Cuir - The Bruery

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93
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566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 75
Gots: 428 | FT: 25
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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: 566 | Reviews: 192
Photo of timtim
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of davey101
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of AdamBear
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of BrokenStones
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding...great way to start Superbowl tasting.

A - Burnt orange, a bit cloudy, very rich look.

S - Bourbon, Alcohol, Citrus...exactly what it is suposed to smell like.

T - rich, deep, bourbon, carmel, citrus, complex

M- full, coating, a little heat compliments and cuts through the full rich mouth feel.

O - A winner, not for the faint at heart. Deep, complex, a great sipper. Lots going on. Happy to have a couple standing up at 56 degrees.

Will try to find a few more.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank in early 2015 at a little over 3 and a half years old.

Appearance: leathery mahogany color. a small half a finger yellowish tan head with fairly strong retention. super hazy with some sediment floating around. completely opaque.

Smell: sherry, caramel, toffee, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar and dark fruits. some slight cardboard has developed and has some alcohol presence.

Taste: opens with a strong sherry taste along with some booze. lots of sweetness comes through with notes of caramel, toffee, molasses and maple syrup. some alcohol. oxidation is certainly a factor in this beer but only a little cardboard flavor.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and heavy. strong stickiness.

Overall: this one has certainly aged well though I believe it may have peaked and be heading back the downslope. oxidation at this point is a mostly (~85%) good factor to the taste but it is showing hints of negative aspects.

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My lady and I have a tradition of drinking the anniversary series with our corresponding anniversary, and we happily drank this last night with our meal.

Dark and beautiful, smells of toffee, oak and brown sugar, this thing tasted like a thing of joy. Just a wonderful, sweet but boozy, and totally in a good way taste. The stickiness of the mouthfeel matches the way this thing looks and and warms the indsides.

After we were somewhat let down with Coton, Cuir was a standup release and was a wonderful way to mark three years strong together. Another fantastic release from The Bruery.

Photo of justintcoons
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby red which appears to be a borderline chestnut brown. Clarity is good with moderate carbonation streaming from the center. One finger of off-white head dissipates quickly to a single, thick creamy topping. Good thick layer of fine lacing slides down the glass leaving a nice film.

There's the unfiltered part! The second pour is an impenetrable, murky reddish/mahogany color.

N: Concord grape, vanilla, oak, cherry, plum and I am getting some kind of tropical notes. Huge malts and extremely inviting.

T: Huge dark fruit maltiness! Figs, Concord grape, plums, vanilla and oak upfront with a slightly numbing booziness. A huge rush of grape comes in again with some molasses, cherry, candy sugar and a tiny hint of pineapple. Finishes with deep notes of dates, fig and cherry along with toffee, pineapple and charred cocoa.

M: Light-medium bodied, warming, creamy, soft and smooth with a subtle dryness.

O: Easily the best Old Ale I've ever had! Extremely rich, complex, potent and malty. Light touches of oak and vanilla are right on. 14.5%...I don't believe you! Dark fruit and malts galore!

Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Stemmed wine glass

A - Beer poured with an opaque brown maple body; caramel look; color scheme matches the label; crème colored one finger head; held well; leaves behind a layer of lacing; moderate visible carbonation

S - Maple syrup; caramelized malt scents; dark fruits, figs and dates; brown sugar; sweet; subtle licorice note at the end of the sniff, combination of scents

T - Dark fruits; figs and dates; maple syrup; brown sugar, sweet; caramelized malt flavors; sour apple and pear; raisin

M - Effervescent and slightly chewy; smooth with a dark fruit aftertaste, slightly bitter - licorice; leaves a nice lingering sweet, brown sugar, taste on the lips

D - Fantastic drink; great flavor and scent profile; love this, please have this if you're an advocate of beer

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Aged at least one year.

A- Pours a very murky brown color with a 3/4 inch caramel colored head that retains well before slowly becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thin ring of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Oaky, boozy, semi-astringent but sweet smelling. Strong solvent-like aroma.

T- Strong, somewhat medicinal flavor of oak and brown sugar with a mild bitterness and toasty cereal grain malts. A bit of smoke and barbecue tastes commingle with the alcohol and oak. Lingering sweetness with a touch of honey and molasses. Also notes of caramel, raisin, dark fruit and vanilla. Very complex.

M- Sharp, somewhat harsh booze bite. Other than that, the body is slightly creamy and the medium carbonation is a pleasant surprise. Burns the throat a bit as it goes down.

O- Whoo boy. The only thing that could make this better is another year or so of age, but I like where the level of carbonation is at right now. Almost worth the thirty bucks I spent.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Waxed and capped 750 mL bottle poured into a couple of Sierra Nevada tulips and shared with a friend. Picked up a couple bottles over the border in Massachusetts for $22 a piece. Served at just below cellar temperature.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown in color with a one finger beige head. Decent retention.

Aroma: The ABV is really well blended in the beer and does not come off as too heavy at all. Caramel and molasses notes come off and lend a nice sweetness. Dark fruits, a hint of cocoa powder, and hazelnut notes all blend nicely.

Taste: Nice rounded sweetness of caramel and molasses upfront with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Lots of dark fruit, hazelnut, and a touch of cocoa powder. On the verge, but stays away from being cloyingly sweet. A really nice, complex and surprisingly balanced sipper.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice hint of carbonation. Really nice.

Overall, a really nice and balanced old ale. Plenty of complexity with bourbon and vanilla undertones. The price tag is a bit over the top, but this was definitely a welcome treat and nicely balanced at this age for the ABV. I am laying the other bottle down to see how this evolves.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; bottle number 5180, bottled in spring 2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, leather, vanilla, brown sugar, light roast, light clove, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity and balance of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, tobacco, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, leather, light clove, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, tobacco, leather, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and dark fruit flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 14.5%, with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible old ale! Huge complexity and depth of dark fruit and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 14.5%. An insanely delicious offering.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one.

Ruddy amber brown with a tiny wisp of beige head. Smells of candied fruits, butter toffee, leather and a touch of hops. Flavors are a mirror of the nose. Super smooth honey drizzled dark fruits, leather, tobacco, caramel and a mild hop bite. To find any trace of the insanely high ABV is impossible. Masterful job of brewing here. Thick and creamy body. I usually am not a fan of old ales but this one was really good.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark plum color with a bit of a tan head that recedes quickly into a halo and bubbles.

S: Candied fruit, caramel, toffee, cherries, grapes, sherry booziness

T: Fruity sweetness, mostly cherries and grapes, this one bites nicely at 14.5%. After the fruity sweetness comes a bit of a vanilla/oakish character and then recedes into a slightly dry finish, and a hint of bourbon.

O: Nice brew. It lacks a bit of complexity for me but it's still a mighty fine brew.

Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky rusty brownish amber. Good sized fizzy tan head which fades slowly. Spotty lacing.

S: Big boozy raisins with loads of caramel backing it up. Strong brown sugar. Some other dark fruits such as cherry and plums maybe? I get a bit of cocoa in there too. Stinging alcohol. Just a touch of oak. Very nice, almost smells like a spiced rum in a way.

T: Up front is sweet and fruity with the raisins, plums, cherries, maybe even grape skin? Caramel, brown sugar and a bit of toffee in the middle. A little bit of bitter cocoa in the finish with a touch of oak and vanilla. Really nice lingering fruitiness between sips.

M: Big and heavy for sure. Not syrupy or cloying though. Drying on the back end with hints of oak.

O: Excellent old ale. I've actually had Fruet prior to having this, and I would say that Fruet is definitely a bit better, especially with the 100% barrel aging. Wish I had 100% BA Cuir to compare but this will have to do. Regardless, they made a sweet 14.5% beer without making it too sweet. Surprisingly balanced and complex. I enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aces and Ales strong beer festival.

A. Kind of a deep ruby almost brown. Head is almost non existant just a cap with large bubbles. Has a thick look to it.No lacing given the ABV.

S. Sweet sugary dark fruits, Some leather with a hint of tabacco. I definately detect some alchohol.

T. Sugary dark fruits,some plum dark cherries,I also get a touch of vanilla with a hint of leather to balence it out somewhat.

M. Feel is thick and heavy coats the mouth all over. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall I loved this beer,very well made. I am going to try and get a couple bottles. Would also love to try the BA version.

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #12
750 mL bottle
A kind gift from my brother.

A - Pours dark brown, slight red hue from the light. About a finger of light tan head with nice retention.

S - I really enjoyed the smell of this. Picked up vanilla, oak, bourbon, and leather. Dark fruits, prunes, and brown sugar. Slight sour character.

T - Fairly complex. Faint tartness, oak, malt, dark fruits, and leather. Finish is oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. I definitely pick up on the booze, but feel it's hidden fairly well.

M - I had initially imagined for this beer to be heavier than it was. Surprisingly easy to drink, slightly chewy. Coats the mouth with alcohol warmth, but not syrupy.

O - This was the first beer that I have tried from The Bruery and I was very impressed. I thank my brother (who isn't too into beer) for picking up a bottle. Definitely in the right place at the right time. Would love to try the 100% BA version.

Photo of chumba526
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep, dark brown with a small off white almost tan looking head.

Smells of roasted malts, brown sugar and sweet dark fruits. I get overtone of cherries prunes and plums. There is a mild toffee like smell and overtones of coconut and vanilla.

A powerful oaky coconut and vanilla flavor hits my palate upon the first sip. Hints of dark fruit mostly raison plumbs and cherry. There is a present mix of sweet and sour flavors. There is a mild bourbon flavor that rounds off the flavor of the beer.

The carbonation is moderate and there is a somewhat thick mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a very interesting old ale that is quite drinkable for how alcohol heavy it is. An amazing beer.

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in my Bruery tulip, bottle 03479 for what it is worth. Beer is brown and hazy with a big off white head of small bubbles, nice retention, lots of lacing and moderate to high carbonation.

Beer smells sweet, molasses, bready, yeast, brown sugar. Smells good.

Beer is very sweet, lots of booze but tolerable. Tobacco, mild, nice yeast character. Smooth alcohol sweetness, mildly dry finish. Beer is really creamy and flavorful. I am really feeling this beer. Much better than Coton was last year. I really like it.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super cloudy brown color with a touch of red mixed in with a finger of frothy brownish head. The head fades down fairly quick leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is sweet dark fruit with lots of raisin and plum, Bourbon with some oak and vanilla, rich sweet caramel, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet raisin and plum with some Bourbon and oak warming things up. Through the middle, some strong vanilla notes come through with some booze, dark caramel sweetness, and some fig and earthiness. The finish is a mix of strong Bourbon notes, sweet dark fruits, and a good amount of booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a big warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and bold with lots of sweetness, but it avoids being cloying. The Bourbon element is also very nice.

Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very nice with gently building head... Brew is awesome clear (without yeast) blood red with brown and orange tannins. The swirl is quite wonderful! Nice bubble retention around the rim.

S - VERY nice sour scent... Lots of Oak (vanilla). Quite a nice deep and dark fruity scent. Maybe some light chocolate too??

T - First taste was overly pear, great opening draw. High booze taste, but will nicely age out. Flavor is very abrasive and strong. Elegant, yet aggressive. Wonderful use of oak aging. This guy has some serious long term potential. Serious fruit flavors... Apple, Pear, Banana, Orange, and Vanilla

M - is for Medium bodied... Great use of light carbonation... Brew is phenomenally textured.

O - A killer brew thanks to Rob for sharing his purchase! Best around room temperature with a little bit of stirring...

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.