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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 230
Gots: 182 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-30-2011)
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

On-tap at Provisions,

A: Pours a deep red-brown to umber, medium off-white head, some lace.

S: Very gamey, smoked venison type nose initially, with some molasses and dates.

T: This is starting to get interesting. As opposed to BA Papier and Coton which were still very much straight up old ales and showed tons of barrel character, the BA Cuir is starting to show signs of the solera system. As with the previous incarnations, there is a heavy brown sugar, molasses, prune/dried fruit backbone to this beer. What I found most intriguing were the oxidative characteristics, there is a clear oloroso sherry note in this and having this back to back with BA Coton the effect of the solera method is clear. I can only imagine this will get more prominent as the new anniversaries are bottled.

M: Smooth and silky, with a very light carbonation. Very full-bodied, just a tad cloying.

O: A real good and contemplative effort. I just wish this would go on at the tasting room so I can delve into it more.

05-31-2011 22:21:55 | More by Halcyondays
More User Reviews:
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

05-29-2013 02:27:43 | More by SkiBum22
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-20-2011 20:25:44 | More by gregmoscetti
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

02-03-2012 23:12:48 | More by jp7161
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-21-2011 05:33:39 | More by Callmecoon
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-14-2012 19:06:47 | More by fo1ksguitar
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

01-24-2014 02:47:30 | More by chossboss
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

04-27-2014 00:18:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-20-2011 15:14:49 | More by jmadrigal2
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4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

On tap at 38degrees (BA Week)
It wasn't poured properly so it and no head to make an accurate review on. Color was a mirky brown with a slight reddish tint.

Rich sweet nose of dark fruit soaked in alcohol, prunes

Burst of great but not overwhelming sweetness initially. Notes of figs, prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, alcohol and backended oak.

Full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Rich and sticky mouth.

Overall a very good beer. Full flavored rich sweetness balanced pretty well with the large abv and nice subtle oak on the back end.

06-29-2011 18:08:45 | More by MrVonzipper
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

11-15-2011 14:58:49 | More by twowheelssoar
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

01-30-2012 01:38:15 | More by jh1982
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-14-2011 18:07:00 | More by DJButters
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

04-15-2012 15:29:06 | More by leschkie
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-19-2013 01:43:43 | More by Photekut
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

06-16-2013 13:32:47 | More by Hessian257
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at Bruery Anny party. Reviewed from notes. 2.5oz pour in 5oz glass.

Mahogany in color. Kinda cloudy. Thin tan head dissapated to ring. Slight lacing.

Aromahits you with the bourbon first. Caramel and toasted sugars are prominent. Bit of oak and dark fruits.

Tastes just as it smells. Lots of oak and bourbon with caramel and toasted sugars. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth but has a bit of an alcohol burn.

Overall I liked BA coton better but this is damn tasty. I do like the regular Cuir better than regular papier and coton.

06-07-2011 07:37:13 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

07-10-2013 15:19:04 | More by Crazydaddyo
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4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Didn't write down the bottle info for this one. I'm slacking. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Rich mahogany body. Khaki head. Sticky and sugary-looking as it clings to the glass. I'm amazed by the head for this ABV.

Smell - Great bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Sweet caramel and leather. I wrote down "Pilgrim hat." What the hell does that mean?

Taste - Bourbon and sweet caramel. Not as complex as the aroma, but the barrel still comes through nicely. Vanilla and some oak tannins. Extremely sweet.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, which is stunning. Boozy, but still not quite what I expected from the ABV of this guy. Thick and extremely sweet. Not quite as much as Black Tuesday, but it's still standard operating procedure for the Bruery's giant beers.

Overall - Good. The bourbon is great. The beer is just too sweet. That much sugar keeps it less than great.

07-05-2012 17:05:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.9/5  rDev +7.9%

Holy jumping fuckin' shitballs, this is a great beer. Poured into my Bruery snifter from the bottle while watching Drag Me to Hell (I salute you, Sam Raimi).

Deep brownish crimson, perfect clarity when held up to the light, impressive cap of tan foam that just never seems to completely go away. Nice legs when swirled. Oh, and I really like the bottle/label/wax on this too, which is just a bonus. Awesome.

Smell is outstanding. Candy aromas abound - toffee, caramel, rum raisin, perhaps a bit of generic nuttiness, booze, and a good amount of vanilla and bourbon to round it out. Awesome.

Taste... is to die for. Ye gods. This series is incredible, and seems to keep getting better. I had a bottle of the BA Coton a couple weeks ago and was floored, and I think this is better. Big bourbon, figs and raisins, toffee crunch, caramel, and a big spoonful of vanilla cream. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Full, rich, not quite syrupy, long lasting finish. Perfect amount of carbonation. Awesome.

Overall: Did I mention this beer is awesome? Black Tuesday might want to move over, I may have a new favorite from the Bruery.

07-07-2011 22:52:41 | More by davod23
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

01-30-2013 04:45:22 | More by beergorrilla
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4.38/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fair size beige head that dissipated quickly. I think the Bal-aged Cuir was darker than the regular Cuir I had.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, some faint brown sugar and toffee notes. I got some alcohol in the regular Cuir but none in the BA version.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, some brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with some Bourbon notes.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I'm definitely a fan of this one. I also liked the regular Cuir quite a bit. The overall difference between the bal-aged version and the standard version has appeared to narrow compared to Coton, but the Bruery's barrel aging efforts are apparent in the smoothness and increased complexity of the Bal-aged version. It'll be interesting to compare both versions of next year's Anniversary beer as the regular version appears to get smoother and more complex with every generation.

06-12-2011 22:13:39 | More by IKR
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-16-2011 21:46:03 | More by nickhiller
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South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, and others at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was tasted side-by-side with regular version! Bottle #1335! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, big oak, subtle sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. This was surprisingly one of the highlights on the night for everyone involved in the tasting. You could not pick out very much of the base brew in this one at all if I'm honest. And dark chocolate!? Are you kidding me!? Really well done brew from the Bruery once again. So glad I shelled out the money to be in the Reserve Society this year and this brew reminds me why I am.

08-25-2011 18:04:43 | More by thagr81us
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-01-2013 02:25:06 | More by bum732
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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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