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Brooklyn Cuvée NoireBrooklyn Cuvée Noire

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Jason on 05-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by MattyG85:
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4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge three finger light tan head which slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A rich, dark, and fairly sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of dark chocolate and bourbon. Upfront barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, coconut, and wood. Belgian yeast with some hints of spice. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, cream, toast, biscuit, grains, and caramel. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and cherry. A very good and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a dark roasty and yeasty malt forward taste with big notes of bourbon and dark chocolate. Big upfront barrel presence with nicely boozy notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, wood, and a little coconut. Dark roasted barley malt with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee bean, burnt toast, cream, grains, biscuit, and sweet caramel. Some citrus notes of orange peel come through. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, and fig. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Subtle floral hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and smooth. Alcohol heat is smoothed out very well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style Imperial Stout. Good whiskey barrel presence with a nice yeasty chocolate dark malt taste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of therubicon
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy, strong bourbon. Undertones of orange and chocolate. The bourbon and boozines really overpowers everything else.

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Photo of npala86
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
3.86/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JakerLou
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aquazr1
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MelissaCutrera
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sabres24
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bbsaur
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with brownish highlights towards the edges. The head is beige and fairly tight, settles into a chunky ring.

Sour oak comes through the strongest in the aroma. The bourbon provides some sweetness. Not much from the malt or the orange peel. Its a nice sour bourbon aroma but lacks a bit of depth.

Big sour oak and a nice bourbon flavor. Not too sour/tart and the bourbon flavor is perfect. The malt is neutral which is a bit disappointing since this is labeled a stout. The Belgian yeast provides some clove and general spice but takes a back seat to the barrel. I don't pick up much of the orange peel, except that there is a subtle hint of fruit. I do get the "rum" pick up from the sugars used even though it is a bourbon barrel. A decent amount of vanilla to go around.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and sour on the palate. There is a nice oaky dry finish. Drinks fairly clean for a big beer. The beer could be a little softer.

A nice dry, sour bourbon barreled beer. I wish the malt and yeast popped through a bit more to add some complexity.

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Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tall tower of dark tan foamwith clumps of lace and spots and streaks around the glass. A super dark liquid that earns the name, only the faintest of garnet hues showing through when held up to the light. Smell is luxuriously complex. Candied orange sweetness molasses and chocolate. Notes of coconut, toasted and roasted grains and coffee. Bourbony wrapped alcohol brings a peppery spiciness which brings the orange back and the cycle starts again. Taste is like the nose but better. Raisin and fig sweetness wrap the malt. Vanilla and cherries, along with the mild oak present the dark roasted grains with a mocha character. Finish is mildly bitter and full of mocha and earthy hops. Booze is gently present and very well integrated. It doesn't draw attention while subtly reminding you of the strength of the drink. Feel is lightly carbonated and lightly bodied for a brew of this size. There is a touch of crispness that would generally be out of place in a beer of this type but comes across as well suited to this one. I really like what is going on here. The many components that would create a problem without a unifying part. The bourbon had the potential to overwhelm it but it doesn't. It allows all the players to have their moment while maintaining the integrity of the whole. Well done!

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Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JSBILK
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of JamFuel
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tasted too much of the bourbonbarrels.

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Photo of humpty1602
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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