Fruet - The Bruery
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4.51/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
02-06-2014 17:56:36 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Ruby brown. Brown head. Syrupy appearance. Faint wisps on top.
Smell - Lots of vanilla. Bourbon. A little bit of oxidation. Caramel all over.
Taste - Tons of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon is delicious. Brown sugar. Oak is strong in the finish. Not a complex beer, but it's delicious.
Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Boozy, but not more than I braced myself for. Heavy, but doesn't feel as syrupy as other Bruery sugar bombs.
Overall - As I said, it's nothing complex, but I love it.
02-02-2014 19:51:20 | More by Alieniloquium
4.04/5 rDev -9.6%
Clear mahogany colour with a small tan head. Fair head retention.
Big melanoidin aroma. Sweet but heavily caramelised. Breast with lots of toast.
Sweet and toasty. Nutty. There is an almost milkiness. Tons of flavour here.
Full body. Moderate carbonation. Okay.
A really solid beer. Tons of flavour. The intense caramel notes are awesome.
01-18-2014 11:56:50 | More by dgilks
Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.