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Brooklyn Cuvée Noire

Brooklyn Cuvée Noire

Rated 3.440 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Style:  Belgian Strong Ale

8.7% Alcohol by Volume

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Once upon a time, we created a beer called “Cuvée Noire”, and this beer lived beyond the strictures of beer styles. It had a stout-like malt structure, Belgian fermentation, and an irresistible personality. We loved Cuvée Noire, but here in Brooklyn our admirations have never been limited to beer. So our brewing team quietly introduced this beer to one of our other enthusiasms – Kentucky bourbon oak. After many months of aging, those six bourbon barrels produced a “Ghost Bottle” nicknamed Cuvée Elijah, some of the tastiest beer we’ve ever made. And then, of course, we drank it all. Ummm…yeah. Sorry about that. But you will forgive us, because now we’ve made some of this beer for you as well. Brooklyn Cuvée Noire starts with a solid base of German malts, builds color and flavor from British and American roasted malts, gains rum notes from Mauritius raw sugar, grabs a hint of citrus from sweet orange peel, and then ferments under the flag of Belgium. Our Belgian house yeast lends the beer a gentle spiciness on a dry, brisk palate displaying notes of chocolate, coffee and citrus. Then follows six months in oak barrels, which marries all the flavors while adding overtones of vanilla, coconut, and flowers. Finally the beer is bottled completely flat and undergoes a full refermentation in the bottle. If this all sounds like way too much, let us assure you that it is, in fact, just right. Cuvée Noire is big enough to take a steak to dinner, roasty enough to love Mexican molé sauce, and complex enough to enjoy with nothing more than a good conversation. You’ve never had anything quite like it. And as for the style thing, well, we sometimes believe in beer styles, but we’ll all just have to relax about this one. After all, Brooklyn Cuvée Noire is delicious, and it’s from Brooklyn, not Belgium. We don’t have a king, and no one’s gonna fence us in.

ID: 43274 Last updated 7 years ago Added to database 10 years ago

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Overall Rank4390
Overall Percentile90.8
Style Rank252 of 1174
Style Percentile78.5
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score4.3
Average Score4.100
Weighted Score3.440
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYBERCAT 10271 reviews
    rated 4.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours an opaque sable with a decent light tan head. Smoky malt aroma has orange and earthy notes plus a strong bourbon-soaked wood underpinning. Flavor features roast malt and bourbon-infused wood as the headliners with orange and licorice notes as co-stars. Texture is firm and quite fizzy. Worth $22 a bottle? Hell yes! Share it with friends.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This poured a dark brown color with a moderate white head. The aroma contains some caramel, spice, and chocolate. The flavor is rather malty with some alcohol presence. I taste some caramel, dark fruit, molasses and spices. Overall this was a nice beer!

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