So I was lucky enough to score a bottle of Redbud Brewing’s first bottled release — Cuvee One Belgian-Style Golden Ale — a few days before it hit the liquor store shelves. It was recommended to me that I wait about a week to give the beer more time to condition in the bottle. That sounded fine, but waiting a week meant everyone else would get a chance to buy it Monday when it hit the shelves and drink it before me. And you know, that ain’t cool, man. Plus, as The Thirsty Beagle, it would just be plain wrong to not at least give my readers a heads up to know if they should even go out and buy the beer. So, as you can see from the picture, I opened that bottle and enjoyed myself a glass. And boy, did I enjoy it. This just in: Hats off to Redbud because Cuvee One is excellent! Redbud brewmaster Chase Healey described Cuvee One as having ”slight hints of honey and spice in the flavor and aroma, the beer is warming with great body and mouthfeel.” Agreed on all counts. Mrs. Beagle described it as “one of the best beers I can remember having in a long time.” I’d have to agree again. Much like the well-regarded COOP DNR — also a Belgian-Style Golden Ale — Cuvee One (9%) is a big beer that maintains a remarkable smoothness. It’s got just a hint of sweetness and definitely packs a warming punch. And only about 1,000 bottles have been created, so feel free to scoop some up if you can. If you can’t get any, or it runs out before you can, fear not. Cuvee One will be reincarnated in a couple months with Cuvee Two — which will be Cuvee One that is aging as I type in Jack Daniels barrels.