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The Bruery
California, United States
Old Ale
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Feb 08, 2023
Mar 29, 2014
Notes: Sucré is our sixth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method.
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Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by rab53 from Washington

Jul 22, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2014 vintage tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 750 mL bottle on May 22, 2021.
May 26, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle. Tan head that fades. Dark caramel brown.

Bourbon, oak, brown sugar, molasses, figs, candied syrup, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Very old ale like. Lots of warming bourbon, but still drinkable. This is a very nice beer.
Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Feb 08, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Knocking out some review from Thanksgiving 2016 today, rum barrel sucre earlier, and now the slightly more conventional bourbon barrel one.

Pours the same dark brown appearance, though this one held a stronger head, even if not robust, it was stronger than the rum barrel version. 1/4" deep beige head. Aroma had less brown sugar and no rum smells, but more bourbon.

As usual the belgian yeast strain is not noticeable. As all the anniversary beers, this is a big one, boozy, but not as hot as you would expect at almost 17% abv. Moreso there is a nice, not overbearing sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, light non bitter dark fruit, plenty of bourbon, smidge of vanilla and plenty of smoothness. The ol boozy cracker jack reference with plenty of caramel and toffee notes throughout.

These are pretty much standard fare with me and the boys every time there is a UFC PPV. I think 6-8oz is best, but I'm totally fine splitting one of these too. I have no idea if they will ever fall off in my lifetime, they are like stuck in time.
Nov 20, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 05, 2020
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Reviewed by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2014 Sucré. Poured into my favorite 10 oz snifter, poured aggressively it yields a thin off white head that dissipates quickly, with some lacing in the glass. Color is a dark, deep amber with almost no visibility. Smell is big and bold, the bourbon just wafts off, along with big caramel, toffee, raisin, all with a strong sweetness. Taste is phenomenal, about the richest bourbon flavor I've ever gotten from any beer. But it's not overpowering, I can still pick out the accompanying flavors of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and a hint of oak towards the back end. Feel is incredibly sticky, it just coats everything inch of your mouth, just bordering on overdoing itself. Overall yet another phenomenal brew from the folks at the Bruery, though I can't imagine ever tasting a subpar beer from them.
Mar 24, 2020
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Rated by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tried 2014 in 2020. Aged very well. Lovely smooth flavor.
Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 4.94 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 2/27/14; drank 9/27/15 @ the Palace.

Murky brown mud appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; no lace.

Raisin, plum & spiced cider notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Plum & raisin flavors up front; dry raisin & brandy notes on the finish.

Over the top but very flavorful; another year or so would benefit this.
Oct 17, 2019
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not sure how I hadn't rated this on a previous bottle or draft encounter, but this one's over five years old at this point. Still fabulous and tasting fresh. Which for an old ale is... well, you know. Bruery's anniversary ales age with the best of them, and this bottle is no exception. Redolent, boozy and full of bourbon barrel oak.
Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by JonB25 from Delaware

May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 vintage Bourbon Barrel Aged Sucre poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Pours a muddy brown body with a two finger off-white head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of retention, not much lacing.

Aromas are Taste is delightful with tons of sweet, decadent notes of brown sugar, burnt molasses, French vanilla, roasty malt, dark roast coffee, bourbon, oak, finishing with a really nice roasted malt flavor that sticks on the tongue for a while. Body is pretty rich with low carbonation. Insanely smooth for 16%.

Tasting this makes me wish I bought a whole case back in 2014 when I bought this bottle! Aged very well.
Oct 08, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by matthewsween from Oregon

Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.71 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Feb 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap at Gingerman in NYC.

Aroma is rich cherry and vanilla with an underlying malt sweetness.

Taste is barrel alcohol with a vanilla sweetness.
Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by TrojanRB from Texas

Dec 13, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2017
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Rated by seedyone from New York

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From bottle at Home. 2014. BIG, Big, big. I'm a big barrel aged fan, but this pushes the envelope. 16.9% ?
Oct 04, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by nyrblue2 from New York

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by elemenohpee1 from California

Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jun 03, 2017
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had on draft at the Local Peasant in Woodland Hills, CA.

Look: Pours a beautiful opaque brown with subtle crimson hints. Small head of light tan foam.
Smell: Amazing aromas of Brown sugar, toffee, Bourbon, vanilla bean.
Taste: similar to the smell, notes of toffee and Bourbon more prominent. Spicy and boozy. Awesome characteristics.
Feel: very light carbonation, super smooth for nearly 17%. Great bourbon stickiness.

Crazy good beer. Very well balanced. Highly recommended.
May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2014 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, smooth bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol, though not sharp or unpleasant.

T: Dark sugar, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, smooth bourbon, milk chocolate, a touch of spice, and a bit of alcohol which rounds out the flavor.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, appreciable warmth which is to be expected from a 16% er, but not unpleasant.

O: Another delicious monster from the Bruery that has matured beautifully. (I can only imagine it can be a bit hot when fresh.)
Mar 22, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but when held up to a bright light it is very, very dark red in color. It poured with a thin off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of oaky vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having even stronger flavors of vanilla along with some notes of bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like vanilla flavors imparted by oak barrel aging, this is going to be a very nice beer for you that is pleasant to sip and savor. It also hides its alcohol rather well.

Serving type: on-tap
Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by Bandi from New York

Mar 12, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/25/2014. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, cherry, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, peppercorn, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, chocolate, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Boozy aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge raisin, prune, cherry, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, peppercorn, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, chocolate, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody bitterness and bourbon/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, peppercorn, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly syrupy/tannic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small pleasant warmth with a bit of booziness lingering after the finish, but not overwhelming. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged old ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. A bit more boozy and sweet than previous releases due the higher ABV; but also less earthy/leathery and lacking the butterscotch notes of the past 2 100% BBA versions. More tannic/drying from the barrels. A highly enjoyable offering regardless.
Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

Dec 24, 2016
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Reviewed by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Very, very sweet. Glad I just shared a bomber of this with some friends. Not as good as other Bruery beers I have had. The alcohol I didn't think was overly powerful with was surprising for such a high ABV beer.
Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by BrutisDestructus from Indiana

Dec 13, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 10, 2016
Rated: 4.7 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle dated Feb 2014.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with a cap of tan foam that faded into a thick fuzzy collar.
S: Musty nose full of leather, oxidization, caramel, and tons of raisin. Earthy spice and peppery hop follow, with a touch of tobacco and bourbon.
T: Follows the nose, but with an intense punch of strong bitter hop and dark chocolate mixed with boozy bourbon. Leather, caramel, and raisin dominate, but I get hints of tobacco, sherry, and chocolate. Bourbon and sweet candied sugar in the finish. Brown sugar a touch of roasted gain in the aftertaste.
M: Full body, slick sticky oily greasy and heavy mouthfeel, tingly carbonation that's slightly sharp.
O: Amazing flavor, could be aged longer, but drinks just fine now. Oxidization noticeable but adds to the complexity of the flavor.
Nov 22, 2016
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