Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
3
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 61
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 subswo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Wonderfully balanced ber.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, dark fruit, bread, and fruit. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, subtle chocolate, and grape. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was a really nice complexity to this brew that made it very enjoyable and easy to drink for me. Not sure where the grape aspect came from on the flavor, but it really blended in pretty well with the rest of the brew. Glad I got the chance to try this one via a counter pressure filled growler. I suggest you get this one your palate as well.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of titosupertramp
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Bendurgin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. This one pours a dark mahogany with a thin layer of biege foam.

Caramel is noticable with a rich and deep malt body with a little bit of grapes and plumbs lingering in the background. Rich milk chocolate is a dominant flavor on the pallet. Very sweet and actually not to much going on otherwise. There is a faint fruity character to the finsh but mostly this seems chocolatey.

A little bit lighter on the body than one would expect. The carbonation is subtle. Overall not bad. A little one dimensional, but that doesn't mean it's not tasty.

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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 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 Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint at Bodega on 1/16/11

Ruby-brown color. Dark, but far from black. 1/4th inch head thins quickly yet leaves a good amount of drippy lace. Wispy retention.

The nose offers a full plate of aromatics - Belgian-style yeast with a bubblegum penchant and hints of spice, roasted dark malts and grains, citric nips of orange and boozy overtones. Dark fruits become strong as it warms.

As potent to taste; quite an in-you-face sort of thing. The yeast uses the malts as a base to launch an assault of spicy fruit and cotton candy notions. That causes the hops to burst forth in a cavalcade of pine and citric bitterness; enough so to be surprising. Notes of raisin, plum, brown sugar, grain and roastiness. Not too boozy.

I'd clock it at a notch or two under full-bodied. Carbonation is vigorous, making this a lively, crackling beer. Slight granular feel underneath. The finish is quick and crisp, sporting jabs of residual hops and spice. Swirling calms the carbonation and roasted notes emerge.

I had been excited to try this for a while and had no idea what to expect approaching this one. There are certainly lots of interesting things going on. Enjoyable.

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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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