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Cuir | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cuir is our third anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but again created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.

Added by Halcyondays on 05-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 596 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger of offwhite head, red-brown cloudy body. Swirly surface memory.

Plum on the nose, dark fruit, faintly sour grape.

Taste is sweet with some hops to balance it. Some dark fruit and powerful malt. Peach and fig? Dates. Faintly tart. Some alcohol burn, faintly. Similar to Samichlaus, but less sticky and sweet.

Smooth mouthfeel, decent for the style.

Overall a nice American strong-- paired with Fritos Flavor Twists.
Overall decent

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this fine brew as a Father's Day gift. Thanks to the wife and kids, and thanks to my beer guys at Binny's in Plainfield (George and Keith) for hooking my wife with this one. Been chilling all day.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep garnet brown, clear, with a huge, light tan head that "sizzles" as it fades. Good level of carbonation, I think, with some light lacing.

Aromas of grapes, oak, and a sour funk. Definitely has a winy edge to it.

Flavors of , wow! Complex, winy, light sourness, oakiness, sherry oxidation, huge aged maltiness. Love the mix of several vintages. The finish picks up the hints of bourbon, vanilla, and booziness.

Mouthfeel is huge, chewy, hot. Mouthcoating warmth with a light puckering sourness.

Overall an outstanding beer. Very well blended. Complex. Reminds me of an Amontillado sherry, dark, rich, with a light sweetness.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 14,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Bottle 6002

This is my first beer from The Bruery and I paid quite a bit for it; I hope it was worth it.

Appearance: Almost opaque mahogany brown body that transforms into a beautiful burgundy with golden edges when backlight. A rough pour yields a large, creamy, cream coloured head that lasts pretty well for the abv. The receding head leaves minimal lace, but a quick swirl produces some lovely alcohol legs.

Smell: Wow, massive nose on this and actually quite far off what I expected. I'm not sure why, but I expected a "darker" nose.
Wonderful mixture of sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and almost belgianesque spiced fruit (peaches, golden apples, figs and raisins). Warming brings out a hint of leather, some wood, brandy and a touch of tobacco.

Taste: Again more Belgian notes - maybe I have gone made? Spiced golden and dark fruit notes combined with sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon and oak.
There is a subtle bitterness in the finish. Great alcohol coverage.

Mouthfeel: Almost a full body, lightly mouth coating with an average level of smooth, creamy carbonation. A little alcohol warmth is felt in the throat, but this goes down a little too easily for a 14,5% beer.

Overall: Not quite what I expected, but non the less a solid brew. The price would stop me getting this one again.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of s1ckboy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Naugros
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to The Duck for sharing this bottle. I would not have found this otherwise.

This raises more of a head than most old ales, but like its brethren, it loses it quickly. The color is of old, distressed leather...brownish with a tinge of orange.

The smell is exactly what one would expect in this style, dark fruits, booze and old leather. The overall impression is rum raisin with a bit of solvency, but not enough to ruin it.

The taste is really nice. "Dark fruit" can go so many directions, but most come off as raisin, so it tends to be par for the course. That's why I really enjoy those with more of a figgy profile and this one has that. But that's just the main flavor element; there's a lot going on here. The booze is still there and is not ashamed to make its presence known. It has to in order to be noticed at all against the vanillin coming from the barrel, the sweetness of the roasted malts that lend a treacle flavor and a background sense of tobacco. All these flavors live together in harmony giving a wonderful balance to this booze bomb.

One of the few complaints I have about this beer is the stickiness you get on the lips, but that's typical in these types of beers. The Bruery continues to deliver quality product; I just wish they weren't so highly priced.

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Photo of Jslay013
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bourbon toffee candy. Age did it very well.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy chestnut tone while yielding a solid 1" of a creamy beige/light tan head (surprising light in color). retention is slightly below moderate (which is an accomplishment given the strength of this beer) and nice lacing evident.

nose offers a sizable amount of dark fruit, caramel malt, and oak... as it warms i get some vanilla, maybe a touch of smoke. i read someone describing this as having almost a barbeque sauce like quality to it, and i do get a little of that.

very malt-forward beer, that's for sure. bold notes of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. very complex. the more it warms the more it opens up. i'm appreciating it more with each sip.

chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with adequade carbonation.

overall i have to say this is a pretty fantastic beer. a bit on the sweet side, but complex and tasty. it's at a price point where it's in the 'special ocassion' realm, but would serve well as a special occasion beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: A deep brown body pours a finger head of light tan. Carbonation is low and lacing is light and spotty.

S: A nice vanilla and plum aroma, with a good level of spice. a bit of a low intensity aroma for the style. Low but subtle bourbon influences.

T/M: Rich, sweet malty notes, that reflect plums and dark chocolate. Spice on the palate with a long lingering finish. Low hop bitterness. Vanilla shown from the bourbon oak, with bourbon in the background. Bourbon is blended perfectly not too much to over power, but not to light, that goes unnoticed.

O: Overall, this is a solid beer, and with age, it can only get better. I really enjoyed the bourbon influence, as some brews turn one denominational. This beer is a nice offering for the series.

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Photo of ScottieD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Braden
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of bbeane
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a thick partially fizzy head that disappears quickly. Beer is a very dark amber color, crimson when held up to the light

S- Very sweet smelling of caramel, figs, and molasses with some definite notes coming through from the bourbon barrels

T- Very sweet taste going along with the nose... caramel, sweet malts, cinnamon, and bourbony boozy heat

M- Slick, medium body with light carbonation

O- Loved it. Lived up to all the noteriety. Had lots of flavor with just the right amount of boozy heat to accompany it


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Photo of DruRho
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with many people.

Bottle 08795

A- Pours a one finger tan head that dissipates to a nice thin layer around the glass, nice lacing, unfiltered, really cloudy, red mohagony color.
S- Huge dark fruit aroma, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol is present, not very balanced in the aroma.
T- Wow, unusual tartness comes out, huge fruity notes, plums, raisins, cherries, toffee, caramel, buttery taste, sweet brown sugar, incredibly rich, a little too rich, not very balanced, alcohol is present in the taste as well.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, sticky finish, smooth drinking, heat as it goes down.
O- Interesting beer, the BA version is phenomenal, the regular version is too rich for my liking, glad to try it once but have no interest in revisiting this one.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I'll say I needed a razor blade to get through the wax.

A: pours brown, with a slight hint of red when held to a light. Finger of light brown head didn't last long. Pour did seem visibly thick.
S: slight sour aroma. A little bit of yeast along with its normal spicy/pepper aroma. Some fruit hidden in with molasses/brown sugar.
T: slightly tartness upfront with some light fruitiness. In the middle there is even more fruit, with brown sugar and caramel. On the back end/aftertaste it is rather nutty almost brown ale like. There is some alcohol heat but not as much as coton had.
M: thick but I was expecting to be. Low carbonation makes it seem thicker, it seems low mainly due to the long time I've taken to sip on it.
O: like someone told me, this is better than coton, not as hot, but could still stand to wait a year or two to mellow out.

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Photo of lpotter
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of washburnkid
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at The Good Life in Massapequa Park. Reddish brown hues and zero head. Aromas are anise, caramel, and spice. Flavors are in line, with an immense sweetness that tickles the palate all the way through. Anise really takes the lead, and each sip finishes dry. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. There are two things missing entirely: bitterness and alcohol (at least in flavor).

I sipped on this throughout the course of my meal (before, during, and after), which turned out to be a good tactic. This is a really gorgeous beer.

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Photo of chumba526
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep, dark brown with a small off white almost tan looking head.

Smells of roasted malts, brown sugar and sweet dark fruits. I get overtone of cherries prunes and plums. There is a mild toffee like smell and overtones of coconut and vanilla.

A powerful oaky coconut and vanilla flavor hits my palate upon the first sip. Hints of dark fruit mostly raison plumbs and cherry. There is a present mix of sweet and sour flavors. There is a mild bourbon flavor that rounds off the flavor of the beer.

The carbonation is moderate and there is a somewhat thick mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a very interesting old ale that is quite drinkable for how alcohol heavy it is. An amazing beer.

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Photo of JOrtt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of drebrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ACB
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Cuir from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 596 ratings
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