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Cuir - The Bruery

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 74
Gots: 428 | FT: 26
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Arsenal0328, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mtbdonn, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

LambicKing, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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)

jeff1973, Aug 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Greenplastic615, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tbone1384, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

drebrew, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

cp45, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

swetsastonic, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mpayne5, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rish907, Jul 18, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger light brown soda-pop head that settles to a thin covering over a brilliant brown liquid. Looks like a brown ale, but with a large amount of fizz streaming to the surface. smelled of sweet dark fruited alcohol during the pour. Stored in my cellar since it was fresh on the shelves. To the nose, prune, chocolate, clean pine, alcohol sting, pineapple, spicy (nutmeg, ginger, allspice), mildly of toffee and vanilla. Complex. The spice is not what I was expecting and kind of pushes me away. Oxidized malt is beginning to fall apart. This one is not going in a good direction.

Tastes richly dark fruit sweet with bourbon and raw oak. Prune, caramel, pine, oranges, tannic leather, tarragon. Imagine you buy a spice rack from a resale shop and the spices in it are decades old and hold but a shadow of green. Stale grassy-spice. Dry from a waxy woodiness and astringency carried on the strong alcohol finish. I'm not enjoying this one. Thick and creamy in the mouth, but doesn't stick due to the strong carbonation, potent alcohol, and wood edge. This beer is disjointed and has no direction. I can't imagine this beer was any better when fresh and I don't see it improving with time. The bottle lies when it says this beer will "age gracefully for decades". The malt seems to have started falling apart faster than the alcohol has started enriching the oxidation process that produces sherry-like character. Overall, not good.

mentor, Jul 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

OC_Beer_Fan, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; bottle number 5180, bottled in spring 2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, leather, vanilla, brown sugar, light roast, light clove, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity and balance of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, tobacco, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, leather, light clove, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, tobacco, leather, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and dark fruit flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 14.5%, with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible old ale! Huge complexity and depth of dark fruit and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 14.5%. An insanely delicious offering.

superspak, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ncaudle, Jul 09, 2013
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.