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Fruet - The Bruery

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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 222
Gots: 419 | FT: 34
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is exactly the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer and I think it is definitely the best blend of the anniversary series so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:10:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-15-2012 04:07:03 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Reserve Society. Served in a Bruery tulip, shared with Amyliz4. The appearance is a dark caramel with a thin, bubbly head that very quickly dissipates.

Nose is incredibly smooth and full of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Flavor adds some caramel sweetness. Super rich and creamy. The flavor has a bit of tannin and alcohol toward the finishi, but is otherwise quite nice. Overall, this is quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 15:29:04 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a layer of large bubbles covering the surface and left a collar around the edge.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with some hints of fruit and sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat more complex with notes of caramel, fruit and oak.
M: It feels rather full-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong and is one that needs to be slowly sipped, although if you wait for the beer to warm up the flavor really begins to develop. It’s a nice beer to close out the night with.

Note: Bottle #644

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:34:03 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rather modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; leggy, with spots of foam sticking to the chalice

Smell: Bourbony-aromatics, with caramel, brown sugar, plum, vanilla, cashews and maple

Taste: Booze-laden Bourbon, bringing a range of flavors, including caramel, plum, maple, vanilla, cashews and piney hops; after the swallow, there is a brief alcohol burn, with all of the flavors noted up front re-appearing in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had mixed experiences with some of the Bruery's high ABV offerings but this one is the real McCoy; lots of complexity and a very impressive mouthfeel (some of the earlier Bruery efforts were flat)

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 23:52:21 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-20-2012 01:05:02 | More by nmann08
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-15-2012 05:02:25 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

Murky dark amber/mahogany color with a small tan head. Rich bourbon and vanilla aromas, plenty of dark fruit, and amazing sugar character. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Taste is super sweet and sugary, but the bourbon and oak notes keep it in check to an extent. Great vanilla and dark fruit character. Super rich and full in body.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 22:00:46 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-03-2013 21:52:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.5%

09-15-2012 15:31:25 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-11-2012 22:14:47 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-24-2014 01:46:48 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 19:55:09 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 05:16:35 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I've been trying to share this beer since at least around the Fourth of July, and I finally got to do it. Lord. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose brings to mind an image of a cinnamon roll drizzled generously with molten caramel, all with a glass of bourbon on the side to wash it down. A bit of boozy heat exists, but not much. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of oak, some applejack, and some extra booze for the sake of it. For once, the heat, though strong, doesn't really detract all that much from the enjoyment process. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one that was worth the wait for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:25:25 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-08-2013 21:47:36 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that has been open for a couple days and allowed to breathe a bit. Served around 58F.

Appearance: Rust colored, muddy, almost opaque. Pours with a thin head that doesn't stick around long. Very leggy, almost syrupy, when swirled.

Smell: Dates, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla matched by leathery oxidation and a touch of cocoa. Slightly vinous and port-like. Bourbon is evident and lends a bit of heat. Pretty spectacular aroma on this beer. It's sweet, but not excessively so - the sweetness seems toned down compared to 100% barrel aged Cuir.

Palate: Rich creamy caramel and vanilla, maple syrup and a touch of molasses. Solera blending has really worked in this beer's favor; the high level of oxidation balances out the sweetness, lending flavors of leather, cocoa and sherry. The mouthfeel is full and silky with low carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly restrained. Tannins and alcohol dry out the finish a bit.

Overall: Another impressive anniversary ale, which at this point is the best thing The Bruery is making as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 05:24:58 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.5%

04-24-2014 03:49:23 | More by nickfl
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is pretty amazing. Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark brown and clear with a lazy but nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is great, bourbon, heat, malt, wonderful.

Beer is nice, easy drinking, smooth going down. LIke all the anniversary beers available, this beer is wonderful. Nice heat without being boozy, nice mouthfeel, not too thick, nice sweetness without being cloying. I love anniversary time of year, every year. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 15:20:16 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Share with rudzud as part of our RS membership.

Light fizzy fluffy head covering surprising for the abv, super dark molasses like no light coming through beer.

Nose, awwww, so good, dreamy, full of bourbon, vanilla, oak barrel, toasted oak, sweet caramel malts, toffee, light cocoa, chewy malts, barleywine-esque, brandy soaked raisins, plums, hint of booze, light bready malts, bread pudding, hint of booze, light pie like spices. Oh man so good.

Taste sweet! Sugar, fruit flavors, fig, date, raisin, etc in brandy and syrup. Chewy malts, darker malts, plenty of caramel, toffee, etc. Booze is heavy and hot, almost tingly, with hint of esters even. Light cocoa, vanilla, tons of bourbon, oak, toasty, etc. Cognac like raisin and fig, etc. Finish is pure awesomeness, vanilla, bourbon, light booze, brandy soaked raisin, light cocoa, caramel, toffee, hint of bitterness, toasty oak. I think I'll be sipping this for hours, not because it's boozy or syrupy, but because its so delicious and I just want to prolong the greatness as long as I can.

Mouth is velvet smooth with a heavy mouth, plenty of booze, decent carb for the overall beer.

Overall, gluuuggggmmmggggrrraahhhh!!! Just friggen delicious, I can almost feel it melting in my mouth as I go even. Damn so good! This is close to a desert island beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 13:18:09 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:56:26 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was the last beer we opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a thin ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet maple and caramel with some heat from the alcohol. I'm also getting a bunch of dark fruit.

Taste: Really sweet. Lots of maple syrup and dark fruit notes. I'm getting some mild cherry and brown sugar as well. Smooth given the abv with an alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great desert beer. I'm excited to hold on to my other bottles to try over time.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:28:00 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/18/12 notes. Got a few bottles of this frmo the Reserve Society, split my first bottle with jslot38. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts, molasses, wood, vanilla, sugar, and roasted malts. Very nice mix of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and sweet fruit; awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, toffee, wood, sugar, molasses, vanilla, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Sweeter than the nose and more sweet dark fruits and less vanilla. Very nice, though I like the nose a touch more.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and creamy. For an ABV of 15.5% ABV it is extremely easy to drink. The alcohol is there, but feels like 9-10%.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot and think it's the second best anniversary beer I've had, aside from 100% BA Cuir. Tons of bourbon, toffee, and sweet dark fruits which blend very well together. If you like sweet thick beers definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:57:55 | More by mdfb79
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Halcyondays

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours brown with a creamy medium off-white head, good thick lace.

S: Gorgeous barrel character and vanilla, amontillado sherry, molasses, gobs of caramel. Fantastic.

T: Oaky vanilla malt with a lot of complexity. Semi-sweet overall, heavy caramel, brown sugar.

M: Full-bodied, soft carbonation, certainly hot at times but never distracts from the beer like it did with Coton.

O: The best fresh of the anniversary beers from these guys, the solera system is really starting to round out the beers and making them much more approachable fresh. Just straight up tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 00:17:08 | More by Halcyondays
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Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.