Cuir - The Bruery

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 567
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.37%
Wants: 76
Gots: 431 | FT: 26
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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 washburnkid
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at The Good Life in Massapequa Park. Reddish brown hues and zero head. Aromas are anise, caramel, and spice. Flavors are in line, with an immense sweetness that tickles the palate all the way through. Anise really takes the lead, and each sip finishes dry. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. There are two things missing entirely: bitterness and alcohol (at least in flavor).

I sipped on this throughout the course of my meal (before, during, and after), which turned out to be a good tactic. This is a really gorgeous beer. (533 characters)

Photo of claaark13
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter at cellar temp. The bottle is just cool enough for the outside to fog when touched.

A - Dark reddish brown with a thick white head.

S - Sweet licorice. Some spices and the slightest amount of oak. It smells good, but nothing exciting. Too much sweetness.

T - Sweetness throughout. Not an immense amount as I see in some reviews, but it is sweet from start to finish. Burnt caramel/toffee and dark fruit. I think the licorice in the aroma I was getting is actually raisin. Dry, oak finish. Somehow it is noticeably dry and noticeably sweet at the same time. I actually like how the dryness plays against the sweetness. Not much, if any, booze evident.

M - Somewhat thick. I actually find it to be in line for the style. Not sure if it could get better. I think it will feel thicker in time if carbonation dies.

O - It is good, but I can't say that I'd order more than on serving at a bar....assuming the serving were 8oz or less. I do believe the aging potential here is great. I guess I'll snag more for the cellar. (1,052 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 1,000th review!

Bottle # 00370.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, caramel/toffee, vanilla, oak/wood, and some bourbon aromas. Taste is of dark and slightly sour fruits, burnt toffee, vanilla, and oak/wood. There are also some leather and tobacco flavors that come out more as the beer warms. There is a noticeable alcohol warming in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but not as good as I was expecting it to be. I definitely enjoyed the aromas coming off this one more than any of the flavors. (770 characters)

Photo of BrokenStones
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding...great way to start Superbowl tasting.

A - Burnt orange, a bit cloudy, very rich look.

S - Bourbon, Alcohol, Citrus...exactly what it is suposed to smell like.

T - rich, deep, bourbon, carmel, citrus, complex

M- full, coating, a little heat compliments and cuts through the full rich mouth feel.

O - A winner, not for the faint at heart. Deep, complex, a great sipper. Lots going on. Happy to have a couple standing up at 56 degrees.

Will try to find a few more. (481 characters)

Photo of B33R501
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorites this year, and im really glad i let it sit for 3 or 4 months, heard it was very hot fresh, i didnt think so at all.

beautiful dark amber, rust color. great head and retension for such a strong ale. smells and tastes of caramel, figs, dark fruits, leather.
didnt notice much bourbon, this is an aged beer, thought there should be more. sweet and smooth, insane drinkability for almost 15% abv, i breezed thru this bomber like nobodys business.

only drawback is the price $22 the most ive paid so far ($11 per 12 oz) for a beer. would i do it again next year? maybe. hair of the dog adam almost as good, alot cheaper $4 per 12 oz. (650 characters)

Photo of henskejk
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown-red color, small amount of pale beige headm fairly cloudy

S - A lot of sweet dark fruit aroma. and has some sour and vinegary notes in the background

T - A lot of malty sweetness with that slight amount of the sour/vinegar funkiness. very little booze flavor was detectable.

M - Heavy body but fairly smooth, pleasant carbonation.

O - enjoyable and very interesting. very heavy and not something I can drink a lot of, but good to split a bottle among a few friends. (506 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #16919. It was a bit of a struggle to break through the wax, and when I did it made quite a loud noise. Poured into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.

A - Dark reddish brown body, very clear but doesn't let a ton of light shine through. One of the better looking heads I've seen. The pour yielded an impressive 3-4 finger high dark khaki head. Very creamy and thick. Swirling creates some amazing bubbling. Huge amount of retention and lacing.

S - Loads of dark fruits. Figs, raisins, and plums. Caramel malts, molasses and rich toffee. This is a very sweet aroma followed by some savory tobacco, leather, and oak notes. Not picking up too many bourbon notes, but you can smell the alcohol.

T - More of the aroma. Dark caramelized fruits lead into some rich malty notes. This is a very delicious old ale. Its not as complex as I was expecting. In fact it seems really well balanced and tame. The high abv is hidden really well. and the bold and rich flavors never come off as cloying or extreme. The mouth feel is a bit on the light side, but the carbonation level is just right. This is a seriously amped up old ale.

O - An incredibly delicious beer. I was almost dreading opening this beer since the alcohol is so high and I was expecting something sickly sweet and rich. Turns out its fantastic. Really well balanced and well made. Cannot wait to try the future versions of this! (1,406 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark amber-brown with a medium, off-white/tan head. Scent is initially dark fruit forward with a lot of caramel and dark malt with a nice amount of brown sugar. Subtle bourbon notes with vanilla and toffee. Light cherry and oak...smells delicious. Taste is very similar to the aroma...not as much bourbon flavor as I was hoping for. The 100% barrel aged version is an overall better tasting beer, but this one is great too. Very complex and tasty. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a good amount of carbonation for this style. Drinkability is scary high as the huge ABV as it has. Overall, I didn't rate Coton when I drank it, but I'm pretty sure this one is better. (671 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with many people.

Bottle 08795

A- Pours a one finger tan head that dissipates to a nice thin layer around the glass, nice lacing, unfiltered, really cloudy, red mohagony color.
S- Huge dark fruit aroma, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol is present, not very balanced in the aroma.
T- Wow, unusual tartness comes out, huge fruity notes, plums, raisins, cherries, toffee, caramel, buttery taste, sweet brown sugar, incredibly rich, a little too rich, not very balanced, alcohol is present in the taste as well.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, sticky finish, smooth drinking, heat as it goes down.
O- Interesting beer, the BA version is phenomenal, the regular version is too rich for my liking, glad to try it once but have no interest in revisiting this one. (823 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of my New Years Eve celebration, but it ended up being too big to even think of cracking... so it will keep me company for the first night of 2012 instead...

A: Hazy mahoghany or cherry wood brown... a good finger plus of thick head topping it all.

S + T: Some darker, sweet fruits come through first on the nose (plum or raisin), complemented with a pretty notable woodiness... lots of oak and a good whiff of the vanilla that comes with that. Some big toffee or ever-so-slightly burnt brown sugar, accompanied by some alcohol spiciness.

M + D: A huge bodied beer, big and thick and sticky. A nice little bite of carbonation keeps it from being a sticky mess. Alcohol warmth is very apparent... and it adds a nice touch to each sip. (762 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

A - pours with one finger of light tan head on top of a clear, deep amber body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - a spicy aroma of plums, sandalwood, leather, smoke and anise.

T - sweet caramel and brown sugar up front with a distinct, fruity note of plum. Cherry and oak in the middle with some more dark fruit character. The beer finishes with more oak, some vanilla and a smoky cherry note that lingers with a slightly warming alcohol.

M - a thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D complex and enjoyable, this beer is even bigger than I expected. While it was nice, I couldn't help but think about the statement in the bottle that suggested cellaring the beer for up to 20 years; not only does that seem reasonable now that I've tasted it, but I expect that it could actually improve for 15 years if given the chance. (885 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 finger offwhite head with some lacing on a clear amber with brown and red hues body. Aroma is very unique; woody, almost like A1-sauce like with smokey and almost soapy aroma. Flavor is very sweet with a subtle hickory/mesquite flavor. Boozy as would be expected for anything barrel aged. Body is medium but syrupy with light to moderate carbonation. This overall is a heavy beer. The sweetness is a little much. Fruitier then I expected for a barrel aged beer of any kind. (475 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one.

Ruddy amber brown with a tiny wisp of beige head. Smells of candied fruits, butter toffee, leather and a touch of hops. Flavors are a mirror of the nose. Super smooth honey drizzled dark fruits, leather, tobacco, caramel and a mild hop bite. To find any trace of the insanely high ABV is impossible. Masterful job of brewing here. Thick and creamy body. I usually am not a fan of old ales but this one was really good. (463 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul...
Appears a chestnut toned amber with a small beige head that quickly fades into a thin collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and bitter citrus.
Taste is sweet of beet sugar, prune juice, raisins, and brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, viscous, hot, and slick in the finish. (372 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell: Cherry, malts, alcohol (whiskey).

Taste: Same as the aroma. Cherries, malts and alcohol (whiskey).

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slightly coarse, alcohol presence.

Overall: Great body to this brew. Taste reminded me of a wine a little bit. I enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to try it aged! Cheers. (396 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a nice tan, foamy, thick head that settles down after a bit and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a little on the mild side, malt, sherry, caramel, yeast. Flavor is similar to nose, bittersweet, yeast bitterness. Body is excellent, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, with heavy alcohol warmth at the end. Excellent! (406 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at ChurchKey in DC. Cuir is a tasty old ale that takes on many of the characteristics of the whiskey who's barrel it was aged in. The alcohol was a little overpowering.

A: Brown and translucent. Decent head that fades to reasonable lacing. 4

S: Alcohol with a hint of raisins. 3.5

T: Alcohol and buttery, almost whiskey, liquor flavour. The alcohol is overpowering. 4

M: Thick. 4.5

O: 4 (411 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,323 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is really nice with sweet caramel and chocolate, booze, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. The flavor is bursting with dark caramel and vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee and some alcohol. This beer is warming from the beginning which only serves to increase the oak and bourbon notes in the beer. The dark fruits come through as this warms to add complexity. Raisins and black cherries dominate, but a hint of fig was present. Medium-full bodied with a sticky mouth feel. This is one to be enjoyed slowly and one great Old Ale! (631 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle on a recent work trip. This sounds like it will be similar to Papier and I though that was a great beer. Let's see. 750ml bottle...

A: A nice deep copper color that is perfectly clear and forms a nice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get some beautiful caramel and toffee scents upfront followed by a hint of some butterscotch in the middle and finishes with some nice dark fruit. Good.

T: Wow, I cannot believe this is 14.5% ABV! It smells like it will be, but the taste is not as intense. It starts as a carbonated dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Quickly, a subtle wall of caramel sweetness builds toward the finish which is full of a mild tart burn. Good.

M: Full body with a nice carbonation. A creamy sweet finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a good brew. There is one thing that The Bruery knows how to do well, and that's BIG beers. You can never go wrong with an old ale from The Bruery. (954 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,719 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off.. Wow! This 3rd year anniversary beer which is a blend of the anniversary beers that have been barrel aging. Pours a dark carmel color with a thin off white head. Smells like licorice, caramel and strong alcohol. Tastes of oaky burnt brown sugar, licorice, figs, dates, and maple syrup, seems to be changing a lot the more if warms. so much going on in here. With the oak, alcohol, and dark fruits quickly fading after taste. Again these guys are making very unique delicious beers and this has been another pleasant surprise.

Bottle #5775 (550 characters)

Cuir from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.