Released just once a year on our brewery's anniversary, Cuvée de Tétreault is an American wild ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon and bourbon barrels on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and black currants. The finished product is comprised of a blend of beer from each of the two types of barrels. This concept dates back to the early homebrewing days of founders JC and Esther Tetreault. Cuvée de Tétreault was initially designed to model the layered flavor of red wine barrels and the whole fruit maceration process that some winemakers utilize. For the first time this year, we used whole black currants. This integrates the entirety of the fruit lending more depth of character and a smooth, rounded tannic structure.
As the beer ages, the fruit character will gracefully evolve, opening up nuances provided by the grist, our native New England mixed culture and the select barrels. Cuvée de Tétreault is a celebratory beer, intended to be shared with friends and loved ones to commemorate life's milestones and achievements. Enjoy now or cellar over many years for further development. Tasting different vintages side-by-side allows for thoughtful comparison of the way different characteristics present as the beer ages - we've really enjoyed the process of discovering what notes the new vintage displays, and hope you do as well!
Cuvée de Tetreault 2019 pours a deep ruby brown with regal garnet highlights and a pillowy, easily roused blush colored head. Bringing the glass to the nose, Cuvée de Tétreault expresses rich aromas of toasted oak and vanilla bean alongside a powerful bouquet of earthy black currant and blackberry preserves. The palate unfolds with each sip as bold, red wine and tones of smooth fig, dried cranberry, sour cherry, and plum meld with a touch of peppery tobacco spice and woodsy hops. An underlying soft, fleeting roast and lush tannic structure tame the fruitiness and acidity of the beer while a refined barrel character adds complexity and elegance.
MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Munich, Abbey, Dark Crystal, Carafa III
HOPS: US Goldings
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: Belgian Candi Syrup, Whole Black Currants and Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes