The Bruery Sucré (Tawny Port Barrel)

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Old Ale
Placentia, California USA


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Note: This listing is for the Port barrel aged version.

The traditional sixth anniversary gift is candy or sugar, so we’ve named our 6th anniversary ale "Sucré" which is "sugar" in French. Sucré is our sixth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Sucré is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1752) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 26, 2016
From my cellar. Deep red with no head. Unlike the Madeira version, the fruit here is more mild, but the alcohol is more present. Bourbon and port notes blend together smoothly in the finish which remains remarkably long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11258) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Maybe I’m gettIng a touch more sensitive to their over the top beers, but 98th percentile surprised me here. Lots of good things going on, but every aspect is over the top, and to me it’s too sweet and alcoholic. Big port and bourbon notes throughout, slight astringency with dark fruit, and grapes. Good, but definitely a one timer at the price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (5003) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
At Bruery Sucré Tasting in Bruges. Shows a bit more stable head than the NAO and Tequila versions but otherwise looks the same as NAO. Aroma is very similar as well, but adorned by a strong, sweet port odour, reminiscent of white port more than ruby port; more outspoken vanilla tannins and almond impression as well. Sweeter than the NAO with more outspoken alcohol, like the Tequila version but less ’hot’, yet still a bit wry on the root of the tongue. Impressive, but still no match for the NAO version to me, booziness was a little over the top here just like the Tequila version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3209) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a darker copper color, somewhat clear, but it’s dark. There is a thick, light off-white colored head leaving some soapy lace. The aroma is a ton of wine! There is a good caramel malt and the dark fruits that run rampant in the base Sucré. It’s got a strong woodiness from the barrel in this as well, which does seem a little much compared to the bourbon. The flavor starts off on the sweet side and moves through a nice caramel and into a ton of wine. I’m not sure what it is about the Tawny Port, but every beer I have with these barrels just gets manhandled! There is a huge distinct grape and wine dominance on the back end. The mouth feel is thinner and a touch light with a decent carbonation and a lingeringly winey finish that lasts and lasts. If they could find a way to get the wine to not dominate, this would be excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Port Barrel Aged Sucré; Sampled January 2014
A steady pour into my globe glass produces a three-finger thick, dark amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a clear, red-tinged, amber-brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweet, dense with notes of brown sugar, lots of caramelized malt, rich nutty sherry, and a dark, concentrated fruitiness that reminds me of port, concentrated grape jam (and certainly not of the concord variety), figs and prunes. The oak plays a noticeable, but more supporting role in the aroma with a firm, peppery woody note, some saw-dust like character, accentuating vanillin notes, as well as something that I can’t describe other than a spicy, green, oaky character.

The beer is sweet, but has some spicy oak, and an oxidation character that helps to temper this a bit. Flavors of nutty, sweet sherry, melds with port, prune and fig flavors, perhaps a touch of date, lots of caramelized maltiness, touches of cocoa toasted, sweet roasted nuts, especially towards the finish the beer has a solid, sweet, port / sherry like grape fruitiness. The oak character provides a firmness to the beer, lots of green spicy oak, a woody flavor and tannic astringency, as well as some toasted oak character that accentuates the nutty notes in this beer; there is also a finish that has lingering vanillin, and perhaps even a touch of sweetened, toasted coconut character. The body is viscous, though perhaps not quite as heavy as the sweetness might suggest (all that alcohol helps to lighten the body), and the oak provides a tannic structure to the beer as well; it is not cloying in small amounts, and is certainly a beer that needs to be sipped.

Again, this is pretty good in small amounts; I think I like the wine-type barrel finishes on these beers, as the spirit based ones just get too hot and harsh. This is quite smooth, though it is warming as one would expect from a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (2053) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark reddy brown color with a bit of head. The port barrel adds some lovely plum flavor. Fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12754) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle at Urge Gastropub. Pours brown with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malt, port, dates and figs with light nutmeg notes. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dates and figs, light tart plums, port, light earthiness and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (5387) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2015
From a bottle. Pours clear ruby brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like booze, raisins, red wine, earthy, woody, dried dark fruits. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like red wine, raisins, earthy, woody, and dried dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
Really stemless integration of raisins and grapes into the sweet profile of Sucre with a tinge of oxidation on the end to clean it up. The port comes through much stronger than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1567) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Type: 32-oz. hydro flask Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22 Price: N/A Purchased: Jan. 25, 2015 Consumed: Feb. 2, 2015 Misc.: Opened it on Feb. 1; Reviewed it on Feb. 2 Thanks Chris! Poured a brown. Reddish, murky color with minimal head. Couldn’t see any bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. No retention. Not docking this as much as half of it was finished yesterday, certainly affecting the look. (Sight - 3.75) Smelled port dessert wine, caramel, toffee, tobacco, sour fruit, plum, woody malts, purple grape, buttery malts and faint chocolate. (Smell - 4.38) Tasted very good, even better than the smell. Got plum, leathery tobacco, dates, port win, caramel, toffee, purple grape, woody malts, sour fruit, light chocolate, vanilla and sweet sugar. (Taste - 4.50) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Just fantastic. (Feel - 4.88) This was just a great beer. I can’t stop thinking about it. Lovely. (Overall - 4.50) 4.48 99 A

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