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Cuir - The Bruery

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Ratings: 522
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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Photo of Spider889


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle was left for us Columbus BA's by Arbitrator.

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.
Bottle #01502

This is a dark, chocolatey looking beer. Good clarity. Nice tall balsa colored head with good retention and leaving spotty flecks of lace.

Smells of thick gooey black strap molasses at first. The name means "boiled leather," and leather is really big in the aroma. Sweet pipe tobacco, toffee, and mild ripe fruit make this a potent, but interesting brew.

The flavor here is really complex. Sweet molasses and tobacco. Brown sugar and snickerdoodle. Chocolate and oaky tannins are also fairly prominent. I don't get much bourbon influence - I can only imagine how delicious the 100% barrel aged version is. Sweet but not unpleasant.

Very dry with a bitter finish. A little sticky from all the sweetness.

Overall I was quite impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 17:38:16 | More by Spider889
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-03-2014 02:14:12 | More by MacQ32
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-08-2012 00:23:03 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-06-2013 15:32:41 | More by jmarsh123
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2011 23:28:14 | More by codynevels
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

08-26-2013 19:32:57 | More by dfhhead25
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-09-2014 15:08:48 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of MbpBugeye


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

This bottle was left in my care by Arbitrator with instructions to share it with the members of my tasting group. So I shared with Spider889, Schwaeh and Ryan011235.

Deep mahogany red with plenty of tobacco brown. Its capped with a short, slippery parchment colored head. Not much lacing, but some glasses sat looking more like a brandy than a beer.

Malty, but perhaps not as malty as I had expected. Cinnamon-raisin is big. Vanilla, coconut and leather are there in spades as well. Bourbon aroma is light, giving off only disjointed notes commonly associated with it.

This is very rich and extremely smooth for a beer this big. Its sweet and sugary, getting dangerously close to sugar bomb territory. Sugared dried fruits, vanilla, and oak. The cinnamon-raisin is back and I like it. Figgy fruits soaked in rum bring lots of sweet alcohol. Sweet tobacco, some dried orange and toasted coconut.

Full bodied and quite chewy. This beer is sugary and you can even feel it. There is a noticeable grittiness. The beer is hot, but not as bad as I had thought. The alcohol is actually well kept in check.

I think I liked this much better than Coton. This beer is mellow and smooth. Easy as hell to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:19:27 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-26-2013 00:00:46 | More by LambicKing
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 18:02:34 | More by beerwolf77
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-10-2014 14:27:15 | More by KVNBGRY
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed capped bottle drank from my stone IRS snifter. my wife gave me this bottle for fathers day. to be honest, its kind of scared me. massive ABV, not my favorite style, no one to drink it with me, overall bruey skepticism...oh well, here it goes.

A- the pour yields a very dark mahogany brown with a surprisingly large khaki colored head. as expected, the head fizzles away before my eyes to form no more than a thin skin on the top of my glass. small spots of lacing get left on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose is potent and complex. the alcohol certainly makes itself known, but this beer is a massive 14.5% and "fresh" so ill give it a pass. bready malts mixed with toffee and a little sweet caramel. brown sugar, vanilla (oak), the bourbon comes out a little. decently fruity. raisins/tobacco, cherries, figs, a little bit of green apple skins. earthy and leafy hops.

T- the taste starts out with a ton of sweet malts. caramel, toffee, and fresh baked bread. after that it moves onto the fruits. raisins/tobacco, cherries, figs, dates, and green apple skins, which add a slightly sour character to this. the bourbon and vanilla from the oak are more apparent in the taste than in the nose. earthy and floral hops at the end. alcohol can be tasted throughout.

M- the body is on the extreme upper end of medium. the carbonation is nice and subdued. intense warming from the alcohol, but once again, that is expected.

O- this beer wasnt nearly the monstrosity that i was expecting. very drinkable for the massive beer that it is. especially for how fresh it is. this gives me hope for the bottles of coton i have saved in the cellar. i cant wait do acquire some papier and do a complete mini-vertical (with plenty of people) in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 04:16:09 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Proteus93


4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:27:15 | More by Proteus93
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-06-2013 01:25:52 | More by savagepm
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-12-2013 03:43:34 | More by tbone1384
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-17-2011 03:03:21 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served side by side with 100% BA Cuir.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2" tan head. Lacing recedes quickly.

S- Worcestershire, soy sauce and leather.

T- Worcestershire, dates, grainy rye, and some oxidization.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Drinks fairly easily and not real thick.

O- Not loving this beer, especially at the $22 price tag. Worcestershire is just to potent.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 13:55:01 | More by kawilliams81
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2013 14:37:34 | More by DeutschesBier
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, bottle 14472, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, murky amber color, produces a very thin tan head that recedes to a collar, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of caramel, oak and vanilla, dark fruit, and very powerful booze.

T- Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon, fruity dates and figs as well. It's really pretty damn sweet, verging on cloying, but once the initial sugar subsides the aftertaste is really nice. Towards the finish lots of wood and leather. Warm, boozy finish.

M- Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, slick, oily feel.

O- A disappointing beer, it has a nice amount of complexity on it, but the huge amount of booze and the sugary, overpowering sweetness make it a chore to drink, I had trouble finishing a single glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 09:31:51 | More by WillCarrera
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2014 14:33:25 | More by thebigredone
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 17:10:19 | More by jdense
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-04-2013 23:21:55 | More by jvillefan
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-23-2014 16:05:52 | More by greenspointexas
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-22-2014 03:51:05 | More by JMBSH
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-17-2014 13:15:49 | More by bauermj
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.