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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

537 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 429 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

hyuga, Apr 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

JamnesCameron, Jun 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

pathman, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

aasher, Jun 22, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

stouts4me, Sep 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

oldp0rt, Jan 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

sendbeer, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Wasatch, Jul 24, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

MSandahl23, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

imfrommichigan, Dec 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

millelacsmark, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

AOShabaz, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

bsuedekum, May 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Pecan, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

nrbw23, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

shehateme, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

tbeq00, Jul 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

KVNBGRY, Mar 10, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

DaveHS, Jun 24, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

barleywinefiend, May 08, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

cbridge27, Aug 31, 2014
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4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
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)

Greywulfken, Jun 14, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 22, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

DARIVA, Apr 13, 2012
Cuir from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.