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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)
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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by palma on 10-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of BeerMe42
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of danielplainview
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice tan head with great lacing.

I thought the smell was quite amazing. So complex with fruit aroma's but a beefy malty backbone.

Tastes like it smells. Complex with more fig coming across with all the chocolate/mocha/coffee stuff going on that you would expect.

Mouthfeel is cleaner than I expected with this style. I like it as it portends to greater drinkability for me personally.
It drinks great and I don't get any booziness from this one. I drinks almost too well. I had two over sized glasses and i was feeling it. But its truly a great beer. One of my new favorites from my favorite brewery. I hope they put this in 750 ML's and keep it around.

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Photo of benz08
4.87/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Every description I read about this beer defined it as undefinable. And they were all 100% correct. This beer pours out a deep dark black with a nice creamy, foamy head. To a casual observer the first thing that comes to mind is stout. There is a nice roasted malt smell, but also a good hoppy smell that confuses you. Upon the first sip you're completely dumbfounded. It has a rich hop profile of the best imperial IPA, the roasted malty flavor of a nut brown ale, the sweetness of a belgian, and the creamy smoothness of a stout. This beer is incredibly complex and dangerously drinkable at 8.7% ABV.

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Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of scootny
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pleasant surprise. A rich but quaffable BSDA. Good sized light tan head with a respectable amount of lace on the sides as it slowly fades and as I drink. Smell is quite inviting with notes of banana overlaying dark fruits. Figs meld into dates and raisin. A good Belgian yeast and sweet brown bread. Taste is follows the nose with a bit of the floor malt that first showed up in the Backbreaker strong ale. Nice roasted malt chocolaty-ness There is a wonderful mocha aspect that is showing itself as well. The coffee aspect gets bigger as the beer finishes with a mild bitterness and gentle earthiness. Feel is crisp and lighter than the density of flavors would have you think. Still some weight though. Carbonation is gentle but enough to make the beer dance on your tongue. Super drinkable. There is no trace of alcohol in the taste and the feel while flexing a touch of girth is more like a nut brown. You start out wanting to session this one and then the surprise abv shows up. Sneaky stuff here. I love it!

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Photo of JoePat
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poors a very, very dark brown verging on black with a a thick kaki head that fills the glass with lacing on its way down.

I pick up dark roasty and dark fruit notes in the aroma with a huge clove smell.

The flavor has a lot of clove to it with some nice dark malt roast and fruitiness. Supprisingly smooth for a 10% beer.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel that keeps you wanting another drink. Clean and freash with no alcohol dryness.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 28 November 2010, on tap at the Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Served in a 10oz snifter upon request, appears a light chocolate brown in the light, 1-finger head literally overflowing in the glass, head is beige, head reduces to a permanent thin film with rich initial lacing that turned out to be a little runny, and then later down the glass the lacing looked like carefully woven drapes.

Taste is spectacular. I'm not typically a fan of Belgian styles, but this beer puts out on the first date and I'm quite impressed. Reminds me of a tripel, although I'm no expert yet with Belgians. I don't get any tastes of raspberry except for the aftertaste, which is sooo mysterious.

WHAT THE HELL? There is no raspberry but it's telling my brain that there is some. I don't get it....whatever.... there you go, high marks. The Belgian yeasts overwhelm the nose while lightly toasted malts and a touch of chocolate flirt with the palate. Slightly bitter coffee tones hang out with the palate between sips. This beer renewed my faith in Belgian styles. I would love to try this again.

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Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at Novar'e Res in Portland.

This beer was very complex and went through quite a few phases as I worked through the glass. The tulip glass came with a finger of light tan head that had very fine bubbles and decent retention. A slight touch of lace remains. The beers was a dull dark brown color, but when held to the light there are some burgundy tones.

Aroma was pretty deep, some roasted malt, a touch of grape and a hint of chocolate. The yeast notes provide some depth to the aroma here.

As mentioned above, quite complex. At first there was a light cocoa/chocolate flavor. This gave way to some herbaceous notes and then some dark fruit. At times there was a distinct almond flavor as well. The Belgian yeast acts in the flavor much as it does in the aroma. Provides a subtle complexity and depth.

Smooth and silky with tiny pin prick carbonation. Medium bodied.

I really enjoyed drinking this and spent quite a while working through the glass and all of it's changes. As I went to post this, I was quite shocked that it was an overall B+... Wow, I think it's quite a bit better than that.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Brewery tap room. This beer is NOT a Belgian Strong Dark, that is an entirely incorrect label. Strong Stout or Imperial Stout brewed with Brooklyn's Belgian Yeast house strain is what describes it best.

Poured into tap room serving cups (they are plastic so it made that appearance a bit difficult to completely ascertain) very dark black with some red highlights touches of deep woody brown tones, with a mocha colored head, which looks good, hard for it to sit up in the cup. Poured relatively cold as well.

Aromas are rich dark fruit, plums, blackberry, blueberry pie. Some slight roastiness and touches of peppery yeast phenols, but the nose is dominated by fruit. No detection of alcohol in the nose, well fermented.

Tastes are complex mix of tart dark cherries, blackberries, some touches of roasted coffee and cocoa powder, yeasty phenols played low in the mix, could have been the cool temperature of the pour. Again alcohol is extremely well hidden. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Medium body led by fruitiness vs. grainy and ashen character that accompanies stouts, no dark roasted astringency, a bit less full than I might have anticipated based on the appearance. Finish is a bit sweet.

Very drinkable the yeast and malt character interplay nicely, the alcohol is deeply hidden and the flavor and particularly the aromas are very inviting. A very tasty dark ale with wonderful fruit character, would be fantastic contrast to sweet and salty dishes such as a glazed ham and certainly would pair well with fruit based desserts from Cherry Pie to tarts and blintzes.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A- Black in a snifter with a nice off white head of about one finger. A creamy ring leaves a nice coat of fine lace.

S- Lots of dark fruit up front, plums and raisins. Figs are there with a nice laid back Belgian yeast and spice influence.

T- Certainly dark fruit (plums, raisin, fig) infused nicely throughout. Refined yeast influence adds to the balance. Some roasty malt makes this "noir". Bread in the finish.

MF- Creamy body characteristic of the style. Smooth moderate carbonation and some warmth.

DB- A balanced and flavorful take on the style. The dark fruit is nice and the yeast works well as it does not overpower. Fairly complex.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy reddish tinted mahogany colored brown with a big three finger high head of foamy and sticky off white colored lace on the top. nestled into a bed of just thin brownish lace and a nice layer of foam across the top.

. The first assault came from a deep rooted spiciness with hints of fig very predominant here. As it started to come through a little clearer lots of dark fruity like smells started to emerge and take over. A nice amount of plums, pears, raisins and even a touch of grape were easily picked up among a nice backbone of cereal grains and a touch of grassy like freshness in the back. Now this was not terribly strong, however it did have a lot of raisin like flavor in it that almost becoming a little too much as it went on. There were hints of plum and fig as well as some earthy tones in the back but the majority of this was a plum raisin spice medium bodied and somewhat of a grain like consistency to it.

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Photo of david18
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a tasting and then a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

It was dark but not quite stout-dark. However, as a dark belgian, it had a lot of stout characteristics. It had a roasty aroma, like a stout or a porter, stays on your tongue for a while, etc. But there was definitely a belgian yeast flavor as well. The head was tan and not very big. Mouthfeel, as I said, had a good stout after tongue and the drinkability was considerably good for a beer this strong.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks for the proper post on an elusive brew palma. wow. This is a random find. Dark wheat quality, belgian yeast voluminous on the tongue, english malt character. Mineral based export stout. Palate of predominent chocolate and wheat malt, thyme, sea salt but minimal. Great quaility. Something special.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. $6.99 for 32 ounces.

Pours is darkest of browns, long lasting mocha head, goes to the anticipated tiny bubble film and leaves a modest sample of bits of lacing.

Dark malt nose, some bourbon, smoke, raisins and a hint of funk in the nose.

Complex and tasty BSDA, flavors mentioned above carry through onto the palate. Musty raisins come to mind, pumpernickel bread, ripe dark fruits, dregs of a whiskey barrel. A wee bit thin, lacking the depth of flavor of some of the heavy hitter of the genre. For me that only adds to the drinkability and the ability to have more then one ...or two..well done, nice job here..not an easy style to pull off with grace and this one hits the note...

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Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour, this review is generated from tasting notes from a lunchtime visit to Rattle n Hum last week.

Cuvee Noire pours black, but not stout black. The tan head is thin, but sticks around for a decent amount of time. There's also a bit of lacing. For what was probably a middling pour at the bar, overall it looks pretty decent. The nose is of highly roasted malts, very dark chocolate and a little esppresso, and some spicy yeast flavors. The beer tastes just as the aroma promises. Bitter dark chocolate and some espresso lead things off. Any hop influence disappears into the transition into the yeasty flavors. Spicy peppercorn is definitely the most prominent of those, and the result is Cuvee Noire making me think of it as a black saison (it does have a certain similarity to Goose Island Pepe Nero. The mouthfeel is also very saison-like. Body is light, but avoids being watery in nature. There's plenty of bubbly, expressive carbonation that keeps the beer exciting. I greatly enjoyed my glass of Cuvee Noire. as previously stated, the best comparison I can come up with is a black saison (and one that hides its alcohol fairly well). Another solid entry from Brooklyn's Brewmaster's Reserve line.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of yeast, malt, dark fruits, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, raisins, plums, malt, and a hint of chocolate. An incredibly focused and robust flavor. Never overpowering, but certainly tasty.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the better examples of an American version of a BSDA. Very well made.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bodega. much nicer looking than I expected, despite the blasted shaker pint. Dense lacing on top of an oatmeal stout black beer. Big nose of belgian dark fruits with some coffee roast. The taste is very fruity with a nice roasty finish. Like an oatmeal stout done up with belgian yeast.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/15/2010 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light roasted malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of dark fruit, some chocolate and some spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this a good darker Belgian beer with a lot of flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of palma
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 8th annual Brooklyn Beer Dinner at Austins Ale House, Kew Gardens Queens.
Presented by the man himself, Garrett Oliver.
This is the latest of the brewmasters reserve. Although I had to select a style on BA, Garrett claims there really is no specific style to label this beer. It is part belgian dark ale, part english brown/stout.

The belgian infuence comes from the yeast and is very prominent in the nose. Dominant fruity aromas, plum, citrus, and banana and clove. Also some mild nuttiness in the nose as well.

Flavor is big roasted malt. Very english dark ale, stout like but a little thinner and cleaner on the palate. Dark fruit in the finish. Particularly plum. Significant roasted malt flavor towards the middle end. Minor toffee notes. Aftertaste is roasted nuts ands toasted bread.

This is an excellent new beer. Hybrid in style and very innovative. A unique beer that I would definately recommend to try if you happen to find it.

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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

Cuvee Noire looks like one big chocolate-covered raisin. Head on, it's indeed black. But with the encouragement of a little light it discloses traces of prune-like purple and even a little dark scarlet. I'm inclined to think it's transparent even though I can't actually see through it. Flotsam of foam, the wreckage of a once solid head, leave lacing that looks like veins.

The brewery doesn't specify what exact style they were going for - and it's not for certain, doubtful even, that they were going for any particular set style at all - but going on aroma I'd say this is something reminiscent of a Belgian stout. Belgian because it uses Belgian yeast, and stout because it uses a good amount of dark malts. How intuitive, I know.

That fragmentary ingredients list - no specifics were ever disclosed - amounts to smells of dark cocoa, bitter chocolate, pipe tobacco, tart cherries and whole cast of other esters and phenolics. In the taste, however, dark fruits (raisin, plum) dominate and leave a distinctly red wine-like grapiness that happens to be accentuated by a good dose of anise.

A note of pine serum, not the hoppy kind but the cleaning product kind, gives the beer a sharp and alcoholic punch. It fails to pillage anything, however, because there's enough coffee-like roast, brown sugar sweetness, anise-y spice and distinctly Belgian esters to hold down the fort. It is a bit thin, but then again it's a bit of everything.

Brooklyn Cuvee Noire is every bit as intriguing as it sounds. Whatever it is exactly doesn't matter - it's good. And it's only served to make me more jealous that I don't live in an area that sees this brewery's limited releases on a consistent basis (or any basis for that matter). With any luck we'll see this again some day in one of those sleek, corked bottles.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pigs Fly Pizzeria.

The beer was a coca cola color with a small tan head.

Mostly a dark fruit aroma. Some roasted malt and a little bit of herbal hops.

Raisin and plum taste. Chocolate, tiny bit of coffee. Hint of hops.

Very smooth. Medium-bodied.

Nice beer.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a dark purplish-brown color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of neutral dark malts with large amounts of spices - clove with good amounts of brown sugar. Also present are solid amounts of dark fruits - plums and raisins being the standouts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of ripe and mildly syrupy dark fruit flavors - plums and raisins as with the aroma but now with hints of tangy figs. Midway through the sip good amounts of spices work their way into things, clove mostly with mild amounts of brown sugar and even milder amounts of cardamom. The spices and malt flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer didn't wow me in any way but instead it's another well-balanced beer from Brooklyn. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deceptively mild beer for the alcohol punch lurking within. Classic Belgian yeast and candy sugar notes, with some mildly roasted malt flavors in the middle. Just a bit of light fruityness, and quite easy to drink - this one easily slips up on you.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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