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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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 168
Reviews by antott0523:
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque dark brown with a thick light brown head that leaves some nice lacing. No visible carbonation.

S: A whirlwind of different sweet notes including vanilla, raisins, coffee, and chocolate. There is a lot going on here.

T: A myriad of sweet notes that mirror the nose, such as coffee and chocolate. The booze comes through as rum and vanilla extract. The finish is long with some initial tart notes of burnt sugar and those orange chocolate balls that break when you hit them. Finally, it rolls over into a velvety vanilla flavor.

M: Not too thick, but a velvety mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol.

D: The beer is relatively complex with a number of different flavors. It is tough to say it does or does not fit the style well, because BB says it does not fit under a particular style. That leaves it to my palate, which is pleased. It's definitely a big beer with a strong boozy presence and a complex flavor profile. It's dark (chocolate and coffee) and light and fluffy (champagne yeast and velvety vanilla) at the same time. I like it. My only criticism is that it is a bit harsh with the booze, and I wonder if it will mellow over time. Probably will head back to pick up another bottle tomorrow for the shelf.

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Photo of therubicon
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of aquazr1
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of MelissaCutrera
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sabres24
3.44/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bbsaur
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +9.5%
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 -6.3%

Photo of JSBILK
3.4/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JamFuel
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
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 -31.3%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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