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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

701 Ratings
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 223
Gots: 413 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of philbe311
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Lerxst
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 13757 poured into a tulip

A-Pours a murky, very dark brown. Hints of light coming through around the edges creating dark ruby highlights with a bubbly one finger beige head that receded quickly and left just a few spots of lace.

S-There is a lot going on here. Its tough to describe it all, but I'll give it a go. Ripe, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, molasses, bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar. A rich dessert type aroma permeates the nose. A cornucopia of decadent, rich goodness. Well done.

T-As with the nose, there is a lot going on here. Dark fruit-figs, plums, dates. Bourbon comes in mid palate but acts as a complement to the other flavors without trying to dominate. Some toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla swirl around the taste buds with just a hint of boozy heat on the back end but I'd never guess this beer is 15.5%. All of these aspects work well together making this one an old ale to savor and sip. There is an ample sweetness that I suspected might become cloying but it never did. This beer just works!

M-Not quite full bodied but almost there with light carbonation that works well. Coats the palate, slick and somewhat creamy.

O-An excellent beer from the Bruery. This is a big, bold sipper perfect for cold nights. The nose and taste are very luxurious. This one was a pleasure.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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).

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottle 15737 poured a thick syrupy mix into my Delirium tulip. Dark molasses caramel in color with a hug head that stuck around for most of the drink and had heavy settling at the edges within a few minutes.

S: Aroma of mixed toffee , plum, caramelized sugars, leather, tobacco, oak and bourbon. Lots of bourbon here on the 100 percent Barrel aged mix, more than I have tasted in the past from the other anniversary ales from The Bruery.

T: Wow there is really a good mix of bourbon in the mix here. I have not traditionally tasted this much bourbon in Coton or Cuir. There is a ton of leather and oak barrel up front along with sweet plum and dark fruit flavors and old ale yeast mixing together nicely. A nice bitterness level for an old ale and the long slow roast flavors of an English old ale with Solera method.

M: Thick and chewy with a little too much carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very good Old ale. Glad to have a few of these to save for special occasions and enjoy for years to come. I enjoyed this more than I remember Cuir pleasing me with more bourbon and less unintentional aftertastes / burnt flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 14280

Pours dark tawny, with a little caramel foam atop. Nougat, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, gobs of sugary malts - decadent nose. Taste is rich as fuck - lots more caramel, toffee, almond roca, wood, bourbon, nougat, vanilla, alcohol, candied apricot, and a touch of syrup (maple). Medium bodied with really low carb and a wet yet dry feel comes together silky and long lasting. Goddam Bruery, I really wish I didn't like their higher end beers, but this is outstanding.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle shared at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a minimal beige head that falls to a slight collar.

Big rich aromas of pungent marmite, brandy snap, treacle, butterscotch, Anzac biscuits and dark dried fruits, leavened slightly by a nice wooden edge.

More intense fortified notes of booze soaked muscatels, toffee fondue and gingerbread.

Thick and gigantic. Carbonation feeds into a bit of a rough boozy edge, but that's kind of expected really.

Pretty garagantuan beer, with just enough wood to rein in its excesses. Reminiscent of a bigger, ballsier version of HotD Adam From The Wood.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky brownish mahogany w/ a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is bourbon, rum-soaked dates, molasses, toffee, tobacco, leather, booze... Just a complex swirl of rich aromas, one layered on top of another.

Taste follows nose. Dark macerated dried fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and a nice warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is sticky, coating, syrupy. About right for what this beer is.

Overall, as expected, this is a rich, big, bold, complex creation.

Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.