Sucré - Cognac Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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Old Ale
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 100% ale aged in cognac barrels.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cracked and consumed on December 27, 2016. Man we crushed a lot of beer that week. This was possibly my least favorite variant, but cognac barrels seem to do that for me no matter what you put in them, so take this review as one from a cognac hater (ironically, one who has multiple bottles of actual cognac in his bar).

Pours the usual anniversary ale brown translucence. Thin light beige head 1/5". Bitter dark fruit woody cognac aroma in the nose, the usual bourbon soaked cracker jack vibe is not here.

Taste is hot. Normally these are strong, but tempered, smooth and sippable. This one is extreme caution sipping land, so much hot cognac bitterness to it. Sherry and vinuous notes along with every sip, more as it warms. The toffee is there, but its a hot toffee. Damn this could be my least favorite anniversary beer of all time. Some oxidized cardboard notes that thankfully give a slight detraction. For me cognac barrel stuff isn't sweet, its hot. Slow and low is the best way to consume this one.

May 22, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 cognac. Nice sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice caramel malts, very good cognac. Subtle and sweet.

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

O - Overall this was a very solid beer, nice sweeter light cognac

Nov 11, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud

Nice smaller but creamy rich head, no lacing long legs, dark clear ruby color

Nose some cognac, vanilla, more dark fruits, same base malt as original, more caramel fudge

Taste again similar to original, moo bourbon but big fruity apple candy mild cognac, little fudgey, big caramel, soft cognac, little syrupy mess but not too bad

Mouth is full bod, decent carb, syrupy, less booze than original

Nov 11, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle at share on 6/11/16. Nice medium amber body, small airy head dissipates quickly. Cognac, boozy aroma is a bit over the top at first, but settles down. taste continues with the boozy vibe, and a bit of a sweet burn. Dark grains, and lots of molasses, finishes hot and sweet.

Jun 21, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

The nose on this is vinous with burnt sugar blending to alcohol. Some caramel, earth, vanilla and mild toasty oak. Hints of marshmallow and slight vinous appeal towards the back with more oak and oxidation like sherry.

The taste is oaky and solvent with vinous character before the onset of oxidation like paper, earth and more solvent booze. Its almost medicinal and sherry-like with a robotussin aftertaste thats mildly bitter.

This is full bodied, lightly carbonated with huge alcohol impact from start to finish. The nose on this is fantastic but the flavor is a little lacking. This version runs middle of the pack in comparison to the other sucre variations.

Sep 02, 2015
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 into an enlarged snifter.

A: Pours a muddy brown and leaves a finger of tan head. (4.5)

S: Big spiced oak, berries, caramel, licorice, plums, toffee. Very complex and real nice (4.75)

T: big dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak, that nice cognac spicyness, a hint of grapes. Finishes long with a bit of heat and lots of flavor. (4.5)

M: Low carb with a full body. Long finish, but fairly smooth heat. (4.5)

O: The cognac adds some delicious spice and oak to this base. Nice light heat with a lingering finish. This is a nice beer. (4.5)

Aug 06, 2015
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Rollzroyce21 from California

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

- 2014 vintage (Cellared 25-May-14)
- 750 mL bottle poured into wine glass on 16-May-15 (Aged 1 year)

Loved the cognac influence on this old ale. This is my favorite barrel for the anny series so far.

May 18, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Metallic orange wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 3/26/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, near opaque cherrywood burgandy with almost two fingers of ecrue froth. The head slowly fades to a halo, leaving only a couple tiny dots that could hardly be called lacing.

Lots of sticky sweet cognac on the nose backed up by vanilla, toffee, oak, yeast and a definite note of alcohol. I keep coming back to enjoy that strong, fruity cognac.

Flavors are a bounty of sweet, boozy, fruity, malty goodness. Apple, grape, fruit skins, toffee, oak, caramel, brown sugar, that deliciously familiar Bruery signature Belgian-like yeast, bready malts, vanilla and plenty of booze. Sure, there is a good bit of heat but this still goes down with a smoothness that belies its 16% abv. The cognac barreling lends a boozey fruitiness that compliments the base old ale quite well.

Medium heavy body with fairly light carbonation. Layers of cognac, oak, toffee, yeast and brown sugar coat the tongue for a long, delicious finish.

Another fantastic variant of The Bruery's anniversary ale. I'd rank cognac right up there with the Portugeuse Brandy and port as my favorites of the "Class of 2014". I sure with they had made this more accessible but quite happy to gave been amongst the relative few that got to try this.

Feb 12, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Tried side by side with most of the other Sucre variants... I thought the cognac worked well with the base beer, and was one of the better versions. Liked it better than the maderia, port barrel and oak aged version, but perhaps not as much as the bourbon barrel (my favorite), rum and rye whiskey.

Oct 27, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, cognac, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, toffeee, fruit, cognac, 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 lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid cognac barrel aged presence all around.

Jun 05, 2014
Sucré - Cognac Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
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