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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

528 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 74
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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Photo of Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Gosox8787, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

superspak, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

beerwolf77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Krakistophales, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Dope, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Marty30
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Marty30, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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...

chugalug06, May 28, 2011
Photo of RSchaeffer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

RSchaeffer, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

chumba526, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

ngeunit1, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Immortale25, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

justintcoons, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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

ferrari29, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.47/5  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!

davey101, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.47/5  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.

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of BrokenStones
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

BrokenStones, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.