Cuir - The Bruery

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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 429 | FT: 27
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 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,

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 WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown pour without much head.

S: Bourbon, malts, raisins, sugar, and dark fruits.

T: Leather, tobacco, dark malts, bourbon. Really interesting taste. I HATED Papier, this is better. A little more balanced. Still not anything great though.

MF: Medium heavy body. Nice amount of carbonation. Lots of booze.

O: Good beer. 14.5% is not noticed on that level, but it is noticed. Wouldn't pay the money again for this beer.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

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

On tap at Provisions, 8.11.11, review #800.

Small ring of light brown head around edge of glass, dark brown opaque body, no lacing. Big, complex nose, cigar wrapper, toffee, chocolate, small amount of coffee, floral hops, ABV noticeable aroma. Taste mirrors the nose, pretty chocolatey up front, floral hops, vanilla from barrels. Mouthfeel a bit on full side of medium, minimal effervescence, booziness hidden a wee bit by the barrel notes. Quite tasty, a real sipper, at this ABV you better be careful.

Photo of Marty30
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aces and Ales strong beer festival.

A. Kind of a deep ruby almost brown. Head is almost non existant just a cap with large bubbles. Has a thick look to it.No lacing given the ABV.

S. Sweet sugary dark fruits, Some leather with a hint of tabacco. I definately detect some alchohol.

T. Sugary dark fruits,some plum dark cherries,I also get a touch of vanilla with a hint of leather to balence it out somewhat.

M. Feel is thick and heavy coats the mouth all over. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall I loved this beer,very well made. I am going to try and get a couple bottles. Would also love to try the BA version.

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 AdamBear
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-chestnut colored with a nice tan head. very pretty!

S-smells like maple, oak, and cognac. strong smelling

T-comes in with a strong taste of caramelized sugars, maple, vanilla, and some oak. its strong tasting! a burnt and good matching after-taste follows. really sweet and good!

M-very heavy and syrupy. medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-take the Sam Adams Utopias....make it more beer-like....make it more drinkable...make it a whole lot cheaper...and you have the Bruery Cuir...a fantastic beer that everyone should try...beer lover or not.

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

A: dark brown, much more head than expected for an old ale. Mild lace.

S: figs, booze, banana, dark fruit, hints of caramel, more alcohol.

T: lots of fruit. Bourbon / port. Hints of wine grape-ness. Toffee. Plenty of alcoholic warmth as it descends. Complex, but a beer this hot begs for a couple years of cellar time.

M: thin and weak-bodied like some old ales; definitely needs more body.

D: slightly above average for drinkability given its near 15% ABV. This one's a sipper for sure. Again, a brew like this really needs 3-4 (or more) years on it to mellow out. Right now, this beer in my glass is full of potential.

Photo of chumba526
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep, dark brown with a small off white almost tan looking head.

Smells of roasted malts, brown sugar and sweet dark fruits. I get overtone of cherries prunes and plums. There is a mild toffee like smell and overtones of coconut and vanilla.

A powerful oaky coconut and vanilla flavor hits my palate upon the first sip. Hints of dark fruit mostly raison plumbs and cherry. There is a present mix of sweet and sour flavors. There is a mild bourbon flavor that rounds off the flavor of the beer.

The carbonation is moderate and there is a somewhat thick mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a very interesting old ale that is quite drinkable for how alcohol heavy it is. An amazing beer.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Cuir- Bottle 3888

A- Big time looking beer. Dark, dark brown w/ just a suggestion of crimson highlights. Impossible to see into. Really nice carbonation, and an amazing chocolate two finger head that stays a long time. Fantastic lacing.

S- Malt, caramel, bourbon, chocolate, sweet oak. Simply fabulous nose on this beer. I'm tempted to bump it to a 5, but will leave it for now. Very complex, balanced, and improves w/ warming.

T- This is one of those big beers that the first sip I just mutter, "WOW". Super complex, tasty, and a world class sipper. At 14.5%, you definitely want to sip this. Amazingly, I don't get any alcohol in the taste. It's so complex, I don't even know how to start... Big malt/bourbon taste at first, followed by a slightly tart oak/fruit (cherry) taste. That's the stuff that's out front, but then there's caramel, chocolate, fig, and spices that are intertwined amongst the primaries. I can only imagine that this beer would be a 5 no problem if aged. Superb.

M- A total malt/smoothness vs. fruit/tartness and background hops feel. Somewhat dry finish as well. Very nice. Not super easy to drink, but this is a sipper anyway. Really good.

O- This is the reason I enjoy reviewing/trying new beers. To come across a World Class beer that I've never tried before. Highly recommended, especially if you like big beers or Old Ales. This is fantastic. Cheers!

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.

Photo of jm1229
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip. Held onto this one for a little bit and excited to try it.

A- Dark brown and little head. Doesn't look all too exciting but that's the least important thing, right?

S- The smell hard to peg and herein the problem lies: boozy as all hell. Lots of alcohol smell. Almost covers up everything else but I was able to smell the dark fruit. Good for me?

T- Complex and exciting. Lots of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, some chocolate, lemon. Really malty. Then again, the alcohol taste really covers up a lot.

M- Nice carbonation, but this beer is the opposite of smooth. True sipper.

O- With everything the beer had going for it, Cuir's complex taste gets covered up by way too much alcohol presence. It was almost to the point of being unbearable. Would not buy again but I'm happy I tried it; just wish that experiment was cheaper...

Photo of marikoangel
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at Amsterdam in SF.

A: It pours an opaque chestnut brown; the color is a bit flat. There was no head and no real lacing. The whole appearance of this beer is just heavy and flat, not very exciting looking.

S: The smell is so yummy! Brown sugar, dark fermenting fruit, prunes, over-ripe fig, candied persimmons, apple juice, molasses, caramel malts and small hints of vanilla and oak. It has a very juicy nose. I know that I'm probably missing some notes in there, but there is so much going on in this beer!

T: Juicy and sweet. I definitely am getting over-ripe fruit and apple juice. Rich caramel malts, dark fruits, sugars, complex. The flavors are less intense than the nose, but still very robust. There is a sour quality in there without it actually being sour...I'm not sure how else to explain that...Dry oak notes. Overall the flavors start out more boozy sweet and intense, then mellows out so quickly that you forget it has a 14.5% ABV

M: Medium body, light carbonation, wet juicy start with a dry finish

O: Overall this is a very drinkable beer...dangerously so! It's easy to forget how strong this one is. It is definitely a good one to split with others. It's not an everyday beer, but a great treat.

Photo of Auracom
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really glad to try this one courtesy of my old roommate on July 30th. Bomber split into wine glasses.

Visually, Mr. French Leather is unassuming and unappealing. Murky/hazy dark brown with a light brown, single-finger head. Lots of lacing and alcohol feet. I don't expect anything interesting here.

The aroma is subtly complex. Definite bourbon up front. Tobacco, spices, breadiness, toffee, figs, slight oak, and sweet apple peel. It's better blended than Coton.

Taste really shows more of the same, almost in a quad-like fashion. For people who think this is sweeter and less cohesive than Coton, what the fuck? This is far more refined than last year's anniversary offering. Spices up front, bourbon and malt elements at the middle of the tongue, and caramal/toffee lead into the finish. Aftertaste is sweet with slight wood and oak. Moderate finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth, semi-thick body, nice carbonation. I'm pretty satisfied with this for the abv.

This is pretty nice, and yes way the fuck better than Coton. I still need to find Papier but by my account, this one compares really well. I honestly went back and edited my Coton ratings because this truly showed how overly sweet that beer was.

Photo of metal850
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL waxed top bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: 1 finger off white head which dissipates to a ring, hazy (when cold) red brown almost burgundy.

S: Boozy and acetic, reminds me of under ripe plums, smells more like cold red wine than beer.

T: Vinuous, boozy, acetic with a sweet malty aftertaste that transforms int more dried fruits as it warms.

M: Crips, light carbonation.

O: Good complex beer, but I feel like it needs to mellow (the label does say it will be good for decades). Good thing I got two, I want to see how this is with some age.

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 TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Poor Phil's.

Finally able to try this one...all it took was a side-trip to Oak Park. Figures. Anyway, it pours a deep cloudy brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty cream foam, which settles into a steady tonsure for the duration of the drink. The nose comprises figs, raisins, red grapes, mandarin orange syrup, toffee, very light roasted malts, light cocoa, and light maple syrup. The sweetness is undeniable, along with an undercurrent of booze. The taste shows us who's boss, though, with notes of bourbon, maple syrup, mandarin orange syrup, red grapes, red apple skin, figs, light molasses, lemon zest, light black cherry, dark chocolate, light oak, and a finish eerily reminiscent of caramel corn. A decently strong kick of booze strikes throughout. Everything's kinda muddled and insanely sweet, even for a sweet tooth like mine. Honestly, it was kinda hard to drink this all the way down. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, as much as I enjoyed Coton, Cuir just didn't do it for me. There' so much sweetness in so many forms, along with so much booze, that my tongue just couldn't quite deal with the onslaught.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ShogoKawada
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap, served in 14oz tulip. ~$7 at Pour Farm.

A- Big bold hazy brown beer, darker body than I remember on coton, little head but to be expected.

S- Caramel sundae. Lots of sugars, maple syrup/molasses.

T- Wow, shockingly sweet. I'm not saying it's not tasty, but christ, this thing's sweet. Sweet bread, bourbon, sugar, a bit of vanilla, sugar, some brandy-soaked fruit, burnt sugar, and more sugar. It's sweet.

M- Too sweet, lots of alcohol, although it's still enjoyable.

O- Too sweet, I am not gonna seek out a bottle. I liked coton a lot more. I enjoyed this beer but I can think of many more old ales I'd reach for at a much lower cost.

EDIT: I just re-read my coton review.. I liked that one much more. Not sure where this one went wrong, but it's just not as good, in my opinion.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Foggy brown color with a one finger head, which recedes into lace.

S - Smells like sweet woodyness. Definite old ale style tones, a slight smell of spice and or yeast.

T/M - Creamy texture up front, mild somewhat tartness in the middle with a woody medium dirty bitterness at the end, definite heat from the %14+/-ABV.

O - Hot damn! No literally, pretty much a hot ass beer with some woody tones, cannot really detect any bourbon or even whiskey tones from this beer, a little too sweet to discern them from the beer.

PP (Price Point) - $17 for a 750ml bottle, Ill give it a "Meh" rating, as far as the ABV goes its well worth the price, but the style isn't doing too much for me, I think it could benefit from a few years of cellaring.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: A deep brown body pours a finger head of light tan. Carbonation is low and lacing is light and spotty.

S: A nice vanilla and plum aroma, with a good level of spice. a bit of a low intensity aroma for the style. Low but subtle bourbon influences.

T/M: Rich, sweet malty notes, that reflect plums and dark chocolate. Spice on the palate with a long lingering finish. Low hop bitterness. Vanilla shown from the bourbon oak, with bourbon in the background. Bourbon is blended perfectly not too much to over power, but not to light, that goes unnoticed.

O: Overall, this is a solid beer, and with age, it can only get better. I really enjoyed the bourbon influence, as some brews turn one denominational. This beer is a nice offering for the series.

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 Domingo
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bull & Bush of all places.
Arrived a deep brown with just a fine sheen of foam on the top. As I worked my way down, the sheen does hang onto the glass a bit, but this stuff is pretty slick.
The flavor profile on this one is massive. Liquor barrels, molasses, dried fruits, chocolate, coconut, and even a little bit of strawberry jam. The nose definitely screams boozy, and while there's no doubt it's strong stuff, it's not as hot as some other huge beers I've had lately. I'd say the strongest flavor I keep getting is molasses and maybe a brown sugar character. Styles be damned, but this is akin to an old ale/huge brown hybrid partially tossed into barrels.
Certainly not an everyday beer, but very enjoyable. Probably my favorite from the Bruery thus far, too.
I can see this being a substitute for brandy or cognac at the end of the night or with dessert.

Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.