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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 486   ABV: 16.2%
The traditional 7th anniversary gift is copper, so weíve named our 7th anniversary ale "Cuivre" which is "copper" in French. Cuivre is loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next yearís production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Cuivre is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.

Editorís Note: This is the entry for The Brueryís Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (1995) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Initial rating, as íFruet,í 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; itís sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8

7/24/13 rating, as íBoisí: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. Iím really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0

3rd rating, from 7/25/15, as Sucre, 2014 vintage: at least a year old here. 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice. Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head that falls after a couple minutes into a ring and skiff of foam. Taste is sweet, boozy, coconut, dark fruits imparting some tartness, tannins. Full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Great beer, but itís just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I donít know if the quality has gone down, if my tastes have changed, or if I was just more in the mood for this behemoth of a beer back then when I rated it for the first time. 8,4,8,5,18=4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadmasontx (22) - - OCT 7, 2015
Dark brown with a small khaki head. Smells of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a lot of sweetness. Brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, figs and oak flavors with a rich complexity. Mouthfeel is semi sticky with a thick body and low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (914) - Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a small khaki head that settles to a film with sparse lacing. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a good deal of sweetness. Brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, figs and oak flavors with a rich complexity. Not as much booziness as you might expect but it is there and helps to tame the sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is semi sticky with a thick body and low carbonation. Very good and well made. Everything you want from a barleywine/olde ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (809) - - OCT 5, 2015
2014 bottle. Aroma of intense molasses, sticky malts, raisins, roasted amber malts, big alcohol on the nose, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Very darkened plum/magenta appearance and big alcohol legs. Big sticky malt sweetness overwhelms the palate. Huge, complex notes of cinnamon, roasted malts, raisins, plums, maple syrup, molasses, dark fruits, and toffee. Finish is bourbon and big barrel notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simont1 (462) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
This one is for Sucre, 17%. Aroma of caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, heavy bourbon with a big coconut and caramel presence. Taste of toffee, figs, raisins, creme brulee, vanilla with strong woody aftertaste, very sweet, but still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoYouDidnt (12) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Looks great. The smell is different than you were expecting, just based on what you read from others. Really smelled more of dark fruits, even a wine taste, rather than the chocolate/ caramel you were thinking. Taste- well this beer changed a lot as you drank it. Straight out of the fridge it tasted as it smelled. As it warmed up however, it developed those real nice chocolate and bourbon favors you read abou from other reviews. Next time around. Open the bottle at a warmer temp bro. Do yourself a favor. Overall- drink it again. Buy the release next year. Very enjoyable to drink this and talk with a friend. A+ experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Awesome complex brew. Very malty with earth leathery hops. Caramel and some sherried like wine character. Nice mouthfeel bus was not sweet just nice and malty with complex sherry like finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (1092) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - SEP 11, 2015
Huge brew. Feels very smooth dried dark fruits toasted caramel malty cocktail, vanilla, oak. Superbly balanced with nice fancy figs, toffee, burnt sugar finish. Oily. Moderate to intense sweetness, light bitterness. Quite a treat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdjuice (473) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
Pours cola brown with nice tight head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas are extremely powerful, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sherry, dried plums, vanilla, raisins. Flavors are equally impressive, not as strong with the soy sauce, not as overly sweet as I was expecting, a bit stronger notes of coffee and chocolate, slight sourness that then fades into a somewhat roasty, malty, slightly hoppy finish that is really enjoyable. Also, tastes nowhere near 16.2%, you could tell me itís 10% and Iíd believe it. All in all, really deep, well balanced, and Iím looking forward to next yearís release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
big but not too big tons of bourbon. For 16% itís amazingly not too sweet. Lots of brown sugar. Great stuff. Wish I had better notes, but drank at a party.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Leviís place. Thanks Levi. Dark brown. Hue chocolate aroma with vanilla, cookies, caramel. Sweet flavor with lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nuts, cookies, some fruity note and some alcohol. Full-bodied. Great stuff.

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