Sucre - The Bruery

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 56
Gots: 245 | FT: 39
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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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Reviews by JamieDuncan:
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this one at the Bruery pint night at Columbia Ale House. Got it simultaneously with Bois to do a side by side comparison. Excellent appearance, Bois has a slightly dark, richer appearance that I liked but Sucre wins on smell, much richer. Overall I absolutely loved this beer, one of the best I have had but would have to say that Bois was just slightly better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
16.9% ABV

A - Sucré pours a muddy pond water brown color that's complete with a well-formed off-white head that surprisingly lasts quite a while considering it's alcohol content!

S - The Bruery's classic bourbon barrel aromatics waft from Sucré with potency, blending in vanilla notes with oak into the robust and malty old ale. Bourbon soaked raisins give the beer a dark fruit complexity before straight alcohol heat finishes out.

T - Molasses and maple syrup wash over the tongue with smoothness, paving the way for dark chocolate-covered raisins soaked in plenty of bourbon. Vanilla bean nuances pull forward from the charred oak barrel as the beer warms up even more; a delicious blend with the bready, malty old ale base.

M - Rich and thick, Sucré has a full body that borders throat coating and would be if it weren't for so much alcohol in this beer, it's almost thin finishing with dryness and a sizable alcohol bite; it's the balancing factor.

O - If it's a booze bomb you're looking for, then look no further. The Bruery's Sucré aged in bourbon barrels doesn't leave any bourbon notes to the imagination as this almost 17% beer drinks more like bourbon than beer. The old ale base is wonderfully malty, working nicely with the bourbon barrel aging but, no where near as nicely as it does in the port barrel, which I greatly prefer.

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my glass.

A - A nice murky brown, lot of carbonation, thick head.

S - Bourbon and raisin up front. Dates, black cherry, rye, vanilla, rubbing alcohol, moistened panties.

T - Oak infused black cherry juice, rum, ethanol, plum, prune, fire water, brown sugar, unicorn tears.

M - Feels good, no complaints.

O - This is an ass kicking beer. Starts out sweet and bold, leaves you wanting more. The 16.9% alcohol lets you know it's there by kicking you in the face.

Photo of MadScientist
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A hazy, glowing deep copper colored beer that lets little light though. The head is tan with orange highlights and long lasting, made of compact and slightly rocky foam. After it warms it's clear it becomes a bright clear beer, not that it should be served too cold to begin with.

There is a strong Bourbon barrel aroma just as you crack up the crown. A moderate candy sugar malt character and dark fruit along with a light orange aroma as well. It has a slight alcohol sweetness but not near enough to warn of the potent ABV that lies ahead.

Malt, Bourbon barrel oak and dark fruit dominate with a light sherry background. The balance is fairly sweet from a caramel and toffee like sweetness against a moderate hops bitterness. There isn't any hops flavor to really speak of here but there is a light little tart flavor. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of malty sweetness and dark fruit

This is a medium-full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. It has a bit of weightiness on the palate.

An outstanding complex, barrel aged beer. So I had all the patients of a five year old and was rewarded with a delightful beer even it is a beer worth aging, it's also well worth enjoying now.

Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.


Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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!

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Milky deep brown with red tinges, a thin lasting tan head, no carbonation visible. Rare spots of lacing. Labeling is regal, clean, explanative; wax-sealed top is appreciated but some might see it as cheesy. The $31.99 price tag detracts from this otherwise fantastic image a bit.

S: Oak/wood, but closely balanced by malty sweetness, some caramel, touch of heated alcohol.

T: Caramel, wood, vanilla, malt, sweetness. The wood/alcohol combo provides some harshness, but it is mellowed by the warm malt and moderate-yet-conserved sweetness. Nothing is held back here, and great balance. One of the favorable flavors will stick on yur palate for a while; which, I don't know, but you will enjoy it.

M: FULL bodied and nicely thick, smooth, exacted carbonation, but slightly filmy, though that is to be expected. The fullness is appreciated.

O: Exceptional in every sense of the word (my ratings are on an elevated scale from 'normal' brews), but it still falls short of perfection. The concern is there, the full, balanced, wide array of flavors is there, but it is still somehow short of a true masterpiece. I do not regret at all the price, but it would take a momentous occasion for me to return to it in favor of other go-to's or a highly rated untasted. Value: good/great, Absolute rating: very high!

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 06/14/14 notes. Bought a bottle of this in the RS this year, alongside a bunch of the variants. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a slight reddish tint, with one and a half to two fingers of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice, like previous years.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bourbon, toffee, sweet dark fruits, oak, toasted malts, coconut, molasses, sugar, and bready malts. Tons of caramel and bourbon as expected, but not too sweet. Really nice nose, I love it. Very similar to the last 2 years, which I consider a good thing.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, sweet dark fruity malts, toffee, raisins, oak, brown sugar, molasses, toasted malts, and alcohol. Taste is way sweeter than the nose, and sweet than the last two years' versions. Alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the ABV, just a bit too sweet to drink too much of and keeping it from being great.

m - Thick, full body and low to moderate carbonation. Light heat in the taste but not too bad all things considered. Very good mouthfeel IMO.

o - Overall I tend to like their anniversary beers a lot and consider this one very good, but I do not think it is as good as the last two years. I thought from Paprier to Coton and Cuir there was steady improvement, but I have found that I liked Fruet the bestm then Bois a little less, and now Sucre a little less again. I'm afraid they found the optimal blend at Fruet and now every year that blend is changing a little bit, making it a littl ebit worse each year. Again, this is a very good (but big) beer so it is not like this is a bad beer at all, but it is getting farther and farther away from the pinnacle of what Fruet was IMO. Still worth checking out if you like previous years' anniversary beers.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sucre is a very neat beer, but it really needs some time to mellow and develop. bois, last years edition, is drinking incredible right now, and blows this one away, but the comparison is not all the way fair. this is newer, stronger, and arguably much more complex, is going to have some transition period, and im okay waiting a year to drink another one of these. for now, its darker than bois, more red colored, and plenty yeasty, hazy, and heady. the nose on it reminds me of red apples, dry and crisp, not heavily sweet and butterscotch laden like the bois was. its more malt driven i think, huge, but thin in body comparatively speaking. i smell the bourbon barrel, but i taste wine barrel, with a thin tart tannic almost acidic finish, and definitely grapey in that way. layers or rich grain and fruit go back and forth, culminating in a hotly alcoholic finish that has the bourbon oak and what i identify as red wine barrel coming together, still with the apple flavor, and with quite a crescendo of carbonation for how strong and huge this thing is. lots of barrel, but different in smell than in taste. i suspect this will unify with time, and the alcohol will undoubtedly mellow. i like these beers, but they are monsters, and require a couple of good friends to imbibe. a pleasure to drink, although one third of a bottle was plenty for me. i look forward to seeing it mature over time, and to revisiting it one day down the road.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There really is no flaw with this beer.
Nose, look, taste... Really, a flawless beer.
So sad I didn't buy more.

Photo of hagbergl
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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.).

Photo of Joe_Phillips
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

It has a strong bourbon aroma. The first sip is sweet; the caramel flavors fade to a pleasant raisin taste.

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a tawny brown, with a dark date like hue. The head collared quickly to a thick froth of off white foam.

The aromas are not just complex but strong and fragrant. The initial nose is quite chocolatey with hidden dark fruit like prune and date. Deeper in I smell maple, toffee, mint leaf, creme and subtle alcohols.

The first taste on the tongue was coconut which I did not find on the nose. Suddenly dark fruit flavor arrived in the form of prune and date with a mix of toffee and maple. It ends with the a figgy fruit and brownie batter. What's so interesting is that chocolate is all around the flavor but never particularly overt.

The feel is so light and drinkable but yet has a distinct thickness and velvety smoothness.

I've come to expect great things from The Bruery and they seem to never disappoint. This is yet another triumph and a delicious ale.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Max's on 5/18/14 (they had it on tap for their BA day of ACBW)

A: Cloudy, dark brown. No head or lacing at all.

S: Winter cake. Spices. Nutmeg. Coriander. All add up to some nice apple pie.

T: Complex. Raisin. Sweet malt. Bit of spirits in there. Figs and cinnamon. Changes across the palate. Lingering sweetness of malts. Bready and a bit earthy.

M: Thick and prickly from spices.

O: Great. Solera shines through a bit. I haven't had any of the others though except for Brandy BA Bois.

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

An interesting muddy reddish brown, quite murky looking a bit but quite a unique looking color here. Comes out of the bottle quite wet and slapping somewhat. Head is light tan and minimal retention, but leaves a creamy vanilla yellow collar. Slick top, a bit oil stained and glossy.

Nice mellow nose and what I expect from this series. Cherry fruit, more sense of booze and heat coming out like kirsch a bit. and hints of that classic salt caramel. This seems a little hotter than past anniversary items but still real nice.

Palate comes with huge flavors of dark and red fruits. Cherry, fig working in the mix there with some nice warmth. Big purple grape sensing juicy flavors. Not overly out of control on the palate, but a little wet for barrel aging and some noticeable tingle carbonation on first sip. It is however carrying and coating the flavors wonderfully. Big slow sipper and only feels warm long after it's gone, not a big boozy blast in the palate.

Overall may not be as memorable as previous anniversary editions, definitely fruit forward more, and missing some depth and the large caramel butterscotch I seem to remember on the last one, but still quite enjoyable to be drinking. Never get tired of these anniversary beers from the Bruery.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: brown-bodied ale wit highlights of root beer and brown glass; slimmest finger of tan foam; leaves no lace

S: figs soaked in bourbon, dates, raisin, cherries and various other dark orchard fruit; some spice, some herb, some sugars like caramel and brown sugar toffee

T: in accordance with what you'll smell - dark fruits are dominant - fig and date, brown sugar and bourbon glazed - hints of vanilla and caramel sweetness - deep, dark cherry musk with a tinge of tartness

M: syrupy and slick, medium weight, slight sting of spice and booze

O: typical of the series, a worthy acquisition for the series BA with cash on hand - maybe not my favorite in the line - booziness I enjoyed in the Fruet and bois seems subdued here - more of a dark orchard fruit-forward ale - lots of sugars at play. No surprises here, but maybe I'm just jaded.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, vintage 2014 with bottled on date 02/27/2014 etched on the bottleneck. The sixth anniversary ale from The Bruery, acquired at the local Binny's for something like $29.99. Expectations are stellar based upon how well I enjoyed last year's offering, The Bruery Bois. Bottle shared amongst friends.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice thick syrupy caramel colored body with some red hues. About a finger of khaki bubbly head that thins to about a quarter inch.

S - A beautiful aroma - caramel, vanilla, wood, alcohol, bourbon, & wine / port-like notes of dark fruitiness.

T - The taste follows the aroma - beautiful and complex. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, cream. Some port wine / sherry type dark fruits are noticeable.

M - The feel is thick, lightly syrupy, lightly warm / boozy, and absolutely delicious.

Overall, a supremely complex and well-crafted old ale from The Bruery. I would love to get a hold of more of these bottles. Well worth the price tag and well worth seeking out. Highly recommended.

The Bruery Sucré---4.5/5

Photo of stortore
4.59/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Etan
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours a very dark purplish brown with a decent beige head.

S: Aroma is grapey oxidation, huge brown sugar, sweet wheat bread, some bourbon and vanilla.

T: Taste likewise brings figgy, grapey sweetness, caramel, some woodiness, deepening warmth, vanilla, fruitcake, mild bitter liquor.

M: Thick-bodied, light carb, not too sticky.

O: Seems to be a lot more grapey/oxy flavors than Bois. I would imagine the fortified wine/brandy variants to be overly strong on the grape notes. With bourbon at least there's some balance (although this is all speculation).

Photo of CHickman
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Sucre from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.