Cuir - The Bruery

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 75
Gots: 428 | 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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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I would open my bottle of this to check it out while it is still a plenty on the shelves. That and we are wrapping up day 4 with no electricity post hurricane.

a - beer poured a deep reddish purple with not much head to speak of. Fairly murky. Damn they make you work to get it open though.

s - smells pretty sweet with a bit of an oak bourbon barrel tingle. Malt and some brown sugar with a bit of candy.

t - yum. Starts off with the malty brown sugar then a slap in the face of booze which settles into a slight oak bourbon barrel sweet. A little english barleywine-esque but more grape flavored. Dark fruits galore, classic old ale with a punch you in the eye alc assault.

m - alc tingle. Medium bodied.

o - overall a very hot beer. There is deliciousness in there behind the heat. I am a bit on the fence if I should get more of this to sit on since if the heat mellowed it would be spot on. Kind of like coton (which I really dug) but with way more heat.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 04189. Anno 2011. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Huge head. Very opaque. Brown with red hints. Good lacing. Impressive appearance.

S: STRONG. But sort of meh. Some brandy; a bit tart.

T: Fruit! Huge and immensely fruity -- peach? dates? grape. Malty-magnificent and quite sweet. Crazy strong/flavorful and very good.

M: So sweet...robust, but not great.

O: A really good beer. Super-strong, but super-recommended. Would like to have again.

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty brown color with golden highlights when held to a light. The head is tan, tight bubbled and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of plumes and raisins, with some tart lemon. Some light hints of bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. There is an overall mustiness.

The taste is of caramel malt, perhaps some scorched caramel. Next comes a way of sour oak flavors, mostly lemon and some green apple. Another wave or caramel and bourbon come next. This brings along some dark fruit flavors; prunes and sour cherries. Some light earthy bitterness in the end.

The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. There is a maltiness to the brew but it sits light. There is some stickiness in the finish and the ABV can be detected in the finish.

An interesting beer, reminds me very much of a BSDA but perhaps more sour. Good mix of sweet and sour.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kwilliams81 for sharing this beer! Thanks kent!

poured into a tulip glass.

bottle number- 07959

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

Appearance: reddish light brown bodied beer with a small off white head.

Smell: Dark fruits; prodominately raisins. Caramel notes.

Taste: Bready and raisins. Caramel, prunes, leather, and molasses. Its also fairly ozidixed and astrigent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Still fairly hot.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. This beer finished dead last. Its not aging very well and its just rough around the egdes.

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

518th review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ML Capped & Waxed
Bottle # 3256

My 1,000th different beer
Consumed 5/27/11

App- A watered down bronze color with dark brown highlights running through it. A big fluffy two finger head. A ring of lace all over and some dotting lace as well.

Smell- Very sweet at first sniff. A lot of dark fruits more leaning towards the dark alcohol laden cherry.

Taste- This was good from the word go but it seems to all run together, hence the 4 not a 4.5 or 5. It was very smooth with a nice blend of vanilla, booze, oak and cherry.

Mouth- Just felt right on the palate. It was a medium body with a medium carbonation and a little bit of thicker fruits. Bubbles on each sip. Quite nice.

Drink- Call it homer pride or whatever you will. I have had more Bruery beers than any other Brewery and pretty much have liked them all except a couple. The third year is over and they came out swinging with this one. Very good. Can't wait for the full BA Cuir.

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Daftcaskbc.

Appearance. Pours a murky, orange-brown with a thin, off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, some white wine and wood, a little coffee and vanilla. There are also some unidentifiable (to me, anyways) woody spices.

Taste. Sweet caramel, cedar and a little pine, molasses and plums, maybe a little cherry. High abv is fairly well hidden, but what comes through is smooth. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation. Sticky and a little warm.

Overal. Sweet and full of flavour. Nice stuff.

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

Pours a murky, brownish orange colour, with a light beige finger of head. Aroma of mild oak and vanilla mingle with caramel and nutty sweetness, a bit of alcohol, touches of chocolate. A hint more booze on the taste, with some oaky, rich caramel sweetness, molasses, and an earthy nuttiness. It's full in body, rich, coating.

It's a little hot, but it's a great and interesting Old Ale. I look forward to do a 5 year vertical next year!

Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjyoung for pulling the trigger on this one.

A: Pours a hazy burnt amber with a thin dark tan head that faded into a long lasting film that left spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with raisins, toffee, caramel, apple cider/juice, milk chocolate, pear and bourbon.
T: Follows the nose with sweet fruits, powerful bourbon, pears, apricots and a good dose of vanilla. I get a touch of chocolate as well. The finish is sweet with toffee and the aftertaste is full of raisins and warm bourbon.
M: Thick body and a thick and slick mouthfeel that is viscous with alcohol.
O: Strong but easy to sip on. Very potent, sweet and smooth flavors. Thanks again, Matt.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is developing quite wonderfully. Wax is thick, but does the trick. Leathery, polished wood, caramel, honeycomb, savot it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottle number 12,729. Thickest wax I've ever encountered. It was at least 1/8 of an inch thick in most places.

4.5 A: Dark brown color. Just under two fingers of beige creamy/foamy hybrid head. Retention is very good given the massive ABV. Short ring of lacing left.

3.5 S: The nose is shockingly tame and well intergrated. Light fruity and earthy bourbon. Big hit of brown sugar. Raisin, date, and caramel. Very little booze.

3.5 T: The bourbon and booze come out more in the taste. Leathery, oaky, vanilla, melon, and a big spiciness. Big caramel and brown sugar from the malt. Fig, rum soaked raisin, and date. A bit boozy, but not 14.5% boozy with warming throughout. Lightly astringent aftertaste.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation to style. Chewy with a light creaminess.

3.0 D: Definitely more mellow than Coton and perhaps a bit too mellow. Either way, it's tasty enough. Sweet, but not as sweet as I was expecting (which is usually a good thing).

Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty, rich, and complex brew with a long sweet and fruity range.

Presentation: 750 ml brown waxed and capped bottle. Label with an intricate Bruery emblem in gold, ocher, and brown. It offers a small description of the brew, and anniversary context, with thanks to supporters. Back label has cellaring, and serving notes. Shows bottling year (2011), bottle number (06115), and Alc. by. Vol. (14.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Amber brown pour, with a fair if short lived head, which leaves a faint surface memory with more persistent memory ring and little lacing.

S - Rich nose, this time it does hint at the intensity below. Fruity sense, cherries, figs, dried prunes, plenty of caramel sense.

T - Still the nose does not quite anticipate the intensity on the palate. Hefty range with an assertive sugary and fruity-boozy note. The bourbon barely touches on the sweetness, way at the bottom of the undercurrent with a fain note of vanilla that turn to more quad like notes of plums, honey, prunes, hint of butterscotch, more prunes, and again back to the rich boozy sugar.

M - Medium-full body, with light carbonation, caramel-sugary textured sense with a boozy finish. Again a bit hot around the alcohol.

O - Long complex sipper, the fruit and booze are a bit raspy, and at this point the sugary edge in that context might be a bit overwhelming.

Notes: Coton hit the right spot on the fly, Cuir not so much for me. The first time around as an after meal brew it felt overtly sweet, hefty and rough, a second tasting on another occasion gave a resemblance to the enjoyment of Coton while still feeling it could do with some… balancing? It is not the mellowing, this one is beautifully a hefty and complex sipper but has, again to me, a bigger rough edge than its predecessor. My memory could be betraying me though...

Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep burgundy color with a thick toffee colored ring of lacing around the glass, mild carbonation.

S - Dark maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, musty, oak, and some dark fruit and sweet molasses.

T - Some sweet dark tart fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, light smoky oak, and some cherry acidity. Initially I was getting some roasted toffee on the palate but that quickly faded away and was replaced with the acidic tart cherry notes.

M - Finish is very dry but because of the presence of some tart acidity the dry finish quickly turns to semi-dry, then disappears. Velvet consistency across the tongue, thick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O - With the bottle being (3+) years old it's expected the flavors and aroma have been muted.
In it's current state, predominantly oak, tart fruit, and Bourbon. If anyone likes to cellar bottles and has one of these left, I wouldn't let it sit much longer.

Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, ruby highlights, thin white head, little lacing

S: lactic acid, almond, maple, and cherry. A whole lot I going on here, subtle vanilla comes through at the end

T: starts off with fig, cherry, and tobacco. A little tartness starts gaining momentum, the end is very acidic with a bit of booziness

Mf: thick syrupy body, low carbonation

O: lots of flavor, nice flavors, heavy on the booziness

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from STEG a while back. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottle 10,122
Drank the 25% and 100% back to back

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, cream-white head with good retention. A thick, dark red body, transparent, with high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring that remain to the end of the ride. No lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee, red fruits and spices on the nose. Very bold with a hint of booze. Lots of caramel and cotton candy.

TASTE: Toffee sweetness and lots of spices up front. Red fruits and caramel through the middle into a fruity, sweet molasses finish. Bold but drier aftertaste of sweet toffee, molasses, a touch of bitterness and some spicy alcohol. A hint of bourbon and vanilla linger as well. Not as boozy as the ABV might suggest, but it's there. Still, very complex, but quite sweet.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry on the palate. A slight bite at the swallow and a touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Very flavorful and complex and the alcohol is quite well hidden, but it is perhaps a little too sweet for mass consumption. A thicker palate would have showcased the flavors a little better as well. Regardless, this is a good beer and worth checking out if you're given the chance. Glad I was given a shot at this. Cheers STEG!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Pours a coca cola brown color and had no head in sight

Smell: Alcohol right up front almost to the point where it hides the other scents which are dark fruits

Taste: Very dark fruit forward. Raisins, purnes and dates come to mind. Hints of molasses and some bready yeast. The beer is very malty but in a good way

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with little carbonation and goes down extremely smoothly

Overall: Wow I am really impressed with this beer especially for the high alcohol content. It has a great flavor profile and goes down amazingly smooth and has easy drinkablility.

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I are celebrating our third anniversary tonight. I honestly couldn't have thought of a better brew for this occasion!

Poured into our very expensive wedding champagne glasses.

A: About the color of leather actually. Dark brown, with a slight reddish hue when held up to a light source. About a half finger or so beige head after a hard pour with great retention.

S: Sort of a sweet, glorious, cherry tomato scent. My wife said it smells like a gourmet tomato soup. As for me, I got a mild hint of bourbon, but mostly brown sugar, tons of fruit (not always dark), and Belgian funk.

T: Sweet as hell, but with very much a "Sweet Tart" quality that made it fantastically gourmet. To be honest though, the very first thing to hit my palate was cherries. Next, I got a bit of a sweet tomato paste quality, followed by leather... which didn't really hit me until about the 4th sip or so. Extremely dry finish, but with a very caramel-like quality that coated the palate ten-fold.

M: Thick, but not as thick as I thought it was going to be. Much more fruity than I expected, and with tons of yeasty funkiness that comes damn near to defying description.

O: Not a trace of alcohol on this baby, which is dangerous for a brew that clocks in at 14.5%. This is one of the Bruery's crowning achievements IMO!

Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuir pours an opaque dark mahogany with a small, creamy off white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving several spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with dark fruit and oak. Raisins, plum, fig, cherry, oak and vanilla are all present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is syrupy, slick and lightly carbonated. The flavor is enormous. Lots of stone fruit notes of fig, raisins, plum and cherry. Oak, brown sugar and vanilla fill the background. Finishes mildly smokey with some hints of pine and an alcohol burn. Once gone the fig and oak linger on the palate.

Wow! I can't believe how packed with flavor this beer is. I wish I had a second bottle to age for a year or two.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuir has a dark brown body and at least one solid finger of head in my snifter. The retention is very good, and the lacing is fairly solid. Not only is there a moderate amount of haze from the yeast, but there is also some char from the barrels floating around at the bottom of my glass. The particles didn't change the flavor at all, but it was strange to see.

The aroma is a malt bomb, with notes of bourbon, wood and lots of dark fruit.

This one definitely needs to warm up, I would advise drinking it at cellar temperature. Caramel and toffee highlight a rich, full malt backbone. This one is definitely a malt bomb actually, which I love for an Old Ale. Tons of dark fruit are in there also, with black cherry, figs and dates. A little bit of wood and sweet bourbon come through also. The barrel-characteristics aren't extremely powerful, but they play a very nice complimentary role. There are no fusel alcohol flavors at all, and only a touch of warmth even. One of the best high ABV beers at hiding the flavor of alcohol, and definitely an improvement on the various booze-bombs that I have tried from the Bruery.

Creamy body with a moderate carbonation.

This was an enjoyable sipper, and I'm pretty sure that the alcohol in this one can sneak up on you. This one is definitely worth trying if you get a chance.

Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best of these anniversary variations. By far.

Pours a slightly dusky reddish deep brown. Smells like ... plums, some lighter fruits (apples ... maybe some pear cores) and some toffee with a slight hint of booze.

Taste is really complex. There's a lighter fruit note dancing around ... alcohol soaked apples come to mind ... along with a darker, plum slightly rum-mish background with the typical deep malt/caramel/drizzled sugar booze flavoring. Hints, just hints, of deep earth-y/wood-sy aging.

Really, really good. I was shocked by both the complexity and the depth of the flavor profile. Nicely chewy, and well carbonated with a quarter to half inch tight off-white foam head.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cuir means "leather" in French. This is appropriate because this beer was brewed by leather-man of the Village People.

Pours a dark butterscotch brown but sits opaque black in my glass. Wispy retention leaves a few lacey strays.

Aroma has a sour, barrel-aged-ness to it and boasts bourbon and molasses. Smells like dark, evil and from Kentucky, just like a like my beers. And many other things for that matter.

Tastesbuds tingle with bourbony goodness that are blown away by a very intense and very alcoholic bourbon sweetness. Thick, molasses, vanilla and oaky burn sugar sweetness is too much for me to keep drinking.

Focuses on the bourbon heat and sharp caramel notes rather than the soft caramel and vanilla that I love about bourbon. Basically it took all the parts I don't like about bourbon and put it in the beer while leaving out all the parts I do like. Boo.

So far this is my third attempt at the Bruery and so far the only one I like (Autumn Maple) I didn't like because it wasn't carbonated. I give up.

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip (only fitting). Bottled in Spring 2011, so well over 2yrs old.

A - Dark reddish brown. A little murky. Tan head that sticks around for a little while, minimal lacing.

S - Plum jam, raisins, fruitcake, a little herbal quality like Unterberg.

T - Dates, figs, fruitcake. Alcohol is still present after 2yrs of aging (but not off-putting). Can still taste the herbal hops and the backend dries out nicely, not to make it too sweet.

M - Full bodied and sticky. Low carbonation that fits the body of the beer.

O - I had this fresh and honestly cannot remember how it tasted, but I know I liked it. This is a solid old ale w/ a lot of flavor, the alcohol is still very present, but adds to the flavors in a good way (I bet this was "hot" as hell when fresh)

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

750ml capped and waxed bottle. Bottle #08969. Served in a tulip. Chilled slightly below cellar temperature since I knew it would take a long time to drink.

Pours a dark and somewhat transparent amber-red. 2 fingers of medium beige foam recede to a thick ring w/ large bubbles. Small amounts of lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, plums and raisins. Rich sweetness with strong banana and hints of vanilla. Somewhat vinous. A hint of the big alcohol presence.

Flavor starts with the softer banana and vanilla notes from the aroma. A lot of sweet malt. Middle comes on a lot stronger with a vinous tingle and mild sourness. Sweetness gives way to the sour tinge and both flavors linger through the finish. There's a dry woody charcter to the finish as well, perhaps from barrel component. Alcohol very well buried, just emerges a bit in the aftertaste. Overall flavor is pretty similar to Coton, but I think I like this better as it is more integrated.

Medium-full body with a good amount of carbonation. Really drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Cuir from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.