Sucré - Portuguese Brandy Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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Old Ale
4.1 | pDev: 9.76%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Lucnifter from California

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brownish amber with a creamy tan head. Caramel, malty sweetness, vinous brandy, oak. Minimal alcohol on the nose.
Raisin, red wine, fig, and toasted oak married beautifully with an extraordinarily well hidden 15% abv. Just the perfect hint of oxidation for a 3 year old old ale.
Sticky, viscous with a creamy finish.
Just stellar.
Toward the top of my list of the Bruery's anniversary variants.

Nov 03, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud

Decent creamy head, good lacing and legs, darker color

Nose woody oak, raw oak, some sweet candy caramel, faint toffee, fair fruity apple brandy candy, syrupy

Taste sweet candy, mild apple candy brandy, smooth rich caramel candy and apple brandy

Nov 12, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 sweet brandy. Nice sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, sweet malts, caramel, solid brandy. Very nice fruits

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

O - Overall this was a very solid beer, nice sweeter light brandy, very good sweetness

Serving Type: bottle

Nov 12, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber that puts up a good fight against the light trying to peer through it. Tan fluffy head rises to 3 fingers with a vigorous pour.
Smell is burnt brown sugar, brandy, vinuous notes, dark fruit, slightly sweet in a date like way.
Taste is sweet from the base beer but it’s not merely simple sweet. It’s more of a slightly caramel sweet that instantly goes into Brandy, raisin, red wine barrel notes, and fig.
Finish is slightly tannic and dry with red wine notes coating my tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium to full.
Overall, this is a good drink. I think the Port barrel aging definitely helped this one be much more than a one-dimensional sweet tooth binge.

Jan 04, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The brew is brown in color with a thin khaki colored head.

The nose on this is quite raisony with vinous depth before sweetness of brown sugar, oxidation/soy, caramel, molasses and earthen papery fall folliage. Somewhat toasty oak feel wraps things up towards the back.

The taste is tangy and vinous with a significant solvent burnt before oaked flavors and brown sugar. A surprising amount of oxidation and plenty of raisony flavor mixed with sherry and an overall feeling of stale grapes mixed with burnt barrel character.

This is full bodied, lightly carbonated and overall a bit of a letdown. It was a unique varietal in the sucre series but I cannot say that the uniqueness of it was all enjoyable. This falls in the middle to lower end of the series for me if you were to ask how id rate them all against each other.

Sep 02, 2015
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timc100 from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Went into this with high expectations considering how good Brandy Bois was, as well as Port Sucre. Way overpowering and harsh brandy, nothing else can get through. Very, very sweet - sickly so - with boozy bright brandy fruits. Very hard to put down, disappointed.

Jul 07, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for The Bruery Sucreversary held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy beige 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, brandy, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, fruit, brandy, and lots of 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 lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice brandy presence that comes through slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

May 11, 2014
Sucré - Portuguese Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 62 ratings