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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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (2211) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1439) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 26, 2016
Bottle shared fourways. Pours a dark, clear, reddish brown with a bubbly, tan head. Aroma has bourbon, coconut, toffee, booze, caramel, vanilla, prunes, dates, figs, some cherries. Taste is surprisingly port vinous acidic, woody, dry, sweet licorice, caramel, coconut sweet. Long, barrel dry, fruity after taste. Well hidden alcohol, smooth, oily body, average, slightly fizzy carbonation. Tasty, vinous and nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (824) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
Drank during the american beer tasting at Mark’s place 23-4-2016. Super awesome. Sweet, chocolate, extremely rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1408) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark muddy brown with a medium fizzy brown head. Aroma is huge on the barrel, vanilla, fudge, caramel, chocolate, malty, dark fruits. Taste is very sweet but doesnt get cloying, thankfully. Dark fruits, vanilla, fudge, caramel sauce, big barrel notes, heat in the backend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savagesteeler (133) - Warszaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2016
Próbka ma WFP 2016 Świetnie słodkie, nuty suszonych owoców, karmel, szlachetny alkohol, miód pitny, koniak, wanilina . W smaku równiez słodko, cierpko, likierowo, figi, wyklejajaco.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5919) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2016
Bottled as Sucre: Served in a Chouffe glass: Brown ish beer with a ruby shine and a creamy head. Aroma seems to be mainly consisting out of cognac. A light vanilla, wood, bourbon and caramel tint are present. Flavour is a bit sweet with caramel, sugars, toffee and berries as well as a good more present hint of vanilla and wood. Some spice/alcohol, vanilla fudge and liquor drenched sweetwood. Aftertaste is bitter, vanilla, light herbal and malty. Low carbo, light creamy thicker mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Heavy but delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3477) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2016
On tap at John’s Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield, IL., and snifter served showing a murky, deep brown color, with a finger’s width of tan head foam that reduced to a persistent ring, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was sweet caramel & toffee, barrel/oaky hints, cherry wood & skins, and lurking, bourbony alcohol. Medium+ bodied, with decent spritz to the effervescence, the taste was similar notes, tart cherry, a touch of Port-like vinosity, and brown sugar sweetness that was a bit too cloying for me. Still a smooth sipper, with pleasant, bourbony warmth, but not noticeably 16.2%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5695) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large brown foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar with some deep caramelized notes is intriguing. Taste is a nice mix of strong caramelized malt notes with some heavy residual sugar notes and light bourbon notes are also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. There was light oxidation notes which I didn’t really cared for and the sugar is somewhat too upfront and hides other flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (1038) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of fruits, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut and toffee. Taste of caramel, ripe fruits, toffee, burnt sugar, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, molasses and slight oak. Very complex beer, every sip brings out more and more flavors. Full bodied, lower carbonation, slight alcohol burn on the finish. One of my favorites for sure, excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1247) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2016
On tap & Chuck’s 85th. Pours heavily murky ruddy brown with no head. Aroma is huge boozy woody whiskey and port up front, heavily syrupy notes of pecan, leather, rum-soaked raisins follow. Taste is big, though not oversized, sweetness; toasted vanilla, light oak barrels, incredibly rich syrupy malt that lingers heavily sweet and boozy through the finish. Layer upon layer of flavor, amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11811) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
dark chestnut brown, small brown head. Aroma of rye, brown sugar, nuts, alcohol, roasted malts, not at all as brutal as i would have expected for a 16%alc. beer. Flavor is roasted malts, faint fruitiness, nuts, rye, dark toffee, syrup. one of the most gentle really strong beers i have tasted, but yet of course loads of flavor.

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