Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 75
Gots: 428 | 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:
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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Ratings: 566 | Reviews: 192
Photo of BrokenStones
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Cutting through the wax with a corkscrew sort of made me feel like one of the (non-murderous) apes from the opening scene of Space Odyssey. After that arduous ordeal, I was rewarded with this beaut. Seriously, other than de Struise, is there another brewer that makes beers this big look this good? The pour is actually much lighter than I expected: it's a soft auburn, with ruby highlights, not quite opaque in the light. A two-finger very light tan head forms remains for a solid three minutes. Pretty minor lacing with no real legs to make up for it is the only reason this doesn’t get a 5.

Tons of rich malt in the aroma. A classic old ale sweetness, this is rich with toffee and figs. Honestly, I could be fooled into thinking that this was -bal aged, as there are some pretty serious alcohol phenols coming out of this combined with a sort of leathery, woody character. That said, for the actual amount of alcohol in this beer, the aroma of alcohol is remarkably restrained.

Like the aroma, the taste is a carnival of malt. Loads of butterscotch. There's a certain old, weathered element to this beer, rich with wood, tobacco, and leather. The alcohol is really, really muted, much more so than in the aroma. In many ways, this actual reminds me of scotch. There is, however, a very evident, medicinal, cough syrup taste in the finish. As the beer warms, this quality only become stronger, and it really detracts from this otherwise delicious beer.

The carbonation is lively, but not detrimentally so. It does seem to detract from the viscosity of the beer, though this is still very thick and lush.

Given the relative youth of this beer and how enormous it is, it is drinking very well right now. Were it not for that off-putting cough syrup flavor, this would approach perfection for me.

Photo of schwaeh
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Mbpbugeye.

A: Pours a dark tobacco brown. Nice light beige half inch head that fades into some nice lace.

S: Smells somewhat hot with tobacco, rum soaked fruit, sugar, and molasses. Smells like bourbon syrup. I get mesquite BBQ sauce once it warms all the way up.

T: The taste starts as leather, molasses, tobacco, and raisins. The alcohol is very noticable but not off-putting. The bourbon notes are very minimal in this blended version but add to the complexity.

M: Small amount of carbonation. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Somewhat hot, but not overly so at 14.5%.

O: This is a slow complex sipper with plenty to offer. I'm very happy that I got to try this behemoth of a beer. Consume near room temperature to get the most out of this one.

Photo of Marty30
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - A light brown pour with a rose colored tinge to it. Off white head that lingers.

S - Plenty of old ale smell in here. Toffee, caramel, candied malts, and what reminds me of a musty forest, but in a good way. Not much bourbon on the nose.

T - Lots of caramel with notes of toffee, malts, brown sugar, and plum. A nice sweet taste that does a good job of being bold but not overstated. For the ABV, it isn't sitting as hot as I expected this fresh. Bourbon still not coming through on the taste however, but still delicious for an old ale.

M - Kind of silky for an old ale which usually sit pretty heavy. The bourbon can be felt here with that bourbon lining the cheeks and lower lip. Kind of welcome actually and adds to the silkiness for me.

O - From slightly cold to room temperature, I like this beer. Tastes are ever evolving with some coming to the forefront with the temperature. I have one aging and interested to see how this beer will meld.

Photo of caskstrength
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark red, appropriate carbonation. Actually could have been fewer bubbles given the style and ABV, but I'd rather have a bit too much than not enough.

Smells are on the complex side of things. Plums, leather, and brown sugar are the main players. No solvents, no alcohol.

Tastes are not as good as the smells. More warmth, dark fruits the main thing. Some leather/tobacco. Not very sweet, seems well attenuated for such a big Old Ale.
Would have liked more barrel. (25% not enough). 14.5% alcohol...I certainly didn't taste it.

Mouthfeel was great. This isn't a thick beer, nor a thin one. Carbonation lifts things. More dry than I expected.

This is good. But it's not $20 a 750ml good. Is it just an appetizer for the 100% barrel aged version?

Photo of DARIVA
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a nice dark beer with a reasonable white head.

S: The aroma of caramel and toffee.

T: Great construction, deliciously sweet.

M: Perfect foam, and the feeling of a great carbonation.

O: Super beer with an extremely delicious sweet aftertaste.

Photo of henskejk
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of B33R501
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
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 RSchaeffer
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #12
750 mL bottle
A kind gift from my brother.

A - Pours dark brown, slight red hue from the light. About a finger of light tan head with nice retention.

S - I really enjoyed the smell of this. Picked up vanilla, oak, bourbon, and leather. Dark fruits, prunes, and brown sugar. Slight sour character.

T - Fairly complex. Faint tartness, oak, malt, dark fruits, and leather. Finish is oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. I definitely pick up on the booze, but feel it's hidden fairly well.

M - I had initially imagined for this beer to be heavier than it was. Surprisingly easy to drink, slightly chewy. Coats the mouth with alcohol warmth, but not syrupy.

O - This was the first beer that I have tried from The Bruery and I was very impressed. I thank my brother (who isn't too into beer) for picking up a bottle. Definitely in the right place at the right time. Would love to try the 100% BA version.

Photo of jm1229
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
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 zep9865
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter in another badass tasting with aasher. Pours a dark brown with a slight shade of ruby. The 3 fingers of foam head are white with some shades of red.

Smells buttery and malty with some hints of cherry. Some kinda pastry that just came out of the oven.

Taste is similar to the smell for once with my review. Sweet dark malt with a tart slightly hoppy backbone.

Bombers like this are expensive for a reason...They're really good

Photo of swthomas55
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample on tap at the tasting room.

A: oak, toffee, raisins and prunes, vanilla, some alcohol. A harbinger of things to come.
A: brown-orange, hazy, tan head that drops but lingers.
F: huge dried fruit, raisins, cherries, prunes. Oak and vanilla. Malt sweetness barely balanced by hop bitter. Finish is long and fruity / oaky. It just goes on and on,
M: full but not cloying or syrupy. A touch of carbonation keeps it lively. Definitely warming but not hot.
O: a big, flavorful, warming "sipping" beer.

Photo of The3rdbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip at the Bruery, Poured with minimal head.

A- Dark brown hazle almost opaque, minimal head some bubbles in the beer looks to be medium carbonated.

S- Get some Darker old world fruit, a lot of spice, and malt sweetness, and some of the left over oak from the aging, the aroma is getting me ready for the taste !

T- Get that "special occasion" taste upfront, reminding me to check the ABV, 14.5% thats not a shock! wow, upfront with malt, then spice, oldworld fruits brown sugar and what people are claiming to be a faint "BBQ sauce" in the back along with that oak still from the burbon barrels.

M- Medium heavy mouth feel, this beer coats the glass when swirled, the carbonation is medium and the mouth is chewy, perfect for this special occasion warmer.

O- Bought a bottle, little short on cash but I will get another before its all gone and on Ebay for 40 bucks a bottle! What better way to celebrate than to crack this on their forth or fifth anniversary!

Will review bottle when I decide to drink!

Prost!

Photo of marikoangel
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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 realmpel
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's the solera method being used, but these anniversary brews from the Bruery, which were complex to begin with, are beginning to sport some new layers of flavor that I must say I dig. Cuir has a bit of a chocolate flavor to it that I do not recall tasting in the previous two iterations. Of course, there are lots of similarities, and you get the same thick bourbon-y sweetness as in Papier and Coton. I'm a big fan. This beer is very strong and heavy so I could not have more than one small glass. Still, one to check out.

Photo of metal850
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 sdderek
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 10oz pour in a tulip on tap at Sea Rocket Bistro for their 3rd anniversary party.

I almost bought this beer but decided the high price tag was worth waiting. I'm glad I did. It's definitely a very well made and interesting brew, however I won't be paying the >$20 for a bottle.

Appearance is great with a full head and a dark reddish brown color.

Smell is boozy with hints of molasses and vanilla.

Taste is crazy sweet with blasts of brown sugar, nutmeg, toasted malts, and vanilla. And booze.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slight booziness (is that even a word?).

Overall I think it's definitely worth trying, but I wouldn't sit at home and drink this 750ml bottle alone.

Photo of ssznyter
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. Extremely happy to have had the opportunity to try this beer on tap. I enjoyed it so much I bought 2 bottles to age within the next week. This old ale was served to me in a red wine glass and had a creamy, malty texture. Sweet, caramel and coffee notes could be sensed in both the smell and initial taste. The mouthfeel was incredibly smooth and although it was definitely warm going down you would not expect this beer is 14.5% alcohol. To date this is one of the best beers I've tried. It was my first beer from the Bruery and I look forward to trying much more from this young brewery. Definitely try this one if you get the chance!

Photo of Streckfuss
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took a server, a busser, and a soon-to-be and a certified cicerone to open the bottle--no joke, the pull tab about the wax seal broke, so that alone was just about worth the price.

750ml bottle served at cellar temperature at Meridian Pint in Washington, DC. Poured into a brandy snifter, about 1-2 fingers creamy head. Thin lacing.

The bourbon barrel is the first thing I smell and taste with this beer. It's boozy, but not hot. Very nice carbonation. I was expecting less when I smelled the beer and was not looking forward to a high viscus beer and was very pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel. I like the tart yeast qualities and am looking forward to how those qualities come out more after the barrels age and some of the bourbon fades in the anniversary beers to come.

Cuir from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.