Brooklyn Cuvée La Boîte - Brooklyn Brewery

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89
very good

159 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration between Garrett Oliver and Lior “The Spice Whisperer” Lev Sercarz, Cuvée La Boîte is a Belgian-inspired beer in the “Grand Cru” style, subtly infused with Lior’s unique blend of Mish Mish (lemon, saffron, crystalized honey), fresh kaffir lime leaves, and rare Espelette peppers from the French Pyré-nées. In his book, The Art of Blending, Lior compares making a spice blend to organizing a party. The beer is around 7.9% ABV
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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY ($8.99)

Pours clouded orangy amber, moderate off white head that quickly fades, next to no film, just a whiff of some low sheeting, a very thin collar and next to no bubbles rising.

Fruit juicy nose, with some lemon and lite pepper.

More fruit on the palate, with again lemon showing itself. Some honey yes, but I'm def. not getting the "rare espelette peppers from the french Pyrnes" gimme a frickin break!

Alcohol a bit to showy here and I'm not really in love with the heavy body and low carbonation I'm feeling. Seems a wee bit off to tell the truth....swing and a miss from Brooklyn

Photo of DrunkOctopus
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised. None of the fruity and sweet notes were overpowering.

Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the elusive Ghost Bottles. A few months, (3) old. Lovely golden color with a touch of chill haze. Prodigious somewhat rocky head with clumps of lace. Stays covered nicely. Nose has light malt and wheat edge with sweet aromas of honey, candy and alcohol. Some bubblegum. Yeast esters bring a soupçon of banana and more pronounced light fruits, apples, pear, and grapes. Citrus notes add a vivacious brightness. Peppery spiciness has a bit of cinnamon as the light fusel edge heats the nostrils. Taste is excellent with a classic pale malt body enlivened by wheat twang. Juicy cantaloupe, bubblegum, and cinnamon. Lots of spice interplay with the lime leaves and lemon peel. An earthy dry hop finish that brings some horse blanket and funk. It's more pronounced as the yeast is introduced in the glass. Indeed there is a light astringency that shows along with a bit of nuttiness. As it warms the complexity and density of the brew builds. Feel is slightly full and creamy. Crisp dryness. Velvety swallow. A wonderful brew that will work with almost anything you can chew I think. It certainly works on its own.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light copper in color. Thin white head with a little lacing down the glass. Smells of clove and pear. Little to no hop aroma--lots of belgian fruity aroma. Taste is dominated by spice and fruity Belgian notes. Starts off slighly tangy, almost citric and follows up with sweetness and pear flavors. In the background is a hint of spices that I can't quite place. Very rich beer with a fully body and lots of hefty flavors going on. Definitely a sipper and a bit too overwhelming for me. Still, very nicely balanced for what it is.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, Vandalia, OH

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of candi sugar are present in the nose along with some hints of lemon citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has lemon/lime flavors. Hints of peppery spices are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The beer is interesting for the style because it isn't dry and is unusually sweet. It seems more of a hybrid with a Belgian Abbey Ale.

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clouded orange amber with a thin head that becomes wispy. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of banana, lemon, lime, bubblegum and a hint of black pepper.

The taste is of banana, bubblegum, lemon, lime, saffron and honey. Complex and well-balanced - not too sweet, not too spicy. Spicy pepper finishes it off.

The carbonation is spritzy, with a creamy body. A touch of late alcohol warmth comes through.

This is a well-made, tasty "Belgian-inspired" brew. Fruity, sweet and spicy and delicious!

Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers around a bit. Some spots of lace develop on the glass.

Smell: lemon citrus and a pepper spice is easy to detect.

Taste: crackers, lemon, pepper, herbal flavors, honey sweetness, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the spices and sweetness last a while on the tongue.

Overall: slower sipping beer but a unique beer. The flavor profile will keep you interested throughout until the glass is empty. Definitely try this if you see it on tap.

Photo of dar482
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden straw color.

The aroma is really complex with honey, lemon, a Belgian yeast. There's some spice and floral notes in there too along with just a mild enjoyable aroma that doesn't attack with a single note.

The flavor follows with apple, lemon, honey and then a crackery malt that is quite gentle. The spices really dominate with clove and corainder. The flavor is not very intense and leaves not much on the end for drying nor bitterness. It leaves the palate wanting more.

This was a pleasant surprise and a really easy drinking complex beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally, when a brewer introduces a "Grand Cru", it denoes the best beer that that Belgian Brewery makes. It usually also denotes the strongest and most complex beer of the portfolio as well. That means that this beer is typically a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with exceptional alcohol and variety. That doesn't happen here- but can it still be "Grand Cru"?

The pour delivers something lighter in appearance. Hazy straw-gold in appearance- the beer is lightly haze and builds a part-fluff, part-fizz character that sings praises of both ale and wine. Its lace is broken and pocketed as the beer fades. Still, it reads like a well build Strong Golden Ale.

Aromas start with a German Hefe-tone as a banana and clove balance rises to greet the nose. But soon after, the wheat and fruits recede to allow a creeping in of coriander, apple, lime, lemongrass and white pepper. Heading into taste, the delicate pilsner notes begin to take hold.

And those lightly bready tastes commence in taste. Lightly doughy and crackier-like, a sweeter and more floral flavor of honey is somewhat of sweet white wine and mead. Its chardonnay character bleeds into lemon, lime, and stemmy sassafras before its light bitter finish is spicy and pleasantly grassy.

Medium bodied through and through, the beer's honeyed sweetness and infused carbonation keeps its early textures fluffy and creamy. But as the carbonation dispels and the sweetness succumbs to dryness, the beer's alcohol dries the beer and allows its spicy saffron to give a ginger-like spiciness to its finish and aftertaste.

Cuvee La Boite is a highly imaginative Belgian-style Strong Golden Ale that exploits the already-existing taste of floral and spice character of Belgian Ales. But its simplicity makes the additions seem obvious as the beer falls less challenging to the palate as its advertising descriptions suggests.

Photo of horshamguy
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass.

A--Hazy, orangey/straw color. Clean, white head that stuck around for a minute and left some trails of lacing.

S--What I want/expect from a spiced ale. Yeast, pepper, banana, citrus (lemon?).

T--Oh yeah, that's the stuff I'm looking for. Spicy (pepper), sweet (honey/candy sugars), a bit of the banana comes through. A healthy amount of yeastiness. This tastes just like I'd dial it up if I could.

M--Medium bodied. Warming (from high abv?). Creamy and perfectly carbonated.

O--The real deal. A genuine competitor for Victory Golden Monkey among U.S. versions of this Belgian style. Excellent all around.

Photo of JGam115
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity esters and light spices, good malt backbone.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into a snifter

Appearance – The body of the beer pours a nice golden-orange color with a very small foamy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving some light foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a rather nice blend of sweet and spice. There is a nice level of toffee and honey sweetness mixed with a lighter level of an orange and banana sweetness. The spice is biggest of a coriander and clove, but also has good levels of saffron and allspice joining as well. Along with these aromas, are some nice notes of a yeasty nature, some grass, and a nice doughy smell. Overall, with a light lemon aroma, the smell is very sweet and soothing.

Taste - the taste begins with a nice doughty flavor matched with lots of honey and toffee sweetness. A cracker flavor comes to fruition quickly in the taste and is joined by other flavors of a more yeasty like nature. The spice is present from the start, but gets quite a bit more potent as the flavor advances. It is heaviest of a clove and coriander flavor with a lighter saffron flavor that is persistent throughout the taste. Some lemongrass and citrus comes to the tongue more toward the end. With the spice getting even stronger as the taste advances to its finish, and with a banana and light pepper flavor coming to the tongue, a very pleasant and smooth flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slicker and more viscous side with a carbonation that consists of tiny, champagne like bubbles. The moderate level of prickly carbonation bubbles in conjunction with the slicker body are very nice for the spice and sweet nature of the brew creating a wonderful, yet soothing mouthfeel.

Overall – This is a wonderfully spiced and quite pleasant drinking brew. It has a wonderful smell, taste and feel… If only it was more accessible and put in a bottled format. Very tasty.

Photo of BillRoth
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Realerevival brew pub in Cambridge, MD last night. What a treat. Way to go RAR!
Delicious complex sipper, but in a gentle manner. Good nose and a taste that expands over the mouth and over time as the brew loses it's keg chill.
Pretty impressed with review by SpokeyDonkey...thought it hit the beer "spot on"...just liked the style more I guess.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beautiful golden amber with medium bubbles on the body. White head is maybe 1/3" off the body. The head did settle quick after a sip.

Smell: Light yeast with notes of honey; smells incredible but light.

Taste: mellow bread and yeast taste, comes off a notch sweet but absolutely addicting. You will finish the glass before you finish the review.

Mouth: Medium bodied and smooth. Not as sticky as I was expecting but still good.

Overall: Not bad at all, wish I did drink it the second I bought the growler. I'm pretty sure I will buy another if it's still available. Hope you all enjoy. Salud!

Photo of PorterLambic
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arrives a barely foggy, dark amber with a white, kind of fluffy, head. Retention is pretty decent, no lace, though.
Smell is malt, spices, banana, and light brown sugar. Extremely well balanced.
Taste is malt, spice (clove, pepper, cinnamon), brown sugar for some sweetness. Fabulous balance.
Smooth, fairly rich without being cloying. Lightly effervesced, nearly full body. Warming. A very good brew.

Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had this on-tap tonight, an older keg I guess.

This was a hazy golden color and came to me with just a wisp of white head

Lots of yeasty esters in the nose, bubblegum and bananas abound. I couldn't discern any of the spices listed in the description. An old keg, faded spice, and whatever else aside, to my tongue, this was a yeast showcase and a good one. Some sugary sweetness and dusting of hay plus lots bubblegummy banana. This was very full bodied and soft.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color with a touch of orange; 1 finger creamy white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: coriander, orange, black pepper;

T: really smooth; sweet orange up front; mid-palate follows the nose; the black pepper is more pronounced at the end; ABV is well hidden;

M: light to medium bodied; creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: I was really struck by how smooth this was;

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Brooklyn Cuvée La Boîte from Brooklyn Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.