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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Cuvee NoireBrooklyn Cuvee Noire

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very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Photo of despainmakesbeer


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost plumbish color/tint. Thinner head and lighter h color than expected. Roasty notes with compliments of fruits. Decent carbination with tasty fruit notes such as hints of orange well mixed with the usual taste resembling quads, only slightly toastier. Alcohol content is vaguely present in the back of the throat. Thinnner and more drinkable than one might expect for a quad. delicious and warming. The heavier sweetness helps to offset the alcohol content. While the beginning of the drink is big and complex, the drink finishes relatively dry and quickly for the style. Over all a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 00:49:08 | More by despainmakesbeer
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 06:25:41 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: growler

11-06-2010 01:13:27 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 23:52:55 | More by claspada
Photo of david18

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 22:21:51 | More by david18
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour, this review is generated from tasting notes from a lunchtime visit to Rattle n Hum last week.

Cuvee Noire pours black, but not stout black. The tan head is thin, but sticks around for a decent amount of time. There's also a bit of lacing. For what was probably a middling pour at the bar, overall it looks pretty decent. The nose is of highly roasted malts, very dark chocolate and a little esppresso, and some spicy yeast flavors. The beer tastes just as the aroma promises. Bitter dark chocolate and some espresso lead things off. Any hop influence disappears into the transition into the yeasty flavors. Spicy peppercorn is definitely the most prominent of those, and the result is Cuvee Noire making me think of it as a black saison (it does have a certain similarity to Goose Island Pepe Nero. The mouthfeel is also very saison-like. Body is light, but avoids being watery in nature. There's plenty of bubbly, expressive carbonation that keeps the beer exciting. I greatly enjoyed my glass of Cuvee Noire. as previously stated, the best comparison I can come up with is a black saison (and one that hides its alcohol fairly well). Another solid entry from Brooklyn's Brewmaster's Reserve line.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 05:43:06 | More by axeman9182
Photo of DefenCorps


3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 13:56:36 | More by DefenCorps
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 20:53:18 | More by hoppymcgee
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 05:48:13 | More by wcintula
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for the proper post on an elusive brew palma. wow. This is a random find. Dark wheat quality, belgian yeast voluminous on the tongue, english malt character. Mineral based export stout. Palate of predominent chocolate and wheat malt, thyme, sea salt but minimal. Great quaility. Something special.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 05:59:59 | More by rtepiak
Photo of palma

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 8th annual Brooklyn Beer Dinner at Austins Ale House, Kew Gardens Queens.
Presented by the man himself, Garrett Oliver.
This is the latest of the brewmasters reserve. Although I had to select a style on BA, Garrett claims there really is no specific style to label this beer. It is part belgian dark ale, part english brown/stout.

The belgian infuence comes from the yeast and is very prominent in the nose. Dominant fruity aromas, plum, citrus, and banana and clove. Also some mild nuttiness in the nose as well.

Flavor is big roasted malt. Very english dark ale, stout like but a little thinner and cleaner on the palate. Dark fruit in the finish. Particularly plum. Significant roasted malt flavor towards the middle end. Minor toffee notes. Aftertaste is roasted nuts ands toasted bread.

This is an excellent new beer. Hybrid in style and very innovative. A unique beer that I would definately recommend to try if you happen to find it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:23:05 | More by palma
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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.