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Cuir - The Bruery

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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 76
Gots: 426 | FT: 25
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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Cuir" is the French word for leather and, indeed, this Old Ale looks slightly worn but still tough; despite a very murky complexion a beautiful, glistening amber colour persists. Even its head is firm and durable - an incredibly impressive feat given its makeup (blended and barrel-aged), age (2 years), and strength (a whopping 14.5%).

The Bruery's anniversary ales (such as this one) are made using the Solera method, which is a process of retaining some liquid from every batch or vintage and blending it into the next one. Over the years, the average age of the product - and, by association, its complexity and uniqueness - is gradually increased.

For those keeping count, Cuir is the third release made in this fashion and, as result, certainly gives us lots to ponder over. The aroma alone is a dizzying (somewhat literally given the alcohol) array of candied fruits, cherries, dark toffee, nut brittle, and vinous esters of a very sherry-like nature.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the excitement stirred up by the bouquet but does introduce a slight tartness in the form of a prominent choke cherry flavour. The burnt sugar and dark fruit profile continues but truthfully isn't as tasty as it sounds. Still, if there were scores for uniqueness and intensity, this would certainly earn the highest marks in those categories.

There are some techniques in the brewing process (i.e., decoction mash) that can be quite demanding. Tossing your beer in a bourbon barrel, however, is incredibly easy relative to how much complexity it affords; the effort-to-pay out ratio is huge. It makes for a beer that's strong but sublime. This one shows off oaky, slightly oxidated nuances of vanilla and sherry.

Cuir is a beer of technical virtuosity and inspired brilliance. I not only think the 'solera anniversary' offerings is a neat project, I know from trying a few that it makes for notably interesting and special ales as well. These beers come with a hefty price tag but they're worth it (and also worthy of a spot in the cellar next to your prized Bordeaux or vintage Champagne).

Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing sweet grape, some smokey oak and considerable vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except for me, the over the top sweetness is more than I can handle. This level of sweetness, coupled with the obviously high alcohol, make drinking this beer in anything other than very small portions impossible. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, very sweet and rich finish. There's some noticeable bourbon in this beer as well, but given the sweetness in this beer, it was hard for me to really notice or appreciate. The alcohol is actually pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, and there's no heat or alcoholic bite in the finish.

I don't know... this is an interesting beer, with some attractive flavor, but the sweetness and high alcohol are just too much for me. Really wish I had tried this beer before spluring on a bottle that is currently sitting in my fridge, where it will undoubtedly remain for some time.

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/21/2011

On tap at Provisions.

A: Brown with an orange hue when held to light. The head is a finger of tan foam.

S: Pronounced brown sugar with notes of maple and toffee. There's just a whisper of bourbon, and oak is evident. I detect prune, date, and raisin.

T: Brown sugary sweetness with leather, earthy bitterness, and a little maple. Caramel and toffee suffuse the palate, accompanying prune, fig, and raisin. Booze is well masked.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with warming.

Overall: My favorite of the regular anniversary beers thus far. Good stuff, but potent.

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased somewhere localish, probably Yankee/Sturbridge. Black waxed cap.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts way more than you'd expect for a BA brew, with leggy sticky lacing. Aroma is tartness and bourbon.

Taste starts with tart cherries, rich depth in the middle, and closes with ample bourbon character and a return of the tart. Slight numbness on the lips. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is interesting, piques your curiosity to see how it will change over time. Wish the tartness was a bit more sedate, but overall a good brew.

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Blvd in Vegas, 750ml bottle into some tulips.

Dark brown with some redder tones, not much in the way of head retention and lace. Nose has grapes, leather, nuts, dark fruits, spicing with a touch of liqueur. Taste has sweet caramel, dark fruit notes, earthy and nutty. Mouthfeel is huge, alcohol is detectable although I didn't think it resembled that listed. A definite sipper.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Didn't take note of the bottle number. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red that looks brown. Vigorous pour yields a nice tan head with good lacing, which is amazing at this ABV. The second glass I poured had almost nothing. Hmm.

Smell - Apples and booze. Some earthiness that manifests itself as leather. Apples aren't my favorite, but this smells nice.

Taste - Apples again, but still good. Much stronger bourbon in the taste than the smell. Leathery and earthy, which I loved.

Mouthfeel - Thin, really, for the ABV. A bit dry, probably explaining the apples. Not as boozy as I'd expect at this ABV.

Overall - Very good, but dominated by the damn apples. Still delicious from the other flavors that come through. Hardly tastes 14.5%.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Anniversary 14.5%abv. 75% ale, 25% aged in burbon barrels. Bottle #04782. Wax coated neck.

A: Murky caramel apple pour with a creamy grain colored head that was a finger tall and showed good restraint. Dark coloring in the vessel shows some lace stickage.

S: Boozy burbon laced raisins and plums. Strong show of alcohol, 14.%% worthy but not overpowering.

T: The flavor is strong and boozy of burbon alcohol, sweet sugary dark fruit, plums, figs and sugary raisins with some good barrel woodiness coming through. Spicy cardamon, licorice, sweet fennel and woodsy cypress with a warm sweet Belgian yeast fruitiness. Some trace elements of citrus, curaco orange and Belgian candy sweetness. A bit acidic with some flashes of sweet toffee.

M: Milky malty body, soft carbonation with a warm and spicy feel on the inner cheeks. Alcohol is tolerable.

O: Overall complex, sweet, dark and fruity with a spicy good show of alcohol. A great sipper even warm the alcohol is very manageable. I tackled this alone, but probably should of shared the bomber.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/30/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to siege06nd for sharing this with me in celebration of his 27th Birthday. Cheers, John!

A: Muddy ruby, it's got a touch of crimson to it, but it's faint and really comes off more like deep tree sap. A generous pour yields a magnificent three finger head and attractive lacing.

S: Massive - it's packing a big alcohol punch, with hints of sun dried raisin, prune and brown sugar-caramel.

T: It overwhelms the mouth with brown sugar and dark candied fruits. The alcohol is prevalent, though it really helps to quell the epic amount of malty, buttery richness. Complex and very well balanced for an Old Ale.

M: A bit more bubbly then most other Old Ales I've had. I actually prefer it like this, and the carbonation really helps to break up the density of the brew.

O: The Bruery's Cuir is one to bury in the cellar for a decade. Though it's drinking well now, with time this has the potential to be an absolute masterpiece. Extremely well done, and though it may not be worth the exorbitant price tag, I may end up grabbing one to hang on to for the long haul.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear reddish brown color with a good three finger head that lasts a good long time but leaves very little lace in its wake. First pour gave lambic like sour cherry aromas that subsided as the beer was allowed to breathe. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol and lots of tart fruit. Taste is sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn. Brown sugar coated raisins and cherries toasted then dipped in light rum sums this one up for me. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. I liked this one, its a bit harsh with alcohol right now, but I think with a bit of age this one will mellow quite nicely.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly muddled brown color with lots going on, some turbidity through the browness, not much in terms of head. Lovely aroma, damn, coconut is forceful more than any other beer that didn't have coconut in the name. Vanilla, oak, char, chocolate after that. Good warming sensation from the alcohol.

Taste, wow, so much better than Coton and Papier as far as hiding the heat. This is a monster beer. More and more layers of complexity are revealed with each sip. Toffee and caramel are pretty substantial. Maybe some molasses and leather as well. Really appreciate the creaminess of this one, helps hide the alcohol quite well, I kept telling myself how amazing this was at hiding the alcohol, very nice. The woody touches are right in the ideal amount.

Really exceeded my expectations with this beer. Time to start adding to my little stash of this beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA on 7/6/11

A - Poured a dark amber colour with a small amount of off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, burnt caramel, some noticeable alcohol. Very sweet nose.

T - Very sweet overall yet not overly sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, oak and some vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol as well. Complex.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kscaldef
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Beermongers

A: dark red-brown, one finger tan head that recedes to nothing

S: Caramel, toffee, vanilla

T: As the smell, but also some cherry notes. A slight burnt-bitter finish

M: Full but not cloying. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but less than you'd expect from the ABV. Very low carbonation.

O: Great first-impression beer, very yummy off the bat. My complaint is just that even an 8oz pour was a slog to get through. By halfway through, my tastebuds were already blown and not enjoying the beer nearly as much. I've got a couple 750ml bottles in the cellar and it's going to be a challenge to find an opportunity to open them, as I feel like more than 4 or 5 oz per person is wasted.

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of aasher
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large tulip

Pours a slightly hazed deep auburn color with some burnt hues and cherry red tones. A thin layering of beige head dissolves into bubbled film, leaving little lacing behind.

Plenty going on in the nose with heavy caramel and burnt sugar with candied notes. Raisin and dates mix with the vanilla, oak, and bourbon tones. Some tobacco and dark chocolate as well with alcohol heat.

Heavy and burly on the tongue with dark fruits, including raisin, date, and plum. Candi sugar with some burnt notes, syrupy caramel as well. Massive malt profile with plenty of sweetness, cut by the heat from the bourbon and alcohol. Some vanilla and oak as well. Finishes very warm with booze and some residual burnt sugar sweetness.

Full body, decent carbonation, fairly smooth on the tongue but lingers for a while with stickiness. Very complex, boozy, and interesting from top to bottom - another nice treat from The Bruery.

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Small Bar... pours a dark mahogany, good seductive color, light tan head, very creamy, great lacing... the nose is a bit weird but grows on me, lots of star anise and other spices, brown sugar, basically spice and malt... the nose is the same malty and spicy, theres a slight medicinal note that's a bit distracting but this is very drinkable and much better than Coton

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.