Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged
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English Old Ale
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-AgedSucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/8/14; drank 8/8/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Murky brown appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; almost no lace.

Raisin, rum, cinnamon & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Raisin & rum flavors up front; cinnamon bite on the finish.

This narrowly avoids being cloying; interesting but not great.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, currant, red grape, port, sherry, red apple, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of oaken vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and port barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, currant, red grape, port, sherry, red apple, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of oaken vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness, oak spiciness, and wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red grape, port, sherry, red apple, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, toasted brown bread, light licorice/leather/tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and port barrel flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness and wine tang/tartness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and wine tang/tartness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/syrupy/sticky/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 15.1%, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing wine barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and port barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfect balance of fruity yeast and dark/bready malts; with amazing barrel integration. Minimal booze/tannins. The port flavors complement the yeast profile perfectly as would be expected. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected of the base beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 good wine and grape. Nice sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, sweet malts, caramel, light grapes, excellent wine.

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

O - Overall this was a very solid beer, nice sweeter light grape, good wine barrels, very nice wine notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud

Huge creamy fizzy head fades semi slowly, dark molasses mahogany ruby color

Nose sweet candy, wine like port candy syrup, fruity, grape skin, little musty but sweet port, faint barrel

Taste sweet candy, little syrupy, more port wine, sweet red wine candy, caramel toffee candy, syrupy and sweet, little booze

Mouth is fuller bod, good carb

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Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 3/8/14.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown color with a fuzzy light tan head that faded into a soft and lasting collar. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with sweet tawny port notes of grape and cherry mixed with old ale flavors of chocolate, leather, tobacco and caramel. Boozy smelling but not rough.
T: Tons of port, cherry, and grape skins up front followed by more sweet flavors of caramel and dark fruits. I get a touch of cardboard oxidization in the finish mixed with leather and tobacco, and hints of powdery chocolate throughout. The flavor is definitely port-forward, like drinking a more bitter, more chocolaty and caramely port wine. Sweet raisin and sweet cherries dominate the finish.
M: Thick heavy body, chewy mouthfeel, slick and lightly boozy, but no heat.
O: Very smooth and well integrated flavors. Port barrel compliments the base beer extremely well.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml maroon waxed 2014 bottle poured into tulip 19/10/16 I think billverstein sent the bottle a ways back

A clear maroon liquid, large noisy tan head has decent retention much to my surprise but leaves no lace, some wide legs remind me shes a big one

S caramel, vanilla, lots of sweet port barrel, molasses, raisins, cherries, some booze but well hidden all things considered

T more wood, more port, fruitier then the nose with a little less caramel, some leather and tobacco just add to the mix

M not as heavy as I expected but still full, bubbles soften it up, oily on the palate, some heat but hits the chest even more, lots of barrel linger

O I like the barrel choice, the port works well with the sweet base, drinks easy for such a big brew

If I had another I'd sit on it for a couple years, the only reason I had this one for so long was I simply forgot about it. Yet another solid big ass brew from these guys.....

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel brown color. Tan head.

Nice old ale. Love the port barrels. Caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins. Sweet and oaky. Vanilla.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Great old ale. Always a favorite.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a nice deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head that slowly fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of wine with some notes of dark fruits and red berries, caramel and a little oak
T: Taste is the port wine influence, dark fruits, oak, and toffee along with some caramel. Swallow is more of those dark fruits with some red berries, toffee and oak
M: Full in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Overall a very good twist on the regular Anniversary beer. Great flavors and complexity from this one as well. Madeira was better to me but this one isn't bad at all.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A muddy brown looking beer with a khaki head that is quick to fade.

The smell displays a raw oak feel before vinous rasiony alcohol mixing with some earthy char, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. More oakiness is present with each whiff as well as oxidation and a neutral solvent booziness.

The taste is oaky with raison and papery oxidation. Mildly vinous with solvent booze and earthen almost bitter and herbal towards the back. The richness of the vinous port charcater is nice but the other characteristics kinda clash with this.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. If the solvent character was held back a little along with the herbal/bitterness this one would have been my favorite sucre treatment but as-is its middle of the road.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in the RS last year. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of reddish brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Sweet dark fruits, oak, port, caramel malts, leather, fruity malts, wine, and toasted malts. Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Some heat.

Overall decent but very strong and very fruity. Good but not my favorite variant.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bruery pub. Excellent variant. My personal favorite from the 5 variants I tasted. Rich port nose and flavor come out as a perfect pairing with the old ale. Add in the 14.5% ABV...and you have a wonderful sipper on a winter evening. Expect it would be outstanding with a med bold cigar as well.

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Photo of timc100
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tons of port influence. Very vinous, dark red wine fruits of currants, dark cherries. Decent amount of oak and tannic as well. Sweet and robust, very balanced and interesting.

I've had bourbon, brandy, American oak, and rye aged versions of the Bruery old ales so far, and I think this port variant is my favorite.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: 32-oz. hydro flask
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: Jan. 25, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 2, 2015
Misc.: Opened it on Feb. 1; Reviewed it on Feb. 2

Thanks Chris!

Poured a brown, reddish, murky color with minimal head. Couldn’t see any bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. No retention. Not docking this as much as half of it was finished yesterday, certainly affecting the look. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled port dessert wine, caramel, toffee, tobacco, sour fruit, plum, woody malts, purple grape, buttery malts and faint chocolate. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted very good, even better than the smell. Got plum, leathery tobacco, dates, port wine, caramel, toffee, purple grape, woody malts, sour fruit, light chocolate, vanilla and sweet sugar. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Just fantastic. (Feel - 4.75)

This was just a great beer. I can’t stop thinking about it. Lovely. (Overall - 4.50)

4.42 | 98 | A

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Burgandy wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 3/8/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

My glass is filled with that familiar mahogany mud colored nectar. About a finger and a half biege head with some burgandy hues at the edges under the light but this is otherwise opaque. The bubbles settle to a nice surface haze that leaves no lace.

Beautiful nose of toffee, dates, oaky vanilla, boozed soaked and sugar crusted dark fruits and a healthy dose of tawny port. Simply delightful and I can't get enough.

As expected the flavors are an incredible blend- raisins, toffee, tawny port, dates, caramel, oak, vanilla, leather, thrt signature Bruery yeast, sugar and a semi-hot but balanced alcohol. The port comes through beautifully and serves to really highlight the dark fruit notes of the base beer. Outstanding.

Syrupy, thick feel with soft carbonation. Those booze soaked and sugar crusted raisins and dates return for a decadent finish that lingers on the tongue .

Tawny Port barrel aged Sucré is arguably my favorite of The Bruery's anniversary ale variants that I've tried so far. The dark fruit and sweet notes of tawny port seem to be a near perfect compliment to the old ale. This one is truly outstanding and takes me back to that magical first time I tried Fruet.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
15.1% ABV

A - Ruby highlights make their way through the rich mahogany colored beer giving the cloudy concoction a nice hue beneath the stable khaki cap of foam.

S - Tannic grape skin introduces tawny port straight into the nostrils with little hesitation, gently transitioning to a malty old ale aroma that smells like its been cellared for quite some time. Toffee slivers cut through caramel sweetness, paving the way for warming alcohol on the finish.

T - Complex maltiness continues to develop as the beer warms, bringing dark stone fruit flavors to the surface through the toffee and caramel sweetness. The beer's smooth maltiness makes for a wonderful body to be aged in port barrels. The inherent dark fruit tones blend beautifully with the barrel's unique oak notes and tannic grape overtones make for a completely unique experience.

M - Robust maltiness gives the beer a big body but the grape skin tannins from the port barrel aging cut the sweetness with a touch of tartness and, of course, at just over 15% ABV, the warming alcohol finish dries out the palate nicely.

O - I wouldn't necessarily call myself a Port connoisseur but I definitely do love me a good snifter of the dessert wine, and a nicely aged old ale is wonderful as well. The Bruery's Sucré aged in tawny port barrels almost perfectly blends the two, maintaining the integrity of both beverages while marrying them with pure class. A brilliant barrel-aged beer to be sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for The Bruery Sucreversary held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, port wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, tawny port, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tawny port presence that comes through a bit better in the taste in my opinion.

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Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
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