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Bois - New French Oak Barrel - The Bruery

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: n/a
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 01-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Green wax.
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Green wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 11/22/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

The now-familiar scents of Bruery's anniversary ales (toffee, caramel, dark fruit, oak and subtle vanilla) are augmented by a sappy, earthy quality. As usual, this smells sweet and quite inviting.

No surprises in the rich, robust flavor after that nose. Toffee, caramel, booze soaked candied dates/ raisins, oak, Bruery's signature Belgian yeast, semi-sour woodsy notes almost like sourgum sap, wet wood, leather, earth and a big alcohol presence. To my knowledge this is my first experience with French oak so I'm attributing the sourgum, sappy, earthy quality to those barrels because I haven't noticed that in the bourbon, rye or American oak variants. Delicious.

Full, thick, heavy body with supple carbonation. Boozy dark fruit, toffee, wood and funky sweet yeast work together in the finish.

While I am very familiar with Bois (and Bruery anniversary ales in general) the French oak was a new experience for me. Ultimately this is another delicious version of their stellar barrel aged old ale. Glad I have another to sock away for future enjoyment. (1,178 characters)

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Nice creamy thick 1/3 finger head that fades at a need pace, touch of lacing, long legs, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose brings big sweet candy, maple, lots of toffee candy and caramel, tons of candy, aged soft complex malts, little layering effect, vanilla oak, little candied raisin, plum and juicy dark fruit, hint of booze, little fluffy nougat caramel, tons of raisin, hint of fudge.

Taste brings tons of oak, fresh French toasted oak, raw oak, then mild vanilla, with tons of caramel, candied raisin again, some nougat and toffee candy, big plum raisin fruit and mild bitter note. Some booze warmth with touch of oak tannins in the background, touch of brown sugar and aged soft layered malt. Fresh oak chips that haven't been detannined, not soaked in water first. Finish is dry with tons more oak, little booze, sticky caramel toffee and juicy raisin lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, fudgey, light but decent carb, touch of booze.

Overall very nice, oak was a bit too much, but quite tasty. (1,029 characters)

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Bois - New French Oak Barrel from The Bruery
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