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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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)
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively recently at Rattle 'N Hum, NYC. Poured a dark reddish-orange, modestly cloudy, with one finger of white that didn't retain or lace very well. Smelled of apricot, raisin, plum, and alcohol. No new insight came from the taste, other than a very sweet, alcoholic finish. A little on the thick side, with nearly no carbonation. Didn't taste bad, but didn't knock my socks off either.

Btw, after reading some of the other reviews, it sounds like I may have been mis-served, as my description sounds nothing like the rest. My apologies. Just another strike against RNH.

donniecuffs, Dec 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.7%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Billolick, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

glid02, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of twowheelssoar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

twowheelssoar, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of silver0rlead
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

silver0rlead, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gmann, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

scootny, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

emerge077, Jan 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

hoppymcgee, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jsanford, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

blackie, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Brent, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

plaid75, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

megahurts4, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

claspada, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

PBoegel, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ne0m00re, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

david18, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

CHickman, Nov 28, 2010
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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.