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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 486   ABV: 16.2%
The traditional 7th anniversary gift is copper, so we’ve 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 year’s 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.

Editor’s Note: This is the entry for The Bruery’s 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 (1951) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Initial rating, as ’Fruet,’ 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; it’s 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 ’Bois’: 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. I’m 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 it’s just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I don’t 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
two7offsuit (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Pours more brown than Amber. Aroma is sweet and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt and sugar with hints of vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bkcaldwell (22) - - JUL 19, 2015
This was 7 years in the making but worth the wait. Very strong. Great appearance and taste. Very smooth for something with such a high ABV. A real sipping beer that you want to share with friends. Being this strong you need to share it with friends. Lives this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1177) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Pours an amber brown color with a thin tan head. Bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, toast, leather and dark fruit aroma and flavors. Full body and modest carbonation. Bourbon and caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2015
This one is similar to stickee monkey. Strong bourbon notes, sweet, and easy to drink. Bouts deep brown with a sticky ran head. Had a Bottle pour with Kaser. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Brownish pour from bottle at Jensen park. Carmel and whiskey flavor, sweet and creamy. Oak and maybe some smoke. Super tasty and hides the big abv well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (250) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Draft pour at malt and vine, got a bottle a bit ago, wanted to try a taster to get a Idea of how long to age it. And after sampling it, probably going to be a little bit. Very dark amber pour, very sweet aroma, this beer has tones of flavor, very sweet taste. Needs some age, but I love the taste so far, can’t wait to try it again. Will re-rate a aged version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1157) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Tap. Dark red light brown pour with no head. Oak, cherries, dried fruits, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2015
On tap at Emporium. Very cloudy, light brown mahogany, minuscule tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, molasses. Smells quite hot. Dark overripe fruit, raspberries. Light bitterness, quite spicy, very sweet. Heavy oily, body. Incredibly long finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odysseyalien (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2015
On tap at Churchkey, Washington, DC. I’ve had the 2013 in a bottle but the 2015 draft is a bomb. They’ve blended years 1-7 with 2015 and the result is an amazing oak aged strong ale. This brew defines the tern "sipper". I’m not going to narrow down taste, mouthfeel, etc. If you like old ales, barleywines, and the like, get your hands on this guy. You won’t be disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Had on tap at the source on 5/8/15. Pours dark brown with minimal off white head. Aroma is bourbon and some oak and lots of dark fruits - figs, plums, raisins. Really this and sweet. Flavor follows and is sticky sweet dark fruits, with bourbon and oak. Come caramel and toffee also. This, chewy mouthfeel. Silky smooth. About 3 ounces was enough. Nice beer.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2015 Total Score: 4.3
Bottle at porch nite shared with Brisben and Raith. Pours a mahogany brownish red with one finger of thin off white foam. Aroma is very malty and lots of oakey bourbon barren aromas. Flavor follows and is really sweet. Lots of maltiness, lots of dark fruits, and slight tartness. Sour cherries. Very sweet. Alcohol is noticeable. Nice beer.

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