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Sucre - The Bruery

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 623
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 52
Gots: 248 | FT: 40
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  16.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Smarty_Pints on 03-29-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sucré is our sixth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method.
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Photo of richj1970
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with 1-2 finger off white head. Fairly short retention and little lacing.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, raisins, dates, and bourbon.

T: Molasses, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, dates, and bourbon. Some light vanilla and oak.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. Finish is a little hot and sweet.

O: Wondeful beer. Lots of rich bourbon and fruit notes. Very nice sipper to close out an evening. (471 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with some bubbles clinging to the glass.

Smell - In the nose, I get an impression most reflective of booze and malts.

Taste - My initial impression is to note the booze and sweet malts. Further along come warm chocolate notes, tobacco, and sticky molasses. The aftertaste runs warm and perhaps a little sweet syrupy.

Mouthfeel - With low carbonation, this is downright sticky. The aftertaste is generously allowed to linger.

Overall - It is expensive, but you owe it to yourself to try one of these. (553 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, opaque reddish brown, with a small head, not much lacing. Nice looking. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, caramel, vanilla, oak, some bourbon. Smells terrific. Taste continues the strong malt. Also more bourbon than the nose, oak, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, dates. This is so good. This is a real tongue coater and is ridiculously smooth for the ABV. A joy to drink from start to finish.

First Bruery anniversary ale I've had. Too bad I missed the others, and I wish I had another bottle of this. An incredibly complex offering, highly enjoyable. (629 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As thick and rich looking a beer as I've ever seen. It pours like flooding water, so brown, murky and mysterious. A thin head, kind of an orangey hued tan, lives up top but dies an early death with little retention, not hard to understand given the ABV of this beast.

My nose suggests I bit off more than I could chew as bourbon singes my nose hair. A bit of toffee and vanilla take up residence as well, but this smells of spirits and not beer. If you mixed a Barleywine and a shot or two of bourbon, this would be the result.

I'm scared to take the first sip, and trust me, this is a sipper. Nothing but malt early on, which gives me hope. Toffee and caramel eventually give way to bourbon as the monster crosses mid sip. At this point, it feels as if a match has been lit as the alcohol takes over along with whatever fiery hops were thrown in.

As soon as the beer is beyond the tongue and hits the throat, it's like an explosion of heat and fire. Probably hotter than Utopias. The burn coats the tongue and the pain just lingers til the next sip. That next sip brings cool to the equation but it's temporary as the beer eventually has to be swallowed which simply fan the flames from the previous sip. Before my plates disintegrated, I noticed sweetness up front, but that's just a memory at this point.

Overall, I can't recall a beer quite like this other than Utopias, which is barely a beer. I know I'll regret this in the morning when my throat is sore and flames are shooting out my rear, but for now, I kind of like the manly aggressiveness of this. (1,577 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz wax dipped bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
02/26/14
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a thin, almost crystal clear, crimson-mahogany color and appeared even more red when held up to the light. A frothy, bubbly, light tan mass topped the liquid and later transformed into a thick, lasting ring.

Outstanding aroma. Super sweet with intense bourbon notes. Loads of dark fruits. Booze soaked raisins and figs were apparent. Quite bready. Brown sugar, vanilla and coconut came through strong. Somewhat port-like with subtle oxidative notes. Caramel and toffee were noticeable as well. Amazingly complex and robust.

The flavor profile mimicked the nose. Super malty rich and sweet with strong boozy, bourbony notes and dark fruits. Uber raisiny. Very port-like. Loads of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Vanilla and coconut came through strong as well. Quite sweet overall but surprisingly not cloyingly so. Bourbon dominated in the finish. Moderately oaky. Vanilla and coconut notes lingered long after the swallow. At nearly 17% ABV, the alcohol was surprisingly subdued at first, but it intensified as the beer warmed.

On the palate, the beer was amazingly frothy and creamy. Not super thick but quite slick. The liquid contained a fine, soft, moderate effervescence.

Sucre could have been a cloying, hot mess, but instead it was an amazingly rich, sweet and complex old ale. Even at their steep price points, The Bruery's anniversary releases are consistently outstanding. I look forward to trying these every year. (1,568 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL into a tasting glass. From notes. Reviewed 31 January 2015.

4.25A: Mahogany glowing opaque red.

4.75S: Rich and sweet and intoxicating and incredible. Loads of bourbon.

4.5T: Much better than Bois, but not quite as good as Fruet. It's rich, sweet, and deep. Lots of pleasant fruit and bourbony notes.

4.25M: Rich and sweet and pleasant.

4.25O: Exceptional. This is super good, and reason I'm only with holding the 0.25 is the potentially-biased intoxication. (481 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4oz serving for five bucks at Clubhouse BFD in Michigan.

Phenomenal sums this beer up nicely. Love the booziness -- the taste and the feel. The rich dark fruit flavors with the awesome bourbon barrel vanilla and oak flavor makes for an incredible beer. This beer was so damn good that I couldn't just sip it, and drank it a bit faster than I'd like to've. This is easily the best Old Ale I've had to this point. The barrel aging just *makes* this beer. A must-try. Expensive, but I'd very likely buy myself a bottle if I had the chance. (537 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with two finger foamy head (offwhite, khaki, couldn't tell b/c it was lowlit bar) that left some lace patches on glass. The aroma is not only boozy and woody (one could say oaky and bourbon/vanilla but reminded me a bit of port wine(not that I'm expert about port wine), in that there is a dark fruit aroma like plum, raisin, toffee, figs, grape and the barrels (again). The beer is woody smooth but heavy, definite sipper, and one gets some booze and heat but this beer is not bleeding alcohol. Sweetness comes from toffee, caramel, figs, and grape. These tastes balance with each other and the bourbon/vanilla edge in there works as well. Finishes a little hot and overall this is a quality crafted high ABV ale that is a must try. (759 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer. Pours so dirty! Almost grainy. Drinks like a barleywine. Bourbon, cola, yes, yes...my favorite from the previous reviews is "cardboard". Ha, right, a little bit! Sure, yes, it's sweet - welcome to The Bruery. It's damn delicious.

Joined the Preservation Society this year, was given the chance to buy some of the Sucre variants. Hadn't had the regular yet, so that's all I bought. Kicking myself now. (430 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Odd that this is unfiltered and so relatively uncarbonated. I wasn't sure I liked it at first, a little sweet and unbalanced, but as it opened up it became more integrated and rounded. Old ale for sure, and -eventually- remarkably subtle for the huge abv. Still, just a middling success, particularly from a brewery which I enjoy so much. (338 characters)

Photo of AmishLightning
3.39/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a HUGE disappointment for me. I purchased the bottle for $30 because it is a rarity to get anything from The Bruery were I live. I aged it for roughly three months before cracking it open with a buddy. Everything was fine until I tasted it. The appearance was this deep brown and it smelled like plums and bourbon. However, it tasted like someone had dumped in pound of brown sugar. It was sooo sweet. It was so sweet and alcoholic that I had problems finishing it. The sugar just overpowered any other flavors that might have been present. It made me gag whenever I drank more than just a little bit at a time. Overall, I don;t know if I got a bad bottle or what, but it was a complete waste of time and money. (726 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is a whole lotta beer!
Color is a dark brown with very little head. Aroma is raisins or dates or prunes and the alcohol is noticeable. Flavor is somewhat sweet like molasses, vanilla, raisins and bourbon. This beer really rewards those who pay attention to the flavors - there's a lot going on in there. A very special beer. (336 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Yet another killer anniversary beer from the Bruery. Pours deep brownish into my glass with a one finger off white head. Aroma of bourbon, cardboard, oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. Mmmm. Flavor is really beautifully smooth vanilla caramel bourbon, some brown sugar and definite oaky presence, warming alcohol. Huge body as expected, low plus carbonation, and surprisingly smooth for the big ABV. Just awesome. (414 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Just quick notes:

Strong, sweet aroma, slightly musty and oxidized (not an old bottle). Notes of caramel.

Flavor is very, very strong. Bourbon and oak notes hit up front; tons of sweetness throughout, featuring brown sugar and caramel prominently, but also toffee, vanilla, and more bourbon; strong bourbon notes on the finish.

The dominant flavor profile after a while is brown sugar; it's got that lingering aftertaste you get from eating a spoonful of raw brown sugar.

Pretty hot beer; the alcohol is not well-hidden, nor should it be, at 16.9%.

The closest beer parallel I've had would be Sam Adams Utopias. While obviously not at that strength, and with far less spirits influence, the boozy sweetness comes through with a remarkably similar profile.

Delicious. (775 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at Clinton Hall in NYC, it pours chestnut brown color with a small tan head that faded and left good spotty lacing that slid down relatively quickly. Smells sweet up front, but not too sweet, with caramel, brown sugar, gummy bears, caramel dipped apples, dark rum, maple syrup, hay, cinnamon, sweet spices that are hard to describe and a general malty sweetness that is not cloyingly sweet. For an old ale this seems more like a barleywine, but regardless it smells good. Tastes sweet but the sugary essence is mild as the flavors break loose in a malty attack with molasses, caramel, brown sugar, gummy bears, Razzles, caramel dipped apples, dark rum, maple syrup, orange peel, melot, cinnamon, sweet spices like coriander and white pepper. Wow, the complexities and flavors do not seem like an old ale as this beer is smooth and full of flavor, hiding the ABV for the most part and only letting the booze and heat peek through. It's chewy and full bodied, with a ton of flavor and mild carbonation that makes it go down easier than it should. A damn fine example of this style, world class. It was expensive as hell, but worth it. (1,139 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Once again riding the fine line of quality and "are you crazy", for their sixth anniversary Bruery brewers devise an strong old ale that would dwarf the common barleywine both in complexity and power. But its Belgianesque influence give unique textures and surprisingly balanced taste.

Decadence is realized with the very first wafts- bourbon-laced maple, brown sugar and toffee greet the nose and draws you in. Underneath, the dark russet brown hues cast deep garnets about the margins. The first sips deliver all that lush and succulent sweetness with hints of chocolate, almond and fruit.

Once the palate is awash with dessert-like sweetness, the ale opens up with an ester forward display: apple, cherry and grape link up with deeper fig, raisin and date for a bright yet mature dialogue in taste. A slight nod toward leather-like pungency is greeted with peppercorn, oak, dry coffee-like acidity and unmistakable bourbon caramel and vanilla.

Broken up by carbonation and sliced by high spicy booze, the malt sweetness begins to dissolve, making way for dry and powdery textures to impeded its lavishly full body. Oak spices, bourbon heat and a peppery finish keeps the body out of the barleywine spectrum and into something more subtle and complex- a job well done! (1,273 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: Very little tan head that dissipates from a finger to next to nothing in rapid fashion. Gorgeous murky dark red color.

Smell: Huge toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit aromas–reminds me of a boozy raisin or fig. Highly concentrated sweet flavors that are complimented by some alcohol. Not an offensive low-grade vodka fusel alcohol, though.

Taste: One of the most decadent beers I’ve ever tasted. Brown sugar, port wine, rum-soaked raisins, and an absolutely huge amount of background barrel flavor. While it’s not the dominant element of the beer, it’s this beer’s skeleton–everything hangs on it. Complex, and gains complexity as it warms–vanilla, rustic wood flavors, and some robust wine like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mellow but robust, lower carbonation that really suits the gargantuan size of this beer. It’s a gentle giant, though. Chewy, like a decadent dessert.

An amazingly complex, endlessly tasty sipper of a beer. The massive dark fruit and barrel flavors are sublime. The Bruery is perhaps the greatest "big beer" producer in the world; they simply nail strong ales! Certainly worth the hefty price tag (I bought it for $32.99 at a store in Washington D.C.). (1,198 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Tried side by side withe various barrel aged variations, in the end, this was my favorite. The bourbon flavor is very pronoucned, and I think it blends in very well with all the rich, sweet tropical fruit, coconut and vanilla flavors. It actually helps to cut some of the sweetness in this very rich beer, which was something I appreciated. A little bit goes a long way, but this is truly excellent stuff. (408 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/30/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a wine glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, brown sugar, alcohol, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, dark fruit and some chocolate. Then an alcohol sting comes in but considering the extreme ABV, it isn’t too strong. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and creates a good balance for such a strong beer. The after-taste is slightly sticky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down well for the high ABV, not too filling, extremely strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to sip on for a long time. (881 characters)

Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +13.9%

A - Golden amber

S - Sweet smells, booze

T - Sugary boozy dates figs oak vanilla bomb!

M - Silky smooth

O - Get it very, very, very cold and then let it chill down and it will give you chills yourself once it gets warm, its that good.

A favorite above Black Tuesday, Mocha Wednesday and Grey Monday. (304 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Brown sugar. Sweet, rich, boozy. It's pretty clear why bourbon is the most common choice of barrel treatments as it complements the beer much better than any of the others. (172 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

Just excellent. Bruery have perfected the solera method for barrel aged old ales just like Cambridge Brewing Company perfected the solera method for sours with Cerise Cassee.

See my review of Fruet for what I have to say about Sucre; the consistency of solera has come, and the results are worth the effort. (309 characters)

Photo of psumjl269
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

This beer is an outstanding Old Ale/Barleywine. Lots of caramel/fig/raison in the flavor, very smooth sipping drink, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. If you drink the full fifth, watch out, you will be devastated because that ABV is the real deal!

Overall, another outstanding offering from the Bruery. I have yet to have a bad beer from them. The only complaint is the high price point (~$30) and the fact that you have to commit to an entire fifth (because they don't brew any beers I know of in 12OZ bottles). (527 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%

Tap

Pours a murky woody brown with a bit of lacing for a head.

Smells of dates, hazelnut, cocoa, oak and licorice.

Taste is the same plus coffee, grapes, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, and scotch. Incredibly potent and complex.

Full syrupy body with stinging carbonation on the tongue mixed with boozey stinging, warming, and numbing.

Quite an experience and very much a sipper one-and-done. Consumes the palate. Threatens to be cloying but manages not to, which makes the difference. I don't know if I would have it again but I definitely think it should be tried at least once. (589 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chocolate brown color with a short tight khaki head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet and candy like. Big caramel and toffee sweetness. There is some raisin dark fruit notes. Nice amount of bourbon and vanilla. Some subtle woody notes in the finish which is nice. Great aroma but it is a little one sided.

The beer starts off with a deep caramel wave but then there is a sweet tart dark fruit flavor. Raisin, plum, and sour cherries. Some toffee notes from the malt. Subtle bourbon and vanilla. A bit of fusel alcohol flavor in the finish.

Light to moderate feel with semi soft carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate with a hint of sour. Slightly sticky in the finish. The booze is pretty strong and still needs some mellowing.

A very flavorful beer. Great sweet notes. Quite boozy. Needs to be a bit more smooth. (855 characters)

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Sucre from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.