Brooklyn Cuvee Noire (Old Version) | Brooklyn Brewery

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

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by palma on 10-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 77
Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with lighter highlights at the edges. The head is big and airy but settles quick into a light ring.

The aroma is of light milk chocolate and cocoa from the malt which is complimented by some medicinal notes from the yeast. Nice aromas of clove and horse blanket give this beer the distinct belgian characteristics.

The taste is much of the same. Milk chocolate, cocoa, and some wood from the malt. However, the yeasty phenols seem to be more hidden within the malt. Some light clove pops through to give the beer a "spice" flavor but its not very distinct. The beers seems to need a shot of candi sugar to get the flavors going. Some green apple sour flavors in the end.

The feel is light with soft to tingly carbonation. It sits sweet on the palate but is balanced by an odd chalky and sour feel.

I am a bit disappointed in this beer. It has some promise but needs a bit of tweaking. Perhaps some more yeasty goodness and more carbonation to give it a bite.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black with garner highlights when held up to the light a half
Finger of white head some lacing.

S the nose is a little tight some roast and.chocolate but not much else

T of a more complex.version. of allagash black lots of toast and.sweetness from the yeast is going strong but everything else is meh

M very light for.the style carbonatio is a little.high

D easy drinking but not enough.

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Photo of jsanford
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 12/11/10

A - Pours a very dark shade of brown with a thin ring of ivory head. Leaves no lacing.
S - Dark malt, chocolate, banana, clove and coffee. There's a lot going on in this one.
T - Very close to the nose and then some. Basically a dark, roasty stout with a Belgian yeast strain, this one reminds me a lot of Stone VE 09-09-09. Very well-balanced.
M - Smooth and silky medium body with moderate carbonation.
D - Pretty drinkable, the nice carbonation and the complexities of the yeast help this from being too heavy or sweet.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bocktown this evening

A- Body is a slightly translucent nearly completely black hue. Served with a thin off-white head that remains pretty well but leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is mild to moderate in strength. It offers a lot of plum, a hint of cherry and Belgian sugar sweetness and a hint of smoke.

T- Flavor is similar to the nose and mild to moderate in strength. Plum and a hint fo cherry upfront initially with a nice mild spiced backbone. Finish is similar to the initial flavor but the spiciness intensifies and a hint of smmoke is added-but other than that is clean with nothing but a very mild alcohol heat lingering.

M- Medium carbonation and a quite drinkable medium weight body.

D- This brew has BSDA written all over it and makes a nice holiday brew with the hint of cherry and spices. The overall character to this is mild and it is somewhat complex-but not nearly as complex as its Belgian counterparts. Overall this is a pretty good brew and well done by Brooklyn.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a small white head. In the aroma, cinnamon and licorice. In the taste, cinnamon, anise, roasty malts and a licorice hint. A small spice bite and medium to large bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice and licorice aftertaste. Nice flavor, I bet a bottle would age nicely.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter shade of brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is bizarre, a mixture of lavender and soap, with some chalkiness, herbal hops, a little roast and fruity belgian esters. The flavor also has a weird medicinal vibe, with funky esters, lavender, soap and a bit of roastiness and dark fruit, along with spices and an alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is decent. This gets much better as it warms, but it's still a bit of a dissapointment as the belgian yeast and spicing are just not meshing in this beer.

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Photo of danielplainview
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
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 LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh. Pours almost black with a wispy ring of tan head. Smell is light, but fruity--reminiscent of some good BSDAs. Clove, dark fruit, some maltiness to it too. Flavor profile is nice... all the flavors are well-balanced. Nothing takes over. Dark fruits intermingle with some more roasty flavors with all overlay some subtle yeast notes of clove and banana. Body is slightly light, good drink. A nice one here from Brooklyn.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black in color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded quickly and left very good lacing sticking all over the glass and a ring or cream around the top - looks like a stout.

Smells of roasted malt, toasted grains, cocoa, caramel, molasses, burnt wood or like it was barrel aged, maybe a hint of nut and light yeast; very light yeast aroma considering this is a Belgian style ale.

Tastes like it smells, with smoky malts, toasted grains, liqorice, dark fruit like date, caramel, syrup, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, burnt wood and mild yeast; it had the funky penny taste from the yeast at the end. Overall smoky robust flavor that is complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation, a medium body and a metallic finish on the dry side. The beer and experience of it gets better as it warms, and I would definitely have this again. Recommend trying this nice offering from Brooklyn, which has a good kick to it that you can feel after one beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Missed this beer a few times so I'm glad I got a chance to sit down w/ it. $6 for a 12oz pour into an oversized wine glass @ The Gingerman in Norwalk, CT.

A- The beer looks still, little to no carbonation visible and the beer itself is a deep dark almost purpleish black.

S- A bit boozy, undefined dark fruit... plums and dark cherries I guess.

T- Fruity, great intense roasted malt flavor and a bit of a peppery yeast. Hop bitterness cuts through some of the more decadent sweet notes. A little boozy, but pretty mild overall.

M- Thick and rich, lower carbonation seems to suit this one just fine. Flavors stay on the tongue and beckon for another sip. Despite the boozy notes in the taste the beer is not hot.

D- Fairly high- this would be a great 'special occasion' beer I'd like to see bottled in 750mls next to local 1 and 2. A great stab at a BSDA by Brooklyn.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a jet black color with almost no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, fig, and some smokey malts.

t - Taste is smokey, roasted malts again up front, followed by weak dark fruits, raisins and figs, and finally alcohol. Ok but a step down from the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An OK beer from Brooklyn, but not their finest. I usually am a big fan of their Brewmaster Reserve series beers, but this one didn't really do it for me. Probably wouldn't order again.

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Photo of drewd0g
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from DeCicco's in Ardsley on 11/24/10
Poured into chimay chalice.
I tried finding some info on this beer but couldn't find much
Nice beer from the people at Brooklyn. The color is pretty dark, just about black. Poured with a decent head, most of it dissipated pretty quickly. the smell is awesome, smells like berries and subtle maltiness. Tastes good too, almost like elderberries or something cant quite put my finger on it. It almost tastes like something that would come from St. Bernardus (for some reason that's who i thought of when i tasted it). The mouthfeel is thinner than i expected, not to filling, Pretty drinkable too, and at only $12 a growler definitely a good purchase. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of scootny
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black / brown and clear at the corners of the snifter, with a wispy brown head that forms a halo and leaves some lacing on the glass, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is quite roasty with a mild sweetness and some ash.

Beer is thinner than expected, strong bitterness from the grains in the back and an ashy finish. There is some mild sweetness in the front palate, I don't know what I expected but I didn't expect this. I would cautiously have it again.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Hulmeville Inn inside a pint glass. I vow to never miss another brewmaster's reserve after missing Cookie Jar, but that was my fault.

A dark BSDA that looks stoutish from the tap and in the hand but up to the light it comes off deep brown with some red and purpilish tints up towards the heavens. A sparse cap that is barely even a cap if that makes sense, no lace. Smell is the best part. I get some dark fruit, plum action with some vanilla, Slight bready yeasting, Taste is subdued, coming off like a BSDA with some small porter qualities, at least to me. Feel is medium light carbed, kinda watery, not up to par, I drank my pint and that's it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

The pour is quite dark. A nice shade of brown with a long-sitting head that lasts for a bit of time. There is some slight lacing on the sides of my glass; actually, one side of my glass, which has a pretty nice streak of lace all across it. The nose starts out a bit faint with some slight notes of chocolate as well as a light touch of dark fruits. Some mild date and raisin notes are there to fill things out.

The taste brings more roast and is slightly dry. In addition to dates, I get a bit of purple plum alongside some lightly-bitter chocolate. The body is light-to-medium and a bit light for the flavors. Pretty low carbonation and the body is slightly creamy. Pretty interesting a solid brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light esters and pronounced roasted barley.

The taste consisted of upfront hits of roasted malt and yeast esters. A slowly developing sweetness appeared toward the finish along with some traces of alcohol.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and complex ale.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reluctantly picked up a 1/2 growler of this after a tiny taste. I wasn't wild about the sip or two I had but was intrigued still to give it a shot since the Brewer's Reserves seem to be one time only shots and it is a BSDA which I do love.

A - Poured into a snifter a deep dark purple almost black, but something about it tells me I'm seeing purple and not black. Not much head to speak of and what's there is gone quick, but there are trace notes of lacing on the side of the glass. Definitely looks more stout-like than BSDA. 2nd pour had way more of a head, but still looks stouty to me.

S - Dark fruit with some sort of unique nutmeg like thing going on. Definitely a malt monster with a sweet soft almost roasted like quality.

T - Slightly different from that initial taste I had when I picked up the growler the other day. Seems more blended and balanced now and whatever was so odd about it at the taste seems to have chilled out on my pallete. It really is all malt flavored. The suggestion of dark fruits is there, but in reality all I taste is malts. For a BSDA it is not my fav, that being said it is a really good brew and has something very unique about it. I really dig the flavor of the roasted malt and the sweetness isn't overwhelming by any means.

M - Medium bodied and pretty cooling in my mouth. Nothing too wild...leaves a unique aftertaste.

D - Glad I went in for the 32oz. I've missed several of the brewmaster reserves and was bummed about it so I'm glad to give this one a go. It's no Local 2, but seems like a different animal altogether, it's uniqueness would make me revisit it if given the opportunity.

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Photo of JoePat
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Brent
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of vfgccp
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, glossy black-plum (the review before me nailed it with "plum", good call) with a lacy cream colored head.

S - Mild and inviting with a light hop character and almost no booze. The absence of alcohol was surprising considering the ABV.

T - Wonderfully complex with smooth transitions between flavors. The malt hangs around throughout the entire flavor profile, and it plays well with the more nuanced flavors. I caught bitter-sweet fruits like kumquat and cranberry, and a bit of almost tanniny-leather.

M - The body was incredibly light, and had a dryness that I wasn't expecting on the first sip, but quickly grew to enjoy.

D - Dangerously drinkable. I ordered a glass on tap with every intention of pairing it with one of my local gastro-pubs great burgers, but wound up finishing it before the food got to the table, and the booze definitely caught up to me.

O- I'm a fairly novice beer drinker, having tried maybe 100 different beers in my life, but I've never had a beer like this before. The appearance, taste and body (particularly the body) evoked more memories of wine's I've had than beers. Not a beer for everyone, but it's one that I really enjoyed.

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