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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
593
Reviews:
198
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
424
For Trade:
30
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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Lots of toffee/caramel aroma with a light barrel presence.

A: Dark brown color, opaque, with a thin tan head that dissipates into the glass.

T: Very rich malts with toffee/caramel notes, light dried fruits with a moderate barrel character with a sweet finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. The alcoholic strength is noticeable, but quite smooth.

O: Awesome; the beer doesn’t exhibit oxidative notes, but the extended aging has also tempered the intense alcoholic warmth to really bring out the rich malt complexity.

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Photo of taospowder
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwhancher
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Popped open a 750-mL bottle I've been holding onto for god knows when. Poured into my Bruery snifter. Looks a muddy Amber color with some brownish off white head that quickly vanishes to some soapy bubbles. Bottle presentation was very nice with wax over standard bottle cap.

Smells of cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar and molasses. There's a hint of some bourbon in there with light oak. Smells a little boozy but I'm guessing it has certainly mellowed over the years.

Very sweet upfront with almost a syrupy or candied texture. Lots of brown sugar, sweet cherries, and molasses. A hint of bourbon & oak. Surprisingly smooth for 14.5% abv. Very full bodied & mellow although the booze does warm the throats after the 3rd or 4th sip. Sort of reminds me of cough medicine.

Was worried about drinking this bottle all to myself but the smoothness really makes it quite approachable. I wish it had less cough syrup flavor, maybe more bourbon or more hops to add a tad more bitterness? This beer seems to have aged well. I only wonder how it was fresh.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage; drank 4/1/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque brown/orange appearance.

Nice khaki head; decent lace.

Caramel & brandy notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Caramel & brandy flavors up front; dry raisin notes on the finish. Surprisingly light on booze heat. Simple, but a nice treat.

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Photo of midlifec
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft at the Bruery Tasting Room as part of Orange County Beer Week. Really enjoyed this in the bottle over the years, but it seems to be past its prime; the pour I had exhibited all of the usual trademark flavors of The Bruery's anniversary ales, but it was heavily oxidized.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brewlinson
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MisledTitan
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Brown color, not as pretty looking as a lot of Bruiry beers. Small 1/8" head. Tan. Aroma is awesome, chocolate, vanilla, oak, coconut, brown malt, warming alcohol. Well done. Anniversary beers are legit.

Taste was the first in the series to get good at hiding the alcohol unlike the previous two iterations. Toffee and caramel is this series hallmark, liquid cracker jacks with booze. Sweetness is perfect for helping the mouthfeel flow. Syrup and leather.

Complex and well integrated. Good beer, time to pop one of the 100% -bal ones soon.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a very dark brown color with solid 2 fingers light khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma of raisons sweet caramel, molasses, dry toasty malt, booze and some papery oxidative qualities.

Tastes raisony, toasty malt, cocoa, molasses and slight herbal character. Some oxidative notes pushing through adding great complexity and focus on the dryer side of the maltiness present.

This is full bodied and modestly carbonated. Great balance of booze, malt, herbal and oxidative qualities. This bottle is 5 years old at the time im opening it but it actually tastes older than that and im really digging it. (I assume this is the product of the solera method of blending/aging.)

Revisit 12 hours after opening for another 8oz pour:
Less carbonation which actually feels more fitting of this big beer giving it a richer, creamier feel. Papery oxidation initially that gives way to lots of fruit like raison/prunes and a seemingly completely masked alcohol inclusion. The aftertaste has a bit of fall foliage feel with herbal bitterness contrasting the caramelized sugars.

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Photo of orange85
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, sweet, strong. Similar to Belgian quads like La Trappe or Straffe Hendrick. Yummy!

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Photo of halo3one
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle. 4 years old.
Very fruity aroma featuring dried plums and other dark fruits. Bitter and sweet with a touch of tartness.
Warming but not hot.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Cuir 2011, consumed in August 2015. Surprisingly drinkable despite the crazy ABV.

Sweet ma non troppo, wonderful aroma of raisins, burnt sugar and Pedro Ximenez.

Not heavy; age is good for this beauty... although I wouldn't wait too long to drink a '11 vintage.

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