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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4065) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
At Bruery Sucré Tasting in Bruges. Probably an alias of Cuivre, but since the ABV is slightly different, I risked adding it as a separate entry - please do correct me if I’m wrong. Looks identical to Bruery Sucré Rum Barrel Aged. Aroma very similar to that version as well, but with softer hints of sweet corn and obviously (a lot of) bourbon; more vanilla tannins as well. In the mouth, it comes closer to the Rye Whisky version, but a tad sweeter, more astringent in terms of alcohol and with, unsurprisingly, a strong bourbon flavour in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Biroholik (613) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Genialne piwo i w smaku i w zapachu, złożone i ułożone. Kolor ciemnego brązu z umiarkowaną białą pianą. W aromacie karmel, burbon, wanilia, dębina. W smaku to samo, a także wiśnie, miód i czekolada. Potężne ciało, alkoholowa moc, nie gryząca i nie rozpuszczalnikowa. Gładkie, gęste, oleiste i pełne. Dłuuuugi aftertaste! Genialne!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrandNewBrew (32) - - FEB 23, 2016
Can’t even imagine a better beer. Aroma has this unique scent I’ve not come across before that smells of fresh cut sawdust, almost burnt-like, and it’s totally enticing and wonderful. Taste is rich, full bodied, full flavored old ale. Could drink this all night, absolutely perfect beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1913) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle split a few ways, thanks guys! Weak blackish pour with tiny lacings. Notes of brrrbn, vanilla, coconut, dark dried fruits, prunes, vanilla, caramel and light molasses. Actually very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (4978) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Tap at The Well, New York. Colour is brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Ripe fruits, some sweetness and malts. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7871) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
75 cl bottle @ home. Bottle #06152
As ”Fruet”, 15,5%, bought 07/2012
Aroma has bourbon tones, alcohol and ripe fruits. Flavour has bourbon, woody tones, sweet malt, ripe fruits, more bourbon and warming alcohol. Man, this is 100% bourbon and 100% sweet malt. Works as a slow sipper but don’t you try to finish a bottle alone. I dare you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5839) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
750ml bottle

as Fruet, 2012 vintage - Pours dark reddish brown with a tiny bubbly head. Aroma of malts, caramel, toffee, syrup, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee, oak and molasses. Taste is heavy, sweetish and woody with loads of caramely malts, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oak and syrup. Finish is sweet, warming with alcohol and heavy with maltiness, bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, syrup and candies. Feels like a sweet and heavy barley wine with some bourbon mixed in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8708) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
75 cl bottle. (15.5% abv) 2012 vintage.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Ripe fruits and mild hops on the nose, plums and caramel, some wooden notes. Caramel and toffee on the flavor, vanilla, wood, malts and some alcohol warmth, nice bourbon notes. As said that, the alcohol fairly well hidden overall, sweetness also, very nice slow sipper. Worth to note that this bottle has been aged for a while, with good results.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours Dark brown with bubbly light brown 1 finger head. Very vinous and crazy lacing. Aroma has tons of bourbon, coconut, candy, sweet toffee, caramel, ice-cream, peach, plums, prunes, cocoa, vanilla, wood. Really dense and some tobacco. Taste is fruity, sweet and bourbon. Coconut, peach, toffee, raspberries, sherry and port notes. A lot of wood too. Very full body and very vinous and thick. Many raisins. Very well executed for 16,2%. Light toasty finish with warming wooden sherry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1064) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 11, 2016
Cloudy, dark brown to black colored, almost no tan head, only ring remains. Aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, carob, licorice, some oaky notes, bourbon and quite boozy. Taste is very sweet malt, caramel and brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, some dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon, oak barrel, boozy and very warming. Full bodied, syrupy thick, flat carbonation. Excellent sipping material but very boozy.

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