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Cuir - The Bruery

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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 sidetracked
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby/mahogany with lots of deep tan head from the initial pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving just a little to linger on.

Aroma is sweet with light bourbon and wood, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a little raisin-like fruitiness. Light alcohol heat.

Upfront taste is sweet toffee mixed with bourbon and some raisin-like fruit sweetness. Bourbon is more prominent in the finish. Woody flavor. Noticeable alcohol.

Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Syrupy but a clean, slightly bubbly finish. Alcohol heat at the finish.

A very enjoyable sipper with a nice bourbon presence.


sidetracked, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of IPAyForHops
4/5  rDev -3.6%

IPAyForHops, May 03, 2013
Photo of MarkFy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

MarkFy, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Beeranator
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Beeranator, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of haazer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first waxed beer offering. Not quite sure why that's done, we know it's a special beer n all but c'mon. Bottle # 5,344.

A- Pour into the pint glass warrants a towering tan, mocha and foamy head. Has a cream appearance. Brew is a dark copper color, with black cherry and brown highlights. For the amount of booze the head lasts surprisingly long and leaves tiny streaks of lacing on the glass.

S- Strong fruity aromas filled the air when I poured this. Further examination leads me to plum, raisin, and dates. The aroma in this is layered very well. Under the fruit is a subtle toffee and vanilla, then a faint peat layer. I cannot detect booze either, let's see if it's in the flavor.

T- The sweet plums and the raisin begin the flavor. The barrel then provides a decent wood, then subtle vanilla flavor. But then a heavy flavor I can only describe as a mixture of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Just delicious. There was a strong heat at first, but the booze really is not tasted. It seemlessly mellows out. Fairly sweet brew overall but not quite cloying.

M- Definition of a sipper. The mouthfeel itself though is medium to full. Warming body effects for sure but not overly. Carbonation is somewhat light. Somewhat syrupy too.

O- This beer feels like it would stand the test of time and only get better. I loved it now as is, but would love to get another bottle and sit on it for at least 2 years. I feel as though the 25% barrel age added just enough to make this exceptional. I may have spoiled my first impression of The Breury with this one.

haazer, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of marqoid
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.

marqoid, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +20.5%

hickmancase, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of cjacobsen
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,

cjacobsen, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3/5  rDev -27.7%

TheDudeRules, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jakers90, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
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.

phichifiji00, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ASUBeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ASUBeer, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of eclipse54
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.

eclipse54, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of CJS
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

CJS, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of foogerd
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.

foogerd, Jun 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jwelsh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ber12
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ber12, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of mfield14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mfield14, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of IKR
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.

IKR, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Cavery
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.

Cavery, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of pcarney8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

pcarney8, May 15, 2013
Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -27.7%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of nrpellegrini
5/5  rDev +20.5%

nrpellegrini, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
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.

Patrickbrusil, May 27, 2011
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.