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Cuir - The Bruery

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528 Ratings
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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

KVNBGRY, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tbone1384, Aug 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

tbeq00, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jvillefan, Apr 04, 2013
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.

Spider889, Jul 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

thebigredone, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

cadaugherty, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

randylangford, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of brystmar
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, much more head than expected for an old ale. Mild lace.

S: figs, booze, banana, dark fruit, hints of caramel, more alcohol.

T: lots of fruit. Bourbon / port. Hints of wine grape-ness. Toffee. Plenty of alcoholic warmth as it descends. Complex, but a beer this hot begs for a couple years of cellar time.

M: thin and weak-bodied like some old ales; definitely needs more body.

D: slightly above average for drinkability given its near 15% ABV. This one's a sipper for sure. Again, a brew like this really needs 3-4 (or more) years on it to mellow out. Right now, this beer in my glass is full of potential.

brystmar, Aug 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

jmarsh123, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

TrickkyGangsta, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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.

MbpBugeye, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
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.

beerwolf77, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
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.

WillCarrera, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

LambicKing, Aug 26, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Good Life - Massapequa, NY

A - Pours light brown. No visivlbe carbonation, no lcaing. Settles fast into a snifter.

S - Scents of candied fruit, brown sugar, and toffee. A hint of booze is noted in the scent, though not overpowering.

T - This tasted to me exactly like a tawny port. Flavors of dried fruit, caramel, and nuts, give way to a reserved warmy burn of booze. It is a mellowing flavor.

M - Obviously a sipper, this is mellow and if you take your time, is very smooth. The balance makes it quite enjoyable.

O - I found this a great alternative to a cordial, or dessert wine. If treated as such it makes for a great beer.

socon67, Feb 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
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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.

jwinship83, Jul 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JMBSH, Feb 22, 2014
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.

Proteus93, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours dark, brownish amber, excellent clarity, with a half finger of beige foam, with some largish bubbles. Quite good retention and a little lacing. The ring persists for the entire glass.

S: Starts off with vanilla and cream, along with loads of fruity and caramel malt, dried fruit (blackcurrant, plum, cherry), a little sweet, some alcohol burn, leather, and oak.

T: Malt and fruit (plum, dark fruit), light toast/smoke, earthiness, some tannic astringency, and finishes with some acidity.

M: Medium body and very light carbonation which doesn't get in the way. Very nice. Warms as it goes down, but not much alcohol taste.

O: Very good example of an old ale, with lots of complexity. This makes me want to try the 100% BA version, because I think bringing out the barrel character (mostly muted here) would be an improvement.

pmarlowe, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.