Fruet - The Bruery

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 220
Gots: 414 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.
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Ratings: 720 | Reviews: 132
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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy brown in color. Nice layer of large bubbles covering the surface and left a collar around the edge.

S - The smell is all fruit and bourbon, big cherry and plum mixing in with vanilla, oak, and hints of alcohol.

T - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, toffee, wood, sugar, molasses & vanilla. Sweeter than the nose for sure.

M - Full bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely smooth and surprisingly easy drinking.

O - Amazing beer. I had this then a few months later I had Cuir 100% with a year on it. Both amazing beers and makes me really excited to see how this one ages. I somehow managed to drink this bottle by myself. It took a while but I enjoyed every sip.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of bourbon and oak notes, as well as a good bit of maple. The flavor is very similar. The maple and bourbon notes really come through up front. Unlike the non-barrel-aged version of this beer I have tried (Papier), the alcohol is not well hidden. I also get some vanilla and caramel malt notes, as well as a hint of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single waxed-top bottle enjoyed at a recent tasting, courtesy of a stalwart gentleman of virtue true. Cheers, Brad!

Poured into a goblet sampler glass. Caramel-chocolate brown in colour, murky, and with a small but sturdy head of foam that survives as a thick ring. The viscosity of this brew is evident with the pour - this brew has some heft to it.

Nose is bloody spectacular, with rich caramel sweetness, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, figs, dates, raisins perhaps, toffee and a rich warming booziness. Divine.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, and man is it doing it for me. A terrific blend of sweet caramel, booze, vanilla and fruit that, on top of everything else, tastes more like something in the 10% range (minus the thickness, of course). Thick, syrupy, but with sufficient carbonation to keep the sweetness at bay.

Another knockout from the Bruery - a pleasure to drink and share.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fathers day present for me from my wife. Pours a dark caramel color. Not much head, but a bit of crackles from the carbonation. Smells BIG! Lots of alcohol, bourbon a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Taste is big bourbon. The base beer is hidden because of too much bourbon, but I like it. Full mouthfeel, smooth yet harsh. Overall, this needs a ton of time. Like, 2 years at least. Very good still, because I like bourbon heavy beers. However, with a few years, I think things will blend together better instead of being one big hot mess.

Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

Liquified caramel and toffee in a glass with a moderately-sized (surprising!) dark brown head that fades away relatively quickly to become a thin ring atop the beer. Leaves irregular spots and long splotches of stick down the glass. A gorgeous barrel-aged old ale.

Lots of caramels and melted toffee candies collide in the aroma, along with chocolate covered cherries and raisins, rich butterscotch; compelling, integrated, rich bourbon and barrel, with a very mild vanilla presence, and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Staggering.

Sweet toffees, caramel, raisins, bourbon, alcohol warmth, and oak combine for a supreme drinking experience. This is rich, coating, complex, evolving, and simply delicious. I'm not sure I've had a better example of a barrel-aged old ale.

Medium-full body with a coating, creamy, yet low carbonation. Appropriately rich and decadent.

Perhaps The Bruery's best barrel-aged beer yet (that I've had the pleasure of tasting).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out right before the Sonnen/Silva II fight. Not exactly the Here We Go the fight sponsors envisioned. Dark brown and red, relatively decent appearance of the head, sure its thin, but its more than was expected of a beer of this nature, dark mocha like head, small bubbles. Aroma, big time roast, alcohol, barrel, molasses, vanilla.

Taste, decadent. While a big sipper, it isn't super challenging, the vanilla and oak come out bigger, sweetness helps cover up some of the beer's massive strength. Dark fruit is smooth, not bitter or offputting in its forthrightness. Brown sugar, how come you taste so good? Mild leather component that is a good thing. Bourbon, toffee and caramel just in the right proportions. All melds together so well, just like Voltron I guess.

The bottle shop chain here kept pricing these at $18.99 and I kept buying them. While its great fresh, who knows what happens with time to them. I'm really doing my best to break these out at almost every special occassion, but its difficult sometimes, because you better bring at least 2 friends to drink this beer. Its huge, and delicious. Best of the anniversary series yet, and that is saying something.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy dark caramel/brown. Small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Lost of candied sugar, molasses, figs, caramel, bourbon, some mild vanilla and oakiness in there too.

Taste: Basically the same as the nose. The bourbon and oakiness really linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Viscous. The beer grabs hold of your mouth and really sticks the favors to them. Only mild carbonation.

Overall: This is one intense beer. Each of the flavors and smells is very intense. Personally I like them to blend together a bit more, but thats just my personal feelings. I feel like this will age very well and smooth off some of the rough edges.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in Livermore, CA from a reputable beer store that increases it's prices as their geeky beers age. For example, since I bought this Fruet 2 weeks ago, I was charged $40 opposed to $30 when it first hit shelves. Whatever.

Popped this bitch open tonight to celebrate finding out into my wife's 5th month of pregnancy that I'm having a Girl!!! And it's Thanksgiving...

A - Musty & murky brown. Some sediment. Ok, but not pretty.

S - straight up prunes and raisins drenched in bourbon. Sweet Caramel. Some vanilla, and boozy heat.

T - See Smell. Never had a more raisiny Old Ale soaked in Bourbon including Alcohol heat. Less Alcohol heat than expected for 15.5% ABV, but make no misrake about it, it's there. A little cloyingly sweet with too much raisin flavor IMHO, even for a Old Ale.

M - best aspect of this beer. Thick, but not syrupy. Full bodied, but very drinkable for the ABV. Impressive!!

O - I can't help but to compare this to BOIS. BOIS is everything Fruet is, but add chocolate, Almond, & more bourbon barrel. BOIS is worth the $30, whereas Fruet I feel is worth $18-$20 TOPPS. Great beer for the occasion, and I'm so happy to say I've had it, but I can't help to feel I've been ripped off some, but hey. I was willing to pull the trigger at the heafty Price tag. For the record, I did not factor at all the price into my score here for Fruet.

Solid barrel aged beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to ShanePB for bringing it down.

A: Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with a small tan head with minimal retention and no lacing.

S: Very sweet aroma. Lots of caramel and toffee, a bit of vanilla and bourbon and hint of chocolate. Very nice.

T: Tons of caramel smooth bourbon right away. There is some vanilla and oak that comes forward and a bit of molasses.

M: Full bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely smooth and surprisingly easy drinking.

O: The first of the anniversary series I have had, but really enjoyed this beer. I can see where it might a tough sell with the price tag, but it was very good.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, half acre goblet

Buried under a force-field of mustard yellow wax – once I dug the cap out and start dumping, Fruet makes its dramatic appearance. Muddy garnet body and lightly carbonated. Aromatics are complex with heavy notes of sweet raisins and prunes and brown sugar. Bourbon comes through more in the flavor, but still is not overpowering. The sweetness is a bit much but it’s hard to not be mesmerized by the layers of dark fruit, bourbon, molasses and toffee.

Photo of Lucho
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dense beautiful dark brown that is non translucent. with a vigorous pour there is a one finger head that foams up and dissipates in 60 seconds. All that remains is a perfect light tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Bourbon! but wait, there are some sweet caramel note with bourbon soaked figs and dates. There is tons of vanilla also and then with a decent swirl of the glass I get some alcohol burn but not too much considering.

Taste: Bourbon all the way. Its like drinking a thick carbonated bourbon. Then there is the sweet vanilla and lots of it. You can tell this is a bourbon beer with all the characters of a good bourbon. There is not so much dark fruits in the taste but there is caramel. surprisingly not much alcohol burn on this one. It drinks smooth considering. But the more I drink it there is an alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: nice and heavy, not too thick. The bourbon and vanilla sit on your tongue and beg you to take another sip. The only down side is the carbonation is mostly gone.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. I usually don't love barrel monsters but this is a great one. The price tag is the only problem at $32. oh well, its the bruery. A must try IMO.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Ruby brown. Brown head. Syrupy appearance. Faint wisps on top.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Bourbon. A little bit of oxidation. Caramel all over.

Taste - Tons of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon is delicious. Brown sugar. Oak is strong in the finish. Not a complex beer, but it's delicious.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Boozy, but not more than I braced myself for. Heavy, but doesn't feel as syrupy as other Bruery sugar bombs.

Overall - As I said, it's nothing complex, but I love it.

Photo of beerhan
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured into a snifter. Dark brown with a thin white head and ridiculously sticky.

S-wood, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon .

T-lots of tasty oak with vanilla and brown sugar shining through. A sour bourbon kick with a milk chocolate taste. Very sweet when cold but when warmer it is nice and rich with a woody finish.

M-very light body, almost no carbonation. A little too drinkable.

O-very solid beer but super thin. A beer this strong should not be so drinkable but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of bashiba
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark reddish/brown with a light tan head.

The smell is all fruit and bourbon, big cherry and plum mixing in with vanilla, oak, and hints of alcohol. It smells great.

Wow this is a fruit bomb, super dark fruit notes, big blasts of cherry, plum, dates, and fig. The bourbon and oak notes start to slowly come out the more you drink along with a sweet bit of alcohol in the finish. Very sweet, desert like. I taste the alcohol, but was shocked to read it was 15%, very well done.

The mouthfeel is thick, yet has a nice dry tart quality.

Very enjoyable and unusual barrel aged beer. The Bruery continues to make unusual and interesting beers that are good.

Photo of IKR
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fairly large light-beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, with some faint sugar, dark fruit (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. Maybe a wisp of alcohol, but restrained for the ABV.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with the Bourbon and dark fruit notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: It's interesting to watch the 100% Bal-aged Anniversary develop year to year. While the bal-aging always comes through in each of the versions, I see the dark fruit and sherry-type notes come more to the forefront with each new variant. This to me is the most "rounded" of all the versions, and the alcohol in this most recent version, sampled fresh, is definitely the most subdued. Very good beer but I'm not sure if I prefer it over the 100% BA Cuir. I'll have to do a side by side comparison which should be a lot of fun.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing to help it get a grade; otherwise I generally use "Hads" these days.

Pours thick dark brown with a khaki head that quickly fades. Looks inviting.

Nose is all sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains, sherry, molasses and sweet dried stone fruits.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not thick. Pleasant mouth with a rich quality.

Flavor profile is heavy sherry and molasses. There are notes and tones of dried stone fruit, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted grain. There is a pretty good undertond of bourbon and apricot liquor. Can taste the alcohol but not a bad thing and does not detract.

Finish is heavy sherry and molasses.

All in all this a complex effort and one that may well be good with several food profiles, especially roasted meats and some desserts. Can also be a sipper. Tasted at room temperature al of this beers character really came through.

Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In what can only be described as one of the most decadent and sinful ales I've ever had. The nose holds sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, espresso, maple and fudge brownie.

This drinks like a liquefied turtle dessert with nutty pecan surrounded in caramel and smothered in rich milk chocolate. Hints of maple, molasses and toffee compliment a truly delicious beer.

Photo of claaark13
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #09992, poured slightly warmer than cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Off-white head...not quite tan. Turns into some thick lacing. Looks very thick.

S - Sweetness stands out. There is bourbon to be found, woodiness, some heat, spiced raisins, toffee. Gets really hot when it warms.

T - Sweet dark fruits with a woody background, mild spices that are coated with sweetness and some caramel notes, brown sugar, bit of vanilla showing with the sweet yet slightly dry finish. Until it coats the tongue, there is a little bit of heat to the throat, but nothing that isn't taken care of by the massive amount of sweet that is going on. So many fruit notes.

M - Thick. Would be near syrup without the carbonation.

O - There is a lot of sweetness that covers up the heat and dry components, but it is still somehow very good and drinkable. A bit of time (12-24 months?) to mellow some sweetness and heat may bring out a little more of the actual flavors in the beer. It is so good and balanced, but unfortunately the heat is being covered by an immense amount of sweetness. I just can't bring it to a 4.5 overall.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Bottle#16855. Labels claims contains alcohol. 15.5% to be exact. 100% barrel aged. Sampled between 58f-64f as recommended.

A: Strong carbonation presence within a coal black body. Bready dark khaki head sits a finger high and stays the course eventually settling to a creamy milky covering.

S: Big wiff of burbon upon uncapping. Burbon tones are very evident with some prunes, sweet dark fruit and black coffee. Licorice and anise hints also come about.

T: Boozy burbon, you feel the entire 15.5%abv on this one. Creamy coffee, sweet dark fruit and some toffee sweetness. Silky vanilla laced roast, incredibily smooth with some licorice and anise and burnt grain sweetness. Sweet figs, molasses and sugary raisins only add to the sweetness of this drink which is a bit overpowering at times.

M: Silky smooth texture, incredibly smooth velvety, medium bodied with a warming of burbon and dark fruit sweetness.

O: The label states this contains alcohol, and that is an understatement. This beer shows its alcohol and sweet nature at an early age, only wish i had a bottle to age of which the label claims suitable for decades. Very sweet and boozy, must drink at recommended temp and consider splitting with a friend. Slow sipper alone and very sweet.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle #16237. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very sweet, the brew smells like maple, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like maple, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, dark fruit and some sweet booze. And it just seems to get better and better as the beer warms (I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for about 1/2 an hour before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. For a brew that's 15.5% ABV, it's dangerously drinkable. I think this is an excellent overall brew, and I would love to drink one again sometime. However, it is pricey at $34.99 a bottle.

Photo of philbe311
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened to close out 2012 and welcome in 2013... Bottle #00861... Cheers...

A - Two finger's worth of actively cascading, audibly fizzy, rich and dense dark khaki colored head... Decent retention... What remains is a mostly full veil of lacing and thin collar... The color is a slightly murky medium-to-dark mahogany... Some medium sized carbonation bubbles sit on the bottom of the tulip and the rest rise at a medium to quick pace towards the top of the glass...

S - The rich robust bourbon barrel aging notes are first and foremost... They are smooth and well rounded... A bit beneath the surface lies a malt bomb... Toffee... Caramel... Dark sweet desert breads... Molasses... Perhaps some dark fruit notes as well... Raisins mixed brown sugar... Fairly intoxicating...

T - Toffee and caramel... Caramel and toffee... The malty sweetness overtakes the boozey bourbon no the palate... Brown sugar notes... Raisins... Dark fruits... Some candied apple notes... Vanilla... The bourbon notes are ultra smooth, ultra rich and ultra satisfying...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A bit chewy... There's smooth and smoother, but this may be the smoothest... Limited carbonation... Sleek... A bit sticky... An absolute pleasure...

D - Wow - I could nick name this brew "Captain Smooth..." It's like liquid seduction in a bottle... It's delectable and delicious in every facet... This one was worth every bit (and then some) of the inflated price I paid... I wish I could get by grubby little paws on some more... If you stumble across any - buy it... If you're sitting on a bottle - what are you waiting for? This is an excellent world class beer in every sense... Oh yeah, I almost forgot - It's a sipper...

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #09408 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Very dark brown; almost completely opaque with only slight traces of light penetrating around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a few scattered bubbles across the top of the glass.

S - A huge bourbon aroma up front. Plenty of vanilla and oak notes round out a large barrel presence in the nose. Some roast, dark fruit, smoke and cherry notes from the base beer in the background. The barrel definitely dominates the nose.

T - Bourbon notes up front with oak and vanilla flavours come through from the barrel but the presence of the base beer is much more pronounced than the nose indicated. Brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, raisin, plum and cherry flavours all come through from the base beer along with a hint of smoke. Great integration of the barrel and the base beer.

M -Medium to full body. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Photo of Brandywine
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown verging into red, sunset orange and then golden yellow. Poured a thin head that's the exact same color as the golden beige wax on the bottle. Huge alcohol legs. Tight bubbled lacing stays around the rim.

Smell: Rum soaked apples baked in brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, fig, clover honey. Absolutely no booze at all!

Taste: Honey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar baked apples. There's a surprising apple tartness that acts as an amazing counterbalance to the sweetness. No booze in the flavor either. The end of the tongue has a sweet but subtly off sweet grapefruit, orange or lime citrus note drizzled in honey. As it warms up the dark fruit and bourbon really explode, maybe black cherries. As it approaches room temperature it picks up brandy characters with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full but not cloying.

Overall: This is one of the most rich and decadent beers I've ever had. Super complex but somehow balanced between epic sweetness and subtle tartness and huge alcohol that doesn't even register in the flavor profile.

Photo of nataku00
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mug. Beer is a dark reddish brown/mahogany with thin tan colored head that's barely there. Plenty of alcohol legs on this big beer.

Nose is great, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, leather, coconut, vanilla, oak.

Taste follows the nose, toffee and caramel forward, with some of the darker flavors and the barrel notes accenting. A bit boozy though, but somewhat expected.

Full body, sticky and sweet, with mild carbonation that's barely able to survive the high abv. Flavorful and rich beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass around 57-58 degrees.

A very slow decant and tilt doesn't produce much head. What does is maybe 2-3mm tall but manages to always keep a tan collar (3.5). Some carbonation does come up and noticeable through a dark brown and mostly red body. Aggressive center punch pour gives VERY creamy top, uniform bubbles, and frothyness though looking much better (4).

Nose is truly wonderful. A great mix of malt caramel thickness and milky chocolate, hints of salt. No heat off this at all, but also a real nice sense of thickness coming, the beer feels big. THere's a faint hint of smoke but only after I go back to examine after tasting.

Taste is a big surprise. My first impression is cherry fruit, hinting of Flanders. Then out pops caramel and wonderful salt. Finish hits big and thick but controlled, warming pit in the stomach of booze but not in the back palate. Front has a nice tight carbonation, but an oh so nice creamy texture and feel. Malt caramel rich, fruit strong, warming milk. Chocolate angle though seems missing from the nose, but I don't care.

I am getting another to either just drink again or perhaps cellar and check out in a year. This is a big surprise from nose to palate. Great complicated and full of unique flavors, extremely impressive. Well done! I'd share but the bottle was gone easily... I want Fruet Single Barrel!

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Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.