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Fruet - The Bruery

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679 Ratings
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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 226
Gots: 418 | FT: 27
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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

beergorrilla, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

draheim, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Rfunk
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Rfunk, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Marti403
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Marti403, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Hugonaut13
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of matttttYCE
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #12701. Pours a murky dark brown with red hues. Head is tan colored, small (less than a finger), and lacing and retention are both quite low (but expected from a 15.5% beer). Aroma has alcohol heat up front, then oak, buttery bourbon, toffee, big toffee, straight vanilla extract, brown sugar, stone fruit comes in more as it warms, dark roast, and chocolate covered cherries. The taste is bourbon forward but a little more integrated than the nose. Still plenty of toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, maybe some caramel, stone fruits and roast malts, light chocolate covered cherries, maybe even some peanut brittle. Maybe I'm just imagining things. The body is medium-full, carbonation light-medium, consistency is creamy smooth, but leaning towards full and viscous, and the finish is lengthy.

Overall this isn't my favorite BA old ale but very it's nice. It's hot and could easily benefit from some aging, but that doesn't take away from it. The mouthfeel is wonderful and scarily drinkable for a 'hot' beer at 15.5%. Yeah, good shit.

matttttYCE, Dec 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

CLCardinal84, Nov 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Grant35, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

HopsintheSack, Nov 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

runner440, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

marct, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Poor retention and lacing, but the beer is 15.5%.

S: Strong bourbon with a ton of toffee and caramel. Very intense, very nice.

T: Very sweet, caramel comes out upfront with a very nice bourbon character. Coconut, dark fruits - the bourbon comes out so well in this.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Very sweet, very big, but very good. The bourbon comes through amazingly in this beer.

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

RebornStussy, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

fo1ksguitar, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

sludgegnome, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

tbone1384, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mobius387, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +11.9%

BigE90, Nov 07, 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 apocalypsezombie
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

apocalypsezombie, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured into a snifter. Dark brown with a thin white head and ridiculously sticky.

S-wood, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon .

T-lots of tasty oak with vanilla and brown sugar shining through. A sour bourbon kick with a milk chocolate taste. Very sweet when cold but when warmer it is nice and rich with a woody finish.

M-very light body, almost no carbonation. A little too drinkable.

O-very solid beer but super thin. A beer this strong should not be so drinkable but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

beerhan, Nov 04, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter. The beer was a little closed up from the cold and had to sit awhile.

A- The body of the beer is a rusy chestnut brown coloration. The head was white but immediatly disappeared.

S- The aroma of the beer is super sweet! Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, lots and lots of bourbon, dark fruits dates, figs, and raisins, earthy leathery notes finish the aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is way sweet at first taste. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, loads and loads of bourbon, dark fruits dates, figs and raisins. This would all be way too sweet; however, the burnt notes of the sugars, cocoa, alcohol heat, a bit of tannins from the fruit keep this beer in check.

M- The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, oily and slick very full bodied. The carbonation is low. The alcohol heat of the beer is very restrained. The beer is very sweet upfront but dries out from alcohol and tannins.

O- This beer is a sipper. Its a nice boozey beer treat for a cold morning. Nicely done!

nlmartin, Nov 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

brystmar, Oct 31, 2012
Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.