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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
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548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 76
Gots: 427 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of BlackTuesday
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lightindarkness
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the thickest wax I've ever had to pry a cap off through. A 750mL at cellar temp into a New Belgium balloon glass.

A - Pours a deep murky mahogany brown with an orange-cream head that hangs on for a while. Generous collar remains with some frothy film well after the pour.

N - A complex and well rounded nose. Notes of date with fresh pear over doughy bread, round caramel and boozy character that's nicely balanced. There's a second layer of tart aroma with some grain and leather behind the more dominant smells that kind of wrestle against the fruit.

T - Wow. A small sip becomes a mouthful of flavor. Tart fruit and raspy grain flavor in front, filled with doughy rich bread and darker fruits in the back. A flat wash of bitterness in the finish. I could spend an inordinate amount of time trying to list every taste in this. Expected notes of leather, damp leaves (at least if they tasted like they smell in the fall), and a tinge of sharp spicy alcohol. A little raw in the alcohol taste at times, not at others, detracting some from the balance of the overall flavor.

M - Filling and round, with a fumy alcohol warmth. A bit chewy, drying out at the finish with a raspy quality.

O - Certainly intriguing and worth a try. It's bigness works against it in terms of drinkability. The more I drink, the more the flavors seem to struggle out of balance, and the strong nose can nearly overwhelm before the sip. Rich and decadent, yet not quite satisfyingly indulgent. A wild ride of a beer, but not one I need a ton of. For the record, warming and airing out really bring out a ton more caramel, toffee, and swell the round balance of the beer together into a rather pleasant overall presentation.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muddy brown/orange/red, one finger off white head, light lacing.

S - Light fruits and bourbon.

T - Apples, bourbon, rasions, figs, pears cherries, vinous.

M - Thick, smooth, medium-low carbonation, booze sticks to the tongue.

O - Extremely happy about this purchase, worth the 23 bucks!

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stevefinny
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(On draught at Papago!). Pours dark caramel with khaki head. Aroma has some smoke, dark, ripe fruit, A-1 steak sauce? Taste is sweet, with a bit of sour twang. Alcohol is well integrated given the abv. Full-bodied with sticky, oily mouthfeel. Smooth finish. Good beer and quite unique.

Photo of nootch23
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of crusian
2.57/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from my brother from Colorado.
Pours a nice dark brown with like 3 fingers of head. Looks great!
Smells a bit tart... with a ton of booze behind it. Smells like a boozy sour to he honest, which is not what I expected from this at all. No sign of oak, no sign of bourbon.
Taste has a lot of leather, ironically, a lot if dark fruits. There does seem to be a tiny bit of tartness to it... maybe beginning signs of infection... but don't want to start anything. There is a big bitter finish also with some vanilla, which I guess gives me some of the barrel aging. To he honest, I don't really like this. It leaves a nasty aftertaste that coats the back of my throat. Other than that the barrel aging isn't noticeable. The coton was MUCH better in my opinion. Good mouthfeel... everything about this is good except the smell and taste, lol.

Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bs870621345
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with a friend.

Pours a hazy brown with a 2 inches of off white head. Nice lacing.

Smells like molasses, alcohol, sour cherries, and a hint of bourbon.

Taste is really strong molasses, alcohol and a strong sour tinge on the end. Its pretty horrible on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but the carbonation really doesn't come through in the taste.

Overall, its really not good. The sourness really kills it for me.

Photo of hbchrisg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkIntihar
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of hickmancase
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Rizalini
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at Khoury's in Las Vegas into a Chimay tulip, reviewed from memory...

Pours a cloudy, murky brown color with a 1 finger off-white head. Smells sweet, like honey and rum raisins. The taste is sweet and slightly smokey. Caramel and brown sugar really comes thru as it warmed up. On the final sip, it took on a barleywine flavor. Very complex, and changed with the temprature. Very happy I got to try this one on tap!

Photo of Greenplastic615
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally bought a bottle of this. After trying it, I want another one to let it sit for at least a year, probably 2.

Very dark murky orange. Smell is potent and nice. Smelled it as soon as I popped the top on the bottle. Dark fruits, raisins, figs, burnt sugar. Taste is the same, but the ABV makes itself known. Alcohol is very noticeable. Love the mouthfeel. Creamy and just slightly carbonated. I'd rank the taste and the mouthfeel at a 4.5 if the ABV wasn't so noticeable. I feel that after a year or two, the alcohol taste might mellow and makes this even more enjoyable. Very nice though. Not sure if it is worth the money, but still very nice.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Beaumont Market for $20. 750ml bottle poured into a pair of Portsmouth snifters and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Murky prune juice body with a finger of Jelly Belly toasted marshmallow hued head that dissipates quickly to a thick wisp ring. No lacing. 3/5

S: Boozy fruits of the sweet vinous kind. Currants are huge along with cherries and figs. A little bit of sherry lends evidence that the solera method is contributing some interesting oxidation. 4.5/5

T: Minor hints of barrel, massive booze, some vanilla, more rich fruits, yeasty esters (banana), and heaps of brown sugar make this a winner. 4/5

M: Moderate body, spritzy carbonation, tongue numbing alcohol, and a sticky finish. All signs of a good Old Ale. 4/5

O: Solid stuff. Not my favorite Old Ale (that distinction goes to Adam), but it's a good beer none the less. It's better fresh then Coton was and has far less heat. 100% BA Coton was one of my favorite beers of 2010. After tasting this, I have high hopes for the all -bal version for this year. 4/5

Photo of Trilogy31
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is coton on sweet sweet steriods, again reminds me of abacus but not quite there. Pours a rusty hazy dark brown amber with a fleeting finger of head. The nose strikes of rich coffee and chocolate along with toffee and nougat, nicely done. The taste brings sweet sugared coffee, creme brulee, a sweet sherry character, along with some dqrk fruits and a tannic bourbon barrel finish. Well carbonated and a tasty beer yet i prefer a year old coton to this guy.

Photo of marqoid
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

8/12/2011

Photo of MarkFy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of IPAyForHops
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jeffh84
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Beeranator
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.