Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-AgedSucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Lucnifter on 05-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 14
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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