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Fruet - The Bruery

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617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012)
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

09-12-2012 09:16:36 | More by BrokenStones
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North Carolina

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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into snifter.

A - Brown with copper highlights.

S - Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit. Boozy.

T - Bourbon, caramel, and vanilla dominate with hints of cherry, bread, and molasses. Complex and very delicious.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - One of the best beers ever. Not only is it a great example of the old ale style, but it has distinct character and a great balance of flavors. Very drinkable at 15.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:08:47 | More by mooseo
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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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New York

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New York

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Virginia

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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New Jersey

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If birthdays tastes this good, who need cake? Just bring me Fruet! To kick off their fourth year, this masterfully blended and perfectly aged ale celebrates all things "olde" but with a manly bourbon kick!

The beer decants more like port or sherry than it does of ale, but with the faint carbonation that allows a dainty creme of foam to simmer to the top, the ale's tarnish head looks more like espresso froth than beer also. Its tawny, auburn bronze body is dark through the center but lightens to a golden color at its edge. Mild speckling lace creeps down the glass with a turbulent swirl.

Strong aromas of malt sweetness take over the room as the beer pours- boisterous toffee, molasses, maple and bourbon waft about and does so in highly seductive fashion. Mildly toasty, the taste of buttery cashews, faint chocolate and coffee weave into the malt complexities for a robust character as well. Fruity with drunken grapes, dates, figs and plumbs all give a darker and more deviant turn as the ale seems savory with port and sherry as much as it does of bourbon.

That first sip captivates the taste buds with sultry sweetness- just as the nose suggested. Black-strap molasses, maple syrup, and seared toffee gives a taste that hinges on peanut brittle except for a more robust toast, cocoa and kona-type taste. As the fruits weave into its taste, so do the savory, umami-rich taste of dark, dried, stone fruit that seem to have been dipped in soy sauce. Lightly salty and sweet- it hits all the savory parts of the tongue. Finishing with the unmistakable taste of charred wood, vanillans and booze- its bourbon influence is obvious but never overwhelming.

And its decadent character continues as the ale lays a thick and somewhat oily coat on the mouth to fully saturate the taste buds. Its light carbonation aids its chewy texture as there's little to pull the beer from the surfaces of the mouth. This allows for a patient development toward finish with slowly growing alcohol warmth, a quietly drying taste, and an indefinite linger of sherry and bourbon.

Fruet is a special occasion beer that'll rival the best of port wine or sherry. Its lavish malt flavors work harmoniously with the bourbon barrel influences for a highly rewarding taste that's not easily forgotten.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 17:56:36 | More by BEERchitect
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Kentucky

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Oregon

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Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.