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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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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 77
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
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:
Beer added by: palma on 10-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 77
Photo of biglite351
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - considerable orange around the edges. Creamy near white head.

S - typical sweet Belgian. Molasses, fruit and ... soap?

T - sweet mixed fruit and molasses with Belgian yeast.

M - medium coating with a tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - maybe just one, not really my thing.

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Photo of claspada
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.04/5  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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at "Founding Farmers" in DC on Christmas Eve.

A: Poured abysmally dark, with about a two finger dark brown head that when it withered away, looked like sawdust on top of hardwood. The lacing was ridiculous!

S: Upfront bittersweetness, with tons of prunes, raisons, dates, molasses, brown sugar, and little more than a hint of chocolate.

T: It was almost as if some sick brewmaster poured a fresh bag of candy sugar into the brew at every stage of its production. The dark fruit, molasses hit the palate hard and didn't let go. It finished about the same way it started - intensely sugar glazed!

M: Syrupy and very icky. The carbonation was moderate, but it couldn't compete with this candied malt bomb.

D: When I ordered this, the bartender told me it was a stout. After a few sips I began to suspect that something else was up. The was nothing "dark roasty" about this. I appreciate it and respect it (as I do all of Brooklyn's stuff), but I honestly didn't care much for it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black with garner highlights when held up to the light a half
Finger of white head some lacing.

S the nose is a little tight some roast and.chocolate but not much else

T reminds.me of a more complex.version. of allagash black lots of toast and.sweetness from the yeast is going strong but everything else is meh

M very light for.the style carbonatio is a little.high

D easy drinking but not enough.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a heavy dark color, almost black, with a one finger high tanned head. Retains for a bit while leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

A mix of dark fruit with raisins and figs. Some sweet malty scents with a light dose of caramel.

Plenty of malt up front which is quickly turned around by a wave of dark fruit sweetness. It's not overly sweet, but the raisin/date flavor adds a familiar flavor from other belgian dark ales. Some lighter touches of syrupy molasses. Finishes with a slight flair of boozy warmth.

Somewhat thinner medium body, slightly sticky on the palate. The alcohol is masked pretty well, although I wasn't really into the flavors on this one. Not something I'd get again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a jet black color with almost no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, fig, and some smokey malts.

t - Taste is smokey, roasted malts again up front, followed by weak dark fruits, raisins and figs, and finally alcohol. Ok but a step down from the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An OK beer from Brooklyn, but not their finest. I usually am a big fan of their Brewmaster Reserve series beers, but this one didn't really do it for me. Probably wouldn't order again.

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Photo of wcintula
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, this is something different. Thank you Brooklyn Brewerry and The Wild Goose in Staten Island, for this rare one.

The smell straightforward is of Belgian yeast: banana, clove. There's a dark malt taste in there but not much more. The alcohol is hidden very well, but nothing that sets it apart. Very nice looking dark ale poured into a Brooklyn tulip, which I dropped after finishing, sorry John. These are nice, had this been my style and I found it sooner, I'd've drunk 'em all night.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Hulmeville Inn inside a pint glass. I vow to never miss another brewmaster's reserve after missing Cookie Jar, but that was my fault.

A dark BSDA that looks stoutish from the tap and in the hand but up to the light it comes off deep brown with some red and purpilish tints up towards the heavens. A sparse cap that is barely even a cap if that makes sense, no lace. Smell is the best part. I get some dark fruit, plum action with some vanilla, Slight bready yeasting, Taste is subdued, coming off like a BSDA with some small porter qualities, at least to me. Feel is medium light carbed, kinda watery, not up to par, I drank my pint and that's it.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz counter pressure bomber from bierkraft.

Nearly black with some frothy light tan foam, dotty lace, not much retention.

Aroma is yeasty and fruity with some alcohol through the back. I get some hearty spice, the yeast character is ok with some darker notes. The taste is a little better, smooth and hearty with really interesting malt character complementary of the spicy yeast character, its slightly fruity but has a darker feeling to it. Smooth, good mouthfeel but can't help but feel its a slightly too thin at times. Alcohol well integrated. I polished this off easily though it didn't really impress me too much

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black / brown and clear at the corners of the snifter, with a wispy brown head that forms a halo and leaves some lacing on the glass, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is quite roasty with a mild sweetness and some ash.

Beer is thinner than expected, strong bitterness from the grains in the back and an ashy finish. There is some mild sweetness in the front palate, I don't know what I expected but I didn't expect this. I would cautiously have it again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. This one pours a dark mahogany with a thin layer of biege foam.

Caramel is noticable with a rich and deep malt body with a little bit of grapes and plumbs lingering in the background. Rich milk chocolate is a dominant flavor on the pallet. Very sweet and actually not to much going on otherwise. There is a faint fruity character to the finsh but mostly this seems chocolatey.

A little bit lighter on the body than one would expect. The carbonation is subtle. Overall not bad. A little one dimensional, but that doesn't mean it's not tasty.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/12/11
*From notes

A: 1/2 finger head and minimal lacing. It's dark and intriguing, with little to no light seeping through this one.

S: Funky Belgium yeast on the nose. Baker's chocolate follows.

T: Grassy, herbaceous up front. Earthy yeast on the mid palate and charred chocolate malt on the finish. It's also easy to detect a boozy undertone on this one.

M: Robust and heavy. It's got a good amount of kick to it, though there feels to be a slight lack of carbonation - probably from the growler.

O: Ahh, something different. Was it awesome? Not really. Was it amazing? Not quite. Was it off the beaten path? Yes.

I've always appreciated what Mr. Oliver and Brooklyn Brewery come up with, as even if it's not game changing, it's always a breath of fresh, crafty air.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum the other night

Very dark brown with reddish highlights. Thin brown head. Nose has earthy English hops, licorice, cocoa, and quite a bit of spicy yeast as well. The palate opens with quite a bit of cocoa and spice with moderate fruit, blend of light and dark fruit. Yeast is moderately expressive, with a little spice and some phenols . The mid-palate is a little watery. The finish is a blend of fruity sweetness and spice, in a way i don't care for too much. Alcohol is well hidden. I'd imagine this would pair quite well with food, but as a standalone beer, I do not care for it too much.

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Photo of shirfan
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill poured into a 22oz Perfect Pint.

Black, black, black... just a few hints of ruby at the thinnest parts of the glass. Light tan head with some decent lacing.

Aroma of prunes, plums, brown sugar... and a bit of floral perfume. Lillies?

Taste: Sweet malts take center stage and never leave. More dried fruit, raisins and prunes, brown sugar, and a hint of molasses. I don't feel that this beer is overly sweet, but it does have a very low bitterness. I don't get many estery, Belgian-esque flavors either.

Mouthfeel is acutally a bit light and drinkable, ABV is well hidden.

I'd describe this as something like a scotch ale with dopplebock malts, not a dark saison. Good, but weird.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

The pour is quite dark. A nice shade of brown with a long-sitting head that lasts for a bit of time. There is some slight lacing on the sides of my glass; actually, one side of my glass, which has a pretty nice streak of lace all across it. The nose starts out a bit faint with some slight notes of chocolate as well as a light touch of dark fruits. Some mild date and raisin notes are there to fill things out.

The taste brings more roast and is slightly dry. In addition to dates, I get a bit of purple plum alongside some lightly-bitter chocolate. The body is light-to-medium and a bit light for the flavors. Pretty low carbonation and the body is slightly creamy. Pretty interesting a solid brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bocktown this evening

A- Body is a slightly translucent nearly completely black hue. Served with a thin off-white head that remains pretty well but leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is mild to moderate in strength. It offers a lot of plum, a hint of cherry and Belgian sugar sweetness and a hint of smoke.

T- Flavor is similar to the nose and mild to moderate in strength. Plum and a hint fo cherry upfront initially with a nice mild spiced backbone. Finish is similar to the initial flavor but the spiciness intensifies and a hint of smmoke is added-but other than that is clean with nothing but a very mild alcohol heat lingering.

M- Medium carbonation and a quite drinkable medium weight body.

D- This brew has BSDA written all over it and makes a nice holiday brew with the hint of cherry and spices. The overall character to this is mild and it is somewhat complex-but not nearly as complex as its Belgian counterparts. Overall this is a pretty good brew and well done by Brooklyn.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a small white head. In the aroma, cinnamon and licorice. In the taste, cinnamon, anise, roasty malts and a licorice hint. A small spice bite and medium to large bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice and licorice aftertaste. Nice flavor, I bet a bottle would age nicely.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong Belgian dark ale with a pleasant heavy toast character that was not expected.

The beer pours a dark brown color with mohogany/purple-ish strands toward the edges. A dense, froathy head forms on the beer with a heafty blanket and holds firm for the majority of the session. Light lacing. The beer just seems a bit bogged down by its own weight.

Fruity and toasty, the nose has an intricate display of plumbs, grapes, licorice, and figs in contrast to malty sweetness, toasty, toffee richness.

Flavors take the same approach with a lead of sweet caramelized sugars paired with the dark/stone fruits, red grapes and anise. As the sweetness and fruitiness fade into the mid palate, the spicy orange peel, peppery, and alcohol balance the sweetness and allow the toasty robust flavors to add bite, complexity, and dryness in the finish.

Sweetly weighted ealry for a full and robust texture, not quite creamy or malty. Sugary feel hurts early on but is short lived. Drying out nicely, the beer takes on a toasty-dry finish with a mild sugary/fruity linger.

There's a moment in the middle of the beer that has a soft confecionate sweetness with the fruity esters that weave into the toasty notes that is very delicate and complex. But the majority of the beer seems overly sweet and sugary- reminds me of Bell's Hell Hath No Fury, but with a toastier finish.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Cuvee Noire is dark brown with a solid, heavy-looking brown head. Lacing and retention are both good.

The aroma mixes an aggressive malt profile with big yeast notes. All kinds of dark fruit including figs and grapes, a long with a hint of anise and some peppery phenolics. The malt is lightly roasted, with hints of chocolate and toffee.

Cuvee Noire leads off with a hefty dose of fruit. All kinds of dark fruits with more figs and grapes, mixed with a sugary sweetness. Next the phenols take over, and they are much more powerful than in the aroma. Anise, coriander and general peppery flavors make up this portion of the beer. Next comes an assertive malt profile that has roasted malts, charred sugar, toffee and a little bit of chocolate. The malt, fruit and spiciness are all fairly well balanced, with the fruit perhaps winning by a nose.

Pretty heavy feel in the mouth, but the finish manages to be dry and pleasant.

The sweetness and the fruity flavors a bit overwhelming the more you sip this beer. Pretty good flavor, but not something that I can drink a ton of.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) from Brooklyn Brewery
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