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Fruet - The Bruery

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 228
Gots: 416 | FT: 29
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

nmann08, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
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

metter98, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, May 27, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, May 29, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ygtbsm94, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%

jaydoc, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

kylehay2004, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -10.5%

nickfl, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mendvicdog, Aug 29, 2012
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Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.