1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palma on 10-13-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 61 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JoePat:
Photo of JoePat
JoePat

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer poors a very, very dark brown verging on black with a a thick kaki head that fills the glass with lacing on its way down.

I pick up dark roasty and dark fruit notes in the aroma with a huge clove smell.

The flavor has a lot of clove to it with some nice dark malt roast and fruitiness. Supprisingly smooth for a 10% beer.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel that keeps you wanting another drink. Clean and freash with no alcohol dryness.

11-14-2010 20:27:15 | More by JoePat
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Carrboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a thinner but well sustained beige colored head,wrong glassware so its hard to judge the looks of the beer,it did have a nice color and a tight head.Dark fruit and light phenols mainly in the nose,not to strong but pleasant.A mix of dark chocolate and candied fruit on the palate,not overly sweet and or phenolic,a bit of a drying dark toast in the finish.A pretty good Belgian strong dark not overly sweet and the yeast is under control.

03-06-2011 01:03:41 | More by oberon
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at Pigs Fly Pizzeria.

The beer was a coca cola color with a small tan head.

Mostly a dark fruit aroma. Some roasted malt and a little bit of herbal hops.

Raisin and plum taste. Chocolate, tiny bit of coffee. Hint of hops.

Very smooth. Medium-bodied.

Nice beer.

08-16-2011 23:52:20 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of iemailjack
iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-09-2011 17:13:53 | More by iemailjack
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. $6.99 for 32 ounces.

Pours is darkest of browns, long lasting mocha head, goes to the anticipated tiny bubble film and leaves a modest sample of bits of lacing.

Dark malt nose, some bourbon, smoke, raisins and a hint of funk in the nose.

Complex and tasty BSDA, flavors mentioned above carry through onto the palate. Musty raisins come to mind, pumpernickel bread, ripe dark fruits, dregs of a whiskey barrel. A wee bit thin, lacking the depth of flavor of some of the heavy hitter of the genre. For me that only adds to the drinkability and the ability to have more then one ...or two..well done, nice job here..not an easy style to pull off with grace and this one hits the note...

03-11-2011 04:22:43 | More by Billolick
Photo of glid02
glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a dark purplish-brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of neutral dark malts with large amounts of spices - clove with good amounts of brown sugar. Also present are solid amounts of dark fruits - plums and raisins being the standouts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of ripe and mildly syrupy dark fruit flavors - plums and raisins as with the aroma but now with hints of tangy figs. Midway through the sip good amounts of spices work their way into things, clove mostly with mild amounts of brown sugar and even milder amounts of cardamom. The spices and malt flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer didn't wow me in any way but instead it's another well-balanced beer from Brooklyn. Worth a shot if you see it around.

11-20-2010 15:55:39 | More by glid02
Photo of twowheelssoar
twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-26-2012 15:37:23 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of silver0rlead
silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a lighter shade of brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is bizarre, a mixture of lavender and soap, with some chalkiness, herbal hops, a little roast and fruity belgian esters. The flavor also has a weird medicinal vibe, with funky esters, lavender, soap and a bit of roastiness and dark fruit, along with spices and an alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is decent. This gets much better as it warms, but it's still a bit of a dissapointment as the belgian yeast and spicing are just not meshing in this beer.

12-09-2010 01:27:08 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, dark fruit, bread, and fruit. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, subtle chocolate, and grape. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was a really nice complexity to this brew that made it very enjoyable and easy to drink for me. Not sure where the grape aspect came from on the flavor, but it really blended in pretty well with the rest of the brew. Glad I got the chance to try this one via a counter pressure filled growler. I suggest you get this one your palate as well.

04-06-2012 15:22:51 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6%

Pours a dark brown color with lighter highlights at the edges. The head is big and airy but settles quick into a light ring.

The aroma is of light milk chocolate and cocoa from the malt which is complimented by some medicinal notes from the yeast. Nice aromas of clove and horse blanket give this beer the distinct belgian characteristics.

The taste is much of the same. Milk chocolate, cocoa, and some wood from the malt. However, the yeasty phenols seem to be more hidden within the malt. Some light clove pops through to give the beer a "spice" flavor but its not very distinct. The beers seems to need a shot of candi sugar to get the flavors going. Some green apple sour flavors in the end.

The feel is light with soft to tingly carbonation. It sits sweet on the palate but is balanced by an odd chalky and sour feel.

I am a bit disappointed in this beer. It has some promise but needs a bit of tweaking. Perhaps some more yeasty goodness and more carbonation to give it a bite.

12-23-2010 02:51:42 | More by Gmann
Photo of scootny
scootny

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

This is a pleasant surprise. A rich but quaffable BSDA. Good sized light tan head with a respectable amount of lace on the sides as it slowly fades and as I drink. Smell is quite inviting with notes of banana overlaying dark fruits. Figs meld into dates and raisin. A good Belgian yeast and sweet brown bread. Taste is follows the nose with a bit of the floor malt that first showed up in the Backbreaker strong ale. Nice roasted malt chocolaty-ness There is a wonderful mocha aspect that is showing itself as well. The coffee aspect gets bigger as the beer finishes with a mild bitterness and gentle earthiness. Feel is crisp and lighter than the density of flavors would have you think. Still some weight though. Carbonation is gentle but enough to make the beer dance on your tongue. Super drinkable. There is no trace of alcohol in the taste and the feel while flexing a touch of girth is more like a nut brown. You start out wanting to session this one and then the surprise abv shows up. Sneaky stuff here. I love it!

11-25-2010 07:13:27 | More by scootny
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Into a tapered pub glass it has plenty of sticky tan foam that laces in concentric rings. Dark in color, almost black with a rusty glint of red in the light. Billed as a "dark saison" on the beer list at Owen & Engine, but i'd disagree with that categorization.

Sweet nose, dark fruit, plum and mild cocoa. First few sips it comes off as more earthy with some raw roasted grains up against the fruitiness of the Belgian yeast. Some residual herbal bitterness, fairly well integrated. Pretty sweet and estery, not especially my cup of tea. Could be a bit more dry and bitter in that sense. Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall it's not well defined as a saison, but it's a solid Belgian style ale regardless of style. A bit too sweet and sticky to be a saison, as a BSDA it's just ok.

01-04-2011 02:37:56 | More by emerge077
Photo of jlb502
jlb502

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 03:12:37 | More by jlb502
Photo of hoppymcgee
hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -6%

Had on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn, NY. Opted for a small pour because of the lack of reviews so far.

A: Blackbier with a nice light ring of foam that lingers for a while.

S: Belgian yeast, some spiciness, maybe even a little flowery.

T: Peanut butter...and jelly? Some nuttiness, slightly woody, and finishes bitter.

M: Well carbonated and on the heavier bodied side.

D: As filling as eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Overall, what's the number one word that comes to mind when you hear "Brooklyn"? Unique.

10-24-2010 20:53:18 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of jsanford
jsanford

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 12/11/10

A - Pours a very dark shade of brown with a thin ring of ivory head. Leaves no lacing.
S - Dark malt, chocolate, banana, clove and coffee. There's a lot going on in this one.
T - Very close to the nose and then some. Basically a dark, roasty stout with a Belgian yeast strain, this one reminds me a lot of Stone VE 09-09-09. Very well-balanced.
M - Smooth and silky medium body with moderate carbonation.
D - Pretty drinkable, the nice carbonation and the complexities of the yeast help this from being too heavy or sweet.

12-16-2010 04:27:48 | More by jsanford
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%

hazy reddish tinted mahogany colored brown with a big three finger high head of foamy and sticky off white colored lace on the top. nestled into a bed of just thin brownish lace and a nice layer of foam across the top.

. The first assault came from a deep rooted spiciness with hints of fig very predominant here. As it started to come through a little clearer lots of dark fruity like smells started to emerge and take over. A nice amount of plums, pears, raisins and even a touch of grape were easily picked up among a nice backbone of cereal grains and a touch of grassy like freshness in the back. Now this was not terribly strong, however it did have a lot of raisin like flavor in it that almost becoming a little too much as it went on. There were hints of plum and fig as well as some earthy tones in the back but the majority of this was a plum raisin spice medium bodied and somewhat of a grain like consistency to it.

06-15-2011 03:16:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of blackie
blackie

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

a: served in a brooklyn snifter, essentially black in color, with a well retained layer of carbonation

s: darker chocolate and black malt flavors, sweet but not over the line, dark fruits, spicy yeast profile, enjoyable and with reasonable balance

m: carbonation lighter but smooth, body on the heavier end of medium

t: a little on the sweet side with chocolate and black malts, some darker fruits, subtler yeast profile, papery hop flavors, more smooth than darkly "roasty"

d: no problems here, seen a few examples of this sub-style go terribly wrong, so this one's something of a relief, the abv doesn't show anywhere

draft at Tyler's, Durham

01-03-2011 03:12:13 | More by blackie
Photo of Brent
Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A deceptively mild beer for the alcohol punch lurking within. Classic Belgian yeast and candy sugar notes, with some mildly roasted malt flavors in the middle. Just a bit of light fruityness, and quite easy to drink - this one easily slips up on you.

11-14-2010 18:02:08 | More by Brent
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light esters and pronounced roasted barley.

The taste consisted of upfront hits of roasted malt and yeast esters. A slowly developing sweetness appeared toward the finish along with some traces of alcohol.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and complex ale.

11-17-2010 16:44:40 | More by plaid75
Photo of megahurts4
megahurts4

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -6%

Brooklyn Cuvee Noire on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown/black, small to no head, and a little lacing.

Smell: wheat, yeast, and licorice.

Taste: wheat sourness and slight grain.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
A nice wheat. It isn't extremely complex, but still retains a great deal of flavor.

12-23-2010 20:44:28 | More by megahurts4
Photo of claspada
claspada

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -32.1%

Aromas are of slight dark malts, mainly chocolate and coffee. But the main smell is of dark, burnt caramel presumably from candy sugar. Slight Belgian yeast as well.

Taste is pretty darn dissapointing. I was expecting a nice Belgian ale but I got a Belgian Stout. I mean I love Belgian Stouts but I was having a flight of stouts and wanted a nice sweet Belgian Dark ale to complement and this did not fulfil my expectations. Belgian stouts are great but are dominated in taste profile compared to American beefed up versions. Maybe this beer would be good on it's own but in a flight with Rogue 2x Chocolate stout and Great Divide Yeti it's flavor is lost.

Maybe I am too harsh on Brooklyn but this beer falls flat for me. I was hoping and expecting much more based on the reviews but I mean as a Belgian Dark ale or a Belgian Stout this beer left me wanting much more.

11-04-2010 23:52:55 | More by claspada
Photo of PBoegel
PBoegel

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

On draft at the Brewery tap room. This beer is NOT a Belgian Strong Dark, that is an entirely incorrect label. Strong Stout or Imperial Stout brewed with Brooklyn's Belgian Yeast house strain is what describes it best.

Poured into tap room serving cups (they are plastic so it made that appearance a bit difficult to completely ascertain) very dark black with some red highlights touches of deep woody brown tones, with a mocha colored head, which looks good, hard for it to sit up in the cup. Poured relatively cold as well.

Aromas are rich dark fruit, plums, blackberry, blueberry pie. Some slight roastiness and touches of peppery yeast phenols, but the nose is dominated by fruit. No detection of alcohol in the nose, well fermented.

Tastes are complex mix of tart dark cherries, blackberries, some touches of roasted coffee and cocoa powder, yeasty phenols played low in the mix, could have been the cool temperature of the pour. Again alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Medium body led by fruitiness vs. grainy and ashen character that accompanies stouts, no dark roasted astringency, a bit less full than I might have anticipated based on the appearance. Finish is a bit sweet.

Very drinkable the yeast and malt character interplay nicely, the alcohol is deeply hidden and the flavor and particularly the aromas are very inviting. A very tasty dark ale with wonderful fruit character, would be fantastic contrast to sweet and salty dishes such as a glazed ham and certainly would pair well with fruit based desserts from Cherry Pie to tarts and blintzes.

01-10-2011 15:12:14 | More by PBoegel
Photo of ne0m00re
ne0m00re

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

02/13/11- Had this one on-tap at Dirty Franks in Columbus.
A: Murky black, with a carbonation that looks like spit.
S: Not strong, with a floral and almost peppery saison chamomille and a roast like milk chocolate.
T: Saison-like, Earl Grey tea, diet root beer, and a roast like chocolate.
M: Slightly thicker with a soda carbonation.
D: OK.

I wasn't too impressed with this one. It's worth a try, but it's bordering a mess.

02-18-2011 16:06:09 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of david18
david18

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%

I had a tasting and then a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

It was dark but not quite stout-dark. However, as a dark belgian, it had a lot of stout characteristics. It had a roasty aroma, like a stout or a porter, stays on your tongue for a while, etc. But there was definitely a belgian yeast flavor as well. The head was tan and not very big. Mouthfeel, as I said, had a good stout after tongue and the drinkability was considerably good for a beer this strong.

11-02-2010 22:21:51 | More by david18
Photo of CHickman
CHickman

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours opaque black in color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded quickly and left very good lacing sticking all over the glass and a ring or cream around the top - looks like a stout.

Smells of roasted malt, toasted grains, cocoa, caramel, molasses, burnt wood or like it was barrel aged, maybe a hint of nut and light yeast; very light yeast aroma considering this is a Belgian style ale.

Tastes like it smells, with smoky malts, toasted grains, liqorice, dark fruit like date, caramel, syrup, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, burnt wood and mild yeast; it had the funky penny taste from the yeast at the end. Overall smoky robust flavor that is complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation, a medium body and a metallic finish on the dry side. The beer and experience of it gets better as it warms, and I would definitely have this again. Recommend trying this nice offering from Brooklyn, which has a good kick to it that you can feel after one beer.

11-28-2010 06:01:14 | More by CHickman
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.