Cuir | The Bruery

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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:
592
Reviews:
197
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
424
For Trade:
30
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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 197
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of halo3one
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown, ruby highlights, thin white head, little lacing

S: lactic acid, almond, maple, and cherry. A whole lot I going on here, subtle vanilla comes through at the end

T: starts off with fig, cherry, and tobacco. A little tartness starts gaining momentum, the end is very acidic with a bit of booziness

Mf: thick syrupy body, low carbonation

O: lots of flavor, nice flavors, heavy on the booziness

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and waxed bottle. Bottle #08969. Served in a tulip. Chilled slightly below cellar temperature since I knew it would take a long time to drink.

Pours a dark and somewhat transparent amber-red. 2 fingers of medium beige foam recede to a thick ring w/ large bubbles. Small amounts of lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits, plums and raisins. Rich sweetness with strong banana and hints of vanilla. Somewhat vinous. A hint of the big alcohol presence.

Flavor starts with the softer banana and vanilla notes from the aroma. A lot of sweet malt. Middle comes on a lot stronger with a vinous tingle and mild sourness. Sweetness gives way to the sour tinge and both flavors linger through the finish. There's a dry woody charcter to the finish as well, perhaps from barrel component. Alcohol very well buried, just emerges a bit in the aftertaste. Overall flavor is pretty similar to Coton, but I think I like this better as it is more integrated.

Medium-full body with a good amount of carbonation. Really drinkable for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .25 finger cream colored head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy dark brown. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Big, thick legs. Solid.

Nose is brown sugar, caramel, prune and plum. Syrupy with a big booze presence. Real sweet too. Decent but there's something that just doesn't seem to work here that I can't put my finger on.

Opens prune, plum and logan. Sweet syrup, brown sugar, caramel and some toffee notes in the middle. Boozy on the back end with molasses and more syrup sweetness. Finishes bourbon, leather, some oak, caramel, and brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Weird sweet fruit aftertaste. Again, decent but there's a fruit presence that doesn't work.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down boozy and thick. Finishes accented with a lingering, aggressive finish. Average. A bit too carbonated.

I don't know if age has anything to do with it but this beer just isn't doing well. There's a weird fruit presence that asserts itself in the nose, flavor, and feel that makes the overall experience awkward. Just not for me.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.04/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cuir means "leather" in French. This is appropriate because this beer was brewed by leather-man of the Village People.

Pours a dark butterscotch brown but sits opaque black in my glass. Wispy retention leaves a few lacey strays.

Aroma has a sour, barrel-aged-ness to it and boasts bourbon and molasses. Smells like dark, evil and from Kentucky, just like a like my beers. And many other things for that matter.

Tastesbuds tingle with bourbony goodness that are blown away by a very intense and very alcoholic bourbon sweetness. Thick, molasses, vanilla and oaky burn sugar sweetness is too much for me to keep drinking.

Focuses on the bourbon heat and sharp caramel notes rather than the soft caramel and vanilla that I love about bourbon. Basically it took all the parts I don't like about bourbon and put it in the beer while leaving out all the parts I do like. Boo.

So far this is my third attempt at the Bruery and so far the only one I like (Autumn Maple) I didn't like because it wasn't carbonated. I give up.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super cloudy brown color with a touch of red mixed in with a finger of frothy brownish head. The head fades down fairly quick leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is sweet dark fruit with lots of raisin and plum, Bourbon with some oak and vanilla, rich sweet caramel, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet raisin and plum with some Bourbon and oak warming things up. Through the middle, some strong vanilla notes come through with some booze, dark caramel sweetness, and some fig and earthiness. The finish is a mix of strong Bourbon notes, sweet dark fruits, and a good amount of booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a big warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and bold with lots of sweetness, but it avoids being cloying. The Bourbon element is also very nice.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Pours a coca cola brown color and had no head in sight

Smell: Alcohol right up front almost to the point where it hides the other scents which are dark fruits

Taste: Very dark fruit forward. Raisins, purnes and dates come to mind. Hints of molasses and some bready yeast. The beer is very malty but in a good way

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with little carbonation and goes down extremely smoothly

Overall: Wow I am really impressed with this beer especially for the high alcohol content. It has a great flavor profile and goes down amazingly smooth and has easy drinkablility.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I are celebrating our third anniversary tonight. I honestly couldn't have thought of a better brew for this occasion!

Poured into our very expensive wedding champagne glasses.

A: About the color of leather actually. Dark brown, with a slight reddish hue when held up to a light source. About a half finger or so beige head after a hard pour with great retention.

S: Sort of a sweet, glorious, cherry tomato scent. My wife said it smells like a gourmet tomato soup. As for me, I got a mild hint of bourbon, but mostly brown sugar, tons of fruit (not always dark), and Belgian funk.

T: Sweet as hell, but with very much a "Sweet Tart" quality that made it fantastically gourmet. To be honest though, the very first thing to hit my palate was cherries. Next, I got a bit of a sweet tomato paste quality, followed by leather... which didn't really hit me until about the 4th sip or so. Extremely dry finish, but with a very caramel-like quality that coated the palate ten-fold.

M: Thick, but not as thick as I thought it was going to be. Much more fruity than I expected, and with tons of yeasty funkiness that comes damn near to defying description.

O: Not a trace of alcohol on this baby, which is dangerous for a brew that clocks in at 14.5%. This is one of the Bruery's crowning achievements IMO!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Cuir from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 592 ratings.
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