Cuvée Noire
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Apr 18, 2022
May 13, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: Brooklyn Cuvée Noire starts with a solid base of German malts, builds color and flavor from British and American roasted malts, gains rum notes from Mauritius raw sugar, grabs a hint of citrus from sweet orange peel, and then ferments under the flag of Belgium. Our Belgian house yeast lends the beer a gentle spiciness on a dry, brisk palate displaying notes of chocolate, coffee and citrus. Then follows six months in oak barrels, which marries all the flavors while adding overtones of vanilla, coconut, and flowers. Finally
the beer is bottled completely flat and undergoes a full refermentation in the bottle.

Malts: Weyermann Pilsner, Simpsons Chocolate, Crisp Black, Breiss Black Barley
Additions: Sweet Orange Peel
Hops: German Perle, Slovenian Aurora
Yeast: Our special Belgian strain
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4.25 by EMV from Pennsylvania on Apr 18, 2022
4 by hopley from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

Cork and wire sealed 750 ml bottle with a Q2 2014 date served in a goblet in December (Q4) of 2018.

Pours near black with a fizzy beige head that lasts longer than the fizzy appearance suggests.

Aroma: raisins and other dark dried fruits, bourbon, alcohol esters, bourbon barrel, light coffee and faint spices.

Flavor: dark dried fruits including raisins and dates; bourbon and woody notes from the bourbon barrel; orange peel; faint yeast, chocolate and spices. ... a well balanced and harmonious mix.

Feel: lively, medium body.

Overall: apparently, this has aged very nicely: tasty and complex with minimal alcohol heat given over 10% ABV.

Dec 17, 2018
4.19 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 24, 2017
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 12, 2017
4.32 by zombles222 from New York on Jun 26, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with a one finger white foamy appearance that dissipated within a good minute. Light foamy edgy lacing strings around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with a sweet sticky milk chocolate, and then a light ample amount of dark chocolate. A little bit of fudge runs in with a slight sticky sweet orange pulpiness to balance it out delicately. The taste was a nice sweet to semi-bitter and somewhat roasty flavor strolling into a sly sticky sweet chocolatey to sweet orange aftertaste. There’s a light sweet to semi-bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable sort of feel to it, maybe because it was aged - unsure. If anything, holy wow, what a sessionable sweet smooth feel over my tongue. Overall, for a Double/Imperial Stout, this was done extremely well.

Jun 20, 2017
4.41 by BEER88 from Washington on Jun 05, 2017
4.18 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 03, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by CHickman from New York

2014 vintage, it pours pitch black color with a small beige head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Thanks to "Boccu" for the bottle share.

Smells of red wine, yeast, mild agave or tequila, syrup, caramel, malt, toffee, orange peel, dark fruits, coffee grinds and cocoa powder. Interesting combo that's malt driven with some minor oaky and earthy notes mixing in for nice complexities.

Tastes like it smells with red wine, chocolate, brown sugar, funky yeast, oaky notes, faint bourbon, citrus notes, orange peel, sweet malt, cocoa powder, coconut water and lingering sweet malt. Really smooth and complex, syrup and caramel trail and seem like candied sugar and give the Belgian essence and more depth. It starts off like a stout but morphs into a unique a bold Belgian style ale.

Apr 27, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Boccu from New York

Pours blackish brown with nice big brown head with a nice brown head that fades slowly. Aroma is rum tones. Taste is a bit Winnie, rum, light bourbon tone vanilla, coconut and flowers. Not my style but well made.

Apr 27, 2017
3.89 by npala86 from Florida on Feb 08, 2017
3.73 by Reich90 from Wisconsin on Dec 27, 2016
3.75 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Oct 19, 2016
3.66 by Stoutsman from Kansas on Aug 01, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ssm462 from Florida

Looks very toasty dark thick and smells like a black ops. Has a similar Belgium style flavor that makes black ops such a cult classic. Unfortunately it's a little watery and doesn't have that rich creamy flavor you'd expect from its look. Slight head forms that dissapates quickly a rich malty smell with a little sour after taste. Overall was not worth the price tag I payed for it - 25 bucks.

Jul 17, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"Once a 'Ghost Bottle' That we only made for ourselves, Brooklyn Cuvee Noire finally journeys beyond our walls. A stout-like blend of German and British pale and dark malts, this beer is fermented with Belgian yeast and then spends more than six months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Dry, brisk, and complex, showing notes of chocolate, coffee, citrus, vanilla and coconut, Cuvee Noire is refermented in this bottle with Champagne yeast. It is a most excellent accompaniment to dinner." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, available in limited release 750 ml. bottles.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of an ecru tan over a very dark brown body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Pale, bread malts, caramel grains, chocolate and biscuit build a rich, complex malt aroma. The impact of bourbon is very notable in the aroma, with slight alcohol heat discernible and the subtleties of toasted oak and vanilla creeping through. Spicy and drying yeast nose generates unusual fruity and citrus notes for an unusual spin for both a dark Belgian strong and a stout. Slightly lighter in perceived body than a stout, but moderately potent. 3.75

(Taste) Complex but lightly bodied malt characters of caramel biscuit, bread malts, trace chocolate, pale and light roast with a reserved sweetness and a starkly dry delivery. Bourbon creeps out a bit more boldly than anticipated, with a larger bite of alcohol and lesser oak and vanilla, by this point it only complicates things. Finishes light, dry and peppery spicy with a sharp ethanol pinch. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly creamy, softly tangy, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is tangy, acidic, grainy and boozy alcohol over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A highly experimental brew project that may find some appeal, but to me it waffles between styles without really bringing any of them together. Coupled with a flavor imbalance and a very exposed alcohol bite, it doesn't work out well for me. I don't like being disappointed by these expensive bottle reviews, but I can't say this is worth trying in this format. Maybe a sample on draft to see if it's worth it to you. 3.5

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Cuvee Noire

May 10, 2016
3.82 by Elpadrino42069 from New York on Apr 24, 2016
4.18 by stompilator from Texas on Apr 04, 2016
4.37 by k8kruk from New York on Mar 09, 2016
4.1 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2016
4.05 by DangerDawg from Ohio on Mar 01, 2016
3.79 by Vivs85 from New York on Feb 14, 2016
4 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jan 12, 2016
4.22 by thumperskibum from Indiana on Jan 08, 2016
3.73 by PintSizedLover from Michigan on Dec 21, 2015
4.16 by GregJ from Louisiana on Oct 25, 2015
4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Sep 28, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by uvachief from Virginia

750ml bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass. Deep purple brown color with a full finger of tan fluffy head that dissipated after a minute or two down to a thin top layer. Smells of roasted malts, citrus and oak but all subtle. Tastes of dark roasted malts, yeast like bread, chocolate, little coffee, sugar but not sweet and maybe oak?..very light but complex beer. Lot of subtle flavors. Mainly oak and roasted malts. Interesting. Not blown away but very easy to drink with no abv burn.

Aug 16, 2015
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a snifter glass from a 25oz. Bottle.

Appearance: Thin brownish black syrup with medium bubbles to the body. One finger's length tan head with a slight uneven lacing.

Smell: Rum scent with notes of fruit. Honestly like soaked raisins in jamaican rum.

Taste: Complex sweet and almost tart like. You feel a rum cask type of taste with a very light bitterness to it. You ask me this is dessert in a glass.

Mouth: Has a bit of sourness to it as it warms up. Full after taste in effect, glass is sitting next to me and I don't need to sip to actually notice how great this grew is. It just likes to linger with you.

Overall: Might be one of Brooklyn Brewery's most prized possessions. You want quality, here it is! Might come at great cost but you will more than likely thank me later. Salud!

Jun 26, 2015
3.84 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 31, 2015
4.48 by Eziel from Ohio on May 15, 2015
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4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by amdg_dtom82 from Virginia

A lot going on here, however at 50degrees it all comes together quite well. Really enjoyed the gentle play of orange and chocolate, with a strong but not overpowering boozy warmth that together with the spice of the yeasts cuts what would be an overly sweet malt presentation. Truly enjoyed this.

May 03, 2015
3.89 by devin305 from District of Columbia on Mar 24, 2015
3.89 by Goatdavemac from North Carolina on Mar 23, 2015
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2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by JamFuel from Sweden

Tasted too much of the bourbonbarrels.

Mar 07, 2015
4.02 by Westyn from Texas on Feb 26, 2015
3.94 by brianmandell from California on Feb 25, 2015
3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Feb 19, 2015
4.1 by jblain from Florida on Feb 04, 2015
Cuvée Noire from Brooklyn Brewery
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