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, funky, tart mouthfeel that practically coats the palate. I was drinking this too fast, but couldn’t help myself. So, so good.


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