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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

522 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 73
Gots: 428 | FT: 27
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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marqoid

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at 1702 in Tucson, reviewed from memory.

Poured a deep red amber with minimal head and light carbonation. The smell is molasses, brown sugar, and dried fruits. The taste is...WOW... fruity, tons of dark fruit, figs, plum, raisin, and just a pleasant bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is appropriate to style and carbonation is fairly light (this concerns me a bit for aging in a bottle). Overall this is very good, hides the 14.5% very well, I will seek out some bottles for aging.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 04:43:16 | More by marqoid
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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,

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 13:12:45 | More by cjacobsen
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2011 13:47:33 | More by Bmoyer0301
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.7%

11-19-2011 01:11:56 | More by TheDudeRules
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Jakers90

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-30-2011 23:43:28 | More by Jakers90
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phichifiji00

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, did a side by side with the 100% BA version.

Appearance: Mahogany, minimal tan head, light lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, maple, dark fruit,vanilla, toffee and hits of oak and leather.

Taste: Brown sugar, bourbon, maple, toffee, vanilla, hints of leather and oak. Just like it smells.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, rich, decent carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, rich, boozy. Of the anniversary beers so far, this was the first time that I felt the BA version was superior to the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:17:48 | More by phichifiji00
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-07-2012 17:50:14 | More by ASUBeer
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 750 mL bottle from fortsambo; thanks for the killer extra! Split into tulips.

Pours a unique mahogany color with ruby red and blood orange hues where the light passes through. A thin layer of toffee-colored head, composed of fine bubbles, lingers for a few minutes before retreating; it forms a permanent, frothy ring around the perimeter with swirling, central projections.

The aroma is of plum, raisin, and other obscure “dark fruits.” They give way to toffee, caramel, orange citrus, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Some wet oak and faint maple notes are also detectable.

It tastes of the ubiquitous dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and slight brown sugar. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some orange are also present. A bit of raw ethanol comes through on the finish. The flavors seem slightly less integrated on the palate than in the nose.

Mouthfeel is wonderful; rich but not cloying, thick but not sticky, and clean but not desiccating at the end. Enough carbonation keeps it lively, and helps the more subtle flavors pop up. Ethanol warms on the finish.

Overall, this is a great old ale with a nice barrel presence. The bourbon isn’t overwhelming in nature, but the alcohol content still comes through slightly more than it should, perhaps. With a bit more time, I think it will only improve.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:18:20 | More by eclipse54
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hickmancase

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

07-03-2012 06:25:50 | More by hickmancase
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CJS

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-03-2013 02:06:08 | More by CJS
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foogerd

New York

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark caramel brown body with a small white head.

S- Burnt caramelized brown sugar, sugary oatmeal malts, dark fruits all mixed into a puree.

T- Boozy raisins with brown sugar sprinkled on top, alcohol is strong without being overpowering.

M- Moderate carbonation, nice oily slick feel

O- For the price point there are better barrel aged old ales, namely north coasts old ale i would pick any day over this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 06:16:58 | More by foogerd
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-18-2011 13:00:14 | More by jwelsh
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mfield14

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-20-2011 09:01:39 | More by mfield14
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ber12

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-18-2013 03:44:22 | More by ber12
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Cavery

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shared with SundaySour @ Provisions

Taster #2 into tasters

A: Woody grenadine with mahogany in its genes. Really implies old rustic woods and unpolished coppers. Manzanita reds complete a rather complex appearance. A small bit of froth creates a thin layer of separation between the liquid and open air.

S: Dark dried fruits that really show some age. Smells sweet without being too overbearing. Alcohol complicates the matter in taking this to a funky barrel aged dimension. The smell almost seems to fight itself, the young battles the old with a consequentially dusty dialectic.

T: Old Dried fruits really come through. A tart sun dried element to the overall sniffing profile reigns supreme. Deliciously forward tart plums, cherries, and raisins. A slightly syrupy aspect to the alcohol. This is like a cocktail made of grenadine and maple syrup. Sweet and alcohol dominant.

M: Mouth is medium/light bodied. I'd say that it comes off to light for the flavor and alcohol. It's not flat, but the tart flavor and syrupy viscosity needs some help from the mouth.

O: The flavors are quite good, but it's not anything worth screaming about. The mouth really needs to tame this tart syrupy beast. A good beer that may benefit from the 100% barrel aging version, but I'm not sure it will help the drinkability of this diabetic coma.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 05:52:19 | More by Cavery
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IKR

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 03:50:19 | More by IKR
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RichBeer

California

3/5  rDev -27.7%

11-16-2011 09:14:11 | More by RichBeer
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 05:52:51 | More by nrpellegrini
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 17:05:36 | More by Patrickbrusil
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mquartuccio87

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-02-2013 02:36:15 | More by mquartuccio87
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cetherid

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

Beer is a dark brown color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A couple fingers worth of frothy off-white head going down to just a small film of head after a minute or so. Decent lacing going on as well.

S.

Dominant booze aroma with dark fruits such as raisins/figs with a little brown sugar. Barrel aging is evident as there is a nice little oak aroma in there. A few more sniffs bring out aromas of leather as well. Complex smelling brew, however a little hot. Cellaring this one would probably be ideal...lets have a look at the taste.

T.

Up front is booze soaked dark fruits...not as sweet as the nose had me to believe but definitely a noticeable sweetness..however the towards the end I get a weird tartness to it...almost like there are some cherries in there. More tart than sour....checking out some posts regarding this beer, a few others noticed the tartness and led them to believe it was infected. I actually enjoy the tartness to this. Just as the nose however, the booziness is a little too warming. It's not really like a bourbon booze taste but more straight up everclear/vodka.

M.

A little on the thin side however good carbonation for the style. I would like a little more thickness to it...maybe a little more stickiness/syrupiness...like I'm drinking a barrel aged 4D. It actually drinks pretty dangerously as the booziness is more up front than in the finish. It goes down pretty easily....surprising for a 14.5% brew.

O.

Overall its a decent beer but drinking a little hot right now. I would like the booziness to die down a bit and have more of the sweet malt/fruit come out. The tart cherry taste was not expected but kind of enjoyable. If it's infected, it didn't really hurt it. If I get another bottle it will be to age for at least 1 year.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:32:49 | More by cetherid
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-07-2012 19:12:03 | More by daveytheformer
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Crazydaddyo

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-10-2013 15:18:25 | More by Crazydaddyo
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furthurgone

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-25-2011 04:25:26 | More by furthurgone
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark garnet in color, pours a small light brown head that quickly dissolves into nothing, no lacing, minimal internal carbonation, slightly cloudy

S: Fragrant, heavy dried fruits, some citrus, caramel, some alcohol, even has some port notes to it, complex and intriguing

T: Quite flavorful, similar to the nose, almost has a barley wine characteristic to it, definitely some chocolate-covered fruit, sweet and fruity, but balanced and complex, some alcohol to finish (needs some age), but pretty amazing

M: Certainly a heavy ale, but still pretty smooth, alcohol is only moderately strong, moderate dried fruit aftertaste, not lingering, only slightly drying

O: An excellent example of the style, full of flavor, great fragrance, and smooth as well, a must-try, definitely could use some aging, but great fresh

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:45:03 | More by MatthewWilde
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.