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Cuir - The Bruery

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 73
Gots: 428 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-07-2011)
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Reviews by eclipse54:
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

A 750 mL bottle from fortsambo; thanks for the killer extra! Split into tulips.

Pours a unique mahogany color with ruby red and blood orange hues where the light passes through. A thin layer of toffee-colored head, composed of fine bubbles, lingers for a few minutes before retreating; it forms a permanent, frothy ring around the perimeter with swirling, central projections.

The aroma is of plum, raisin, and other obscure “dark fruits.” They give way to toffee, caramel, orange citrus, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Some wet oak and faint maple notes are also detectable.

It tastes of the ubiquitous dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and slight brown sugar. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some orange are also present. A bit of raw ethanol comes through on the finish. The flavors seem slightly less integrated on the palate than in the nose.

Mouthfeel is wonderful; rich but not cloying, thick but not sticky, and clean but not desiccating at the end. Enough carbonation keeps it lively, and helps the more subtle flavors pop up. Ethanol warms on the finish.

Overall, this is a great old ale with a nice barrel presence. The bourbon isn’t overwhelming in nature, but the alcohol content still comes through slightly more than it should, perhaps. With a bit more time, I think it will only improve.

02-15-2013 00:18:20 | More by eclipse54
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12-23-2013 17:46:04 | More by BrandonDZ
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

09-05-2011 22:24:22 | More by 1Adam12
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-05-2012 16:08:47 | More by mjtiernan
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

11-25-2011 17:19:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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07-10-2011 00:59:24 | More by zaphodchak


4.4/5  rDev +6%

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: A deep brown body pours a finger head of light tan. Carbonation is low and lacing is light and spotty.

S: A nice vanilla and plum aroma, with a good level of spice. a bit of a low intensity aroma for the style. Low but subtle bourbon influences.

T/M: Rich, sweet malty notes, that reflect plums and dark chocolate. Spice on the palate with a long lingering finish. Low hop bitterness. Vanilla shown from the bourbon oak, with bourbon in the background. Bourbon is blended perfectly not too much to over power, but not to light, that goes unnoticed.

O: Overall, this is a solid beer, and with age, it can only get better. I really enjoyed the bourbon influence, as some brews turn one denominational. This beer is a nice offering for the series.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the Good Life - Massapequa, NY

A - Pours light brown. No visivlbe carbonation, no lcaing. Settles fast into a snifter.

S - Scents of candied fruit, brown sugar, and toffee. A hint of booze is noted in the scent, though not overpowering.

T - This tasted to me exactly like a tawny port. Flavors of dried fruit, caramel, and nuts, give way to a reserved warmy burn of booze. It is a mellowing flavor.

M - Obviously a sipper, this is mellow and if you take your time, is very smooth. The balance makes it quite enjoyable.

O - I found this a great alternative to a cordial, or dessert wine. If treated as such it makes for a great beer.

02-29-2012 20:54:22 | More by socon67
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3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .25 finger cream colored head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy dark brown. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Big, thick legs. Solid.

Nose is brown sugar, caramel, prune and plum. Syrupy with a big booze presence. Real sweet too. Decent but there's something that just doesn't seem to work here that I can't put my finger on.

Opens prune, plum and logan. Sweet syrup, brown sugar, caramel and some toffee notes in the middle. Boozy on the back end with molasses and more syrup sweetness. Finishes bourbon, leather, some oak, caramel, and brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Weird sweet fruit aftertaste. Again, decent but there's a fruit presence that doesn't work.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down boozy and thick. Finishes accented with a lingering, aggressive finish. Average. A bit too carbonated.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell: Cherry, malts, alcohol (whiskey).

Taste: Same as the aroma. Cherries, malts and alcohol (whiskey).

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slightly coarse, alcohol presence.

Overall: Great body to this brew. Taste reminded me of a wine a little bit. I enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to try it aged! Cheers.

12-11-2011 17:33:33 | More by Heatwave33
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Cuir from The Bruery
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