Fruet - The Bruery

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686 Ratings
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 224
Gots: 420 | FT: 28
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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Reviews by kojevergas:
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2.45/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a small generic glass at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. I decided to give The Bruery a third or fourth chance after being pissed off many times about their overrated garbage beers that cost an arm and a leg. I keep hoping they have something good to offer other than Black Tuesday, and I keep discovering they do not. Expectations were thus low but strangely hopeful. Cost was $7.50 plus tax and tip (ouch).

Paired with barbecue and sweet potato fries.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart fruit, cream, yeast, booze, and chocolate. A moderate strength aroma. I don't detect bourbon.

T: Tart fruit, booze, cream, and poorly handled mild hops. Badly balanced and built. Foul cherry - as though spoilt - comes through. A bland yeast note is present. Not complex or subtle. Far too boozy, ruining the balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of okay thickness. Carbonation is okay but inadequate to support the flavours (which may be a good thing...). Doesn't suit the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Certainly not a beer I'd get again. Doesn't hide its ABV really at all. A low quality beer. Overpriced. This is their anniversary offering? Really?

D+

More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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 EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jisom123
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Snikwad1020
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -10.5%
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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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 BigE90
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of 1Adam12
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Altenor
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ehammond1
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BREWSnTATTOOS
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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 williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of simoen
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
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 inanity
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Fruet from The Bruery
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