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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Poured at a good temperature with a small, foamy, light tan head that settled out quickly and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a very volatile blend of malt, dark ripe fruit, yeast, wine. Flavor’s like nose with sweet on top followed with equal proportions of bitter and carbonic tang. Very rich and intense. Body is huge; can’t imagine taking a huge mouthfull, but this has a few soft points mixed in with great carbonation for perfect mouth sensory values. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and without the sense of the power. A great sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1228) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
On tap at the Bruery tasting room. Pours a deep brown to black color with toffee colored minimal head. Aroma is vanilla, booze, toffee and some odd coffee element. Taste is raisin, dark fruit, slight milk chocolate, bourbon and overt sweetness. Overall, their typical anniversary ale that I am good with having 2oz per year if that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6640) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2012
750, capped and waxed. Pours black with a dense and.creamy tan head. Big fruity nose, sweet and intense. Creamy thick sticky bubbly body. Wood, fruit, and chocolate on the mid palate. Much sweeter than most old ales...delectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
Pours reddish copper with a dense beige head. Aroma is caramel, fruit, raisin, plum, light bourbon and light alcohol. Flavour is caramel, raisin, plum, light citrus, alcohol, light bourbon and a sweet note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9929) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2012
75cl bottle shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Hazy ruby red color with a decent sized off-white head that leaves a decent lacing. Smell malts, s ome alcohol, sweetness and wood. Taste malts, caramel, wood, some alcohol and liquor. Pretty sharp taste. Full body, medium to full carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4679) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2012
Bottle thx to benzai @ QDT 12. Hazy, ruby red colour with a nice off-white head. Smells bourbon, oak, wood, some hops, malts, overwhelmingly sweet. Tasyes very, very sweet, barley wine, some hops, round, wood.. Quite a heavy.beer. Full body, okay carbo. Sick beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottle number 1,227 of Barrel Aged Cuir. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 5.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of tan creamy/frothy head. Retention is infinitely impressive for a beer of this magnitude. It stays around a long ass time. A small ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: That additional 70% in a barrel makes all the difference. This reeks of bourbon and fortunately the barrel aging was done extremely well. Leathery, peat, and spicy with melon and apple fruitiness. Somehow very minimal booze. Underneath there is brown sugar, caramel, plum and raisin fruitiness. The base beer comes off a lot more mellow that the regular Cuir, which is mellow to begin with. Still, very nice. 4.5 T: Like the nose, the bourbon makes it’s presence known. Same flavors as in nose. However, the base beers is allowed to come out and it comes out strong. Tons of brown sugar to start. Raisin, plum, tobacco, date, and fig fruitiness. Caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak. Somehow this is less boozy than the regular. The only thing preventing this from getting that perfect score is the sweetness. There’s simply too much of it. But, that is the way of the Bruery. 4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Chewy with a mild amylase build-up. 4.0 D: Very tasty sipper/desert beer. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but sometimes you are in the mood for something like that. Tonight is one of those nights. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-17-2012 04:03:52

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11722) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at Christian Firtal. Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark sugar, caramel, raisins, vineous alcohol, even fortified wine notes. Sweet caramel and dried fruit flavour with a touch of fruity tartness. A bit hot, vineous alcohol. Lots of oak in the aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle pours a darker brown white head. Smells and tastes of bourbon caramel molasses dark fruit sweet with a booze end. Not much for hops. Not bad I prefer the 75% mix one better less sweet. Bit fizzy on tongue. Not bad but not as good as other too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
BA Coton - thanks to Steve for the pour. Pours out dark mahogany brown with a touch of off white foam. Nose is rich bourbon, vanilla, deep sweet malts, dark fruit. Taste follows the nose - it’s a sweet, complex, rich drinking experience. Palate is velvety smooth. Loved this beer - one of the few beers that’s better than BA 4th D

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