1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Cuir - The Bruery

Not Rated.
CuirCuir

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

532 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 532
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 75
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 188 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of extra
3/5  rDev -27.7%

extra, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of MordorMongo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BARFLYB, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

oldp0rt, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of CJS
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

CJS, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Immortale25, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of sgoro
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sgoro, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of DotBier
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

DotBier, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of archi348
4/5  rDev -3.6%

archi348, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, #12857, into a snifter.

A: Pours an amberish brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Lots of raisin and prune in the nose, some oxidation, mild oaky bourbon.

T: Heavy grape flavor, almost quad-like, with a backbone of cooked caramel, light oak, dark booze, a bit buttery, and some light bourbon and bitterness in the finish.

M: Thick with light yet creamy carbonation.

O: The prune/grapey aspect of this beer makes it a bit too sweet, but I still enjoyed it.

Etan, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

juliusseizure, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of pzymali
5/5  rDev +20.5%

pzymali, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of TidalDave
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

TidalDave, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Rutager

A: Slight cream head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Caramel, yogurt and grass.

T: Caramel, yogurt, grass, pears, bananas, pine and alcohol.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Sour, caramely and tasty. This beer would be fantastic aged even more.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Rutager, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +20.5%

joshwith, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of BlackTuesday
4/5  rDev -3.6%

BlackTuesday, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottle: 11444

Pours a nice murky orange brown color. Very muddy. There is a nice 1 inch ecru head that forms that is dense and has some medium sized chunky bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with sweet caramel and some nice booze notes. Some sweet tobacco notes with some malt and grain in there as well. Slight worn leathery aromas as well. As it warms there are some darker fruit notes that come up like some prunes. Very nice and sweet.

Flavor starts down the same line as the nose only it explodes with flavor more quickly. Caramel, molasses and other sweet nectars. Some nice heat is present as well even though it isn't too hot. Very delicious. Prune notes and some raisins are mixed in with some earthy grain and sweet malt. Flavor is delicious and not too cloying for me. There is some oaky notes to the brew as it warms that mixes in well with some slight earthy grain notes and some good molasses notes. There is also a nice tingly mild heat on the backend. Mouthfeel is delicious. Nice carbonation but with some nice syrupy and oily feel.

Overall. This is better than their 2nd year release in my humble opinion. Yes it is a sweet Old Ale but has a bit more balance than the Coton. Very nice.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of BeerBaron
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

BeerBaron, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (Cuir version): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of alcohol ester are pretty strong with some light vanilla notes and some toffee and sweet caramel notes. Taste is also dominated by quite strong bourbon notes with some sweet toffee and very sweet caramel malt notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and too much alcohol was apparent. The idea behind this beer is great but the execution is less then perfect. Even after two year aging the beer is still way too hot and lacking attenuation.

Phyl21ca, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

EgadBananas, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of trancesk8er
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

trancesk8er, Sep 24, 2012
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.