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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

194 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 579
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 76
Gots: 430 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Old Ale | 14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cuir is our third anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but again created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.
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Reviews: 194 | Hads: 579
Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into a pint glass. Split with BA morningthief and his wife.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 1 inch, fluffy light tan head that dissipates steadily and lacelessly. Pours a hazy dark red brown. No lacing, huge legs.

Smell: Belgian yeast and barbecue sauce. Some oak, hint of band-aid (not as offensive as when present in a beer's flavor), smoke, and some smells approaching vinegar. Booziness comes out with warmth. With time, settles into an excellent mix of booze, BBQ, leather, Belgian yeast, with some cake and other delicious aromas in the background.

Taste: Immediately presents itself as an excellent old ale. Everything from the nose is here (besides the band-aid), along with with a thick, sweet, hard candy sweetness that's perfectly tempered by the big savory BBQ note, smoke that comes out through the middle, and long hot finish. It's very boldly flavored and sugary, yet succulent. Various cake like flavors pop up... it's not an endlessly deep beer, but new good flavors do keep popping up unexpectedly.

Tastes a lot less fruity than Coton, and the influence of the oak is much less prominent (almost non-existent for the most part). At the same time, the overall balance is much better. Flavor is pushing 5.0; not sure how this could taste much better. Maybe some more oak influence and malt depth would push it over the edge. Maybe just a year of aging. Really outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation. A little chewy and sticky. Long heat at the end. Significantly better than Coton; more carbonation, less oily slickness. Compliments the flavor.

Overall: I love it. Competitive with Adam for best old ale I've tasted. Maybe there's a problem here or there, but nothing more than a minor quibble. This beer is the Bruery showing off some of the heights of its considerable talent, and is worthy both as an anniversary beer and of the hefty price tag it commands. I'll be picking up another bottle if I can find one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dcurrin
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blackwingedhorde
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of bdkucharski
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jisom123
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BrandonDZ
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally bought a bottle of this. After trying it, I want another one to let it sit for at least a year, probably 2.

Very dark murky orange. Smell is potent and nice. Smelled it as soon as I popped the top on the bottle. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, burnt sugar. Taste is the same, but the ABV makes itself known. Alcohol is very noticeable. Love the mouthfeel. Creamy and just slightly carbonated. I'd rank the taste and the mouthfeel at a 4.5 if the ABV wasn't so noticeable. I feel that after a year or two, the alcohol taste might mellow and makes this even more enjoyable. Very nice though. Not sure if it is worth the money, but still very nice.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly muddled brown color with lots going on, some turbidity through the browness, not much in terms of head. Lovely aroma, damn, coconut is forceful more than any other beer that didn't have coconut in the name. Vanilla, oak, char, chocolate after that. Good warming sensation from the alcohol.

Taste, wow, so much better than Coton and Papier as far as hiding the heat. This is a monster beer. More and more layers of complexity are revealed with each sip. Toffee and caramel are pretty substantial. Maybe some molasses and leather as well. Really appreciate the creaminess of this one, helps hide the alcohol quite well, I kept telling myself how amazing this was at hiding the alcohol, very nice. The woody touches are right in the ideal amount.

Really exceeded my expectations with this beer. Time to start adding to my little stash of this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle. 4 years old.
Very fruity aroma featuring dried plums and other dark fruits. Bitter and sweet with a touch of tartness.
Warming but not hot.

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Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BobbysLiquors
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Schlafly33
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JosephThompson
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Beezee
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger of offwhite head, red-brown cloudy body. Swirly surface memory.

Plum on the nose, dark fruit, faintly sour grape.

Taste is sweet with some hops to balance it. Some dark fruit and powerful malt. Peach and fig? Dates. Faintly tart. Some alcohol burn, faintly. Similar to Samichlaus, but less sticky and sweet.

Smooth mouthfeel, decent for the style.

Overall a nice American strong-- paired with Fritos Flavor Twists.
Overall decent

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Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.