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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

662 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 222
Gots: 418 | FT: 32
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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1.25/5  rDev -72.1%

BeerMeFitz, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -45.3%
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+

kojevergas, May 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -38.6%

whatsajessica, May 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Lukafer, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

ste5venla, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

pokgye, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

djaeon, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

amrozga, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

kaelingirl, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

dman5400, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Lovely85, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

jacewg, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Rudy, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

rtaps, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

stereosforgeeks, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from claaark13 and youbrewidrink. Thanks guys!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 11,169 of one billion
Drunk beside White Chocolate

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retetion. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly wisp and a ring. Mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring and touches of wisp remain until the end but leave no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on this. Oak, toffee, caramel and booze. Bold and forthcoming with lots of bourbon, though the toffee and caramel notes from the base ale seem to hold up alright.

TASTE: Very boozy up front. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar from the base beer, then lots of bourbon and alcohol from the barrels. Oak, vanilla and some nutty flavors through the middle into the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel, wood, caramelized nuts and some vanilla. Pretty flavorful and interesting, though still too boozy to be top class.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes sticky. Heat on the palate for sure. Better than average for the ABV and style.

OVERALL: This is actually really good. It's still too hot for top marks, though the complexity is definitely there, as the base beer is able to play a role in the flavor profile and mesh well with the barrel aging. Moreover, the mouthfeel is still good enough not to detract from the experience. This was leagues better than White Chocolate for sure, as the flavor and aroma was bolder and more complex, while the feel was still big and creamy enough to support it all. Definitely recommended, but be wise and share.

Jeffo, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of effyeaAB
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My very first review on here so this is pretty cool since I'm reviewing this particular beer.

A: Murky brown color, like burnt caramel, very viscous looking on the pour. I poured it into a wine goblet from up high so there was a slight head that formed but that went away within seconds and settled to a light light brown film that continued to fade away after a minute or two.

S: Amazing! Lots of raisins, figs, cinnamon (more than likely the booze aroma). It was like smelling a fruit cake made exclusively of dark fruits then dipped in a vat of bourbon and yes I love that aroma so the 4.5 on the score is well deserved.

T/M: Just as I assumed from the appearance, it's thick, it's heavy and just flat out gnarly. Super hot on the way down, could benefit from a little cellaring but it's very tasty fresh, after all it's a 15.5% beer these are things that are to be expected after all.

O: Great beer from Bruery, I've never had any of their Anniversary beers before granted I do have a bottle of Cuir that I've refused to open until I had someone to share it with but my gal got us this and today was the perfect to open it. I don't know how much longer they can continue to make these beers b/c I'm thinking that they have to be running out of the Papier and Coton, right? But as long as they keep making them I'll keep drinking them.

Also... That 15.5% wasn't a typo... Wow...

effyeaAB, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a small, foamy, light tan head that settled out quickly and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a very volatile blend of malt, dark ripe fruit, yeast, wine. Flavor's like nose with sweet on top followed with equal proportions of bitter and carbonic tang. Very rich and intense. Body is huge; can't imagine taking a huge mouthfull, but this has a few soft points mixed in with great carbonation for perfect mouth sensory values. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and without the sense of the power. A great sipping beer.

drpimento, Jun 12, 2012
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Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.