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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Released just once a year, this American wild ale is aged on Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes and Black Currents in Cognac, Bourbon, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Barrels.

One of our boldest, most dynamic beers, Cuvee de Tetreault expresses powerful fruit-forward flavors of black currant, berries, and grape juice supplemented by hints of tobacco, vanilla, and light roast. An underlying tannic structure from the cabernet grapes and seeds adds complexity and balance to the fruitiness and acidity.

As the beer ages, the fruit character will gracefully fade, opening up nuances provided by the specialty malts and diverse variety of barrels used in aging. Cuvee de Tetreault is a celebratory beer, crafted to share with friends and loved ones on special occasions. Enjoy now or cellar for years of further development.

ABV: 11%

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Munich, Abbey, C-120, Carafa III, Belgian Candi Syrup

HOPS: US Goldings

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6560) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Bottled purpley black color, tart sour fruit aroma , flavor is nice balance of sour tart berry and malty chocolate , tart finish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6159) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
(750ml bottle) deep purple color, fine tan bubbles. Nose of umami currant, dark fruit, lactose, rich in fruit and lacto, smells incredible. Taste of rich blackberry, currant, cream, oak, incredibly fruit forward. Soft body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Deep purple pour with a pink head. Mixed fruit, acidic, tart. Great palate, heavy fruit, light alcohol, tart berry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6542) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Bottled 10/28/15, drunk 7/24/16.
Beautiful dark maroon-violet body shows great clarity and a big, chalky-purple head with moderate to moderately strong retention.
Smells highly aromatic from a mile away....ok this is going to be good I think. Closer up theres plentiful grape and currant character with lots of wood, wine and black pepper. I do get some base malt underneath it, adding soft, creamy vanilla. Alcohol nicely concealed. Love the tannic character and seediness of the fruit. Very deep, complex nose that takes some work to unlock.
In the mouth its incredibly unique. Kind of melds aspects of porter, lambic, sour ales...Good maltiness, but dry. Soft texture and low but fairly tight carbonation. Not alcoholic. Very tannic and vinous. Difficult to get a handle on. Vanilla, black pepper, lots of grape, but not really grapey. Puckering, somewhat, on the finish. For all the barrels used, you cant pinpoint one and its not over-barreled in the least, which is impressive given the amount of different barrels used.
Just a wacky, wacky beer, but quite nice. I could definitely see letting this sit for another year or two, though the dryness and relatively lighter, low-on-tannin body suggest its probably better to drink it sooner than later.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (7063) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by ClarkVV. Bottled on 10/28/2015. Thanks for the share. Color is a deep purple with pink bubbly head. Aroma is a metric ass load of red grapes, raspberry, currents, blueberries. Good amount of barrel is also noticed.

The flavor as a lot going on. The level of grapes and current runs deep. Bold grapes with a mild tannic oak with the alcohol completely hidden. The pucker hints the back of my tastes buds. Pretty massive pucker for me. Honestly, the barrel is not over the top considering the barrels the Brewer uses.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1501) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV dated 10/28/15 deep purple ruby color with a nice tan head. Aromas of sour grapes dark red fruity jam mild funk and earth. Taste is tart jammy berry grape skin mild oak. Wow very complex flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1850) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2016
750 mL bottle. Pours a deep reddish purple. Light purple head. Looks spectacular. Smells of lots of currant, oak, and some yogurt acidity. Tastes of rich currant up front, but the sourness immediately take over. Oak and sourness with just a slight semblance of beer in the middle. Red wine builds throughout and culminates in the finish. Well carbonated. Strong sourness, but doesnt overwhelm. Tastes very big, but I was stunned by the 11% alcohol. This has a remarkable fruit and wine flavor, but its just a little bit difficult to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (2120) - California, USA - APR 13, 2016
750ml bottle pours a deep purple color with a bit of head. Lots of black current jammy fruit. Nice barrel flavors though very mild. Alcohol well hidden. More sour than funk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10334) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pouring at NotF in Boston. Pours a fairly clear crimson brown with a medium sized tan head. Acetone and funk on the nose. Medium-bodied, big soft sweet acid. Light acetone and faint wood. Nutty, malt, big warmth into the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (5443) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2013
32oz growler poured into a tulip. Pours very deep brown with a small, beige head. Aroma of sourness and tartness, a good amount of dark malts like that of a Belgian quad, some dark fruits and toffee, and a little bit of nuts and spices. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything, a nice sourness up front, and a good malty finish. Smooth to average texture. A great beer.


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