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RATINGS: 546   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 (2085) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7789) - 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 (5603) - 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 (8468) - 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 (861) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Bois, 2013. Brown pour. Aroma is hot alcohol and bourbon barrels, brown sugar. Big, boozy and riddled with bourbon notes. Brown sugar, molasses, bourbon. Finishes with a dry boozy note. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2015
Big sweet molasses nose, dark murky brown color. Cherries, dates, toffee in the front. Thick, chewy body that has a slight pepper end. Then comes a long alcohol what that warms the whole throat going down. Massive beer, not for the light at heart. The opposite of a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (1375) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber in colour, small head. In aroma bourbon, vanilla, caramel. In taste boozy, malty with caramel and oaky notes. Full body, sweet and boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (6392) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle labeled at "Sucre" at the holiday party
Hazy brown with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel and woody. Taste is sweet caramel, malty, vanilla and boozy
Wow, this is way to sweet to be drinking more than a few ounces.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2015
750ml bottle pours out a crisp clear burnt amber topped with a ring of a head. Nose is hot booze bourbon barrel sweetness vanilla. Taste is more of the bourbon barrel plenty of booze a nice sweetness and a great vanilla marshmallow.

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