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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: 74
Gots: 427 | FT: 25
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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sendbeer

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-08-2013 01:08:30 | More by sendbeer
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-24-2013 07:59:11 | More by zestar
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 18:37:44 | More by HopHead84
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-04-2014 03:17:01 | More by afsdan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:31:51 | More by xnicknj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-26-2012 15:43:17 | More by rolltide8425
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-07-2011 23:14:41 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-04-2013 17:12:06 | More by GraduatedCashew
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:54:10 | More by liamt07
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 14:55:40 | More by jrallen34
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 00:31:33 | More by johnnnniee
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, and others at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was tasted side-by-side with 100% BA version! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, dark fruit, fig, and subtle wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, subtle wood, and subtle banana. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty good brew. The flavors and aromas on this one were not very complex. This was further enforced when smelling and tasting the 100% BA version. They tasted like COMPLETELY different brews. This was a still a nice brew that I could definitely drink more of, but I would choose the BA version given the choice hands down.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 17:57:15 | More by thagr81us
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 16:00:38 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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%.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:33:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Smallbar Division

A - Chocolate brown beer that turns a deep red on the edges. Great looking beige head that didn't leave much in the way of stick on the sides.

S - Caramel, sweet brown sugar. I get some dark fruit and a ton of pears with apples on this one. It smells particularly rich, but not boozy at all considering how high the ABV is.

T - Exceptionally rich. A lot of vanilla, dark fruit, apple core. I don't really get much bourbon on this, and the base seems to be brown sugar and dark fruits.

M - Smooth, mildly carbonated, very full feeling.

O - Solid beer, I really had to try to get through the glass, but at 14.5% this could be a killer if it were easier. It's a very rich beer that you can only take in small doses, but seems to be one of the better ones of this series so far.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 19:10:27 | More by AgentZero
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 15:44:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-07-2013 01:59:17 | More by claspada
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-16-2014 19:44:16 | More by iL0VEbeer
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champ103

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

11-15-2011 12:24:30 | More by champ103
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

07-29-2012 19:55:24 | More by Duff27
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a light copper brown in color with light brown highlights and had a finger worth of head leaving a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront I was able to detect some banana in the aroma with a variety of spices but were not over powering, alongside toffee, caramel, molasses notes and faint oak character.

T: I was right about the banana character cause it was noticeable in the taste as well with toffee, caramel, molasses notes, and a touch of dark fruits.

M;The brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slight spice, and sticky finish.

D: It was actually drinking above average for an old ale and had a nice little twist to it as well. Definitely would have again and keep another in the cellar to see how it might develop.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:31:09 | More by Gobzilla
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-16-2012 03:40:51 | More by bsuedekum
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Haybeerman

Colorado

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

A: Deep mahogany color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a bubbly skim. Decanted steadily. Laced the glass in wide rings that washed down the glass.

S: Dark fruit; raisins, dates and figs. Candi sugar, molasses and toffee. Yeast and malt aromas have an earthy, woody character that burns-in with alcohol.

T: Caramel and toffee are up front in the taste - briefly. Transitions quickly to the dark fruit flavors so prominent in the nose. Candi sugar and molasses pile on with alcohol-soaked black cherries. When it can't get any sweeter, musty leather and wet wood mellow the onslaught. The alcohol find its way through, but is fairly well disguised.

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Coating and very sweet ahead of a earthy warm finish.

O: Fairly tame for a monster. Lots of malt and yeast character. Disguises the alcohol fairly well given the beer weighs-in at 14.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:52:32 | More by Haybeerman
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-28-2013 03:37:58 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-28-2013 15:30:54 | More by DmanGTR
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.