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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 75
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:
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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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 189
Reviews by henskejk:
Photo of henskejk
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown-red color, small amount of pale beige headm fairly cloudy

S - A lot of sweet dark fruit aroma. and has some sour and vinegary notes in the background

T - A lot of malty sweetness with that slight amount of the sour/vinegar funkiness. very little booze flavor was detectable.

M - Heavy body but fairly smooth, pleasant carbonation.

O - enjoyable and very interesting. very heavy and not something I can drink a lot of, but good to split a bottle among a few friends.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

I don't know if age has anything to do with it but this beer just isn't doing well. There's a weird fruit presence that asserts itself in the nose, flavor, and feel that makes the overall experience awkward. Just not for me.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this one by.

(A) Opaque, somewhat brown but mostly dark ruby red. The head was pretty foamy at first but it quickly disappeared.

(S) Fig and raisin stand out the most to me. There are hints of booze and wood.

(T) It's not really boozy, but the alcohol is evident. There's a decent amount of dried dark fruits, some fig and plum. The oak comes out more in the taste than it already did in the nose. There is a bit of raisin along with a fine amount of other sugars.

(M) It's a bit toward the medium side as far as body goes. It's lighter and somewhat thin and ends dry.

(O) This one stands out with that signature Old-Ale taste. It's a good beer but I would wonder how this would be after some time. I think I might like it more with some age,

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Didn't take note of the bottle number. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red that looks brown. Vigorous pour yields a nice tan head with good lacing, which is amazing at this ABV. The second glass I poured had almost nothing. Hmm.

Smell - Apples and booze. Some earthiness that manifests itself as leather. Apples aren't my favorite, but this smells nice.

Taste - Apples again, but still good. Much stronger bourbon in the taste than the smell. Leathery and earthy, which I loved.

Mouthfeel - Thin, really, for the ABV. A bit dry, probably explaining the apples. Not as boozy as I'd expect at this ABV.

Overall - Very good, but dominated by the damn apples. Still delicious from the other flavors that come through. Hardly tastes 14.5%.

Photo of IKR
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy medium-brown. moderate beige head that dissipated quickly. I think the head is larger than that of my Coton I drank last month

Smell: Belgian yeast notes, some mild prune & brown sugar notes. I get the slightest hint of bourbon and some alcohol, To me the nose was more pronounced on the roughly 1 year old Coton I had.

Taste: Fruity sherry notes, some dark fruits, brown sugar and with traces of bourbon on the tail end. The Solera method used is evident compared to my Coton I had a month ago. Still has a fairly sweet taste, but the aging is bringing some additional complexity to the party.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall: A good beer which is different enough from Coton to make it worthwhile of obtaining by Bruery Anniversary Beer fans. I'm looking forward to drinking the Bal-aged version.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, and others at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was tasted side-by-side with 100% BA version! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, dark fruit, fig, and subtle wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, subtle wood, and subtle banana. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty good brew. The flavors and aromas on this one were not very complex. This was further enforced when smelling and tasting the 100% BA version. They tasted like COMPLETELY different brews. This was a still a nice brew that I could definitely drink more of, but I would choose the BA version given the choice hands down.

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty brown color with golden highlights when held to a light. The head is tan, tight bubbled and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of plumes and raisins, with some tart lemon. Some light hints of bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. There is an overall mustiness.

The taste is of caramel malt, perhaps some scorched caramel. Next comes a way of sour oak flavors, mostly lemon and some green apple. Another wave or caramel and bourbon come next. This brings along some dark fruit flavors; prunes and sour cherries. Some light earthy bitterness in the end.

The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. There is a maltiness to the brew but it sits light. There is some stickiness in the finish and the ABV can be detected in the finish.

An interesting beer, reminds me very much of a BSDA but perhaps more sour. Good mix of sweet and sour.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Beaumont Market for $20. 750ml bottle poured into a pair of Portsmouth snifters and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Murky prune juice body with a finger of Jelly Belly toasted marshmallow hued head that dissipates quickly to a thick wisp ring. No lacing. 3/5

S: Boozy fruits of the sweet vinous kind. Currants are huge along with cherries and figs. A little bit of sherry lends evidence that the solera method is contributing some interesting oxidation. 4.5/5

T: Minor hints of barrel, massive booze, some vanilla, more rich fruits, yeasty esters (banana), and heaps of brown sugar make this a winner. 4/5

M: Moderate body, spritzy carbonation, tongue numbing alcohol, and a sticky finish. All signs of a good Old Ale. 4/5

O: Solid stuff. Not my favorite Old Ale (that distinction goes to Adam), but it's a good beer none the less. It's better fresh then Coton was and has far less heat. 100% BA Coton was one of my favorite beers of 2010. After tasting this, I have high hopes for the all -bal version for this year. 4/5

Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark fruits, some tanginess, rich breadiness, some sherry notes.

L: Very dark cloudy brown, light tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Dark fruit malt with a oxidized sherry notes. Lots of dark breadiness. Medium fruity bitterness with a touch of roastiness and bourbon oak "cheesiness". Some alcohol spiciness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Very old ale like, really enjoyed the sherry notes.

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(On draught at Papago!). Pours dark caramel with khaki head. Aroma has some smoke, dark, ripe fruit, A-1 steak sauce? Taste is sweet, with a bit of sour twang. Alcohol is well integrated given the abv. Full-bodied with sticky, oily mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Good beer and quite unique.

Photo of zep9865
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter in another badass tasting with aasher. Pours a dark brown with a slight shade of ruby. The 3 fingers of foam head are white with some shades of red.

Smells buttery and malty with some hints of cherry. Some kinda pastry that just came out of the oven.

Taste is similar to the smell for once with my review. Sweet dark malt with a tart slightly hoppy backbone.

Bombers like this are expensive for a reason...They're really good

Photo of claaark13
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter at cellar temp. The bottle is just cool enough for the outside to fog when touched.

A - Dark reddish brown with a thick white head.

S - Sweet licorice. Some spices and the slightest amount of oak. It smells good, but nothing exciting. Too much sweetness.

T - Sweetness throughout. Not an immense amount as I see in some reviews, but it is sweet from start to finish. Burnt caramel/toffee and dark fruit. I think the licorice in the aroma I was getting is actually raisin. Dry, oak finish. Somehow it is noticeably dry and noticeably sweet at the same time. I actually like how the dryness plays against the sweetness. Not much, if any, booze evident.

M - Somewhat thick. I actually find it to be in line for the style. Not sure if it could get better. I think it will feel thicker in time if carbonation dies.

O - It is good, but I can't say that I'd order more than on serving at a bar....assuming the serving were 8oz or less. I do believe the aging potential here is great. I guess I'll snag more for the cellar.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the local Binny’s for a wonderfully outrageous price of $22. Bottle number 4225.

Appearance – Pours a dirty, ruddy brown into my tulip glass. About a finger of slight tan head is achieved with a somewhat vigorous pour that dissipates momentarily leaving slight spotty lacing.

Smell – Lots of dark fruits such as figs, prunes, and dates. Brown sugar, maple syrup, and molasses. Slight sour character such as green grapes. Ends with a leather/earthy aroma.

Taste – A lot of sweetness up front from the dark fruits, though it is almost immediately taken over by an ever so slight tartness reminiscent of fruity sherry. This melds into brown sugar, vanilla, some oak and smokiness, and lastly bourbon. Honestly, I’m pretty impressed for how big this beer is, how nice it comes together. I did a search after starting to review this and saw others getting a slight tartness from this (which I am experiencing) but then read some saying there is almost an A-1 sauce flavor (which I do not detect, however, seeing as I use that damn sauce on everything I would like to try a bottle with those characteristics, haha).

Mouthfeel – Pretty creamy and thick, though the higher than average carbonation for this style works well by making it seem a bit lighter overall.

Overall – I will get another bottle of this for sure and sit on it for a while. If it is infected like people say, oh well. But from what I have experienced, while pretty damn pricy, this is a beer to sip and enjoy. I don’t taste alcohol (though I do get warming) and for being so “young” and such high ABV, that is pretty damn impressive. I really am enjoying this beer when I thought it would be more of a “meh” beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Anniversary 14.5%abv. 75% ale, 25% aged in burbon barrels. Bottle #04782. Wax coated neck.

A: Murky caramel apple pour with a creamy grain colored head that was a finger tall and showed good restraint. Dark coloring in the vessel shows some lace stickage.

S: Boozy burbon laced raisins and plums. Strong show of alcohol, 14.%% worthy but not overpowering.

T: The flavor is strong and boozy of burbon alcohol, sweet sugary dark fruit, plums, figs and sugary raisins with some good barrel woodiness coming through. Spicy cardamon, licorice, sweet fennel and woodsy cypress with a warm sweet Belgian yeast fruitiness. Some trace elements of citrus, curaco orange and Belgian candy sweetness. A bit acidic with some flashes of sweet toffee.

M: Milky malty body, soft carbonation with a warm and spicy feel on the inner cheeks. Alcohol is tolerable.

O: Overall complex, sweet, dark and fruity with a spicy good show of alcohol. A great sipper even warm the alcohol is very manageable. I tackled this alone, but probably should of shared the bomber.

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Daftcaskbc.

Appearance. Pours a murky, orange-brown with a thin, off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, some white wine and wood, a little coffee and vanilla. There are also some unidentifiable (to me, anyways) woody spices.

Taste. Sweet caramel, cedar and a little pine, molasses and plums, maybe a little cherry. High abv is fairly well hidden, but what comes through is smooth. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation. Sticky and a little warm.

Overal. Sweet and full of flavour. Nice stuff.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (Cuir version): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of alcohol ester are pretty strong with some light vanilla notes and some toffee and sweet caramel notes. Taste is also dominated by quite strong bourbon notes with some sweet toffee and very sweet caramel malt notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and too much alcohol was apparent. The idea behind this beer is great but the execution is less then perfect. Even after two year aging the beer is still way too hot and lacking attenuation.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a rich deep mahogany brown body with an easily achieved 2 inch biscuity light brown head. Head only stays for a few minutes then holds as just a skim.

Nose is absolutely wonderful with big sweet notes of maple and spicy phelonic tones all up front. The bourbon plays nicely and is noticeable without being to overpowering. The nose itself really gets my mouth watering.

My, my this is a big beer I say to myself as I take first sip. Sweet and spicy Rum soaked fruit notes hit the palate first. There are small bits of tangy fruit flavors that almost come of as tart, but just slight. Everything plays a bit of a back drop to the alcohol bite that this one has. I could see this one easily aging for 5 or more years. This is a rather sweet beer already and I could see aging rounding out the alcohol and bringing more sweetness. This beer is big with sweet bread all around.

The mouthfeel is thick but balanced a bit by a dryness that really continues to develop more as you drink.

This is a very good brew overall and nicely drinkable for nearly 15% alc. At over $20 a bottle this will probably be the only time I have the pleasure to enjoy it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA on 7/6/11

A - Poured a dark amber colour with a small amount of off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, burnt caramel, some noticeable alcohol. Very sweet nose.

T - Very sweet overall yet not overly sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, oak and some vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol as well. Complex.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at ChurchKey in DC. Cuir is a tasty old ale that takes on many of the characteristics of the whiskey who's barrel it was aged in. The alcohol was a little overpowering.

A: Brown and translucent. Decent head that fades to reasonable lacing. 4

S: Alcohol with a hint of raisins. 3.5

T: Alcohol and buttery, almost whiskey, liquor flavour. The alcohol is overpowering. 4

M: Thick. 4.5

O: 4

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Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.