Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewing Cuvée Noire

20150730_214213Name: Brooklyn Brewing Cuvée Noire

Style: Belgian Stout aged in Oak Barrels

IBU: n/a

ABV: 10.6%

“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.”

Cuvée Noire pours a thick and dark with a thick light colored head which looks higher in the picture due to it being poured into the Teku glass. The scent gives off hints of dark chocolate and sweet spiced rum with raisins and gentle citrus mixed in here and there. The taste is much like the smell only better. The beer drinks really smooth with hints of chocolate and rum with the ever so light orange and citrus flavors. The beer is extremely well-balanced with the booze very well-integrated throughout. Despite the darkness and high alcohol content, the beer is light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this beer is probably one of the best Belgian stouts I have ever tasted. I think it is currently underrated due to some of the style cross over going on, but I think the way those styles are balanced and crossed is perfect. Unlike some other stouts with high alcohol content, which are better suited for the cooler months, this is a stout that can be enjoyed year around.Cuvée Noire is definitely something I would drink again and again.

I wanted a little snack with my beer, so I paired it with some homemade spicy pickled radishes and jalapeños. The spiciness of the pickled radishes pairs well with the sweet undertones laced throughout the beer, but then again I have always been a sucker for mixing sweetness with spice. If anyone wants the recipe, feel free to drop a comment and I will be happy to share it. This is a beer I recommend to anyone whether it is with a spicy dish, a nice steak or just by itself.

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