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Cuir - The Bruery

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 569
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.37%
Wants: 79
Gots: 431 | FT: 25
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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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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off.. Wow! This 3rd year anniversary beer which is a blend of the anniversary beers that have been barrel aging. Pours a dark carmel color with a thin off white head. Smells like licorice, caramel and strong alcohol. Tastes of oaky burnt brown sugar, licorice, figs, dates, and maple syrup, seems to be changing a lot the more if warms. so much going on in here. With the oak, alcohol, and dark fruits quickly fading after taste. Again these guys are making very unique delicious beers and this has been another pleasant surprise.

Bottle #5775 (550 characters)

Photo of ssznyter
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Extremely happy to have had the opportunity to try this beer on tap. I enjoyed it so much I bought 2 bottles to age within the next week. This old ale was served to me in a red wine glass and had a creamy, malty texture. Sweet, caramel and coffee notes could be sensed in both the smell and initial taste. The mouthfeel was incredibly smooth and although it was definitely warm going down you would not expect this beer is 14.5% alcohol. To date this is one of the best beers I've tried. It was my first beer from the Bruery and I look forward to trying much more from this young brewery. Definitely try this one if you get the chance! (649 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always buy any new Bruery beer as I find them. Their beers vacilate between good to excellent. I opened this beer to sip as I watched college football.

I shared this bottle with a friend. This beer was poured into snifter glasses.

The beer poured brown with some highlights of red in the coloring. I had a two finger head on the pour that came down to a very nice halo. This yielded some pretty good looking lacing.

Cuir smells rich. I could just smell this beer all day. I pick up the bourgon coming off the top. I even picked up some leathery smell.

At 16.5%, it isn't a surpise that I had alcohol heat in my mouth, then in the throat, and then the warming in my chest.

In the taste I picked up a lot of dark fruit (my friend identified figs). The bourbon qualities are very present. You can tasted the tobacco and vanilla coming out of the casks.

This was an excellent experience. I still smile in memory of the beer. (929 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I highly regret not buying a Coton when I could so I had to buy Cuir asap. It pours a dark, syrupy brown in color with a light beige lacing around my Founders snifter. It smells of buttered biscuits initially, like buttered Bisquik biscuits (my grandma's specialty). Add a little honey, molasses, and oak and you've got Cuir. The biscuity malt smells delicious. The flavors consist of biscuity malt, lightly salty butter, brown sugar, molasses, oak, oak again, dark fruits, figs, and biscuits! Alcohol? I couldn't find any. Holy shit this beer is ready for consumption, which isn't what I heard about Coton. It drinks a little sticky, which was to be expected, and is medium in body. It's extremely drinkable and you would honestly have no idea that this beer is even above 10%. It's definitely drinking well for just arriving some four days ago. I'm really beside myself at how good this is, in all facets. I never expected Cuir to be this outstanding so young. I'm really, really interesting in seeing how this one ages. The Bruery has only disappointed me a couple times. Beers like this are why people are set up for disappointment in the first place, because they make some world class beers. This is one of them. (1,218 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this fine brew as a Father's Day gift. Thanks to the wife and kids, and thanks to my beer guys at Binny's in Plainfield (George and Keith) for hooking my wife with this one. Been chilling all day.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep garnet brown, clear, with a huge, light tan head that "sizzles" as it fades. Good level of carbonation, I think, with some light lacing.

Aromas of grapes, oak, and a sour funk. Definitely has a winy edge to it.

Flavors of , wow! Complex, winy, light sourness, oakiness, sherry oxidation, huge aged maltiness. Love the mix of several vintages. The finish picks up the hints of bourbon, vanilla, and booziness.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, hot. Mouthcoating warmth with a light puckering sourness.

Overall an outstanding beer. Very well blended. Complex. Reminds me of an Amontillado sherry, dark, rich, with a light sweetness. (869 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

750ml
Black Wax/Capped
2011 Vintage
Bottle No: 9335

Poured into goblet a very nice grapy color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE two-finger foamy off-white head, and leaves a HUGE island of thick creamy sticky lacing in the middle of the glass. The nose is very nice malty, slightly yeast, with lots of cherries, plums, raisins, and figs. The taste is malty, sweet, with lots of dark fruits, very nice cherry note. Full/Medium Body, a slightly dry finish. ABV is hidden very well, definitely a sipper. One of the best Old Ales I've had to date, highly recommended. Thanks Dave! (625 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 08977

A-Pours molasses brown with a thin ring of khaki bubbles. No lacing.

S-Tart cherries, oak, bourbon, tannic grape skins, leather.

T/M-Wow. Have to say I haven't been a huge fan of the first two beers in this series, but Cuir is damn good. Plenty of bourbon oak up front, giving way to a delicate, bright fruity acidity. The finish is oaky, warming, and drawn out. Delicate carbonation holds the silky, lush body together and separates the flavors exquisitely. Carbonation had been my main issue with the previous two beers.

O-Was not expecting to love this, but here we are. Will buy another few, as I will want to have this around for a couple of years. (673 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark copperish color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap

S: Nose is dark fruits, bourbon, old wood and booze

T: Molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, Earthiness, booze and some old wood. The blending that Bruery does is superb. They always have it right. Tastes a light a super powered Old Ale on an old, spent BB. Not to bland and not to overpowering. Hints of early funk, caramel.

M: Sweet, boozy, heaby and coating

O:Very good! (452 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

opaque except for just the smallest amount of reddish brown that peaked through on the sides when you held it up directly to the light, but still this was enormously big looking. Deep mahogany tones

deep caramel smell coming off of this, literally took me by surprise. Nice aroma of oak and alcohol mixing and swirling around with it now, really starting to pick up steam the warmer it got. So complex, with rich earthy tones running rampant through it. Warm oak infused notes of brandy like alcohol running over the tongue, so sweet and sugary. As you roll it around you start to notice there is a little bit of a bitter bite to this one. Way down deep under all of the malt, there was a subtle bitter hoppiness, very grainy and earthy, but it was there, and really pushed through on the finish. Long drawn out finish it was, soo complex, with every sip letting you discover more and more flavors. Deep dark fruit now coming through for me, really started to actually dominate the scene all together. Huge raisin and plum notes giving it that sweet but yet tart dark fruit flavor we all come to love. A spicy touch in the back perhaps, but here comes that little bit of bitterness to wrap it all up. Wow, this was amazing. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: dark amber brown hazy ale with bubbly foam head

S: caramel malt, allspice, bourbon, brown sugar

T: apples, caramel, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, buttery biscuits, and seasonal spices (nutmeg, allspice, clove) all drenched with bourbon and mashed together

M: creamy, rich, yet crisp and sharp

O: really great stuff - if you see a bottle, get it; seems like some are still on the shelves despite the limited release (it's like a $25 bottle, but I think the expensive limited stuff is generating a higher demand these days, so get it while you can) (547 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best of these anniversary variations. By far.

Pours a slightly dusky reddish deep brown. Smells like ... plums, some lighter fruits (apples ... maybe some pear cores) and some toffee with a slight hint of booze.

Taste is really complex. There's a lighter fruit note dancing around ... alcohol soaked apples come to mind ... along with a darker, plum slightly rum-mish background with the typical deep malt/caramel/drizzled sugar booze flavoring. Hints, just hints, of deep earth-y/wood-sy aging.

Really, really good. I was shocked by both the complexity and the depth of the flavor profile. Nicely chewy, and well carbonated with a quarter to half inch tight off-white foam head. (694 characters)

Photo of DARIVA
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a nice dark beer with a reasonable white head.

S: The aroma of caramel and toffee.

T: Great construction, deliciously sweet.

M: Perfect foam, and the feeling of a great carbonation.

O: Super beer with an extremely delicious sweet aftertaste. (256 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I'll say I needed a razor blade to get through the wax.

A: pours brown, with a slight hint of red when held to a light. Finger of light brown head didn't last long. Pour did seem visibly thick.
S: slight sour aroma. A little bit of yeast along with its normal spicy/pepper aroma. Some fruit hidden in with molasses/brown sugar.
T: slightly tartness upfront with some light fruitiness. In the middle there is even more fruit, with brown sugar and caramel. On the back end/aftertaste it is rather nutty almost brown ale like. There is some alcohol heat but not as much as coton had.
M: thick but I was expecting to be. Low carbonation makes it seem thicker, it seems low mainly due to the long time I've taken to sip on it.
O: like someone told me, this is better than coton, not as hot, but could still stand to wait a year or two to mellow out. (856 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darkly patina of copper liquid with red highlights fills an oversized wine glass. A slight head is creamy beige and short lived. Profuse, tiny carbonation columns energetically flow within the clear beer continuously regenerating the collar while a thin veil is deposited with each swirl above viscous legs.

The aroma is rich with dark fruit, easily discernible from a distance. Sweet plum pudding is distinguishable up close. Other aromas include molasses, pumpernickel, raisins, cognac and slight cherry. Warmth transforms this amazingly, bringing out brandy and earthy wood notes.

The flavor profile closely follows the nose, interrupted with quick nips of bitterness and sweetness on the edges. This spectacular character is accented by dates and a progression due to warming from brown sugar to molasses to prunes. The long subtle finish is sweet with acidic hints.

A full body with smooth texture and explosive carbonation. Alcohol is quite pleasant with late warming that tingles down the throat.

Cuir is definitely a sipping beer, best as an after-dinner cordial to be enjoyed with conversation or a book. This is a highly contemplative beer. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Streckfuss
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took a server, a busser, and a soon-to-be and a certified cicerone to open the bottle--no joke, the pull tab about the wax seal broke, so that alone was just about worth the price.

750ml bottle served at cellar temperature at Meridian Pint in Washington, DC. Poured into a brandy snifter, about 1-2 fingers creamy head. Thin lacing.

The bourbon barrel is the first thing I smell and taste with this beer. It's boozy, but not hot. Very nice carbonation. I was expecting less when I smelled the beer and was not looking forward to a high viscus beer and was very pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel. I like the tart yeast qualities and am looking forward to how those qualities come out more after the barrels age and some of the bourbon fades in the anniversary beers to come. (782 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I don't think it belongs in the "old ale" category, but what the hell do i know. It reminds me of Westy 8

Pours a dark amber, brown, somewhat murky and rich. Not a huge head on it at all. A soft white collar of foam settles as it drinks.

Aroma is strong baked caramel and orchard fruits, hints of alcohol and vanilla. Somewhat bready underneath.

Tastes fantastic. Age on this thing will calm it down a bit on the abv, but really it isn't all that noticeable. The caramel provides a sweet base and the orchard fruits--apples mostly--seem almost like cider; fermented and 'over-ripe'. This provides a nice, rich flavor that hides the alcohol quite well. Slight hint of sour cherries on the end, and the abv does kick in as well as it finishes.

darn good (777 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,976 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Cuir- Bottle 3888

A- Big time looking beer. Dark, dark brown w/ just a suggestion of crimson highlights. Impossible to see into. Really nice carbonation, and an amazing chocolate two finger head that stays a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S- Malt, caramel, bourbon, chocolate, sweet oak. Simply fabulous nose on this beer. I'm tempted to bump it to a 5, but will leave it for now. Very complex, balanced, and improves w/ warming.

T- This is one of those big beers that the first sip I just mutter, "WOW". Super complex, tasty, and a world class sipper. At 14.5%, you definitely want to sip this. Amazingly, I don't get any alcohol in the taste. It's so complex, I don't even know how to start... Big malt/bourbon taste at first, followed by a slightly tart oak/fruit (cherry) taste. That's the stuff that's out front, but then there's caramel, chocolate, fig, and spices that are intertwined amongst the primaries. I can only imagine that this beer would be a 5 no problem if aged. Superb.

M- A total malt/smoothness vs. fruit/tartness and background hops feel. Somewhat dry finish as well. Very nice. Not super easy to drink, but this is a sipper anyway. Really good.

O- This is the reason I enjoy reviewing/trying new beers. To come across a World Class beer that I've never tried before. Highly recommended, especially if you like big beers or Old Ales. This is fantastic. Cheers! (1,393 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized tulip glass. (signature duvel glass) The bottle is labeled to be served in a tulip or wine glass, FYI. 2011 Anniversary date, served 08/07/2012.

Appearance: A super dark amber-brown color, head is thick but not huge coming off a orange-white maybe 1/2" of t the body.

Smell: Smell is strong maybe not for everyone but I do like it, coming off with berries and a hint of red wine. Not to mention the yeast feel.

Taste: You want to talk complex with how sweet and yeasty this beer could get here you go. You feel a berry like taste that would normally go with a port wine but in the end you are drinking up a real beer. ZThe way beers should be made.

Mouth: Comes off medium carbonation almost light but what is appealing is the after taste and how it's after taste just hovers in your cheeks.

Overall: If you are lucky to see this on your local shelf buy it, if you can't afford it you know what to do. It is that awesome. If I were to rename it, it would be called "Rare Opportunity". Drink up and and be blessed, Salud! (1,053 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow. extremely impressed. dark, reddish brown with a small tan head that holds for a little bit and leaves little splotches of lace. better looking than expected actually. nose is burnt caramel, fruit, apple pie, vanilla, oak and leather. maybe it's just power of suggestion, but the leather seems to be there for sure. taste is already well-balanced. would love to see what a few years does to this beer. all kinds of dark fruits and dark sugars in the taste (as well as vanilla, wood, earth and leather), but coming off in an almost bright way, which seems to be mostly due to the amazingly light and soft mouthfeel. like cotton candy. melts in your mouth awesome. elegant comes to mind, and this is certainly an impressive feat for such a huge beer. bruery keeps it top notch with this one. cheers! (801 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty insane. A big boozy behemoth that is far more complex than I can give it credit.

Pours a deep dark red mahogany color that shimmers of dark ruby's.

Heavy wood aromas in the nose with a sweetness. Slightly sour as well.

The taste is a wallop of a slight sour ness with heady wood elements. The beer is heavy on the malt and a big booze element. Expected at 14.5%. Has many wine characteristics associated with what one would think of a Flanders red.

It's amazing that this beer is at 14.5% abv and is this refreshing. This is my first experience with the Bruery and I'm very impressed looking forward to tasting more. (639 characters)

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip at the Bruery, Poured with minimal head.

A- Dark brown hazle almost opaque, minimal head some bubbles in the beer looks to be medium carbonated.

S- Get some Darker old world fruit, a lot of spice, and malt sweetness, and some of the left over oak from the aging, the aroma is getting me ready for the taste !

T- Get that "special occasion" taste upfront, reminding me to check the ABV, 14.5% thats not a shock! wow, upfront with malt, then spice, oldworld fruits brown sugar and what people are claiming to be a faint "BBQ sauce" in the back along with that oak still from the burbon barrels.

M- Medium heavy mouth feel, this beer coats the glass when swirled, the carbonation is medium and the mouth is chewy, perfect for this special occasion warmer.

O- Bought a bottle, little short on cash but I will get another before its all gone and on Ebay for 40 bucks a bottle! What better way to celebrate than to crack this on their forth or fifth anniversary!

Will review bottle when I decide to drink!

Prost! (1,044 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Rutager

A: Slight cream head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Caramel, yogurt and grass.

T: Caramel, yogurt, grass, pears, bananas, pine and alcohol.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Sour, caramely and tasty. This beer would be fantastic aged even more. (301 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #16919. It was a bit of a struggle to break through the wax, and when I did it made quite a loud noise. Poured into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.

A - Dark reddish brown body, very clear but doesn't let a ton of light shine through. One of the better looking heads I've seen. The pour yielded an impressive 3-4 finger high dark khaki head. Very creamy and thick. Swirling creates some amazing bubbling. Huge amount of retention and lacing.

S - Loads of dark fruits. Figs, raisins, and plums. Caramel malts, molasses and rich toffee. This is a very sweet aroma followed by some savory tobacco, leather, and oak notes. Not picking up too many bourbon notes, but you can smell the alcohol.

T - More of the aroma. Dark caramelized fruits lead into some rich malty notes. This is a very delicious old ale. Its not as complex as I was expecting. In fact it seems really well balanced and tame. The high abv is hidden really well. and the bold and rich flavors never come off as cloying or extreme. The mouth feel is a bit on the light side, but the carbonation level is just right. This is a seriously amped up old ale.

O - An incredibly delicious beer. I was almost dreading opening this beer since the alcohol is so high and I was expecting something sickly sweet and rich. Turns out its fantastic. Really well balanced and well made. Cannot wait to try the future versions of this! (1,406 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-chestnut colored with a nice tan head. very pretty!

S-smells like maple, oak, and cognac. strong smelling

T-comes in with a strong taste of caramelized sugars, maple, vanilla, and some oak. its strong tasting! a burnt and good matching after-taste follows. really sweet and good!

M-very heavy and syrupy. medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-take the Sam Adams Utopias....make it more beer-like....make it more drinkable...make it a whole lot cheaper...and you have the Bruery Cuir...a fantastic beer that everyone should try...beer lover or not. (554 characters)

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Cuir from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.