Sucré - Rum Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
17.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
Ratings:
136
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 20, 2020
Added:
May 04, 2014
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  37
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: The traditional sixth anniversary gift is candy or sugar, so we’ve named our 6th anniversary ale "Sucré" which is "sugar" in French. Sucré is our sixth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Sucré is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this on Thanksgiving 2016.

Pours brown but isn't very adept at forming and retaining a head. Just left with liquid, no head really. The aroma is true to form for these anniversary series beers, has that boozy cracker jack, toffee, caramel, apple brandy, rum, brown sugar, mild non bitter dark fruit aroma.

Taste is big, but I mean, 17.5% whatchu expect? Its not nearly as big as that number is. Everything you smell need not be repeated here, it comes out in the taste as well. I am kinda tepid with rum barrel stuff, super hit or miss, usually miss, but in recent years my palate has been trending a little more towards them and this was one of the first. Notes of tobacco join those that were in the aroma, vanilla, more oak, never really did understand the belgian yeast on these you can't taste it nor does it seem to have any impact on the final product. Sticky stuff. Carbonation was just fine and slightly lower than most beer, but fitting here.

Nov 20, 2020
 
4.16 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Jan 15, 2020
 
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 11, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/20/2014. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, rum, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, vanilla, molasses, licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Some increasing rum booze in the aromas, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and rum barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, rum, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, vanilla, molasses, licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness and rum/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, rum, toasted oak, brown bread, light molasses/licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and rum barrel flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and rum/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and rum/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly increasing warmth of 17.5%, with mild barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic old ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly balanced rich malts, fruity yeast, and rum barrel integration. Rum barrels can be polarizing in any beer style application, but they still pulled it off. Not overly boozy/tannic on barrels; or overly sweet/heavy from lingering tannic dryness. A highly enjoyable offering. Not as amazing as other barrel variations, but still an amazing style example as expected.

Oct 27, 2018
 
3.9 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 07, 2018
 
4.02 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jul 16, 2018
 
3.89 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on May 28, 2018
 
3.97 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Oct 20, 2017
 
4.14 by aasher from Indiana on Aug 28, 2017
 
4.3 by elemenohpee1 from California on May 19, 2017
 
4.34 by Kurmaraja from California on Mar 20, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish brown hue with a thin head.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate and sticky sweet. Nice sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, sweet bell peppers, sweet malts, caramel, light rum. Super vegative.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a very solid beer, nice sweeter light soil dirt, vegative bell peppers. Sticky sweetness molasses

Serving Type: bottle

Nov 12, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Split with rudzud

Similar appearance, not too dark

Nose little rummy, sweet candy and little fruity, caramel etc

Taste sweet fruit, syrupy, little rum candy, little boozy, not too bad, little bitter and candy rum

Mouth is same

Nov 12, 2016
 
4.19 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Oct 03, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IKR from California

Appearance: Cloudy dark-brown in color. Modest sized beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Moderate Rum notes, some spicy notes, brown sugar, and some fruity sherry notes. No overt Rum bal notes in the nose and very mild alcohol presence for the ABV.

Taste: The Rum bal-aging, the brown sugar, and spicy notes combine to form a different experience in contrast to the Bourbon bal-aged Anniversary beers. The beer initially finishes slightly sweet with the Rum, brown sugar,spicy notes and dark fruit notes but transitions to a dry finish with some tannic oak notes showing up.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: The Rum bal-aging provides a different experience compared to the boubon bal-aged Bruery Anniversary beers. Hopefully the Bruery goes back to using spirit barrels other than Bourbon. A unique treat.

Jul 30, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

Large shared bottle.
Boozy sweet aroma with the alcohol more hidden in the taste.
Very sweet, this drinks like a beer liqueur. Rather subtle rum flavor.
Moderate complexity at best.

Jul 03, 2016
 
3.97 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Jun 27, 2016
 
4 by drummermattie02 from Texas on May 17, 2016
 
4.35 by TboneRN from Minnesota on May 14, 2016
 
4.25 by shoegueuze from California on Mar 21, 2016
 
3.93 by 2GOOFY from California on Mar 20, 2016
 
3.85 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 18, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of rum, spices and oak with some caramel sweetness hidden in the back end. dark fruits hiding in here as well.
T: Taste is rum and oak, spices, dark fruits and caramel. Good bit of barrel presence on this one with the oak notes. Swallow is molasses, rum, oak, slight vanilla, caramel and dark fruits.
M: Full bodied in the mouth with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: A surprisingly good twist on the original. The rum adds some nice complementary dimensions and helps to balance out the sweetness in the base beer. I only picked up two but I somewhat wish I would have gotten more.

Mar 06, 2016
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3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BWood from California

Very rum tasting. Not a big fan of this one. Feels like the base beer is good but I don't think the rum barrel works with this. The bourbon version is much better

Feb 05, 2016
 
3.85 by dataylor21 from Kentucky on Dec 15, 2015
 
4 by suckaj from Florida on Dec 06, 2015
 
4.5 by Josholson666 from Minnesota on Nov 18, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stakem from Pennsylvania

Muddy brown looking brew with a khaki colored head that is quick to fade.

The smell includes brown sugar overtop an earthy oak appeal mixed with tangy alcohol and lots of oak depth. The booziness of this does not scream rum as its actually more solvent feeling than anything.

The taste is quite boozy with earthy and heavily oaked/oxidized character that imparts papery flavors mingled with tangy booze. In comparison to the other sucre treatments this is far and away the hottest feeling.

This is a full bodied brew with light carbonation. For how big it is, it seemingly lacks depth of character that the other treatments with less alcohol displayed.

Sep 02, 2015
 
4.06 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2015
 
4.13 by Rudy from California on Aug 15, 2015
 
3.96 by mlhyatt from Georgia on Jul 19, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mdfb79 from New York

From 07/07/15 notes. Got a bottle of this in the RS last year, poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one finger of tan head and low carbonation evident. Lots of caramel malts, brown sugar, brown fruits, scotch, leather, smoke, and dark fruity malts. Taste is very good with lots of caramel. Full body but low carbonation, not too boozy at all.

Overall pretty good; Sucre is still not as good as some previous versions of the anniversary beer, but this is actually one of the better ones, which surprised me as I normally don't like rum BAing. Good for sure.

Jul 08, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Bittersweet molasses, oak, coconut, brown sugar, toffee. Chewy. Honestly, can't taste the alcohol. I don't think it's sweet at all. Balanced, not overly rummy. Real good.

Jul 06, 2015
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Murky caramel brown. Lots of booze in this one. It tastes stronger than the previous year's versions. Molasses and raisins. Toffee. Chocolate. Very malty. Sweet. The rum shows nicely in the finish.

Jun 23, 2015
 
4.5 by JRod1969 from New York on Jun 07, 2015
 
3.99 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on May 24, 2015
 
4.47 by buyyourfreedom from New Mexico on May 10, 2015
 
3.92 by Btip1969 from Oregon on May 10, 2015
 
4.28 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on May 10, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Strong beer. I like the regular Bourbon BA version better. It's sweeter and smoother. This version isn't bad, just stronger and not as smooth. Definitely has some rum notes.

Apr 18, 2015
Sucré - Rum Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 136 ratings