Sucré - Tequila Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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English Old Ale
4.03 | pDev: 10.92%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of darktronica
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle dated March 2014, obtained from the taproom during the original release window. Overall, I would say this is peaking or is just past its prime, with the oxidation starting to impose some negative notes compared to how it used to present. The tequila is still quite assertive, with loads of agave, oak, smoke, and scuppernong grape layered on top of the base beer. However, as the beer warms, it's just starting to show a little wet paper towel and orange gumdrop from the age.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud

Big creamy head fades semi quickly, decent lacing, darker brown

Nose weird green thing, pepper but meh, soil, green pepper decayed into dirt, candy thing, bad.

Taste big sweet candy, more caramel than anything, little peppery and soil again, little char, sweet flowery honey, candy sugary, big green pepper, little tequila

Mouth is big bod syrupy etc

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 cognac. Nice sweetness.

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

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 that's almost black with a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the glass and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits and toffee with just the faintest amount of tequila. Sugary sweet and a little boozy.
T: Taste is tequila up front with some agave flavors, slight oak and tannin, a little toffee and fruit as well. Swallow is more tequila barrel influence with some lingering toffee and dark fruit.
M: big and viscous in the mouth but not nearly as big as an imperial stout. Carbonation is low on this one but it works well and this beer has a drying finish that doesn't linger long.
O: I wasn't sure what to expect but this one is executed pretty well. The booze is kept in check surprisingly well given the ABV and the tequila barrel provides some interesting flavor notes. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle into a globe glass.

Looks like the others; a murly medium brown color with light carbonation and off white head. Bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits, in the nose, smells great. Taste is a step down, definitely tequila in the taste. Thick, full body and low carbonation, tequila heat.

Overall just ok; my least favorite variant from this year.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The brew pours a muddy brown color with quick fading khaki cap.

The smell is earthy grassy mixed with dirty tequilla and damp oak. It displays an overall earthy feel to this that only tequilla can provide that is far and away the most unique character of this entire series. It smells dirty and earthen with grass clippings, cactus, agava and is ugh wormy?

The taste is surprisingly much better with a solid focus on its earthen aspect. It is very deep and woody, earthen, oaked and slightly vanilla sweet with caramel and agava nectar. In the finish it has almost a citrus zip mixed with grass.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. A boozy sipper as all the sucres are. I went into this bottle expecting it to be terrible and I was pleasantly surprised by its unique character. I still dont like tequilla but this version of sucre was interesting enough to warrant a revisit sometime.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Teal wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 3/25/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours muddy brown with a one and a half finger cap of cream head. The bubbles recede quickly without leaving any lace behind.

Initially the aroma has all the familiar scents of the regular version- toffee, sugar, yeast and vanilla. As it warms and my nose acclimates I catch distinct notes of tequila and agave.

As in the nose, the taste begins with very familiar caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Then the layers of flavor deepen with agave, vanilla and spicy tequila. Complimenting it all is a robust kick of booze that is present but appropriate. Lots going on.

Syrupy, thick feel with light carbonation. The aftertaste is an amalgamation of toffee, agave, dark fruit, tequila and caramel.

The Bruery anniversary old ales are consistently impressive and I've really been enjoying the barrel study given by their nine variants of Sucré. To say that the tequila variant is my least favorite so far might miss the point that it is still outstanding. The flavors of agave and tequila take the old ale in a new south-of-the-border direction. I'm not sad to have another to let age for a while.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +3%

This was probably the most controversial of the different sucre variants at the tasting I attended at Beer Mongers. There were definitely other versions I preferred, but I thought it was fascinating the way the tequila flavor blended in with the sweet, rich base beer. The tequila was quite noticeable, and imparted something of a fresh green pea flavor that was undeniably weird, but fascinating at the same time. A very interesting and unusual beer, and one I was very happy to have the opportunity to try.

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Photo of dar482
4.11/5  rDev +2%

The beer offers the familiar flavors of rich caramel, dark fruit, raisins, caramelized/almost burn sugars. However, it is complimented by an aggressive tequila spice quality.

Depending one's palate and desire to have an upfront flavor of tequial in a brew, this can be a winner or loser.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, agave, earth, salt, tequila, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, vanilla, earth, tequila, 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 and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with more typical tequila qualities in the smell, but the taste is better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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