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May is our anniversary month and we are excited to release Sucre, our sixth anniversary ale this week! This beer is brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method, where 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.

Editor’s Note: This is the entry for The Bruery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2014
2014.06.17 - The Bruery Sucre (the Bourbon Barrel version, I believe) -750ml bottle in a pint glass. 2014 vintage. Aroma: caramel, malty 8/10 Appearance: Pours around 20 on SRM scale. Mostly hazy opaque dark raisiny tan. Head about a finger before dissipating to a ring. Mild carbonation. 4/5 Taste: Burnt caramel, sweet, a bit of mild salt on back end perhaps. 8/10 Palate/Mouthfeel: medium, creamy, soft carbonation, boozy 3/5 Overall: Reminds me of my memory of Melange 3, boozy and caramel sweetness. Good stuff, worth a bottle and to cellar one maybe, but not necessarily repeat purchase. Hard to complain much about price around $30 when it’s 17%. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 16/20caramel,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2014
750mL bottle. Pours a murky, chestnut color with a medium tan head , average retention. Nose is ’barrel-heavy’ accompanied by molasses, caramel, dates, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, wet cardboard. Mouth is thick, slightly creamy and then almost syrupy; a lotta sweetness, brown sugar, vanilla, prunes, dried fruit, mild bitterness at mid-range, with ABV warmth throughout. Finishes with a slightly astringent note and (although I let this sit almost a year) also still a bit hot . Decent, but certainly not worth the price tag. A very Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow beer lovers to whom it applies.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WVBrU (61) - - JUN 14, 2014
Wow! This beer smells of a bourbon barrel with notes of caramel. It has a cloudy dark amber color. The beer is very malty with no noticeable hops. As expected , there is an alcoholic taste but it is silky smooth. It ends with a caramel note. The mouthfeel is thick with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (124) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Poured from a 2014 Bottle of Sucre obtained from the Bruery 16.5% abv. This needs to be separated from Bois. Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, and vanilla ... taste follows suite with a high sweetness level but not overbearing for me at least. Palate is smooth. Overall .. fabulous. :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Had this on tap at Churchkey, thanks to Donnie! Alias was Sucré (Bourbon Barrel Aged). Poured a very dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma was smooth vanilla notes, sweet bourbon character, some dried dark fruits. Maple notes. Smooth vanilla. Bourbon. Smooth. Crazy good, but a few ounces is certainly enough here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (965) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Fresh Sucre Draft pours reddish brown with tan head. Aroma is big sweet malt and oak bourbon. Taste is big boozy sweet malt with a bit of oxidized dry bitter hops and slight tart on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nakedwhendrunk (2086) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Disclaimer: for a long time, I was actually slightly skeptical of this brewery, however, today, I cracked this old ale for the unofficial day of Summer over my fire pit and I think I was more than enthralled. I couldn’t find a date, however, I did buy this last Autumn of 2013. I poured this into a snifter. Gee Weez, $30 at Breeze In, Juneau, AK, is that how it always is every where else or is it typical Southeast Alaska pricing? Hmmm... well here goes. The appearance was a super nice dark brown close to black color with a slightly half finger white to off white foamy head that concaves and leaves barely anything in the center of the brew. Holy Be-jeebers, actually, I believe I liked this show. The smell, whoah, how the hell do I explain this one. Okay, its a sort of a cherry to almond to oaky/woodiness and then leading onto a slightly vanilla sort of aroma all delicately packed together and inviting me towards a finer quality of leading me on and into the night of Memorial Day. The taste is sweet and oaky/woody and it leaves a fairly sweet vanilla-like quality of an aftertaste and then ends up leading to a semi-dry yet sweet but not watery finish. I say that because there’s something I had about this beer that seemed to show a fairly watery finish. No worries. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy on the body and shows a decent sessionable quality running about the mouth and tongue. The carbonation is decent for the Old Ale style and good for me as there’s just enough harshness pervading the tongue but not overbearing. Overall, in my opinion, this is actually an exceptionally well done Old Ale that I would more than worthy welcome again. Is it up there with Smuttynose’s Really Old Brown Dog Ale, which is actually one the best that I’ve tried to this date? Hmmm...well, to pay $30 to have this again, or ask for a Really Old Brown Dog Ale. I’ll take Smuttynose’s even though I haven’t had that in a super long time. Personally, though I’m glad I tried this, the prices of this brewery’s beers need to be brought down. I’m not sure who these brewers think they are in this brewery. But hey, I’m glad I tried it, but I will never pay $30 for this ever again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1843) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
May 25, 2014 - bottle from the source. Brown pour with some head. Aroma was nice balance of wood, caramel, dark fruit, bourbon and malt. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a hot bourbon and spicy finish. Medium to full body and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fcjack1 (146) - Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Cloudy brown color. No head. Scent is all booze. Taste is really sweet. Then the bourbon hits you. Then the alcohol. Really good beer. Would love to try one a year from now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Very nice. Barrels are very well integrated even though there’s a billion of them. Pours cloudy dark maroon with some hops. Nice sugary malt, good texture. Elements well blended. Caramelized malt. Finishes light sour with some sweetness. Thick on palate. I don’t usually like these super sweet, syrupy sugar bombs but this one is nice. Tap at Churchkey.

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