Cuir | The Bruery

596 Ratings

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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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly muddled brown color with lots going on, some turbidity through the browness, not much in terms of head. Lovely aroma, damn, coconut is forceful more than any other beer that didn't have coconut in the name. Vanilla, oak, char, chocolate after that. Good warming sensation from the alcohol.

Taste, wow, so much better than Coton and Papier as far as hiding the heat. This is a monster beer. More and more layers of complexity are revealed with each sip. Toffee and caramel are pretty substantial. Maybe some molasses and leather as well. Really appreciate the creaminess of this one, helps hide the alcohol quite well, I kept telling myself how amazing this was at hiding the alcohol, very nice. The woody touches are right in the ideal amount.

Really exceeded my expectations with this beer. Time to start adding to my little stash of this beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuir has a dark brown body and at least one solid finger of head in my snifter. The retention is very good, and the lacing is fairly solid. Not only is there a moderate amount of haze from the yeast, but there is also some char from the barrels floating around at the bottom of my glass. The particles didn't change the flavor at all, but it was strange to see.

The aroma is a malt bomb, with notes of bourbon, wood and lots of dark fruit.

This one definitely needs to warm up, I would advise drinking it at cellar temperature. Caramel and toffee highlight a rich, full malt backbone. This one is definitely a malt bomb actually, which I love for an Old Ale. Tons of dark fruit are in there also, with black cherry, figs and dates. A little bit of wood and sweet bourbon come through also. The barrel-characteristics aren't extremely powerful, but they play a very nice complimentary role. There are no fusel alcohol flavors at all, and only a touch of warmth even. One of the best high ABV beers at hiding the flavor of alcohol, and definitely an improvement on the various booze-bombs that I have tried from the Bruery.

Creamy body with a moderate carbonation.

This was an enjoyable sipper, and I'm pretty sure that the alcohol in this one can sneak up on you. This one is definitely worth trying if you get a chance.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is really nice with sweet caramel and chocolate, booze, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. The flavor is bursting with dark caramel and vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee and some alcohol. This beer is warming from the beginning which only serves to increase the oak and bourbon notes in the beer. The dark fruits come through as this warms to add complexity. Raisins and black cherries dominate, but a hint of fig was present. Medium-full bodied with a sticky mouth feel. This is one to be enjoyed slowly and one great Old Ale!

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of steve8robin
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle on a recent work trip. This sounds like it will be similar to Papier and I though that was a great beer. Let's see. 750ml bottle...

A: A nice deep copper color that is perfectly clear and forms a nice 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get some beautiful caramel and toffee scents upfront followed by a hint of some butterscotch in the middle and finishes with some nice dark fruit. Good.

T: Wow, I cannot believe this is 14.5% ABV! It smells like it will be, but the taste is not as intense. It starts as a carbonated dark fruit with hints of chocolate. Quickly, a subtle wall of caramel sweetness builds toward the finish which is full of a mild tart burn. Good.

M: Full body with a nice carbonation. A creamy sweet finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a good brew. There is one thing that The Bruery knows how to do well, and that's BIG beers. You can never go wrong with an old ale from The Bruery.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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